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Smarter-Spending Solutions for State and Local Governments

Smarter-Spending Solutions for State and Local Governments

Government & Politics

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control... read more

The Pentagon Spends More on War Than All 50 States Combined Spend on Health, Education, Welfare, and Safety

The Pentagon Spends More on War Than All 50 States Combined Spend on Health, Education, Welfare, and Safety

Government & Politics

I realize that the US is a big country and it has a lot of land that it needs to defend, but that seems like an unbelievable figure, doesn’t it?... read more

Bureaucratic Bloat and Entrepreneurship

Bureaucratic Bloat and Entrepreneurship

Government & Politics

When asked his reason for robbing banks, Willy Sutton said, “That’s where the money is.” Right now our exponentially increasing federal government bureaucracy is where the money is and it worries the... read more

Over 40% of the World’s Population Will Vote in 2014

Over 40% of the World’s Population Will Vote in 2014

Government & Politics

A few days ago in a post about global museum attendance, I mentioned that there were going to be a number of people voting across the world this year. In... read more

Is This the Accidental End of Marriage, Capitalism and Religion?

Is This the Accidental End of Marriage, Capitalism and Religion?

Government & Politics

What if the next big thing really isn’t a thing at all? What if it’s a way? And what if this way doesn’t bring neatly folded answers but rather a... read more


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France’s 75% Tax on Millionaires is Not What You Think

France’s 75% Tax on Millionaires is Not What You Think

Government & Politics

Almost two years ago now, there was a big hullabaloo because France proposed a 75% tax on millionaires. Some folks were really upset that millionaires were going to have to... read more

Look Closely and You'll See that America Values Philosophy and Idealism

Look Closely and You’ll See that America Values Philosophy and Idealism

Government & Politics

About a month ago, I talked about the best kept secret to traveling - tours. Since that post, I’ve been back into DC a few times to visit the monuments and... read more

More Civilized Conversations, Less Screaming Over Each Other

More Civilized Conversations, Less Screaming Over Each Other

Government & Politics

A few days ago, I happened to catch a segment from All In With Chris Hayes. He had on one of the people I follow on Twitter, Tim Carney. Part of the reason that... read more

Why the U.S. Needs Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave

Why the U.S. Needs Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave

Government & Politics

The U.S. is a world leader when it comes to human rights and prides itself on providing a high standard of living for its residents. There’s one area of life,... read more

Is New Tax a Solution to Health Care Problems?

Is New Tax a Solution to Health Care Problems?

Government & Politics

Health care reform has become an extremely complex and polarizing subject. The topic is so vast that much of the debate around the entire health care law has devolved into... read more

Healthcare.gov Launch May Be Too Big To Succeed

Healthcare.gov Launch May Be Too Big To Succeed

Government & Politics

What do you get when you design a website by committee? Something that looks a lot like Healthcare.gov, the home page for the federal online insurance exchange. The problems plaguing... read more

Visiting Mount Vernon: George Washington's Lesson in Incrementalism

Visiting Mount Vernon: George Washington’s Lesson in Incrementalism

Government & Politics

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Mount Vernon – otherwise known as George Washington’s home. It was quite lovely. The grounds are beautiful — so many wide open... read more

Could There Be A Silver Lining to Not Raising the Debt Ceiling?

Could There Be A Silver Lining to Not Raising the Debt Ceiling?

Government & Politics

With a debt ceiling looking grim as deadlock in Washington goes almost apocalyptic, is there anything good that could come of defaulting on our national debt? Most liberals and Democrats... read more

Has Washington Kicked Consumer Confidence Into The Sewer?

Has Washington Kicked Consumer Confidence Into The Sewer?

Government & Politics

The numbers are in, and we are not optimistic. The preliminary results of the University of Michigan’s October consumer confidence survey were released Friday, falling to 75.2, the weakest reading since April.... read more

Week #2 Of Shutdown Slices Political Party Brand Scores: Dems -10%, G.O.P. -17%

Week #2 Of Shutdown Slices Political Party Brand Scores: Dems -10%, G.O.P. -17%

Government & Politics

On the brand front in Shutdown Week #2, the Republican brand is taking the brunt of voter frustration. The brand’s engagement assessment – its ability to meet Republican voter expectations... read more