Your act of respectful political behavior is unlikely to change the world. That doesn’t really matter.

  Another shooting, another call for unity, another symbolic act. Another round of placing blame and denying personal responsibility.  Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC) says Trump is partially to blame for the shooting and former Speaker Newt Gingrich blames the “the left.” The President calls for unity, even as he attacks our democratic institutions. After U.S…. Continue reading

Swamp Dwellers are People Too

  I’m one of those people. I’m a swamp-dwelling, fancy suit and loafer wearing, political campaign donating, political insider. I have worked for Senator Ted Kennedy, three members of the US House of Representatives, and most recently I worked in President Obama’s administration as a senior advisor to the Commissioner of the US Food and… Continue reading

Another Missed Opportunity

Last week’s House vote on health care was a missed opportunity. Representatives had a chance to work together to improve parts of the Affordable Care Act that needed improving and jettison elements that were not working. Had they done that, they would have improved the lives of the American people, improved their own standing with… Continue reading

Saved By The Bell – The Lost Health Care Episode

The House Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare would turn several federal requirements into state options. This is both bad politics and bad policy. As others have noted, Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare have made the law more popular. The individual elements of the Affordable Care Act have… Continue reading

Signs, Like Fezzes, Are Cool

  My Facebook feed is filling with conversations about signs for the March for Science. This weekend scientists and their non-scientist allies (not that there’s anything wrong with being a scientist) will gather in Washington and in cities around the U.S. in support of federal funding for scientific research, policy based on scientific evidence, and… Continue reading