Category Archives: The One

Canadian tourists

In dinner discussions on the Haute Route, people who learned we are Americans gingerly approached the topic of Donald Trump. The most in-depth conversations were with a young and very intelligent German man, and two people from Wales. What I … Continue reading

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Origins of the Tea Party

I have often speculated here and in website comments about the odd phenomenon called the “Tea Party. Nothing is ever as it appears in American politics, and so I long ago concluded that this organization, no matter the sincerity of … Continue reading

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Hint: “Obamacare” = “Romneycare” – this will be on the test!

Swede is the Johnny Appleseed of blog commenters, traveling about dropping seeds and hoping one might take root. Most annoying is this, easily seen: he does not read blog posts. This much was obvious yesterday as he dropped the little … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving postcard from the edge

In my younger years I did not understand why people believe lies, and thought that mere presentation of the truthful alternative would be enough to open eyes. There was so much ground to cover, so much to learn, and so … Continue reading

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Who is Barry anyway?

France’s President Sarcozy, on meeting Obama in 2009, found him to be “unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated.” I also recall him portraying Obama as a weak man, but no time this morning to run that down. A new book by Mark … Continue reading

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A primer on medical insurance in the new era

Since I am so familiar with it all, I think I talk over the heads of people as they muddle their way through the insurance exchanges looking for coverage. Here are some of the basics: Premium: the monthly rent paid … Continue reading

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It’s in the fine print

Since we are forced by Obama now to buy insurance policies without a public option, I asked the agent if they covered attacks by bloodsuckers. She said no. Not covered.

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What leaders do in time of crisis

They act. Meanwhile, Obama gives good speech. He could end this shutdown this minute with an executive order. But he won’t. He’s part of it. In the end, he’ll bargain and give away more things important to his base. That’s … Continue reading

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Black Tuesday

Today, October 1st, is a sad day in our history, the day the “insurance exchanges” open, three months shy of the day that the private mandate part of “Obamacare” goes into effect. Typically, the Democrats are out there spouting its … Continue reading

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Burning the bridge to single payer

For those who prefer to believe hard-bitten businesspeople, Matt Miller, writing yesterday in The Washington Post, interviewed big business executives – David Beatty who ran the giant Weston Foods and Roger Martin long-time consultant to large U.S. companies in Canada. … Continue reading

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