About Dean

I wear a lot of hats.

I’m a policy analyst, consultant, opinion writer, and public speaker with more than twenty years’ high-level policy experience in Congress, the White House, and the U.S. health care industry. I’m a partner at Adams Auld LLC, a public policy consultancy, where I advise clients on a host of matters, with an emphasis on U.S. health care financing and tax policy.

I’m also president and founder of HSAs for All, a nonprofit advocacy organization that seeks to give every American access to affordable, high-quality health care by giving every American access to a tax-free Health Savings Account.

Additionally:

  • I’m a member of the board of directors of Opportunity Solutions Project (OSP). OSP is the political arm of the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), which promotes commonsense welfare reform.
  • I’m an advisor to the Compact for America Educational Foundation (CFA), a citizen advocacy group that works to promote the state-led movement to secure a debt-limitation amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • I’m a member of the Debt Default Clock Review Committee. The Debt Default Clock (debtdefaultclock.us) is a CFA-sponsored project that works to alert the public about the dangers of excessive government debt.

Apart from these interests, I have a number of policy passions. The most important of these is what I call ‘renewing the promise of American life,’ through reforms rooted in common sense and the universal principles of the American founding.

I want to see equal opportunity for all through a return to a strictly limited, constitutional government and the traditional American policy mix of balanced budgets, honest money, and no income tax.

I’m a strong advocate for civil rights, federalism, separation of powers, and local self-government, and I’m dedicated to ending the judicial usurpation of democracy.

This passion led me to compile an American renewal plan that I believe would reverse the errors of Progressivism and restore America’s founding principles to the center of the nation’s 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.

To sum up, 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. Nowadays 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