Category Public Policy

Our Republic’s Desperate Need for “Board Certified” Journalists

Our 2016 presidential election was punctuated by the release of information that was illegally obtained via computer hacking (i.e., computer leaks), and the propagation of false stories camouflaged to appear as legitimate news (i.e., fake news).  While there may be debate as to the extent the leaks and fake news affected how voters reasoned to […]

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 Difference Between a Journey Being Difficult and Being Lost

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend […]

Blueprint for Trouble

Allow me to posit a principle: There are multiple parties with a stake in the success of any organization.  Businesses, for example, all have at least these five: customers, employees, owners, vendors, and the various communities to which they belong.  Now allow me to posit a principle: When an organization (a government, a business, a […]

Healthcare Reform Issues & Concerns

As I write this, the Republicans have just brought out their replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Listening to the arguments pro and con, there is one issue in particular that I fear is being misrepresented, and there is another issue in particular that I fear has been lost or is being ignored. The […]

Tax Reform

Other than them being obligatory, I don’t look at the taxes I pay any differently than I look at the price I pay for discretionary goods and services: Am I getting my money’s worth? Is the price I am paying a fair one? Our current tax system has all but two of these properties, and I […]