Law and Public Policy

What’s the 4-1-1 on 9-9-9?

October 21, 2011

Think Global
Your pals at APEP work for the scrupulously non-partisan and open-minded Aspen Institute. We convene folks and let the Ideas fall where they may. Everyone knows that the 2012 election is all about jobs here in the US of A. But we’re glad that the GOP contenders will be challenged to share their ideas about foreign policy as well cuz, um, last we heard the economy is global.

A TV Tip for Your Friends Abroad
Slavery and human trafficking: horrific, real, global, and shamefully under-reported. So hooray for CNN’s year-long Freedom Project. This weekend, CNN International–but not CNN US–will be featuring a terrific new documentary—Not My Life. But advocates here can promote the film by proving that our networks are as global as the problem itself. Tell your friends around the world to check it out.

Fuzzy Math
Sure, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan is catchy and simplifies what is traditionally a complicated subject. But does it make sense? Many commentators say no. They claim that this plan would increase taxes for middle- and low-income families and lessen the burden on high-earners. Advocates, take note: for a message to be effective, it should be compelling, easy to communicate, and stay true to the facts.