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Morna Murray

Entries by Morna Murray

Health Care Reform: Us vs.Them

(16) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:21 PM

It's no news flash to say health care reform is politicized. Our country is increasingly polarized, "us" versus "them" and "either/or" instead of "both/and." But it's one thing to say it, it's another to watch it play out in the implementation of health care reform across our United States.

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What Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" Really Means

(7) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 1:25 PM

Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal, "Path to Prosperity," is pretty much identical to last year's Ryan budget proposal, "Path to Prosperity." Yet this time around it is getting more attention, more outrage, more incredulity.

I am hoping this signals a shift in America's consciousness. It's not simply, as many...

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The Public Good Versus Ann Coulter

(82) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 11:56 AM

There were certain words not allowed in our house growing up, my mother being the ultimate (and frankly very effective) authority on these issues. And I owe her much for that. There were the usual curse-words, but I still literally cringe when I hear the word "retard," recently used by...

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Welfare-Work: How About the Facts?

(9) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 11:58 AM

It's hard to turn on your TV or computer without seeing the Romney-Ryan campaign claiming that President Obama has eliminated the "work" requirement from welfare reform. Possibly the most fascinating thing about this campaign controversy is the fact that there is no controversy. The accusation is false. This is about...

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Is Poverty Not "Sexy" Enough?

(5) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 4:11 PM

The title of this piece may seem irreverent or even crude. When I first heard it, I thought so. I still do. But I've been working in children's policy for more than 20 years, including in the U.S. Senate, and the number of high level policy experts and communications specialists...

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King Solomon and the Debt Deal

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 5:35 PM

Remember the classic Old Testament story that demonstrates the true nature of maternal love -- concern for the child, over and above herself? King Solomon was faced with deciding which of two women was the "real" mother of a baby. Both presented compelling arguments, and there was no way to...

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Deficit Reduction: Not at the Cost of Our Children

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 1:20 PM

No one questions we are in tough times. More than one in five children is poor; one in four children is at risk of hunger; nearly 8 million children go uninsured; unemployment is unacceptably high; and poverty is rising. Families are struggling, and as they do, so do their children.

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