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Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Henryk A. Kowalczyk
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Many people write or speak to tell us what we should think. -------------------------------------- Some want to be believed because they are experts, or think they are. Some want to be believed because they claim to speak for us. Some have had revelations. Others want us to trust them because they communicate through prominent media outlets. -------------------------------------------------------- Many tell us what we should think. I write to encourage my readers to think for themselves. I write to ask you to inquire. ---------------------------------------------------- Question me. Have fun.

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JANUARY 29, 2012 1:32PM

Why do we need a line?

An open letter to Mr. Mitt Romney on immigration

 

Dear Mr. Romney,

You stated many times that illegal immigrants should return to their countries of origin and get back in line. Why do we need a line to begin with? I grew up in Poland, thenRead full post »

MAY 1, 2010 11:41AM

As it is

Can we reform immigration just by calling things as they are?

               Heralding the upcoming legislation battle about immigration reform, in her column in The Washington Post, Tamar Jacoby gives us an inside look into the… Read full post »

 

...in the health care reform debate

In the final push for passing his concept of health care reform, President Barack Obama concluded that there is no reason for debating health care reform any further due to “honest and substantial differences between the parties.” Why we shoul… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2010 7:04PM

A better approach to health care reform

My response to the request voiced by President Obama in his State of the Union address.

Dear Mr. President,

In the State of the Union Address, referring to the health care reform proposal, you said: "But if anyone from either party has a better approachRead full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2009 9:35PM

Bill O’Reilly, a socialist in denial

In an emotional burst, Bill O’Reilly condemned Dick Wolf and NBC for the “Law and Order” episode portraying a mentally disturbed person who turned his anger to killing the children of illegal immigrants, so called “anchor babies” in the jargon of anti-immigration fanatic/… Read full post »

Over the past few months, I have tried to make sense out of our health care crisis. To follow my thought process, please check my previous six postings at the Open Salon.

I arrived at the conclusion that we need a system built on the concept of life-cycleRead full post »

The House health care overhaul bill passed not because Democrats prepared a good proposal but because Republicans showed amazing inability in presenting a viable alternative.

In particular, young and healthy people tend to not buy health insurance. However, without their contributions any health inRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2009 10:45PM

We need life cycle health risk insurance

Among opponents of the health reform proposal, the public option draws most of their criticism. Pundits speculate whether Obama will drop it or not. All the energy put in debating the public option is futile. It misses the problem.

The problem is that we have 47 million uninsured.… Read full post »

Fans of the TV serial House, will notice that every time Dr. House diagnoses a problem he scrawls on a white board. In scientific terms, he creates a decision table.

When approaching any decision, we try to estimate the chances of reaching certain intended outcomes. Then we… Read full post »

In the report, that the President received from his Council of Economic Advisers, beginning on page 13 and following, we can read:

"At a fundamental level, the inefficiencies stem from the fact that health care is very different from conventional goods and services. The markets for health insurancRead full post »

One week after posting my open letter asking for a concept in the health care reform bill, I received an email from President Barack Obama.

Several hours before my letter showed up on the internet, I forwarded it to the White House, using the “contact us” form… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2009 8:29PM

Where is the concept?

An open letter to President Obama regarding health care reform

            Dear Mr. President,

            I agree with your assertion that the health care crisis is an economic issue. We/… Read full post »

             In his first interview after leaving office, former Vice President Dick Cheney said that  Obama's policies “raise the risk” of a U.S. terror attack. His argument goes back to an old dilemma: should terrorism be/… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2009 10:46PM

Leave radical Islam alone

A few weeks ago, Fareed Zakaria questioned our mostly military response to radical Islam. Readers posted hundreds of comments passionately opposing or supporting Mr. Zakaria’s thesis. His text deserves more than that. It brings new ideas into the pivotal issue of our foreign policy. Following o/Read full post »

For the last several years, conservatives have been dominating the political arena. Eventually, they ran out of appealing ideas, and the Democrats capitalized on this opportunity. However, the new Democratic leadership has to deal with the same problems that they were unable to address when they wereRead full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2009 1:36AM

The simplest plan for helping homeowners

Some banks gave mortgage loans to people who cannot keep a house under any conditions. These so-called toxic assets paralyzed the banking system, as now no one knows how much the banks are worth. With banks being essential for the economy to function, the government is allocating a lot of moneyRead full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2009 5:09PM

It's time for financial dinosaurs to die

If governments were around 65 millions years ago, they would use taxpayer’s money to save dinosaurs from extinction. One can come with such conclusion when seeing as government is trying to save Wall Street financial giants from falling into oblivion.

When a mortgage broker sold a low interest… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 12, 2009 11:29PM

Journalism does not need to be saved, newspapers do

Time published Walter Isaacson’s story entitled “How to Save Your Newspaper”. The same text was posted on the Huffington Post under the title “A Bold, Old Idea for Saving Journalism”. By looking at the difference of these titles, one can get a clearer picture of the prob/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2009 9:45AM

The Freedom of Migration Act challenge

The present recession overshadows our unresolved immigration mess. However, be it the stimulus package or the recently passed State Children's Health Insurance Program - those unsettled immigration issues pop up in the background. Whether we want it or not, we have to address this issue again.

 … Read full post »

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