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Why Should We Subsidize Higher Pay for Insurance CEOs?

Why Should We Subsidize Higher Pay for Insurance CEOs?

House Speaker Paul Ryan. We’re hearing a lot these days about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s 123-page legislative plan for Trumpcare, the GOP’s so-called “replacement” for Obamacare. In fact, we now learn that it’s actually a displacement plan—24 million Americans who are now insured would no longer get coverage, the premiums paid by senior citizens would


Shouldn’t Someone Say: ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes’

Even Republicans such as Sen. John McCain have been critical of President Donald Trump’s missteps. (Photograph by European People’s Party. Creative Commons.) Some people who attain high public office grow in their position of trust. Some, however, just bloat. Bloat has been on spectacular display in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidential tenure. He


How Magical is The Donald?

Donald Trump, the Amazing Wunderkind of Global Luxury Living—and now Our Nation’s Phantasmagoric, Fast-charging President—is proving to be a legislative magician. In his campaign, Trump’s number one promise was that he would “immediately” repeal the entirety of Obamacare, then—hocus-pocus and abracadabra!—simultaneously replace it with “great health care for a fraction of the price.” Wow—that’s why


Trump’s Hokey ‘Mandate’

Trump & Company claim to have a sweeping mandate from voters, but wait: Almost half of the electorate chose not to vote last November. Only 25 percent of voters eligible actually cast their ballots for Trump; 26 percent chose Clinton. 60 percent of those who did vote for Trump said they don’t trust him. Some


Searching For Integrity In Trumplandia

Ivanka Trump. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedheaded corporate executives who’ve hauled our middle-class jobs out of country, or I’ll slap you with a big tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made products here. Great stuff, Donnie—and to prove you mean business, I know just the CEO you should


Wall Street Plowboys

I love the names Bobcat Farm, Golden Eagle Ranch, Long Prairie, Pintail Vineyard, Roadrunner Ranch, and Ten Mile Farm. They conjure up Americana, the old homeplace, and our rich rural culture. Less bucolic, however, is the fact that all are part of a massive Wall Street investment scheme called Farmland Partners Inc. It’s run by