Category Archives: Commentary

The Affordable Care Act and health care costs

Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch A recent study by the Society of Actuaries suggests that under the Affordable Care Act, premiums for health insurance are likely to increase by 32 percent for individual and small group policies. While the … Continue reading

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The Ohio Rape and Civil Discourse

This is about the conviction of the two boys in Ohio on the charge of raping the young girl. It will make some people mad, and for that I’m sorry. However in some ways, peoples’ reaction to the case illustrate … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the Modern Republican Party

With the House Republicans’ extension of the debt ceiling it could be that the Republican Party is finally moving back towards fiscal reality. But it’s hard not to be just a little melancholy about the state of the Party. The … Continue reading

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Guns and America

Back in the day I was part owner of a bar with a sometimes rough clientele. We had off-duty police officers as patrons and on the busy nights we hired an off-duty officer, in uniform, for security. We had a … Continue reading

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The AIG Bailout and the Tea Party, Part 2

The bailout of American International Group (AIG) during the financial crisis illustrates the conflicts between philosophy and reality that the Tea Party will have to address if it wants to actually change anything.

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The AIG Bailout and the Tea Party, Part 1

The bailout of American International Group (AIG) during the financial crisis illustrates the conflicts inherent in the Tea Party and why it’s having problems translating support into tangible change.

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Another Reason Why the Traditionally Religious Sometimes Feel Like Second Class Citizens

The debate of Gay Marriage really is two separate questions – should two homosexuals be able to form a partnership that is recognized by government, and what should that partnership be called. The second question, “What should a gay union … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage and Moral Character

I know many people view the growing acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage as yet another sign of the decline of the moral character of our country.

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Redistribution and the Republican Party

Published November 29, 2012, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Three leading Republican senators have now indicated that they would be open to additional tax revenue to help balance the budget, even if it means violating their 20-year-old pledge to never … Continue reading

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Global Warming and the Skeptics

Every day above 100 degrees, every news story about the severity of the Midwest drought likely brings a few more global warming skeptics to the grudging acknowledgement that yes our planet is getting hotter and yes we need to do … Continue reading

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