No Buds for Budweiser: Are Corporate Mergers Bad for Consumers?
Economy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

No Buds for Budweiser: Are Corporate Mergers Bad for Consumers?

Budweiser’s proposed merger with Corona and Stella Artois was denied in early February by the Department of Justice, but several other big name companies have plans to get together. The big name mergers underway are: Office Depot with Office Max, US Airways with American Airlines, and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway with Heinz Ketchup. These corporate … Continue reading

With Bin Laden Dead, Who is the Most Wanted Man?
Central Asia / Foreign Policy / National Security

With Bin Laden Dead, Who is the Most Wanted Man?

Mexican Billionaire, the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, and recently announced Chicago’s public enemy no. 1 – “El Chapo” – is the world’s most wanted man. Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as “El Chapo” (or “Shorty”) was born into a poor family in Mexico and sold organs as a child. El Chapo’s education ended … Continue reading

Social Security: A Little Reform Today Might Solve a Big Problem Tomorrow
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy / Taxes

Social Security: A Little Reform Today Might Solve a Big Problem Tomorrow

The CBO’s budget and economic outlook, released last week, looks bleak. And one of the drivers of future budget shortfalls? Social Security. During the Feb. 13th house budget hearing on CBO’s outlook, Rep. John Campbell (CA) asked Doug Elmendorf – CBO Director – if we were in a pickle with regards to the U.S. budget. … Continue reading