David Hogberg

David Hogberg is a writer living in Maryland.  He is author of the book, Medicare’s Victims: How the U.S. Government’s Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians.

Kaepernick Not to Blame for NFL Ratings Plunge — Yeah, Right

 

Television ratings for the National Football League are down 11% from last year. Last week the NFL sent a memo to team owners assuring them all was right. The memo blamed the presidential election for the ratings drop. Guess what the memo didn’t blame? Regarding any negative reactions to the National Anthem protests of quarterback Colin […]

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Welfare State = No Death On The Streets?

 

Writing in National Review Online, George Mason University law professor and AmSpec contributor F. H. Buckley argues that Donald Trump has more in common with old-school Democrats (i.e., those of the pre-Carter era) that do present-day Democrats.  His article is an enjoyable read until you reach the end of the ninth paragraph: They [Old Democrats] […]

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Guess Who EpiPen CEO Donates To?

 

Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, which makes EpiPen, appears to be on her way to becoming Public Enemy No. 1.  Mylan recently hiked the price of an EpiPen to about $600, from about $55 jut a few years ago. As Kevin Williamson points out, that $600 is “about half of what the typical American family […]

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Two Cheers For Christopher Nolan!

 

Best known for the Batman Trilogy, director Christopher Nolan is currently working on a film titled Dunkirk. Due out Summer of 2017, if it as good an Nolan’s previous work, we will have a wonderful movie about the bravery  not only of soldiers but of the ordinary citizens who tried to save them (and largely […]

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Intellectuals and Brexit, Part 1

 

Over at Foreign Policy, James Traub has written a piece titled, “It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses.”  As you can probably guess, it is none too sympathetic to those who voted in favor of Brexit: The Brexit has laid bare the political schism of our time. It’s not about […]

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Blue Cross Exiting MN Obmacare Exchange

 

About 103,000 people will have to find a new insurance policy because Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced it is leaving the Obamacare Exchange in Minnesota: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota announced the decision late Thursday, citing heavy financial losses in that sector that showed no signs of reversing. Blue Cross will continue offering a separate […]

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Some Arguments Undermine Themselves

 

The funny part is that the guy who came up with this meme thinks he’s really clever. Also, the “no questions asked” part is misleading.  A background check was performed on Omar Mateen and he passed. BONUS:   From the Washington Post:  “Fact checking three Democratic claims on assault weapons and guns.” Yes, that Washington Post.

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Will Trump (or GOP) Respond In Kind?

 

Not surprisingly, the fact that Donald Trump has not released his tax returns isn’t stopping Democrats. From Politico: Trump is certainly wealthy. But in a campaign where the New Yorker has portrayed himself as the biggest, the richest, the classiest and the best at everything, disclosing that he is less rich than he lets on […]

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Great Moments of the Welfare State

 

Yesterday I was playing poker at a local casino when one of the players sitting next to me claimed he was on food stamps. Apparently, one of the other players didn’t believe him, so to prove it he reached into his pocket and produced a debit card much like the one above. Now, keep in […]

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