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Health Care Reform: How Many Wrongs Made it Right?

By Tom Lewis, published on Mar 22, 2010

According to the apparent consensus of pundits, President Obama did everything wrong as he tried to lead the country to health-care reform.

In the beginning he didn't demonstrate sufficient leadership, he left the writing of the bill to the Congress, and at the end he made it too personal, went on TV too much, risked his entire presidency. His timing was all wrong, he should have put the whole matter aside until the recession was over and concentrated instead on jobs, jobs, jobs. He was trying to do too much; he should have put it aside until he first achieved peace in the Middle East... (more)

Tags: obama, politics, health care reform

Catherine from Oregon -- An Observation on Curriculum

By alan handwerger, published on Jan 17, 2010

“So there this lady, Catherine; and she be from Oregon; and she go and marry this king whose name is King Henry Vee-eye-eye-eye. And he be the king of England. But that don’ happen ‘til later.”

Thus began Naomi C.’s book report on the famed union of Catherine of Aragon and England’s King Henry VIII .

“This girl parents, Fer’nan and Izbel from Spain, fix Catherine up to get marry when she be three years old. And her husband – he be two. And his name Arthur. But they don’t get marry ‘til she be sixteen and he be fifteen on November, 14, 1501 at Old St. Paul’s cathedral, that’s... (more)

Tags: education, politics, memoir, american schools, curriculum

The 10 Best Scams of 2009. Maybe Ever.

By Tom Lewis, published on Dec 24, 2009

There may be a universe in which the following ten propositions are true, or useful, or have some redeeming social value. But writers are advised constantly to write about what they know. The basis of this advice is that when you derive what you say, think, imagine or predict from the evidence of your eyes and ears, what you say, etc., will be authentic. Without that grounding, it will not be.

The following propositions are so big, so loudly proclaimed and widely held, that millions of Americans believe them and millions more who know better are forced to play defense against the believers... (more)

Tags: sex, politics, health care, taxes, financial reform

US Tries to Pacify India Over Chinese Role in Asia

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 19, 2009

President Obama on his visit to Asia has been a trend-changer on many accounts. In a zeal to “strengthen” tied with China, US seems to have stepped in the wrong alley. After US-China released a joint press statement making reference to Indo-Pakistani relations and sending message that U.S. is fine with the idea of a third party intervention in the talks between the two nations (India-Pakistan); officials of U.S. embassy in India, State and Foreign Department are now on an explanation spree.

India on Wednesday reacted sharply to the joint statement. India has always been very critical... (more)

Tags: terrorism, china, obama, politics, united states, india, usa, us politics, world, pakistan, news, asia, foreign policy, foreign secretary, joint statement, new delhi, samapan

Transparency Int'l releases Corruption Perceptions Index-09

By Mritunjay, published on Nov 17, 2009

Transparency International (TI), a Berlin based organization, which is a civil society organization and claims to be leading the fight against corruption, has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the year 2009.

TI defines Corruption as: “Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.”

The organization releases this list every year which ranks nations on an index which is created as a function of various parameters to scale the... (more)

Tags: germany, 2009, politics, india, usa, world, corruption, accountability, politicians, transparency international, annual corruption perception index, bric, development, berlin

Deception from the White House?

By D. E. Carson, published on Nov 16, 2009

What do the following Congressional Districts have in common?

Arizona 9th District Arizona 86th District Connecticut 42nd District U.S. Virgin Islands 1st District U.S. Virgin Islands 99th District Northern Mariana Islands 69th District Northern Mariana Islands 99th District Puerto Rico 99th District

According to the U.S. Government website Recovery.gov, these districts all received Federal Stimulus money from the Obama Administration which in turn saved or created jobs as promised by His Royal Highness, Barack Obama. The website was created as a part of HRH Obama’s promise to make... (more)

Tags: obama, politics, economics, stimulus, failure, congressional districts

Putting the Fox in Charge of the Canary

By Tom Lewis, published on Nov 7, 2009

Even after you have accepted the degree to which money has locked down the American political system, and hence its government; after you realize that there are really no more Democrats and Republicans in American politics, just Moneycrats and losers; it can still be astonishing what Money can do.

In Ohio this year, Big Agriculture decided it was threatened by the pesky people from the Humane Society of the United States who have persuaded several states to moderate the brutal treatment of animals in factory farms -- such things as confining nursing sows in cages so small they can neither... (more)

Tags: politics, humane society, american politics, ohio, big agriculture, ohio gambling

Deforming Health Care

By Tom Lewis, published on Oct 29, 2009

... the National Mall unable to move to help ourselves.   We will declare it a victory now, from our prostrate position, when we get a bill that gives the insurance companies 40 million new paying customers (they will, by the way, be "socialized" customers, paying with government money). Then, using 30 cents of every dollar coming in, the insurance companies will hire and train thousands more people to deny claims. That's called "job creation."   The deforming of health care has demonstrated, in plain view, once again, the new Golden Rule of American politics: who has the gold, rules.

 

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Tags: politics, health care reform, campaign finance reform, corruption

Driving Down Crime

By Glenn T, published on Oct 21, 2009

Racial profiling is a volatile and hot-button issue, which pits our ever-increasing desire for personal safety in an era of terror and violence against the desperate defense of our civil rights as their systemic erosion seems more and more inevitable. We all like to think we know what criminals look like, but then realize that not everyone that looks like our stereotypical criminal is one nor does every criminal fit such a description. Bernie Madoff looks about has harmless as your accountant, yet perpetrated the world’s greatest fraud; while Chad Ochocinco (of Cincinnati Bengals fame) looks... (more)

Tags: police, humor, cars, douche, youth, race, politics

This American Has Had It!

By D. E. Carson, published on Mar 26, 2009

The time has come for house cleaning.  It is time to get rid of Congress – BOTH houses BOTH parties.  Obama is inept and incompetent.  Simply put he’s the moron everyone thought George W. Bush was – no Obama is, in fact, worse.  His press secretary is a dolt.  His treasury secretary is a tax-cheat.  His vice-president is a foul-mouthed elitist who couldn’t find his wallet if it were in his left hand.

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi together don’t have enough intelligence between them to convert to dynamite to blow your nose.   And yet, some how, these epitomes of stupidity are in power.

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Tags: politics, congress, american people, president obama

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