Public Policy

The Fed reaches its limits

Bottom line. Monetary Policy had reached its limits in response to this financial crisis. It is time for Congress to take clear-eyed, focus on creating targeted, well-funded fiscal policy actions to benefit regular citizens as well as financial markets and institutions. Let’s not make the same mistake that we did in 2008. Families, individuals, small […]

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Orange is the New Black, Brown and Green

Just finished “binge watching” the second season of “Orange is the New Black.” It is a finely crafted tapestry of social commentary, policy analysis, realism, questioning of generally accepted stereotypes, morality, and humanity–this series weaves this issues together into an entertaining dark comedy. It is a provocative body of work that should make us all […]

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Beyond the tea party: What Americans really think of government

When we allow nameless, faceless corporations and individuals to influence our election and define the issues for us, we will continue to get a government that does not meet our needs. All of those negative ads are disturbingly alike. They are not civic discourse illuminating the issues. The are in fact pure unmitigated marketing designed to lead us as if we are sheep to embrace their slogans. Their purpose is to inbed them in our psyches until we think that what they are telling is us true. That it is real. Those messages become that commercial jingle we just can’t get out of our heads even though it is irritating as hell!

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