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Public Issues. http://www.nifi.org/ http://www.policyalmanac.org/. Children & Family. Youth & Violence – reducing the threat become "immune" or numb to the horror of violence gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems imitate the violence they see on TV

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Public issues

Public Issues

http://www.nifi.org/

http://www.policyalmanac.org/


Children family

Children & Family

  • Youth & Violence – reducing the threat

    • become "immune" or numb to the horror of violence

    • gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems

    • imitate the violence they see on TV

    • identify with certain characters, victims and/or victimizers

  • What should go on the Internet?

  • Our Nation’s Kids: is something wrong?

  • Who should be responsible for children?

    • Government or Parents


Civil rights

Civil Rights

  • Crime & Punishment of Inmates: is justice being served?

  • How can we be fair? The future of affirmative action

  • Admissions Decisions: Should Immigration be restricted?

  • Homosexual Marriage: should gay people have the right to marry?

  • Abortion: when is a fetus a baby?


Criminal justice

Criminal Justice

  • death penalty

    • is it just?

  • drugs

    • what should be legal?

  • gun control

    • does having guns lead to more fatalities?

  • juvenile justice

    • when do you know right from wrong?

  • prisons

    • should they be correctional or punitive?


Economic issues

Economic Issues

  • A Nation in Debt: How can we pay the bills?

  • The $15 Trillion Debt: Breaking the habit of deficit spending

  • The Social Security Struggle: fixing the retirement system

  • From Welfare to Work: who should we help?

  • Science & Technology (NASA)


Education

Education

  • Too Many Children left Behind: how can we close the achievement gap?

  • Public Schools: are they making the grade?

  • Job Training

    • pros & cons

  • Head Start

    • Free Child Day Care

  • Higher Education

    • how much should the govt. grant and to whom?


Energy environment

Energy & Environment

  • Finding a solution to the power predicament

    • oil, nuclear, solar, wind

  • Air Quality

  • Global Climate Change

  • Hazardous Waste

  • Recycling

  • Pesticides

  • Water Quality

    • http://fitperez.com/2011-03-23-jennifer-connelly-in-clean-water-psa

  • Wildlife


Government politics

Government & Politics

  • America’s Role in the World: what does national security mean in the 21st C?

  • Lobbying – act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in govt.

  • Federalism – big govt.

    • "A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have....“ Jefferson

  • Bail Outs – govt. funding some companies bankruptcies

  • Regulation – admin. legislation that constrains rights


Health well being

Health & Well Being

  • Coping with the Cost of Health Care: how do we pay for what we need?

  • Illegal Drugs: what should we do now?

  • The Battle over Abortion

  • Assisted Suicide

  • HSAs (Health Savings Account)

  • HMOs (Health Management Organizations)

  • PPOs (Preferred Provider Organizations)

  • Medicaid – U.S. health program for low income families

  • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)

  • Medicare – U.S. provides health insurance for people 65+ and/or disable

  • Prescription Drugs… EPIDEMIC!


International foreign policy

International & Foreign Policy

  • The New Challenge of American Immigration: what should we do?

  • Terrorism: what should we do?

  • Defense Spending

  • Diplomacy

  • Human Rights

    • http://www.hrw.org/

  • Intelligence

    • CIA

  • Refugees

    • provide basic aid

  • United Nations

    • intl’ law, intl’ security, social progress


Social welfare

Social Welfare

  • Child Abuse

    • CPS

  • Child Care

    • should govt. provide daycare?

  • Disability Issues

    • who gets help?

  • Homelessness

    • how do we get people off the street?

  • Poverty/Welfare

    • how do we get people on their feet again?

  • Senior Issues

    • what if they lost everything & had no family?


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