Why Energy Efficiency is Key to Fulfilling the Paris Goals
Economy / Energy / Environment / Politics

Why Energy Efficiency is Key to Fulfilling the Paris Goals

Energy efficiency — the ugly ducking in an industry full of shiny solar panels and soaring wind turbines — may be the smart, business friendly path to mitigating climate shifts, regardless of political detours.  The Paris Agreement, the most drastic global climate action plan, officially entered into force in early November, confirming 94 countries’ pledges to … Continue reading

Going for Broke: How the Olympics Affect Local Economies
America / Economy / Events / Other

Going for Broke: How the Olympics Affect Local Economies

Since the establishment of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, the Olympic Games have been a world stage for people of all countries to show off athletic prowess through competition.  In that time, 41 different cities have hosted the games with some like Los Angeles hosting multiple. Leaders in these cities justify the expense … Continue reading

Clinton’s Financial Transaction Tax – A Solution Seeking a Problem
Economy / Presidential Race 2016 / Taxes

Clinton’s Financial Transaction Tax – A Solution Seeking a Problem

Should she win in November, Hillary Clinton’s platform on financial services will likely serve as the financial policy roadmap for the next four years. Notable within Clinton’s Wall Street plan, released last October, is a call for a financial transaction tax (FTT) on high-frequency trading (HFT). A financial transaction tax is an excise tax on trades … Continue reading

Export-Import Bank: Crony Capitalism or Good Policy?
Economy / Politics

Export-Import Bank: Crony Capitalism or Good Policy?

Last week, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) wrote an op-ed titled, “A Victory for the American People Against the Export-Import Bank.” The “victory” being Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) blocking a vote on the nomination of J. Mark McWatters to the export credit agency’s board. By blocking the nomination from a Senate vote, Sen. … Continue reading

Why the Founding Fathers Would Dislike “Obamacare”
Affordable Care Act / Fiscal policy / Politics / Tax

Why the Founding Fathers Would Dislike “Obamacare”

Among the many popular topics of the 2016 presidential campaigns, healthcare remains a timeless defining issue sparking vivid debate on both sides of the political spectrum. In the 2016 presidential campaign, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – commonly referred to as “Obamacare” – has become the privileged scapegoat. However, beyond the political contention, an aspect … Continue reading

What This Nation Needs is a Good Affordable (Large) Cigar
Economy

What This Nation Needs is a Good Affordable (Large) Cigar

History has all but forgotten Thomas Marshal. After surviving an attempted bombing, the former governor of Indiana managed to serve two terms as Vice President under Woodrow Wilson. Narrowly escaping death, however, seems to have been Marshal’s greatest accomplishment in office. He took a cynical approach to the job, readily acknowledging the ‘insignificance’ of the … Continue reading