PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
ACLU is to the Constitution as ________ is to Economics? [more inside]
Current_financial _crisisFilter: Where can I read the single best arguments for government intervention to rescue the financial markets and economy, and the single best argument for zero/minimal government intervention in this current financial crisis? (Looking for links to articles, blog posts, etc -- not opinions -- from MeFites...)
EconomyFilter: So I get that Congress is debating a 700 billion bail-out measure and things are contentious between the republicans and democrats. But what I can't seem to find out is... [more inside]
What is the most effective way of expressing my outrage to my government? [more inside]
Do U.S. government takeovers of financial corporations mean the possibility of substantial profits for the government when the markets turn around?
What are the specific tax loopholes that Obama intends to close, and how much money does each of those 'loopholes' account for?
What are the specific tax loopholes that Obama intends to close, and how much money does each of those 'loopholes' account for? This article by FactCheck.org indicates that the Obama campaign estimates the revenue from tax reform at $80 billion - so where did that figure come from?
Is it becoming a more acceptable trend for individuals to work more than one job just to maintain a certain standard of living? I work three jobs (my wife also works full-time) and yet it seems as if we barely can keep ourselves afloat on a monthly basis. Help me from going crazy here! [more inside]
Looking for a well-researched, non-quack book about the American Government's response to UFO's from the 1940s onward. [more inside]
A (US) government agency wants to create a database of data that is voluntarily submitted by members of the public. The database has fields of data that get populated, some with personal data. The data records are made freely available to the public either through a regular periodic data dump, or through FOI requests, although personal data is blanked out (some fields in their entirety, some fields partially) To what extent can said agency decide it also wants "non-FOI fields" added to the database. What is allowed to be exempted from FOI requests other than personal data?
Does the city you live in have a great website? What (specifically) makes it great? [more inside]
Are records kept by government about the architectural blue prints of every building built? [more inside]
I am part time and make 100, or so dollars a week.often less what i want to know is can i recieve any goverment assistance i can barely afford insurance. I am trying to find a better job but it isnt going very fast i live in lancaster pa
Applying for a government job (what to reveal in the application and more) [more inside]
I'm trying to lead a crusade for government to publish it's statistics and data in a way that is mashable. Is it possible to define a standard digital format that could apply to a diverse array of data sets? [more inside]
What US governmental RFP sites are worth the time/money - or do you know of any free ones that are not impossible to search? [more inside]
Very old parking tickets/fines and US immigration... do I have to pay up when I come home? [more inside]
I need to better understand the proposed tax systems. Mainly the fair tax or sales tax versus an income tax. I am writing a paper for school on the viewpoints of TTARA (The Texas Taxpayers and Research Ass.) and CTJ (citizens for tax justice) but cannot gain a clear idea of what each side is proposing. Obviously the republicans want the fair tax, and since TTARA is business minded, I assume they too seek the fair tax, or at least support it. But what is the Dem idea of fair taxation? Do they want an income tax? What is all this talk on CTJ about income tax cuts? I don’t have the patience to sift through all the material so I'm hoping someone can give me a basic idea of the differing positions on the matter. Mainly answer the question of who wants what and why, and who benefits most from each plan.... Also what about the working poor, do they benefit most from an income tax? Etc. Etc.
Economics Filter: Monetary Policy and the Fed, when do we raise and lower rates and why? [more inside]
How many of the 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto have been adopted into modern society? [more inside]
So I've been converted from civil service in the U.S. (WG/GS etc.) to NSPS and need help writing Supervisory/Managerial Performance Objectives. This is a shot in the dark as the system is relatively new. Specifically, does anyone have examples other than the ones posted on the "official" websites? I actually love to write, but this is pretty formulated and it would be very helpful to see what others have done with it. [more inside]
Where can I find information about the legality of using public government data on my website? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me the percentage of children of illegal immigrants who attend college? Specifically in Texas. We are arguing the HB 104 (in state tuition bill) in my government class and I need to know how many children of illegal immigrants who were not born in the US actually attend institutions of higher education....
Does the 'use tax' charged by states for purchases made outside their borders violate the commerce clause? [more inside]
Are unions still relevant? [more inside]
What do governments do with seized contraband that cannot legally be bought or sold, cannot be set free, but ought not be simply destroyed? I'm thinking elephant tusks and rain forest hard woods, that sort of thing.
Are there special accounting requirements for dealing with the Defense Department Acquisitions program?
Looking for tips on dealing with the defense department acquisitions system. Basically, I am preparing taxes for a new LLC that expects to land some government contracts, and they are asking me about how best to deal with DFARS. None of my accounting connections knows anything about this. Should I just refer them to a D.C. based CPA who has experience, or is it not a big deal?
How should government change the way it provides services in response to the technological revolution happening around us? [more inside]
Can you think of any examples of "jawboning" from history? [more inside]
How do you verify a state seller's permit/resale certificate and/or tax ID for US businesses? [more inside]
I am considering going back to grad school. All I know is that when I get out I want to put myself in the position where I can do the most good for protecting the environment. What specific job should I shoot for (Government, Non profit, other?) and what degree do I need (MPA, MPP, JD other)? [more inside]
I'm trying to renew my passport, which expired about six years ago and is now lost, but the government doesn't seem to believe this situation is possible. Is this process the same as replacing/renewing a still-valid lost passport? [more inside]
Is there a quote by a Founding Father about how the First Amendment really protects religion from the government, not the other way around? I know about Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists ... but I have this feeling that there's another famous quote. Maybe it's by a more modern judicial person rather than a Founding Father? [more inside]
How easy is it to get residential street parking permits in Toronto? What are the chances of being put on a waiting list? [more inside]
What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
Give me examples of government services in the USA that have been privatized, and tell me if the service improved or got worse.
Has any democracy, in a free, fair and open election, ever chosen a racial minority as a head of state or head of government? [more inside]
What's it like working for NASA these days? What will it be like in 5-10 years? [more inside]
My friend works as a federal contractor, and he is a permanent resident / legal alien / green card holder. The thing is, it seems more and more federal contracts are requiring US Citizenship, which I can understand for the FBI and NSA and stuff... How does the government decide that US Citizenship is required for a contract. Is there a book of regulations they follow that I can see? [more inside]
Besides the obvious collateral benefits to producers and consumers of news, what is the logic of using the time and resources of government officials during an emergency to calculate and report the death/injury toll of a natural or man-made disaster? Does this task aid rescue or recovery efforts in any way?
What can you tell me about the Monterey Institute of International Studies? [more inside]
The Government Accountability Agency (GAO). Good guys or bureaucrats? [more inside]
Trying to figure out if there is an "ism" or "acy" word for a governmental system of ruler worship (i.e. like the ancient Egyptian systems which considered their rulers Gods). Any specific terms for this?
Are U.S. Government publications copyrighted or in the Public Domain? More specifically, are Federal Reserve publications copyrighted or in the Public Domain? I'd like to be able to monkey with these comics, but am wary of violating copyright. (I've sent e-mail to the Federal Reserve asking this same question, but am skeptical that I'll receive a timely response.)
Is it ever OK to change peoples posts on a web forum? Say theoretically a government department ran a consultation via web forum, with invited, non anonymous participants, and wasn't happy with what some of their own staff said. Would it be ok for them to order the staff to edit the posts? Are there any useful examples of the consequences?
Any Mefites know of headhunting/recruiting firms in the Chicago area that specialize in government relations/public affairs? [more inside]
What's a good definitive source of quotations on the net? I've been trying to track down the source of a quote, but get differing answers. [more inside]
Why is the presidential administration working so persistently to bequeath extra powers to their likely Democrat successors? [more inside]
Is the IRS going to penalise me for filing late from a foreign country? [more inside]