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The democratization of higher education and manual labor

In a presentation to Congress five days ago, Mike Rowe, the producer of the show “Dirty Jobs,” argued that the country takes for granted traditional dirty jobs. He also claims that we’ve placed too much emphasis on traditional higher education ...

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Cutting taxes in all the wrong places

Earlier this week John Boehner made a statement to the effect that tax cuts didn’t get us into the recession. The implication, of course, is that too much spending got us into trouble. Never mind the fact the recession came ...

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Globalizing democratic exceptionalism

With Osama bin Laden’s death, we’ve come together as a country to remember and reflect about the atrocity that was 9/11. For all of America’s talk about civilized discourse after the Arizona shootings, one might find it baffling that it ...

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How you can fix the economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced in his first press conference that the Central Bank will phase out its bond-buying in June. Supposedly this signals a stronger footing for the economy. Or maybe not. Reuter’s reported on Thursday that economic ...

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Modern economics in global world

While a Senate report released this week called for stricter regulation regarding the financial market, the world thought-leaders of economics called for something more last weekend at Bretton Woods. No, it’s not 1944 and the conference participants were not establishing ...

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A call for moderation

I believed in hope and change back in 2008, but it was the hope that we would come to elect a moderate president by 2012. I assumed a new political party would emerge. One did, just not the one I ...

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Progressives as conservatives

The rate of change for new skill sets seems to increase daily. Although we know it doesn’t really move that fast, we know it still changes quickly. Still, the recession coupled with increasing growth in some sectors and declines in ...

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How to make Idaho’s votes count

John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W. Bush all lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College, and thus the presidency. We think about Bush v. Gore because the case is fresh in memory, but ...

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