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Informing Americans about their participation in federal social programs

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Making Job Corps Work in the 21st Century

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Does a Nuclear Iran Call for a Change in Policy?

I posted this blog on the Sanford Journal of Public Policy site.  Read and leave a comment. http://sites.duke.edu/sjpp/2011/does-a-nuclear-iran-call-for-a-change-in-policy/

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U.S. Farms Are Growing Money

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Taking A Break

To all of you who have been reading Distant Observer over the past few months, I say thank you. It has been fun to share the news with you since I started this project. I’ll be taking an indefinite break … Continue reading

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What To Do About Social Security

As most people in the United States know, there is an ongoing debate at the state and national level about the future of government spending.  States like Minnesota are in the middle of drawn-out shutdowns while politicians argue about future … Continue reading

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RIP US Military

Several pieces of news have arisen in the past weeks which, when coupled with past news developments, reveal a clear trend in US martial policy away from traditional military action toward a covert and highly unregulated tactical structure.  In essence, … Continue reading

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RIP A Bright Future

Below is an article I read on the Popular Science website entitled “Is American Foot-Dragging Pushing the Future Elsewhere?“  This is definitely a poignant description of the status of US investment in research and development, not to mention investment in … Continue reading

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Can An Economy Based On Construction Really Work?

Some of the latest reports in the media are focusing on statistics associated with new home construction and foreclosures.  The news points to a slight rise in new home starts and a fall in foreclosures while homebuilder expectations are dropping … Continue reading

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What Do Americans Really Believe In?

While stumbling through the internet, I discovered a blog from last year that breaks down a public opinion poll about what issues are important to Americans.  This survey asked some typical questions and got typical results.  However, the positions that … Continue reading

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