Capitol Hill Workshop – 3-day Congressional Operations Seminar in Washington, DC

Capitol Hill Workshop: Politics, Policy, and Process In this engaging workshop and seminar on legislative operations, Washington-based experts focus on these 3 P’s. They discuss the policy-making process and the legislative agenda, help you understand the congressional budget process, and demystify the culture of the U.S. Congress. You will leave this workshop with a solid … Read more

The best and the brightest…. Tech bubble.

As a 23-year-old math genius one year out of Harvard, Jeff Hammerbacher arrived at Facebook when the company was still in its infancy. This was in April 2006, and Mark Zuckerberg gave Hammerbacher–one of Facebook’s first 100 employees–the lofty title of research scientist and put him to work analyzing how people used the social networking … Read more

Higher Ed Bubble (cont’d)

photo credit: keko. Since 1978, the price of tuition at US colleges has increased over 900 percent, 650 points above inflation. To put that number in perspective, housing prices, the bubble that nearly burst the US economy, then the global one, increased only fifty points above the Consumer Price Index during those years. But while … Read more

The Onerous Compliance Cost of the Internal Revenue Code

More IRS 16th Amendment How to Contact Congress Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials The Federal Budget Process “There’s no fairness in taxing e-sales,” by Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe, April 17, 2011 Related PostsRichard Arenberg’s “Congressional Procedure” from TheCapitol.Net Taxing and Spending Power – Article I Section 8, Clause 1 of the Constitution The … Read more

The House Always Wins

photo credit: tetradtx Working in a casino provides an interesting insight into people’s psyche – on both sides of the gaming tables. One of the first things a new dealer has to get used to quickly is to not give a damn about whether the punters won or lost – because they mostly lost. Often … Read more

Charles Dickens on the Federal Budget

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The Micawber Principle, Wilkins Micawber in Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel David Copperfield. . . . . . . . . .

Money in Politics

Follow the money. This chart is from Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2010. Click to see the Top 140 donors. Related PostsPolitical Action Committees (PACs)–What you Need to Know