Entries tagged government
Wisconsin Power Play
Paul Krugman elegantly articulates what’s happening in Wisconsin. The government is trying to exert its control without much, if any, mind for its constituants. Governor Scott Walker claims this about a budget crisis, but his actions prove otherwise. This is about the powerful getting more powerful.
In principle, every American citizen has an equal say in our political process. In practice, of course, some of us are more equal than others. Billionaires can field armies of lobbyists; they can finance think tanks that put the desired spin on policy issues; they can funnel cash to politicians with sympathetic views (as the Koch brothers did in the case of Mr. Walker). On paper, we’re a one-person-one-vote nation; in reality, we’re more than a bit of an oligarchy, in which a handful of wealthy people dominate.
How Twitter Users Balanced the Budget
Remember when I invited you to fix the budget? Apparently lots of you (and at least 7,000 Twitter users) did it. Good work! It turns out the most popular fix was reducing troop levels in the Middle East and the least popular was letting the Bush Tax cuts expire. They also made a purdy graphic showing the popularity of each response. [via waxy]
You Fix the Budget
The NY Times has an interactive feature that allows you to balance the budget by choosing cost-cutting measures that are actually being proposed. When people talk about data journalism, this is what they mean.
Ten Year-Old Won't Pledge Allegiance Until Gays Can Marry
This boy is amazing. It's not shocking his schoolmates made fun of him, but it sucks. I want to send this kid to Washington to explain this simple issue of equality to our government. [via zach]
US Gov is Taking Down a Beautiful Sign at a Border Crossing
"'The sign could be a huge target and attract undue attention,' a spokeswoman for the Customs and Border Protection Agency told the Times. 'Anything that would place our officers at risk we need to avoid.'" Um, that's unbelievable. Are they going to start shape-shifting the White House because people can recognize it?
Find Your Elected Representatives with NYT's Represent
The app looks great and gives a list of all articles tagged with the names of your elected officials.