Sunday, September 27, 2015
New Teacher-Developed Curricular Resources
11:39 am edt
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Literacy Day, Literacy Blog
8:25 am edt
On the occasion of International Literacy Day, September 8, the LiteracyEveryday site has a recent blog post about related events this fall.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
How Do You Worsen Government, Inequality, Privacy, Security? Keep Gutting the IRS
12:00 pm edt
The scandal over an IRS security breach, however troubling, is just a hint of the problems facing the IRS after 17 years of budget cuts (in real terms, 2015 funding of the agency is at its lowest since 1998). During that period, the number of returns filed annually has increased by 30 million, now reviewed by fewer, more overwhelmed staff.
a New York Times editorial noted a year ago, lagging funding, technology, and staff capacity don’t just threaten the responsiveness of IRS
to taxpayer inquiries, or jeopardize its management of private information. The systematic, intentional weakening
of the IRS by Congress costs us money and rewards tax cheats, who see minimal risk given the rarity of an audit. Tax
evasion is in the hundreds of billions of dollars annually.
Enforcing our tax laws should not be a partisan or controversial issue, as taxpayer advocate Nina Olson symbolizes. Rather, it should be a matter of fairness and good government. According to the Treasury,
every dollar invested in IRS enforcement yields some six dollars in revenue.
The IRS is not our enemy; it is a legitimate instrument of our government. Let’s fund
it adequately – on the order of $12-$13 billion annually (versus less than $11 billion currently), if not more –
and help this agency do its job on behalf of all Americans.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Supporting the JCPA/Iran Deal
8:33 am edt
Appreciating U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy’s nuanced
statement on behalf of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) with Iran, as a Connecticut constituent I wrote Senator
Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro separately August 17 to urge them in this direction, as well. My
“Despite its limitations, I support
the Iran deal and hope that you will, too. Its endorsement by many accomplished former U.S. diplomats and other public
servants (e.g., former Defense Secretary Harold Brown in a Washington Post piece reprinted by the New Haven Register) persuade
me that the dangers of rejecting the deal exceed the risk of giving it a chance.”
While Senator Blumenthal has not yet reached a decision, Representative DeLauro has now announced her support for the Iran deal.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Donating Blood, Every Eight Weeks
8:47 am edt
Today I plan to give blood, which one can do every eight weeks.
An April 2015 post, among others, discussed blood donors and donations.