I hope it was merely unintended cruelty enacted by a well-fed flock of congresspersons, who determined that the long-term unemployed could just suck it up a little more and do without. The reality of being unemployed in your late 50s or early 60s is that nobody wants you, no matter your talents or abilities. To cast such people aside as too lazy to work, or too shiftless to try, is to have never filled their shoes.
I was lucky. I owned the home I live in. I had money put aside. But the reality was that my income from consulting was a fraction of the money
I had earned running a multi-million dollar company. I was not shiftless, I was not lazy, just old. I went to file for unemployment benefits and was so overcome by the humiliation of it that I left before doing the paperwork. Many do not enjoy that luxury, they are desperate for the money.
For any congressman to say that cutting off those benefits will teach a lesson in self reliance bespeaks both ignorance and callousness. May they walk a mile in those shoes. It needs to be fixed, now.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced that he is going to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Because he was born in Calgary of a Cuban father and an American mother, he qualifies. Canada recognizes those born on its soil as Canadian and the US recognizes the children of those who are and have the requisite residency in the USA.
In the process of gaining my US citizenship, I had to renounce my allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen. My mother asked simply, “How could you?!” To make it all official I would have to fill out a British government form, which seems like an unnecessary nuisance. Ted also has to fill out a form to meet Canadian requirements.
The USA discourages dual citizenship and Cruz has quite evidently determined which side of the border he belongs on, being a Texan and a US Senator … unless of course Dr. Jim Garrow is right. Garrow, a right-wing fruitcake with extra nutty flavor, says that President Obama is recruiting space aliens and Canadians to take over the government. Now it makes sense.
Delighted to see that Phil Robertson got his job back. It illustrates the fact that his free speech rights were not violated and that (A) the number of gay activists who watch Arts and Entertainment is limited; fewer still, those who partake of Duck Dynasty, and (B) Duck Dynasty devotees agree with the Big Drake that our Lord despises gay people. Put those two together, consider the advertising rates that A&E charges for the show and we know the price of principle, and at A&E it’s not much.
The estimable conservative columnist P.J. O’Rourke reports that DNA extracted from Neanderthal bones is an exact match for the audience of A&E. He said it, not me. Bravo!—so to speak.