Paul F. deLespinasse

Paul F. deLespinasse, who now lives in Oregon, is professor emeritus of political science at Adrian College in Michigan. He can be reached via his website, www.deLespinasse.org.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 4:42pm
Obamacare: How the Supreme Court Could Rule Unanimously
Many pundits predict the Supreme Court will decide the Obamacare case 5-4 along partisan lines. Justices Scalia, Alito, and Thomas and Chief Justice Roberts, they assume, will vote to strike the legislation down, and justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan will vote to uphold it. If these predictions are correct, the outcome will depend on Justice Kennedy, often considered the “swing” vote between Court conservatives and liberals. The guessing is that Justice Kennedy will tip the case to the conservative side.
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Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 9:47am
Repudiate ‘Obamacare’?: Here is a Radical Strategy for Obama
No matter how the Supreme Court decides the medical insurance cases, we face prolonged uncertainty. If it upholds the law, Republicans will sabotage implementation and promise to repeal it when they return to power. If it strikes down the law, the uncertainty will be what, if anything, Congress will do next. Confusion will be even greater if the court only strikes down parts of the law.
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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 3:35pm
Abandon the Concept of "Illegal" Alien
In a recent column [ "Rethinking Deportation" Oregonian, January 23], Richard LaMountain denounced President Obama's proposed rule that would make it easier for illegal aliens to become legal residents, claiming it will undermine respect for law.
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Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 10:13am
Unemployment Not Just a Problem for Returning Veterans
It is hard to disagree with President Obama when he tells us it is wrong for returning veterans to be unable to find work. Even Senate Republicans went along with his proposal to give tax credits to companies that hire unemployed veterans. Still, this kind of rhetoric and legislation should make us all very uneasy. Although it sounds good in Veteran’s Day oratory, it smacks too much of telling us that the wrong people are unemployed.
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Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 10:35am
Our Health and Education ‘Cathedrals'
ADRIAN, Mich. — In recent months my wife has been treated for a foot problem by some excellent doctors and therapists at the Slocum Center in Eugene, Ore. Walking up to the third floor one notices the large number of steps between each floor. The floors must be 15 or 20 feet apart. The building is elegant, with high ceilings, wide halls and expensive furnishings. But Slocum is not unusually extravagant when compared with other recently constructed medical facilities we have seen.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 8:46am
Let's End Unemployment Once and for All
Buried in discouraging unemployment numbers recently released was proof that a straightforward way to end unemployment (and not just reduce it) actually exists. The private sector of the economy created 83,000 additional jobs in June, but total employment fell because 225,000 temporary census workers were let go. The census workers had real jobs and these were additional jobs that reduced unemployment. They demonstrate that there are two possible ways to reduce unemployment, not just one.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 9:23am
‘Nuclear Option’ Better Than Reconciliation
President Barack Obama recently urged Congress to use "reconciliation" to enact medical reform legislation. Reconciliation rules allow legislation related to taxes and spending to be enacted by a simple Senate majority without the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. Democrats no longer have the 60 votes. Reconciliation therefore appears to offer the only hope of enacting medical reforms.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 9:53am
Make Us All Citizens of the World
The pursuit of "illegal aliens" has become a high government priority. Congress has made it illegal to hire an "undocumented" alien who has managed to get into the U.S. Although discrimination in other contexts is illegal, for the undocumented it is mandatory. Impeccable logic underlies this requirement. A major reason people want to move here is our employment opportunities and higher wages. If you cannot be hired, sneaking in is much less attractive.
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Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 2:55pm
A Pro-Impeachment Republican's Defense of Nancy Pelosi
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan recently announced that she will run as an independent against Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, unless Pelosi moves to impeach President Bush within two weeks.Pelosi is going to do no such thing, and she probably has little to fear from Sheehan. Sheehan is superb at grand gestures, but Pelosi has a much better idea of what is necessary to get elected and to get things done in Washington, D.C.
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