America / Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics / Presidency

President Biden and the State of Inflation

Executive Summary  Last week, President Biden outlined his plan to counter inflation as the rate rises to around 7%  The President placed the blame of inflation on rising prices in a myriad of sectors including motor vehicles, prescription drugs, energy, and childcare  His solutions include programs to cut costs as well as protect wages by … Continue reading

America / Communications / Dpt. of State / Economy / Gov. Officials / Healthcare / National Security

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response System in the US

Summary   Though the US dealt with major outbreaks in the past 20 years, the American Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response system was unable to generate a sufficient coordinated response for COVID-19.  The American Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response system needs an analysis in the present time to evaluate the effects of public health policies and their … Continue reading

The Supply Chain Crisis Extends Far and Wide 
Economy / Labor Force / Politics

The Supply Chain Crisis Extends Far and Wide 

Executive Summary  Failures in the supply chain can be detected along virtually every aspect of the process; some existed before COVID-19, while others were caused by the pandemic.  It is unclear how long these problems will persist; especially as demand increases through the holiday season.  The United States Department of Transportation attempted to address these issues by expanding the capacity and efficiency of … Continue reading

Yes, “Gig City’s” Public Broadband is Fast, but its Economic Future is Questionable  
Economy / Politics / Technology

Yes, “Gig City’s” Public Broadband is Fast, but its Economic Future is Questionable  

Executive Summary  The impacts of Covid-19 will continue to elicit conversation about funding municipal broadband projects, so we must be aware of the long-term financial obligations associated with these programs.     Chattanooga’s public broadband produces speeds much faster than the national average, but the economic responsibility looms far into the future.   The financial structure of the Electric Power Board’s public broadband will be difficult to duplicate, so the Chattanooga program should not be used as … Continue reading

America / Economy / Energy / Environment

Confronting the Concerns Surrounding Green Hydrogen

Introduction Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and has the potential to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize our planet. What makes hydrogen vital is its capability to be a clean, safe and flexible energy carrier. Additionally, when combusted to generate heat or electricity, it produces water. These characteristics make it … Continue reading

China / Economy / Energy / Environment / Politics / Trade

China and Latin America: forging new economic ties in United States backyard.

China experienced explosive economic growth in the past few decades that helped it rise to the position of the second-largest economy in the world. It now aims to transform itself from a regional to a global hegemon, effectively challenging the US in its backyard, Latin America. The country’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) facilitated its … Continue reading

Economy / Labor Force

Prioritizing Our Private Sector

As we near the end of the month, we are nearing the expiration of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. This program issues a $600 weekly benefit for Americans that typically do not qualify for unemployment insurance. Those eligible include the individuals who are self-employed, part-time employees and others who do not have qualifying work … Continue reading