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Thomas Davis
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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 

10&nRead full post »

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

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 peaceRead 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 »

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 »

JANUARY 5, 2013 6:39PM

The Road to the City of Joy

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.  FRead 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 the brink World War II about to become a global conflict, FDR announced the Four Freedoms that he believed were being threatened all over the worlRead full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2012 9:35AM

Thanksgiving Day: A Place at the Table

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 thanksgiRead full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2012 9:36AM

The General's Fodder

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 livedRead full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2012 11:09AM

An (Im) Perfect Storm

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 havRead full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2012 10:47AM

Paint it Black

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’sRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 12:42PM

Standard and Poor


     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 »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 10:27AM

Wherever This Flag's Flown

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, andRead full post »