Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    6 Things I Wanna See in 2016

    By on December 29, 2015 in See It Here

    (1) After the next mass shooting, the National Rifle Association will come out from behind its headquarters near Dulles Airport and make a statement about why it took place, offer a solution (or two), explain their mantra about not enforcing existing laws and then take questions.

    (2) Republicans running for president (and for that matter, not running for president)  will stop making promises about the first thing they’ll do if they get to the White House is abolish (or if a member of Congress, defund) the Affordable Care Act. Instead, they’ll offer suggestions about what parts to keep and what parts to change. 

    NOTE: Cross out #2 because Speaker Ryan just released a statement saying Congress will send a repeal of “Obamacare” on January 4 2016 when they return to Washington. They’re also going to defund Planned Parenthood. Anyone ever see the movie “Groundhog Day”?

    (3) Donald Trump will say “I’m sorry.” In fact Donald Trump will say the hell with it and get a talk show on Fox News.

    (4) Congress will vote on a surtax to pay for every war so that we all have a dog in the fight.

    (5) The Jerry Springer Show will be required viewing by anyone under age 25 applying for a marriage license followed by a discussion with a church or neighborhood leader about maturity.

    (6) Taking from #5, tattoos will no longer be cool.

    Four Thoughts

    By on December 14, 2015 in See It Here

    (1) There are efforts to remove Confederate statues/flags/names because everyone agrees they represent a low moment in US history. One learns by seeing what took place; removing these takes away the reminder of what once was and the next step is forgetting all about it (sort of like ending a sentence in a preposition). This is a variation of banning books in school libraries.

    (2) A 195-nation deal on climate change was reached in Paris and even before it was official, Republicans said they may not approve designated funds to pay for the US share of the agreement. Is it just me or is this becoming a constant response that is getting old? If building a clean energy program (that uses fewer fossil fuels) is the concern because “it will cost jobs,” then grow up and start working on learning new jobs. Horse carriages aren’t built as much as they were a century ago when something called a car was invented but people learned new jobs. It is doable right now if we would stop using the Easy Answer Ad Nauseum as a response.

    (3) Is it possible for Donald Trump to begin a speech without: (1) talking about how well he’s doing in the polls, (2) using the words “amazing” and “unbelievable” and (3) before bad-mouthing an opponent saying “I like___,he’s a nice guy”?

    (4) There’s a lot of testosterone-talk from Congress about a lack of leadership from the White House in dealing with the Islamic State. What is missing in the bloviating is the fact the White House asked Congress last February for an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to deal with the terrorist group. Congress hasn’t been able to find time–or the guts–to vote on this. It’s easier to make speeches and I congratulate them for the strong language filled with EAAN (Easy Answers….you know the rest).

    To quote a president who was impeached: we’re better than this.