Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
Can you think of some common examples where a municipality promotes a private business in return for a benefit to residents? [more inside]
I'm filling in a background-check form for a US government job--Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions--and I'm confused. Help! [more inside]
Are meetings for members of Congress and other elected and appointed officials part of the public record? [more inside]
Which federal health plan should I choose? I just moved to DC for a non-postal federal job, and I have narrowed down my options to Blue Cross Standard, Blue Cross Basic, and GEHA. [more inside]
What would happen if society, especially American society, were to lapse into anarchy? [more inside]
How many small business owners earn more than $1,000,000 a year in taxable income? [more inside]
What's it like teaching in developed countries other than the US? We constantly compare test scores, but what are the differences in how teachers live, train, and are reimbursed in more competitive nations? [more inside]
I'm interested in the intersection of corporations and government. I come from a legal background What area of study would you class this as, and what reading could you give me? Bonus points for UK-specific, but US and global are fine as well. [more inside]
Need advice for friend wrongly dismissed by the federal government. [more inside]
I am writing an article about employment in the U.S. federal government. Where can I find information about what supervisors are allowed by law to tell other government agencies recruiters about their employees, and what they sometimes tell those recruiters that is against the law? [more inside]
What are specific examples of societies/cities/etc. going through a rough period and then emerging due to certain policies/practices being put into place? [more inside]
Can you get married at Los Angeles city hall? [more inside]
Help me find a speech on secrecy introducing the experience of having high clearance. It was an excerpt from a book, and was a speech given from someone who already had clearance to a state official who was about to gain such clearance. Involved how one's attitude changes over time. I think I saw it on boingboing or kottke but my google-fu is failing so far. [more inside]
My mom has cancer. Her sisters are throwing a fundraiser to offset her medical bills and pay for a trip. Please help me understand their obligation to donors and the powers that be. [more inside]
I'd like to know how the Chinese political system works. [more inside]
My boss has asked me to work on getting our company a contract with the U.S. government's General Services Administration (GSA). I have been doing some research and reading everything I can about it, but I think this may be too big of a job for just me. Does anyone have any experience with working on a contract like this or know of any good resources for help? Anything that any of you can offer would be great. Thanks!
Is Mexico a failed state? [more inside]
Calling all state government nerds. [more inside]
Philosophy+PoliticalScienceFilter: What are the philosophical foundations of egalitarianism? [more inside]
Recent/Obscure web applications and tools filter. I am talking with a government department (Economic Development) about using web based applications and tools both internally and externally. I've got the basics covered, but it would be nice to include mentions of some less-than-famous apps or tools that have been of use elsewhere. If there are any that have provided some mileage for you or your organisation, especially govt ones, I'd love to hear about them.
Where would one get copies of evidence presented in a U.S. congressional hearing? Difficulty: 1940s. [more inside]
Is clinical depression generally a disqualifier for positions entailing a psychological exam? [more inside]
Is there a way I can get Seattle TV channels from DirecTV even though I live in the Portland, OR market?
Is there a way I can get Seattle TV channels from DirecTV even though I live in the Portland, OR market? [more inside]
Are county classes nationwide, and if so what are they? [more inside]
Can I negotiate down a late payment penalty on my Canadian taxes? [more inside]
I would like to find out the starting salary for a particular graduate program within a Victorian (Australia) statutory body, and how it compares to private sector salaries. I have been able to find Federal government pay classifications but not the Victorian ones, but I believe they should be available somewhere. Unfortunately, Google has not been helpful. Can someone enlighten?
How do political philosophers arrive at the idea of "natural rights?" [more inside]
Since every government in the world seeks information control to remain in power. The internet will eventually be tapped, censored, crippled, and/or blocked by every country. How can we fight against this, or rather, route around it? [more inside]
Why do governments use cash accounting and not accrual? Are there any governments that DO use the accrual method? I'm interested in the history, legality, challenges, anything. Any location, any government. [more inside]
How can I break out of "customer service" sort of jobs? [more inside]
What just happened on C-Span? There was some health care related vote. What exactly did that vote decide? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of U.S. federal agencies effectively using social media. I'm particularly interested in those that do not have critical, consistent need to use social media (as CDC, USAID or FEMA do). State or Canadian provincial agencies would be of interest, too, but here also I'm looking for non-critical need. Thanks!
What are the best arguments (links to articles/sites appreciated) that government regulation and tax code distortions are not the primary causes of the American healthcare crisis? Why wouldn't a more free-market approach (i.e. remove the obstacles to far more vigorous competition between insurers for individual premiums) be the solution? If adverse selection is a reason, how is that any worse for health care than for other insurance markets (e.g. life insurance)?
Does it make sense to go to law school if I never intend on actually practicing law? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: which organizations in the USA promote government accountability? [more inside]
Where can I find video or analysis of the Cyber Shockwave joint exercise held today in Washington, D.C? An article in The Atlantic mentioned it would be filmed, and I'm just nerdy enough to watch it...
I'm a current 1L in a mid-level law school about to interview for an externship at the nearby city's Government Relations office. I need to do a little preparing. [more inside]
What are some good articles on the impact the American socialist movement had on U.S. law and policy making? [more inside]
Looking for insights, guidance, and advice on the 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business application process - particularly around paying for sample "narrative kits". [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a public lobby group? [more inside]
Has anyone found a job with the Workforce Recruitment Program? [more inside]
The story of how Corporations became legal people using the 14th amendment is pretty famous. But that's a US phenomenon. How did it work out in other countries? Are corporations legal people in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia etc? [more inside]
Help an American understand German politics. [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of foreign governments receiving aid (military and developmental) under the auspices of the GWOT (global war on terror). BUT, not aid related to either Afghanistan or Iraq. For example, since 2001, how much has the US provided places like Colombia, the Philippines and Indonesia to fight terrorism? The more official and exhaustive the source (GAO, CRS) the better. Thank you for your time!
What are the best well-written and scholarly (read: thoughtful and well-researched, not partisan or propagandistic) books or reports on which US government programs are managed effectively and which poorly, and why?
What are some good campaign trail biographies? I'm looking for any interesting read, whether in book form or a series of articles, that follows a candidate for a period of time up to their election, preferably ones where the writer actually accompanied the candidate as they went through the process of running. I'm not only looking for presidential candidates, but any government post at all (senate, congress, local government etc). I know Hunter Thompson is a good place to start, but what else?
Is there a simple way, on the Web, to research how each member in both the House of Representatives and Senate voted on a bill? Specifically, I am looking for how Nancy Bean (Illinois) voted on the recent Health Care Bill. Thanks in advance.
How does one get a job as a residential property appraiser for a county or local government?
Forgot to file tax returns. Now what? [more inside]