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  1. 2 days ago on Jack Ohman

    The first extended Latin prose I read when I was an undergraduate was Cicero’s Fifth Verrine Oration. That’s what got me really hooked on Classics. I work mostly on poetry, but I go back to Cicero regularly. No one can write a sentence (or more properly, a period) like Cicero.

  2. 2 days ago on Jack Ohman

    My own thoughts about health care are undoubtedly influenced by my experience here in Toronto. We have a single payer system, everyone is covered, and there is no such thing as having a private plan instead of OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan). (There is, however, supplemental insurance, and that’s private.) But everyone, without exception, is automatically covered by OHIP. I like that, because it means that everyone has a stake in the system. When I first came to Toronto, coverage wasn’t automatic; you had to pay a premium every quarter; people with low-incomes were covered for free. Almost everyone did buy in, but it wasn’t mandatory. At some point, and I don’t remember when, the system changed, and instead of paying a premium, the costs were covered from tax revenue, and everyone was covered automatically. By that time, people were used to the idea, and there was very little objection. Way back when Clinton was trying to pass a health insurance system I thought up a gradual plan: medicare should cover one more year every year: so in year X, it would cover everyone 65 and above; in year X+1, it would cover everyone 64 and above, and so on, until everyone is covered. And of course any would be allowed to buy into it at any point no matter their age. That way, people would get used to the idea and the insurance companies would be able to adjust their business plans gradually. If that had been done back then, everyone would be covered by now, and the argument would be over.

  3. 2 days ago on Jack Ohman

    And that’s why you can’t believe everything in Suetonius. He was happy to write something entertaining even when it wasn’t true. Personally I’m a big fan of Tacitus; in my opinion (I’m hardly alone) he and Thucydides on the Greek side are the two greatest historical intellects of the ancient world.

  4. 3 days ago on Jack Ohman

    Yes, I think we agree. But I fear that Warren looks as if she’s evading the question, and she needs to develop a better rhetorical position so that she can’t be accused of being evasive. Her answers are usually direct, more direct than is usual from a politician. She prefaces her response to this question by saying “Let me be clear”, but then she’s not clear, and that’s why Klobuchar was able to score a point against her. She doesn’t have to be afraid of the answer, if she figures out how to say it.

  5. 3 days ago on Tom Stiglich


  6. 3 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    Before you make comments about how left the Democrats are you should learn a little about political theory and history.

  7. 3 days ago on Jack Ohman

    Warren says she’s a capitalist, and I believe her. I like her anyway.

  8. 3 days ago on Jack Ohman


  9. 3 days ago on Jack Ohman

    I think there’s a better reply: “When you ask about taxes you are asking the wrong question. The right question is total costs, the right question is how much comes out of your pocket, not the label on the money. It’s the total cost that really matters to people. Taxes will increase, but costs will go down, the total money coming out of your pocket will go down. Please don’t ask half a question and expect to get an answer.”

  10. 3 days ago on Gary Markstein

    The Democrats have to figure out (in case Trump is not convicted in the Senate) how to run against a raging narcissistic psychopathic obsessive liar with a potty mouth. I think Pelosi is teaching them how.