Monthly Archives: May 2017

A Favorite Line from an Inaugural Address

Historian David McCullough cites the following quote as one of his favorite lines from a presidential inaugural address. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen?  And loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunities to make them self-sufficient so they will be […]

Breaking the Healthcare Finance Reform Deadlock

I have a suggestion that I think would break the current deadlock around healthcare finance reform, and might actually lead to a quick resolution that would prove to be broadly popular.  Here’s my suggestion: Effective [date], the healthcare program in which employees of each of the three branches of the federal government are currently enrolled will be terminated.  As […]

The Responsibilities of Being an American Citizen

We talk a lot about our rights as American citizens, but what about our responsibilities? In his May 9, 2017 Time magazine article, “Andrew Jackson is the Perfect Icon of Selfishness for Trump,” Tavis Smiley offers a point of view that I think is worth repeating. He reminds us of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ declaration […]