Opinion

Why a U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade Could Hurt Obama in the 2012 Elections

Now with every passing day that the United States fails to raise its debt ceiling, the likelihood of an eventual downgrade of the U.S. Government’s sovereign credit rating from Triple-A status goes up.  Even if the ceiling is raised – still a seemingly likely outcome – the fact that country proved unable to resolve its…

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Disgusted by the Partisan Wrangling over the Debt Limit? Arnold Schwarzenegger has an Answer

As Congress and the Obama administration continue their excruciating negotiations for an agreement to raise the federal government’s debt limit, marching closer to the prospect of default if the ceiling is not raised by August 2,[i] it’s natural to ask whether partisan wrangling makes our government just too slow to make key decisions that need…

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U.S. Military Personnel Should Stand With Their Federal Civilian Counterparts on the Federal Pay Freeze

The author of Thoughtsworththinking.net believes that President’s Obama’s approach to freezing the pay of federal employees is flawed, and calls on members of the United States’ armed forces to stand with their colleagues in the civilian federal service in the discussion to address the proposed federal emplyee pay freeze. Federal civilian employees include FBI, Secret…

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Michelle Rhee Will Return

Thoughtsworththinking.net applauds the public service career of Michelle Rhee, who today announced her departure as Chancellor of Washington, D.C.’s public schools. Rhee used rigorous methods to assess school and student performance, big bonuses to reward star teachers, and aggressive management changes to bring in principals who could make a difference.  She didn’t spend too much…

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Why Hybrid Government Retirement Plans that Mix a 401(k) with a Smaller Pension are Good News

A recent Wall Street Journal article observed that U.S. state governments are shifting to “hybrid” retirements, plans that mix a 401(k) like account with a defined benefit plan. 1  Advocates support these plans because they require public employees to shoulder a greater burden in funding and planning their retirements.  But there is another reason to support…

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Clinton and Emanuel’s Sestak Ploy: Democratic Leaders Show Expediency Over Teamwork

Former President Bill Clinton and current White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to persuade Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) to bow out of a contentious Pennsylvania Senate primary against incumbent Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) was not just bad politics, but bad teamwork. Prior to changing allegiance to the Democrats in 2009, the 80…

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