The Debt Ceiling: Good Politics, Not Policy
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Debt Ceiling: Good Politics, Not Policy

As of this past week, our federal government has managed to clear the hurdle of fully funding the Department of Homeland Security. Unfortunately, this is only one of the many vitally important budget issues on the horizon, including Medicare payments to doctors, funding for the Highway Trust Fund and our crumbling infrastructure, and the prospect … Continue reading

Want to Weaken Terrorist Groups? Go After Their Bank Accounts.
National Security / Politics

Want to Weaken Terrorist Groups? Go After Their Bank Accounts.

Terrorist groups use a variety of different methods for funding. Many of them, including Al Qaeda and Al- Shebab, heavily rely on donations and money laundering in order to support their operations. The Islamic State is no exception. While it takes advantage of other funding opportunities, including black market crude oil sales and looting, both … Continue reading

A Federal Balanced Budget: Not a Cure-All, but Definitely Not a Bad Idea
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics

A Federal Balanced Budget: Not a Cure-All, but Definitely Not a Bad Idea

To all the people who believe that a constitutional requirement forcing Congress to pass a balanced budget every year will make the federal debt (and yes, there is a difference between a debt and a deficit: deficit being how much money we have to borrow per year, debt being how much money we have borrowed … Continue reading

Retirement Age and the Social Security Dilemma
Aging / America / Debt / Economy / Labor Force / Social Security

Retirement Age and the Social Security Dilemma

Ever since the members of the U.S Business Roundtable presented their plan to gradually raise the retirement age to seventy last year, the political and economic realm has been on fire with both support and recrimination. This fervor has only intensified after a recently released report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which stated that, holding … Continue reading

How the Republican “Wave” was Possible
Politics / U.S. Senate

How the Republican “Wave” was Possible

Obama’s 2012 Presidential victory cinched 60 percent of the youth vote, causing many Republican insiders to question where the party was headed. Republicans were warned that they must “get diverse” to continue the party’s survival. The College Republican National Committee found that young people saw the party as “lacking in diversity” and “old-fashioned.”  Republican National … Continue reading

Questioning the “Shareholder Solution”
Constitution / Economy / Politics

Questioning the “Shareholder Solution”

On October 3, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece entitled “A shareholder solution to ‘Citizens United.’” As the title indicates, the article presents a way to control corporate campaign financing permitted by Citizens United. Specifically, the article introduces proposed legislation in Maryland that would require corporations to disclose and subsequently receive support from a “majority” of … Continue reading

An ‘Endgame’ to the Ongoing Afghanistan Conflict
Foreign Policy / Middle East / Politics

An ‘Endgame’ to the Ongoing Afghanistan Conflict

On May 27th, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a formal “endgame” to the thirteen-year war in Afghanistan.  He declared  there will be less than 10,000 troops by the end of 2014, and a near complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of Obama’s presidency in 2016. Shortly after the President’s announcement on Tuesday, Republican representatives … Continue reading