Monday's HOT MIC
The Suicide of the West continues unabated in Sweden.
In fact, McCabe is all of 49 years old, likely 50 by the time readers see this, and what he lost out on was, as CNN much more calmly recounts, the ability to take his benefits at age 50, rather than somewhere between age 57 and age 62, and he lost his eligibility to a special top-up in benefit formula. These are, admittedly, tangible financial losses, but it is grossly misleading that various news outlets are giving the general public the impression that he has lost his pension entirely.
But the existence of these special perks, benefits that we in the private sector can barely comprehend in the year 2018, points to a fundamental disconnect between the private and public sector. Why shouldn't someone whose benefits consist of 401(k) account accruals believe that government pensions work so differently as to punish someone arbitrarily by removing their benefits? Add to this the fact that retirement at age 50 is well-nigh incomprehensible for the average working American, except perhaps in the case of high-risk, health-sapping occupations, which surely likewise added to the impression that actual pensions, rather than generous ancillary provisions, were being lost.
It's a good deal if you can get it, but that doesn't make it right.
Regarding the candidacy of Cynthia Nixon for governor of New York, Alan Dershowitz tweeted the following a few days ago:
Cynthia Nixon may run for Gov of NY. She has collaborated with Israel haters Jewish Voice for Peace and Vanessa Redgrave in boycotting Israel. Do not support her bigotry.
I'm with Alan on this one.
Tricia Lott Williford, who writes for us here at PJM occasionally, has a new book out, but this time it's one without her byline. She was the ghostwriter for a new joint memoir by Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy. She explained at her blog today that the pair chose her to write their story because she's apolitical.
They invited me to join their team, and then [Gowdy] said, “We just have one request: please don’t Google us. We love that you don’t know our story, and we’d like to paint on the clean canvas. Let us tell the story we want to tell, not the story that’s already been told.”
Deal. I Googled nobody.
A few weeks later, I flew to South Carolina to be sequestered for a few days with a senator, a congressman, and our editorial manager, Janet Thoma. She has retired from the publishing industry where she owned her own imprint, so she’s an expert of all experts. Janet brought us into her lakefront home, she oversaw each word of the project, and she fed us extravagantly.
From the very start, they set me straight on another expectation: “Please. Call us Tim and Trey.” And that’s how the names of two White House leaders became household names to me.
After spending three days at the lake house with them and then months compiling their story, Tricia concluded:
Here’s what I can tell you about Congressman Trey Gowdy and Senator Tim Scott: these two men are the Real Deal.
Their brand is authenticity, and they never ever contradicted themselves, each other, or their values. They are funny and authentic, brilliant and wise, compassionate and loyal. If you’re hungry for some leaders who remain worthy of our trust, please read this book.
And let me just add this: if either of them ever runs for President, my vote is a solid YES.
Tricia's a brilliant storyteller—I love everything she writes—so I have very high hopes that this book will be a fun read.
Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country is available for pre-order at Amazon.