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America Ripe for Reform
by | May 20, 2019

Justice Louis Brandeis called the states “the laboratories of democracy.” Jonas Salk labored in a laboratory. So did Victor Frankenstein. The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this month, “California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to provide health coverage to low-income…

by | May 16, 2019

President Donald Trump’s pardon of Pat Nolan yesterday is a cause for celebration, not just for Pat and his family, but for Americans across the political spectrum who have come together to support criminal justice reform. Because Pat is both…

by | May 7, 2019

America looks great again after enduring a sluggish economy for most of the new century. The unemployment rate sunk to 3.6 percent in April. This stands as the lowest number in a half century. The gross domestic product (GDP) grew…

by | Apr 26, 2019

A single word describes the many policy prescriptions offered by the various presidential candidates: nonstarter. Green New Deal? Nonstarter? Baby bonds? Nonstarter. Medicare for All? Reparations? Guaranteed income? Nonstarter, nonstarter, nonstarter. The federal government cannot afford any ambitious new spending…

by | Apr 16, 2019

Democrats won on the issue of healthcare in 2018 because they campaigned on protecting the coverage Americans possessed. For the 2020 presidential primaries, several Democrats run on taking away that coverage. “Let’s eliminate all of that,” Kamala Harris says of…

by | Apr 12, 2019

It is often a struggle for military spouses to find employment, because of frequent relocations. This is only made more challenging by occupational licensure laws. There are many cases in which occupational licensure places burdens on people seeking work which…

by | Apr 8, 2019

It pays to shop. But only when the shopper pays does this axiom prove true. When a third party picks up the bill, it does not pay to, as Smokey Robinson’s mama told him, shop around. Grasping this basic truth,…

by | Mar 30, 2019

“We have been dealing with health care constantly,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi maintained this week. “The public attention has been on the Mueller report, but we have been focused on health care.” A these-are-not-the-droids-you-are-looking-for quality animates the speaker’s…

by | Mar 21, 2019

In the wake of Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and other parents allegedly using the foul means of their considerable means to gain admittance for their children to elite schools, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wants to end deductions for parents who…

by | Mar 21, 2019

Last week Scott Gottlieb announced his resignation as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Unfortunately and unexpectedly, Gottlieb’s reign was a departure from lessening of government regulations so prevalent in other areas of the Trump Administration. His tenure culminated…

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