Octavo Dia

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court, Obamacare, and Cooking the Books

Not that it really matters, but I disagree with the Supreme's Court's decision.  In my opinion, the government ALREADY has the power to tax, therefore, there's no need for a half-baked substitute for a tax.  If the Democrats wanted everyone to have health insurance, they could have raised taxes and spent the revenue buying/providing health insurance.  Why didn't the Democrats do that?  Because they couldn't.  The Democrats did not have the support, either popularly or politically, to support a spending increase of that magnitude.  Instead, they moved the tax and spending off the books with the individual mandate.  It may not be unconstitutional, but it's still cooking the books to override the checks and balances of the system.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  Amazon.com.

Yes, I finally got around to reading it.  Given the hype, I was expecting it to be Lord of the Rings quality, but, this book at least, is more Hobbit-level writing.  I'm not saying it's bad, and I'll read the rest of them as I have vacations, but it isn't what I was expecting.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Review: Killing Lincoln

O'Reilly, Bill and Martin Dugard.  Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever.  Amazon.com.

If you've never read a history of Lincoln's assassination, this one is perfectly acceptable.  However, there was no reason at all for this book to be written.  There is nothing new--only speculation and the most trivial of insights.  If you're going to read a book about the assassination, read this one.  At least you'll get some first rate photo essays out of the deal.  Essentially, in this volume, Bill O'Reilly lent his name to a book to cash in on his fame.