Most current proposals for reforming United States Congress are extensions of trends with a poor track record. Analogy with unreformed British Parliament, 1812-1822, suggests a less representative system might produce a legislature more responsive to national needs.
How is America planning for retirement? A challenge for both elderly and young people, author Martha Sherwood discusses some of the intricacies of raising the minimum age for collecting Social Security benefits in the United States.
Federally-guaranteed student loans, instituted in the heady days of the Great Society as a social program to provide the benefits of higher education to people lower on the income scale, have become a monster riding the backs of younger Americans. They have created a massive amount of debt, to the tune of a trillion dollars, […]
The custom of hanging out orange lanterns on Halloween has its roots in Protestant-Catholic conflicts in Ireland. Other holidays this time of year with a similar theme are William of Orange’s birthday (November 4) and Guy Fawkes Day (November 5). Customary observances of a public nature, even if of dubious origin, are valuable community builders.
Martha Sherwood draws a parallel between municipalities using fines as a source of revenue and the sale of Papal indulgences in 16th Century Europe.