Index of My Research as of April 24, 2015

Index of My Research

 As of April 24, 2015

First is an alphabetical index, followed by a categorical listing.

 Alphabetical List of My Research

46.3 Million Americans on Food Stamps! Odds and Probabilities of Receiving Food Stamps

90% of Public and 97% of Private Not-for-Profit Institutions have Lower Default Rates than the University of Phoenix’s Default Rate (26%)

92% of Public and 97% of Private Not-for-Profit Institutions have Lower Default Rates than Kaplan’s Median Default Rate (26.85%)

The Abortion Issue in the Context of a Genetic Defect in the Baby

Are Single Teen Moms a Cause or Consequence of Low Economic Mobility?

Baccalaureate Retention Rates

Behaviorial Risk of Smoking: A Logistic Regression Analysis

“Being Employed” and Its Association with Demographic Variables: A Logistic Regression Analysis

Breaking News – Happiness with Sex Predicts Marriage Happiness

Browser Preference Associated with Age and Gender

Class Size Matters for Graduation Outcomes – Part I

Class Size Matters for Graduation Outcomes – Part II

College GPA and Its Association with Race, Gender, Athletic Participation, SAT and Earned Semester Hours

The Corrosive Impact of Aging on Income

County Health Outcomes are Linked to Income Inequality

Depression and Bullying Among School-Aged Children

Distribution of District Graduation Rates Based on Comparison Groups

Distributional Analysis of Pell Grants among the Sectors of Higher Education and Why It’s Important

Do Political Contributions Affect Senatorial Votes?

Do State Gini Coefficients Predict Presidential Election Results in 2012

Do Teachers’ Perceptions of Quality Teaching Predict Student Enrollment in Perceived Quality Classes?

Do You Now Have Enough Income to Lead the Kind of Life You Want, or Not?

Dual Enrollment Benefits and Some Observations

Dual Enrollment Students Have Higher Probabilities of Degree Attainment

Expanded Study: Graduation Odds and Probabilities among Baccalaureate Colleges and Universities

The Educational Attainment Crisis of Males

The Effects of Educational Attainment on Salaries for Post-Secondary Degree Holders

Factors that Influence Adult Exercise: Education, Gender, Age, Drinking, Smoking, Weight and General Health

Federal Financial Aid Default Rates

First Term GPA is an Important Predictor for Retention. But What Factors Help Us Predict First Term GPA?

Government Impact on Life Expectancy

Graduation Odds and Probabilities among Baccalaureate Colleges and Universities (Logistic Regression Analysis)

Graduation Rates among Private and Public Baccalaureate Institution (Multiple Regression Analysis)

Graduation Rate Inequalities in Higher Education

Graduation Rates in Private For-Profit Sector Lag Behind Public and Private Not-For-Profit Sectors

Happiness – It Helps by Getting Older, Being Female, Having Money, Being Married, Being Healthy, and Being Other than Black or White

Happiness and Marriage: A Multinomial Logistic Regression

How Do Endowments and Return on Those Endowments Impact Personal Income?

Impact of Age on “Women and Children First” Norm During Disasters

Impact of Percent Pell Recipients, Median SAT Scores, Average Student Aid, 8Undergraduate FTE, Control of the Institution, the Percent Of Full-Time Employees Devoted to Instruction, Research or Service on Baccalaureate Graduation Rates

The Important Role of Student Financial Aid in Graduation Rates

Improving Probabilities for Success in a Gateway Math Course

The Influence of Age, Gender, Educational Attainment, Race/Ethnicity and Income on Reading Habits

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part I

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part II

The Inverse Relationship between Inequality and Economic Mobility Threatens the American Dream

IRS Top 400 Richest Taxpayers, Graphical Analysis

Just for Fun: Which NCAA Division I Conference has the Highest Student-Athlete Graduation Rate?

Life Expectancy and Infant Mortality: The Key Role of Education

Logistic Regression Demonstrates Obama Helped Carry Democratic House Members to Victory

Not Going to College Costs

Odds and Probabilities of Having a Written Will

Odds and Probabilities of Making A Good Living or Better

Odds and Probabilities of Surviving the Titanic Disaster

Perceptions of Mobility Vary by Age, Educational Attainment and Gender

Predicting “Could Not See a Doctor Because of Cost”

Predicting High School Success

Predicting Greater than Median Relative Mobility in Labor Markets in the U.S.

Predicting Low-Birth Weight Outcomes: A Strategy for Intervention

Predicting Math Proficiency by Socio-Economic Status, School Size and Expenditures per Pupil

Predicting Obama Victory in Each County with the Gini Coefficient

Predicting Probabilities of Job Satisfaction

Predicting “Sex Frequency = Not at All”

Probabilities of an Above Average High School Graduation Rate

Probabilities and Odds of Making Charitable Donations

Probabilities of Bush Election Outcomes in Congressional Districts

Probability and Odds of Favoring Raising Payroll Taxes on High-Income Earners

Probability and Odds of Supporting the Tea Party Based on Educational Attainment, Age, Party Identification and Number of Children

A Profile of the Birthers

Profiling Responses: “Government Should Spend Less on Poor Benefits”

Proprietary Students Fall Way Behind in Repaying Student Loans

Reader Request: Effect of Dual Enrollment on Probabilities of Degree Attainment

Reader Request: The Inverse Relationship between Inequality and Economic Mobility

Redux: So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Relationship between Tertiary Education and GDP per Capita

The Relationship of Age, Race, Years of Education, Region and Gender with Self-Reported Health

SAT Scores Moderate the Impact of Percent Pell Recipients on Graduation Rates

So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Some Issues Never Die: “Removing President Clinton from Office”

Space Shuttle Challenger: An Almost Certain Predicted Disaster

To Helmet or Not? Yes, If You Value Your Brain!

Two-Year College Financial Aid Default Rates: Relative Density Analysis

Understanding Default Rate Distributions Using ‘Relative Distribution Methods’

Understanding Student Recommendations to Attend a Rural Community College

The Vicious Cycle of Being Bullied and Becoming a Bullier

Who Scores Higher in Self-Assessed Risk-Taking? Males or Females?

Who’s More and Less Likely to Get a Flu Shot?

Why Inequality Matters: Associations of Inequality with Social Problems

Why Logistic Regression is Preferred When the Dependent Variable is a Categorical, Binary Variable

Wonkish: Statistical Tool Choices Make a Difference


 

Categorical List

Economy

Perceptions of Mobility Vary by Age, Educational Attainment and Gender

Are Single Teen Moms a Cause or Consequence of Low Economic Mobility?

So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Redux: So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

IRS Top 400 Richest Taxpayers, Graphical Analysis

“Being Employed” and Its Association with Demographic Variables: A Logistic Regression Analysis

Odds and Probabilities of Making A Good Living or Better

Predicting Greater than Median Relative Mobility in Labor Markets in the U.S.

Relationship between Tertiary Education and GDP per Capita

The Inverse Relationship between Inequality and Economic Mobility Threatens the American Dream

Why Inequality Matters: Associations of Inequality with Social Problems

The Corrosive Impact of Aging on Income

The Effects of Educational Attainment on Salaries for Post-Secondary Degree Holders

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part I

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part II

How Do Endowments and Return on Those Endowments Impact Personal Income?

Probabilities of Bush Election Outcomes in Congressional Districts

46.3 Million Americans on Food Stamps! Odds and Probabilities of Receiving Food Stamps

Not Going to College Costs

Gender

Graduation Rates among Private and Public Baccalaureate Institution

Graduation Rates among Private and Public Baccalaureate Institution (Multiple Regression Analysis)

Dual Enrollment Students Have Higher Probabilities of Degree Attainment

Predicting High School Success

First Term GPA is an Important Predictor for Retention. But What Factors Help Us Predict First Term GPA?

The Influence of Age, Gender, Educational Attainment, Race/Ethnicity and Income on Reading Habits

Perceptions of Mobility Vary by Age, Educational Attainment and Gender

Predicting Low-Birth Weight Outcomes: A Strategy for Intervention

Probabilities and Odds of Making Charitable Donations

How Do SAT Distribution Scores Vary by Gender, Race and Athletic Participation?

46.3 Million Americans on Food Stamps! Odds and Probabilities of Receiving Food Stamps

“Being Employed” and Its Association with Demographic Variables: A Logistic Regression Analysis

Impact of Age on “Women and Children First” Norm During Disasters

The Abortion Issue in the Context of a Genetic Defect in the Baby

The Educational Attainment Crisis of Males

The Effects of Educational Attainment on Salaries for Post-Secondary Degree Holders

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part I

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part II

The Relationship of Age, Race, Years of Education, Region and Gender with Self-Reported Health

The Corrosive Impact of Aging on Income

Factors that Influence Adult Exercise: Education, Gender, Age, Drinking, Smoking, Weight and General Health

Predicting “Sex Frequency = Not at All”

Browser Preference Associated with Age and Gender

Government

46.3 Million Americans on Food Stamps! Odds and Probabilities of Receiving Food Stamps

90% of Public and 97% of Private Not-for-Profit Institutions have Lower Default Rates than the University of Phoenix’s Default Rate (26%)

92% of Public and 97% of Private Not-for-Profit Institutions have Lower Default Rates than Kaplan’s Median Default Rate (26.85%)

IRS Top 400 Richest Taxpayers, Graphical Analysis

Do Political Contributions Affect Senatorial Votes?

Probability and Odds of Favoring Raising Payroll Taxes on High-Income Earners

Do State Gini Coefficients Predict Presidential Election Results in 2012

Federal Financial Aid Default Rates

Government Impact on Life Expectancy

Predicting Obama Victory in Each County with the Gini Coefficient

Probabilities of Bush Election Outcomes in Congressional Districts

Probability and Odds of Supporting the Tea Party Based on Educational Attainment, Age, Party Identification and Number of Children

Profiling Responses: “Government Should Spend Less on Poor Benefits”

Proprietary Students Fall Way Behind in Repaying Student Loans

The Important Role of Student Financial Aid in Graduation Rates

Two-Year College Financial Aid Default Rates: Relative Density Analysis

So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Redux: So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Happiness

Breaking News – Happiness with Sex Predicts Marriage Happiness

Depression and Bullying Among School-Aged Children

Happiness – It Helps by Getting Older, Being Female, Having Money, Being Married, Being Healthy, and Being Other than Black or White

Happiness and Marriage: A Multinomial Logistic Regression

Health

Behaviorial Risk of Smoking: A Logistic Regression Analysis

County Health Outcomes are Linked to Income Inequality

Depression and Bullying Among School-Aged Children

Government Impact on Life Expectancy

The Vicious Cycle of Being Bullied and Becoming a Bullier

Depression and Bullying Among School-Aged Children

Factors that Influence Adult Exercise: Education, Gender, Age, Drinking, Smoking, Weight and General Health

How Do Endowments and Return on Those Endowments Impact Personal Income?

Life Expectancy and Infant Mortality: The Key Role of Education

Predicting Low-Birth Weight Outcomes: A Strategy for Intervention

Odds and Probabilities of Having a Written Will

Odds and Probabilities of Surviving the Titanic Disaster

Predicting “Could Not See a Doctor Because of Cost”

The Abortion Issue in the Context of a Genetic Defect in the Baby

The Relationship of Age, Race, Years of Education, Region and Gender with Self-Reported Health

To Helmet or Not? Yes, If You Value Your Brain!

Why Inequality Matters: Associations of Inequality with Social Problems

Who Scores Higher in Self-Assessed Risk-Taking? Males or Females?

Who’s More and Less Likely to Get a Flu Shot?

Higher Education

Expanded Study: Graduation Odds and Probabilities among Baccalaureate Colleges and Universities

Graduation Rates among Private and Public Baccalaureate Institution

Graduation Rates among Private and Public Baccalaureate Institution (Multiple Regression Analysis)

Dual Enrollment Students Have Higher Probabilities of Degree Attainment

First Term GPA is an Important Predictor for Retention. But What Factors Help Us Predict First Term GPA?

Probability and Odds of Supporting the Tea Party Based on Educational Attainment, Age, Party Identification and Number of Children

Perceptions of Mobility Vary by Age, Educational Attainment and Gender

The Influence of Age, Gender, Educational Attainment, Race/Ethnicity and Income on Reading Habits

Probabilities and Odds of Making Charitable Donations

Understanding Student Recommendations to Attend a Rural Community College

46.3 Million Americans on Food Stamps! Odds and Probabilities of Receiving Food Stamps

Baccalaureate Retention Rates

“Being Employed” and Its Association with Demographic Variables: A Logistic Regression Analysis

College GPA and Its Association with Race, Gender, Athletic Participation, SAT and Earned Semester Hours

Distributional Analysis of Pell Grants among the Sectors of Higher Education and Why It’s Important

Do Teachers’ Perceptions of Quality Teaching Predict Student Enrollment in Perceived Quality Classes?

Dual Enrollment Benefits and Some Observations

Federal Financial Aid Default Rates

Graduation Odds and Probabilities among Baccalaureate Colleges and Universities

Graduation Rate Inequalities in Higher Education

Graduation Rates in Private For-Profit Sector Lag Behind Public and Private Not-For-Profit Sectors

90% of Public and 97% of Private Not-for-Profit Institutions have Lower Default Rates than the University of Phoenix’s Default Rate (26%)

92% of Public and 97% of Private Not-for-Profit Institutions have Lower Default Rates than Kaplan’s Median Default Rate (26.85%)

How Do Endowments and Return on Those Endowments Impact Personal Income?

How Do SAT Distribution Scores Vary by Gender, Race and Athletic Participation?

Impact of Percent Pell Recipients, Median SAT Scores, Average Student Aid, Undergraduate FTE, Control of the Institution, the Percent Of Full-Time Employees Devoted to Instruction, Research or Service on Baccalaureate Graduation Rates

Improving Probabilities for Success in a Gateway Math Course

Life Expectancy and Infant Mortality: The Key Role of Education

Odds and Probabilities of Making A Good Living or Better

Proprietary Students Fall Way Behind in Repaying Student Loans

Reader Request: Effect of Dual Enrollment on Probabilities of Degree Attainment

Relationship between Tertiary Education and GDP per Capita

SAT Scores Moderate the Impact of Percent Pell Recipients on Graduation Rates

The Effects of Educational Attainment on Salaries for Post-Secondary Degree Holders

The Important Role of Student Financial Aid in Graduation Rates

Understanding Default Rate Distributions Using ‘Relative Distribution Methods’

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part I

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part II

Two-Year College Financial Aid Default Rates: Relative Density Analysis

The Corrosive Impact of Aging on Income

Why Inequality Matters: Associations of Inequality with Social Problems

The Educational Attainment Crisis of Males

Behaviorial Risk of Smoking: A Logistic Regression Analysis

Factors that Influence Adult Exercise: Education, Gender, Age, Drinking, Smoking, Weight and General Health

Predicting “Sex Frequency = Not at All”

Not Going to College Costs

Just for Fun: Which NCAA Division I Conference has the Highest Student-Athlete Graduation Rate?

Inequality

Are Single Teen Moms a Cause or Consequence of Low Economic Mobility?

Predicting Greater than Median Relative Mobility in Labor Markets in the U.S.

The Inverse Relationship between Inequality and Economic Mobility Threatens the American Dream

IRS Top 400 Richest Taxpayers, Graphical Analysis

46.3 Million Americans on Food Stamps! Odds and Probabilities of Receiving Food Stamps

Odds and Probabilities of Making A Good Living or Better

Predicting Greater than Median Relative Mobility in Labor Markets in the U.S.

The Effects of Educational Attainment on Salaries for Post-Secondary Degree Holders

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part I

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part II

Graduation Rate Inequalities in Higher Education

Graduation Rates in Private For-Profit Sector Lag Behind Public and Private Not-For-Profit Sectors

Expanded Study: Graduation Odds and Probabilities among Baccalaureate Colleges and Universities

Graduation Rates among Private and Public Baccalaureate Institution

How Do Endowments and Return on Those Endowments Impact Personal Income?

Do State Gini Coefficients Predict Presidential Election Results in 2012

Predicting Obama Victory in Each County with the Gini Coefficient

Probabilities of Bush Election Outcomes in Congressional Districts

So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Redux: So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Predicting Low-Birth Weight Outcomes: A Strategy for Intervention

Why Inequality Matters: Associations of Inequality with Social Problems

Politics

Probability and Odds of Supporting the Tea Party Based on Educational Attainment, Age, Party Identification and Number of Children

So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Redux: So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

IRS Top 400 Richest Taxpayers, Graphical Analysis

A Profile of the Birthers

Do Political Contributions Affect Senatorial Votes?

Probability and Odds of Favoring Raising Payroll Taxes on High-Income Earners

Do State Gini Coefficients Predict Presidential Election Results in 2012

Logistic Regression Demonstrates Obama Helped Carry Democratic House Members to Victory

Predicting Obama Victory in Each County with the Gini Coefficient

Probabilities of Bush Election Outcomes in Congressional Districts

Profiling Responses: “Government Should Spend Less on Poor Benefits”

Some Issues Never Die: “Removing President Clinton from Office”

Secondary Education

Dual Enrollment Students Have Higher Probabilities of Degree Attainment

Predicting High School Success

Predicting Math Proficiency by Socio-Economic Status, School Size and Expenditures per Pupil

Probabilities of an Above Average High School Graduation Rate

First Term GPA is an Important Predictor for Retention. But What Factors Help Us Predict First Term GPA?

Probability and Odds of Supporting the Tea Party Based on Educational Attainment, Age, Party Identification and Number of Children

Perceptions of Mobility Vary by Age, Educational Attainment and Gender

The Influence of Age, Gender, Educational Attainment, Race/Ethnicity and Income on Reading Habits

Probabilities and Odds of Making Charitable Donations

46.3 Million Americans on Food Stamps! Odds and Probabilities of Receiving Food Stamps

“Being Employed” and Its Association with Demographic Variables: A Logistic Regression Analysis

Class Size Matters for Graduation Outcomes – Part I

Class Size Matters for Graduation Outcomes – Part II

Depression and Bullying Among School-Aged Children

Distribution of District Graduation Rates Based on Comparison Groups

Dual Enrollment Benefits and Some Observations

Reader Request: Effect of Dual Enrollment on Probabilities of Degree Attainment

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part I

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part II

The Corrosive Impact of Aging on Income

Odds and Probabilities of Making A Good Living or Better

Behaviorial Risk of Smoking: A Logistic Regression Analysis

Predicting Low-Birth Weight Outcomes: A Strategy for Intervention

Factors that Influence Adult Exercise: Education, Gender, Age, Drinking, Smoking, Weight and General Health

Predicting “Sex Frequency = Not at All”

Why Inequality Matters: Associations of Inequality with Social Problems

Social/Economic Mobility

Perceptions of Mobility Vary by Age, Educational Attainment and Gender

Are Single Teen Moms a Cause or Consequence of Low Economic Mobility?

Predicting Greater than Median Relative Mobility in Labor Markets in the U.S.

The Inverse Relationship between Inequality and Economic Mobility Threatens the American Dream

Predicting High School Success

Socio-Economic Status

Probability and Odds of Supporting the Tea Party Based on Educational Attainment, Age, Party Identification and Number of Children

Perceptions of Mobility Vary by Age, Educational Attainment and Gender

Graduation Rates among Private and Public Baccalaureate Institution (Multiple Regression Analysis)

Are Single Teen Moms a Cause or Consequence of Low Economic Mobility?

Predicting Math Proficiency by Socio-Economic Status, School Size and Expenditures per Pupil

So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Redux: So, How Did that Trickle-Down Economic Promise Work for America?

Probabilities of an Above Average High School Graduation Rate

IRS Top 400 Richest Taxpayers, Graphical Analysis

Probability and Odds of Favoring Raising Payroll Taxes on High-Income Earners

Probabilities and Odds of Making Charitable Donations

Expanded Study: Graduation Odds and Probabilities among Baccalaureate Colleges and Universities

The Influence of Age, Gender, Educational Attainment, Race/Ethnicity and Income on Reading Habits

46.3 Million Americans on Food Stamps! Odds and Probabilities of Receiving Food Stamps

“Being Employed” and Its Association with Demographic Variables: A Logistic Regression Analysis

Do You Now Have Enough Income to Lead the Kind of Life You Want, or Not?

Government Impact on Life Expectancy

How Do Endowments and Return on Those Endowments Impact Personal Income?

Predicting Greater than Median Relative Mobility in Labor Markets in the U.S.

Profiling Responses: “Government Should Spend Less on Poor Benefits”

The Inverse Relationship between Inequality and Economic Mobility Threatens the American Dream

The Relationship of Age, Race, Years of Education, Region and Gender with Self-Reported Health

The Effects of Educational Attainment on Salaries for Post-Secondary Degree Holders

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part I

The Influence of Educational Attainment, Occupational Status, Sex, Age and Race on Personal Income – Part II

Odds and Probabilities of Making A Good Living or Better

Predicting Low-Birth Weight Outcomes: A Strategy for Intervention

Probabilities of Bush Election Outcomes in Congressional Districts

Profiling Responses: “Government Should Spend Less on Poor Benefits”

Predicting High School Success

Graduation Rates among Private and Public Baccalaureate Institution

Statistical Tools

Why Logistic Regression is Preferred When the Dependent Variable is a Categorical, Binary Variable

Wonkish: Statistical Tool Choices Make a Difference
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ObamaCare is More Popular than Disliked

National Journal reports: “More Americans like Obamacare than dislike it for the first time since 2012, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday morning.”

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Interesting Factoid – George Romney

Via Wonkblog:

George Romney, father of Mitt Romney, turned down a $100,000 bonus in 1960—the eqivalent of $793,000 in 2015—because he didn’t think anyone needed to make that much more.

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Average Weekly Earnings Peaked in 1972

The Wall Street Journal reports average weekly earnings, adjusted for inflation, peaked in 1972.

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35 Quotes by the Founding Fathers on the ‘Separation of Church and State’

“1. “If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.”

~Founding Father George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789

2. “Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.”

~Founding Father George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 179

3. “We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition… In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.”

~Founding Father George Washington, letter to the members of the New Church in Baltimore, January 27, 17

4. “The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.”

~John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” 1787-1788

5. “The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by Founding Father John Adams

6. “Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.”

~Founding Father John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” (1787-88)

7. “We should begin by setting conscience free. When all men of all religions shall enjoy equal liberty, property, and an equal chance for honors and power we may expect that improvements will be made in the human character and the state of society.”

~Founding FatherJohn Adams, letter to Dr. Price, April 8, 1785

8. “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802

9. “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Horatio Spofford, 1814

10. “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

11. “I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799

12. “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson: in letter to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813

13. “Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual.

State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society. We have solved … the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson: in a speech to the Virginia Baptists, 1808

14. “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”

~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814,

15. “The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”

~Founding Father James Madison, 1819, Writings, 8:432, quoted from Gene Garman, “Essays In Addition to America’s Real Religion”

16. “And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”

~Founding Father James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

17. “Every new and successful example of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance.”

~Founding Father James Madison, letter, 1822

18. “Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history.”

~Founding Father James Madison; Monopolies, Perpetuities, Corporations, Ecclesiastical Endowments

19. “It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force. Let us by all wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.”

~Founding Father James Monroe, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817

20. “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obligated to call for help of the civil power, it’s a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

~Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780

21. “Manufacturers, who listening to the powerful invitations of a better price for their fabrics, or their labor, of greater cheapness of provisions and raw materials, of an exemption from the chief part of the taxes burdens and restraints, which they endure in the old world, of greater personal independence and consequence, under the operation of a more equal government, and of what is far more precious than mere religious toleration–a perfect equality of religious privileges; would probably flock from Europe to the United States to pursue their own trades or professions, if they were once made sensible of the advantages they would enjoy, and were inspired with an assurance of encouragement and employment, will, with difficulty, be induced to transplant themselves, with a view to becoming cultivators of the land.”

~Founding Father Alexander Hamilton: Report on the Subject of Manufacturers December 5, 1791

22. “In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced, and both by precept and example inculcated on mankind.”

~Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists (1771)

23. “That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forebearance, love, and charity towards each other.”

~Founding Father George Mason, Virginia Bill of Rights, 1776

24. “It is contrary to the principles of reason and justice that any should be compelled to contribute to the maintenance of a church with which their consciences will not permit them to join, and from which they can derive no benefit; for remedy whereof, and that equal liberty as well religious as civil, may be universally extended to all the good people of this commonwealth.”

~Founding Father George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776

25. “A man of abilities and character, of any sect whatever, may be admitted to any office or public trust under the United States. I am a friend to a variety of sects, because they keep one another in order. How many different sects are we composed of throughout the United States? How many different sects will be in congress? We cannot enumerate the sects that may be in congress. And there are so many now in the United States that they will prevent the establishment of any one sect in prejudice to the rest, and will forever oppose all attempts to infringe religious liberty. If such an attempt be made, will not the alarm be sounded throughout America? If congress be as wicked as we are foretold they will, they would not run the risk of exciting the resentment of all, or most of the religious sects in America.”

~Founding Father Edmund Randolph, address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 10, 1788

26. “I never liked the Hierarchy of the Church — an equality in the teacher of Religion, and a dependence on the people, are republican sentiments — but if the Clergy combine, they will have their influence on Government”

~Founding Father Rufus King, Rufus King: American Federalist, pp. 56-57

27. A general toleration of Religion appears to me the best means of peopling our country… The free exercise of religion hath stocked the Northern part of the continent with inhabitants; and altho’ Europe hath in great measure adopted a more moderate policy, yet the profession of Protestantism is extremely inconvenient in many places there. A Calvinist, a Lutheran, or Quaker, who hath felt these inconveniences in Europe, sails not to Virginia, where they are felt perhaps in a (greater degree).”

~Patrick Henry, observing that immigrants flock to places where there is no established religion, Religious Tolerance, 1766

28. “No religious doctrine shall be established by law.”

~Founding Father Elbridge Gerry, Annals of Congress 1:729-731

29. “Knowledge and liberty are so prevalent in this country, that I do not believe that the United States would ever be disposed to establish one religious sect, and lay all others under legal disabilities. But as we know not what may take place hereafter, and any such test would be exceedingly injurious to the rights of free citizens, I cannot think it altogether superfluous to have added a clause, which secures us from the possibility of such oppression.”

~Founding Father Oliver Wolcott, Connecticut Ratifying Convention, 9 January 1788

30. “Some very worthy persons, who have not had great advantages for information, have objected against that clause in the constitution which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. They have been afraid that this clause is unfavorable to religion. But my countrymen, the sole purpose and effect of it is to exclude persecution, and to secure to you the important right of religious

liberty. We are almost the only people in the world, who have a full enjoyment of this important right of human nature. In our country every man has a right to worship God in that way which is most agreeable to his conscience. If he be a good and peaceable person he is liable to no penalties or incapacities on account of his religious sentiments; or in other words, he is not subject to persecution. But in other parts of the world, it has been, and still is, far different. Systems of religious error have been adopted, in times of ignorance. It has been the interest of tyrannical kings, popes, and prelates, to maintain these errors. When the clouds of ignorance began to vanish, and the people grew more enlightened, there was no other way to keep them in error, but to prohibit their altering their religious opinions by severe persecuting laws. In this way persecution became general throughout Europe.”

~Founding Father Oliver Ellsworth, Philip B Kurland and Ralph Lerner (eds.), The Founder’s Constitution, University of Chicago Press, 1987, Vol. 4, p.638

31. “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity.”

~Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791

32. “God has appointed two kinds of government in the world, which are distinct in their nature, and ought never to be confounded together; one of which is called civil, the other ecclesiastical government.”

~Founding Father Isaac Backus, An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty, 1773

33. “Congress has no power to make any religious establishments.”

~Founding Father Roger Sherman, Congress, August 19, 1789

34. “The American states have gone far in assisting the progress of truth; but they have stopped short of perfection. They ought to have given every honest citizen an equal right to enjoy his religion and an equal title to all civil emoluments, without obliging him to tell his religion. Every interference of the civil power in regulating opinion, is an impious attempt to take the business of the Deity out of his own hands; and every preference given to any religious denomination, is so far slavery and bigotry.”

~Founding Father Noah Webster, calling for no religious tests to serve in public office, Sketches of American Policy, 1785

35. “The legislature of the United States shall pass no law on the subject of religion.”

~Founding Father Charles Pinckney, Constitutional Convention, 1787

These are hardly the words of men who allegedly believed that America should be a Christian nation governed by the Bible as conservatives constantly claim. On the contrary, the great majority of the Founders believed strongly in separation of church and state. So keep in mind that this country has survived for over two centuries under the principle of separation and it is only now when conservatives are attempting to destroy that very cornerstone that we find America becoming ever more divided and more politically charged than ever before. If this right-wing faction has their way, America as we know it will cease to exist and the freedoms we have enjoyed because of the Constitution will erode

The Founding Fathers had a vision of this nation and trusted that the people would protect that vision and improve upon it. Now is not the time to fail them. Because the day the people fail, so does America.”

Source: Addiciting Info

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One in Six NFL Players Goes Bankrupt within 12 Years of Retirement

From the Nationl Bureau of Economic Research abstract:

“…we test whether they have adequate savings by counting how many retired NFL players file for bankruptcy. Contrary to the life-cycle model predictions, we find that initial bankruptcy filings begin very soon after retirement and continue at a substantial rate through at least the first 12 years of retirement. Moreover, bankruptcy rates are not affected by a player’s total earnings or career length. Having played for a long time and been well-paid does not provide much protection against the risk of going bankrupt.”

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Low Wages Cost U.S. Taxpayers $152.8 Billion Each Year in Public Support for Working Families

Via UC Berkeley Labor Center

“Even as the economy has at last begun to expand at a more rapid pace, growth in wages and benefits for most American workers has continued its decades-long stagnation. Real hourly wages of the median American worker were just 5 percent higher in 2013 than they were in 1979, while the wages of the bottom decile of earners were 5 percent lower in 2013 than in 1979.1 Trends since the early 2000s are even more pronounced. Inflation-adjusted wage growth from 2003 to 2013 was either flat or negative for the entire bottom 70 percent of the wage distribution.2 Compounding the problem of stagnating wages is the decline in employerprovided health insurance, with the share of non-elderly Americans receiving insurance from an employer falling from 67 percent in 2003 to 58.4 percent in 2013.3

Stagnating wages and decreased benefits are a problem not only for low-wage workers who increasingly cannot make ends meet, but also for the federal government as well as the 50 state governments that finance the public assistance programs many of these workers and their families turn to. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of enrollees in America’s major public support programs are members of working families;4 the taxpayers bear a significant portion of the hidden costs of low-wage work in America.This is the first report to examine the cost to the 50 states of public assistance programs for working families. We examine working families’ utilization of the health care programs Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as their enrollment in the basic household income assistance program Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). Both of these programs operate with shared funding from the federal government and the states, and in this report we also examine the costs to the federal government of Medicaid/CHIP and TANF, as well as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the food stamps program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). Our analysis includes only the cash assistance portion of TANF, and it does not include costs for state Earned Income Tax Credits, child care assistance, or other state-funded means-tested programs. Overall, we find that between 2009 and 2011 the federal government spent $127.8 billion per year on these four programs for working families and the states collectively spent $25 billion per year on Medicaid/CHIP and TANF for working families for a total of $152.8 billion per year. In all, more than half—56 percent—of combined state and federal spending on public assistance goes to working families.”

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Corinthian College Fined $30 million by the Department of Education

The for-profit Corinthian College network has been fined $30 million by the Department of Education for overstating job placement rates for graduates. Continue reading –>

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Soaring Costs of Higher Education, Private For-Profit Schools and Public Money

Source: Barry Ritholtz

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The Wealthy and Corporations are Hiding Their Wealth and Profits in Overseas Accounts

I. The Wealthy are Hiding $21 to 32 Trillion in Offshore Accounts

“Wealthy people were hiding between $21 and $32 trillion in offshore jurisdictions around the world as of 2012, according to a 2012 study from the Tax Justice Network, an organization which aims to promote tax transparency. The study, highlighted by a recent Bloomberg News report, found that more than $12 trillion of that money was managed by 50 international banks, many of which received bailouts during the financial crisis, according to James Henry, the study’s author.”  Source: Huffington Post: Business

II. Meanwhile, Corporate Profits Soar – 1947 to 2014

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III. Guess Where a Lot of the Corporate Profits are  Stashed: Over $2 Trillion in Corporate Profits are Stashed in Overseas Accounts, Escaping US Taxes

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Source: Bloomberg Business

Top 15 Corporations with Profits in Offshore Accounts

Top 15 Corporations Hidin

Source: Bloomberg Business

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