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Dr. Allen Finkelstein, writing since 2006 under the penname “O’finky,” was born in New York, where he attended the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County as a boy. He continued his religious training in South Florida until his family, needlessly fearing that he would become a Rabbi, transferred him to public school. It was in the Hebrew day school where the young O’finky was strongly encouraged to write and exercise his imagination. Later, he managed to weather a stormy academic career at the University of Florida, where writing creatively was strongly discouraged. As an undergraduate, majoring in pre-med, English, and philosophy, each department strongly “advising” him to switch to another, he finally graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in education. After teaching math and science at various primary school levels for a few years, despite some fond regrets, O’finky left teaching for osteopathic medical school in West Virginia. After graduating as a D.O. in 1981, he moved back to the Tampa Bay area where he completed his internship and still practices and teaches family medicine. As a physician, the author became very active in the early ‘90’s desperately promoting to his largely deaf colleagues and to his patients the idea of rescuing Medicare from the hands of the greedy lobbies. In 2006, at the urging of his imaginative physician assistant, he started publishing a political blog, “The O’finky Factor.” Writing as “O’finky,” the honorary name bestowed upon him by his Irish friend and the wonderful people he met in Ireland, the author’s articles have always been marked by great controversy and some have been republished in places as far away as Russia and South America. As Allen Finkelstein, O’finky has published some forty five articles in OpEdNews. A lifelong liberal Democrat, nonetheless his writing tends to decry the party’s penchant for trying to promote a righteous agenda far too quickly for acceptance by a moderate public, thus impeding the very progress which they so desperately seek. Ironically, it is the painstaking revelation that people would rather believe the truth hidden in fiction rather than in facts that was the inspiration for his first novel, The President’s Ledger, published in 2013.

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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 19, 2011
Solving the Healthcare Enigma II As a progressive and a healthcare professional, I have found one thing to be painfully apparent. As a group, impatient progressives in Congress, in their excitement and eagerness to pass healthcare reform apparently failed to complete their homework on the subject!
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 5, 2011
A Little Talk With Myself I don't want to hear that progressives want mandatory health insurance because they don't want some slackers to pay five or ten times as much for ER care as they would for a regular doctor visit...
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 21, 2011
Involuntary Appraisal I could scarcely believe my ears- Rudy Giuliani recommending and even chastising our society for not committing people like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove to "involuntary appraisal." I actually agree wholeheartedly with the Mayor!...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 14, 2011
History Repeats Itself Unfortunately, after observing President Obama's latest political "victories" in the now famous lame duck session, I realize how useless it really is to argue with leaders of either major party...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 4, 2010
Message to Progressives: The Horse Goes Before the Cart Let's face it, the main problem with the Democratic Party is the unmitigated foolishness of our leaders...
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 30, 2010
Rage: The Missing Ingredient Whatever disagreements I may have with the way in which the Obama Administration and various "fools" in Congress have failed to repair the vast damage to this country committed by the Junior Bush Administration, I realize that the damage WAS done by that administration....
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 10, 2010
Retarded What it means to be politically retarded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 21, 2010
Democrats vs Republicans Thoughts about the great Democrat versus Republican battles that are destroying our country, from the author of the controversial political blog "The O'Finky Factor."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Congressional Sandbox Recently, President Obama signed into law, a massive bill extending health care to millions of American citizens who would otherwise be unable to obtain insurance coverage. The authors tried, valiantly, to include even more citizens in the coming years. They did their best to reform private insurance regulations and create fair competition among medical insurance carriers. Though they fell short in this endeavor, someday...
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 20, 2010
U.S. Congressional Session: Bipartisanship in Action parody of how bipartisanship can still be found in our U.S. Congressional system.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 8, 2010
Realistically Speaking Realistically speaking, the Republicans have, as usual, ignored the consequences of their actions. Sadly, it is what they do. It is the way Republicans have always done business, and it will have to be accepted. Recently, by engaging in two questionable wars, while at the same time lowering taxes, they almost managed to destroy social security whose surpluses they usurped to pay for those wars.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2010
Freedom of Speech Dr. Finkelstein, controversial Florida political blogger and physician, weighs in on the recent Supreme Court decision and its implications.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Sometimes Dr. Allen Finkelstein, family physician and famous political blogger of "The O'Finky Factor" weighs in on the recent shameful Supreme Court decision (from his Jan 25th site blog entitled "Sometimes").
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 29, 2010
Health Care Babbaloney Family Physician and Political Bloggist Dr. Allen Finkelstein gives his viewpoints on the Health Care Reform debate.

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