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I have B.S. and M.S. in physics and a PhD in Medical Physics. I am a Christian, Husband, and father of 3. I have spent most of my life in the South, but am now getting used to living in upstate NY.

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    Not a racist, but a cultural snob

    Let me start by stating clearly that melanin expression (skin color), bone structure, and hair follicle shape (collectively the major components of “race”) have no bearing on human value, or moral standing.  To believe otherwise is frankly pretty stupid.  As a Christian I hold the view that intrinsic value is based on the image of God placed in each person, and moral standing is based | Read More »

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    The Problem with Executive “Interpretation”

    So Obama has now rewritten the Affordable (HA!) Care Act multiple times with his pen and his phone (and lots of selfies along the way).  Now the push is to allow the courts to decide whether the plain language can be interpreted willy-nilly along the whims of whoever is in charge no matter what the thing said.  Hard to determine what the congressional intent was | Read More »

    A Solution to Health Insurance

    Insurance is meant for one thing – insuring against unexpected events.  Health insurance is a unique beast in that it is not insurance.  A solution to the entire health system is to implement an insurance program like home or auto insurance.  In this case a person who has insurance goes in for a normal visit to the doctor (and pays for the visit).  After some | Read More »

    On the EPA – Why we should keep it

    I have read a couple diaries here and there every so often on abolishing the EPA.  As a conservative I have no problem with the EPA.  Well, actually I do, but I think something like the EPA is well within the bounds of the Constitution and is also appropriate in any industrialized nation. The constitution allows Congress to pass laws “… for the common defense and general | Read More »

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    The coming ACA death spiral.

    You might have heard that even if only 25% of the enrollees are young adults that the overall costs of Obamacare will increase only 2.4% and a death spiral will certainly not ensue. Assuming that the enrollees don’t skew sicker than expected (we’ll come back to that) there is still a problem – the gender makeup. It is well known that men use fewer health | Read More »

    A simple tax code

    Sometimes it is nice to dream about how things could be: Let’s imagine what a simple tax code would look like.  The Feds would derive revenue 3 (and only 3) ways: 1) Import tarrifs and travel fees (passports, international airplane landing fees, rail crossing fees, etc.).  I know this may seem horrible, but lets consider that keeping international gateways open is an important function of | Read More »

    Tax deductions, marriage, and children

    This is mostly for the libertarians among us. Governments have a few basic duties including: preserving natural rights through police and military provide limited public goods (roads, harbors, parks, etc.) punishing bad behavior encouraging good behavior The police and military is pretty obvious – preventing invasion by the Huns and shooting drug lords is a clear cut appropriate use of public funds.  Goods that by | Read More »

    Obamacare and Abortion

    I have a basic question: As far as I can tell the Roe v. Wade decision hinged on the fact that there is an implicit right to privacy in the Constitution. The NSA surveillance programs seem to revoke that constitutional right. It might be argued that there is still an implicit right to privacy in certain matters like healthcare (although why the Constitution would protect | Read More »

    Here’s how you get a death spiral

    You know how there has been concern that the sickest people will preferentially sign up for Obamacare, but only when they need care? Apparently hospitals are considering buying Obamacare plans for their sickest uninsured patients. That’s right, the hospital will sign up the person, pay the premiums and then submit the patient bill to the insurer. This sort of move actually guarantees that all the | Read More »

    About Discrimination

    So, there is a bill from the Senate proclaiming that all employers and those they employ must give approval to sexual perversion.  The previous situation was that you don’t make a big deal about your perversion at work and nobody asks you about it.  You know, the closet, or Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  The new bill declares that nobody be “forced” to keep their proclivities | Read More »