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Resulting from a collaboration between The Atlantic Monthly magazine and the New America Foundation, The Real State of the Union features 18 original essays on the most important facets of our national well-being. Written by many of our nation's most insightful observers, the essays provide an objective and penetrating analysis of the most critical challenges facing Americ Resulting from a collaboration between The Atlantic Monthly magazine and the New America Foundation, The Real State of the Union features 18 original essays on the most important facets of our national well-being. Written by many of our nation's most insightful observers, the essays provide an objective and penetrating analysis of the most critical challenges facing America as well as innovative solutions to many of them.The State of the Union Address is among the nation's oldest rituals, but one that has deviated from its original purpose: Rather than a candid assessment of the country or a meaningful self-evaluation by the current administration, it has become a political spectacle marked by self-congratulation and spin. The Real State of the Union seeks to turn an empty exercise into a more meaningful national dialogue about the social, political, and economic health of our country. Rejecting the political correctness of both parties, this volume tells the American public what it needs to know about the real problems that plague the country and why the political solutions that are offered too often fail to address the real nature of those problems.


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Resulting from a collaboration between The Atlantic Monthly magazine and the New America Foundation, The Real State of the Union features 18 original essays on the most important facets of our national well-being. Written by many of our nation's most insightful observers, the essays provide an objective and penetrating analysis of the most critical challenges facing Americ Resulting from a collaboration between The Atlantic Monthly magazine and the New America Foundation, The Real State of the Union features 18 original essays on the most important facets of our national well-being. Written by many of our nation's most insightful observers, the essays provide an objective and penetrating analysis of the most critical challenges facing America as well as innovative solutions to many of them.The State of the Union Address is among the nation's oldest rituals, but one that has deviated from its original purpose: Rather than a candid assessment of the country or a meaningful self-evaluation by the current administration, it has become a political spectacle marked by self-congratulation and spin. The Real State of the Union seeks to turn an empty exercise into a more meaningful national dialogue about the social, political, and economic health of our country. Rejecting the political correctness of both parties, this volume tells the American public what it needs to know about the real problems that plague the country and why the political solutions that are offered too often fail to address the real nature of those problems.

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    Lots of people flip houses for a living today. You can get a lot of money from this. Figure out the many options possible to you with this article.Never invest your money in a property that has not been inspected by an experienced and independent property inspector. Also, never use an inspector offered by the seller. It is best to get an independent person to come and inspect the property so you can trust them. Do not forget about other costs that come with buying a real estate investment propert Lots of people flip houses for a living today. You can get a lot of money from this. Figure out the many options possible to you with this article.Never invest your money in a property that has not been inspected by an experienced and independent property inspector. Also, never use an inspector offered by the seller. It is best to get an independent person to come and inspect the property so you can trust them. Do not forget about other costs that come with buying a real estate investment property. There are closing costs, legal fees, staging costs, and other items that can greatly affect your profits. When figuring out your margins, include these expenses and add them to your list of line items. Know that you'll be spending more than the initial home price. There are closing costs, legal fees, staging costs, and other items that can greatly affect your profits. Understand all of your expenses when you are figuring out your net profit. Choose popular, well-known locales that will pique the interest of potential clients. This is vital since it increases the resale value of the property. Also, you should only choose easily maintainable properties. (property investing tips) Have some idea of your time's opportunity cost. Rehabbing properties may be fun to you, but is it really worth your time? Is it more profitable to look for something better? If you can delegate any tasks, you should do it. This will let you free up time and concentrate on more important details. Do not purchase properties in poor areas. Even if you are tempted by the price, it may be so cheap because it is undesirable. Invest a bit more for a better property that is bound to show returns. Invest as soon as you can when you learn about the business. A major mistake is to not enter the market to learn about the business as soon as you can. There are many other people who are jumping into this lucrative type of investment, and you will lose out if you let them beat you to the punch. If you become a seasoned real estate investor, there are certain to be ups and downs. The keys to your success come about when you don't get too down during the low times. You will come out on top if you persevere. Keep trying and learning to achieve great things. When you consider buying rental properties, consider a strong property manager that can find good tenants. Since their rent is paying the mortgage, good habits and credit will be essential. Otherwise, you will quickly begin to lose on your investment. make sure you put some accounting skills to use. You could easily overlook the financial part when you start. There will be quite a number of things you already are having to worry about. It's essential to practice good bookkeeping. You will allow yourself to avoid a lot of problems later if you're good at bookkeeping now.It is time to get excited about real estate investments. There are numerous possibilities when it comes to real estate investments. The more you know, the more successful you will be. Keep these pointers handy in order to get the outcomes you desire!

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    Ron Grunberg

    The world we live in is a funny but dangerous place. You can get by thinking wholly the wrong thing, because the media can present things in a stark but somewhat fluffy way. You're never hit too truly hard with things, there's a sort of buffer that is in our lives. It's a buffer that comes out of our self-proclaimed necessity to have real perilous thought at a distance, I think. I mean we couldn't survive if we had to have the rawness of pain and reality constantly soaking into our soul. So we d The world we live in is a funny but dangerous place. You can get by thinking wholly the wrong thing, because the media can present things in a stark but somewhat fluffy way. You're never hit too truly hard with things, there's a sort of buffer that is in our lives. It's a buffer that comes out of our self-proclaimed necessity to have real perilous thought at a distance, I think. I mean we couldn't survive if we had to have the rawness of pain and reality constantly soaking into our soul. So we develop personalities that make light of or otherwise deal with things--and in part we "create" the media and politicians and scene around us that suits this need. We have artists out in artists' fields--not as mainstream politicians, though those of us with a semblance of intelligence know that no good man could really be elected president--because, for some reason, we just can't have it. Maybe because the "artist as leader" would be too much like Jean of Arc and we'd have to seriously contemplate sacrificing our selves too often for the common good. So let's keep politics playful--or superficial. Or some such. As a result, there's a fantastic difference between reality and what is presented as reality, or what we will accept from our politicians. We know for example that whoever's elected this next November, nothing truly substantial will be done to alter our profound inequities. Probably not, anyway. This book goes over so many specific areas of life--tax law, health care, education policy, job and housing issues, foreign policy--and the point of each of the experts that writes about these issues is similar: we've gotten so far off the straight and narrow on these issues, there are such stark inequities, yet solutions do exist, and here they are... One is heartened reading through the specifics, that our problems are soluable. And the book turns my eye again back to the politics I have shunned my whole adult life--in favor of music, poetry, art, philosophy, relationships, i.e. the private and soulful, or attempted meaningful life. I turned my back on "the system" because I had suffered the lies of Watergate and Vietnam --the "establishment" was anathema to me--but now I see that while my priorities are still away from the macro and very much still personal, it is worth being aware of what our politicians face.

  3. 4 out of 5

    C. Scott

    A wide-ranging look at a proposed solutions to modern American problems that was sometimes profound and sometimes mundane. Points for trying to think outside the current left-right box, however, I felt like the authors were sometimes hemmed in by the politically "possible." This volume is beginning to show its age 10 years on, but most of these problems and solutions still bear consideration. A wide-ranging look at a proposed solutions to modern American problems that was sometimes profound and sometimes mundane. Points for trying to think outside the current left-right box, however, I felt like the authors were sometimes hemmed in by the politically "possible." This volume is beginning to show its age 10 years on, but most of these problems and solutions still bear consideration.

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