Category Archives: Medicare and Medicaid

Nine Tenths of the Law

At the moment, in the other room, the final college football game of the year is murmuring away on the television. Actually it’s being played ten or so miles east, at the Rose Bowl over in Pasadena – the faint … Continue reading

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Social Trust

It was the graduate work at Duke long ago – the major in Early Eighteen Century British Literature and the minor in Early Twentieth Century American Literature – that led to the suggestion from many to go see that Woody … Continue reading

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

No one misses the days of the classic dreary and depressing British films – the black and white social-realism kitchen-sink tales of working-class lost souls, trapped in a world where they had no chance to escape any of the dreariness, … Continue reading

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Early Weirdness

It wasn’t supposed to get this weird this soon – it’s only the middle of August and neither party has had its convention. After each convention, where what everyone knows what will happen does happen – this year the Republicans … Continue reading

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Selling Abstract Theories in a Time of Personal Terror

The Republicans want to return to power. The party out of power, at the moment, always wants to return to power. And in 2010 the Republicans won back the House, leading them to claim, repeatedly, they have a mandate – … Continue reading

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When Political Purity Reaches Its Natural Limit

We all know the political dynamic. It’s been in place for decades. People vote for politicians who stick to their principles. John Kerry, like all Democrats, was a flip-flopper – when circumstances changed he thought about what just happened and … Continue reading

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