Saturday, April 2, 2016

Inequality, Cuba Style

Exploding the myth of Cuba's superior medical care --

In his weekly G-File, Jonah Goldberg provides a link to an article by a Cuban expatriate comparing medical facilities for Cuba's rich elite to those serving Cuba's poor. Guess which is which.

And here is the link to Goldberg's piece where aside from discussing Obama and Cuba, he goes after Donald Trump (again).

#TheChalkening. The absurd spectacle of Emory University students reeling in pain from sightings of pro-Trump sidewalk chalk messages has inspired a series of copycat artists nationwide. Some of these efforts have been rather ambitious (see example below).  Finally! A positive effect from the otherwise calamitous Trump candidacy - A well deserved assault on the delicate sensibilities of students populating politically correct American campuses.

David Burge (Iowahawk) - Americans are sick of crony capitalism, so naturally the leading candidates are someone who buys favors and someone who sells them.

Here is a concise, accurate overview of the Flint, Michigan water crisis from the editors of National Review --

The city of Flint, Mich., was for generations ruled by an incompetent and often corrupt Democratic machine. When the city went into an extended financial crisis, a Democratic emergency manager was appointed to reform its finances. The city’s Democratic leadership decided to build an expensive new water system as an economy-stimulating infrastructure project, which annoyed the Democrats in nearby Detroit, who had been earning a nice income providing Flint with Detroit’s finest tap water. The Detroit Democrats retaliated against the Flint Democrats by ending their aqueous relationship earlier than planned, and the Flint Democrats turned to an alternative source of water, the Flint River, as a temporary measure. The Democrats who run Flint’s government consulted with the Democratic union men who run its city agencies and came up with a water-treatment process for that Flint River water, which turned out to be ineffective. The residents of Flint, including its vulnerable children, were exposed to high levels of lead in the water as a result. The Democrats who run Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency learned of this, and did nothing. This sent the Democrats running for that party’s presidential nomination into a tizzy of moral intoxication, during which they called for the resignation of . . . the Republican governor of Michigan.

Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post) posts a devastating critique of Obama's Syria policy, juxtaposing his words and those of UN ambassador Samantha Power against his administration's feckless inaction.

Ian Tuttle (NRO) says that it's time for conservatives to make a clean break with Donald Trump. (Advice most rational people have followed for decades). --

...We should stop trying. Stop trying to convince Trump supporters that he’s contradicting himself. Stop trying to show that Trump’s solutions won’t work. Stop treating Trump’s policies as serious contributions to the hopper of policy ideas — because they’re not.

It’s time for a blackout. We are at a point where the only appropriate response to Trump’s ramblings is ostracism. He’s not a reasonable person with whom you can have a rational discussion, and we should treat him accordingly.

Whenever Donald Trump says anything — even if it has the patina of a reasonable, coherent thought — the response of every genuine right-winger should be: “I don’t care what Donald Trump says. He is an affront to rational thought and reasonable, thoughtful, humane discourse. I’m not going to waste time responding to any word that comes from his mouth. Period.” He — and every one of his bottom-feeding surrogates, and his media minions, and his army of Twitter eggs — should be ignored. They should be boxed out of public discourse, with prejudice.

Donald Trump has done incalculable damage to virtually every cause for which the conservative moment has fought for the last 60 years. It’s not enough to say he’s wrong. He should be exiled from public life. The Left will never do that; Trump’s success is theirs. This must be the work of whatever conscientious conservatives remain, and it has to start now.

Tuttle should have added a caveat - it's OK to analyze Trumpspeak if done for entertainment purposes. Kevin Williamson goes ahead and does just that.

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