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Healthcare: A House Divided Cannot Stand

Healthcare: A House Divided Cannot Stand

. By Thomas L. Knapp The latest healthcare initiative from the Trump administration and the Republican Party’s leaders in Congress seems set to sink just like the last version. Mitch McConnell can’t seem to round up the votes to push it through the Senate, if anything the House is more likely to tear apart than […]

Death Panels: Sarah Palin Was Right, Sort Of

Death Panels: Sarah Palin Was Right, Sort Of

. By Thomas L. Knapp In 2009, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin raised the kind of ruckus she’s known for with her comment on the then-notional Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” In a Facebook note, she wrote: “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my […]

Our Paranoid Society is too Hard on Kids — and on Parents

Our Paranoid Society is too Hard on Kids — and on Parents

. By Thomas L. Knapp In the latest sign that America has gone stark-raving nuts at the expense of its parents and children, the Rochester, New York Democrat & Chronicle reports that a “mother faces child endangerment charges for letting her 10-year-old hang out in a Lego Store while she shopped elsewhere” in the same […]

Everyone Should be Listening to Nobody Speak

Everyone Should be Listening to Nobody Speak

. By Thomas L. Knapp When Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, sued Gawker Media for invasion of privacy, infringement of personality rights, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the suit’s chief effect was to amplify the “news” that Bollea had been caught on video having sex with another man’s wife. Par for the course as […]

Mourn on the Fourth of July, 2017

Mourn on the Fourth of July, 2017

. By Thomas L. Knapp I visited Washington, DC for the first time in 1980. I was 13. Jimmy Carter was the president. My family only had one day to see the sights. As I remember it, we went through what seemed a somewhat sketchy  neighborhood (I was a country boy, so it may have […]

What The Deep State Is

What The Deep State Is

. By Thomas L. Knapp Buzzwords come and buzzwords go. Lately, a trending buzzword — or, I guess, buzz phrase — among the politically inclined is “Deep State.” Google News returns 127,000 recent media uses of the phrase. Every time US president Donald Trump finds himself under attack or just stymied in one of his […]

Contemplating a Jobless Future: I For One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

Contemplating a Jobless Future: I For One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

. By Thomas L. Knapp Writing in Reason magazine, Ronald Bailey asks (and tries to answer) a question you’ve probably been hearing a lot lately and may have silently asked yourself: “Are Robots Going to Steal Our Jobs?” Bailey takes an optimistic view. “[A]s we look ahead now to the end of the 21st century, […]

The Federal Education Budget: Teapot, Meet Tempest

The Federal Education Budget: Teapot, Meet Tempest

. By Thomas L. Knapp The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 requires the president of the United States to submit a budget proposal to Congress for each fiscal year. Congress isn’t required to honor that proposal. In fact its budget resolutions and actual appropriations seldom reflect presidents’ requests very closely. But there are always […]

Bitcoin: Riding High, But in Crisis

Bitcoin: Riding High, But in Crisis

  By Thomas L. Knapp As I write this, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency sits at a near record price level — $2,800 US dollars buys one Bitcoin. While the price is volatile, it’s been on a fairly steady upward trend recently and its price graph for the last year looks like the proverbial “hockey […]

Drug Overdose Deaths, 2016: Casualties of War

Drug Overdose Deaths, 2016: Casualties of War

  By Thomas L. Knapp Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, the New York Times’s Josh Katz reports. In 2016, overdoses claimed somewhere between 59,000 and 65,000 lives. That’s more American lives than were lost in the Vietnam war. It’s 20 times the casualty count of 9/11. It’s […]

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