BLOGS


  • Neil Gorsuch And The Deconstruction Of The Administrative State When Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee in February, he identified two priorities of the administration: the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and deregulation. It turns out that elevating Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and achieving deregulation are inextricably linked. During Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing, Democratic members of ...
  • Why Rural Voter Bases Are Susceptible To Politicians Who Lie For 25 years, I lived in Ohio, nine of them outside a small college town. The town, in John Boehner’s district, was in the heart of red-state Ohio. From our house, we regularly heard cows. The village where we voted housed two business: a bar and a pizza joint. Leaving Ohio to return to my native ...
  • Understanding The Republican Health Care Debacle The first thing to remember is that the Republican position on health care, from the start, was to have NO health care legislation. They wanted to leave it all to market forces, never mind the many millions of people who had no insurance, or the insurance companies imposing, on people who did have coverage, things ...
  • Why Is A Dairy Farmer With No Intel Experience The House Intelligence Committee Chairman? First posted on Investigatingtrump.com It was one bizarre week for Rep. Devin Nunes, Chair of the only committee in the U.S. House investigating the possibility that Russia handed the 2016 election to Donald Trump. On Monday he gaveled open a hearing in which most of his GOP colleagues seemed more concerned with plugging leaks to the press ...
  • How To Marginalize The Tea Party How is it that the 37 most rightwing members of the House, the so-called Freedom Caucus, have disabled the Republican majority? The explanation is the relatively recent tradition that Republicans never make bipartisan agreements with Democrats, except in the rare cases when they can peel off a few conservative Democrats to totally capitulate to Republican terms. ...
  • The Ultimate Goal In Grief: Embracing A New Life   “Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I know that I have absolutely no choice about the path I must walk in grief. I also understand that I do have a choice in how I cope with my grief, ...
  • 8 Stupid Office Rules That Drive Everyone Crazy Companies need to have rules—that’s a given—but they don’t have to be shortsighted and lazy attempts at creating order. I understand the temptation. As my company has grown, so has our difficulty maintaining standards. There have been many instances where someone crossed a line, and we were tempted to respond with a new rule that applied ...
  • 10 Easy Dinner Recipes That Will Become Family Favorites A recipe that the entire family loves is priceless — mainly because you won’t hear “I’m hungry” five minutes after clearing the table. From Grilled Chicken Fajitas to Turkey Burgers, these easy recipes will become some of you’re most requested. The best part? They’ve all been tested, perfected and reader-approved, so you know they’ll come ...
  • Three Real Reasons “TrumpCare” Failed Much of the commentary following the disastrous failure of “TrumpCare” focuses on the role of the ideological fissures in the Republican Party, the failure of Paul Ryan to understand the dynamics of his caucus, or the lack of policy expertise of Trump and the White house. All of these factors played a minor role, but they ...
  • Haunted By ‘Get Out’ — But Not Because It’s A Horror Film After watching the movie “Get Out” (only once unlike several friends who’ve already seen it 3 times), my eyes have been wide open. I am highly attuned and alert…and also confused. Have I, like the characters in the film, ever said incredibly offensive things to people of color in an effort to demonstrate just how ...
  • 7 Challenges That Will Make You More Successful It’s truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome. Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by the ability to let go of the negativity that holds so many otherwise sensible people back. Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania has studied ...
  • Come From Away: A Broadway Theatre Review By Dr. Lloyd Sederer A Broadway Review by Dr. Lloyd Sederer Human kindness seems in far too short supply in recent months. We are amidst a national con, perpetrated by a select and vainglorious group of elected officials in the White House and Congress (https://www.usnews.com/opinion/policy-dose/articles/2017-03-03/donald-trump-and-republicans-are-trying-to-con-you-on-obamacare-repeal). Their concern is not with those whom they were voted in to serve, but with themselves. ...
  • There Are No Colors In Trump’s Cave So Donald Trump suffered his first legislative loss as the nation’s leader. Did he take any responsibility for the defeat of the health care bill? No. He let House Speaker Paul Ryan do that — which, in part, was Ryan’s proper response. After all, Ryan and his leadership team should have known well in advance ...
  • Hillary Clinton Had A Good Plan To Fix Obamacare It’s time for Democrats to look at Hillary Clinton’s plan to fix the Affordable Care Act (ACA) colloquially known as Obamacare. We know the ACA has issues. What Democrats need to do now that the Trump/Ryan repeal and replace plan went down in flames is explain to voters in a clear and simply way why ...
  • Gorsuch Shouldn’t Be Confirmed Until Trump Is Cleared Of Wrongdoing Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until Trump comes clean. Nominating a new justice of the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of a president. But until we know Trump is a legitimate president, he can’t be presumed to have the authority to make such a pick. First, we need to be sure Trump didn’t ...
  • How To Fix The ACA Now That Trump Has Been Busted Okay, the Republican plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was shot down in flames yesterday, and with it Trump got busted for taking all Americans on a wild goose chase given his promises to provide better and cheaper health care while campaigning to become president. With the demise of the AHCA, Americans have reaffirmed ...
  • 10 Habits Of Unlikeable People Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence ...
  • Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War… And No One Is Talking About It Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump has been busy dramatically expanding the American troop presence inside Syria. And virtually no one in Washington has noticed. Americans have a right to know what ...
  • What Should Democrats Do About Gorsuch? What should Democrats do about Neil Gorsuch?  They should filibuster. The reason is obvious: Merrick Garland, President Obama’s eminently qualified and moderate nominee for the Supreme Court, never even got a hearing from Republicans. Unlike obstructionist Republicans, the official party of no, a party that with a clear majority can’t even pass its own wealth/health care ...
  • Children In The Pagan Community Before I start, I want to first mention that I do not personally care to have children, nor do I really want to even be around them. I even tease my friends who have had children, that being pregnant is akin to being infected with a parasite, giving birth is spawning, and children are heathens. ...