The ACHA Isn’t Going to Kill Anyone

If you’ve been on Twitter, you’ve seen some version of the breathless, pearl clutching “make no mistake, the Republicans are trying to kill people by repealing Obamacare” tweet. SO, Will Repealing Obamacare Kill People?: Turns out, maybe probably not! Because guess what, it’s unclear whether or not Medicaid actually increases mortality (one prominent study says … More The ACHA Isn’t Going to Kill Anyone

The Protest at Middlebury College Was Decidedly Not Good

There’s nothing outrageous about shouting down people we disagree with, writes someone at Slate in relation to a recent protest at Middlebury College that prevented controversial social scientist Charles Murray from speaking. For a long time American civil society has included a free and fair exchange of ideas as one of its hallmarks, and that has … More The Protest at Middlebury College Was Decidedly Not Good

More Discussion of the Obamacare Replacement, and iPhones

There are few things we can always count on as Americans, chief among them death, taxes, and Nancy Pelosi being a complete and total embarrassment to electoral democracy. Yesterday the one-time Speaker of the House tweeted out this gem: “The truth? ACA resulted from one of the most transparent drafting processes in recent memory.” This … More More Discussion of the Obamacare Replacement, and iPhones

A Few Notes on the GOP Obamacare Replacement

The GOP Obamacare replacement plan was released yesterday, and it’s…not as bad as everyone on my Twitter timeline would have you believe (where, just like every other thing anyone not a Democrat does, it has been met with immediate outrage and stupid memes). Here’s a good review of a number of the key provisions. The … More A Few Notes on the GOP Obamacare Replacement

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russia

The Washington Post was the first to report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was not truthful in his answers to questions about his contacts with Russian government officials during the presidential campaign last fall. Basically, during his confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked how he would handle revelations that anyone in the Trump campaign had had … More Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russia

Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress last night and delivered his most coherent, presidential speech to date. He returned to a lot of familiar themes he has throughout the campaign, but generally took a more measured tone than he has in the past, and at times it bordered on optimistic. It was certainly … More Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

Not Shaking Hands With The President Won’t Make You A Hero

President Donald Trump is giving a speech to a joint session of Congress tonight, and while I am no big fan of his, I think it’s preposterous that some Democrats are talking about not shaking the President’s hand at the very least, and boycotts of the speech at the worst. Presumably this will make them … More Not Shaking Hands With The President Won’t Make You A Hero

To Talk of Many Things

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,  “To talk of many things:  Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—  Of cabbages—and kings—  And why the sea is boiling hot—  And whether pigs have wings.” -Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Just as the Walrus said to the Oysters he was luring to their unwitting doom in the poem … More To Talk of Many Things