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Aaron McKean
Worked at United States Peace Corps
Attends University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lives in Jackson, WI
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It's still possible that Hostess could be saved. Mediation is in the works. In the meantime, we should probably reflect on what it means to our society that this is such a blow to our collective psyche. I'm not encouraged:
"The nation was not prepared for this. As far as we know, even though Twinkies, with their 37 ingredients, seem to last forever without spoiling, they were never designated for inclusion in any national strategic stockpile or scientific repository. A resource has been depleted. The loss is incalculable."
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And we are all happy that this is soon coming to an end.
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This is embarrassing. Wisconsinites know better.
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Thanks, Bill.
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And again, same article, same GOP cutting funds for Embassy security and then complaining there isn't enough of it:

"For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected."
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Wait...The Republican congressmen who cut funding for State Department funding and Embassy security are complaining that there is not enough Embassy security? 

"Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security."
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Hm--from your own polling place, Mr. Ryan:
"The results were even slightly worse for Ryan from his own polling place at the Hedberg Public Library. Out of 1,428 votes cast there, 65% went for Obama-Biden and just 34% for Romney-Ryan."
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For thought:
'When the president's critics spin this, they'll say, "The deficit was over $1 trillion again," and that will be accurate. What the criticism fails to note, however, is that (a) the deficit is now much smaller than it was when Obama took office; (b) this is the smallest deficit we've seen in four years; (c) this new figure represents an improvement of over $200 billion since last year; and (d) the main drivers of the remaining deficit are Republican policies.'
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math?
 
The campaigns are having some fun with Big Bird, and so is our own cartoonist David Horsey. In one of his latest columns, Horsey writes, "Apparently, [Mitt] Romney thinks America’s debt problem can be fixed by picking up pennies along Sesame Street." For the full commentary: http://lat.ms/RN0BkQ.
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ha.
 
I dare you to do a +Google Image search on the term "completely wrong" or read about it http://goo.gl/R1rCq
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I cannot overstate how much PBS programming has meant to me. I still remember watching Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, Captain Kangaroo (with Mr. Green Jeans!), and Zoobilee Zoo every day as a kid. The values that my parents and family emphasized, values that stress caring for people, caring for our world, and caring for ourselves, are the values those programs reinforced.

I don't get to watch those programs anymore, but I get to see other things, like the News Hour and Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifil. The service they all provide, whether you are a child or college student or in the workforce or a senior citizen is invaluable. A threat to the programs and services that PBS provides us is a threat to the values we should expect of ourselves and expect of others.
When Mitt Romney threatened PBS and “Sesame Street” in the presidential debate, he insulted a national treasure.
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"Whether the Republicans like it or not, the economy is slowly getting better.
Awful, isn’t it?"
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Employment
  • United States Peace Corps
    Economic Development Advisor, 2009 - 2011
  • Epic Systems Corporation
    Implementation Consultant, 2008 - 2009
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Currently
Jackson, WI
Previously
Lankaran, Azerbaijan - Bangkok, Thailand - Madison, WI - Menomonee Falls, WI
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Introduction
Saving the world.
Bragging rights
Highest one-word score in Scrabble: JINGOIST, 202 points
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Law, 2012 - present
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Agricultural & Applied Economics, 2004 - 2008
  • Thammasat University
    Thai Language and Rural Development, 2006 - 2007
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