Grand Bargain, Mr. President? Don’t even Think about it!

This morning’s emails included an invitation to sign a petition to President Obama against putting Social Security on the chopping block in an attempt to get a “grand bargain” out of the Republicans. I sign a lot of petitions but I didn’t sign this one. I am not even prepared to think about a “grand bargain.” And the President […]
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Time for a Single-Payer System?

The local newspaper delightedly proclaimed this morning that insurance companies are issuing a “wave” of policy cancellations (because of Obamacare, of course!). That’s the conventional wisdom among “conservatives.” They insist that bad Obama and his bad health care law are playing havoc with America’s wonderful health insurance system, creating a flood of rate hikes and cancellations. […]
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Millions to Rich “Farmers” while Slashing Aid to the Poor

The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that about half of the $1.5 billion in farm subsidies distributed last year went to non-farmers. I’ve read this kind of report before. It is no secret that “farm” subsidies don’t go just to farmers. They also go to millionaires in major cities and tropical retreats – even in […]
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Mob Instinct Fuels Attacks on New Health Care Law

OK, so the Obama Administration really, really, really messed up the rollout of the new health care law. But the law is more than a failed web site, more than legal quibbles, more than tangled red tape. Much more. And the media should remember that as they trash it with such unabashed glee. They probably […]
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The Curse of Economic Ignorance

The Bible thumping zealots who dedicate their lives to fighting progress should read their Bibles once in a while. They might come across the Parable of the Talents. I’m sure you know the story that Jesus told his disciples. It goes something like this: A wealthy man is going on a trip and before he […]
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Technology to Blame for Obamacare Problems

It could be my age but I don’t subscribe to the belief that the Internet is the answer to everything. It can be convenient, that’s for sure. It would have been a great blessing when I was at school. Filling out a “Search” box is a lot easier than rummaging through stacks of library books. And emails are […]
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Working the Democratic System

Democracy is supposed to express the will of the majority but what it really does is serve the interests of the people who take the trouble to work the system. I’m not just talking about taking the trouble to vote. It goes without saying that voting is essential if you hope to influence your government. […]
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Shadowy Saudi Influence

  The Saudis seem to have some hidden influence over American affairs, but I am not sure why. From time to time, I see Saudi Arabia mentioned as a moderating force in the global oil cartel. And I have read articles that suggest the Bush family had a close relationship with the Saudi royal family […]
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“Center” Rules in US Politics

What does it take to get the attention of the average American voter? Obviously, it takes more than the inconvenience of a federal government “shutdown” – and more than a brush with economic disaster. I suppose I find this surprising because Sandra and I spend a lot of time watching cable TV, and the talking […]
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Health Care Reform Law was Born of “Compromise”

The government shutdown and debt ceiling brawl have taught a lot of people a lot of lessons. And I bet President Obama is among them. For much of his presidency, he has tried to walk the talk he gave at the 2004 Democratic Party Convention – the one about “no blue states and no red states.” […]
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