Sunday Shots: Flying Cars, Treknology & Obamacare

Flying Cars on Track for 2015

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

It’s not exactly anti-gravity; it follows the same principles of flight pioneered by the Wright Brothers more than a century ago. But finally the fiction of a workable flying car is on the verge of becoming consumer-ready fact. Massachusetts company Terrafugia has been working on this for years. Thanks to advances in computers that allow automated flying – taking out the human/idiot factor – a vertical takeoff and landing “car,” a small airplane that flies itself, is said to be on the market in just years.

Return on Investment: It’s Our Right to Know

Even Anderson Cooper lashed out at the Obama Administration for its lack of transparency in the results so far of Obamacare. The administration has refused to reveal the metrics that Americans could use to gauge the success or failure of the staggeringly expensive law…Americans, you know, the people footing the trillion dollars or so to fund the monstrosity?

Star Trek Called It

Technologies first proposed in the various incarnations of Star Trek have become or are becoming realities. Of particular interest is a new technology similar to the transparent aluminum first talked about in Star Trek IV. Scientists have invented a ceramic-aluminum material so strong it can stop a .50-caliber bullet. And it’s transparent. I would add to this story this breakthrough by HP and, at the risk of sounding kooky, advancements in our understanding of antimatter, modifications to Alcubierre’s warp speed postulates, and all kinds of other deep geek material.

The point is, science fiction truly does precede science fact, so as long as we can imagine it, we can indeed some day build it.

A Deal in the Works?

130314_john_boehner_82Republicans can’t win. If they acknowledge the reality that they control only the House and that they must have patience in reaching for their goal of dismantling Obamacare, they get crushed by a delusional far-right that’s convinced it being correct in its criticisms is enough to win elections. But if the GOP stands firm, they prolong a very unpopular government shutdown, even if the shutdown has a noticeably unnoticable effect on most peoples’ lives. Victories over the disastrous Obamacare must be taken one little bit at a time; Obamacare when in full effect will be disastrous for Democrats; there is a case to be made in taking the current deal and moving along.

In the future Republicans should avoid no-win situations.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.