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Eric Earling

I’m a consultant and writer with a background in politics, government, education, and health care. I have worked for a US Senator, George W. Bush, and as a health insurance executive . My politics are right-of-center though don’t fit neatly into an ideological box, especially in the Age of Trump. I currently live in New Orleans after spending most of my life in the Seattle area.

Post Debate IQ Rankings for 2020 Dems

It’s time to update our IQ, interesting quotient, ratings for the Democratic Presidential field after several days for the impact of the first debates in Miami settle. Reminder: this IQ ranking …

4 Reasons AOC is Right on Congressional Pay

Few topics are less politically popular than Congressional pay raises. And AOC is one of the most polarizing figures in Congress. But, she is right Congressional pay should increase. No, not all her r …

Round 4: Ranking the 2020 Dems by IQ

It’s time to update our ranking of the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates by IQ (Interesting Quotient): how much attention can they capture to elevate themselves in a hyper-crowded primary scru …

Sohrab Ahmari, David French, and the 11 Nations of America

Perhaps you’ve been following the intra-conservative dust-up unfolding between Sohrab Ahmari and David French. It begun in the confined space of tweets but has since broadened to a full essay from A …

Visit a National Cemetery on Memorial Day

You don’t have to visit a grave on Memorial Day, but one such holiday I encourage you to visit a National Cemetery. See the flags marking each grave. See the families visiting loved ones. See th …

Employers Should Tell Employees Where To Get Health Care More Often

No, not like that you think, perhaps. But, employers should be increasing incentives for employees and their covered dependents to seek care at higher quality, cost-effective health care providers. Th …

How Game of Thrones Ended with a Quiet Thunder

It all came full circle. The beauty of Game of Thrones is at its core the characters. When the show was at its best it gave us windows into the fabulous personas that made the show special by letting …

Game of Thrones and politics agree: lack of empathy = bad news

Empathy is missing too much from our politics today, and often life in general. Empathy for others, their perspective, and their humanity. One doesn’t have to agree with opposing points of view, but …

Hospitals, large employers, and why health care costs so much

Why is health care in America so expensive? Many reasons, one of which is the high price of care, including at hospitals. A recently released study by RAND puts a finer point on the issue revealing a …

What people are missing in the health care debate

There’s a key point of focus too often absent in debates about federal health care policy. As much as everyone in politics gets worked about policy proposals and their implementation, the thing peop …

Round 3: 2020 Dems by IQ

Since Old Uncle Joe is finally in this race it’s time for Round 3 of our IQ ranking of the 2020 Democratic field. Reminder: this is by “Interesting Quotient”…the ability of candidates to get a …

What we love about Game of Thrones

It’s the characters, stupid.** No, not because Westeros is a magical world of dragons and knights and white walkers and battle scenes and intrigue. Not even because of the salacious violence and …

I’ve donated to 3 Democrats running for POTUS. Here’s why.

No, I’m not going to vote for them, but this lifelong right-of-center soul has given to three Democratic Presidential candidates. My tale of “why?” is a reminder we often focus on voting …

Trump’s 2020 health care gambit is worse than we thought

I imagined the “hey, let’s talk about Obamacare again!” was going to go badly for President Trump and Republicans. I underestimated the problem. Trump issued a trio of tweets last ni …

Trump is leading the GOP over a health care cliff

Donald Trump is impulsive. He does things on a whim. Based on gut instinct. And at times trying to live up to what he believes his base wants (see, the Wall). He seems to be using a similar calculus & …

Take 2: Rating the Dem 2020 field by IQ

With Saint Beto making a decision it’s time to update our IQ list of the Democratic presidential field. Yes, we’re assessing the field by their interesting quotient, because stereotypical “p …

The Conservative Case for Supporting Vegansim

Wait, wut? Yes, conservatives should support veganism, even if vegan activists might drive us crazy. Should you go vegan? I don’t care. Well, I do. But, that’s not the point of this post. Nor is t …

Rating the Democratic POTUS field by IQ

No, not that kind of IQ. A different one. Call it the “interesting quotient.” If we learned one thing from the monster GOP Presidential field of 2016 it’s the ability to be interesting and draw …

One Arizona case shows why criminal justice reform is needed

An appalling incident from 2017 in Glendale, Arizona popped into the news over the weekend based on those events becoming the subject of a federal lawsuit. The attention grabber is the tasing of a man …

Medicare for All is Repeal and Replace for Democrats

Over-promising is a bad thing, especially in politics. Doing so makes your supporters angry if you promise big on high profile issues and fail to deliver. Especially over time. Just ask Republicans as …

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