Saturday, April 6, 2013

High Risk Loans, Dr. Ben Carson, And Condoms...

It's been a busy week, both here at home and around the nation.  Here are a few of the things I followed.

The Obama administration is pushing banks to give more home loans to people with weaker credit.  In a move similar to that started by Jimmy Carter, and broadened under Bill Clinton, Obama is urging banks to make more high risk home loans, which is exactly what led to the housing crash in the first place.  If you can’t make the payments of a loan you should not be given the loan.  And I don’t know why the President doesn’t understand this.

Or maybe he does.  There are those who believe President Obama is deliberately undermining the economy in order to force his “fundamental changes” on America.  What better way to continue that course than to start giving more high risk loans during an already faltering economy?  Time will tell.

In other news, Dr. Benjamin Carson has risen to the top of public discourse recently after he made a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast that criticized President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  Part of the reason it made the news was because President Obama was sitting two chairs away from the podium at the time.  The other reason is because Dr. Carson is a conservative African-American.

Dr. Benjamin Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised by his single mother, Sonya Carson.  He struggled academically throughout elementary school, but after his mother reduced his television time and required him to read two books a week and produce written reviews for her, he started to excel in middle school and throughout high school. After graduating with honors from Southwestern High School, he attended Yale University, where he earned a degree in psychology.  From Yale, he attended the University of Michigan Medical School.

Ben Carson went on to become a neurosurgeon and is now the head of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.  He is a professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics.  He is a soft-spoken, articulate conservative who is not afraid or ashamed to voice his concerns and he is now being vilified by the left, particularly African-Americans on the left, for his conservative views.  Black liberals call him names and say he is not really a black man.  They call him the conservative token of the week (because they’re incapable of understanding that conservatives don’t base everything on race like liberals do.)  

Now, I realize that not being black myself I am incapable of understanding (I’ve been told that several times) but I recognize hatred and intolerance when I see it.  Regardless of what Chris Matthews might say it’s not exclusive to whites.  To smear, decry and vilify a man in the name of race because of his political views is pathetic, regardless of who is doing it.

Finally, the report you’ve all been waiting for has been published.  Over the last several years the federal government has spent about $423,000 to study possible barriers to the correct usage of condoms.  That’s right – barriers to the correct usage of condoms.  (Does anyone but me see the humor in “barriers to the usage of condoms”?)

Nearly half a million dollars of stimulus money was spent trying to figure out why grown men cannot or will not use condoms properly.  I haven’t read the report and I don’t really see a need to.  I’m sure this is necessary research but as far as I’m concerned I agree with Tucker Carlson who said of adult men: “If you don’t know how to use a condom correctly, there’s nothing the federal government can do to help you. You are beyond help.” 

In the words of Dennis Miller…  “That’s just my opinion.  I could be wrong.”

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