Election issues: Better, more affordable healthcare

Democrats have worked tirelessly to put universal healthcare in place, and they will ultimately prevail unless Republicans unite behind a viable counterproposal. Read More...

Election issues: Taxes

Of the tax plans on offer, the Trump plan looks like the better bet; don’t expect more tax cuts, however, as they are clearly not warranted under the circumstances. Read More...

Election issues: Proposed solutions for global warming

Current energy policies seem OK; the Biden plan would cost a bundle and divert attention from more pressing issues without significantly affecting global temperatures. Read More...

Changing minds is an uphill battle

Facts may potentially be proven, but changing opinions is dependent on either persuasion or force. Read More...

The political landscape remains uncertain

The political landscape has been thoroughly scrambled over the past six months, and there’s plenty of time left for further surprises. Read More...

A new challenge to the healthcare system

Efforts to minimize the coronavirus pandemic will save lives, but slow the economy, justify dubious government stimulus measures, and distract from longer-term policy issues.




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Fixing the US political system - Part Two

Last week's ideas would help, but further steps are needed. With two more constitutional amendments and some congressional rule changes, the budget could be balanced in five years. Read More...

Fixing the US political system - Part One

The US political system is out of kilter. Has the time come for congressional term limits, changes in the scheduling of elections, a different approach to campaign finance laws, and abolition of the filibuster? Read More...

Impeachment push is symptom of underlying problems

Don’t blame sporadic, ineffective government on the current president. This pattern has been developing for years, and barring corrective action it will keep getting worse. Read More...

Seeking the best path forward

Herewith a state of play review of several topics: Impeachment inquiry - generational divide - fiscal problem - taxes - healthcare - climate realism - "renewable" energy - DE public schools. Read More...

No progress on fixing healthcare system

Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” GovCare have apparently failed, so the two parties are now preparing for a battle over the next step. Read More...

What's all this talk about Socialism?

It’s not hard to see what’s wrong with Socialism and understand why free enterprise should work better. So why aren't conservatives winning this debate, and how can they carry the day? Read More...

Latest budget deal: Faster process, similar results

The Bipartisan Budget Act will compound the fiscal problem, and ironically the debt limit – which is supposed to help constrain spending – provided an excuse for hasty action. Read More...

Budget news for FY 2020

Senate Budget Committee is reviewing the budget process. SAFE is pleased to support these and other efforts to make things better, with the ultimate goal of balancing the budget and keeping it that way.

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Whither BP-2020

The House and Senate Budget Committees reviewed the president's budget proposal from every angle. Republicans seem worried about budget deficits; Democrats are more concerned about spending cuts. Read More...

What to make of Medicare for All

Medicare for All wouldn’t fix the US healthcare system; it would make things worse. What’s needed are more options and power for patients and their doctors. Read More...

Healthcare could be deciding issue (E-8)

Republicans have demolished Democratic arguments for doubling down on GovCare, and the administration is working on (but hasn’t clearly explained) some worthwhile improvements. Read More...

Unity: The impossible dream (E-78)

No Labels posits that unity will result if politicians discuss the issues, but experience suggests otherwise. It might be better to debate the issues and aim for timely and well-informed decisions. Read More...

Soaring deficits hard to square with fiscal responsibility

With its conservative credentials in tatters, the GOP should insist on completing the FY 2019 budget process in a businesslike manner before the Oct. 1 deadline. Read More...

The meandering path of healthcare legislation

Graham-Cassidy bill would lower federal profile in healthcare and give more authority to the states. Read More...

House healthcare bill draws heavy flak

The American Health Care Act is being attacked as extreme, but the case against it seems underwhelming. Read More...

Is America becoming a banana republic?

Trump wasn’t wrong to play the special prosecutor card, but doing so may not pay off for his campaign. Read More...

Campaign issues: Social Security

Social Security burden keeps growing, and most of the presidential candidates are pretending not to notice.
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Free trade gets a bad rap

If the presidential candidates mean what they are saying, the Trans-Pacific Partnership may be doomed. Read More...

Campaign issues: deficits and debt

Presidential candidates ignored the fiscal problem in 2008, and the same thing could happen this year, but wishing won't make the problem go away. Read More...

Campaign issues: spending

Nonstop deficits are a huge problem; which of the presidential candidates would be most likely to fix it? Read More...

A fateful presidential election is brewing - part 2

Just because people want something, that doesn't prove it would work nor that they are willing to pay for it. Read More...

Update on 2016 presidential race

It’s beginning to look as if this race will be about the issues for a change. Read More...
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