Uncontrolled Debt, Unprepared Students. Regulations on Career-Colleges Attempt to Control the Trend.
America / Debt / Economy / Education / U.S. Domestic Policy

Uncontrolled Debt, Unprepared Students. Regulations on Career-Colleges Attempt to Control the Trend.

In May of 2014, President Obama proposed that the Administration take steps to address the large number of students who enroll in for-profit college career programs that graduate with little experience, skills that were less than spectacular and high amounts of debt. These programs are leaving students with little option but to default on their … Continue reading

Deficits and the Business Cycle: Why We Should Still Worry About the Deficit
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy

Deficits and the Business Cycle: Why We Should Still Worry About the Deficit

Why we should Still Worry about the Deficit On October 15, the Department of The Treasury released the final budget results from Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The results showed an overall deficit of $483 billion, $197 billion less than in 2013 ($680 billion), which amounts to a reduction of the deficit as a percentage of GDP … Continue reading

Pay As You Earn: Not the Solution to Student Debt Crisis
America / Culture / Debt / Economy

Pay As You Earn: Not the Solution to Student Debt Crisis

President Obama’s expansion of the Pay As You Earn program for student loan payment while earning support still fails to fix the root of the student debt problem. The expansion allows for more people to become eligible for their student loan payments to be capped at 10 percent of their monthly income, which is based … Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act Aims High for Fiscal Irresponsibility
Affordable Care Act / Debt / Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act Aims High for Fiscal Irresponsibility

In budgetary terms, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is anything but affordable. Though well-intentioned, it expands a poorly designed program and adds significant spending during a time of slow economic growth. This attempt to improve and expand health coverage to uninsured Americans is unduly expensive. In an already strained fiscal climate where the federal budget has reached … Continue reading

HUD’s Latest Proposal Brings Moral Hazard into Rental Housing
Debt / Economy / Politics

HUD’s Latest Proposal Brings Moral Hazard into Rental Housing

The 2008 Financial crisis was a costly lesson in the dangers that come with subsidizing risk. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are well recognized as the principal creators of moral hazard by reimbursing investors that held mortgage-backed securities when homeowners failed to make payments on their mortgages. Yet only five years after the worst of … Continue reading

Egoism Over Action: The Thoughtlessness Behind the Latest Budget Talks
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy

Egoism Over Action: The Thoughtlessness Behind the Latest Budget Talks

For those in the D.C. metro area, this month has been pretty normal. Employees were furloughed. The government shut down. Partisan bickering continued. The city was placed on high alert after a failed attempt to break through White House security, which led to a car chase down Constitution Avenue. Congressmen realized their approval ratings would … Continue reading