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State of the Union Address 2014: Myths and Facts

What You’ll See is Tradition, Not LawEvery year, the president delivers his State of the Union address to a special joint session of Congress. President Obama will do so Tuesday night, January 28, at 9:00 PM. The usual fanfare will accompany the event. Maybe there will some surprises too. The U.S. Constitution divides our government into three branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The courts are the judicial branch. Congress is the Legislative, or law-making, branch. The president…See More
Jan 26
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The United States Congress: Myths and Facts

Too many Americans don’t know what Congress is, or how it works.Congress has most of the political power in the United States. Public support for Congress has reached another all-time low. Our disapproval should be based in reality, not in fantasy, rumor, or ignorance. Our schools don’t bother to teach this stuff.What’s a Congress?The Constitution requires that a new "Congress" convene every two years. Members are elected in November of even-numbered years and the new Congress opens in the…See More
Oct 23, 2013
Patricia A. O'Malley posted a blog post

The United States Congress: Myths and Facts

Too many Americans don’t know what Congress is, or how it works.Congress has most of the political power in the United States. Public support for Congress has reached another all-time low. Our disapproval should be based in reality, not in fantasy, rumor, or ignorance. Our schools don’t bother to teach this stuff.What’s a Congress?The Constitution requires that a new "Congress" convene every two years. Members are elected in November of even-numbered years and the new Congress opens in the…See More
Oct 22, 2013
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How a Federal Government Shutdown Affects You

Here We Go Again. News reports have been chattering about a possible government shutdown since July. Both Democrats and Republicans have been posturing and saber-rattling and making a lot of noise, but none of them bother to explain what that means for the public. First, some background. Each federal fiscal, or budget, year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. Fiscal year 2013 began on October 1, 2012 and ends on September 30, 2013. Fiscal year 2014 will begin on October 1, 2013.…See More
Sep 23, 2013
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Thank a Union Member for the Good Life You Have

Join Your Friends and Neighbors in the Labor Day ParadeOn Monday September 2, Americans will observe the 132nd Labor Day celebration. The Allegheny County Labor Council will host its 32nd consecutive parade downtown. Pittsburgh’s parade is one of the largest Labor Day events in the United States, with nearly 200 groups and 80,000 people participating. The Labor…See More
Aug 29, 2013
Henry Brown commented on Patricia A. O'Malley's blog post 'Separation of Church and State: Myths and Facts'
"Excellent post (Yahoo voices is even better)... The only thing that I would question in the entire 1180 word article is "Since so many of our schools don’t bother to teach the Constitution" Would like to see the numbers that you base…"
Jul 10, 2013
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Patricia A. O'Malley posted a blog post

Separation of Church and State: Myths and Facts

The Founders Tried to Protect Us From Religious ExtremistsAmerica’s founders deliberately kept god out of our Constitution because they didn’t want a theocracy. But many Americans now try to force all of us to practice their faith, and prevent some from practicing different faiths. Nothing is more un-American. James Madison and Gouverneur Morris wrote our Constitution from scratch in 1787, using pen and paper. There had never before been such a document. They could have put anything they wanted…See More
Jul 9, 2013
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Jul 6, 2013
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Read the Declaration of Independence

An Act of Treason; Not a Law The Declaration of Independence was more a process than a moment in history. This act of treason against an empire sparked the Revolutionary War and, eventually, the United States of America. It is not, and has never been, a law, but it is worth reading. This week, Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence with picnics, parades, and fireworks. In the movie National Treasure, Nicholas Cage’s character steals the Declaration from the National Archives in…See More
Jul 3, 2013
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Nonprofit Organizations: Myths and Facts

“Nonprofit” Does Not Mean “No Money”Recent news reports claimed that the IRS targeted extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for nonprofit tax exemptions. It was much ado about nothing. But it’s time to clarify nonprofits’ legal status and their social roles in our culture.The Internal Revenue Service’s regulation of nonprofit organizations was a major topic in the news recently, and that’s quite unusual.  Apparently, an IRS manager instructed some of his staff people to pay particular…See More
Jun 25, 2013
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When Does Obstruction Become Treason?

Why Won’t Americans Just Read the Constitution?Recently, Bill Maher and Michael Moore rightly criticized Congressional Republicans for their relentless obstruction of government.  Plenty of liberal bloggers and their followers jumped on the bandwagon.  But they all went too far in calling it treason. Republicans have tripped over each other to obstruct every budget proposal, jobs bill, issue, policy, effort, nomination, and idea that President Obama has proposed since the day of his first…See More
May 26, 2013
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Impeachment: Myths, Facts, and History

More Empty Impeachment Threats from the GOPRight-wingers trembled with glee when Sen. James Inhofe said that President Obama might be impeached for events in Benghazi.  Few rank-and-file Americans understand impeachment or…See More
May 21, 2013
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Find Out What Congress Is Doing

Free. Easy.  All Online. Public interest in Congressional activity surged in recent years. Confusion, misinformation, and outright lies abound. But we can get accurate information without extensive web searches. All official Congressional activity is available on one website.Have you ever wanted to read the text of a bill for yourself, while Congress debates it? Do you want to know which committees consider nominees for particular cabinet positions? Or the status of the federal budget? It’s…See More
May 6, 2013
Patricia A. O'Malley posted a blog post

The Postal Service Is Not a GOP Target

Congressional Republicans Just Want You to Think It Is.Unlike most Americans, many members of Congress have actually read the United States Constitution.  They know what it would take to abolish the postal service and they do not intend to do it.The Constitution requires Congress “To establish Post Offices and post Roads”.  Thus, closing or privatizing the USPS would require a constitutional amendment.  Despite a lot of hooting and hollering and speechifying, no one has ever proposed an…See More
Mar 26, 2013

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I don't work for government per se, but I am available for consulting and special projects. Through my blog, Community Matters, I use current events to teach American government process and function – civics - with emphasis on the US Constitution. I explain the history, rationale, policies, and procedures shaping government operations. I don’t report the news. I explain it.

I'm also a Civics and Government Tutor and Instructor
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Too many to count.

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State of the Union Address 2014: Myths and Facts

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 6:11pm 0 Comments

What You’ll See is Tradition, Not Law

Every year, the president delivers his State of the Union address to a special joint session of Congress. President Obama will do so Tuesday night, January 28, at 9:00 PM. The usual fanfare will accompany the event. Maybe there will some surprises too.

 

The U.S. Constitution divides our government into three branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The courts are the judicial branch.…

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Understanding Your Income Tax Return

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:06pm 0 Comments

Our Schools Need to Teach This Stuff.

As Americans tackle the annual tax-filing ritual, millions will panic. It’s confusing. Many don’t understand it. Some are afraid of it. Relax. Just slow down and read the forms, one line at a time. It’s easier than you think.

 

As adults, we are all responsible for managing our own finances. Yes, you really do need to understand your income tax return. It’s your money. It’s your business.…

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Understanding Your Income Tax Return

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:06pm 0 Comments

Our Schools Need to Teach This Stuff.

As Americans tackle the annual tax-filing ritual, millions will panic. It’s confusing. Many don’t understand it. Some are afraid of it. Relax. Just slow down and read the forms, one line at a time. It’s easier than you think.

 

As adults, we are all responsible for managing our own finances. Yes, you really do need to understand your income tax return. It’s your money. It’s your business.…

Continue

The United States Congress: Myths and Facts

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 7:42pm 0 Comments

Too many Americans don’t know what Congress is, or how it works.

Congress has most of the political power in the United States. Public support for Congress has reached another all-time low. Our disapproval should be based in reality, not in fantasy, rumor, or ignorance. Our schools don’t bother to teach this stuff.

What’s a Congress?

The Constitution requires that a new "Congress" convene every two years. Members are…

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