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Jobs, Government, and Economy Remain Top US Problems - Gallup.com

Jobs, Government, and Economy Remain Top US Problems - Gallup.com | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“Jobs, Government, and Economy Remain Top US Problems Gallup.com WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Twenty percent of Americans name unemployment or jobs as the most important problem facing the country in May, up from 14% who mentioned these issues in April.”
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I think this article does a great job of showing what citizens opinions are of the nations problems. What I think made it interesting was how it broke it down to changes in opinion over time, and differences in opinion according to political party. I think that politicians should get numbers like these so they know what they should work towards during their political sessions.
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Haley Abrams's comment, May 23, 2014 2:25 PM
I agree with Benton here on this article. I though that the graphs I this article did a great job showing the changes of problems over time. this is a very important tool to have on the web for everyone to see. I am glad that this information is ready for the public to use and look at.
Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, May 25, 2014 12:47 AM
I completely agree with Benton and Haley that diagrams such as these can be super helpful in determining public opinion of key issues. It is very helpful to have a view of public opinion based on political party and how it changes over time. I also think that politicians should definitely take these figures into consideration during sessions.
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US Supreme Court bans DNA patents

US Supreme Court bans DNA patents | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“ Human genes may not be patented, but artificially copied DNA can be intellectual property, the US Supreme Court rules unanimously.”
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I found his article really interesting and completely agree with the Supreme Court's decision. I think that it is ridiculous that you would be able to patent a string of nucleotides simply because you isolated it from a longer string. The way I see it, this would be like trying to patent a certain peculiar shaped leaf, because you found it in the pile. Overall I think that this decision will benefit the medical industry, as it will allow other labs and universities to conduct important research without fearing legal complications, this could greatly further our advancement of medicine.
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Haley Abrams's comment, May 23, 2014 2:22 PM
I agree with the decision of the Supreme Court here. I do think that you should not be able to patent DNA this information can be widely useful to many medical facilities. If this information was allowed to be patented this would raise the prices that these products would produce.
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Do You Trust Your State Government? - The Atlantic

Do You Trust Your State Government? - The Atlantic | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“Do You Trust Your State Government? The Atlantic When people around the country are asked whether they trust their state government, how do you think they answer? Where would you guess they might be most distrustful and where least?”
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This article explores how much people trust their governments, on local, state, and national levels, and attempts to explain why. I thought it was interesting that different states vary so greatly in their trust of government functions. With North Dakota topping the trust percentage list, and ending in Illinois, I am really surprised that there is not more interest in what factors develop a trust in the government. This article provided some good insight as to these factors and I think that if more positions would realize that their trust ratings were so low they would get a lot more done to satisfy their people.
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5 Reasons U.S. Suburbs’ Politics Are Changing - Five Things - WSJ

5 Reasons U.S. Suburbs’ Politics Are Changing - Five Things - WSJ | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“ The latest challenge for Republicans: young, educated urbanites are moving into suburban strongholds the GOP once banked on for national victories. The newbies begin reshaping these suburbs into smaller-scale cities: more Starbucks, more public transport, more apartments—and more Democrats.”
Via Teresa Herrin
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This article does a good job of briefly touching on some of the many ways that the political landscape is changing. Although the article focuses more on how suburban areas are become more urban, shifting their political standings, I am sure that the same thing is occurring in many urban, rural, and other settings. I think that it is a good thing for politicians to keep in mind, the country is as cut and dry as it used to be, and they are only going to find that campaigning is going to become much more difficult as a result of this.
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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, May 9, 2014 3:44 PM
I agree with Benton that as the country changes at such a rapid rate, the political landscape is sure to be changing too. If politicians don't keep up with these changes, they will likely be left behind.
Dustin Davis's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:53 AM

The political landscape is changing. This article does a great job of explaining it briefly.

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Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling

Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“ Many people in the affirmative action debate envision admissions criteria moving away from race and toward factors such as income.”
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I found this article really interesting. I am really glad the the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Michigan. Although I know that affirmative action and the consideration of race were used by colleges primarily to increase diversity, I think that it is a really skewed way of doing it. Now that this change has been made, I think it's good to know that many colleges are looking for other ways to diversify their student bodies without directly utilizing race as a factor.
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With no real government, can Thailand escape recession? - Reuters

With no real government, can Thailand escape recession? - Reuters | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“With no real government, can Thailand escape recession?”
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I thought this article was really interesting. I know that the financial prospects of a country are closely tied to its political state, but things are not so certain in Thailand. Although the Thai government seems to be in shambles, looking for reform, their economy seems to be in a state of confusion. I don't understand how economic data can be so widely variable, depending on your source. Even if Thailand can get their government reformed, I do not know if they will be able to correct the confused state of their economy.
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Could a teenager's science fair project save the US government hundreds of ... - Deseret News

Could a teenager's science fair project save the US government hundreds of ... - Deseret News | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
Could a teenager's science fair project save the US government hundreds of ...
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It started as a simple science fair project by a kid at a Pittsburgh-area middle school, CNN reported.
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I really liked this article.  Although I had never really given it much thought, I suppose that changing your type face could save a lot of ink, and I never considered how this could be applied to groups, such as the US government, that do a lot of printing.  With this being said, I think this is a good idea, but I do not know how well this would work on such a large scale.  My first thought is that the savings in ink would not be as substantial to any entity that prints in bulk, as their means of printing are much different than a personal printer.  Then again, I haven't any idea as to the price of ink or how much is used by the government annually.  I am sure that switching type faces could be a game changer and save a lot of money, for small entities, but I am unsure of its necessity to government printing.

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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, April 27, 2014 12:12 AM
I agree with Benton that it is very interesting that a simple change, like altering your type face, can save so much money. At first it would seem that if the government made similar changes, the savings would be enormous. However, when you take into account how different such a large organization works than a small business or personal printer, the savings might not be as large as expected. I do think that this idea deserves serious consideration, though.
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Obama’s First Order of Business in Tokyo: Sushi From the Master

Obama’s First Order of Business in Tokyo: Sushi From the Master | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
President Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro, whose chef was featured in the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
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I thought that this article does a good thing, it shows the less political side of foreign relations.  When most people consider foreign affairs, they imagine arguments, foreign adversaries, and the struggle to protect self interests.  This article shows that foreign affairs and diplomacy can take place on a much lighter scale.  Keeping peace between countries does not have to be a political struggle, it can be as simple as sharing a meal and keeping on good terms.  There is a whole other side to politics, a less political one.

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What if the government guaranteed you an income? - CNN

What if the government guaranteed you an income? - CNN | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“CNN What if the government guaranteed you an income? CNN (CNN) -- First, the bad news: Even if the economy improves, middle-class career paths will continue to disappear as globalization and technological innovation render more jobs obsolete.”
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I think the policy suggested in this article is a very interesting one. The basis of the basic income proposal makes sense, rather than funding a plethora of federal programs to aid the economically disadvantaged, just provide those people with enough money to get by. Although I am sure that there are many people against this sort of policy, I think this greatly simplifies the governments roll and minimize wasted funding. I don't know how much money the government would provide to each family, but so long as the total amount doesn't exceed the approximate $1 trillion spent funding current aid programs it would even benefit the government. I would really like to see how far this proposition get, it could mean big changes.
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'A government every American should fear' - WND.com

'A government every American should fear' - WND.com | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
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The U.S. Supreme Court delivered evidence to the American people Monday that they should fear their own government.
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There is a very unusual case being dealt with in this article.  In more than one instance, same sex couples have sought the services of a certain business, only to be politely declined on grounds that serving them would violate the business's beliefs.  As a result of this denial, many business are facing law suits for discrimination towards the same sex couples.  Although I believe that refusing to serve someone who is seeking your business is wrong, I can see why the businesses would do something like this.  Although the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the couple, there are many of these cases currently working their way up the court system.  I think that it will be very interesting to see how the Supreme Court reacts to so many similar cases, and whether or not they will have to amend current laws as a result.

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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, April 12, 2014 9:08 PM
I also found this case very interesting. I agree with Benton that refusing to service someone based on their sexuality is wrong. I also understand, however, that many people oppose gay marriage due to their religion. I have a hard time with forcing people to do something that is against their religion. Overall, this case is just very confusing, and I will be interested to see how future cases go.
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How Congress Has Limited Due Process At Deportation Defense Hearings At Immigration Court

How Congress Has Limited Due Process At Deportation Defense Hearings At Immigration Court | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Lawyer Discusses How Congress Has Attempted To Destroy Immigrant Due Process Rights Against Deportation And Removal.

Via Carlos Batara
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I found this article quite startling.  I understand that the government wants to regulate the number of immigrants coming into the US, and that in some places the rate of illegal immigrants becoming citizens is a problem.  However I do not believe that adding restriction upon restriction and making the already stringent requirements even more strict is not the way to do it.  Also these 3-10 year bars are ridiculous, even if an individual is unlawfully living in the US, can you imagine being force to return to your previous country for an interview, and be banned from returning to your current home for years?  The government definitely needs to do something to fix this, there have to be better ways of regulating immigration.

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Alex Salazar's curator insight, April 9, 2014 1:21 PM

This about how congress has been stripping away due process from immigrants.

 

Luke French's comment, April 13, 2014 2:20 PM
I found this article very disturbing. Although illegal immigration may be on the rise, these new restrictions are not the way to stop it.
Carlos Batara's comment, April 13, 2014 9:00 PM
One of the big problems with immigration law, as I see it, is that it is driven by political ambitions. There are various rationally-based solutions which have been proposed. But they don't seem to fit current political agendas at the federal level. Thus, the law is distorted and our core principles of fairness and due process are stripped away on certain aspects of immigration law. In the end, the current solutions are non-solutions.
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Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues?

Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues? | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it

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This article examines the right and ability of public school students to express their ideas on public issues. I really liked this article, as it deals with the ever present line between freedom of speech and school policy. Issues like this have been brought to the Supreme Court numerous times as a result f the changing times and issues. I support the current standing verdict concerning the freedom of speech and believe that students freedom of speech should not be impeded upon unless it disturbs the lean process or is openly offensive.
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From shark fins to drones: New laws in 2014

From shark fins to drones: New laws in 2014 | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“ State legislatures passed thousands of new laws in 2013, many of which go into effect this week. These laws address a variety of issues: from guns and voting to drones and tanning.”
Via Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks, Kyle Kohn
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I think that this article, however brief, does a good job showing how laws are often tailored to the state they are issued in, and how, especially in recent days, states have been issuing laws that counteract the national laws. This is important because it shows the relationship between the condition of the state and the laws that they make. This being said, I think that some of the laws listed should be rethought in terms of their relation to pre-existing laws so as to lessen the conflicts that are likely to happen as a result of them.
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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, March 23, 2014 12:15 AM
I agree with Benton that this is a really neat article because it gives a brief overview of many new laws while still communicating essential information. I also thought that it was very clear that states can issue laws that seem very contrary to national laws. The legalization of marijuana in Colorado is a prime example. I think that the division of power between state and federal government is one of the most difficult issues with a federalist system
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FCC votes on net neutrality, allows prioritized lanes

FCC votes on net neutrality, allows prioritized lanes | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“The FCC voted Thursday to adopt new net neutrality rules but prompted criticism as it left room for prioritized traffic delivered on fasts lanes that can be bought by content providers.”Learn more:- http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Net+Neutrality
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This article poses a question that affects all of us, and has been an especially hot topic in the past weeks. Under the new currently proposed regulations, the FCC would allow the development of "fast lanes" within the broadband connection. Unfortunately it would also allow ISP's to charge companies for "priority" on their network. Although I think it is important for the internet to continue developing, I feel that allowing rules which could serve to prioritize the internet is the wrong way to progress.
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Counties Bordering the Eagle Ford Seek Relief from the State

Counties Bordering the Eagle Ford Seek Relief from the State | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“Counties along I-35 say they get all of the pain but none of the gain”
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When ever there is an industrial boom in one place, there is inevitably going to be a nearby place that suffers from the increased traffic, but doesn't benefit from the industry. This is exactly what is happening in parts of Texas, as the cracking industry expands. Many counties are experiencing increased strain on their public services and roads, but they do not profit from the cracking, as they only serve as transport routes. As a result, many counties have asked the state for permission to charge per barrel of cracking waste disposed of in their area, as well as seeking increased funding for road upkeep. I think that it is only fair that if an industry helps the state that some of that money should trickle down to help maintain roads and services utilized by that industry.
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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, May 17, 2014 11:52 PM
I agree with Benton that the current situation of the counties along I-35 is completely unfair. If the cracking industry is going to cause an increase in strain on these roads, then they should be liable to provide monetary compensation. Like Benton said, some of the money made by this industry should be used to help maintain the roads and services that industry is using.
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Minimum Wage Debate: Disproportionately Impacts Individuals with Developmental Disabilities | PRLog

Minimum Wage Debate: Disproportionately Impacts Individuals with Developmental Disabilities | PRLog | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“ Minimum Wage Debate: Disproportionately Impacts Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. The Arc Maryland Says: It's time to address sub-minimum wage! - PR12278468”
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I thought this article was very interesting. When considering sate or nation wide wage increases there are two groups that have to be considered especially, those people employed by organizations funded by government grants, and those people with disabilities that are employed through a development program. In the case of the former, you must realize that an increase in wage means having to increase the funding available to those organizations, an often overlooked fact. As for the latter the question is often asked, do they deserve a living pay? I do not know that there is a definite answer to that question, but I think that these people do deserve some sort of compensation for their time, more than the $0.06 / hour that many of them currently make in Maryland. I believe that these two groups are often overlooked when considering mandated wage increases.
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Government to Test 'Identity Ecosystem' in Two States: 'Sound scary? It Is' - TheBlaze.com

Government to Test 'Identity Ecosystem' in Two States: 'Sound scary? It Is' - TheBlaze.com | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“Government to Test 'Identity Ecosystem' in Two States: 'Sound scary? It Is' TheBlaze.com An online program the White House is calling an “Identity Ecosystem” will be introduced in two states next month.”
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I find this notion of a standardized internet ID interesting and frightening. Although I have to say that I would make logistical sense to standardize all of a person's accounts to a single set if information, I think that it would stand to be an extreme security threat for that individual. I also think that this goes too far in blurring the line between personal and government maters. I can understand having a single ID for all online government functions, to reduce the number of accounts the government has to track, but I think this account would have to be separate from any personal and private accounts, otherwise you are allowing the government direct access to the rest of your online life.
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Leadership and the Tricky Politics of Public Opinion

Leadership and the Tricky Politics of Public Opinion | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
"With public sentiment," Lincoln said, "nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions."
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This article was really interesting. I had never really thought about just how powerful the public opinion can be in creating and passing regulation. The article explains how FDR covertly nudged the public's opinion of WWII in order to pool the necessary resources to intervene in the war. I think that this is something that is still vitally important. If enough people have the same opinion, that idea will eventually effect the legislation being passed. It also makes me wonder, how many of the commonly held opinions are a result of some law maker nudging the public.
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Dustin Davis's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:55 AM

The public opinion is a major influence when it comes to making or breaking regulations.

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How Social Media is Being Used by Healthcare Professionals

How Social Media is Being Used by Healthcare Professionals | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
Over the last five years, the adoption of social media in America has soared. According to eMarketer, by 2016 over 2 billion people are expected to be on at least one social media platform. Social media has been adopted by and benefited almost every major industry in America, and this holds especially true for healthcare. Both patients and doctors alike are seeing the benefits social media brings to the health industry, especially through: - Greater doctor, patient interaction - Keeping doctors up-to-date on the latest trends - Helping to inform patients on illnesses - Providing more insights into major diseasesThe infographic below shows the amazing benefits that social media has brought to the healthcare industry over the last five years, and how healthcare has been altered, perhaps forever, by its implementation.- See more at: http://www.careerglider.com/blog/social-media-impacting-healthcare-careers/#sthash.KZrUDVBZ.dpuf
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I found his article really interesting. The idea of doctors and hospitals using social media seems a bit strange to me, but I guess it makes sense in today's society. I found it surprising that so many healthcare professionals are using social media to reach out and inform their patients. Since the patients seem to be benefiting from this, and encouraging the practice, I think that more institutions should encourage social media out reach. If outreach like this translates to other areas, such as informing others of Obamacare or other government programs, then we have the potential to make better informed citizens out of a lot more people.
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Haley Abrams's comment, May 2, 2014 11:15 PM
I agree with Benton on this article. While I to was shocked to find out that hospitals are using social media as a form of communication with their patients, I thought that it was a very smart way of keeping up with the current times. Also this is a great way of informing the public on topics that they normal would not take the time to read on a different page. Overall I think that this was a very smart move be these hospitals and I think that more should follow in step.
Dustin Davis's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:57 AM

With the changing ways and times in today's society, it makes good sense that doctors and hospitals will be using social media.

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Your Government Owes You a Job - The Nation.

Your Government Owes You a Job - The Nation. | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
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Your Government Owes You a Job
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This article poses an interesting idea.  Why doesn't the government offer more jobs to ensure everybody works, as it did back during the New Deal policy.  Politicians are always complaining about work and infrastructure improvements not getting done, but here we would suddenly have throngs of people to do this work.  The way I see it, this would be a vast improvement upon the current financial aid programs.  Although it is true that beginning a program like this may cost a lot of money, the people you just put to work are accomplishing things, whereas they were not when they sat at home and received benefits, and they are growing the tax base which will return more money to the government.  It may seem like a cumbersome policy to initiate, but I believe it could be worth it.

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Fun Number; Apple Has Twice As Much Cash As The US Government

Fun Number; Apple Has Twice As Much Cash As The US Government | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
And, for good measure, Microsoft has more cash at hand that Uncle Sam does. That's the finding from US Trust at least, that the two companies, along with several others, have more real moolah available to them than the government itself does.
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I found this article startling and extremely sobering. This article brings to light the vast differences between the on-hand "cash" sums of Apple, Microsoft, and the US government. According to recent disclosures, Apple has 3x the cash of the government and Microsoft has 2x the amount. However, this is only if you don't consider the trillions of dollars the US is in debt. I find it preposterous that a business would have more "cash" than the government and that the government should be so deep in debt. I guess that such a predicament can only be expected from a country that utilizes a "unlimited" budget.
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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, April 19, 2014 2:31 PM
I agree with Benton that these facts really put into focus just how bad the US government's financial situation really is. It's crazy that private businesses could have as much money as the government, and completely ridiculous that these two companies have more than double the amount.
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Digital Citizenship Is More Than Living By a Set of Rules

Digital Citizenship Is More Than Living By a Set of Rules | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“ I've avoided responding to an email from a school district leader asking for resources on digital citizenship that he can give a principal to work on developing. I could have shot him back a list o...”
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This article get at citizenship in a different way. In the article they discuss the importance of teaching digital citizenship, that is, the proper way to behave and interact online, to our youth, both to protect them and help them to be successful in this era. I think this is very akin to holding citizenship in country. As a citizen you are expected to follow the rules and meet certain standards in order to reap the benefits of being in that country. This article stress the importance of teaching the importance digital citizenship, and I believe it is equally important to teach children to appreciate their national citizenship, as it gives them many advantages and should not be taken for granted.
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Broke U.S. resumes spending

Broke U.S. resumes spending | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
Limiting government growth is politically difficult, but if we don't do it, America is doomed.

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This is one of those things that has always bothered me.  Whenever an individual finds themselves in debt, they freak out, essentially, you cannot function in society with any major amount of debt.  The exact opposite seems to true in government.  If you realize your debt is getting too close to its limit, we can always just raise the limit and continue on.  I think this speaks volumes about the priorities of the government.  In their eyes, price doesn't matter so long as we haven't hid the debt limit.  The government has to do something to fix this, otherwise we too could find ourselves unable to function in the global society.

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 24, 2014 8:24 PM
It would be great if the US maybe stopped spending so much and starting working a little harder to improve our country. I would love to live in a country as powerful and great as the one we originally founded.
Abigail Beinborn's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:48 AM

Government spending has led to a massive debt. I believe there are ways we can spend less to help reduce our debt, but we can't stop spending governemnt money. We have to pay for the troops that fight for our country and many other people and things to keep this country going. We need to watch our government spending more closely and cautiously. 

Lauren Heim's comment, May 18, 2014 6:41 PM
The U.S. Spending has come to an all time low or should I say high? The government has only brought us the feeling of failure and that our economy is breaking down since they've only spent their money in places/things that don't actually work. The least they could do is slow it down or fund something that's actually useful.
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Public comments: How much talk is too much?

Public comments: How much talk is too much? | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“ Officials believe there are more people interested in local government than ever before. These citizens treasure their ability to comment and take exception to being shut out.”
Via Walter Neary
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This article stood in great contrast to what I expected. It is a great thing to get the public involved in meetings of government, even if it is just televising the meetings. However, I cannot imagine having the problem of too much public involvement, as some city councils are now having. I think the idea of further limiting speaking times and comment sessions is not for the common good. With this being said, I don't know what else you can do to prevent certain "over involved citizens" from using these sessions to rant and rave over completely unrelated issues or advertise for things. It is a good thing that, in today's society, people have become more in their local governments, but I can't help but feel that some people take this way too far.
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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, March 30, 2014 12:11 AM
I agree with Benton that this is a very difficult problem because it conflicts with our basic views on how a government should be run. Most people think that it's a very good thing to increase public involvement in government meetings, and for the most part, it is. However, in the case of some "overinvolved citizens", citizen involvement can hinder the progress of government and make it difficult to get anything done.
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Hobby Lobby Lawyer to TheBlaze: Case Is About Government Choosing ... - TheBlaze.com

Hobby Lobby Lawyer to TheBlaze: Case Is About Government Choosing ... - TheBlaze.com | Gov & Law~Benton Blank | Scoop.it
“TheBlaze.com Hobby Lobby Lawyer to TheBlaze: Case Is About Government Choosing ...”
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I thought that this was a really interesting article about an extremely interesting Supreme Court case. This article poses the question of whether or not a corporation with religious ties, such as Hobby Lobby, under the Obamacare act, has to purchase employee insurance plans which include such contraceptive drugs which violate the corporations religious beliefs. The corporations have argues that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, individuals cannot be "substantially burdened" by the government without substantial cause. I thought this article was so interesting because it is up to the court to determine the bounds of the previous act, as well as defining the line between an individual running a small company and a corporation.
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Haley Abrams's comment, March 30, 2014 12:04 AM
I also found this article interesting. This would not be an easy choice for the Supreme Court . I believe that Hobby Lobby should not have to pay for this plan but it should pay for a different variation of this plan without the contraceptive drugs. I believe this because this company has religious ties and the employees going in knowing that and they do not have to work there. I do feel that business should had rights to choose when in comes to relgious matters because they hold those beliefs closely to them and should not be forced to pay for something that they do not believe in.