On Responding to Arguments for Nationalism

When someone talks to you about expanding your point of view to better understand the mental gymnastics that make their subtle racism, bigotry or hate palatable to them, know that their values are the ones history has left behind, they are the ones refusing to grow. For the record, I don't hold to conventional ideals … Continue reading On Responding to Arguments for Nationalism

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Defeat of GOP Health Care Bill Is A Win for Americans

(This article is an opinion piece discussing the failed Trumpcare vote in the House on March 24, 2017) TRUMPCARE FAILS! RYAN GOES HOME WITH TAIL BETWEEN LEGS! TRUMP SAYS OBAMACARE WILL STAY! After originally stonewalling efforts to make the ACA a bipartisan bill that would make health care better for Americans, the GOP spent the … Continue reading Defeat of GOP Health Care Bill Is A Win for Americans

I Didn’t Talk About Politics Last Night, Even Though I Could Have

We were out the other night with old friends and new acquaintances to celebrate a birthday milestone. That's the normal part. I found myself avoiding politics in conversation. On purpose. That's the odd part. There are plenty of times when I avoid talking about politics, maybe bumping up against some current political news without really … Continue reading I Didn’t Talk About Politics Last Night, Even Though I Could Have

Trump Budget Proposal Makes America Not So Great

Donald Trump (aka President Big Fat Liar) has released his budget proposal, outlining his priorities to Congress and the American people and by most accounts it's so awful it's a complete non-starter. Still it's a great opportunity to highlight exactly how Trump intends to screw almost everyone over with his "America First" budget that actually … Continue reading Trump Budget Proposal Makes America Not So Great

The ACA Helped Keep Families Together, But the GOP Plan Would Encourage Divorce

It's always interesting to look at the unexpected effects of policies. It's even more interesting to relate those effects back to the supposed values of the party putting the policies into action. For instance, the GOP likes to pretend that they see marriage as a cornerstone to societal success and family strength. They tie marriage back … Continue reading The ACA Helped Keep Families Together, But the GOP Plan Would Encourage Divorce

What the GOP Healthcare Plan Really Does

These are just the worst parts of the bill, but they are throwing a bone by claiming to allow dependents to remain on plans up to age 26 and allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions. THIS IS ONE THING THEY WILL FOCUS ON. But the pre-existing condition clause won't stop insurers from charging you more for coverage, and … Continue reading What the GOP Healthcare Plan Really Does

Trump Finally Sounded Presidential, But Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Following last night's address to Congress and the American people, most media headlines (FAKE NEWS???) are claiming that with this speech Trump has found a voice that finally made him "The President" and that Americans are now buoyed by his vision and upbeat about his plans. President Trump's speech to Congress was a very good … Continue reading Trump Finally Sounded Presidential, But Actions Speak Louder Than Words