1. There are several accurate and fair points in the New York Times overview of the Obamacare repeal and replace fiasco, as well as some details that all add up top one thing: the GOP, top to bottom, wasn’t prepared to follow up on the promises it was making during the campaign. To be responsible and honest, it should have had the substitute plan for the Affordable Care Act crafted, analyzed and ready before the 2016 campaign was even underway—you know, one that still dealt with pre-existing condition problem, capped mediacl negligence lawsuit awards. and took steps to lower health care cots while giving the public more choices rather than fewer and not adding to the national debt. Instead, they just used a false promise to stir up the base, like Harold Hill railing about the new pool table corrupting the youth in River City. It was a con job, in other words, all along. Incredibly, the Times reports—assuming that what it reports is true, and of that we can never be sure, remember—
“Vote yes, Republican leaders told the holdouts in their conference. We promise it will never become law. After seven years of railing against the evils of the Affordable Care Act, the party had winnowed its hopes of dismantling it down to a menu of options to appease recalcitrant lawmakers — with no more pretenses of lofty policy making, only a realpolitik plea to keep the legislation churning through the Capitol by voting to advance something, anything.”
That’s nauseating, and unethical governance and politics at its worst.
Other notes from the article
- “A ruling party that never expected to win. A conservative base long primed to accept nothing less than a full repeal. An overpromising and often disengaged president with no command of the policy itself and little apparent interest in selling its merits to the public.”
It’s fine to face reality when you appear to be defeated. It is unethical to run for office without being as prepared to win as you would be if your were the frontrunner.
- “Yet in private sessions…Republicans worried about being saddled with a politically toxic “Trumpcare,” with some acknowledging that their dual promises — repealing the law swiftly without pulling the rug out from Americans — could not be reconciled.”
This just occurred to them? Wasn’t this obviously a problem that could have been predicted since. oh, 2010?
- “Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, assembled a working group of 13 senators to draft the legislation — all of them male — excluding Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Collins.”
What a moron.
2. J.K Rowling, Harry Potter’s mommy who hates our President with a passion, sent out a re-tweet of an edited video appearing to show President Trump snubbing a child in a wheelchair. She wrote, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.’ – Maya Angelou https://twitter.com/ansel/status/889596818383814656 …”
The tweet had gone viral, with more than 58 thousand retweets. It’s also carrying a lie. The actual, unedited video shows the President kneeling and talking to the boy. Now the tweet itself and the page of the tweeter has vanished.
Rowling has shown us that she is a foreign citizen using her influence to spread fake news in an effort to undermine our government. Someone should turn her into a newt.
3. In a Washtenaw County, Michigan, courtroom, Danta Wright, 17, smirked and smiled as he had to listen to as his murder victim’s family berate him and tell him what they had done to their lives. In order to get a plea deal that would avoid the maximum sentence for his crime,Wright had confessed that he and two other friends shot and killed Jordan Klee, 18, in the course of a robbery,
His repulsive and shameless lack of remorse caused 22nd Circuit Court Judge David Swartz to tell him,
“Watching you sit there, smile, laugh, shake your head like this was no big deal— I’m very tempted to just say, ‘I’m not going to accept this sentencing agreement and we’ll go to trial’ and if you’re convicted of felony murder, you’ll go to prison for the rest of your life. That means you’ll die there. That’s what I’m tempted to do.”
This, according to some commentators, was sufficient to make Swartz a hero. The judge taught Wright a lesson. He sent a message. Baloney. Words are cheap. The judge decided to go ratify the plea deal rather than require this sociopath to stand trial. The sentence of 23 to 50 years in prison for Klee’s murder is substantial, but saying what one is tempted to do while not doing it is sending the message, “I don’t care enough or have the guts to do what I know I should do.” It is virtue-signaling and grandstanding, nothing more.
4. Now THIS is an unethical lawyer: Jacqueline B. Jones, a lawyer in Syracuse, New York, is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 4 to enter a plea to charges that she phoned in a bomb threat to avoid a disciplinary hearing on an opposing lawyer’s request for bar sanctions against her. The maximum penalty is a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.
5. In submitting this Slate article, “Jailing the Victim: Is it ever appropriate to put someone behind bars to compel her to testify against her abuser?” for consideration, Ethics Alarms Ethics Scout Fred asks whether a Hawaii prosecutor’s policy of offering residence in an abused women’s shelter in exchange for a woman’s testimony against her abuser is “coercive in a way that a subpoena is not. The shelter placement might be a life-safety issue.”
Sure it’s more coercive. I see no difference ethically from this kind of unethical coercion and telling a victim that she can’t go to the hospital until she agrees to testify.
It’s interesting that so many proposals have surfaced lately trying to criminalize failure to report crimes, or declining to intervene to assist others in peril. Punishing someone for not reporting a crime committed on themselves, however, or refusing to be proactive to protect society from his or her own attacker, extends a bad idea and an unethical one to its illogical extreme. Jailing material witnesses and accessories who refuse subpoenas can be justified; jailing someone as an accessory to her own abuse breaches all known ethics systems.