Great moments in “we have to lie (a little / sometimes / often) to get past the stupid recalcitrance of the American people and do some good”. I’m fond of the Gulf of Tonkin incident / resolution by that Straussian neo-con Lyndon Johnson. My family did not have a contemplated military tradition, but my uncle had re-upped in the Marines a couple times during peacetime in the late 50’s and early 60’s. My father enlisted in 1962, and I think he might have done the same, had 1965 and 1966 not made him into a maladjusted 22 year old combat veteran. So he came home in 1967 after his initial 4 yr stint, in time for the proper serendipity to be constructed for him to meet my mother and have me happen when I did. Just like the cottonwood puff in Forrest Gump eh.
Anyway, I don’t have a great philosophical education, though I can keep up I guess with someone who is quoting the contexts of great works. As a dilettante, I think I can seriously assert the obviating nature of fallibility / infallibility for those who think it’s OK to lie to move the ball for social progress. I’d say it’s OK to lie if your judgment is infallible. If it isn’t, your claim to be able to lie for the greater good is obviated. And no one’s judgment is infallible, including the elites. See LBJ example above. Hayekian knowledge problem, to cross germinate the discussion. So no, that the elites get to lie for the greater good is not an acceptable premise.
I almost think this woman has a court case that’s winnable via an absurdity argument if you get my drift. It’s just absurd that she’s that exposed to ruin due to the arbitrary nature of in / out of network. I’m mindful of the big hospital bill. I am going to get one for my hospital stay in October. I’m hoping my personal exposure is say 2k out of a 30k bill, but this is all a guess, and I’ve accepted that I can’t control the situation. I can either pay it or I can’t. If not, I don’t think I’ll lose the hovel..er,..house… over it. If my credit goes to hell. Well, that will be a pain in the ass.
Re the Fortunate Son controversy, as I said, I think it’s a great, great song. But after a bit of reading and reflection I can more appreciate how it’s too strident to mesh with the hagiography that we view veterans with today. So yeah, it’s a controversy, I guess. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/bruce-springsteen-dave-grohl-fortunate-son_n_6145812.html
Fluff piece on John Delmonico. http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/282661051.html Good grief, this is absurd, they’re almost as bad as KSTP here. Everything is phrased in approving terms, the working class background in nordeast, the lifting up by the boot straps to complete the undergrad, the low stipend for being a union leader. There’s a real case to be made the guy is a creep, ya know, as demonstrated by the creepy nature of combing FB for unflattering pictures of the Mayor. Where’s that side of the story? We need some balance eh. By the way, the public salaries database at the SPPPD shows his salary as $101k, a detail that the Strib piece excludes. There’s a point I’ve made before….