During the 2020 Democratic Primary, Joe Biden tried to set himself apart in two distinct ways. He was the electable candidate, and the unity candidate. As people identify more and more with their political party and lob insults at those on the other side, Biden said he could bring the country together.
He double-downed on this promise of unity after winning the election. He would be a president for all Americans. In his acceptance speech, he gave credit to the broad coalition that helped elect him.
I’m proud of the coalition we put together, the broadest and most diverse coalition…
One of the things we count on is politicians always worrying about the Federal Deficit, which they oftentimes call the National Debt. For clarity’s sake, they’re referring to the same thing. The large number that currently sits just shy of $28 trillion.
Which sounds scary. Especially to people who’ve experienced debt through student loans, mortgages, auto loans, medical debt, etc. — so, essentially everyone. But, the Federal Deficit is nothing like the personal loans or debt you’ve incurred.
Thus, it’s important to identify the basic truths of federal spending. This is the Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR) section:
I could have written this at any point in the last 100 years and still been firm in my belief. But especially now, as we continue to struggle through a pandemic that’s forced businesses to close and unemployment to skyrocket, with a looming recession about to happen, the United States needs a jobs guarantee program.
A jobs guarantee program is exactly as it sounds. A federal nationwide mandate that says anyone who wants a job, gets one. …
The main topic of this week’s article is probably the most useful piece of information I’ve shared yet. Item two might be the most exciting and is just the beginning of my journey (some of which I’ll share here) into the human brain. Lastly, I have bad news for Nicolas Cage.
How appropriate to cover a tried and tested learning technique in this weekly series that shares the interesting things I learn. The Feynman Technique is named after Nobel-prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, who set this framework based on how he learned complex subjects.
Feynman Technique Steps:
We say we value learning. That it’s important. But we don’t actually mean it. Not at a societal level at least.
We implicitly, and sometimes explicitly, try to create people who follow rules and memorize facts. “Listen to me, what you learn in class today will help you later,” just enforces the shut up and listen mindset. Sure, teachers tell us to ask questions and ask why. But that doesn’t mean they’ll reward us for actually doing it.
Asking why, having an actual desire to learn, is often met with annoyance or sarcasm. …
Public trust in the government continues to reach new lows. Only 17% of people say they trust the federal government to do what is right most of the time. While voters believe their own party is better than the other, even they have major complaints about the party they identify with.
So, what’s the answer? Voters on the right and left wings of the political spectrum have made calls for increasing the number of political parties. Granted, there’s currently the Libertarian Party and Green Party, among even smaller ones, but these calls are for a third party contender to have…
As I try to get a greater understanding of how government works and how positive change can be achieved, my reading has adjusted. Thus, the most important things I learned this week have to do with debt spending, global warming, and speech. Important topics we should all understand.
I’ve become more interested in historic and modern economics philosophies after reading The Price of Peace byZachary D. Carter. This led me to The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton, which is the basis for transforming my understanding of the U.S. Federal Deficit.
The short explanation is the federal deficit is not a…
Former President Barack Obama was the first to say that Joe Biden,
Already has what is the most progressive platform of any major-party nominee in history.
Since then, others in the media have written pieces agreeing with this statement. What I find interesting is that none of these claims come from people who actually call themselves progressive. They’re from liberals trying to sell that Biden will be a good president to the group of people who are skeptical. The progressives.
We didn’t buy it during the election, and we aren’t buying it now as Biden waits to take office in…
This week I highlight three time-relevant pieces of information. Which is to say, I avoided sharing any of the historical facts that often catch my eye. But, I do get slightly emotional (mostly internally) in the first section covering employee pay.
A trend (albeit early) has begun of businesses trying to pay their employees less if they choose to work from home full-time and move to a less expensive city. Most things that I learn and share here are interesting and sometimes uplifting. This one is upsetting.
Not only are businesses learning there are natural cost-savings in having employees work…
This was written on a day in which an armed right-wing mob took over the United States Capitol Building. All because the President of the United States, Donald Trump, along with his co-conspirators, have spent months lying about a rigged and fraudulent election.
Many of us have shown a range of emotions throughout the day, but one that keeps popping up is the phrase,
This is not my America.
A phrase that similarly echos the one people started using in November of 2016. “Donald Trump is not my president.” …
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