GOP’s Healthcare Plan

I saw this online and laughed–tragically. What the picture doesn’t include is that the airport security equipment is increasing your risk for cancer to increase the profits of the healthcare industry you already can’t afford. (I’ll never forget the tobacco industry executives declaration before Congress that no evidence exists to indicate that smoking is bad for your health.) Never in… Continue reading

Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due

For all of the hoopla in the press about the national debt, Mark Knoller reminded us back in 2008, that the Bush administration added $4 trillion dollars to the national debt. With no fanfare and little notice, the national debt has grown by more than $4 trillion during George W. Bush‘s presidency. It’s the biggest increase under any president in… Continue reading

Increasing Transparency

I have always argued that, if you are funded with the public‘s money, the public has a right to know what you’re up to with that money.  Transparency in a democracy is essential.  It prevents such hideous excess as the city manager of Bell, CA, making over $1.5 million in publicly funded salary and bonuses, which in my mind is… Continue reading

There She Blows

Government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. Today the Supreme Court (5-4) just handed the Republicans (and a lot of Democrats too) a huge bonus: unfettered access to corporate funding, effectively making a broken political system completely unaccountable the to will of the people. The legacy of George W. Bush lives on to feast on the… Continue reading

Fighting Being Disillusioned

I’ve actually been thinking more and more about leaving the US. I mean: for good. I find myself so disillusioned with what is happening in my native land. My country forces education reform that is destroying creativity, problem solving, deep thinking, and analysis of knowledge to inform carefully considered long term solution-making for the immediacy of factionalized curriculum memorization. My… Continue reading