Healthcare needs reform, not reckless cuts or impossible extremes

In the 2020 election campaign, healthcare looms as a major issue. Many Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicare.  Eliminating Obama’s signature policy and reducing Medicare are centerpieces of their effort to end Democratic “big government.”  They like the traditional system based mainly on insurance provided by employers. Many conservatives believe […]

Picking Supreme Court justices: the lost lesson

Here’s a good story that should have had a sequel. About 100 days after he suddenly found himself president of the United States, Harry S Truman had to fill his first vacancy on the Supreme Court. In 1945, the Court was composed of seven Democratic appointees and one Republican. Himself a Democrat, Truman naturally wanted […]

Federal government falters; Maine recovers

There’s bad news and good news about the political understandings that make our system of government work. The biggest piece of bad news has been the shutdown of much of the federal government because of a battle over President Trump’s proposal to build the Wall. While there’s more than enough finger pointing about responsibility for […]