Category Archives: Politics/Policy

I Cut 2 Trillion from Federal Budget. Was That So Hard?

OK. So this is from the 2008 budget [link to spreadsheets], but I heard Boehner wants to cut spending to 2008 levels, so maybe using the 2008 budget is more appropriate it might have first appeared. Rationale for cuts included: … Continue reading

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Travis County Early Voting Locations, Oct 18 – 29

I believe these to be accurate enough for you to find your closest early voting location – any omissions are my fault. If the location is wrong…I blame Google Earth.

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Travis County Early Voting Locations

I believe these to be accurate enough for you to find your closest early voting location – any omissions are my fault. If the location is wrong…I blame Google Earth!

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If a budget is a moral document…

US Military spending, 2009: More than China, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Turkey, Israel, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Greece, Iran, Myanmar, Singapore, Poland, Sweden, Colombia, Norway, Chile, Belgium, … Continue reading

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Adam Smith

From the Wealth of Nations, Of the Causes of Improvement in the Productive Powers of Labour, And of the Order according to which its Produce is Naturally Distributed among the Different Ranks of the People.¬†Conclusion of the Chapter But the … Continue reading

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MLK on Hunger, Poverty: “There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1964 …Why should there be hunger and privation in any land, in any city, at any table when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the … Continue reading

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The Atlantic: What Makes a Great Teacher?

The Atlantic has an interesting article on what Teach for America has found out about great teachers. Interesting grafs (emphasis mine): As Teach for America began to identify exceptional teachers using this data, Farr began to watch them. He observed … Continue reading

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Turns out, I agree with Andrew Sullivan

From his recent post, “Leaving the Right:” I cannot support a movement that claims to believe in limited government but backed an unlimited domestic and foreign policy presidency that assumed illegal, extra-constitutional dictatorial powers until forced by the system to … Continue reading

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10 or so questions I’d like my Federal elected officials to answer

Are you concerned about the widening income gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else? Why or why not? Do you believe there should be redistribution of wealth? Why or why not? If you do, how would it best be … Continue reading

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“Constituent Talk,” with your host, Michael McCaul

In early October, I sent a message in support of health care reform and a public option to my U.S. Representative, Michael McCaul (TX-10). As I know the representative is ideologically disinclined to support Democratic initiatives or a public option, … Continue reading

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