Challenging times – Fedline – The Federal Times Blog

Light, author of “The True Size of Government” and  ”A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It,” made many interesting points and predictions…

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Take Better Notes by Paraphrasing – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

…paraphrase your sources while you take notes, not later.

… paraphrasing is often better than copying. First, it’s faster, which is especially crucial if you’re in the archives. Second, it forces you to assimilate ideas. Copying verbatim is really a way of being lazy by pushing off the hard work of thinking, but paraphrasing while taking notes lets you mix your ideas with the sources you’re working from. You end up with a record not just of the source but of why it is important to your research. And third, by paraphrasing while taking notes, you’ve already done some of the work towards producing a draft.

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Economic Well-Being among Older Americans » Sociological Images

One important factor is the role of public policy. In 1965, the U.S. passed legislation establishing Medicare, which greatly increased access to medical care for the elderly regardless of income. Medical costs had previously been a major drain on savings; a significant illness could quickly eliminate a lifetime’s savings. Medicare reduced the risk posed by medical expenses and the percent of income spent on health care among the elderly.

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