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The economics of Obamacare from the customer’s perspective

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

– Robert Light Much ink and bits have been written about the economics of Obamacare from the taxpayer’s perspective – but little has been written about Obamacare from the perspective of a consumer. In the “real world”, before you create a product, you spend a lot of time understanding your customer – what will motivate […]

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Tags: Healthcare · Political · Taxation · Uncategorized

Other family’s priorities – at what point do they involve me?

October 28th, 2013 · No Comments

– Robert Light I’m just going to say what I think a lot of people think…. The strange thing about discourse in today’s “healthcare debate” is that somehow a medical bill is ‘different’ in some way from any other kind of bill – that it’s somehow verboten that a medical bill should come in and […]

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Tags: Healthcare · Political · Taxation

The roots of failure in the “War on terror”

July 24th, 2013 · No Comments

– Robert Light The guilty, the responsible and the innocent It is hard to believe but 4 decades ago, my 7th grade English teacher may have put her finger on the roots to why we are having such difficulties in winning the “war on terror”.  She kept on telling us that “words are important”…that words […]

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Tags: Israel · Political · War on Terror

…and the band drones on.

March 10th, 2013 · No Comments

– Robert Light Let’s get something straight… the argument should have absolutely nothing to do with drones.   I’m quite surprised that nobody seems to be making this point.  Is it that drones bring some kind of reminiscence of “The Terminator” to life?   What on earth is the difference between a person telling a pilot […]

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Tags: Political · War on Terror

Smaller government, lower taxes – what is the Tea Party really saying?

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light There is great confusion in the United States over the advent of the “Tea Party”…. some say “TEA” means “Taxed Enough Already”.   Everyone is amazed that such a grass-roots movement just “sprang to life” and has become a dominant force in today’s political discourse. But what are the Tea Party folks […]

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Tags: Political · Taxation · Uncategorized

Democracy is not a “social condiment”

December 13th, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light Democracy is not a “social condiment”…something you can slather on a society to make it taste better. Democracy is how we express the basic respect we feel for one another. Democracy is an “effect” not a “cause” – we have democracy because we respect each other’s inalienable rights.If you have a society […]

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Tags: Church-State · One Nation Under God · Political · War on Terror

Why Jews are Liberals?

November 6th, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light I have just finished Norman Podhoretz’s book “Why are Jews Liberals?” It was an excellent work – both from the perspective of providing a concise history as well as positing his own view of why Jews are “still liberals”. By all accounts of Podhoretz’s bio, he is the age of my father […]

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Tags: One Nation Under God · Political

Why should “Those who pay no taxes” care about tax rates?

September 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light Governor Romney, in a rather inept/inarticulate moment, commented that the 47% of American’s who pay no income taxes probably don’t care about the tax rates paid by the tax-paying segment of America. It was inept because it shouldn’t be true. The non-tax paying Americans ultimately pay dearly for the tax policies imposed […]

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Tags: Political · Taxation · Uncategorized

Why “income redistribution” is bad.

September 19th, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light We all acknowledge, across the political spectrum, that one of the roles of government is to protect the sick and the elderly from poverty – in no just society should those who cannot fend for themselves be left to live a life of deprivation and hunger. I am not discussing about whether […]

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Tags: Political · Taxation

Why are there no Muslim “Thomas Jeffersons”

September 13th, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light Many people have puzzled as to why, with the advent of “The Arab Spring”, has there not appeared any equivalent to America’s founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, a bold, clear thinker who could verbalize, define and motivate his fellow citizens to rally around a cause that will bring the entire society […]

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Tags: Israel · Political · Uncategorized · War on Terror