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Despite the annulment of Dilma’s impeachment due to procedural flaws, the drama has only begun. Supporters of Rousseff see their President as a victim of hypocritical politicians in a sea of corrupt plutocrats seeking to seize power. For supporters of Dilma and her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, there is no greater injustice than the prosecution of their beloved leaders at the hands of their corrupt rivals. In an attempt to deflect blame and accountability, Rousseff has shamelessly pointed to the wrongs of Speaker Cunha while claiming her Vice President Michel Temer, who faces his own troubles, has orchestrated a soft coup against her. Frankly, Dilma is to blame for her own impeachment.

Given the massive civil unrest seen in response to the political dysfunction, Dilma’s return to power, or the empowerment of an alternative selected by the corrupted political class, guarantees continued civil unrest and instability. Even if Dilma is ultimately cleared of any legal wrongdoing, she cannot be an effective leader at a time when Brazil needs someone capable of uniting a deeply wounded electorate. Temer cannot be an effective leader. Any major policy changes he tries to make absent a new election will spark public backlash and lack staying power. With that in mind, good leadership means knowing when to step aside for the People.

Read more at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/leadership-in-brazil-and-the-us-to-fight-for-power-or-step-aside

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Social Security Spending Alert: Time to Solve Economy and National Budget 

Social Security spending hit a new high in Fiscal Year 2015.  For every person receiving Social Security and disability benefits, there were only about two people working full-time.  The increased spending levels translate to about $7749 per full-time employee, or nearly 15% of the median income.  
 
The growing spending gap may result from an aging workforce and insufficient full-time employment opportunities, but cost saving measures, raising the cap on taxable earnings, a higher retirement age for non-labor workers, converting the program to a need-based insurance plan, and others steps can be taken to address the higher costs of Social Security.  The real problems, however, are the National Debt and growing income inequality.

Read more at http://www.washingtonoutsider.org/editors-blog/social-security-spending-alert-time-to-solve-economy-and-national-budget#HwgdzLtV2dtXAU2Q.99 

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OS Friends, I discovered the driver and consumer magic of UberX yesterday.  Uber leverages two core natural rights essential to the Ownership Society: more free exercise of choice (profession in this case) and greater ownership in one's labor (80% greater driver compensation vs. legacy regulated taxi cab model).  Uber even includes 'direct reciprocity', one of the five rules of evolutionary cooperation, in their business model. Give a Ride, Get a Ride.  Great stuff.

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Proposed federal legislation for the big 3 social equal rights issues that divide our politics and impact national elections: illegal immigration, abortion/right to life, and gay marriage.  Equal rights issues demand federal solutions vs letting states experiment with solutions for decades, even generations, and having 9 Supreme Court justices legislate final national solutions. 

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99% Guaranteed Solution for Income Inequality: Minimum Investment Accounts in broad-based US equity index funds over the long-term.  A market-based alternative to the uncertain job and poverty outcomes of simply raising the minimum wage.

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Lessons learned from Seattle's interesting game plan 'Caring for the whole person'

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A recent post about the State of the Union theme of income inequality and lack of economic mobility.

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This post frames the state of our government dependence and proposes solutions that benefit everyone.

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President Obama gave a recent speech on rising income inequality and reclaiming the American Dream.  My 8 ways through cooperation and incentives which consolidate prior OS content.
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