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After giant theatrical checks, reality check needed for Maine health care

Health politics is getting increasingly theatrical even as health policy has serious consequences. Some of the theater is great fun. For instance, in Maine last week, an event included not one, but two giant checks. One giant check was being delivered by Gov. Paul LePage to pay all state debts owed to hospitals in one […]

The nonsense of the debt-ceiling debate

The shenanigans surrounding the increase in the debt ceiling are just the kind of politics that drives most of us crazy and contributes to Congress’s historically low approval ratings. Congress passed laws mandating certain spending, which is funded with revenue from taxes, fees and bonds. Not raising the debt ceiling means not paying our bills, […]

Maine’s ‘sister’ country, Montenegro, offers perspective on U.S. politics

CNN International was on the big screen TVs, flashing maps of red and blue, while reporters interviewed the prime minister and assorted experts. In the reception area, people in business dress picked from platters of soft feta cheese, figs, smoked meats and thin pancakes. Whatever language was spoken, the subject was American elections and what […]

New budgets, policies should reflect direction expressed by voters

With the second inauguration of Barack Obama, and the seating of new legislatures, elected officials should pay attention to the issues that defined the election and make policy decisions that reflect the people’s choices. Elections have consequences. After a campaign in which Republicans called for tax cuts mostly delivered to high-income people, fewer regulations on […]