Arctic Posture (Part I): An Unprepared and Underfunded U.S. Coast Guard
National Security

Arctic Posture (Part I): An Unprepared and Underfunded U.S. Coast Guard

By way of Alaska’s 60,000 mile coastline, the United States is one of the world’s eight Arctic nations. However, many in the U.S. fail to understand the significance of this relatively unexplored frontier. Outside the Cold War, the United States has invested very little to secure its position as a global leader in Arctic affairs. As … Continue reading

A Federal Balanced Budget: Not a Cure-All, but Definitely Not a Bad Idea
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics

A Federal Balanced Budget: Not a Cure-All, but Definitely Not a Bad Idea

To all the people who believe that a constitutional requirement forcing Congress to pass a balanced budget every year will make the federal debt (and yes, there is a difference between a debt and a deficit: deficit being how much money we have to borrow per year, debt being how much money we have borrowed … Continue reading

Retirement Age and the Social Security Dilemma
Aging / America / Debt / Economy / Labor Force / Social Security

Retirement Age and the Social Security Dilemma

Ever since the members of the U.S Business Roundtable presented their plan to gradually raise the retirement age to seventy last year, the political and economic realm has been on fire with both support and recrimination. This fervor has only intensified after a recently released report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which stated that, holding … Continue reading

Obama Stated 20 Times he would not Bypass Congress on Immigration
America / Immigration / Latin America / Mexico / Politics / Presidency

Obama Stated 20 Times he would not Bypass Congress on Immigration

“President Obama has said over twenty times that he would not circumvent Congress and the will of the people to create his own immigration law,” reported Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) Wednesday morning. Arguments that Obama’s unilateral actions will assist in reforming the U.S. immigration system are gravely flawed. Granting amnesty plays no part in reforming … Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act Aims High for Fiscal Irresponsibility
Affordable Care Act / Debt / Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act Aims High for Fiscal Irresponsibility

In budgetary terms, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is anything but affordable. Though well-intentioned, it expands a poorly designed program and adds significant spending during a time of slow economic growth. This attempt to improve and expand health coverage to uninsured Americans is unduly expensive. In an already strained fiscal climate where the federal budget has reached … Continue reading

The Farm Bill: Convenient Coalition or Market Manipulation?
America / Fiscal policy / Tax / U.S. Senate

The Farm Bill: Convenient Coalition or Market Manipulation?

In early June, a coalition of urban and rural politicians in the Senate banded together to pass the Farm bill, a legislative piece that distributes welfare benefits to an unlikely pair: wealthy agro-businesses and the inner-city poor. Although widely popular among constituents, a common sense look at the bill reveals serious flaws. The Senate’s version … Continue reading