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Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Feb 27, 2010
President Obama's proposal to extend the 2.9% Medicare tax from its current base (wages and self-employment income) has been met with cries of socialism, Obamanation, and a number of less printable labels. Virtually all of the attacks on the proposal ignore the underpinnings of how Medicare is currently financed. Unlike health insurance that we (or our employers) buy from insurance co...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Oct 4, 2009
We Americans overwhelmingly want to eliminate the use of pre-existing conditions to deny health care coverage. At the same time, we don't want to be forced to buy health insurance when we don't want it. Unfortunately, we can't have it both ways. The two issues are so closely related that the first doesn't make much sense without the second. Let's assume, for example, that I am p...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Sep 24, 2009
As I lawyer, I have often been asked why high-priced lawyers can't seem to be able to write a contract that is litigation proof. The lawyers tasked with contract drafting certainly have a number of advantages. Many are a fairly smart. Most are well trained. Many have been plying their craft for a long time. Moreover, anyone who is used to paying legal fees understand...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Sep 23, 2009
I turned 61 a few days ago. This morning, for the first time since my birthday, I rode a city bus in Chicago. I was lucky enough to actually get a seat. It was in the priority seating area, but it was a seat. At the next stop, a few more passengers boarded. Most were forced to stand. One standing passenger three or four feet from me was several months pregnant ...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Sep 15, 2009
Many of us seek change. Some want school vouchers. Others want smaller classrooms. Some want quality health coverage for everyone. Others want cost reduction. Some want to reduce the size of humanity's carbon footprint. Others want to make sure that we don't damage our economy in the process. Some want all of the above. We see something we don't like...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Sep 15, 2009
Two proposals to reduce climate change risk, "cap and trade" and a carbon tax, have floated to the top. Others, like "tax and dividend," fight for recognition. Properly administered, both of the frontrunners will reduce emissions. Both will also impose a multi-trillion dollar burden on energy consumers. What distinguishes the two from their lesser known competitors is what happens to the cash that...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Sep 14, 2009
A fourteenth century Franciscan friar, William of Ockham, proposed a scientific principle that is now called Ockham's Razor. Although Friar Ockham's principle has been variously explained over the centuries, a common formulation is: If two competing theories explain natural occurrences equally well, the simpler of the two is the better theory. Constantly selecting the simpler the...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Sep 14, 2009
It has been reported that 99% of green advertising claims are false; the OECD is concerned that biofuels do more harm than good; and various scholars wonder whether ethanol is a bane or a benefit. Clearly, thinking and saying you have a “zero carbon footprint” is much easier than knowing you are right. At the center of the gulf between hope and hard fact is the carbon footp...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Sep 14, 2009
We continue to fight the same semantic battles that Darwin fought almost two centuries ago. "Heretic," "infidel," "creationism" have been replaced by "theory not fact," "strengths and weaknesses" and "academic freedom." Questions like "Do you believe in evolution?" abound. It is time to show ideologues out of our children's science classrooms and let the scientists ba...
Gerald Jenkins posted a blog on Aug 19, 2009
During the heat of the last congressional and presidential election, Republican Robin Hayes told a crowd that "liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God." Although Hayes immediately distanced himself from his own words,they express a sentiment that is held by many conservatives You can be a liberal, you can be a real American, but you ca...
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