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in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Reduce employer overhead...and more

File under: jobs, taxes, defense spending, welfare

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From: Bob S., Gem Lake, MN

It is critical that we change the focus toward job existence rather than job creation. Overhead on jobs is too high compared to the overseas competition. Overhead here is federal taxes and employee medical insurance. (A very significant cost of overhead is the cost of wars and the resulting costs from a war).

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP -- otherwise known as food stamps) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are very excellent programs to fight poverty.

On the state level, we need more inspectors to determine that corporations are meeting their quotas on equal opportunity hiring.

Most Favored Nation Status should be revamped to favor newly emerging democracies such as Bangladesh and struggling democracies such as Mexico. If there were not such a differential in wealth at our border with Mexico, there would not be a problem.

For tax reduction measures, we need to decrease our use of the military (reduce costs of wars) and quit trying to rebuild countries our military has destroyed. I reference the book "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin to support that idea.

FDR was right: Tax to the ability to pay.


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science-smart

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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