Letter to Steve Chabot June 30, 2011

June 30, 2011 at 8:11 am

Dear Congressman Chabot, I am curious as to why Republicans don’t seem willing to compromise on our budget. Democrats seem willing to make many of the tax cuts you want. Why not get rid of some of the tax loopholes that they are asking for? I don’t understand your position […]

The Latest GOP Phantom War

February 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I received this alarmist e-mail from NewsMax today: Radio Insiders, Congressmen Aim to Stop Fairness Doctrine Moves are afoot to head off any Democratic efforts to reinstate the so-called Fairness Doctrine and stifle conservative talk radio. A group of radio  insiders has formed the Free Radio Coalition to fight the […]

They Can’t Deport Us All

February 12, 2009 at 11:44 am

T-shirt seen at the U.S. vs. Mexico soccer game in Columbus. Mexico actually lost the soccer game, but I’m scoring the public relations battle 1-0 in their favor.

‘Barack the Magic Negro’ Continues to Hurt GOP Brand

December 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

Chip Saltsman, former Tennessee GOP leader, in a bid to become chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a CD of parodies to committee members that included the song “Barack the Magic Negro.” Many have labeled the effort as racist and the current chairman of the RNC has stated that he is appalled. […]

Quality Health Care

May 11, 2008 at 8:24 am

I happened across an interview with Victoria Wulsin in CityBeat this week and was struck by her concise framing of the health care issue. “What we all want is quality,” Wulsin said. Wulsin believes what has gotten lost in the health care debate is the patient. The current administration has […]

What makes a working economy?

January 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm

The “free market” is one of the most powerful frames conservatives use to advance their agenda. How many times have you heard the phrase “leave it to the market” or “let the market do its work”? This argument has been applied to everything from the breakup of AT&T to social security to just about every argument conservatives have about fighting “big government”.

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The reason this argument is so effective is that most people can clearly see how the “free market” has brought many good things into their lives. The idea of a “win, win” situation is understood from daily transactions. When markets function properly, people often benefit.

The issue is that certain conditions are necessary to maintain this functioning “free market”. The Rockridge Institute has one of the best summations I’ve seen of the underlying assumptions of a “free market”.

A Call for Patient-Centered Health Care

December 28, 2007 at 6:57 pm

As Americans, we spend more on health care than any other nation and get less. Why is this the case? Just for a second, I’d like to ask you to tune out all that you’ve heard about health care and to think like an insurance company. I used to work […]

Taking From the Poor, Giving to the Rich

December 15, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Here’s an interesting post from Jared Bernstein on the growing economic gap between rich and poor. Compiled from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) statistics, here’s some highlights: $400 billion was transferred from the bottom 95% to the top 5%. The share of income held by the top 1% has climbed […]