I wear a lot of hats.
I’m a health freedom advocate, policy analyst, consultant, opinion writer, and public speaker.
I’m president and founder of HSAs for All, and a partner at Adams Auld LLC. And I have more than twenty years’ high-level policy experience in Congress, the White House, and the U.S. health care industry.
- a member of the board of directors of Opportunity Solutions Project (OSP),
- an advisor to the Compact for America Educational Foundation (CFA), and
- a member of the Debt Default Clock Review Committee.
Apart from wearing all those hats, I have a few policy passions, the most important being what I call ‘renewing the promise of American life.’ The basic idea is to restore our country’s happiness with common sense and the universal principles of the American founding.
I believe in equal opportunity for all, and I think the only way to reach it is to return to a strictly limited, constitutional government and to the traditional American policy mix of ‘balanced budgets, honest money, and no income tax.’
We also need a firm dedication to civil rights, federalism, separation of powers, and local self-government. And we need to end the judicial usurpation of democracy.
These passion led me to compile an American renewal plan that tries to restore America’s founding principles to the center of the nation’s life. If implemented, it would, I believe, reverse the errors of Progressivism and Corporatism and, well, renew the promise of American life.
We already know the formula for happiness. We just have to follow it!
In political terms, I describe myself as a ‘decentralist,’ rather than using a more familiar label like ‘conservative,’ ‘liberal,’ or ‘libertarian,’ which have unfortunately lost their usefulness through overextension.
In other words, I’m absolutely passionate about the need for us to follow the Constitution as originally understood, and I basically oppose monopoly and stand for the little guy and common sense.
On a personal note, I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up in Aurora, Colorado. I’ve spent my entire career living and working in Washington, D.C. These days, I work remotely from Sarasota, Florida. My wife and I have been married for nearly thirty years. We have four children.
E.F. Schumacher and Orestes Brownson have been important influences on my thinking, as have a trio of British Christians with initials for first names: C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I like to say James Madison is my homeboy, Walker Percy is my spirit guide, and Toshiro Mifune is my BSF (best samurai forever). And I would rather be George Smiley than James Bond.
To me, the happiest kind of life is the one in which you forget yourself in the service of others, pursue justice without fear, and let yourself be moved by wonder and beauty.
Be of good cheer, there’s always hope. After all, life’s an adventure, each new day is an opportunity, and every person is a miracle—even the annoying ones.
Dean Frazier Clancy