The Debt Ceiling: Good Politics, Not Policy
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Debt Ceiling: Good Politics, Not Policy

As of this past week, our federal government has managed to clear the hurdle of fully funding the Department of Homeland Security. Unfortunately, this is only one of the many vitally important budget issues on the horizon, including Medicare payments to doctors, funding for the Highway Trust Fund and our crumbling infrastructure, and the prospect … Continue reading

Changes in the Classroom Dynamics: Competency Based Education
America / Culture / Education / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Changes in the Classroom Dynamics: Competency Based Education

We can all remember sitting in a hot, stuffy classroom crammed with twenty-plus other kids, staring mindlessly at the front board as a teacher droned on about a math concept or a grammar rule that you personally fully understood. The boredom is suffocating and the engagement is next to nothing. When already knowledgeable about a subject, … Continue reading

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity
Aging / America / Culture / Healthcare / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity

Just seven years ago, “aid in dying” or “assisted suicide,” was illegal throughout the United States with the exception of Oregon. Today, five additional states have passed “death with dignity” bills that allow terminally ill patients to choose to die with the help of their physician. Many praise this legislation for allowing patients who are … Continue reading

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

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 2: Lessons from Abroad and Policy Implications
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U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 2: Lessons from Abroad and Policy Implications

As discussed in the preceding post, U.S. immigrant integration efforts occur mainly at the state and local level, with mixed success rates among various groups. However, as demonstrated by Figure 13, immigrants in the U.S. are more assimilated than in most European countries: Still, U.S. immigrant integration has room for improvement, according to the Migration … Continue reading

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 1: An Overview
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U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 1: An Overview

While debates on immigration reform have centered primarily on securing the border and potentially legalizing the undocumented population in the U.S., policymakers have overlooked one key aspect of immigration policy: immigrant integration. Through integration programs, immigrants can acquire the skills and credentials they need to successfully transition to their new life. This includes, among other … Continue reading

America Doesn’t Need Another Tax Hike
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America Doesn’t Need Another Tax Hike

Hillary Clinton is not the only feature of Washington that is “dead broke”: the Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of money by late August, and members of Congress are scrambling to find ways to raise revenue. One solution, proposed by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), is to raise the … Continue reading

Charter Schools: Revolutionary or Racist?
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Charter Schools: Revolutionary or Racist?

The educational landscape of New Orleans, my hometown, has changed rapidly since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city almost nine years ago. The Recovery School District (RSD), by far the city’s largest school district, closed its last five traditional public schools in May to become the nation’s first all-charter school system. During the 2013-14 school year, 92% of New Orleans … Continue reading

Political Waffling Beats Cantor, Not Immigration
America / Gov. Officials / Immigration / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Political Waffling Beats Cantor, Not Immigration

As the House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost in the primaries to relative unknown Tea Partier Dave Brat, many are claiming that the complex relationship between Cantor and Immigration reform resulted in a sort of political murder-suicide. Cantor’s support of immigration reform lost him his seat, and the loss of Cantor’s seat seemingly ended … Continue reading

Volcker and The Capital Asset Pricing Model: Enforcing Ineffective Regulation Since 2013?
Economy / Fiscal policy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

Volcker and The Capital Asset Pricing Model: Enforcing Ineffective Regulation Since 2013?

One fundamental principle of financial markets is the relationship between risk and return. This tenet is reflected in the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), the workhorse of security pricing, where the return required by investors is measured by adding the risk free rate (such as a treasury bond) to a market risk premium, adjusted for … Continue reading