America First vs the WTO
Politics

America First vs the WTO

America First vs the WTO The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the foremost intergovernmental organization for regulating international trade. Its purpose is to promote free-flowing trade by providing its membership with forums for three interrelated functions – negotiation, illumination, and litigation. As of 2018, 164 members or (contracted parties) representing 96.4% of world trade, 96.7% … Continue reading

Immigration Reform: The Trump Public Charge Rule
Politics

Immigration Reform: The Trump Public Charge Rule

The new public charge rule released under the Trump administration, if implemented, would represent the largest expansion of the definition in its 136-year history and would lead to drastic negative consequences for both companies and the wider native population. The public charge condition of inadmissibility is a powerful tool that has long been used by … Continue reading

A Cooperative Federalism Approach to Energy is an ACE
Politics

A Cooperative Federalism Approach to Energy is an ACE

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its boundaries under the Obama administration with the Clean Power Plan (CPP). In 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that the Clean Air Act (CAA) was seeking to regulate “outside the fence line” of individual power plants.  According to the EPA’s website, several states, trade associations, labor unions, and rural electric … Continue reading

A Call for Social Determinants
Healthcare / Medicare / Politics

A Call for Social Determinants

It is common knowledge that the United States spends substantially more money on health care than other developed nations, yet it is by no means the healthiest country. Health care accounts for one-sixth of United States’ gross domestic product (GDP), but morbidity continues to rise. Two out of three American adults are obese, one-third of American adults have high blood pressure, and diabetes prevalence is … Continue reading