A new annual report from Truth in Accounting found Connecticut has $67 billion in bonded debt and unfunded retirement costs, making it the third most indebted state per taxpayer in the nation. The total debt, which amounts to $50,700 per taxpayer in the state, is based on Connecticut’s 2019 financial ...
What is the Overton Window?
The Overton Window – the title of Glenn Beck’s new political thriller novel – is a concept of political theory developed by a scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Joseph Overton.
Joseph Overton observed that when public policies in a given area, such as education, are arranged from freest to least free, only a relatively narrow window of options will be considered politically acceptable.
This window of politically acceptable policies is not defined primarily by what politicians would prefer; rather, it is defined by what they believe they can support and still win re-election. Hence, the window shifts to include new policies or exclude old ones not when ideas change among politicians, but when ideas change in the society that elects them.
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An updated report by the Federal Reserve on Friday says that 77 percent of 4,174 people surveyed said they were doing “okay” financially during the pandemic, an increase of 5 percent since the survey was conducted in April. But the study also shows that many people are not expecting to ...