Thomas P. Davis' Blog
- March 23
- Writer, instructor and policy consultant
- I'm a public affairs writer and policy consultant.
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- Reinventing the Wheel
February 28, 2014 11:45AM
- (Don't) Fall into the Gap
January 24, 2014 10:38AM
- Our Great Society
January 03, 2014 09:05PM
- Warsaw Tact
November 15, 2013 02:13PM
- International Day of Peace
September 20, 2013 08:14AM
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Thomas Davis's Links
When it comes to investing in transportation infrastructure, it seems our wheel of fortune is broke, not to mention broken. Yup, the last spoke is broke.
A year ago the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2013 Report Card which rated states based on the overall… Read full post »
On January 23, Pew Research Center and USA Today published its findings from a national survey conducted from January 15 through 19 among 1,504 adults finding that 65 percent of Americans now believe that the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased in the last
10&n… Read full post »
January 8th marks fifty years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty and the advancement of civil rights in a package of domestic programs that would become known as “The Great Society”.
The initiative sought to address poverty and racial injustice, education, medic… Read full post »
The 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference is about to complete its first week of a two week gathering in Warsaw, Poland. This conference was organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and is being officially hosted by the Government o… Read full post »
Saturday will be celebrated around the world as the International Day of Peace. I use the term “celebrated” loosely when viewed from a broader context of ongoing world conflict. That said, this day reminds us to pause and give recognition to the ideal of living in peace… Read full post »
On Tuesday two state legislators were recalled in Colorado. These two Democratic state senators lost their jobs because of new gun laws they helped pass, in races that played out as testing grounds for national messaging on both sides of the debate.
This, after Colorado’s proximate Columb… Read full post »
August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. At issue half a century ago in the United States was the sense, deeply rooted in the firsthand experience of millions of Americans, of a denial of racial, social and economic justice. P… Read full post »
"I believe I made a grave error in judgment in wanting to represent this story…I decided to rescind my offer of representation after watching Juror B37 on Anderson Cooper 360.”
Representation? That’s certainly one way of putting it. Myself, I’m p… Read full post »
And what a week it was. In a two-step-forward-and-one-back kind of hat dance we witnessed victories for gay rights, progress in immigration reform and an historic setback for voting rights in our democracy this week.
I’d like to take a moment to ponder immigration reform… Read full post »
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (otherwise known as SNAP) that provides food assistance to about 50 million Americans as well as the entire Farm Bill that includes the program may be cut severely, depending on a bill from the House of Representatives and the chances of reconciliation wi… Read full post »
On May 29 Pew Research issued a report that summarized findings showing that a new record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 have mothers who are “either the sole or primary source of income for the family”. According to Pew, only 11% of household mothers… Read full post »
During the first two years of our nation’s economic recovery, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7% of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28%, while the mean net worth of households in the lower 93% dropped by 4%, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of… Read full post »
Sunday, April 7th is World Health Day, marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the World HealthOrganization on April 7th, 1948. Each year a different health related theme is chosen, highlighting an area of global health concern.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a… Read full post »
Logan's Run was a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson starring Michael York, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. It depicted a dystopian future society in which population and spending are managed in a “balanced” way in equilibrium simply by “killing&… Read full post »
As we all know, Venezuela's President, Hugo Chávez fell into a coma last week before dying on Tuesday of respiratory failure after cancer spread into his lungs.
Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was born on July 23, 1954 and died Tuesday, March 5, 2013 as President of Venezuel… Read full post »
This past week we again heard the threat of “nullification” flying around the halls of Congress and state legislatures in response to President Obama’s proposed executive actions and legislative priorities to protect American citizens from gun violence.
In the field math… Read full post »
On January 6, 1929 Mother Teresa made her way to Calcutta, otherwise known as the City of Joy, to begin her magnificent work among the world’s most downtrodden people on the Indian Subcontinent. In December 1928 she departed for India, arriving in Calcutta on 6 January 1929. F… Read full post »
Sunday, January 6th marks the 72nd anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address that outlined the Four Freedoms.
On Thursday, November 22, the United States celebrates the annual feast of Thanksgiving. This tradition is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and it's been an official tradition in the United States since 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgi… Read full post »
Nelson DeMille’s 1992 novel The General’s Daughter declares, “The American dream was not supposed to look like this, and when the men went off to the war, too often other men came in the night to the bedroom at the back of the long, narrow trailers. In fact, I had lived… Read full post »
During the past couple of weeks in the autumn of 2012, over 300,000,000 Americans along with the rest of the global community have lived through a tempest of some very good and some very bad historic events.
First, the very bad.
After wreaking hav… Read full post »
On Friday the Congressional Budget Office issued its monthly budget review for September. In addition to monthly budget numbers, last month’s numbers also completed the 12th month for the federal government’s 2012 fiscal year.
What’s… Read full post »
As you might have heard, in “other” domestic news this week, the Bureau of the Census released its much anticipated report, “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011,” on Wednesday.… Read full post »
The past three days in Charlotte have reawakened the values that have begun to lay dormant within me and I’m guessing many other Americans recently.
From public displays of dishonesty, disrespect, insults, shootings, voter suppression, public union busting, racial slurs, and… Read full post »
Paul Ryan hit the ball out of the park Wednesday night. Amid a crowd of white, overweight men and women wearing lapel flags, red, white and blue star shaped sunglasses and white cowboy hats waving flags. Their would-be lapdog was at the podium earnestly spreading slander on a fool’s erran… Read full post »