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The cost of Trump’s Trans Ban

When I was in the Army, it was estimated that my training cost the US taxpayer close to $500,000. For that they got 2.5 years of contingency readiness. That is, after 1.5 year of training I waited around for 2.5 years in case any of my skills were necessary, and then my time was up and I moved on with life. Why do I bring that up? Because if the Army had decided two years in that for some arbitrary reason I need to be...

Why Trump Struggles, a Novel Theory

My theory is that Trump found a magic lamp, but it had an evil Genie. He gets his exact wish, but never what he actually wanted. That is my best explanation for how Trump ended up President of the United States. The question is, was that his first wish, or his last?

Failure of process in the Health bill

From Robert Reich: “How is it possible to debate a bill that doesn’t exist? How is it possible to vote to debate a bill on which there have been no hearings, that the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t analyzed, that no senators have seen, and that the American public doesn’t have a clue about?” And that about sums up the GOP approach to health care. Everything they claimed Obama did (most of which he...

Both Parties are the same…

“A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 52 percent of registered voters believe the Democratic Party just stands for opposing Trump, compared to 37 percent who believe the party stands for something.” So I guess in that regard both parties are the same: most Republicans believe that the party’s main purpose is to oppose Democrats.

Medicare and Fraud

As dishonest as people are in this country, there will always be fraud. And the biggest fraud will (as always) be white collar. Those are the MD’s that get busted for $100 million Medicare scams. Or the large HMOs that cross the line gaming the billing systems and get slapped with billion-dollar fines. The perpetrators live in mansions, golf at Mar-A-Lago, and donate generously at charity balls. However, the fact that...