Monthly Archives: August 2010
The following was recently written by Donald Cohen and distributed through the Economic Analysis Research Network…
Saturday, August 14 is the75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act. At the time, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, other businesses and Republican politicians claimed that Social Security would be the “end of democracy” and a “job killer.” They were crying wolf. Social Security continues to help millions escape poverty. Here’s the facts: http://www.cbpp.org/research/?fa=topic&id=38.
Read below for Cry Wolf quotes from the Social Security Debate in 1935.
FDR on Social Security, May, 1935
“A few timid people, who fear progress, will try to give you new and strange names for what we are doing. Sometimes they will call it “Fascism”, sometimes “Communism”, sometimes “Regimentation”, sometimes “Socialism”. But, in so doing, they are trying to make very complex and theoretical something that is really very simple and very practical. I believe in practical explanations and in practical policies. I believe that what we are doing today is a necessary fulfillment of what Americans have always been doing — a fulfillment of old and tested American ideals.” Read the rest of this entry
|The Cost of Living in Alaska|
Alaska’s cost of living is frequently a topic of casual conversation and sometimes a cause for heated debates. For many years, a great deal of myth and lore has surrounded the idea of how much things cost in the Last Frontier. Cost of living information ranks among the most requested economic data. It’s also a story that is in constant flux, making up-to-date information vitally important. This article attempts to corral cost of living information from a variety of sources into one place.
Linda Mills: Criminal Justice Consultant to the Department of Corrections’ Prisoner Re-entry Task Force
Representative Jerry Madden: Member of the Texas House of Representativeswho led a successful reform of the criminal justice system in Texas
Judge Roger Warren: President Emeritus of the National Center for State Courts presenting on evidenced-based sentencing practices
The following are some of the reasons why the board of directors of Alaska Center for Public Policy believe Ballot Measure 1 is poor public policy.
- Prohibits any Alaskan who has a government contract larger than $500 from participating in the political process. The ban extends to the citizen’s ‘immediate family’, including “any spouse, child, spouse’s child, son/daughter-in-law, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, step brother/sister, step-parent, parent-in-law, brother/sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, and domestic partner.”
- Would not apply to large multi-national corporations whose contracting offices are out-of-state.
- Board members of non-profits who receive city or state funds would be prohibited from advocating for their non-profit and making contributions to certain candidates for office.
- Outlaws municipal-funded lobbying which is how our local government communicates our needs to the Legislature in Juneau. Read the rest of this entry