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A Group for Responsible Citizens

As do many others, we see the national community is experiencing a period of political stress. For the democratic system to work more effectively, it is necessary for citizens to educate themselves, to a higher level, in the workings of America (economic, healthcare, defense, education, etc., systems) and to engage actively in politically focused dialogue. Note: it is hard to fix a broken automobile if one does not know how an automobile works.

We are forming APOLITICAL (OBJECTIVE), POLITICALLY FOCUSED DISCUSSION GROUPS. The plan is to establish groups of fifteen to twenty members each.
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This is an exploratory site established to measure community interest. If you think you may be interested – please sign up and invite your friends to do so also. We will collect names for four or five weeks, then hold an organizing meetup. After seeing what we are about – you can decide whether you are interested in participating. If the interest level is high enough we will establish one or several discussion groups.

The thinking, now, is to hold meetups at a coffee house or coffee houses (if the interest level is very high and more than one meeting place is needed).
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Discussions will alternate between following issues covered in a discussion guide (available in Kindle and paperback form) and current events and issues reported on in the media. Discussion Groups will meet twice a month and be scheduled for one hour sessions, but may run a little longer.

If there is enough interest – we will schedule weekday morning, afternoon, after work hours (i.e., happy hour), and early evening discussion meetups. We may schedule meetups on weekends, also.

The sooner people register; the sooner we can begin forming groups and scheduling meetups. The sooner you start attending meetups, the sooner you will start making new friends and inoculate yourself against winter cabin fever.

We see the establishment of apolitical (objective), politically focused discussion groups as a way to help move the country forward. We certainly hope you will join us.

Charles F.

Upcoming events (5)

Income/Wealth and Expected Lifespan Disparity

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The infant mortality rate is lower and the expected lifespan is equal to or higher (dependent on source) in Cuba than in the US. Cuba is a poor country and the US is a rich country. Millions of American women are seeing their expected lifespan shortened. Something is wrong with this picture.

Exploring Economic Relationships from a Voter’s Perspective - 1

All things in nature come from God. Most things in politics (the country’s commitment to quality education, healthcare, defense, Social Security, etc.) come from the structure of the country’s economic system; the balance comes from nature. If both the state and federal corporate income tax rates had been set to zero fifty years ago, is it both possible and probable that no American jobs would have been saved (i.e. not transferred to low-cost wage countries)? What happens to the rest of us should those in poverty disappear? Review material is found in the "Preface, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 – through Section A of American Voter’s Guide to Basic Economics – Discussion Guide 1" (available as Kindle eBook on Amazon.com).

Exploring Economic Relationships from a Voter’s Perspective - 1

All things in nature come from God. Most things in politics (the country’s commitment to quality education, healthcare, defense, Social Security, etc.) come from the structure of the country’s economic system; the balance comes from nature. If both the state and federal corporate income tax rates had been set to zero fifty years ago, is it both possible and probable that no American jobs would have been saved (i.e. not transferred to low-cost wage countries)? What happens to the rest of us should those in poverty disappear? Review material is found in the "Preface, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 – through Section A of American Voter’s Guide to Basic Economics – Discussion Guide 1" (available as Kindle eBook on Amazon.com).

US Investment in Education Versus Results

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It appears that the US does not get the bang for the buck when spending on K-12 education. We lag several other advanced nations; and improvement against our own student performance history has been disappointing. This is a huge subject; in this meetup we will conduct a quick overview of the situation. You are encouraged to bring your own ideas. Links to review material are below (read as you would a magazine article not as you would a textbook). Note: Pick two or three titles you find appealing and read those first. You may or may not have time to read all of the articles. "New Orleans Kids, Working Parents, and Poverty" Vicki Mack Published: Feb 26, 2015 https://www.datacenterresearch.org/reports_analysis/new-orleans-kids-working-parents-and-poverty/ "Education GPS THE WORLD OF EDUCATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS" http://gpseducation.oecd.org/CountryProfile?primaryCountry=USA&treshold=10&topic=EO "America’s Mediocre Test Scores Education crisis or poverty crisis?" By Michael J. Petrilli and Brandon L. Wright WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1 https://www.educationnext.org/americas-mediocre-test-scores-education-poverty-crisis/ "Why Finland is rejecting U.S. school reforms: Column" William DoylePublished 12:03 a.m. ET Sept. 4, 2016 https://www.floridatoday.com/story/opinion/columnists/guest-columns/2016/09/04/finland-rejecting-us-school-reforms-column/89660968/ "Asian Countries Take the U.S. to School" MARC TUCKER FEB 29, 2016 https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/us-asia-education-differences/471564/ "U.S. Education Spending and Performance vs. The World" UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - RECAP February 09, 2011 by Rossier Staff https://rossieronline.usc.edu/blog/u-s-education-versus-the-world-infographic/ "10 Theories On The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status & Academic Achievement" by TeachThought Staff By Grant Wiggins, authenticeducation.org https://www.teachthought.com/learning/10-theories-on-the-relationship-between-socioeconomic-status-and-academic-achievement/ "The Link Between Family Background and Academic Success" https://ifstudies.org/blog/the-link-between-family-background-and-academic-success "Japan Might Be What Equality in Education Looks Like" ALANA SEMUELS AUG 2, 2017 https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/08/japan-equal-education-school-cost/535611/ See you at the meetup!

Past events (8)

Review of (Some) US Healthcare Costs

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