The Health Care Fiasco

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

With thousands showing up at California town halls to discuss the unravelling of the Affordable Health Care Act and other issues it’s a sign all is not so well in Trump Land. Nothing trumps (pun intended) the agenda—not even Russian meddling and intelligence compromises — so much as the future of our healthcare and what […]

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Is The “I” Word To Be Taken Seriously?

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Some decry the fact that presidential campaigns take too long. The most recent one with all its ugliness could not have ended soon enough. Maybe four year stints for those elected are also too long. We might need a probationary period to see how things work out. The Constitution’s authors—all very wise men—did not foresee […]

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Trump’s Super Bowl Dilemma

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Just when we thought there were no more significant snubs forthcoming after Mexico’s president turned down the invitation to visit the White House over the unresolved issue of who will pay for The Wall, we hear that some of the Super Bowl Champion, New England Patriots, may also be taking a pass. One tantalizing question […]

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A Presidency Getting Built On Lies?

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Some readers of this column may not like what follows—-and for those who favored Donald Trump enough to vote for him, my conclusions will be disagreeable or worse. I say this in advance not because more justification is needed—the “facts” speak for themselves. However, we are in an over-heated atmosphere of clashing values and viewpoints […]

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Concerns Over Trump and the Chance to Prove his Detractors Wrong

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Presidential Inaugurals are supposed to be celebrations of a new start, fresh beginnings—-sometimes even historic moments. That was the case in 2008 when the nation chose its first black President. Another historic moment is upon us when the 45th president, Donald T. Trump, will be sworn in amidst controversy over his election that outweighs the event […]

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Jerry Brown, Donald Trump And Climate Change

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Even well before the 45th U.S. president is sworn in on January 20th and the glittery Inaugural Balls have played host to a the gathering swarm of Trump celebrants and big-spenders, the New Yorker’s ascendancy as the free world’s leader is setting off alarm bells across the globe. There is no lack of doomsday scenarios as we […]

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Ben Franklin’s Crystal Ball

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

While the news coming out of Washington these days has yet to have a particularly soothing effect in the aftermath of a tumultuous election, a trip to one of America’s most fabled cities can be reinvigorating. That would be Philadelphia, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the cradle of democracy at the nation’s birth and its […]

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Trump Proved He Could Win. Now He Must Show He Can Govern

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Shock and Revulsion. Joy and jubilation. Two clashing views of a nation irreconcilably divided, one segment of the population mourning for itself, the other experiencing the realization of a moment that could not have been predicted just months ago. This was the picture voters woke up to last week—a wholesale political makeover that could just as […]

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Donald Trump’s Victory

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Donald Trump pulled it off. He will be the 45th president of the United States. Hillary Clinton had everything going for her or so it seemed—plenty of money, strong organization, a blue-chip veteran staff, a reasonably united Party, decades of campaign experience and the support of a popular president. It was not enough. Trump had […]

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Time to Re-think State’s Failing Water Policies

Richard Rubin
Chair, California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

  As the debate rages over the election of the next President, it seems that another debate with significant implications for California has yet to take place. It concerns the one commodity which our state and the planet cannot do without—water. As California enters its sixth year of a historic drought, the solutions from Sacramento […]

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