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Actually, We Have Too Much Health Insurance

  One of the arguments for healthcare reform is that millions of Americans with employer-provided healthcare are underinsured. Proponents of this view are saying that people are underinsured if they are paying too many of their healthcare costs out-of-pocket. Quite the contrary, a little reflection on what insurance is and is supposed to do suggests [...]

The ‘Parents Union’ vs The Teachers’ Union

In a comment to my Tuesday morning post about Michelle Rhee and school reform, Deacon Ed made the point: [T]he only real solution to D.C.'s education woes (the same as it is everywhere else) is a voucher system where parents -- who have the best interest of their children at heart -- get to choose [...]

Too Big a Job?

Daniel Stone’s weekend article from Newsweek on the sheer scope and impossibility of the modern-day presidency is fascinating reading: Obama has looked to many models of leadership, including FDR and Abraham Lincoln, two transformative presidents who governed during times of upheaval. But what’s lost in those historical comparisons is that both men ran slim bureaucracies [...]

After big wins, a warning to the GOP moving forward

As expected, Republicans fared well in last night's elections -- regaining control of the House, picking up at least six Senate seats, and adding several more governors to their ranks. I'm sure there will be plenty of feedback and analysis throughout the day, as well as much rejoicing from the GOP, but Ross Douthat cautions [...]

Waiting for Superman

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKTfaro96dg 635x355] The film Waiting for Superman by Davis Guggenheim has received many accolades, and they are well-deserved -- I saw the film last night. Guggenheim follows the stories of five children at different grade levels in both parochial and public schools. One lives in Redwood City, CA, and the rest are inner city kids [...]

Omaha archbishop suppresses ‘Catholic’ group

Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha has been forced to suppress the Intercessors of the Lamb, a formerly-Catholic association of the faithful in his archdiocese. After the group requested recognition as an official Catholic organization, the archbishop undertook a canonical visitation: "It was my hope from the beginning that the Intercessors and the archdiocese would move [...]

The Real Seamless Garment

Last week, an earnest Catholic commentator over at the Catholic Key Blog mourned the fact that House Democrats had spoiled the chances for "immigration reform" by linking the issue to unrelated matters that scared off supporters, tainting the sacred cause of extending amnesty to illegal immigrants by wrapping it up in a rainbow flag, then [...]

White House Still Claiming No Abortion Funding in Health Care Bill

A new Obama administration web site was launched late last night called "Health Reform in Action."  In the section "Myths & Facts," the first so-called myth is, "Health insurance reform will use my tax dollars to fund abortions." How does the Obama administration refute this assertion, supported by the Catholic bishops, National Right to Life, [...]

The future of fish

Friday is a good day for a fish report. GOOD ran a short but interesting interview with author Paul Greenberg of the new book, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. Greenberg believes wild-caught fish should be treated like game, with specific places of origin. Here's a short excerpt from the interview: GOOD: When it comes [...]

Truck driver chokes on pork rinds, crashes. Pork rind law reform now!

This story... The driver of a FedEx tractor-trailer rig lost control of his truck on Interstate 5 after choking on some spicy pork rinds, jackknifed and came to a stop in a muddy ditch, says a Washington State Patrol trooper. Trooper Keith Leary says 42-year-old Edward Sutherland of Mount Vernon suffered minor injuries Monday. Leary [...]

David Weigel has apologized for the nasty anti-conservative comments he made to members of the liberal listserv Journolist, and is frank about his own motivations. I was cocky, and I got worse. I treated the list like a dive bar, swaggering in and popping off about what was “really” happening out there, and snarking at [...]

David Weigel has apologized for the nasty anti-conservative comments he made to members of the liberal listserv Journolist, and is frank about his own motivations. I was cocky, and I got worse. I treated the list like a dive bar, swaggering in and popping off about what was “really” happening out there, and snarking at [...]

David Weigel: “I was cocky… Why did I want these people to like me so much?”

David Weigel has apologized for the nasty anti-conservative comments he made to members of the liberal listserv Journolist, and is frank about his own motivations. I was cocky, and I got worse. I treated the list like a dive bar, swaggering in and popping off about what was “really” happening out there, and snarking at [...]

She Is Black, but She Is Beautiful

When Dante rises with his guide Beatrice to the circle of the lovers, symbolized in Paradise by the planet Venus, he is told that the most brilliant and most deeply blessed of all the souls in that realm is Rahab, the harlot of Jerusalem who housed Joshua's spies and assisted the children of Israel in [...]

The Common Good Running Amok In God’s Politics

Have any of you noticed that the concept of "the common good" is being used to justify every expansion of government power in our lives? Take a look at Anne Hendershott's treatment of "God's Politics" at Catholic Advocate.  "God's Politics," as you may know, is the title of a book written by Jim Wallis, president [...]

Looks like the folks at NCR's "Washington Briefing" had their collective Kum-Ba-Ya moment when Sr. Carol Keehan rose to speak at the podium. Michael Sean Winters describes the moment: Then there are those moments when a group of people want to express their profound admiration and love for someone and, given the context, the only [...]

Looks like the folks at NCR's "Washington Briefing" had their collective Kum-Ba-Ya moment when Sr. Carol Keehan rose to speak at the podium. Michael Sean Winters describes the moment: Then there are those moments when a group of people want to express their profound admiration and love for someone and, given the context, the only [...]

Lonely Lipinski explains his “NO” vote.

I can't count the number of times I've heard "Stupak" in the past couple of weeks, but I can't say the same about the name "Lipinski." Yet, Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois seems like exactly the kind of pro-life Democrat so many were hoping Rep. Bart Stupak would be. Lipinski voted against the health care [...]

Liturgy and Charity

  Some years ago, when speaking at a Catholic meeting, I said that the older rite of the Mass -- what we then called the Tridentine rite -- should be allowed more widely. I received a massive round of applause. At the time, I attended the Mass in that form fairly rarely; I just thought [...]

You Can’t Hate Bart Stupak

The first story I wrote for Crisis opened with a scene, not a very good one, in Rep. Bart Stupak's congressional office. So Stupak has always been in the back of my mind. But others must wonder how it could be that this backbencher could bring down the Democrats' latest health-care reform effort. Some of [...]

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