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Business Benefits from National Health Insurance

Business Benefits from National Health Insurance

Alone among the nations of the world, the U.S. has relied upon private health insurance to cover the majority of its population, but far from all – 47 million are left out. This system is inefficient: it costs too much and the business community overpays. The private insurance industry spends about 20% of its revenue on administration, marketing, and profits. Further, the industry imposes on physicians, hospitals and businesses an administrative burden in billing and insurance related functions that consume…

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The Most Important Issue

The Most Important Issue

President Ronald Reagan said that nuclear weapons are “totally irrational, totally inhumane, good for nothing but killing, possibly destructive of life on earth and civilization.” On March 23, 1983, President Reagan’s proposed to “eliminate the weapons themselves.” In 1985, at their Geneva Summit Conference, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev made their joint statement that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” In January 2007, a conference on nuclear weapons was held at the very…

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Another Look at Waterboarding

Another Look at Waterboarding

Forgive me for pursuing waterboarding torture now that the subject has slipped from public attention. I can’t let it go because there is an outside chance that one of my ancestors was a victim of waterboard torture 700 years ago during the Spanish Inquisition. That was pure evil then, it is pure evil now. Beyond that motivating factor, I may have surmised an explanation for the illegal destruction of the videotapes by the CIA of interrogations of prisoners during which…

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The Costs of the Iraq War

The Costs of the Iraq War

About two thirds of Americans now regard the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq as a serious mistake. The mistake was planned and organized by President George W. Bush and his administration with the help of too many Democrats who went along with his imperial fantasy. Too many Americans, carried away by superpower imperial glory, expected an easy victory at low cost. They were wrong. Whether or not military victory will have been achieved at some future time, the costs…

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Subsidizing Iowa

Subsidizing Iowa

The political eyes of the nation focus on the farm state of Iowa where voter caucuses will choose delegates to the Democratic and Republican conventions on January 3. The Iowa caucuses are important because they are the first selection of delegates in the country. For many elections Iowa has determined the political trend by giving enormous political publicity to the winner, boosting his/her chances in the New Hampshire primary and beyond. As in other states, the candidates are evaluated according…

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Political Religion in America

Political Religion in America

Religion has long been a favorite topic for Republican candidates for political office. The looming Iowa GOP presidential caucuses may be decided by the religiosity of the competitors, particularly former governors Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, and how they relate to the beliefs and values of the Evangelical Christians, estimated at some 50% of caucus participants. But the three leading Democratic presidential pretenders, former Senator John Edwards, Senator’s Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have also opened up about their faiths,…

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The Iranians Have Disappointed Us

The Iranians Have Disappointed Us

Gosh, what a disappointment. You can’t even trust the CIA anymore. Imagine, all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies agree that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Where is George Tenet when we need him – to give us a slam dunk or whatever we asked for? Or Saint Colin Powell who would vouch for the war program after some sobbing. And the intelligence community has admitted it was wrong. That is no way to run a government operation. Rule…

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Less Violence in Iraq?

Less Violence in Iraq?

The U. S. Government and the media report that American military and Iraqi civilian casualties have declined significantly for several months. Given the record of the Bush administration in manufacturing information, the American people have a right to be skeptical and suspicious about the accuracy of the count. While the media echoes the same numbers, too often their reporters reside in the comparative comfort and safety of the protected Green Zone and pass along to the public the figures released…

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Will the U.S. ever Leave Iraq?

Will the U.S. ever Leave Iraq?

Since achieving majority control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Democrats in Congress have forced 40 votes on bills limiting President Bush’s war policy. Only one bill was passed by both bodies and that was vetoed by Bush. However, every one of the 40 bills contained a special section providing for a residual U.S. military force to remain in Iraq with no time limit to perform the military tasks U.S. forces are now doing. The exact wording…

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It’s All about Her

It’s All about Her

The presidential election of 2008 is not primarily about the problems facing America: the Iraq war, relations with Iran, illegal immigration, and healthcare. It’s all about her, and her name is Hillary Rodham Clinton: her personality, her smile, her laughter, her marriage, her honesty, her courage, her husband, her toughness, her ability. Hillary’s position on issues attracts some attention as does her managerial skill, but Democrats and Republicans, men and women, liberals and conservatives are simply fascinated by her mind,…

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