This topic was discussed on December 2, 2013.
The Democrat-controlled Senate has finally taken what both sides had previously referred to as the “nuclear option”…amending Senate procedural rules to prohibit filibusters of certain Presidential appointments. We should examine the role of the “filibuster rule” in the context of the rest of our governance:
Here are two recent Washington Post Op-Ed pieces on the subject:
This topic was discussed on November 25, 2013.
No we’re not going to discuss “boorish” behavior! There has been widespread focus (and concern) about the growing disparity between various groups of Americans in terms of race, education, economic resources, geography, family structure, etc. Which raises the question: “Does American society have a “class” system analogous to the feudal systems of centuries past?” In addressing the question, we may want to grapple with the following general and specific questions:
During the meeting, we discussed several studies on social and economic mobility. For those that are interested, here are some links to articles or studies on the subject:
A US Treasury report on income mobility: 20071113 Income Mobility in the US 1995-2005 (US Treasury Report)
A July 2012 Pew Charitable Trust report on mobility: 20120700 Pursuing the American Dream (Pew Charitable Trust)
A response to the Pew report published in American Spectator: 20131125 The Mirage of Income Mobility (Am. Spectator)
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: