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    Towards a Second Era of Good Feelings

    Thoughts on “American Challenges: The Blue Model Breaks Down” n Saturday night, May 21, 2011, The John Batchelor Show (broadcast from AM 770 in the City and heard in the Albany, NY area on AM 1300) devoted the program to reactions to an article by Bard College professor Walter Russel Mead called American Challenges: The Blue Model Breaks Down (http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2010/01/28/american-challenges-the-blue-model-breaks-down/) by several John Batchelor show | Read More »

    Medicare and Medicaid Reform: Murphy’s Law

    If you have been around the healthcare sector  or are “into public policy” (which is clearly less of an issue than being unusually fond of stuffed animals or something, but is still outside the norm), then you know that this is not the first time that Medicare has been in extremis. Back in 1983, in another major downturn, where revenues from payroll taxes declined, the | Read More »

    Homage to JusticeBrandeis, Dr. Drucker and Master Sun: Towards a Second Party for the 21st Century

    IntroductionHeading into the November elections, it appears that the Democratic Party is, to use a favorite phrase of Robert F. Kennedy, “deader than Kelsey’s n-ts.”A political party that mirrors the views of an extremely Left Wing faction, which polls indicate are shared by only about 20% of the population http://www.gallup.com/poll/120… cannot continue as a national political party.  The major rejection of Far Left ideas this | Read More »

    A Tale of the NY 20th: Some People Have It and Some Don’t

    In a recent interview with Albany’s Times Union newspaper (http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Congressman-Scott-Murphy-598287.php), Rep, Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) talked about things his constituents might not know about him, among them that “Matt Damon lived in . . . [his] . . . dorm in college at Harvard University.” This is an ideal metaphor for his race in New York’s 20th Congressional District against Chris Gibson, the Republican candidate and | Read More »

    They Took a Desert and Made It Peace

    The campaigns of COL (Ret.) Chris Gibson, a retired, active duty  Army officer running in the New York 20th District, and Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowsky, an Army Reservist seeking the Republican nomination in the Michigan 9th, reflect  the general meme of veterans of the “Long War” seeking political office.  However, they also demonstrate the variety of experiences Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have had in this | Read More »

    Choosing Honest Men to be Captains of Horse . . . .

    Victor Davis Hanson is one of America’s most brilliant public intellectuals. However, in his recent articles on veterans of the Long War running for Congress (http://article.nationalreview.com/433510/soldier-citizens-for-congress/victor-davis-hanson; http://www.nypost.com/p/news/o… he misses the mark in my opinion. It is Hanson’s opinion that veteran-candidates like retired Army Colonel Chris Gibson run saying, “Vote me for because I did my duty, even if some in this country questioned why one | Read More »

    SHOULD GOV BREWER’S FIRST NAME BE “ZENOBIA:” DOES THE ARIZONA LAW SIGNAL A COMING COLLAPSE OF FEDERAL LEGITIMACY?

    There is much talk about the recent Arizona law on illegal immigration.  But I think it is a proxy for deeper issues about the legitimacy . . . and even the tenability . . . of our Federal system.   While crime on the Border itself is flat (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/5/2/862771/-AZ-Republic-says-its-NOT-about-the-borders citing http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/05/02/20100502arizona-border-violence-mexico.html), crime in other parts of Arizona rises, often with ties to Mexico (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22614102/).  As | Read More »

    Problems I Note with The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act‏

    1)  It creates no mechanism to allow market forces to control costs.  The Exchanges don’t create real group discounts based on experiances with the Commonwealth Connector and the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan models and won’t reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients. 2) The Bill expands Medicaid, which is already busting the public fisc (albeit, mostly due to long term care) in the states.  Medicaid and SCHP | Read More »

    Some Thoughts on the Passing Tide

    <!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> <!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –>The following represent some general thoughts on law and economics. The Minimum Wage Repealing the minimum wage is long overdue. The fact that unemployment does not spike as predicted when states raise their minimum wage does | Read More »

    On War: Do the Peace Movement and the Tea Party Movement Agree

    Introduction I gave these remarks at a forum in Albany on March 4, called “Do the Peace Movement and the Tea Party Movement Agree?” The answer is that they do, at least to the extent that they would both agree with Earnest Hemingway, who said, “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.   Ask the infantry and ask | Read More »