Monthly Archives: August 2010

75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act: Having Fun With History

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

The Cost of Living in Alaska
Click to read August 2010 Alaska Economic Trends

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.
August 2010 Trends

FORUM ON COST- EFFECTIVE JUSTICE

Saturday, September 18, 2010
9:00 – 4:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

FORUM ON COST- EFFECTIVE JUSTICE
New Directions for Prisoner Rehabilitation and Re-entry

Assembly Chambers, Loussac Municipal Library
3600 Denali Street

Moderated by Former Anchorage Mayor, Rick Mystrom

Featured Presenters Include:
  • 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

RSVP to info@akcommonground.org to reserve a lunch for $15, or bring your own. Program continues through lunch.

Ballot Measure 1 — Poor Public Policy

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.

Business Owners:

  • 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.

Non-Profits:

  • 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.

Communities:

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