Many people write or speak to tell us what we should think. Some want to be believed because they are experts, or think they are. Some want to be believed because they claim to speak for us. Some have had revelations. Others want us to trust them because they communicate through prominent media outlets. Many tell us what we should think. I write to encourage my readers to think for themselves. I write to ask you to inquire. Question me. Have fun.

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More parenting is needed

Aug 01, 2019

Peter Gray in Psychology Today advises for less parenting. The problem is exactly the opposite: There is not enough parenting. In the past, when most of our ancestors lived in self-supporting households, often a farm, out of necessity, children were an integral part of whatever adults needed to do during their daily life, and they learned that way. Now, we do not need to do as much at home. Work is outside the home, food is brought in, heat is turned on and off, and mysteriously magical, colorful screens are the center of most activities. If we leave children free to explore what they find the most attractive, they will play video games. There might be some educational value in it, but one needs to learn much more. Hence, we need more effort in parenting, with parents doing more in the home than is otherwise required, and spending more time with children outside in order to introduce them to the real world. This realization hit home after I witnessed the surprise of a 7-year old seeing apples on my apple tree.

Less fight more work
Jul 30, 2017

The fight over Obamacare repeal is over, at least for now. The GOP can start to work on a new proposal that each of us can look at it, and then compare how my particular health care solution would play in it, as compared to Obamacare. In a television interview, HHS Secretary Tom Price said that Obamacare “may be working for Washington, it may be working for insurance companies, but it’s not working for patients.” Maybe it is time to consider patients’ involvement in the preparation of an Obamacare alternative? It could be that Obamacare repeal failed just because it has been prepared by Washington with consultation from insurance companies. Let us start with addressing 19 health care issues that politicians avoid talking about.

How to pay for the wall?
Apr 04, 2017

If you want to build the wall, pay for it with your own money. How much of your own money are you willing to donate? Trump received 62,979,879 votes. If each of Trump’s supporters voluntarily donates at least $1,000, which corresponds to about $42 per month for the next two years, and if we encourage those who are more affluent to double their donations, then Trump can have on hand about $100 billion, which may suffice for a substantial piece of the wall. Hence, all of you who are talking loudly about spending my money on building this wall, stay away from my wallet, but open your own wallet and send money to the “Build the Wall Fund.” Put your money where your mouth is.

What is wrong with Russia?
Dec 22, 2015

It appears that Russian leaders cannot free themselves from the medieval concept of regional influence, where weaker neighbors were subdued into becoming serf states. Is anyone capable of explaining to them that in these times of a global economy, any influence comes from economic strength? Russia, thanks to its size, natural resources and well-educated labor force, has everything that it takes to maintain a dominant position in the region, just by maintaining free trade with all its neighbors. It can do so without military interventions in Georgia and in Ukraine. Russia has everything that it takes to be a respected wealthier neighbor, to whom everyone in the region would turn for help when needed. Instead, it is a bully and a hooligan. It would take so little to change that. But it is so hard for Russia to do it. 

Closed mind for closed borders
Nov 19, 2015

Known to some as a libertarian, Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. speaks against open borders. His argument is that it is an infraction against private property. He misses the point that most people migrate just because Mr. Rockwell’s neighbors want them on their private property – for picking apples, washing the dishes or writing a computer code. Then, Mr. Rockwell wrongly laments that those foreigners invited by his neighbors violate his private property rights by loitering in the public spaces that he frequents. He wants the government to deny the rights of his neighbors to do on their private property whatever they wish, so he will not need to face immigrants in the public spaces. Mr. Rockwell left the train called “liberty” at the station called “xenophobia.”    

They do not know…
Sep 14, 2015

Mr. Trump says: “A lot of what I’m doing is by instinct.” I prefer that our President would make decisions based on systematic due diligence. The instinct that guides Mr. Trump in his professional life arrives from his vast experience, starting when he was growing up under the mentoring of his successful father, followed by a solid education and years of practice. Mr. Trump's confidence is misguiding, as it gives his supporters the illusion that someone who mastered real estate dealing can be equally skillful as President. It is similar to the illusion surrounding Dr. Carson, that he can be as good a President as he is a brain surgeon. If both gentlemen were humbler, they would realize that they qualify to be President equally as much as Mr. Trump qualifies to conduct brain surgeries and Dr. Carson to run Mr. Trump’s real estate empire. The problem is not that they do not know many things they should; the problem is that they do not realize that.

Freedom cannot be legislated, its restriction can
Mar 31, 2015

Indiana voted in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In his WSJ piece, Gov. Mike Pence claims it was needed to protect the religious freedoms of Hoosiers. Every legislative act by its nature limits someone’s freedom. The only way of increasing freedom is by identifying existing laws that curb personal liberties and then eliminating them.  Hence, if Gov. Pence sees that under some circumstances, the religious freedoms of Hoosiers are not respected, he could correct the situation by eliminating laws causing this problem. We have the Bill of Rights, and it suffices. No “enhancements” are needed.

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What do we have government for?

As frustrating as it is, the ongoing Washington stalemate on health care, immigration and almost any other essential issue should not be surprising. It is not politics as some claim. It is a deep ideological rift among Americans.

Recently, my Congressman, Bill Foster (D) held meetings with his constituents asking questions about the budget. We were seated in groups of six and asked to reach decisions on 39 budgets choices he is facing in Congress. In my group we could not grasp any reasonable consensus. On issues we agreed, other groups reached opposite conclusions. There is a big elephant in the room, and it is not what Time suggests – the nation is even deeper divided than the politicians in Washington are.

The core of this division is on expectations of what we have the government for. It is worth to recall, that in its origination, the United States was founded on the concept of limited government, on the concept that people can handle their own affairs themselves the best, and that they needed the government just for protection from foreign enemies and for securing the order. It was understood that the liberty to pursue one’s individual goals should not be hindered neither by another individual nor any government agency. Formally this is still on the books, and there are still people seriously thinking that this is the way it supposed to be.

Reality is far from this original concept. Between Medicare, Medicaid and other programs – before the ACA even started – the government pays almost half of our health care bills; 45% in 2011, to be precise. The fundamental question is should it pay any? Should it not just limit itself to secure all citizens equal rights to arrange their health care the way they want and stay away from paying for it, with an exception of military personnel on duty? Regardless of political affiliations, most Americans tend to accept much greater government participation in health care. On immigration – another antagonizing issue – Americans accepted government tight control, meaning nationalization of the pivotal part of the labor market, the labor of foreigners. For the first 210 years of the Republic, Americans could hire whomever they wanted, regardless of this person’s immigration status. The immigration law of 1986 took this liberty away. Today most Americans support E-Verify, a totalitarian style government intrusion into freedom of enterprise, more suitable for the Soviet style system, which I experienced, than for America that Tocqueville was writing about.

Following media, one might conclude that the ideological rift is between conservatives and liberals, often called progressives as well. If it was, eventually whatever side is right on any issue, it would prevail. The truth is that both conservatives and progressives are for liberties and limited government, except issues for other reasons important to them. On these issues they do not mind to relinquish all their rights, liberties and desires for small government in exchange for goodies, guaranties protection, and power that the visible hand of government can deliver. Progressives do this on healthcare, conservatives on immigration. And, this is just the tip of a very long list.

The real dichotomy is not between conservatives and liberals but between supporters of the capitalistic system as understood by the Founding Fathers (despite that they did not use this term) and supporters of socialistic concepts that society as a whole has the right and duty to form collectively some lofty goals.  Then, that it should put government in charge of executing these goals, and that it has rights to take away liberties of individuals in the process of implementing these collectively agreed utmost ideas. It is pure socialism in a nutshell. The irony is that both liberals and conservatives fall for these illusions that socialism might work this one time, despite that so far it did not work anywhere else, and has not been working when applied in the U.S. either. Socialistic concepts formed our present health care and immigration systems, and this is the main reason of rising out of control health care costs, high percentage of uninsured and illegal immigration.

The ongoing drama around the healthcare reform highlights “honest and substantial differences between the parties” as President Obama once said with a tone of resignation that they ever could be resolved.   President Obama was wrong; the country cannot function without debating constantly these “substantial differences.”

Each generation needs to revise the role of the government. We can begin with asking the question: “Should the government get involved to begin with?” every time any legislative issue comes on the agenda. Now legislators proudly list regulations they introduced and supported to pass. The first sign of positive change will be when legislators’ point of pride will be in fixing some of our problems by eliminating existing laws and leaving nothing instead.

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About me

I was born in 1951 in Gdansk, Poland.
Since my high school years, I have interest in politics and love for writing. During my college years, I started writing to student papers and soon became freelance author to major Polish political magazines.

In 1980 I wrote a book “Czy w Polsce może być lepiej?” (“Could it be better in Poland?” – this book is available only in Polish) analyzing major problems in Poland at the time and outlining possible solutions.

I was among those Polish political writers who by their writings contributed to the peaceful system transformation that finally took place in 1989. Since 1985, I live in the Chicago area. I went through the hard times typical of many immigrants. Working in service business, I have seen the best and the worst places, I met the poorest and the richest. I have seen and experienced America not known to most of politicians, business people, and other political writers. For eleven years, I ran my own company. Presently, I am an independent consultant.

My political writing comes out of necessity. I write when I see that the prevailing voices on the political arena are misleading or erroneous. Abstract mathematics and control theory (of complex technological processes) strongly influenced my understanding of social phenomena. In the past, my opponents rebuked my mathematical mind as cold, soulless, and inhuman. On a few occasions I was prized for my engineer’s precision and logic.

I have a master’s degree in electronic engineering with a specialization in mathematical machines from Politechnika Gdańska (Technical University of Gdansk).

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