Politics

Healthcare policy

The magical thinking that passes for healthcare policy

The “debate” (read: ranting) about healthcare policy on my media feeds is – there is no other way to put this – mostly bullshit. At best, it’s magical thinking. At worst, it’s a cold-hearted, callous disregard for those who can least afford the “luxury” of participating in the most technologically advanced heath care delivery system in the world. (Note I didn’t say “the best,” but that’s a different post). Let’s get this one thing straight at the outset: this post isn’t…

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I agree, let’s make America great again

Because of a website hack that lost the original, I get to repost this article – and it seemed worth it, given the positives I heard and the intensity of current events surrounding the man who made the phrase, “Make America great again” into a “thing.”  Here’s the original post: I have a quixotic belief in finding common ground. I insist that there is a way to work together. The phrase “Make America great again” has become a caricature, but I believe…

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Closed borders won't making us safer, thinking might

Closed borders will not make us safer

The linked article about the Bastille attacker takes more time, than you might usuallly want to spend. Do it anyway. Thinking and reading might be the only thing that will make us safer. This article articulates everything that’s wrong, strategically if not morally, with what is happening at the stroke of President Trump’s pen. Closing our borders will not make us safer. Understanding might. The need for meaning can make us less safe Human beings have a remarkably strong, even…

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electoral college

Why abandoning the electoral college is a terrible idea – and what to do instead

Abandoning the electoral college is a terrible idea. Believing otherwise is magical thinking. Closing our eyes and wishing hard will not change the past any more than it did when we were children. I know it stings that Clinton won the popular vote by somewhere between 1 and 2 million votes; it stings me too. Abandoning the electoral college is NOT the answer. I’m unhappy about the outcome of this election, and I’ve vowed to do everything I can to (a) work…

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