Points to ponder
Emptying out a week's worth of thoughts rattling around the brain:
- What is it about sports writers than make them incapable of following a consistent line of thought? After pounding the Celtics for months, if not years, about having an over reliance on kids, the knives are now out for Danny Ainge because he traded yet another "prospect" for someone with some experience. And it was nice to learn I started a trend -- I stopped reading Shaughnessy years ago;
- There was another very good argument unveiled this week for closing corporate tax loopholes: business is better at finding ways to avoid taxes than people like you and me. It's appalling to me that one of the richest and largest financial services companies in the world is going to reclassify itself as a small family business. It's not as if Fidelity has been ignored by state tax writers. It's also appalling that eventually we will be asked to pick up the tab or give up the services we won't be able to afford by this nest feathering;
- Political shorthand holds that conservatives resist change to the status quo, that older ways are better ways. The Roberts Supreme Court certainly thinks so, sending us back to the days before Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation. And there's a certain familiar ring to the words out of this small Southern town on the subject of immigration;
- And while we're on that subject, how come nobody seems really concerned that the court is also aiming for the return of the Robber Barons by dumping a century-old restriction on price-fixing?;
- Another interesting tidbit from the Globe's seemingly endless review of the life and times of Myth Romney is his declaration, after failing miserably in his effort to build an opposition party that it was time for "me-me-me." In effect, it was an acknowledgment he was about to abandon his commitment to the voters who installed him for four years to pursue positions (jobs and philosophies) that served his own narrow self-interests.
- I don't care if the iPhone doesn't cure cancer, bad breath or solve the Iraq problem. I do care if I can complete a call without my words dropping off with me knowing it.