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Event: Federal Budget Workshop in Des Moines

Community members are invited to join Drake University students, faculty, staff and the RaySociety in an interactive budget forum to learn about the federal budget and study real-life public policy choices related to domestic priorities and defense spending, Medicare and Social Security, and taxes. During this fun and interactive exercise facilitated by Sara Imhof, Iowa’s […]

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Facts & Myths About Social Security

Groups on all sides of the issue of Social Security are doing their best to build up walls around their staked-out positions and all that is leaving us with is a battlefield full of ideas that are DOA. Instead, we need to approach Social Security with an open conversation about the facts and leave the […]


News: Presidential candidates confront opioid epidemic in N.H.

Boston Globe: Presidential candidates confront opioid epidemic in N.H. Excerpt One by one, as the candidates march through New Hampshire, they are forced to confront the state’s drug crisis through sorrowful, first-hand testimonies of addiction. A recent poll showed the drug crisis ranked second as the biggest issue facing the state — ahead of health […]

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Op Ed: Millennials Should Press on Debt Question

My Op Ed “Millennials Should Press on Debt Question” was featured at the Globe Gazette on August 19, 2015. Read an excerpt below: A few facts: First, I am a Millennial. Second, our country is on a path of deficits as far as the eye can see. The projected mounting debt matters greatly to me […]


A Balanced Federal Budget

Because our federal government is on a path of endless deficits which only add to an already stretched debt, I am working with a group, First Budget. Our work is to drive a conversation about the need to take serious paths towards a sustainable federal budget.

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News: The National Debt and the 2016 Campaign

The City Club of Cleveland: The National Debt and the 2016 Campaign Excerpt The U.S. national debt is at post-war record highs, both in dollars and as a share of the economy. And not only has it grown from 35 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2007—about the post-war average—to 74 percent today, […]