A Blueprint for Real Health Care and Financing Reform

The American political scene has been in turmoil over the past few months as the Democrat-controlled Congress addresses health care. The system, in general, has some very real problems that go unaddressed amid the din of reformers’ voices. Rather than address these, and propose alternatives to the Democrats’ plan, many Republicans have introduced the specter…

The Minuteman

1. Supreme Court Hears Case against Campaign Finance Laws The Supreme Court recently heard Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, a case that might potentially overturn many government restrictions on politically-oriented speech, and Justice Sotomayor’s first case. Chief Justice Roberts expressed hostility to the government’s argument, declaring “we don’t put our First Amendment rights in…

The Republicans’ Dangerous Foray

With California’s legislature chronically unable to balance the budget, the state has been financing itself largely through bond sales. Of course, the legislature’s poor fiscal policies and stifling economic regulations ensure that future generations will be unable to produce the wealth needed to repay these bonds, leaving California to pay off its debt in more…

Dear Grand Old Party,

Something’s different with you. Barack Obama campaigned for “Change” last year, and it’s doubtless that you’ve done just that over the past few years. I don’t recognize you anymore, and I don’t really seem to understand what you’ve become and why. I’m upset that you don’t see what current ills you sometimes bring to the…

Obama’s Push for Merit Pay

The Obama administration has proposed new regulations that would require states receiving federal education stimulus dollars, including California, to evaluate teachers based, in part, on the results of standardized tests. The proposals put the president at odds with teachers unions, which have long opposed the evaluation of instructors based on test scores. California state law…

Taking Berkeley’s Temperature: Health Care — Is American Health Care in Crisis?

Many believe the US health care system is reaching a breaking point. They point to some alarming statistics. Costs are spiraling out of control, while countries with government-run health care have far lower costs. Despite this, United States health statistics are worse than most developed countries – higher infant mortality, greater obesity, lower life expectancies.…

A Principled Approach to Health Care

There are three key issues in the health care debate that often go unquestioned, and when they are questioned, they are evaded, ignored, or dismissed. The first is the notion that “the profits of health care providers” is somehow wrong. The second is “the right to health care”. The third, which is almost never considered,…