The Dimming Beacon, The Future of Cuban Immigration to the United States – Part 1
Foreign Policy / Immigration / Trade / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Dimming Beacon, The Future of Cuban Immigration to the United States – Part 1

Since the 1959 Cuban Revolution that resulted in Fidel Castro’s rise to power, countless numbers of Cubans have fled to the United States. Today, there are around 2.2 million Cuban immigrants and their U.S. born descendants living in our country. Under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), Cuban migrants may attain residency after having lived in … Continue reading

America’s College Promise: One of Aspiration or Attainment
Debt / Education

America’s College Promise: One of Aspiration or Attainment

As tuition costs in universities across the United States continue to swell, students look to community colleges that offer cheaper tuition options than four-year universities. Now, the tuition cost of community college may get even cheaper. While addressing Pellissippi State Community College outside of Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9, President Obama proposed to make higher … Continue reading

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies
Politics

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies

The title of this post refers to the tag-line used to promote the film “The Social Network” which catalogs the impressive entrepreneurial rise of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and co-founder of Facebook. The website’s stock was opened to public purchase in May of 2012, becoming the largest initial public offering (IPO) in Internet history and … Continue reading

Keystone Pipeline: The Time to Act Is Now
Economy / Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation / Presidency

Keystone Pipeline: The Time to Act Is Now

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, mentioned the administrations efforts to reduce America’s energy dependence on foreign nations. The president’s energy section in the State of the Union was small, lackluster and dodgy. The president avoided any mention of one of the best ways for the U.S. to increase our import … Continue reading

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?
Energy

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?

The EPA recently held 11 sessions for public input on the agency’s new rules to restrict carbon emissions from existing power plants. While large coal interests and major labor unions were represented, the vast majority of attendees represented environmental advocacy groups (or themselves) and favored regulation. Some might suggest that this indicates broad support for … Continue reading

The Ripple Effects of Obama’s Disastrous Syria Policy
Foreign Policy / Middle East

The Ripple Effects of Obama’s Disastrous Syria Policy

Nearly everyone, regardless of personal political beliefs, will agree that President Obama’s stance(s) on Syria has been perplexing.  Syria’s conflict began back in March 2011 as a popular uprising during the Arab Spring.  As the conflict transformed into a civil war, rumblings grew for international intervention.  On August 20, 2012, Obama stated that his red … Continue reading

Corporate Tax Reform: No Longer Revenue-Neutral
America / Economy / Politics / Tax

Corporate Tax Reform: No Longer Revenue-Neutral

Last Tuesday, President Obama delivered a speech in Chattanooga, Tennessee, outlining his long awaited corporate tax reform. The speech called for a revenue-neutral corporate tax reform that lowers the top corporate tax from 35% to 28% for the majority of businesses. Manufacturers’ tax rate will top-out at 25%. President Obama made a statement that the … Continue reading