Public Policy



Public policy is the area of civics that deals with decisions about the government’s 
priorities for its activities and for public services.


For example, the United States has policies to provide free public education 
to all citizens, national parks, an interstate highway system, and humanitarian 
aid to other nations when necessary.


Those policies are implemented through specific legislation.


Legislators and government leaders spend a great deal of time debating what policies 
to implement and what the details will be.
These are the issues that most directly affect all of us.




























































Patricia A. O'Malley
Social Policy & Programs Consulting    ~    Community Matters
P.O. Box 97803    ~    Pittsburgh, PA  15227   ~    412-310-4886    ~    info@patomalley-consulting.com
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Established 1993

Patricia A. O'Malley

Social Policy & Programs Consulting

Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice


America's Police Problem:  Cause and Cure
Our greatest power is within our grasp.

Right to Work is a Scam
The laws do not protect your rights.


Mourn for the Dead. And Fight Like Hell for the Living.
Workers Memorial Day 2019

This is What's Wrong with Republican Tax Policy
An open letter to Jack Markowitz, Pittsburgh Tribune Review columnist

Defective Teaching Methods Produce American Political Ignorance

What's wrong with our civics education and how to fix it.


Nonprofit Organizations Should be Tax Exempt
We Can't Afford to Tax Them.

There is No Such Thing as a Good Cop
How to Prevent Police Crime


American Education: We Need Higher Standards 
We Must Require More from Our Kids and From Public Education

Welfare in America: Myths and Facts
Everything you think you know about welfare is wrong.

Unemployment Compensation: Myths and Facts
The GOP is still trying to set Americans against each other.

Public Demonstrations Do Bring Change 
We can't make progress without them.


The US Must Prosecute Torture
The Constitution Says So.

We Must Change the Way We Handle Disasters