Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A proposal for peace in the Prop 8 wars

There's a lot of anger over Prop 8 in California, which passed narrowly, banning gay marriage and is danger of being overturned by the Attorney General. As an opponent of Prop 8 who seeks a compromise acceptable to both parties, I propose the folowing amendment to the California Constitution: Homosexuals shall not pay California income tax as long as Prop 8 is the law of the land.

Special priviliges for a minority, you ask? Not at all. Since homosexuals, who are here legally and pay taxes, are being denied rights that heterosexuals enjoy, they should not be forced to pay taxes to a government that treats them as second-class citizens. Let's use a historical anaology: Should blacks in the early 20th century in the South have been forced to pay taxes to governments that denied them rights? I say, unequivocally, no!

So, my conservative friends, here's a deal: you can stop what you consider the horror of gay marriage, but the state's finances will suffer. But, surely, paying a little more tax is worth it to keep these sinners from getting married?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sore winners in the gay marriage battle

I strongly opposed Proposition 8, the initiative in California that banned gay marriage. It did pass,however, and I concede defeat. I oppose Jerry Brown's attempts to nullify the results of the election. Having said this, I am very upset over a news report that says advocates of Prop 8 want to retroactively ban all gay marriages. Even people already married before the unfortunate passage of Prop 8 may have their marriages invalidated. This should offend anyone with a sense of fairness and decency. What harm has these marriages done to anyone? The term "sore losers" is widely known; perhaps "sore winners" will enter the lexicon.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Obama seeks health care reform

Apparently, President-elect Obama is seeking advice on what to do about the health care problem—yes, there actually is a problem, contra George "everyone can just go to an emergency room" Bush. I highly recommend this book to Mr.Obama and everyone else interested in a solution to our mess: Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America. The author, Dr.Ezekiel Emanuel, proposes a radical solution: every American should get a health care voucher equivalent to the benefits members of Congress receive. No one would be denied care because of a preexisting condition. Dr.Emanuel's plan would not be identical to Canada's "single-payer system," because he believes those plans encourage fraud and long waits. My only quibble with this book is that he proposes a VAT tax to pay for his plan, and I'm not sure people would accept this. Notwithstanding this flaw, this is still the best health care book I have read. I also suggest Melvin Konner's Medicine at the Crossroads—which endorses a single-payer system.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Liberal intellectual establishment takes control

A must read at MSNBC.com: Academic elites fill Obama's roster. For the next four (at least) years we will be ruled by what Noam Chomsky calls "the liberal intellectual establishment." If you're looking for any real diversity of viewpoints, abandon all hope. As the article says: "Of Obama's top 35 appointments so far, 22 have degrees from an Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, the University of Chicago or one of the top British universities." This raises the question: does an Ivy League degree truly confer wisdom upon its recipient? I know what my liberal friends will argue: It couldn't be worse than the last eight years! Perhaps, but my standards are a little higher than most. Change? Well, if by change you mean a return to 1993, I suppose you're right. It looks like Bill Clinton's third term, minus a few Arkansas cronies.