Thursday, December 27, 2012

Going to church in a foreign language

I regularly attend Mormon services in both English and Spanish. My native language is English, and I did not take a real Spanish class until January 2012, when I was in my twenties. I had only taken Spanish 101 when I started going to Spanish Branch (branch being the word Mormons use for a small congregation), and it was a difficult (albeit fascinating) experience when I started going.

Spanish church building

Monday, November 12, 2012

The American Veteran

The picture is of my Marine grandfather (1921-2011),
He never had loss of life or limb or mind,
and no letters came to his family with tidings very sad,
but all of the other things in this poem apply to him.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Obama's admissions to broken promises

I was just reading the text of Obama’s Inaugural Address of three years ago, and it’s interesting to compare some of its text with that of his State of the Union Address from last January:

Inaugural Address, 2009

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Debunking the myth of Obamacare making healthcare cheaper

Our healthcare is about to cost a lot more, thanks to the new taxes in Mr. Obama’s bill. (The bill was passed a while back, but it doesn’t take effect for some time.) You can see several new taxes, fees, and miscellaneous other “revenue provisions” in p. 10 of the bill’s 906-page text (in the 12-page table of contents), as reported on the Senate website at this link. Below is a summary:

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Why I am against a minimum wage (or a maximum legal price for healthcare)

It seems like the most charitable of things to do: to legally set a minimum level of earnings for workers, or a maximum price of healthcare for consumers. These two things might not seem connected, but they are each a form of the same thing: price controls.

If people understood the laws of supply and demand, I wouldn't have to explain why price controls are bad. But because our education system has been so deficient in teaching this concept, I feel I must do so now.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Obama on maximum healthcare prices and minimum wages

Obama favors both a maximum price for healthcare and a minimum wage for labor. The evidence for his favoring a maximum price for healthcare can be found in these two quotes, from pages 707 and 709 of the text of the Senate healthcare bill (the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) that Obama signed into law, as shown on the Senate Democrats’ website at this link.

Obama signing healthcare bill into law, 2010

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