Category Archives: Healthcare Reform

Forcing Extra Innings

Where were we? Ah, yes – the baseball metaphor – it’s the bottom of the ninth for the Republicans, now at bat, with two outs, with the game on the line. They can’t pass any major legislation for President Trump. … Continue reading

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That Curious Existential Despair and Dread

One of the most depressing scenes in Groundhog Day – the best comedy exploring existential despair and dread that Hollywood ever produced, or maybe the only comedy exploring existential despair and dread Hollywood ever produced – is the Jeopardy game. … Continue reading

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Gun to the Head

Back in the early seventies the Doobie Brothers had a bit of a hit with their song China Grove – about a sleepy little Southern town, but in Texas, which is only sort of the South. But that’s okay as … Continue reading

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To Be Blunt About It

Set it and forget it. You hear that said all the time in those infomercials for this kitchen gizmo or that – those infomercials everyone blows by on their way to something even vaguely worth watching on television. And no … Continue reading

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The Battle to Return to the Thirteenth Century Begins

Yes, there’s William F. Buckley’s famous definition of a conservative, as that one man standing athwart history and shouting NO! And of course Buckley considered that noble and right, if not heroic. But things change all the time, for better … Continue reading

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That Other Guy

Okay – some Republican must run against Obama, and Newt Gingrich is in – and now Ron Paul is too – the purist of pure libertarians. Newt is a walking self-destructing wreck of course, and regarding Ron Paul there’s Andrew … Continue reading

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Simply Killer Political Philosophy

Some things just get you thinking – unless you’re one of those people who thinks that thinking just screws things up. Basketball coaches hold that view – the player who thinks gets faked out of his shoes, so you want … Continue reading

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