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Take It For Granted? You Lose.

I recently had a series of conversations with one of the younger generation about health insurance.  He and his family have a good insurance plan, which in addition to covering the usual things a young family has, also covers his diabetes medication.  He got it through the insurance exchange, and it’s affordable for him.  The reason I mention this, is that he assumed this was “normal,” and he takes it for granted.  Which I pointed out to him was anything but.

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Conservatives Have A Memory Problem

Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories and opinion columns from various conservative writers complaining about the “obstruction” in Congress by Democrats, long screeds about the inability of the President to get anything done because of the distraction of the special prosecutor’s investigation, and following hearings in the House.  More recently, a number of the same writers touting the “exoneration” of the President by the investigation, and bemoaning the “death of democracy.”   Leaving aside that the report did not exonerate President Trump, which was very clearly stated by the special prosecutor, the other complaints just show me that conservatives have absolutely no memory.

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One More Time. “Freedom of speech” Does Not Mean “Consequence free.”

Every spring, I have to attend a state-wide supervisor’s conference.  It’s something I’d rather not go to, since it’s mostly “same old, same old,” but the main value is the social interactions with the other supervisors.  In the after-hours chatting, the buzz was about one of the supervisors recently having been fired.  What did they do?  They’d posted a very offensive racist comment on a newspaper story.  Unfortunately for them, this particular newspaper used the Facebook comment plug-in, which linked that comment right back to their Facebook page.  On which, they prominently had their job title and employer.  The numerous people offended by the comment promptly sent off e-mails and made phone calls to the head office.

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Trump Never Learned What I Did – But Should Have

Over the years, I’ve had a number of bosses, both good and bad, as well as a lot of time being the boss.  Anyone who has listened to President Trump over the past few years has seen the chaos in his administration.     From just an overview in the recent Mueller report, it’s apparent that the White House is more like a version of some fictional royal courts, with courtiers vying to see who can gain influence, or avoid falling afoul of Trump’s displeasure.   He mirrors the traits of the worst bosses I’ve had, with none of the traits of my good bosses. What’s apparent to me is that Trump never learned the lessons I did along the way.  Like what?

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Thoughts for 2020 – And Beyond

We’re already in the start of primary season, and Democrats have a large selection of candidates competing to be the Party’s nominee.  There’s going to be a lot of horse racing commentary in the media, and polls being analyzed.  None of those really matter at this time, and won’t until we get toward the end of the year.   I’m not going to advocate for any candidate in this post, since I’m not even close to deciding.  However I do have some thoughts for the year 2020.  In addition, back in early 2018, I wrote a post with four thoughts for 2018 and beyond.  Those still hold true, and I’ll be revisiting some of that in this post.   What am I thinking?

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