Hydrangeas + Miracid = Wow

A little Miracid in the soil made the hydrangeas look–well—–

Why Do Politicians Reverse Their Positions?

This is one of those must reads as it illustrates the problems with governing in this nation.

Recall, if you will, that…”The (health care) mandate made its political début in a 1989 Heritage Foundation brief titled “Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans,” as a counterpoint to the single-payer system and the employer mandate, which were favored in Democratic circles. … In 2007, both Newt Gingrich and John McCain wanted a cap-and-trade program in order to reduce carbon emissions. …

“[Y]ou can’t assume that policy-based compromises that made sense at the beginning will survive to the end, because by that time whichever group has an interest in not compromising will likely have convinced itself that the compromise position is an awful idea-even if, just a few years ago, that group thought it was a great one.”

What is notable about the conservative response to the individual mandate is not only the speed with which a legal argument that was considered fringe in 2010 had become mainstream by 2012; it’s the implication that the Republicans spent two decades pushing legislation that was in clear violation of the nation’s founding document. Political parties do go through occasional, painful cleansings, in which they emerge with different leaders who hold different positions. This was true of Democrats in the nineteen-nineties, when Bill Clinton passed free trade, deficit reduction, and welfare reform, despite the furious objections of liberals. But in this case the mandate’s supporters simply became its opponents.

Senator Ron Johnson Calls For “Simple Message” In Fall Campaign

The news this morning would have been funny–if it was not so darn serious.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney needs to deliver a simple message in order to defeat President Barack Obama.

So that is the key to Republican election success?

Dumb down everything so that a fifth grader can understand it.  Manipulate the message and simplify it until there is no way to discern any practical policy ideas.  Get enough simpletons to the polls to vote, and then claim a mandate.

I concede the point that there are many uneducated voters in this nation, and still more that have no interest in having any grasp of the nation’s concerns.

But to start out with such a low-bench mark as advising a presidential nominee to keep it “simple” in order to win is truly astounding to me.

The lack of intellectual heft among the GOP is not anything new, and Johnson will never be confused with someone who would ever get a chance on Jeopardy.  But when it comes to the issues that pile up for a president to deal with it would seem some details and expansive messaging would be far more enlightening for the voters than merely a “simple” message.

There is no way to talk about stimulus funding, Iran’s missile threat, the Dream Act, or court nominees in “simple” ways that imparts knowledge to the electorate.    To suggest such a tactic for the fall campaign is idiotic.

Perhaps for Ron Johnson there is no need for complicated answers to anything.  After all, his keen mind concluded extreme weather phenomena is best explained by sunspots rather than an overload of carbon dioxide!  

Simple is not always best.

How Paul Eckart Spends Every Saturday Night–For Decades

One has to wonder how many GooGoo Clusters were enjoyed over the decades.

Saturday night the Grand Ole Opry marked a first by recognizing its undisputed, most loyal fan.

Paul Eckart moved from Pennsylvania to Nashville 40 years ago. He watched his first Opry performance before he even unpacked and he hasn’t missed a weekend show since, so Saturday night the Opry honored him with its first-ever Opry Fan Award.

He sits in the same seat for every show, section five, row BB, seat one, and he says it’s the best in the house. As for shows, if he had to pick, Paul says the Opry’s 75th Birthday celebration was his favorite, but he loves them all.

“Every show is different; every show is good, some are much better than others as you know. That’s true of anything. But I love the Grand Ole Opry, there’s nothing else I can say,” said Eckart.

His wife goes to bingo when Paul is at the Opry. In two months, they’ll celebrate 60 years of marriage.