Thoughts While by Thomas A. Loarie

There’s A New Sheriff In Town, Folks! Things are A-Changing!

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Thoughts while sifting through today’s headlines….makes me think, perhaps, we have a new sheriff in the White House.

SEC Pick Is Attuned to Needs of Wall Street
Will restore oversight and reduce excessive regulation that has harmed the American worker and job creation.

Trump Plans Spy Agency Overhaul
Will eliminate bloat and politicization.

Battle Heats Up to Repeal Health Law
Democrats implement Alinsky (“Rules of Radicals”) Rules 3, 9, 11 & 13 and use FUD — fear, uncertainty and doubt — to get the public to believe that any alternative to what is known to be bad healthcare will be worse under Republicans.

Obama’s Final Regulatory Binge Gets a Rapid Congressional Response
House just passed a bill to nix “midnight rules” issued by Obama that would impose another $21.7 billion of costs on the economy and job creation.

There is definitely a new sheriff in town.

Editor’s Note: From Solomon’s Proverbs to Pascal’s Pensées, the short, pithy observation has been a valuable form of commentary on culture and the human condition.

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Who Will Stay on the Sideline and be an Armchair Critic in 2017?

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Thoughts while beginning the new year…I have to ask myself, who will stay on the sideline and simply criticize? Perhaps we all need to consider something another President said a long time ago.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

THE MAN IN THE ARENA
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

I ask again, who will stay on the sidelines and be a critic in 2017?

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What is the Single Healthcare Problem You Want Fixed?

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Thoughts while reviewing the news on overturning or reforming Obamacare…

The following points of view were expressed in a healthcare trade publication this week in answer to this question: “What is single healthcare problem you want fixed now?”

William P. Thompson, President and CEO of SSM Health (St. Louis) —  “Reduce the administrative burden on the healthcare system. By some estimates, up to 30 percent of healthcare costs are spent to comply with regulatory and other requirements that are imposed upon the healthcare system. The sheer magnitude and complexity of the rules and regulations are mind-boggling and have reached a point where we find rules that contradict each other or that can actually impair our ability to provide high-quality care. Of course, I recognize that a reasonable level of administrative oversight is necessary to help prevent fraud and abuse of the system, but the sheer size of the governmental bureaucracy and the duplication of reviews and audits have led to significant waste. By reducing this waste, we could provide more resources to the actual delivery of care.”

Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) – “Reduce the conflicting and over-burdensome array of regulatory demands on healthcare organizations.

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Who Are Sanctuary Cities Really Protecting?

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Thoughts while watching California mayors defend sanctuary cities….

I have a friend who is a police lieutenant for a city that borders San Francisco. Last year, he made a routine traffic stop and when he checked the driver’s identification, my friend the lieutenant discovered the individual was wanted by Interpol for terrorist activities outside the U.S.

This fugitive had found sanctuary in San Francisco as an illegal and had been booked and released 6 times in that city alone. He made the mistake of venturing outside San Francisco, and is now in the hands of Interpol.

Source: FaceBook

How does harboring and protecting criminals serve the citizens of this country? Weren’t immigration laws passed to protect American citizens?

The following article provides a good overview of how we arrived at the paradoxical notion of a “sanctuary city.”

Sanctuary Cities: Not a Good Idea
The term ‘Sanctuary City’ at first glance has a righteous, humanitarian ring. The word ‘sanctuary’ (alone) makes most people think of a safe haven in an unfriendly environment. Sanctuary as a place of refuge is an old concept……
HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

 

Editor’s Note: From Solomon’s Proverbs to Pascal’s Pensées, the short, pithy observation has been a valuable form of commentary on culture and the human condition.

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U.S. History is Now Optional for Many College History Majors

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Thoughts while on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to San Francisco  for the global JP Morgan Healthcare Conference… George Washington University recently announced that U.S. History would now become an optional course for those who choose history as their major.

This is a trend with over one-third of the United States’ most prestigious schools now making U.S. History optional. Optional?

Why would a University not insist its history majors study the history of the world’s most important and successful experiment in governing, one that was founded on the creed of freedom and representative democracy?

Top Ranked Colleges Don’t Require History Majors to Study U.S. History
Several elite colleges do not require students pursuing a history degree to take U.S. history courses, according to a new American Council of Trustees and Alumni…
FREEBEACON.COM

Editor’s Note: From Solomon’s Proverbs to Pascal’s Pensées, the short, pithy observation has been a valuable form of commentary on culture and the human condition. This article is taken from Thomas Loarie’s Thoughts While… series.

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