Category Archives: Obamacare

Give Them What They Need But Don’t Seem To Want

Eat your spinach! Yeah, kids don’t know what’s good for them – they want pizza or something vaguely like a hamburger, from McDonalds or some such place, with fries and a shake. They also don’t want to be yelled at. … Continue reading

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Ridding the Nation of Moral Hazard

Nothing is over until it’s over, and even if it’s over, it really isn’t over. Republicans didn’t have the votes to stop the Affordable Care Act from passing in 2010. They didn’t have the votes to repeal it in 2011. … Continue reading

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One Nit Successfully Picked

By all accounts Ronald Reagan was a pleasant fellow, and he was thoroughly sincere about what he believed without being a jerk about it, at least too often. Those who thought that what he believed was dangerous nonsense still liked … Continue reading

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Asking Questions of the Perpetually Uninformed

Anyone who’s spent far too many years kicking around Paris each December, and who has now and then played piano in a few dark urban bars, noodling away at the old standards in the background, has a soft spot for … Continue reading

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The Perils of Declaring Victory

Politicians used to be more inventive, or more honest, or more… something. There was George Aiken – one of those old-school “progressive” Republicans of the Teddy Roosevelt sort. Aiken arrived in the Senate in early 1941 and stayed there, with the help … Continue reading

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Constructive Dismissal

Elections should be about clear choices, and back in January 2012, with everyone assuming Mitt Romney would be the Republicans’ nominee for president, while enjoying the Trump-Bachmann-Gingrich-Cain-Perry-Santorum clown show that was developing, it was clear that Mitt Romney was not … Continue reading

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Assessing the Nightmare

August 8, 1974, ended in a hot muggy night in upstate New York, and the rental truck was cooling and clicking in the driveway – grad school down south, a bit of a nightmare at times, was over, and the … Continue reading

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