In the recent years, health care has been a hot political issue. Much more than many other contentious political issues, health care is very intimate for all of us, as earlier or later we all will need some medical assistance, and we want to get the best at affordable cost. It is banal to say [...]
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Apr 04, 2013
The Republican National Committee prepared the Growth and Opportunity Project report suggesting using more digital media. The problem is with the message, not with the media. Americans in general, both Democrats and Republicans, adopted many socialistic concepts which are clearly different from the concepts of the Founding Fathers, and contrary to the free market political system that built the wealth of this nation in the first place. For Democrats this pro socialistic shift is natural, as – similarly with European social democrats – they seek policies mitigating harshness of the capitalistic system. For Republicans, formally standing for a smaller government and more liberties for individuals, adopting socialistic concepts (support for our clearly socialistic immigration law is the most obvious example) it is a split personality disorder. They do not need experts in digital media. They need Dr. Phil.
Divorce government from marriageMore
Mar 23, 2013
The gay marriage issue has nothing to do with social values, but a lot with values measured in dollars. Why do gays want the same marriage rights? Because the government created so many entitlements and tax discounts associated with family that being gay plainly means higher costs of living and more bureaucratic hassle. The question is, should we extend the current government interference into family matters to the homosexual relationships, or should we realize that we went too far and that we need to back off and eliminate all together most of the regulations and tax discounts intended to strengthen American families? On this occasion, one may notice as well that American families were strong before government took upon itself a task of helping them. After about fifty years of government help we have more than ever disintegrated American families. The best way of addressing the same sex marriage dispute is by divorcing government from the marriage issue.
We do not need family sponsored immigration visasMore
Mar 16, 2013
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina is trying to limit immigration visas available now for family members of permanent residents and U.S. citizens. In general, it is good direction. However, the question is should politicians in Washington make decisions of this kind. If an American marries a foreigner, that foreigner should have a visitor’s visa with permission to work for the duration of the marriage. No immigration visa is needed for two people being happy together. The immigration visa is needed if a foreigner wants to use our welfare system. This is exactly what we do not want. However, if a foreigner married to an American legal resident or a citizen lives and works here for a prolonged time - let us say five years - this person should automatically qualify for a green card. In this approach we do not need limits; we do not need immigration bureaucracy.
We need a guest worker lawMore
Mar 04, 2013
If today we grant green cards to all illegal immigrants, surprisingly many would pack up and return home. They would do this knowing that when the economy improves, they would have the freedom to come back. Staying here is not such a value as the freedom of doing so. Formalizing the alien worker status is the key. Not all people allowed to work here will stay permanently. Returning to their countries, they will be the best ambassadors America can have. For example, allowing this free labor traffic with Latin America would result with many Latinos having seed capital to start their businesses there. Even more, it would inject into their, often corrupt, political system millions of influential people familiar with freedoms we have in the U.S., and forming grass root demands for system changes there.
Conservatives and liberals are much alikeMore
Jan 24, 2013
Liberals are just socialists. Conservatism as we have it today is like a once young attractive woman, who a few decades ago pledged to be faithful to the ideas of limited government and freedoms of individuals. In the meantime, for many short-term benefits this woman went to bed with religious bigots, with nationalists, with military complex, and with whomever else came along promising political power. This woman is still attractive to some, but respected by no one. Liberals want an authoritarian government executing their ideological preferences. Conservatives want an authoritarian government executing their ideological preferences. The ideological preferences are different; the yearning for a totalitarian government is the same.
Terrorists won againMore
Jan 18, 2013
The whole world turned theireyes to the hostage drama somewhere in the middle of Sahara. Seeking recognition, a group of fringe terrorists did what terrorists usually do - took a group of foreign experts hostage. The political leaders in London, Oslo, Paris, Tokyo, and Washington got busy. The market got hectic not knowing how things would end up. Some people died and media will speculate for a few days if this was avoidable. Terrorist got what they wanted: recognition. It is just about time to realize that some parts of the world are politically unstable, and there is not much we can do about it. If you want to go there to work you best prepare get your wife that you might not come back alive. And, if some fanatic militants kill you; there is no news worth reporting.
Immigration crisis ever unresolvedMore
Jan 15, 2013
Marco Rubio tries to find a middle ground between water and fire. It looks like that he is more a politician for the sake of staying in politics, than a statesman not afraid of boldly using water or fire when needed to do something important. Mr. Rubio hopes to enhance his political career by riding the immigration issue. The last several years have proved that there is no compromise between fierce nativists and proponents of more open immigration policies. Compromise is not the way to resolve our immigration mess.
in the health care reform debate In the final push for passing his concept of health care reform, President Barack Obama concluded that there is no reason for debating health care reform any further due to “honest and substantial differences between the parties.” Why we should not discuss fundamental disagreements; especially, when a major reform [...]
My response to the request voiced by President Obama in his State of the Union address. Dear Mr. President, In the State of the Union Address, referring to the health care reform proposal, you said: “But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover [...]
The House health care overhaul bill passed not because Democrats prepared a good proposal but because Republicans showed amazing inability in presenting a viable alternative. In particular, young and healthy people tend to not buy health insurance. However, without their contributions any health insurance system cannot work. Democrats address this issue, yet none of the [...]
Among opponents of the health reform proposal, the public option draws most of their criticism. Pundits speculate whether Obama will drop it or not. All the energy put in debating the public option is futile. It misses the problem. The problem is that we have 47 million uninsured. When they show up at the hospital [...]
Fans of the TV serial House, will notice that every time Dr. House diagnoses a problem he scrawls on a white board. In scientific terms, he creates a decision table. When approaching any decision, we try to estimate the chances of reaching certain intended outcomes. Then we weigh them against our abilities and the costs [...]
In the report, that the President received from his Council of Economic Advisers, beginning on page 13 and following, we can read: “At a fundamental level, the inefficiencies stem from the fact that health care is very different from conventional goods and services. The markets for health insurance and medical care are classic examples of [...]
One week after posting my open letter asking for a concept in the health care reform bill, I received an email from President Barack Obama. Several hours before my letter showed up on Huffington Post, I forwarded it to the White House, using the “contact us” form on their website. I thought that it would [...]
An open letter to President Obama regarding health care reform Dear Mr. President, I agree with your assertion that the health care crisis is an economic issue. We have the best doctors, the best hospitals, and the best drugs; however, they are out of reach for too many Americans. Costs have spun out of control. [...]
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