That’s All Right

The Far Middle episode 111 begins with a dedication to the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final—a historic bout (far from just alright) between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The nearly five-hour match marked the third year in a row Federer and Nadal met in the final at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, while Federer won in 2006 and 2007, Nadal would came out on top in 2008.

Nick next transitions to present day, moving eastward from England to discuss Russia and Ukraine, exploring the asymmetrical nature of the war that differs from other historical conflicts. The Russia/Ukraine war leads to the question of whether America supports nations resisting our adversaries, or do we instead stay out of foreign entanglements and invest those resources domestically. Subsequently, Nick examines how the federal government budget is evolving quickly—and not in a good way.

“Nearly 60 % of the federal budget each year is now going to three things: Social Security, healthcare entitlements, and interest on the debt,” says Nick. “And all three are going up faster than tax receipts are going up, which is going to balloon the deficit. And without entitlement reform, the math can’t work. And without higher taxes or less tax credits and less subsidy, the math can’t work.”

Nick shifts from our federal debt troubles to California, where Governor Newsom wants to remove red tape for the development of favored energy projects—a situation where the Left is trying to save itself from itself.

Next up, Nick calls out many potential causes of action for today’s youth when it comes to having a bone to pick with government and its policies. But today kids aren’t suing governments in America for these wrongs, rather, they’re suing over climate change. “Juveniles are stressed about climate, and they want to sue the government,” says Nick. “Stay tuned on this one as time unfolds because we know for sure the Left will ratchet up the intensity and the plaintiffs bar will persistently run down any chance they see for value appropriation.”

While talking climate, Nick discusses a recent interview with former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, who has a new book out, The Yellow Pad. Nick says Rubin recently delivered a “climate change sermon from the altar of environmentalism.” On the topic of books, Nick notes that today’s episode release date, July 5th, marks the anniversary of the publication of Isaac Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. “Principia might just be the most important work in the history of science,” says Nick. He adds that, “We could spend an entire episode or a month’s worth of episodes diving deeper on how the climate change racket of today violates Newton’s rules time and again.”

In closing, Nick celebrates the career of Elvis Presley, who recorded That’s All Right on July 5, 1954, making rock history. Listen as Nick lists his Mount Rushmore of Elvis songs from the late 60s and early 70s era.