Who Decides What Services are “Essential?”


The quiz was a great way to start off this political discussion. I believe many young people today are not as fixed and rigid on their political stance as earlier generations. This may be a generalization, but from my experience and talking with my peers, it seems today people may identify with one party, but are more open minded and willing to stray a bit away from their party’s ideals. This is the visible problem with government. The two parties are becoming more polarized and unwilling to wander from its ideals. Upon taking the quiz I identified as a Libertarian, which did not surprise me. I am more conservative on fiscal issues, and liberal on social issues.

I found a very thought provoking article on The Nation. The title of Kramer and Comerford’s article caught my attention: ” That Time When DC Stopped Funding Domestic Violence Shelters While Both Congressional Gyms Stayed Open.” The main argument is who can and should decide what services are “essential” during a shutdown?US+1+October+2013

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Welcome, Grab Your Paint Brush


Welcome.  Blogging is an essential part of this class.  WordPress is a software tool, a platform, that enables us to produce content, comment on our writing, and build an audience of readers and of interaction amongst ourselves as well as with the wider world.

As the blog grows over the semester, it will become more dynamic.  Yes, it looks a little bare now.  But that is by choice.  It is like a blank canvas, waiting for all of us to pencil in the outlines and color in the many hues.

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While you are, here, play around with the dashboard, with your user profile, with your post.

Challenges:

1) Can you add a picture to your user profile?

2) Can you give yourself a profile name ( a display name) that the rest of us can remember (as in , NOT hgr345)

3) Can you add Tags to your post?

4) Can you add any multimedia to your post?

5) Super-advanced: can you figure out how to turn on zemanta content like this post has (with the suggested posts below).

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