The NY Times points out that we can’t really expect better of Eliot Spitzer; after all, the animal world is full of infidelity.
It’s been done by many other creatures, tens of thousands of other species, by male and female representatives of every taxonomic twig on the great tree of life. Sexual promiscuity is rampant throughout nature, and true faithfulness a fond fantasy.
Animals have never built skyscrapers, written poetry, developed MRIs, or gone to the moon. Let’s be just like them! For a fun exercise, substitute “social welfare” (or a grammatically-appropriate equivalent thereof) for “monogamy” in the article. If animals don’t abscond with each other’s paychecks, why should we?
None of this would have to do with Medicaid, Medicare, and lawsuits, would it? No, not at all. It’s all about our looks-obsessed world and has nothing at all to do with the fact that it’s tough to pay off $300,000 in student loans on government reimbursement rates (not to mention the fact that malpractice premiums run into the six figures every year, too). No, kids, it’s all about our looks-obsessed society!
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen has repeatedly refused to let the government access private land for the building of a border fence. (Story here.) After Kelo v. New London was handed down in 2005, Texas moved to invalidate the decision within its borders by limiting the scope of “public use” takings (here). This won’t be of much help to the Texas landowners, as a border fence would certainly fall within “public use,” and the Texas law only applies against the state government and not the Department of Homeland Security.
Much of the controversy in this case arises from the fact that the Department gave landowners a form to sign, in which they would be given $100 for 12 months of access to their land. “Access” was not defined. Those who did not sign the form were promptly sued. Judge Hanen has repeatedly required negotiations between the government and landowners.
Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists warns that abortions can lead to mental illness (story here). Yes, folks, several million years of evolution have lead us to love our children. We are not meant to lose them without the most profound grief.