Monthly Archives: June 2012

THE ROLE OF LABOR UNIONS

Here’s issue #37 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 6/28/12. Labor unions have been in the news quite a bit lately. This issue focuses on the role of unions in our society and economy. Labor unions allow workers to approach employers as a group to discuss working conditions, pay, benefits, and other workplace issues. […]

FIXING THE FILIBUSTER

Here’s issue #36 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 6/15/12. The previous issue outlined the abuse of the filibuster [1] and its impact on the gridlock in Congress. This issue focuses on what can be done about it. The requirement for 60 votes to end debate and stop a filibuster is part of the […]

THE FILIBUSTER: WEAPON OF OBSTRUCTION

Here’s issue #35 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 6/10/12. It focuses on the filibuster as an important problem contributing to the gridlock in Congress. The use of the filibuster [1] – or the threat of a filibuster – by the minority party in the Senate to block action has become much more frequent […]

STUDENT DEBT: THE NEXT MIDDLE CLASS CRISIS?

Here’s issue #34 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 6/6/12. It examines the rising levels of student debt. Total student debt topped $1 trillion dollars recently (surpassing credit card debt) with borrowing exceeding $100 billion for the first time in 2010. The average 2010 graduating senior who had a student loan owed a little […]