It’s Not a Bailout

As President Trump’s position on the Alexander-Murray Obamacare stabilization plan whipsawed throughout the day on Tuesday, he started to use the term “bailout” more and more to describe the subsidies that help the neediest Americans afford health care. To be clear: Providing funds for Americans who need health insurance is not a bailout of the … More It’s Not a Bailout

Economic Growth Projections: Coast to Coast Reaction

If you’re getting ready to debate Trump’s proposed tax plan at the holiday dinner table with your uncle or aunt who wants to make America great again, here are some articles and columns that can help you organize your arguments a little. There’s feedback on the Trump tax plan from California to Kansas to New … More Economic Growth Projections: Coast to Coast Reaction

3 Things You Need to Know About Trump’s Tax Plan

The Trump Tax Plan is gaining steam and momentum even as natural disasters and the horrific events of this weekend in Las Vegas have changed the national dialogue. Here are three things you need to be watching on taxes: Growth Projections and Deficit – In addition to the disastrous outcome of the Kansas/Brownback tax cut … More 3 Things You Need to Know About Trump’s Tax Plan

Talking About Russia to Trump Supporters: 3 Suggestions

Watching Oprah Winfrey’s segment on 60 Minutes on Sunday night was revealing and important. With the help of pollster Frank Luntz, Winfrey facilitated a conversation with a group of Trump supporters and non-Trump supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Among the many fascinating moments was a veritable explosion of differing perspectives when she brought up the … More Talking About Russia to Trump Supporters: 3 Suggestions

Three Reasons the Latest Version of Trumpcare is Bad Legislation

Here are three reasons the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a complete disaster: 1. The latest version of Trumpcare is not bipartisan. Americans want the Congress to work across the aisle to solve the nation’s biggest problems. While the ACA became the law of the land with a … More Three Reasons the Latest Version of Trumpcare is Bad Legislation

Equifax and Trump

As of September 16, 2017 Donald Trump has yet to tweet about the Equifax data breach or express outrage on behalf of the millions of Americans whose credit and identities could be vulnerable for decades. As an English teacher for almost 20 years, I would suggest the following edits to a recent Trump tweet about … More Equifax and Trump

HIV/AIDS … MIA

Donald Trump suffered what would have been a major PR setback to other administrations in June when six of the members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned in protest. The resignations came after the members determined that Trump didn’t care sufficiently about the prevention and cure of HIV/AIDS. But it was proposed cuts … More HIV/AIDS … MIA

Drinks and DACA

Last week I went to a bar in West Fargo, ND for conversation. A radio station – FM 107 – was broadcasting from the bar so beers were $1.07 each. Wings were half off so I got a big plate of wings and a beer for $7.07. I decided as I drove to the bar … More Drinks and DACA

Russia Probe Intensifies

While much of the country (and the White House) was transfixed with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there is compelling evidence that Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is gaining steam. Here are the key developments: The Mueller investigators are teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to put pressure on former Trump campaign chairman … More Russia Probe Intensifies