Now that the Election is over…


While I will confess to be a very partisan person, I chose never to engage in partisanship on this blog during the election.  There was already way too much partisan hatred and bickering.  There was already a cacophony of voices screaming insults and abuse at each other.  This is no way to run an election, […]

The Critical Need for Financial Regulation


FINANCIAL REGULATION There have been three major financial meltdowns in the United States in the past few decades.  There was the Savings and Loan Crisis of the 1980’s under President Reagan.  There was the 2002 Wall Street Collapse and the Financial Markets collapse of 2008, both under President George W. Bush.   What these three events […]

Our 18th Century Constitution


Our Eighteenth Century Constitution The world, and this nation, was a much different place back in 1787.  The changes over the past 225 years are  indescribable.  It is hard to understand the passion of the Tea Party and other conservatives to return to an 18th Century viewpoint of government.  Do these antiquarians realize that the […]

Human Dignity for Workers in the Global Supply Chain


In the global marketplace, many workers are required to work for long hours at low pay in deplorable conditions and often unsafe settings.  There are various types of forced labor.  Child labor is more common than we would like to admit.  Human dignity is denied to the workers through such injustices as discrimination, sexual harassment, […]

America’s Addiction to Violence


This is the aftermath of the tragic and senseless shooting in Theater 9 in Aurora, Colorado.  Our country has witnessed yet again another act of mayhem brought on by gun violence. This is not exclusively an American issue.  We are not the only country with gun violence, but we are at the epicenter.  Norway, a […]

Churches, Politics and 501(c)(3) Status


Churches and other non-profit organizations organized as IRC 501(c)(3) organizations are forbidden to support or oppose political candidates, to involve themselves in legislative issues, or to support or oppose ballot initiatives.  And yet this very clear demarcation in the law often goes ignored with impunity.  Some churches appear to operate as national political parties in […]

Kaiser Permanente – The Perfect Model for a National Health Care System


Kaiser Permanente has created the world’s most integrated health care system.  It is able to offer tremendous coverage at a reasonably modest price due to a large list of compelling features built into the Kaiser Permanente design. Let me state that I have no relationship to Kaiser except as a satisfied patient for over twelve […]

Health Care Crisis in the US


Health Care Issues The Unites States spends 17% of GDP on healthcare, or over $8,400 per capita, more than any other nation.  No other developed country spends more than 12% of GDP on medical care. And yet our people have some of the poorest healthcare outcomes in the developed world.  Some 46 million Americans are […]

It Is Time for Civil Discourse


Nothing can be accomplished in government today because of the polarization and dysfunction that has gripped our nation.  It seems like those who seek to steer the ship of state would rather sink it than give up their desired course and heading.  How did we get into this mess, and more importantly, how can we […]