Author: Baines Report

Beyond the Anger and to the Goal

From its inception, the “Occupy Wall Street” movement was attacked on all sides for a lack of clear goals and subsequent policy prescriptions. It’s as if pundits expected a succinct public affairs memo: 12 point font, 1-inch margins and clear policy recommendations to ease whatever woes have beset those who participate in the movement. As stated by David Brooks, my (normally) favorite columnist from The New York Times: If there is a core theme to the Occupy Wall Street movement, it is that the virtuous 99 percent of society is being cheated by the richest and greediest 1 percent. This is a theme that allows the people in the 99 percent to think very highly of themselves. All their problems are caused by the nefarious elite. Unfortunately, almost no problem can be productively conceived in this way. A group that divides the world between the pure 99 percent and the evil 1 percent will have nothing to say about education reform, Medicare reform, tax reform, wage stagnation or polarization. The need in the policy world to boil down complex issues and movements into bumper stickers can have catastrophic consequences. The Tea Party movement was able to garner political influence through superb organization and one clear message: We want smaller government. The less government the better. They’ve advocated spending cuts as one of the primary mechanisms to achieve this goal....

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Dialectica Radio: S3E1 – Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Dialectica host Sanjeet Deka discusses ongoing Middle East peace talks with Jesse Sampson and C. P. Smith. The panel discusses the likelihood the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians will succeed and identify important factors to consider in the current debate. [soundcloud url=”” params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true”...

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Dialectica Radio: S3E1 – Value-added metrics in Education Policy

This week on Dialectica: Producer/Host Josh Haney takes you inside today’s biggest debate in education politics: value-added teacher evaluations. Guests include education policy expert Cynthia Dunbar, an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Ms. Lesa Haney, a classroom evaluator, former teacher, and yes, Josh’s mom. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true”...

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Dialectica Radio: S2E6 – Water Policy in Texas

This week on Dialectica: Producer/Host Sachin Shah examines the role of state water policy in managing droughts and other water needs of Texans. Guests include Bob Joseph, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Texas Water Science Center, Dr. Bill Hutchison, Director of the Groundwater Resources Division of the Texas Water Development Board. [soundcloud url=”” params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true”...

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