With What to Replace the ACA?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA, or Obamacare, has been back in the spotlight since Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States. Regaining control of the presidency and both houses of legislature, the Republican party has deemed it a priority to repeal Continue Reading →

Good Globalism Versus Bad Globalism

Globalism has its supporters and its detractors. One thing it doesn’t have is a consistent, coherent definition for which everyone agrees. As a result, people often think it is good or bad for mistaken reasons. Some understand the differences but intentionally confuse the issue. From an economic perspective, globalism, as Continue Reading →

Progressive Utopia Versus Ugly Reality

A lot of bad things happen when people are free to do what they want, when they want, where they want. There is crime, there is abuse, there is corruption. Some people are mired in poverty while others live a life of luxury. Businesses pollute, people are self-centered, and there Continue Reading →

Not Fear, but Healthy Awareness

Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave us one of the most iconic phrases of all time: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” a message of hope appropriate for the circumstances, reminding people that fear doesn’t get us anywhere. Though FDR ultimately proved that we do have a lot Continue Reading →

When Meaningless Numbers Become Dangerous

“Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Statisticians hate that phrase because it seems to paint the whole discipline as based on the distortion of truth. There is, in reality, a tremendous variety of ways to use numbers legitimately to help us understand the world around us. Modeling is often used in Continue Reading →

How Effective Is Fair Trade?

If you want to have warm, fuzzy feelings about how sensitive and caring you are, one option is to buy fair-trade goods. If you really want to reduce poverty in the world, then you might want to consider other options. Fair trade involves sincere people who want to help the Continue Reading →

An Edifice Producing Beggars

Martin Luther King was an influential personality in American politics. He was a man on a mission to elevate the status of blacks in this country. Jim Crow laws from the late 1800s onward institutionalized and required discrimination against blacks in many states until they were abolished in 1965. King Continue Reading →

Making America Great Again

The mantra “Make America great again” is growing in popularity, but, as a campaign slogan, it is about as meaningless as “Hope and Change.” That doesn’t mean that America can’t be great or shouldn’t be great. It means that it is ambiguous and squishy. Most people like the idea of Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Is Profitable

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays for our family. It has been a tradition for some extended family to come to our house, not just for dinner, but some of them for multiple days. It is a lot of work in preparations, in cooking, and in caring for multiple Continue Reading →

Discrimination in Everyday Life

Discrimination is a loaded word nowadays, a catch-all for pandering to the whining class. Discrimination is any distinction or action for or against a person or thing based on the group, category, or class, regardless of individual merits. That is innocuous enough, but it becomes problematic when discrimination vitriol only Continue Reading →