Killing Two Birds With One Stone: Immigration and Social Insurance Programs
Economy / Healthcare / Immigration

Killing Two Birds With One Stone: Immigration and Social Insurance Programs

When addressing the nation last week, President Obama had only brief remarks regarding immigration reform, simply saying, “let’s get it done”. Perhaps this brevity is emblematic of how unlikely immigration reform has become. While off-putting to some members of Congress, comprehensive immigration reform remains one of the President’s major legislative goals. Though the President has … Continue reading

“Bad Romance”: Shale Gas Boom and the Emergence of Strange Alliances
Energy / Environment

“Bad Romance”: Shale Gas Boom and the Emergence of Strange Alliances

Shale gas discoveries has proliferated in the United States as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, a relatively new technology, has allowed an efficient way to extract shale gas, producing a cheaper and cleaner source of energy than coal.  The shale gas boom happening in the United States which has resulted in an economy-boosting decrease in gas prices … Continue reading

The Dark Cloud Over the Medical Device Tax
Healthcare / Politics

The Dark Cloud Over the Medical Device Tax

The medical device industry currently consists of 8,000+ manufacturers and employs over 400,000 Americans. Over the last seven months, the industry has been subjected to a 2.3% excise tax on all medical device sales – not only profits. The tax has been a primary funding mechanism for the health care overhaul so far. The medical device industry … 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

The Impact of the President’s New Budget on future STEM Education
Education / Fiscal policy

The Impact of the President’s New Budget on future STEM Education

On Wednesday, April 10th, President Obama released his $3.77 trillion budget, as the president begins the arduous process of getting it passed through the Republican controlled House of Representatives.  In regards to education, the new budget contains very similar rhetoric used by the president during his 2013 State of the Union Address. For example, the … Continue reading