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Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally

Sep 5, 2010   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

The following was issued to the NPR website on August 27, 2010, regarding an article published on their web site about the Beck rally that was to be held the [...]

‘National Thinking Courses’ Alive and Well in America: Limbaugh as Teacher

Nov 20, 2009   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

The political beliefs of hard-right political activists in America today parallel on a point by point basis those in post WWI Germany that eventually defeated the democratic Weimar coalition. Rush Limbaugh today is filling a role similar to the propagandist ‘national thinking courses’ in post WWI Bavaria that helped shape public opinion.

Have Our Lawmakers Crossed Ethical, Even Legal, Bounds

Nov 16, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

When I worked at the executive level in the health industry we had to adhere to strict rules regarding behavior with government agencies.  Corporate legal instructed us to be completely [...]

Healthcare Reform: Lobbyists Shape US Debate

Nov 15, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

On the heels of the article I published regarding objectionable behavior of elected officials during the healthcare debate (1), Robert Pear published an article in the NY Times (2) revealing [...]

The US Senate: It’s Not Just Healthcare That Needs Reform

Nov 12, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

Introductory Remarks Following last Saturday’s historic vote on healthcare legislation in the US House of Representatives, the headline in Monday morning’s paper read “Health Bill Hits Senate Wall”.   Senator [...]

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A Christian Nation? An Examination Through the Words of Thomas Jefferson

Oct 28, 2009   //   Politics  //  1 Comment

Last week my wife returned from a meeting where a discussion ensued about whether America was founded as a Christian nation. I have also heard that same claim in separate discussions, and it is a position supported, amongst others, by the conservative Christian right. I decided to examine this issue through the words of Thomas Jefferson himself.

Healthcare Reform Death Panels? The Tables Turned

Oct 21, 2009   //   Healthcare, Politics  //  Comments Off

The ‘death panel’ tactic by opponents of healthcare reform was offensive and a scare tactic.  It was a manipulation of proposed legislation and an absurdity to believe that legislators and [...]

One Human Race with Diversity

Oct 9, 2009   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

The presidency of Barack Obama has intensified the vexing issue of race in America. The concept of different human races has been scientifically discredited. Mankind is but one human race with diversity that originated in Africa. Racist behavior is reinforced by conservative media because it can be manipulated for political and financial gain.

President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 9, 2009   //   Politics  //  Comments Off

For far too long America has used positional leadership practices, ie dictating from a position of power, in its dealings around the world. This leadership style is known to be poor at developing commitment, can cause hard feelings, resentment and can even result in an atmosphere of fear and mistrust. President Obama approached the Muslim audience from the perspective of meeting upper level human needs, a leadership style that builds commitment and forms trust. This leadership style, especially coming from the leader of the free world, should be a door opener for starting dialogue towards peace and conflict resolution.

Supply-Side Tax Cut Legislation: A Betrayal of the Middle Class, the Poor, and our Nation

Sep 29, 2009   //   Economy, Politics  //  Comments Off

I’m afraid that I will be tough on my conservative colleagues in this article.  I generally look for arguments in support of both sides of an issue, but rarely in [...]

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The Cruelty of NCs House Bill 2

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is fundamentally flawed. Quite the opposite of legislators bogus claims that public facility non-discrimination laws create safety concerns from sexual predators, the law actually increases the risk of abuse, both verbal and physical, to the already vulnerable transgender population. Further, in the state of NC that houses the Research Triangle Park and multiple world class medical institutions, legislators have pandered to religious factions and organizations that have stigmatized, ostracized and even demonized transgenders, some of whom suffer from a recognized medical diagnosis. The situation for transgendered youth is particularly grave, a population that already suffers a high rate of both abuse and suicide attempts. The law is cruel and untenable from both business and civil/human rights perspectives, and should be repealed.


NC’s Anti-LGBT Law and the Legislature: Little Business Sense

In this published Letter to the Editor (Raleigh N&O), powerful members of the North Carolina legislature have demonstrated little understanding of the importance of customer retention in building the business base of the state.


North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law HB2: Its Folly and Motivation

By using sex on a birth certificate to define sexual identity, NC’s legislature and governor have shown much ignorance about the complexities of biologic diversity. But it is the pandering to LGBT hate groups by ranking members of the GOP at both the national and state level that reveals the underlying discrimination that motivated the law.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.