Tom Power

Commentary
4:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

From Violence to Non-Violence: Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

From Violence to Non-Violence:

Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

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Commentary
9:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

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Commentary
9:32 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The Federal Debt Ceiling: Analyzing the Can Kicked Down the Road

          If the Obama Administration cannot get the incompetent, stumbling rollout of the Affordable Care Act fixed in the next month or so, we will soon face another game of “economic chicken” between Tea Party Republicans and President Obama. 

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Bakken boom
11:32 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Is the Bakken Oil Boom an Example of the Economic Development We Are After?

Is the Bakken Oil Boom an Example of the Economic Development We Are After?

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Commentary - October 21st, 2013
9:43 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Economics of the Recent U.S. Shift Away from Coal for Generating Electricity

 The Montana Chamber of Commerce recently attacked EPA’s regulation of the emissions from coal-fired electric generators. That regulation, the Chamber argued, would have catastrophic consequences for both controlling carbon emissions and for the Montana and American economies.

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Commentary
4:36 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

“Drill, Baby, Drill”: The Ongoing Economic Fantasy

          Some economic fantasies never seem to recede, even in the face of economic reality. One of these is the belief that if only more and more federal land were opened to oil and gas drilling, local and state economies would enter a period of permanent prosperity. That source of extensive economic prosperity, we are told, is just beneath our feet. All we have to do is drill. But, we are told, the federal government’s environmental regulations and bureaucratic incompetence block this drilling and keep  us unnecessarily poor.

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Commentary
8:57 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Why the Federal Government Wants to Get into Rating Colleges

Why the Federal Government Wants to Get into Rating Colleges

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Commentary
4:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Getting Control of College Costs and Student Debt

     Young people graduating from high school face a conundrum: Going to college has gotten more and more expensive while the economic payoff from having a college degree has increased in value. College tuition and fees have continued to grow much faster than most other costs in the economy. At the same time, state legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to subsidize college operations.

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Commentary - August 12th, 2013
9:30 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Teaching and Learning in a Digital Information Age

Teaching and learning are under multiple pressures to make heavier use of the Internet’s vast capability to provide access to information and almost instantaneous communication to and from the most remote of locations.

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Commentary - July 29th, 2013
9:40 am
Tue July 30, 2013

“Fuel Treatments” of Our Forests: Does It Protect Us from Wildfire?

The drama and distress of wildfire season is upon us again: Fires sweeping towards homes, families hurriedly evacuating their homes; the constant buzz of fire retardant bombers, water-carrying helicopters, and spotter planes; and exhausted fire-fighters struggling up hill to try to contain a fire while other firefighters stand guard at our homes.

            This drama and distress always raises the question of whether there is something we could have done or should be doing that would better protect us against wildfires.

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