Articles Posted by Ralph E. Stone

I was born in Massachusetts; graduated from Middlebury College and Suffolk Law School; served as an officer in the Vietnam war; retired from the Federal Trade Commission (consumer and antitrust law); travel extensively with my wife Judi; and since retirement involved in domestic violence prevention and consumer issues.

  • Health Care: A Right, Not a Privilege

    Socialized medicine is coming!! Lock your doors and shutter your windows. Why is the dreaded “S” word used to oppose health care reform? Those who use the dreaded “S” word never really define what they mean by socialism. To some, it is an expansion in government spending. For example, they deemed the stimulus bill socialist – even though the architect of such policies, John Maynard Keynes, advocated a capitalist economic system. Thus, President Obama who is trying to save capitalism from itself must be a socialist.

  • Who’s Afraid of Proposition 13?

    California cannot continue to engage in battles each budget season. Because it could not find a supermajority to raise taxes, the state had to cut or reduce many of the public assistance programs serving as social safety nets for children, the poor, and the sick and the elderly. The Budget calls for taking $4.7 billion from the counties, which will force many counties to cut services even further. And again, the governor and the legislature had to resort to budget gimmickry to pass a budget, albeit an unbalanced one. It is time for change.

  • Cost of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
    and the California Tradeoffs

    During his June 2009 Cairo Islam speech, President Obama pledged to “seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” Photo by Stephen Crowley, NY Times By Ralph E. Stone July…

  • Iran’s Election and U.S.-Iran Relations

    President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. By Ralph E. Stone June 18, 2009 After the dust has settled, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will again be the president of of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Why and how was…

  • What Happened to the Terminator?

    By Ralph E. Stone June 14, 2009 Remember Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign promises during the 2003 recall election? While campaigning, Schwarzenegger hammered Governor Gray Davis over the budget. He promised to rein in state spending and…

  • Sadly Majority Says Torture OK

    One of the infamous images documented by soldiers at Abu Ghraib shows a hooded man standing  on a box. The detainee’s hands were attached to wires. He was told that he if he stepped off…

  • Social Safety Nets and the Budget Crisis

    Social Safety Nets and the Budget Crisis

    California’s economic crisis is forcing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to impose catastrophic budget cuts to life-sustaining social safety net programs, cuts that will greatly impact the most vulnerable in society. Photo by Luke Thomas By Ralph…