I'm not sure when we came to believe
that we are all entitled to inexpensive, yet perfect, health care in this
country. Listen, if you are willing to pay the bills out of your own pocket,
you are more than free to choose any doctor and undergo any diagnostic
testing that you wish. If not, it's reasonable to expect restrictions.
Alan Dershowitz has mellowed. The
fire breathing liberal from Harvard, who for months spewed pro-O.J. Simpson
propaganda, was strangely complimentary of Fred Goldman and his civil attorney,
Daniel Petrocelli, in a recent
appearance on Larry King Live. When asked if he regretted his role
in the criminal defense of O.J., Dershowitz said "no" but "when I'm walking
down the street with my little daughter and people come over and spit at
me, sure, you wonder about that".
Major league umpires, in an action
to protest their working conditions, announced they will resign en masse
on September 2, 1999. The quote of the week from the offices of Major League
Baseball was: "If this is a threat, it will be ignored. If this is an offer,
it will be accepted."
When any piece of legislation is
justified by the phrase "if it saves just one life, it will be worth it",
I want to pull my hair out. If every decision was based on "saving one
life", cars would be crash proof yet cost $200,000, first time DWI offenders
would be sentenced to life in prison, speed limits would be lowered to
20 miles per hour, helmets would be mandatory for water skiing . . . and
the list goes on. Each one of those restrictions would certainly save one
life, but we are not willing to pay the price to reach the desired results.
Does it bother the common man that
the wealthiest people in this country are throwing their support and their
money behind Gov. Bush?
My college history professor asked
the class one day whether government should be run like a business. We
all said "yes", and he quickly screamed his outrage. A business, he told
us, is designed to have as much cash as possible left over when all the
bills are paid. If government is accomplishing the feat of acquiring excess
cash, it means that the public is being taxed too much. That being said,
after the euphoria of not have a budget deficit wears off, we need to begin
complaining about why so much of our paycheck is being sent to the government
when a lesser amount would be sufficient to pay the bills.
During the All Star Game's Home
Run Derby Competition, did anyone else see the camera man run over the
small child as he attempted to film one of Mark McGwire's home run balls
as it landed on the street behind the "green monster"?
With the inexpensive costs of web
cams, is there any reason in the world why one should not be installed
in every courtroom in America?
Civil lawsuits should be like baseball
arbitration. Both parties should be required to submit one figure to the
court, in a sealed envelope, which represents what they think the case
is worth. After the jury returns its verdict, the submitted figure which
is closest to the jury's decision becomes the amount of the judgment. More
settlements would occur, and verdicts such as the outlandish $4.9
billion California judgment against General Motors would not occur.
I had just finished commencement
of, get this, Vacation Bible School when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon
on July 20, 1969. His first words were the now infamous "One small step
for man. One giant step for mankind". He has now revealed that he intended
to say "One
small step for a man".
Barry Green is the District Attorney
for the 271st Judicial District.
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