1. Opening a door is not a gesture of condescension, but rather courtesy and deference. As far as revolving doors go, modern manners dictate that a gentleman allow the woman to enter first. Car doors are no exception, regardless of who is driving. (1/23)
2. A Gentleman Walks Closest to the Curb
The idea being, of course, to protect her from traffic, debris, puddles and other urban calamities.
Dec 9, 2021 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Almost no one has a clue what they are doing.
When you first enter the world world, all young and ambitious, you think "Now is when I'm going to meet all the really sharp and impressive people who know what they are doing and make things happen."
Dec 8, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Broke out the Christmas records just now.
1st up: Christmas at Colorado State University, Vol. 1, Musical Heritage Society, 1973.
Excerpt from Bob Dole's 8/15/96 RNC acceptance speech:
"Now I know that in some quarters I may be expected to run from this, the truth of this, but I was born in 1923, and facts are better than dreams and good presidents and good candidates don't run from the truth."
"I do not need the presidency to make or refresh my soul. That false hope I will gladly leave to others. For greatness lies not in what office you hold, but on how honest you are in how you face adversity and in your willingness to stand fast in hard places."
Jul 21, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Everyone is eventually going to get #COVID19. It will never be “defeated” or eradicated. It’s a permanent part of the ecosystem now, just like flu viruses and cold viruses.
The only issue is whether you keep your vaccinations up to date or not.
And the likelihood is that as #COVID19 mutates, it will mutate into forms that are more easily transmissible but less harmful to the host. Because viruses want to survive, too — they don’t want to kill their hosts.
Feb 27, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman
If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet
Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman
Jan 30, 2020 • 8 tweets • 1 min read
Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me around
I feel numb, born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun
The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground, head in the sky
It's okay, I know nothing's wrong, nothing
Jan 23, 2020 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Some kind of restrictions on pregnant women obtaining visas to visit the US is an awfully blunt tool, and lots of innocent folks will be unfairly and unnecessarily inconvenienced by such regulations.
BUT birth tourism is a legitimate problem (in my estimation), is based on a misreading and misapplication of the Constitution, and Congress should fix it.
Jan 23, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
“Drug costs are out of control” is mostly not true.
Today I picked up a months worth of all of my prescriptions. 5 in all. Cost me a total of $10 at @Walmart with fairly typical health insurance. All generics; typical meds for a middle-aged man.
Two of them required prior authorization, which was simply a call from my doctor to the health insurance company. No big deal.
Jan 4, 2020 • 13 tweets • 2 min read
Every one of the last five presidents--that's 31 years--has come into office insisting that America was overextended militarily & internationally, and that we needed to be more modest in our engagements and bring our troops home.
Reality has a way of intruding. And sophisticated voters should know better than to believe such sentiments, regardless of which party is expressing them.
Jan 3, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
My thanks to President Trump for punching the world's biggest bully squarely in the mouth.
This is something previous presidents, including some I voted for, have been unwilling to do.
Iran has been the world's most malicious force for 40 years, and no one has been willing to do much about it.
And I will admit that my preferred candidates in 2016 probably wouldn't have done much about Iran either.
Dec 21, 2019 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Back to my campaign against judicial supremacy . . . have you noticed that the Founders did not put the Supreme Court in charge of impeachment, or as the final say on impeachment?
Yes, I know the Chief Justice presides over the Senate trial. But the Founders in no way thought the Supreme Court should have the final say on something like this.
Dec 11, 2019 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
This is the correct take. The original USMCA was strong on IP protections, but Trump admin caved to Nancy Pelosi and jettisoned demands that our trading partners respect and protect American biologics innovations. Extremely disappointed.
In this very unfortunate instance, the Trump administration's populist instincts to bash America's most globally competitive, innovative industry intersected with those of Nancy Pelosi's Democrats. The result is an awful, awful policy and it would be a terrible precedent.
Oct 7, 2019 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
The idea behind the national popular vote, or abolishing the Electoral College, etc. is simple and straightforward: The people should be able to elect their own rulers.
Seems like a good idea. But it's not.
The people electing their own rulers is certainly a better idea than having rulers imposed on the people, or having totalitarian dictators or a military coup impose rulers on the people. So there's that.
But the American idea is better than that.
Oct 4, 2019 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Single payer medicine would be a disaster for Americans, for the economy, and for overall public health.
That being said, it's no wonder people like the idea.
We got a voice mail the other day on the home phone from a collection agency about an unpaid medical bill. This made no sense, as we generally don't neglect such things.
Jul 16, 2019 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
I cannot accept that the country would be better off if the Republican Party had blown up in the summer of 2016 and Hillary Clinton was elected president.
I cannot accept that the Republican Party would be better off if the Republican Party had blown up in the summer of 2016 and Hillary Clinton was elected president.
Jun 1, 2019 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
For many reasons I haven’t said much about the Mueller investigation, impeachment, etc. but here is what I don’t understand:
If it is Justice Dept policy that a president cannot be charged or indicted, than the only option from the very beginning was impeachment.
That makes the Mueller investigation an impeachment investigation.
But impeachment is a Congressional responsibility, not an Executive Branch or Justice Dept. responsibility.
May 27, 2019 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
It should be no surprise that, in a #TXlege session where comity was the highest goal, higher spending & promises delivered for the Government Class but disappointment for the taxpayer was the result.
Texas’ legislature meets only for 4 months every two years. With such political compression in a state this large, a legislative session SHOULD be contentious. Great issues are in debate and the stakes are great.
1. China isn’t paying the tariffs. Americans directly pay the tariffs. Tariffs are paid at the border by the IMPORTER to get the goods released. Trump’s tariffs are paid by the American importers, not by China.
2. Government revenue is NOT a proxy for the health of an economy. Higher taxes raise higher revenue revenues but HARM an economy. Trump’s tariffs are a form of higher taxes and so are indeed increasing federal revenue, but this has nothing to do with the health of the economy.
Apr 30, 2019 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I have known @StephenMoore for over 20 years. I know when he got outside of economics and wrote on things like sports he was always being purposely humorous and provocative, and everyone who read the pieces at the time knew it, which is why there was no hue and cry at the time.
The fact that no previous Fed member has ever gone through this level of scrutiny before is a testimony to 1) hatred of all things Trump, and