Impeachment

Virtue itself turns to vice, being misapplied.

Romeo and Juliet

It is probably incumbent on us lawyers to speak now about the ongoing impeachment proceedings, proceedings which seek to remove a duly elected president of the United States from office. I think most folks would agree that President Trump is a disgusting human being, at best a con man. Whatever good his is accomplishing, e.g. appointing good judges and stopping the Balkanization of America, stems from epedience rather than principal. His dismanteling of Obama Care is, for want of a better word, an unconscionable plea to the worst in the American character. His protectionist trade policies are preventing the rising of the world’s boat, hurting everyone. President Trump said in the runup to the 2016 election, that he would not honor the results unless he won, and he is likely to say the same about the 2020 election. And his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens are, as pointed out by the Wall Street Journal, most disgusting.

BUT, he is the duly elected president of the United States and the present effort to remove him from office is clearly based more on anger at his policies than on his commission of any high crime or misdemeanor. The unbelievable speed of the ongoing impeachment process (this is written on December 15, 2019) does not allow for the creation of a record which would justify impeachment. There may be cause to impeach, but that cause is not knowable from clear and convincing evidence in the record. America can only hope that reason prevails and the present efforts to impeach him fail.

Government Procurement

Front page news today (October 26, 2019) is that the Feds have decided to give Microsoft 10 billion dollars to help with cloud storage of data. Which means, of course, that we taxpayers will be out the $10 billion. The issue here is, among others, whether government employees or private contractors should do the work. Sometimes, as is the case when, say, the school district buys computers or toilet paper or some such, we absolutely must use private contractors. But sometimes, and this appears to be the case with the Microsoft contract, the project could be better handled by having the government do it directly. It is illusory to claim that the government is small if its work is done by contracted third parties. The Soil Conservation Service is an example. That work is now done by government employees, but, no doubt, it could be contracted out to third parties. If so, the politicians could proudly point to a smaller government, but not to a smaller cost. There would be no savings to the taxpayer.

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Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care now free from White Law Chartered (WLC)

Most of us will die someday. Someone said that this is true for all of us. Though it is possible that one of us will prove an exception, fact-checkers have yet to find any such person during the past century or two. If you think you are an exception to this rule, no need to read further.

AND, not only are we going to die, but many, often most, of us have some level of unconsciousness during our last illness, or following some terrible and (eventually) fatal “accident.” If so, during that time we simply can’t tell the doctor or family members what we want. Do we want to become another Terri Schiavo and linger on for years while unconscious, being fed from a tube, getting hydration from a tube? Some do. Some don’t.

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Trusts from A to Z

John White is scheduled to give a lecture on Trusts at the upcoming National Business Institute trust seminar, set for Monday, November 18, 2019 at the Sparks Nugget. Further details are here. NBI just finished sponsoring a judge’s seminar at Harrahs, Reno, at which several District Judges spoke and which was well attended.