Michigan Journal of Public Affairs

More Nuclear Power Now – A Solution To Two Wicked Problems

By Jack Kramer

We have a jobs crisis in America’s heartland. Despite positive indicators for the American economy across the board, dissatisfaction with jobs drove voters to seek candidates promoting bold change in the 2016 Presidential election. In the face of more automation and outsourcing of human labor to technology, we need more well-paying jobs that offer economic security in America’s heartland. It’s a core priority of the Republican party but viable solutions are few and far between.

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Nasty Religion in America: What’s the fuss about religion in America?

By Mariya Ilyas & Cassie Rasmussen

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors only.

America’s relationship with faith is a prism of contradictions. On the one hand, religious freedom is central to American history and identity. On the other hand, dominant Christian culture has, and in many ways continues to, actively partition off or subjugate minority religions. Nowhere is this more clear than in the controversy surrounding the vetting of those we elect to the presidency.

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Redefining the Problem: Inequality in the United States

The United States’ image as the land of opportunity stubbornly persists despite mounting evidence to the contrary: American children’s prospects of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90% to 50% over the last century. According to Stanford University economist Raj Chetty, “It’s basically a coin flip whether you’ll do better than your parents.” The shock value of these facts masks a far more subtle and pervasive problem in our country—the way inequality, mobility, poverty, and success is measured in the United States is ineffective and incomplete.

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