No, I haven’t been on vacation

I’ve been giving my house a long overdue overhaul. And it is taking up virtually all of my time.

However, I do have something for you to read. Thomas Sowell has written a four-part series, “Dismantling America”, which makes a lot of the points I would be making if I had time to write anything these days.

Here are the links:

Dismantling America — Part 1

Dismantling America — Part 2

Dismantling America — Part 3

Dismantling America — Part 4

Those are the installments as of this morning — there may be more. I’d love to expand on this discussion, but I just don’t have the time, and probably won’t have the time for at least three more weeks.

For the curious, so far I’ve had all of my entry doors replaced, my old roof ripped off and a new one installed, new gutters installed, the soffits covered, and the exterior trim wrapped in aluminum. A crew is arriving on Monday to gut and completely replace my kitchen and both bathrooms, install new windows and replace some living room drywall that was damaged during last winter’s snow storm.

This week I’ve been shopping for appliances. The big ones are being delivered today, and I’ve been working feverishly to make some space for them, as well as for all the stuff I’ll have to remove from the kitchen before Monday.

After these jobs are done, all I have to do is paint the interior walls and woodwork and refinish the floors. I’m not at all looking forward to doing the latter, so if anybody has any ideas on how to make it easier, I’m all ears.

3 thoughts on “No, I haven’t been on vacation”

  1. Sowell calls healthcare reform “ObamaCare” derisively without defining what ObamaCare is. Here are the 8 principles for healthcare reform Obama outlined in his FY 2010 Budget overview:

    Healthcare reform should:
    • Reduce long-term growth of health care costs for businesses and government.
    • Protect families from bankruptcy or debt because of health care costs.
    • Guarantee choice of doctors and health plans.
    • Invest in prevention and wellness.
    • Improve patient safety and quality care.
    • Assure affordable, quality health coverage for all Americans.
    • Maintain coverage when you change or lose your job.
    • End barriers to coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

    Which of these do you object to?

    Sowell also blames “media spin” for not educating Americans on the shortcomings of Universal Health Care. How convenient; blame it on the liberal media. But the truth is Sowell has his own agenda and his source (The Pacific Research Institute) of the “facts” about Universal Health Care is no less biased than the media he slams. This is a quote from the PRI’s own website:

    “The Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy promotes the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The Institute believes these principles are best encouraged through policies that emphasize a free economy, private initiative, and limited government.”

    Anything coming out of the PRI is going to have a conservative slant and, therefore, has to be taken with a grain of salt.

    Answer these questions for me:

    Why doesn’t Sowell include any information about the government-run healthcare systems in France and Germany? How about Denmark? How about virtually every other OEDC country?

    Why is it that the U.S. is the only country in the OEDC NOT to have government-run healthcare?

    Sowell can say what he wants, and people are free to believe what he tells them, but they would be foolish to accept what he says at face value.

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