Why Senator Warren’s Student Loan Proposal Doesn’t Add Up
Economy / Education / Fiscal policy / Uncategorized

Why Senator Warren’s Student Loan Proposal Doesn’t Add Up

Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) unveiled her first piece of legislation on the Senate floor — a proposal to allow students to borrow at the same rates as banks. While this move galvanizes the populist movement, the economics behind it does not quite add up. The interest rate on direct subsidized loans for undergrads … Continue reading

A Drop in the Bucket: the Obamacare Application Gets a Reboot
Affordable Care Act / Economy / Healthcare / Regulation / Uncategorized

A Drop in the Bucket: the Obamacare Application Gets a Reboot

Flexible and nimble, these are the words chosen by one Obama Administration official as part of the announcement earlier this week that the application to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) shiny new state exchanges would be trimmed to three pages. The presentation of the new form, meant to remind the … Continue reading

March Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls as Job Seekers Give Up
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March Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls as Job Seekers Give Up

February’s job report looked so promising. Unemployment was down by .2% and 236,000 jobs were added to the economy. The economic outlook was great. Then the jobs report for March came out. What happened? In a blog post I wrote last month I predicted that the promising economic outlook was premature and that March’s report … Continue reading

Is the Housing Market Improving?
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Is the Housing Market Improving?

After housing indicators showed positive growth signs for the housing market last month, the first housing numbers released this month, from NAHB/Well Fargo, reported their third consecutive decline in their housing market index (HMI), with a decrease of two-points to 44. A suffering housing market suggests a struggling economy. The chart below shows the drastic … Continue reading

Endangered species finally get much needed attention
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Endangered species finally get much needed attention

Social, economic and political problems plague policy makers and focus attention on an array of both domestic and foreign issues. Congress is notably polarized and it seems that the more important an issue may be, the more difficult compromise is. Top environmental issues tend to revolve around energy production, renewable energy technology, food production, water … Continue reading

Communications / Regulation / Uncategorized

“Can you hear me now?” AT&T Carries the Voice of Reform to the FCC

Perhaps no one likes being told that the world has passed them by or that their sun may be setting. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at 78, has recently come under heavy criticism from those who have labeled the organization a curmudgeon that has failed to keep up with technology and is now in the … Continue reading

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Why are Cuban Americans unhappy with Chuck Hagel’s nomination?

Last week the president of the United States once more disappointed the Cuban American community by nominating an unpopular character to a key position in his administration. Chuck Hagel’s popularity among Cuban Americans has been low ever since he decided that American foreign policy towards Cuba needed a 180 degree switch. The media in Miami … Continue reading