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Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis
March 23
Writer, instructor and policy consultant
I'm a public affairs writer and policy consultant.


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SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 9:36PM

Food Makes Us Happy

Yesterday I visited the Union Square Farmers’ Market in Manhattan.  I plucked myself from my desk and went out into the dreary Saturday that threatened rain by afternoon to do some work on a project for a course in urban anthropology. As I emerged from the Path Station at 14th StreetRead full post »

AUGUST 18, 2014 12:20PM

World Humanitarian Day

August 19 is World Humanitarian Day.   It’s a day set aside to remind us of the adversity faced by our fellow human beings across the globe.

This day of recognition was originally designated by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003Read full post »

JULY 31, 2014 10:24AM

The "Wisdom" of Tort Reform

Wisdom has it that tort reform, especially when it comes to health care, can save taxpayers millions of dollars over time.

Remember all that talk about tort reform when it comes to how “frivolous” medical malpractice suits are driving up medical costs?   And how instead of a 20Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2014 8:07PM

A New Summer of Freedom

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.  And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”     Albert Cam

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JUNE 12, 2014 10:54AM

Political Silos

The Pew Research Center released its report today entitled,” Political Polarization in the American Public”.   According to the report, what was once a relatively normal curve among Americans’ political views has become two separate “silos” drifting apart likeRead full post »

MAY 23, 2014 10:19AM

Veteran Death Panels

SupportOurTroopsAs we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day 2014, an inconvenient sleuth  at CNN has uncovered a scandal that now reveals far more than originally suspected. As fires rage in Flagstaff, another fire has erupted 100 miles south in Phoenix involving potential charges of malfeasance at a PhoenixRead full post »

APRIL 24, 2014 9:19AM

Going Postal

Postal workers plan protests in 27 states today in an organized rebellion against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees.

In 2013, the office supply chain started postal service pilot program that now totals 80 stores. The American Postal Workers UniRead full post »

APRIL 13, 2014 9:15AM

The Next America

On Thursday, the Pew Research Center published a report about two demographic changes happening in America. The information is extracted from Pew’s new book, The Next America.  In case you missed it, the report that is, it can be reviewed in detail at  ButRead full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2014 11:46AM

Reinventing the Wheel

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 overallRead full post »

JANUARY 24, 2014 10:46AM

(Don't) Fall into the Gap

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 gabetween the rich and everyone else has increased in the lastPartisan gap 

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JANUARY 3, 2014 9:07PM

Our Great Society

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, medicRead full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 2:20PM

Warsaw Tact

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 oRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 8:17AM

International Day of Peace

Sunday 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 amRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 9:49AM

Rocky Mountain Bye

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 ColumbRead full post »

AUGUST 23, 2013 11:53AM

50 Years Later: Separate and Unequal

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.   PRead full post »

JULY 19, 2013 10:36AM

The Commodification of a Life

"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 pRead full post »

JUNE 29, 2013 10:22AM

House of Cards

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 reformRead full post »

JUNE 20, 2013 7:55AM

Farm Team

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 wiRead full post »

MAY 30, 2013 7:06PM

Laboring Moms

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 mothersRead full post »

APRIL 25, 2013 3:55PM

The 7 Percent Solution

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 »

APRIL 6, 2013 8:59PM

World Health Day

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 aRead full post »

MARCH 12, 2013 10:23AM

Ryan's Run

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 »

MARCH 10, 2013 12:23PM

Venezuelan Crude

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 VenezuelRead full post »

MARCH 10, 2013 12:16PM

Venezuelan Crude

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 Venezuela, a r… Read full post »
JANUARY 19, 2013 9:23AM

The Null Set

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 mathRead full post »