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In this edition

By on September 17, 2019
In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

In this edition of The Ripon Forum, we take a look at the state of our national political discourse, and why facts matter now more than ever.

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On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Opioids

By on September 17, 2019
On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Opioids

by CHRISTINA MURYN

There is hope for our communities. But it only will occur through continued collaboration between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  

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What Medicare for All would Mean for Us All

By on September 17, 2019
What Medicare for All would Mean for Us All

by CHARLES BLAHOUS

Medicare for All would involve an unprecedented expansion of federal government expenditures and tax burdens.

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Why the Electoral College Should be Preserved

By on September 17, 2019
Why the Electoral College Should be Preserved

by JAMES WALLNER

The Electoral College, along with the Constitution’s other institutional arrangements, exists to safeguard the space where Americans participate in politics to make collective decisions based on equality.

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FACTS MATTER

By on September 17, 2019
FACTS MATTER

Poppy MacDonald discusses the mission of USAFacts and the effort to combat misinformation heading into the 2020 election.

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What Every American Should Know About the Debt & Deficit

By on September 17, 2019
What Every American Should Know About the Debt & Deficit

by G. WILLIAM HOAGLAND

In the current year, the federal government collected $3.47 trillion in revenues and spent $4.47 trillion, resulting in an annual deficit for 2019 of $1 trillion.

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What Every American Should Know about U.S. Foreign Aid

By on September 17, 2019
What Every American Should Know about U.S. Foreign Aid

by GEORGE INGRAM

At $39.2 billion for fiscal year 2019, foreign assistance is less than 1% of the federal budget.

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What Every American Needs to Know about Our Health Care System

By on September 17, 2019
What Every American Needs to Know about Our Health Care System

by GAIL R WILENSKY

We can spend less – we just cannot spend less and still have as easy an access to the open-ended, technically-advanced, sophisticated health care delivery system that we have had in the past. 

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What Every American should know about the Immigration Crisis

By on September 17, 2019
What Every American should know about the Immigration Crisis

by JACKIE VARAS

To overcome this crisis, we must rethink our asylum processes at the border and our deficient legal immigration system.

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What Every American should Know about Education

By on September 17, 2019
What Every American should Know about Education

by KYLE CHANCE

Preparing the next generation of Americans for the future is in our nation’s greatest interest and is our society’s greatest investment.

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