By Joe Boyles
Editor’s note: “Stray Vectors” is the author’s byline for random thoughts on the passing scene.
The United States International Longshoreman’s union has named China as the best friend to their workers. I think those fellows are working the wrong docks. Maybe they should try the other side of the Pacific.
Should the Social Security Administration recognize survivor benefits for children conceived and born after someone’s death using invitro fertilization? The Supreme Court will decide. It’s a “brave new world” folks.
Moment of nostalgia: during my days at the “Rocky Mountain School for Wayward Boys” (aka Air Force Academy) in the late 1960s, we were serenaded at the end of every leave by the Animals “We Gotta Get Out of this Place.” Remember that classic line in the chorus: “girl there’s a better life for me and you.” Ah, to be 20 once again!
These “separation of church and state” people really get under my skin, particularly when it comes to education. For centuries, the church was our center of education. The first printed book – Guttenberg’s Bible. We’re turning away from our heritage. Shame.
It seems that Iranian nuclear scientists are dying at an alarming rate from things like car bombs and other assorted “accidents.” Strange.
Here’s a fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. If a Democrat politician says the right thing, that’s fine with his supporters. Doesn’t matter whether or not he delivers, just so long as he says the right thing. Republicans pay a lot more attention to what a politician does rather than what he says.
Today, the most visible sign of our lack of a realistic, coherent, sustainable energy policy is price at the pump. Yes, higher energy prices and shortages cause the price of all goods and services to rise, but where it really hits home is when we stop at a gas station and begin to pump gas into the vehicle and open our wallet to pay the ever increasing cost.
Judging from his rants that the Supreme Court has no basis for overturning Obamacare, Barack Obama may have been a “constitutional law professor,” but he wasn’t very good. How may of his former students are now jurists? Just what did he teach?
It is often said that “young people are bulletproof” meaning they are foolhardy, but going on spring break to Mexico now is beyond the pale. With all the drug-related murders and kidnapping going on south of the border, a Mexican vacationer should have his head examined before attempting such a trip.
Rick Santorum claims that Mitt Romney is a Johnny-come-lately to conservatism. At least he got there!
Former baseball pitcher Roger Clemmons is going on trial again accused of lying to Congress. I say turn about is fair play. Those guys lie to us every day. Lying to Congress; that’s an oxymoron!
Anders Breivik, the whacko who killed 77 Norwegians last summer, may get 21 years in prison if convicted. Something’s not quite right with this picture.
Want to know why I’m against the so-called Buffett rule? Two reasons. First, I don’t think fairness (as defined by some politician) is adequate justification to pass a law. Second, I’m against taking any more money out of our struggling economy and giving it to politicians and Washington bureaucrats so they can wastefully spend it.
The Social Security trustees have reported again that both Social Security (2033) and Medicare (2024) are set to run out of funds earlier than expected. No surprise here. I’ve reported to you before in this column on how these dates keep backing up … and will continue to do so. What has President Obama proposed over the last three years to address this fiscal train wreck? Nothing; no leadership whatsoever.
Apparently, more illegal aliens (or whatever the politically correct term is) from Mexico are leaving the US to return to their homeland than ever before. First time this has happened since the Great Depression in the 1930s. It’s the polar opposite of economic development and prosperity.
What actually went on during the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman confrontation that led to the young man’s death? Beats me. I suppose that the facts will be discovered in a court of law and left to a jury to decide.