In The Public Interest

Obama: Launch watchdogs in Washington

After eight grueling years in the White House, ex-president Barack Obama looked forward with his wife, Michelle, to a deserved, extended rest and vacation. Nearly five months later, he’s enjoying the company of the rich and famous at their secluded mega-retreats so much that a generally sympathetic media has begun to describe a playboy’s leisure.

End the greedy silence — enough already!

It is time Americans rise up against the corruption, inefficiency, and cruelty of our health care system and tell its corporate captors and Congress — enough already!

For decades other countries have guaranteed universal health insurance for all their people, at lower costs and better outcomes (President Truman proposed it 72 years ago in the United States). When are we going to break out of this taxpayer-subsidized prison built by the giant insurance companies, drug goliaths and monopolizing hospital chains?

The left/right challenge to the failed ‘war on drugs’

More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war on drugs” needs serious rethinking.

The losing warfare state

The U.S.A. is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16-year occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago).

With about 30,000 poorly equipped fighters, the Taliban has held down a U.S.-equipped and trained Afghan army eight times larger, plus the U.S. forces — fluctuating from 100,000 at its peak to 8,500 now, plus contractors — with advanced air, sea and land weaponry  that is second to none.

It’s about bringing your Congress back home, citizens

The large marches, in Washington, D.C., and around the country, calling attention to importance of science and focusing on the calamitous impacts of climate change  had impressive turnouts. But the protests would have been more productive if they concentrated more — in their slogans and signs — on 535 politicians to whom we have given immense power to influence policies relating to those issues, for ill or for good.

I’m speaking of Congress.

George H. Haddad: Unsung excellence in medicine

Ever wonder about the people who make our health care system work at a time when reports of greed, fraud, profiteering and harmful malpractice are rampant and remedies are not advanced?

Open letter to Attorney General Lynch

Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

News outlets are reporting that you are about to settle the criminal case with Takata airbag defect case for nearly $1 billion and the Volkswagen emissions cheating case for $4 billion.

On the VW case, The New York Times reported that “the company or one of its corporate entities is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges as part of the deal.”

Tripwires for the Trumpsters

The Trumpsters are coming to town — led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king and major tax escapee — and they are hell bent on unmaking Washington, D.C.

Hillary’s convention con: Thoughts on the Democratic National convention

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How unpatriotic is Donald Trump?

Samuel Johnson famously considered patriotism “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” His biographer James Boswell, who passed along that judgment, clarified that Johnson “did not mean a real and generous love for our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak for self-interest.”