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Here at Inside Government our mission is to help explain and provide insight into how our government works and to help empower citizens to take action by providing tools to contact representatives or sometimes just to raise another voice.

Sadly, it is becoming increasingly common that when citizens do take action–when first time letter writers decide to contact their representatives such as over the first $800 Billion Bailout last October or when people like me who blog about the state of our government and the actions of our elected leaders–our elected representatives feel it’s acceptable to whip out a form letter and send it off via email or postal mail; in most cases totally ignoring everything that we had to say in our letter, and that we took time out of our busy schedules to write.

Such is the case with a recent letter I sent off to my State Representative in Michigan, Gail Haines. But before I get to that letter and Representative Haines’ response, some background. Gail Haines is a Republican, and I voted for her to represent my district because her predecessor was unresponsive to the needs of us living in Michigan’s 43rd District. I was also inspired by Haines’ campaign and what she promised the residents of our district. Unfortunately, she has proven to be no different than her predecessors, no different from any other politician, and thus, even a bigger disappointment.

Click to continue reading “When Representatives Don’t Represent Constituents”

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President Obama made a pledge to the American people that there would be a transparent website to track and calculate where the funds being spent on economic recovery were going to and how they were being allocated. The site: Recovery.Gov has been developed and has a section that provides an Accountability and Transparency tab, the ability to view financial disbursements per each individual state, and many other features that will be incorporated into the site as it continues to develop.

Click to continue reading “Recovery.Gov is Up and Running”

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In today’s challenging economic times, it can be sometimes hard to realize the great history that exists around simple things like the design, creation and evolution of the U.S. dollar bill. WIKIPEDIA defines the U.S. dollar as : “The unit of currency of the United States and is defined by the Coinage Act of 1792 to be between 371 and 416 grains of silver (depending upon purity).

In the early days of the United States, the term “Dollar” was commonly known as a coin minted by Spain called the Spanish Milled Dollar. These coins were the standard money then in use in the country. On April 2, 1792 Alexander Hamilton, then the Secretary of the Treasury, made a report to Congress that were the result of his task to scientifically determine the amount of silver in the Spanish Milled Dollar coins that were then in current use by the people. As a result of this report, the Dollar was defined as a unit of measure of 371 4/16th grains of pure silver or 416 grains of standard silver (standard silver being defined as 1,485 parts fine silver to 179 parts alloy).

Click to continue reading “The Dollar: History, Myth, & Legend”

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Happy 90th Anniversary !!!!!!!!!!

January 16th, 2009, marked the 90th anniversary of the 18th Amendment which originally created a federal government one-size-fits-all regulatory regime towards alcohol in the United States. There were 13 years during Prohibition that this Amendment made it illegal to manufacture, purchase, or consume alcohol in the United States. This form of regulation failed to curb alcohol consumption, actually causing an increase in organized crime, black markets and the consumption of counterfeit and poisonous alcohol. “Bath Tub” gin was being produced in homes without any regulatory standards for quality put in place. People were literally drinking themselves to death.

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Last month, in Inside Government’s post Who Gets A Bailout we discussed the financial bailout of AIG and the like. It was reported then, and is still true today, that no congressional panel has been established to determine what criteria must be met for companies to qualify for bailout consideration.

It is very interesting, and somewhat distressing, to realize that Congress can interrogate and then deliberate about the pending future of the Big Three auto companies for over a week at an initial price tag of 15 billion dollars when it took no time at all (and very little discussion or deliberation) to shell out over 700 billion dollars for the survival of Wall Street companies that have made many tactical management mistakes and in that regard are no different than the Big 3 auto makers. 

Click to continue reading “Congress Must Create A Bail Out Process”

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