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Susan Rhea
Susan Rhea is a retired Federal geophysicist, having worked for the US Geological Survey in the earthquake mitigation program for 33 years. Her interests focused on communicating science for Congress and the general public, and fair pay. She is a citizen activist, working on reproductive rights, climate change mitigation, and immigrant literacy. She agrees with Prof. Al Bartlett: “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”

Entries by Susan Rhea

Changing Your mind

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:18 PM

I am a scientist, math was my first love. (sorry to all you who noticed my error in defining the Baby Boom years. Thanks to thesavvyboomer; birth years are 1946-1964.) So when I read this report about a Yale law professor's study I was stunned. Appears that even the mathematically...

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Calling All Baby Boomers

(12) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 3:02 PM

I am a baby boomer. At least that's what they say. I was born in 1955. The boom started after the war and supposedly went until 1959, so technically, I'm a boomer too. But I didn't feel like one growing up. Boomers were my older sister's age, born between 1945...

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The Power of One

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 1:58 PM

I'm reading On God's Side by Jim Wallis, who it turns out, is Obama's spiritual advisor. I saw him at a breakfast talk a few weeks ago and was impressed with where this one Christian inspired man has put his heart. He runs Sojourner, a helping place and magazine. He...

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Increase Minimum Wage and Consumer Price Index

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Last week I heard a conversation between two southern gentlemen, and oh how I wish there were more like them -- Bill Moyers and Charlie Rose. The part of the conversation I want to focus on now was about minimum wage. Charlie asked about it and Bill responded, without hesitation,...

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Finding Common Ground -- Are There Enough Grownups Yet?

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:20 PM

I'm reading a book, A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War, by Thomas Fleming. I am struck by several common threads and behaviors about then and now, and how, because of those threads and behaviors, the Civil War could not be...

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What Do Bengazi, IRS, and Social Security Have in Common?

(10) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 10:24 PM

The Bengazi attack, the IRS Tea Party scandal, and fixing Social Security -- what do they have in common? Money. Or lack thereof. It takes money to run government, and a strident minority have decided that strangling government is the best way to make it run better. So their representatives...

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IRS Civil Servants Underappreciated

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 12:45 PM

There is a funny notion out there that federal employees, otherwise known as civil servants, as in civilians performing a service for the people of the U.S., are lazy, cheating, vindictive, and otherwise scourge that no self-respecting business person would want to hire. I'm hear to say that is not...

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Why Is Chained CPI important? It's Not -- A Better Way to Fix Social Security

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 1:25 PM

OK, so what is the chained CPI and why should you care? You shouldn't, really. Because it's trying to answer the wrong question. The question is, how can we reduce the costs of Social Security over the long term? The chained CPI answer says that if we adjust the cost...

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Chained CPI Is a Fraud: Set Constant Dollar COLA, Not Percent COLA

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 3:39 PM

The president is asking Congress to change the way cost of living adjustments (COLAs) are determined for retirees and eventually federal civilian and military employees. This is needed because reducing the federal debt requires seniors to take a hit for the country so corporations, Wall Street financiers, and others in...

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