Over the last several years, more and more evidence suggests that vitamin supplements are a waste of money. Today another study has come out saying the same thing. Vitamins don’t appear to be harmful. They just don’t seem to be helpful. This shouldn’t be a surprise. We eat plenty well in our society. Many of our foods are enriched with vitamins. My recommendation? Unless there is something special going on in your life, like training for the Olympics, or you have had gastric bypass surgery, you probably don’t need supplemental vitamins.
I’m still kind of shocked that we got a budget deal done in a normal way. The House and Senate sat down and figured out what they could agree on and passed that. Compromise. Who would have thought? The budget deal just passed the Senate. It should go to the president, who thanked Congress, later on this week. I think that the GOP was weakened by the government shutdown. This is why they decided not to go down Crazy Avenue yet again.
Speaking of crazy, let’s talk about John McCain. In 2000, I was really looking at John McCain seriously. I thought that he made a ton of sense. I thought that he was on the right track. That was a long time ago. He took an unknown governor and threw her onto the national stage. She wasn’t ready. He stopped his campaign in order to come to Washington and do, really, nothing. So, now, three years after ObamaCare became law, Senator John McCain has an idea of how to fix Healthcare. Now, remember that John McCain had an idea of how to fix immigration. When he was running for president he ran away from his own bill.
Because I’m on the topic of crazy, you really can’t say “crazy” without mentioning Rick Santorum. He is all sorts of crazy – “If we have a system where the government is going to be the principal provider of health care for the country, we’re done. Because then, you are dependent on the government for your life and your health… When Thatcher ran for prime minister she said—remember this, this is the Iron Lady—she said, ‘The British national health care system is safe in my hands.’ She wasn’t going to take on health care, because she knew once you have people getting free health care from the government, you can’t take it away from them. And the reason is because most people don’t get sick, and so free health care is just that, free health care, until you get sick. Then, if you get sick and you don’t get health care, you die and you don’t vote. It’s actually a pretty clever system. Take care of the people who can vote and people who can’t vote, get rid of them as quickly as possible by not giving them care so they can’t vote against you. That’s how it works.”
What a great day in Asheville! Took a golf lesson from Brian Oliver with my wife at Broadmoor, then played nine holes. Came home, cleaned up and went to Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse. Outstanding. Loved having a day off. Back to work in the morning.
Syria. Secretary of State and former Senator John Kerry was on Capitol Hill today. He was there with former Senator and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, as well as General Martin Dempsey. The administration pulled out all the stops. It appears that their charm offensive is working. More and more people on Capitol Hill are speaking in favor of some type of military action in Syria. In my opinion, once President Obama won over military hawks – John McCain and Lindsey Graham – he basically won this fight on Capitol Hill. Sometime this morning Congressman and Majority Leader John Boehner stated that he supported military action against Syria. Game, set, and match. Obama has won the argument over what to do with Syria. Senator Kerry had this very poignant point, “I remember Iraq, Secretary Hagel remembers Iraq. We were here for that vote. We voted. And so we are especially sensitive — Chuck and I — to never again asking any member of Congress to take a vote on faulty intelligence. And that is why our intelligence community has scrubbed and rescrubbed the evidence.”
I don’t think the American people will ever be sold on the idea of military intervention in Syria. A new poll by the Pew Charitable Trusts reveals what we already know –
Americans are simply not in favor of any military intervention, anywhere. Yet, this is a time when, I believe, our elected leaders need to lead. From a practical standpoint, we simply don’t want nations to begin using chemical weapons. There has to be some sort of consequence. I think it was wrong for the first President Bush to allow Saddam Hussein to use chemical weapons against the Kurds. I’m also a little disappointed that President Obama did not call Congress back in the session late last week. I think he needed to show a sense of urgency.
Let me be clear. My own personal feeling is that I don’t think we should be bombing anybody. I really don’t think the bombing is going to help. But, were I president, which I’m not, I would feel obligated to uphold the rule of law. One of the key things that we cannot know is exactly how good our intelligence is. I know Secretary Kerry believes that our intelligence is solid. I hope he is correct.
A couple of days ago, we heard that John McCain had made a “double secret” trip to Syria. I suspect, on Sunday, we’ll see John McCain on one, two or possibly three networks. Does anybody believe that Senator McCain is going to say anything else besides how much we need to increase our military presence in Syria? Seriously, would you expect anything else? I would’ve been surprised if John McCain had come back and said, “You know what, the situation in Syria is really complex. We can’t figure out who is who. I don’t know who the good guys or the bad guys are. We need to sit this one out.” Everything that I’ve read about Syria over the last several days suggests that the conflict is getting more and more complex.
I’m not sure whether Eric Holder is an asset or liability to President Obama. What I do know is that liberals who are calling for Holder’s resignation need to step back and think just for a second. The Attorney General must be confirmed by the Senate. Who would the filibuster-loving Republicans confirm? I don’t think that we would get anybody liberal or progressive through the Senate. I think that we’re stuck with Eric Holder for good or for bad.
Terrible ratings for MSNBC. I’m not sure that this is a surprise. The one thing about Keith Olbermann was that he was entertaining. Chris Hayes is not entertaining.
Lincoln Chafee was one of the last moderate Republicans. He was the distinguished Senator from Rhode Island from 1999 through 2007. He ran for governor of Rhode Island as an Independent. As he is milling over running for reelection as governor, it’s been widely reported that he would run as a Democrat. I think this says more about the Republican Party than it does about Lincoln Chafee. There’s no room for moderates in the Republican Party.