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The monkey-wrench in Obamacare

In 1975 Edward Abbey wrote his most famous literary work, The Monkey
Wrench Gang. It postulated a vision of environmental activism that
eventually manifested world-wide. Within two decades the environmental
community had gone on the offense to defend owls and prevent bulldozers
from building logging roads. They burned ski run chalets and climbed trees
to prevent redwoods from being cut. I believe that the recent election of
opposition threatens to monkey-wrench Obamacare, aka, the Affordable Care
Act. Continue reading

The three scariest things that could happen if Democrats keep the Senate

With Halloween creeping up on us, it’s time to turn our attention to spooky stuff. Though it looks like Republicans are in good shape to take the Senate, in the horrific possibility that Democrats prevail, here are the three scariest scenarios: Continue reading

Not into politics? It’s into you regardless

(’76 Contributor) People, especially young people, often say that they don’t care about politics. They’re just not into it; they think politics doesn’t affect their lives. Even if they cared enough to get involved, they’re too busy with school or building careers and families, or trying to find a job after being laid off. Continue reading

American medicine today: A profession under siege

(Boston) The distinctions of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are many: Affiliation with Harvard Medical School, 3rd oldest U.S. hospital (1811), 2nd highest ranking in the U.S. News survey, world’s largest hospital based research program ($750 million dollar annual budget), and no less than eleven Nobel Laureates have worked or trained there. Continue reading

Veterans Affairs scandal a sign of things to come

The Veterans Affairs scandal contains messages galore, not the least of which is that bureaucratically managed, socialized medicine can be a life-robbing political blunder. And, please, do not suppose a system that falls a tad short of that description is not a blunder, too. Let Obamacare bloom and watch the rationing there. Continue reading

Springtime in the Imperial City: Politics never sleeps

(Washington, D.C) For a devotee of history there are few more relaxing experiences than a mid-afternoon reverie in the Round Robin Bar at the Willard hotel. While awaiting a colleague who has promised much good gossip about bad politics in the Imperial City, my imagination goes to an upstairs room where Pinkerton detectives fearful of cascading assassination threats secretly conveyed president Elect Abraham Lincoln to wait out the final week before his inauguration in 1861. Or to the nearby hotel lobby where in more placid times President Ulysses Grant liked to stop and smoke a cigar and sip a glass of whiskey while patiently fending off job-seekers and other supplicants (The hotel dubiously claims this to be the origin of the term “Lobbyist”). Continue reading

ObamaCare chains more of U.S. to government dole

What sets Americans apart from people in so many other countries is that we actually like working. No, every job isn’t fun, but Americans understand the dignity that comes with work. We achieve a sense of self-reliance by producing something worthwhile, creatively using our unique talents, and providing security and opportunity for ourselves and our families. Continue reading