MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Health Care Bill is More About Getting Something Done Than Getting it Perfect

March 21st, 2017 Viewed 1116 times, 1 so far today

One of my bosses once told me that the perfect is the enemy of the good. When it comes to our health care solution, what we have now is terrible, what Rep. Ryan is proposing is in the right direction, and the GOP has a tendency to never get things done. So when I read Politico’s article discussing Trump telling the GOP to get in line, what I hear is someone that’s trying to get wins, to get them fast, and get people united in the same direction. I also hear someone who is being tested as being a “famed negotiator” and who wants to prove that it’s not just Executive Orders that he can do, but also the stuff that has to get through Congress.

While I appreciate the argument of Rand Paul– I like the idea of straight repeal and then go through a bunch of replacement bills– I think it has a severe optics problem of having repealed the bill and then they can’t agree to replace. They should have gotten Rand and the group on board behind the scenes with a plan, but I think that getting something done (especially if you risk the tax cut and other things by not getting this done) is better than doing nothing at this point.

Imagine if Pres. Trump Shuts Down the Government Because He Can’t Get the Cuts He Wants

March 17th, 2017 Viewed 2103 times, 1 so far today

I mean, Pres. Obama shut down the government because he couldn’t get the spending he wanted. How would the Republican’s respond?

It would be interesting to see them argue against what they campaigned on.

Do Politicians Actually Believe What They Run On?

March 14th, 2017 Viewed 1182 times, 1 so far today

President Trump has done a lot in his first 100 days so far, but none were more interesting in many ways than his first speech before a joint session of Congress. While many focused on the Democrats that sat out the 2 minute long applause for the fallen hero, it was much more intriguing to see Republicans applauding things that were not traditionally Republican and Democrats not quite knowing what to do.

Shika Dalmia argues that Trump has radically changed the GOP, but I’m not sure that’s the case. I think it’s more situational. When it’s your guy that’s President, you back what he says– especially because he won saying it. When it’s not your guy, you obstruct and resist everything.

Which points to the post title– I believe that while there are some politicians that actually believe what they run on (Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and a few others come to mind), for the most part these people run on popular things to get elected. This isn’t going to be fixed by passing a bill with the right label to match what they said they believe. It will only be fixed by actually doing what they say they want to or are going to do.

Should Twitter and Facebook Be Treated as Utilities? No.

January 26th, 2017 Viewed 1316 times, 1 so far today

While one can understand and sympathize with why Scott Adams asks this question and appreciate the uniqueness of the solution, the problem with this is that it enshrines these things as public entities and relieves competition.  Even now, alternative applications to Twitter and Facebook are under development, and with most social platforms, times can change and people can and do leave them– though I will definitely grant that adoption rates for new sites can be slow when there isn’t much of a value ad.

I believe it would be far more powerful for bigger names to leave these two platforms for a new platform and encourage their followers to move to keep up than it would be to allow these platforms to achieve some kind of protected, too-big-to-fail status.

I’m Not Sure They Thought This All the Way Through

January 26th, 2017 Viewed 1902 times, 1 so far today

I can think of a lot of ways that women would not like to be regulated like guns…

  • Trigger locks
  • Kept locked and away from children
  • Need a background check to have one
  • Places they couldn’t go: Schools, churches, airports (except in checked bags)

Hat tip: The Conservative Treehouse

Why Who is President Shouldn’t Matter As Much as It Does

January 26th, 2017 Viewed 1190 times, 1 so far today

Eight years ago when President Obama took office, much of what was thought and is happening today was happening on the other side.  Many wondered if Pres. Bush would declare martial law and prevent Obama from taking office. There were people on the right scared of what Obama would do with the country– those that had read Alinsky and others and feared the worse.

I consoled myself, like I have done with every change in power, that the President often doesn’t get all that he wants– checks and balances help to prevent that and things in Congress are not so lopsided to let truly partisan methods through.

Then President Obama extended what President Bush had done with signing statements and executive orders.  He started legislating unopposed with the backing of the American people (so we were told) and with a republican opposition afraid of their own shadow.

Now it is the liberal’s turn to fear because that extension that Bush and Obama made is being undone and one wonders whether President Trump will take it further.  He certainly talks a lot about what he will or can do that we all know he’ll need Congressional support for– or will he?

The President of the United States was never meant to be a king, and I fear that the current culture war, in its efforts to ram through societal change that the people don’t want, have perverted the Presidency and the Judiciary in an attempt to get around the fact that it would be impossible to legislate their changes though the Congress because they are forced to make compromises and/or reflect the will of the people.  So the President takes executive action (which is great if they agree with you and terrible if they don’t) and the Judiciary makes laws by interpreting things otherwise and eventually it will all fall apart.

Who is President shouldn’t matter as much as it does.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  And so for four years non-establishment Republicans will be happy, maybe the populists will be happy, but what then?

That Debate Question About Age…

October 20th, 2016 Viewed 657 times

How Our Entire Court System Became More Liberal

September 8th, 2016 Viewed 768 times

What America was, it no longer is.  When people start to lose faith or believe their founding documents to be in error, it leads to a revolution.  Not all revolutions are bloody, but in order for it not to be there has to be a plan.  Right now, what we’re seeing is a takeover by the one faction that believes in something different than the small government, for the posterity of the Founders and the bigger government, one nation a part of many nation of the globalists:

When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fifty-five successful presidential nominations later, liberal majorities now control nine of those appeals benches, or 70 percent.

How Liberal Judges Took Control of 70 Percent of US Appeals Courts

The Pharisees of Jesus Day Wished They Had This Much Power

August 15th, 2016 Viewed 676 times

If you remember your New Testament, you know that the Pharisees had gotten out of hand, using pedometers to track how many steps people took and keeping track of data on the cell phone plans while browsing FaceTablet.  It was a big deal when Jesus and His disciples went through a field and hand harvested their own grain.

Are Trump and Cruz Attempting To Dominate the Media?

January 18th, 2016 Viewed 1395 times

I found Gina Loudon’s article Trump and Cruz punked mainstream media interesting.  She posits that up until this time, Cruz and Trump had a truce, and now that they’re the front runners, they’re attacking each other in ways that aren’t really landing knock out blows for the purpose of dominating the media and not giving and establishment candidates air to voice their platforms and differences.

Whatever the strategy, it looks like it’s effective.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.