Today's IHTD Video contest feature: "Our Education. America's Hope" is a short video directed by Donald Ung calling out to everyone to spread the word that the trillions of dollars used for the Iraq and Afganistan war could instead be used to fund America's future, which is our education. Filming students, a teacher, and a supervisor of a student treatment center, this video aims to empower viewers to be informed, to act, to realize that we are strong as long as we don't give up hope.
Video submission for the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" youth video contest. This was done by an undergraduate student student from Columbia College and two graduate students from University of Chicago and discusses what the money that Chicagoan's have paid in taxes for the war could have been spent on instead of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When Carte Goodwin was appointed to temporarily fill the seat held by the late Sen. Byrd, he had the good fortune of being able to cast a vote right away that made a real difference for millions of Americans.
West Virginia's newest senator, Joe Manchin, might have a similar chance in the lame duck session of Congress. Rick Wilson explains.
We're used to hearing bad economic statistics about West Virginia and bad comparisons to other states, but when it comes to unemployment insurance, we're actually ahead of the pack.
By Sept. 2010, 32 states had to borrow money from the federal government to the tune of almost $40 billion when their unemployment insurance systems went bust. West Virginia is one of the few, and the only one among surrounding states, to avoid that fate so far.
The AFSC's Arnie Alpert writes in an open letter/opinion article to U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg:
The recommendations from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, released last Wednesday, include some interesting ideas. But they stray from the major factors which drove up the deficit over the past decade. As you and the other members of commission complete your work in the next two weeks, we hope you will focus on reversing tax cuts, decreasing military spending, and ending the recession.
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