Описание: As Americans work through the longest recession since the Depression, policy makers routinely refer to the importance of small businesses to the job creation needed to reduce the unemployment rate, all the while concocting new policies and programs that allegedly spur small businesses to hire and grow. For the most part, these policies are misdirected and at best benign, created by desperate politicians who have little understanding of how the private sector works. Broke America will offer advice on how to jump-start the economy by putting money into small businesses. Until the government can successfully manage their own business responsibilities, small businesses and the private sector will continue to struggle.
Описание: More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are over 112,000 obesity-related deaths annually, and for many years, the government has waged a very public war on the problem. Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona warned in 2006 that "obesity is the terror within," going so far as to call it a threat that will "dwarf 9/11."
What doesn't get mentioned in all this? The fact that the federal government helped create the obesity crisis in the first place--especially where it is strikingly acute, among urban African-American communities. Supersizing Urban America reveals the little-known story of how the U.S. government got into the business of encouraging fast food in inner cities, with unforeseen consequences we are only beginning to understand. Chin Jou begins her story in the late- 1960s, when predominantly African-American neighborhoods went from having no fast food chain restaurants to being littered with them. She uncovers the federal policies that have helped to subsidize that expansion, including loan guarantees to fast food franchisees, programs intended to promote minority entrepreneurship, and urban revitalization initiatives. During this time, fast food companies also began to relentlessly market to urban African-American consumers. An unintended consequence of these developments was that low-income minority communities were disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic.
In the first book about the U.S. government's problematic role in promoting fast food in inner-city America, Jou tells a riveting story of the food industry, obesity, and race relations in America that is essential to understanding health and obesity in contemporary urban America.
Описание: This book makes an important contribution to the study of political communication. Its chapters analyse forms of media talk associated with contemporary political elections. Key topics include: changing forms of political interview, televised political debates, and the use of multimedia in promotional discourse.
Описание: Argues that competition in general elections is not the `sine qua non` of healthy democracy, and that it in fact contributes to the low levels of approval of Congress and its members. This book makes the case for a radical departure from traditional approaches to redistricting.
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