A 360° Discussion of Foreign, National and Local Policy Issues

Government Secrets…Who Needs to Know?

This topic was discussed on November 11, 2013.

Given the recent furor over the NSA and other governmental programs, the question we will be discussing is “are there activities of the US Government about which Americans do not have a need to know.” to the extent that we agree that there are some activities best kept secret, we will undoubtedly spend most of the time exploring:

  • What sort of activities should be secret?
  • If not everyone,who should know about these activities? Oversight by Congress? A Congressional committee? The Judiciary? The Administration?


Executive Compensation at Non-Profits

This topic was discussed on November 4, 2013.

Given that we are now in the middle of the college football season, how can we resist turning our attention to football coaches’ pay. With at least two earning more than $5 million per year, is this really where we want our institutions of higher education, especially public ones, to be putting their resources?

Here’s a link to a USA Today article to get you started:


More broadly, there have been lots of news stories about “excessive” executive compensation at non-profits…should college football coaches be paid more than their college president? Should a college president be paid more than a star faculty member? Similar examples come from many sources…non-profit hospitals, foundations, etc.

We’ll discuss this issue (and, undoubtedly, executive compensation at for-profit entities as well) when we meet on November 4.

Obama Administration Foreign Policy

This subject was discussed on October 14, 2013.

The attached article, located by one of the active Beyond Labels participants, examines the possibility that the Obama administration “may have strayed into the radical reforging of American foreign policy.” The author, Graham Fuller, is a former colleague of another participant.

This week’s topic will be to examine that assertion in the context of current events. To the extent we have time, we will also discuss the latest goings-on in Washington, DC. It’s been an eventful week!

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