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July 13, 2016

Getting Good Things Done in a Dysfunctional Congress

There’s plenty of evidence that Congress isn’t doing its job.  Instead of conducting responsible oversight of government spending, it has wasted nearly $7 million on a Benghazi investigation discredited as little more than a partisan sham.  The House has voted more than 40 times to repeal Obamacare, unsuccessfully, but refuses to schedule a vote on gun control.  The last three…
Food for thoughtUncategorized
October 5, 2015

A Swiss in America on 9/11

The 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington, DC on the 14th anniversary of the attack.  Photo by Mattia Bütikofer. On 9/11 2001, at the time those hijacked airplanes were smashing into the World Trade Center, I was 8 years old and had just started my 3rd year of primary school; much more interested in toys than politics.  I could never have…
AdvocacyFood for thought
September 1, 2015

Social Advocacy and Politics: Handicapping the 2016 Presidential Candidates with Facebook

Candidate buzz on social media and in search engines has emerged as an interesting metric for gaging how well the campaigns are doing. Back in 2008, for example, while the last opinion poll in the field predicted that Barack Obama would win the New Hampshire primary, Yahoo Buzz correctly predicted Hillary Clinton would win. Unlike the polls, which were wrapped…
AdvocacyFood for thought
June 25, 2014

We Need a Citizen Maker Movement

It was hard to miss the giant mechanical giraffe grazing on the White House lawn last week. For the first time ever, the President organized a Maker Faire–inviting entrepreneurs and inventors from across the USA to celebrate American ingenuity in the service of economic progress. The maker movement is a California original. Think R2D2 serving margaritas to a jester with an…