Legitimacy Matters – Reviewing the Afghan War

It seems that in the weeks since Gen. McChrystal’s report was leaked, that the Afghanistan discussion has been limited by a false binary: Is it better to send more troops to protect civilians or is it better to draw down troops and increase air strikes on Al Qaeda targets? Since the success of a greater troop commitment ultimately relies on the legitimacy of the Afghan government, a third and probably far better option is to first establish how legitimate that government can possibly be.[…]

Just Smile and Stay on Message – Opposition to Healthcare Reform

Last night, Rachel Maddow interviewed Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, one of the “grass roots” organizations that travels around the country opposing healthcare reform. I found the interview so deeply troubling that I had to watch it again today.[…]

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears? Corporations, Lobbyists and Healthcare

While it’s true that Exxon has never sent goons to rough me up or burn down my house, I think it’s true that many huge corporations have had a perverse influence on the lives of most Americans.[…]

GOP Takes Aim Online

There has been so much buzz about GOP.com that I had to check it out. And I am so, so, so glad I did[…]

Healthcare Blunder – How Will Reform Go Wrong?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, following a recent AHIP report, has been showing commercials claiming that health insurance prices will skyrocket if the Baucus bill passes in the Senate.[…]

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

It appears that, as a writer for the interwebs, it is incumbent upon me to comment on President Obama’s Nobel Prize. Everyone, it seems, is ambivalent about his receiving the prize, not least Obama himself. […]

(Something), Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – No Healthcare for the Weak

One hundred years ago, no one would even think about paying current rates for healthcare because doctors couldn’t do all that much for us. Certainly, there were doctors and certainly, some of them made a lot of money, but not many of their treatments were very effective.[…]

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