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A Son of Common Sense
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High Deductible Health Plans
In Call It Ben’s Care , I mention that
Ben’s Care resembles (at the individual policy level) a “high deductible health
plan” (HDHP), a type of health insurance that is sold widely today, and
increasingly so.   The attentive reader
may have wondered, “Why ca...

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Text to Speech Test
Fourscore and seven years
ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in
Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a
great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nati...

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Ah, Grover Norquist
Svengali comes to mind.  Svengali was a very famous (and fictional) opportunist who seduced and dominated a young girl named Trilby.  But she was his only victim.  So, Svengali doesn’t make the cut. Rasputin comes to mind.  Grigori Rasputin was a very famou...

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Creationist Letter
To my Creationist
friends – Young Earth Creationists (who believe that the Earth and the universe
are only thousands of years old, not because the Bible told them so but because
James Ussher, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland...

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Call it Ben’s Care
What is Ben’s Care? 
Ben’s Care is a new paradigm for health care in the United States.  The primary objective of Ben’s Care is to
provide the best possible health care to every American at the least possible
cost to the entire economy.  While those
whose h...

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Getting Real about Global Warming
Before we begin, I need you to perform
an experiment.  First, write down your
estimate of the temperature of the water that you wash dishes (manually)
with.  Next, write down your estimate of
the temperature of the water that you bathe in (shower or bath). ...

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The Cosmos
All Galaxies in a piece of sky smaller then the Moon This essay was written by a
friend; I like it so much that I am posting it on my blog.  It’s not about politics or governance but it
IS about perspective and we both agree on the importance of perspective...

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Taxes, Again
When will I stop writing the same damn thing about taxes?  When enough Americans really GET what I am trying to say. * * * * * * * * * * * * * A Brief Anecdotal History of Taxation Come with me, on a short journey through the history of taxation.  No, reall...

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Taxes, Again
When will I stop writing the same damn thing about taxes?  When enough Americans really GET what I am trying to say. * * * * * * * * * * * * * A Brief Anecdotal History of Taxation Come with me, on a short journey through the history of taxation.  No, reall...

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Taxes, Again
When will I stop writing the same damn thing about taxes?  When enough Americans really GET what I am trying to say. * * * * * * * * * * * * * A Brief Anecdotal History of Taxation Come with me, on a short journey through the history of taxation.  No, reall...
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