Category: Policy

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The Trump Administration’s Stealth Reformation of the ACA and Its Application to the Next Maine Governor (Adam Cote)

In a May 2017 op-ed to the Portland Press Herald I outlined a bipartisan path to healthcare reform: expand coverage to the 29 million uninsured while deregulating the non-group health insurance market, letting "the government fund it, and the free market run it." This recommendation was based on the principle that the proper role of ...

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2018: The Year of Trade – Part 2

2018 continues to shape up as the "year of trade," with the Trump Administration set to open the year with aggressive action against China and other free trade free riders. Per usual, the mere questioning of America's trade agreements elicits screams of American global economic and free trade retrenchment, but with the most jobs/growth/business-friendly administration's ...

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The Wall Street Journal: Mr. Trump’s Trade War

This week's "Saturday Essay" by Douglas Irwin of The WSJ captures well the thrust of President Trump's trade policy: "The president is right to emphasize reciprocity. His mistake is to focus on the balance of trade with individual countries rather than on the rules of market access." In my on-going trade policy self-study, this is one of ...

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Overview of GOP Tax Bill

The New York Times is out this morning with a good overview of what is in the GOP's final tax bill up for vote likely next Tuesday, here and here. The bill can be summarized as follows, in descending order of priority: Multi-national corporate tax cut & reform: The US corporate tax rate falls from ...

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Pro Life Abortion Support

Amidst the Cake Baker debate, abortion came up as an issue with which Christians struggle a bit with moral superiority. It's not complicated: If you do not believe an unborn child is a "life", then you have every possible moral right to abort that child. Conversely, if you believe an unborn child is in fact ...

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The Cake Baker

I started The Pragmatic Politico blog in order to build a political platform that could fill the void that has been created in American politics. I am building said platform on the premise that for the vast majority of issues we can, no pun intended, have our cake and eat it too. The Cake Baker ...

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The Political Brilliance of the GOP Tax Plan

It is impossible to overstate the political brilliance of the GOP tax plan. By simply repealing the SALT deduction, the Democrat-crafted tax bill (i.e. by NY Democrats Trump, Cohn and Mnunchin) boxes in the Democrat Party. After years, and years, and years of progressive high tax & spend rule in NY, NJ, and CA, we ...