What does “repeal Obamacare” really mean?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Affordable Care Act, government, News and Politics

Republicans have shouted about repealing Obamacare for the past six years. The war chants grew even louder since the November election. Now that the Republican Congressional leadership actually has the ability to defund and repeal the health care law they despise, almost all of the discussion in the news this month is about the features of […]

Update on Electoral College reform

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Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan plans to lead actions aimed at reform of the Electoral College rules in the new 2017 Congress. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact calls for Electoral College delegates to pledge all of their electoral votes to the popular winner no matter who won in their states. So far the change […]

Leadership strategies to oppose the Trump regime

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“I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.” —President Barack Obama, farewell address 1/10/2017 9 tactics for local boards Leaders of progressive businesses, community organizations and especially nonprofit environmental organizations whose future is at stake are scrambling to reorganize their government relations strategy since the […]

Climate change denial: crime, mental disorder or both?

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In 2005 I published an editorial that forecast that climate change denial would eventually be ruled a culpable offense by some court. I predicted that certain New Jersey governments denying climate change, specifically those that refused to respond to sea level rise, would eventually be held responsible for property loss that could otherwise have been […]

The immigration issue from my own perspective

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The State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs officially estimates that 70% of the state’s work force in industries like farming, fishing and construction are undocumented. I see these South American origin neighbors every day and I have great respect for them. In the past we had many Mexicans but in recent years most […]

Four good reasons to use an ITIN

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If you do not have a social security number, perhaps because you do not have legal immigration status in the US yet, then I strongly recommend that you obtain and use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Here are four key points: No fear of INS –  An ITIN is not used as an immigration enforcement tool. Many millions […]

My potential windfall from the Trump health care reform plan

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Trump’s health care reform plans turn out to offer potential career windfall for me. I haven’t considered it in any detail because the election came as such a surprise. In fact, I haven’t even seriously considered the details or impact of the proposed Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. This blog post simply summarizes the first […]

New Jersey death tax update

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Until now, New Jersey had both an estate tax and an inheritance tax. Estate taxes are paid by the deceased person’s estate before the money is distributed to their heirs. Inheritance taxes are paid by the heir who inherits the money or assets. The New Jersey law referred to as the Transportation Trust Fund bill negotiated by state […]

Leadership involves politics!

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“Where do we want to go in the future? What is our vision? That is politics.” – Bernie Sanders, talking in Philadelphia yesterday to address those who say they are disgusted by the process, don’t want to talk about it, or don’t want to get involved. Sanders focuses on intelligent civil discussion of the the […]

How the decline in civility affects small business advice

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I read much about how an overall decline in civility is evident in many parts of our modern life. I commented on this theme in my earlier blog post reviewing the 2005 book “Collapse” by professor Jared Diamond. Increasing tension between government and its citizens has always been an observed corollary of a declining society. […]