The Daily Dose – Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Daily Dose
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Notes from around the Human Experience…

In The News
The latest Medicare For All plan has been issued by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. It calls medical care for every American and is expected to cost about $32 trillion (T) for ten years. Forget the fact we can’t afford this. Forget the fact the taxes required to pay for it will strangle our economy. This proposal cuts right to the heart of what our country is about:

How much do we want our government to do for us? 

Friends, do we want our government to provide cradle to grave coverage? Do we want a government program interfering with our lives at every milestone? We shouldn’t. All we should require from our government is 24 hours every day to make something good happen for ourselves.

It is, of course, human nature to want to depend on someone. As kids, we depended on our parents and as a husband, Lord knows, I depend on my wife. But that’s where it ends. Our government cannot even deliver medical care to a few million veterans, how can we expect it to provide health care to 320 million of us? We can’t. The government will screw it up.

Doctors and health insurers must be allowed back into the free market. When they are, when their survival depends on pleasing us consumers, quality will go up, prices will come down and innovation will flourish. We allow the free market to provide food, clothing, shelter and video games. We must allow it to provide health care, too.

Today at the Site
Sparrow is once again lured in by attractive packaging and buys yet another product for his hair on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. This is particularly curious since Sparrow has little hair up top. Also, there is the latest from the hotel and the Sleep Log is updated.

Not for the first time, Gore Vidal has The Thought for the Day. Today’s Thought is from Creation, a historical novel set a few centuries before Christ, mainly in Persia. Confucious, however, makes an appearance and the subject of today’s Thought is conformity and deviance.

On This Date
In 30BC – Forces commanded by Mark Antony earn a modest victory over Octavian’s forces in the Battle of Alexandria. Inspired by this win, Antonian forces desert in droves, leading to his suicide the following year.

In 2012 – At the Summer Olympics in London, American swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 19th Olympic medal, breaking the record for most Olympic medals that had been held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina. The record-breaking medal was a gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle, one of four gold medals Phelps won at the London Games. To date, Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals, including 23 gold medals.

In 1954 – Little Things Mean a Lot by Kitty Kallen is at #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart – a predecessor to the Hot 100 – for the ninth and final week.  It was the fourth and final #1 for Kallen and was Billboard’s biggest song of 1954. It would be the last time a female solo act would have the #1 song for a year until Lulu’s To Sir, with Love was the biggest song of 1967.

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