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TAFT-HARTLEY ACT: A Congressional act passed in 1947 that limited the power acquired by U.S. labor unions during the 1930 and into the 1940s. Officially known as the Labor-Management Relations Act, this outlawed unfair labor practices by labor unions to counterbalance earlier legislation that had outlawed unfair labor practices by firms. The Taft-Hartley Act also set up provisions to decertify unions, if members chose to do so, and allowed states to pass right-to-work laws, which would outlaw union shops.

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BACKSTOP RESOURCE: A sustainable, renewable natural resource that is used in place of, and as a substitute for, finite, exhaustible natural resources that have been exhausted. A sustainable resource is one in which the amount used today cannot reduce the amount available tomorrow.The best example is solar energy. No matter how much solar energy we use today, the same amount reaches the planet every day in the future. A backstop resource is then a sustainable resource, like solar energy, that society uses after finite resources, like fossil fuels, have been exhausted. In fact, solar energy is often considered THE backstop energy resource. It represents THE "safety net" that's available when fossil fuels are depleted.

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ECONOMIST

A person who specializes in economics, especially through the study of economic theories and the accumulated body of economic knowledge. Economists spend their working lives at universities, colleges, government agencies, banks, insurance companies, and multinational corporations. They study economic events, analyze government policies, undertake scientific investigations, and of course pass along economic information to eager students and others seeking enlightenment.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time driving to a factory outlet seeking to buy either a wall poster commemorating next Thursday or a pair of gray heavy duty boot socks. Be on the lookout for crowded shopping malls.
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Before 1933, the U.S. dime was legal as payment only in transactions of $10 or less.
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. "

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