Who's Paying?

"Americans must be willing to show a greater appreciation for the things government rightly does on our behalf and have an honest discussion about how to pay for them," writes Dennis Jett.

In the current political climate, raising taxes is outside the realm of rational discussion, writes


Dennis Jett. "Those who are the loudest constantly demand lower taxes and less government and their mantra is reported as though it were a universally held belief." But deferring infrastructure fixes will end up costing more in the end. "To get it back on track, Americans must be willing to show a greater appreciation for the things government rightly does on our behalf and have an honest discussion about how to pay for them."

Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

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Politics & Current Affairs
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  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

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