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Medicare for All

By David Karaffa | March 29, 2019 |

Recently, presidential candidates have been pushing “Medicare for All”, an idea that we could achieve universal healthcare coverage for all Americans just by removing the age requirement from the Medicare Program and placing everyone in the system. This is a fundamentally flawed idea. A “Medicare for All” system would require huge revenues from all Americans…

Horse Race or House Race: Flipping the House has become a sport in Hollywood

By David Karaffa | September 17, 2018 |

The Washington Post has an article that describes how Hollywood wealth is turning the act of supporting individual congressional races into a new type of hobby. One of the most notable quotes was, “I don’t have terribly negative feelings about the Democratic National Committee, but I don’t look to them for guidance…I don’t need the…

We Stop and Remember

By David Karaffa | September 11, 2018 |

There are moments in every generation that pierce through all of our daily lives and cause us to pause. For my generation it is 9/11. We remember where we were, what we were doing, the events of the day as they unfolded on the television. We were all transfixed in sorrow and disbelief. An innocence that…

Tribalism for Governor in Florida

By David Karaffa | August 30, 2018 |

With the primary season behind them, Ron DeSantis (R) and Andrew Gillum (D) are gearing up to face one another in what could shake out to be an epic replay of the 2016 presidential election, ultra Right Wing vs ultra Left Wing. You may be saying to yourself, “Wait, aren’t we electing a governor?” Yes, Mr.…

Mrs. Sanders, Save Yourself

By David Karaffa | August 23, 2018 |

Today Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Press Secretary for the Trump Administration, took the podium to face reporters. Her response to the question of whether President Trump lied has caused me to hit the pause button. Press Secretary Sanders stated, “I think that’s a ridiculous accusation…The President in this matter has done nothing wrong, and there are…

President above the Law?

By David Karaffa | August 22, 2018 |

Yesterday was a big day in political news. Today, the convictions of Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort are rippling through our government and our politics. CNN reports that Congressional Democrats have called for a halt to President Trump’s nomination of Brent Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court stating that it is inappropriate to be…

Candidates: Are you too close to Mr. Trump?

By David Karaffa | August 21, 2018 |

Today was a busy news day for President Trump, Michael Cohen (Mr. Trump’s former attorney), and Paul Manafort (Mr. Trump’s former campaign chair). The New York Times reported the breaking news that Cohen and Manafort were found guilty of felony crimes including tax evasion, bank fraud, and breaking campaign finance laws. These convictions are serious…

Gerrymandered Democracy

By David Karaffa | August 20, 2018 |

From the Washington Post today, Governor Northam of the Commonwealth of Virginia has called a special session of the states’s general assembly to discuss gerrymandered legislative districts. According to the article, the U.S. District Court ruled that 11 of the House district lines had been drawn to concentrate African American voters. Currently, Republicans control both…

New Gallop Poll Misleading, But Interesting

By David Karaffa | August 14, 2018 |

Gallop released a poll today with the title “Democrats More Positive About Socialism Than Capitalism“. This title would suggest that Democrats’ acceptance of socialism is on the rise when, in fact, the poll doesn’t demonstrate that. The poll did find that Democrats are finding capitalism less appealing than they did in 2016. Conversely, there was…

Zero Based Budgeting: What is it?

By David Karaffa | August 2, 2018 |

I listened to a local radio host interview a local candidate for public office. The host asked about Zero Based Budgeting and if the candidate believed it was a good idea for the county budget. The candidate responded, “No, because it doesn’t take into account quality of life.” For those who may not be familiar…