O Canada, Health Care, Glorious and Free

It is smooth sailing for Canadians accessing quality health care at reasonable cost.  Shelburne Harbour, Nova Scotia, Sept. 14, 2017.
It is smooth sailing for Canadians accessing quality health care at reasonable cost. Shelburne Harbour, Nova Scotia, Sept. 14, 2017. TheDemocraticView.com

My wife Mary and I recently took a short vacation to the Maritime provinces.  We visited Yarmouth and Shelburne, among other small towns along the South Coast of Nova Scotia.  We reveled in the natural beauty of the landscapes and the warmth of the people we met. The only time it got even remotely strained…

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Beyond Charlottesville: Addressing Underlying Causes of Racism and Violence

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Racism and violence, of the kind we saw in Charlottesville, Va, this past week always merit our outage and condemnation.  But we have to be careful. Such attitudes pose a subtle danger: they can be overly simplistic and serve to obscure underlying issues that contribute to the unrest. History has taught us that racism and…

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Here We Go Again – More Supply-Side B.S.

Supply-Side B.S.

Donald Trump’s tax plan, unveiled Wednesday, calls for massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy (i.e. “small business”). He also threw a bone to the “middle class” in the form of increasing the standard deduction from $12,700 to $24,000 for a married couple. All justified in the name of jobs and economic growth. Economist…

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To Slow Global Warming, We Need a Carbon Tax

Trump Environmental Regulations

Over the past two weeks, Donald Trump proposed slashing the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and began the process of gutting environmental regulations. Among the regulations he would roll back are Obama-era restrictions on coal-burning power plants, limits on hydraulic fracking and a moratorium on the leasing of public lands for coal mining….

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It Is Not Rocket Science: Here’s How To Fix Obamacare

Donald Trump meeting with health insurance executives at the White House

What’s wrong with Obamacare?  Is it rising premiums and lack of choice, as some Republicans would have you believe?  Or is it that insurance companies don’t like the increased transparency and competition that comes with health care exchanges? Or, as Libertarians such as Ron Paul argue, is Obamacare just another expensive “entitlement” program that fosters a…

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