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==Overview==
 
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===[[:category:US.issues|Issues]]===
 
* '''[[US foreign relations]]'''
 
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* [[US totalitarianism]], i.e. governmental totalitarianism within the US: spotting it and stopping it
 
* [[Voting in the United States]]
 
** [[US Electoral College]]
 
** [[gerrymandering]]
 
* [[religion in the US]]
 
** There seems to be increasing [[religious control of the US military]] since the beginning of the [[Bush II administration]]
 
** [[The Pledge of Allegiance]]
 
** It is often claimed that the [[USA is a Christian nation]], contradicting the official [[separation of church and state]]
 
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** ([[US health care costs]])
 
* [[US immigration]] ''(is this a foreign policy issue, or a domestic issue?)''
 
* [[US politicians]]
 
* [[racism in the US]]
 
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** [http://leavethemkidsalone.blogspot.com/ Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!]: a blog about [[zero tolerance]] policies and overreaction in American schools
 
  
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* '''2007-10-03''' [[It’s become a Constitutional Monarchy!]]
 
  
===States===
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===History===
 
* [[American dishonor]]: stains on the USA's [[honor]]
 
==Legislation==
 
* '''Proposed''':
 
** [[Internet Community Ports Act]]
 
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** [[USA PATRIOT Act]]
 
===Reference Links===
 
* [[United States Constitution]]: the basis of all US government and principles
 
* [http://uscode.house.gov/ United States Code]: the current law of the land (see {{wikipedia|United States Code}} for background)
 
  
==Politics==
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* Presidential Administrations
 
** [[2000-2007 US Presidential administration]] ([[George W. Bush]])
 
** [[1992-1999 US Presidential administration]] ([[Bill Clinton]])
 
** [[1988-1991 US Presidential administration]] ([[George H.W. Bush]])
 
* Multi-Administration Data
 
** [[US Presidential administration budgets]]
 
* Parties
 
** [[United States Republican Party]]
 
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** [[2008 US presidential election]]
 
** [[2006 US elections]]
 
  
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* {{wikipedia|United States}}
 
* '''Congress''':
 
** [http://www.opencongress.org/ OpenCongress] "brings together official government data with news and blog coverage to give you the real story behind each bill."
 
** [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Congresspedia Congresspedia] (wiki): "citizen's encyclopedia on Congress"
 
** [http://congress.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page CongressWiki]: to introduce new legislative ideas, and to provide information about legislation currently in Congress
 
* '''Other resources'''
 
** [http://www.fas.org/ The Federation of American Scientists]: information and documents on a wide variety of issues
 
** [http://www.census.gov/ US Census Bureau]: US population data
 
** [http://www.orderfromrandomness.com/ Order From Randomness]: US demographic and political data correlations
 
** [[John Birch Society]]
 
  
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* [http://www.citizensforethics.org/ Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington]
 
* [http://www.fantasycongress.com/ Fantasy Congress]: educational game based on tracking actual congressional activities
 
 
 
===News===
 
* '''2007-09-30''' [http://www1.wsvn.com/news/articles/national/MI63256/ Government ahead of schedule on dismantling unneeded warheads]: "The U.S. is dismantling unneeded nuclear warheads at a faster pace than forecast as it substantially reduces its atomic arsenal under terms of an arms control treaty with [[Russia]], government officials said Sunday."
 
* '''2007-03-29''' [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6502725.stm US 'no longer technology king'] "The US has lost its position as the world's primary engine of technology innovation, according to a report by the World Economic Forum. ... A deterioration of the political and regulatory environment in the US prompted the fall, the report said."
 
* '''2007-03-02''' [http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article2320849.ece CIA blunder 'prompted Korean nuclear race']
 
* '''2006-03''' [http://www.projectcensored.org/censored_2007/ Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US] (item #4) by Brendan Coyne and Abid Aslam
 
 
 
===Opinion & Analysis===
 
* '''2007-05-27''' [http://www.quaker.org/tqe/2007/TQE157-EN-Corruption.html Corruption in America] by Loren Cobb
 
* '''2006-12-31''' [http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/123106C.shtml While You Were at War...] by [[Richard A. Clarke]]: a number of major issues the [[Bush Jr. administration|administration]] has been unable to address due to their pervasive focus on [[US invasion of Iraq|Iraq]]
 
* '''2005''' [http://www.nukku.net/no/orlov.html Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century] by Dmitry Orlov: a rather non-[[modernist]] but also non-[[romantic]] look at the US from a Russian perspective
 
* '''2004-12-22''' [http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A23344 Believing in miracles] by Hal Crowther: some discussion of the backward attitude which seems to have seized the US lately
 
 
 
==Cultural Differences==
 
Some cultural differences between the US and much of the Western world (sources: [http://richarddawkins.net/article,477,Divided-by-a-common-language-Richard-Dawkins-clarifies-his-position,Nick-Matzke-The-Pandas-Thumb]):
 
* Americans tend to be extremely litigious and view any particular activity as either (a) illegal and absolutely forbidden or (b) an absolute civil right and therefore completely without restriction of any sort. This is so natural that Americans don't even realize that their way of thinking is peculiar unless they have spent a significant amount of time overseas. The following points are examples of this.
 
* '''Private property''': In the U.S., public land is public and private property is private and usually absolutely forbidden to the public. But in many other countries (like New Zealand and probably most of the British commonwealth) private land is often open to the public by default for hiking etc. It is quite clear that the British position is more rational and civilized, but for whatever reason Americans prefer to guard their private land with shotguns as if their lives depended on keeping everyone else off. ''(Is this perhaps because the aristocracy who own much of the undeveloped land in the commonwealth are part of the "ruling class", and hence quasi-governmental in some ways? --[[User:Woozle|Woozle]] 11:51, 5 January 2007 (EST))
 
* '''Alcohol''': In the U.S., alcohol is absolutely forbidden until the late age of 21, at which point you are suddenly given a license to get schnokered at will without restriction, which many people do. In many European countries, alcohol is served to teenagers in moderate amounts, and a culture of moderation limits binge drinking. (In North Carolina, for example, the signs on the ABC stores state that you can come in with a parent or guardian until a certain age; above that age but below the legal drinking age, you are ''absolutely forbidden'' from being in the store under any circumstances &ndash; and then suddenly at age 21, you presumably have the maturity to come in unaccompanied and even make purchases.)
 
* '''Public/private schools''': In the U.S., public schools are rigorously made to adhere to the Constitution and the state science standards, whereas private schools can usually teach whatever they want; other countries do things in very different ways.
 
* '''Religious establishment''': The [[US Constitution]] forbids government-sponsored [[religious]] education, which in many countries is an accepted and supported practice and apparently does not lead to detectable religious oppression. In the UK, for example, there is an established state church (the Anglican Church), religion is taught in the government schools, and apparently parents have to check boxes on tax forms and school forms to classify their children as Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, etc., on the basis of which tax revenue is allotted to religion courses and such.
 
 
 
==Notes==
 
The US is often criticized for being by far the world's heaviest per-capita consumer of natural resources (natural resource consumption is often referred to as the "[[wikipedia:Ecological footprint|ecological footprint]]" of a given entity). However, some additional facts  should be considered:
 
* If the ranking is calculated in terms of consumption ''per gross domestic product'', '''the US is far down the list and well under the global biocapacity per gross domestic product''' [http://www.settingtheworldtorights.com/node/543] The question then becomes: who is benefiting from all that GDP?
 
* The US government contributes '''$27 billion in foreign aid''', and "American charities accounted for $6.9 billion, or fully half the world's overseas private aid and relief donations." [http://www.ppionline.org/ppi_ci.cfm?contentID=254089&knlgAreaID=108&subsecID=127&FREM=Y&sid=20331&mid=20381] So we are not just keeping all that domestic product for ourselves.
 
* Much of what the US produces (and invents) is technology to '''help others use fewer resources over the long term''', e.g. cellphones, solar power, the internet. (Consider also the [[wikipedia:Peace Corps|Peace Corps]], and other such exports.)
 
 
 
These bits of information seem like good cause for rethinking some things.
 
 
 
Related references: [[wikipedia:Chart of exports and production of oil by nation]]
 

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