"The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.
So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.
This is not news, you say.
Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here's how they explain it:
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.
The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted."
By Aaron Juchau. Last month, California passed a $156.4 billion budget, which included a provision thatlifts the lifetime ban on CalWORKS (welfare) and CalFresh (food stamps) for people with felony drug convictions. This victory for criminal justice and drug policy reform comes amid the growing national sentiment that compassion and treatment are better approaches to drug issues in society than incarceration. While the consensus ...
"This cool new historic mapping app from the folks at esri and the U.S. Geological Survey is worth exploring. What it does is take 100 years of USGS maps and lets you overlay them for just about any location in the nation. That allows users to see how a city – say Harrisburg – developed between 1895 and today. The library behind the project includes more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006."
Federal prosecutors in Alaska have charged another former Dutch Harbor seafood plant employee for working with his supervisors to cover up the disuse of emissions reducing systems, violating the plant's Clean Air Act permit.
A man accused of fatally stabbing his parents, two children and family dog at their home in Santa Barbara County appears to have no criminal history or motive other than what authorities said was to fulfill "what he believed was his destiny."
I ran across an interesting article today that cited something known in economic circles as “secular stagnation.” The definition: “Secular” implies the depressed state of the economy is down to structural, supply-side factors, while “stagnation”...
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