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    The Court Upholds Free Speech

    Today’s Supreme Court ruling removing overall limits on contributions to candidates for federal office by individuals restores some measure of freedom, and specifically freedom of speech. Let’s get something straight. Money equals speech. I can write all day long on this blog and nobody reads it unless energy is expended trying to attract readers. The more money I spend, the more energy I can exert, | Read More »

    Preserving a Viable Democracy

    Our politics and policies have regressed to a level that threatens democracy. Political Spittle: A recent email from Jim Messina, Barack Obama.com has the subject “This is some sick crap.” This guy leads Obama’s political efforts. He is not some small time leftist blogger. The tone and purpose of this stuff is to enrage the gullible and motivate their hatred of some object of scorn, | Read More »

    Choice Goes Begging

    The realities of Obamacare bring to light the failure of our health insurance and delivery system, a system built on government rules rather than patient needs. This reality predates, and is only made more oppressive due to, Obamacare. One of the big deals about Obamacare is that individual health insurance policies must be “guaranteed issue” meaning that that coverage cannot be denied due to pre-existing | Read More »

    Obamacare Is Near Death

    You now have the choice not to buy health insurance. The foundation of Obamacare is the individual mandate. That is, without the mandate it was presumed that millions of healthy people would choose to remain uninsured, driving up the cost of insurance for everyone else. The mandate was the core issue in a case brought before the US Supreme Court. The Court upheld the mandate | Read More »

    Compulsion and Freedom

    Values implicit in American principles continue to be destroyed in service to power. The source of government funding and thus power is compulsion, the threat of loss if you don’t pay up. In an American world this very power to compel carries with it the responsibility to serve for our government is of, by, and for the people. Implicit in serving the people is respect | Read More »

    Prioritizing: Charity or Investment

    I consider myself a compassionate person who wants to help other people suffering economic distress. We have reached the point, however, where we are increasing charity dollars (transfer payments) at the expense of work, investment, and economic growth. The responsible policy tradeoff that serves the long term interest is jobs over charity with an understanding that a safety net serves our best long term interest | Read More »

    We Already Have Government Run Healthcare

    Obamacare is simply an extension of the government health care system that already controls our medical lives. It may be not technically be a single payer system but it is totally controlled (and politicized) by the government. There is no choice. Rough Numbers*: Employer Based: 170 million people covered by employer based health care at any given time during a year. Coverage is limited to | Read More »

    Man On Overpass With Sign

    I saw something last Saturday that intrigued me; a lone middle aged man standing on an interstate overpass waving while holding a hand-drawn sign having the single word, “IMPEACH.” How many people in cars whizzing past below did not instantly know what the man was saying and who he was referring to? What caused this man to take his Saturday afternoon to engage in public | Read More »

    Wither Work

    Germany, after passing legislation in 2007 that would have increased the retirement age from 65 to 67, is now on a course to lower the retirement age from 65 to 63. Life expectancy has increased in most developed countries by more than ten years from 1960 to 2011, from slightly below 70 years to over 80 years. New developments in health care technology and knowledge | Read More »

    Stereotypical Disrespect

    How do we get past stereotypes in our political discourse and responsibly face the real issues? New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is now the poster child for promoting stereotypes to support the imposition of liberal/progressive priorities in law. Here is the full context of what Andrew Cuomo said during a recent radio interview: “I think what you’re seeing is, you have a schism within the | Read More »