An unhelpful distraction from an important national discussion

Today the Naples Daily News ran a commentary on its Editorial Opinion page titled “Death panels? Palin’s warnings coming true,” and yesterday it ran one titled “Politically-motivated end runs ignore our Constitution.” As I predicted in a post on my health care blog on Sunday, the death panel discussions are back.A reader suggested I forward … Continue reading An unhelpful distraction from an important national discussion

Obama and the tax deal – triangulating or governing?

A friend and I got into a heated discussion the other day about whether Obama had fought hard enough for the Democratic agenda in the tax deal he negotiated with the Republicans. My friend, really angry, said he hadn't. He also said he thought Obama should have fought harder for a single-payer health care plan.Our … Continue reading Obama and the tax deal – triangulating or governing?

Are your spending decisions helping Democrats or Republicans?

In the 2007-2008 election period, Netflix made $616,357 in political contributions. None went to Republican candidates. Barack Obama received the largest amount ($19,485).Costco Wholesale gave $306,033, with 92 percent going to Democrats - $32,240 to Obama and $9,700 to Clinton.Amazon.com contributed $279,269. Seventy-nine percent went to Democrats, with Barack Obama receiving the most ($104,382).I’m happy … Continue reading Are your spending decisions helping Democrats or Republicans?

Challenging conventional wisdom

I’m often struck by the way conventional wisdom is accepted as fact. But conventional wisdom is not necessarily true. A recent Time magazine article called “The Uncertainty Principle” by Zackary Karabell reviews the conventional wisdom that businesses aren’t hiring because of uncertainty about government policy:The best expression of this thesis came from the U.S. Chamber … Continue reading Challenging conventional wisdom

An interesting take on the election results

If you’ve been depressed about last week’s election results, and the punditry and promises that followed, you might enjoy this Slate.com piece as much as I did.  It’s titled “Pelosi’s Triumph: Democrats didn't lose the battle of 2010. They won it.” by William Saletan, Slate's national correspondent.  Here are some excerpts:Democrats have lost the House, … Continue reading An interesting take on the election results

Can the Republicans really kill health care reform?

Since Tuesday’s elections, the leaders of the new House and Senate majorities have trumpeted their intention to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or at least cut off its funding (although they haven’t said how they’d make up the cost savings that would be lost).  I must admit, the saber-rattling was getting to me.The country does … Continue reading Can the Republicans really kill health care reform?