Istook's Insights: A nation of make-believe, and Washington's funny-money
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Published: 16-Jun-2015


Political correctness is at new levels of absurdity.

A man has surgery to look like a woman, after competing in the Olympics and fathering children. He forever has male DNA, yet we're told it's shameful unless we call him a her.

A white woman leads a chapter of the NAACP. She was born Caucasian; she attended a black university but sued them claiming mistreatment because she wasn't black. But now she says she's black. So does her opinion about herself override the facts?

Are imaginary friends real, because somebody believes in them? Or fairies, like Tinker Belle in Peter Pan?

America is now a land of make-believe.

TV shows that are taped in exotic locations, with situations created by producers, and edited heavily before airing — are called reality TV.

Thinking or desiring something does not make it real.

 It's time for America to wake up and realize that.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., 'Tis the season, to roll out the gimmicks.

News stories might make you yawn, saying the House or the Senate just approved a bill to spend umpteen billions of dollars. Now's the time when Congress considers the appropriations bills.

Is there any control on spending? No, not much.

Most spending is on automatic pilot. 

Programs like Medicaid, Medicare, disability and Social Security are the biggest programs, and Congress doesn't even vote anymore on the amounts they get.

When they do vote, you will hear claims that some program's spending is being cut — to some that's a brag and to others it's a tragedy. But usually, there isn't any real reduction.

Washington has its own foreign language: Even if the amount spent on something is more than last year, so long as it's less than somebody hoped to spend, they label it a cut.

Gimmicks.

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