Policy

Healthcare Is Inextricably Linked to Women’s Rights

As a privileged white male, I am no expert of women’s health but I am permitted to speak out as a husband, a father, and a grandfather. In that capacity, as I look out at the changes to the American healthcare system proposed by the Republican party, I ask myself: “Why is Congress so anxious to strip women of so much of the healthcare that allows them access to the workplace?” As I dissect through the conservative agenda put forth [...]

May 8th, 2017|Policy, Politics|

The American Healthcare Act Enshrines Death by Economic Triage

    I know that “fake” news is in vogue now but let’s look honestly at the Republican bill just passed by the House of Representatives and see it for what it really is. The bill is called the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) but that is clearly a misnomer. It’s not about healthcare. It’s about no care. And it’s not American. It’s un-American because it invokes a policy that allows the rich and the privileged to buy the premium healthcare [...]

May 5th, 2017|Health & Medicine, Policy, Politics|

The Horse’s Ass: Where to Find Trump’s Strengths

Horses teach us honesty—bone crushing, soul-splintering candor. Face up to the real situation in front of you. So what would a horse say about our new President-elect? I think a horse would elucidate some immutable principles from the start: 1. A President who propagates lies, makes up facts, and disseminates disinformation, is a  liar. 2. A man who says different things, at different times, to different audiences deceives all of them. 3. A man who believes he can serve his [...]

December 9th, 2016|Policy, Politics|

“It’s morning in America….” And I am…

I feel like I have fallen into some wormhole and popped through into an alternate Universe where Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States. It reminds me a little of Amazon's TV hit series based on Philip Dick's novel, Man in the High Castle, where the viewer is introduced into a post-World War II universe in which Japan and Germany have won the war and the United States is run as a colony of the Axis powers. It [...]

November 10th, 2016|Policy, Well Being|

Why the Founding Fathers Would Be Ashamed of Us: Voter Suppression

8 November 2016 By Allan J. Hamilton Last night Dan Rather, the news commentator, made a very important statement on CNN: he said the biggest untold story of this 2016 election is voter suppression. Systematic efforts have been made by Republican legislatures to prevent voters of color and those in poorer neighborhoods from having easy access to polling places to cast their vote.  Mr. Rather also noted that one of many places where journalists have let the public down in [...]

November 8th, 2016|Policy|

A Horse Has Thing Or Two To Say About This Election

No election has divided our country as much as this year’s presidential election. Our leaders failed us. Our government failed us. And we failed ourselves by letting ourselves end up with a choice between a despicable candidate and an untrustworthy one. No one inspired us. They exhausted us. Voting ended up being like vomiting: it felt better when it’s over but it left a bad taste in the mouth. This election has been as predatory as possible. It’s about powerful [...]

November 7th, 2016|Policy, Uncategorized, Well Being|

What if Harrison Ford was the Celebrity Candidate for President?

Let’s face it: we have not exactly won the celebrity lottery when it comes to Donald Trump. Arguably, while playing the role of the Donald on “The Apprentice” may have made him look, for a few brief scenes, like he was decisive, there was really never anything there to suggest he was presidential.  So now we are all upset with him that he’s lost a fortune in his business dealings, he’s a liar, a misogynist, and a buffoon. But let’s [...]

October 7th, 2016|Policy, Uncategorized|