Loyal Opposition

Boy am I stupid!

George Lippencott

Fooled again - I sure am gullible. Here I was protesting a requirement that I pay a disproportionate fee for the sidewalk that I do not own and that is not on my property. I had been willing to pay a flat fee. But, I missed the point. Why is ...

Disingenuous Obama

George Lippencott

Another provoked blog. I could put you to sleep with definitions of authorization, appropriations and outlays as they apply to federal spending, so I will not. Medicare is defined in law and changing much of it requires changes in law. It is what is called an entitlement – if you ...

The Great Divide?

George Lippencott

Another interesting exchange - in a recent blog one commenter expressed a view that those on the west side of town exhibit an extravagant lifestyle. I have also heard criticism of the size of the houses on the west side of town. I never really thought about it as to ...

The Dawn of Time – 1985

George Lippencott

One of the advantages of being a senior is that you have been alive for a number of decades and might actually remember, with appropriate biases, all the way back to the fifties. Anybody remember the Clean Air Act? That is when we started to address Climate Change, even though ...

Rapacious Health Insurance Companies – or not

George Lippencott

During the course of blogging about health care, a recurring theme is that of a rapacious health insurance industry. The criticisms include obscene profits, over generous executive compensation and denial of medical services to name a few. I pulled the 10K reports on some of the health care insurance companies. ...

Deception and Dissembling

George Lippencott

I just can not understand some of the bloggers hereabouts. As a senior I may not disagree with the proposed health care bill in the House without being reviled as stupid or partisan or greedy. As near as I can tell seniors are the only ones being asked for sacrifice. ...

Reversing Climate Change

George Lippencott

It has been an interesting couple of weeks. On the health care debate each side is busily accusing the other of being irrational drones or misguided idiots. In keeping with all this foolishness I thought I would take the debate to a new low. We all know that climate change ...

I am a slave!

George Lippencott

Recently we decided to replace a fence damaged during the tornado some years ago. The surveyor came and staked the property line. Wow, were we surprised. I thought we owned the land upon which the city has placed their sidewalk. I had been willing to accept some responsibility for the ...

Brother, can you spare a dime?

George Lippencott

A few days ago, there was a letter to the editor that painted a picture of young families forced to seek assistance on the streets of Lawrence. That article got my attention. I was both angry and exasperated. My anger stems from disgust with our very wealthy society that still ...

Soak the Middle yet again – is the American Dream still alive?

George Lippencott

By now most of you are aware that property owners are to see a new tax to repair the city sidewalks. We could tax everybody with a sales tax increase but we have elected to bring more pain to the property owners. In fact, the more sidewalk the more you ...

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