Economy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

At Minimum, a Call for Reform

During his State of the Union, President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage generated enough buzz that congressional Republicans were barely to the steps of the capital building before they were voicing concern. Despite the surging popularity of this proposition, new research suggests that minimum wage increases may not benefit employees as matter-of-factly as … Continue reading

The State of the Agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Need for Reform
Energy / Regulation

The State of the Agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Need for Reform

Tuesday night, with Speaker Boehner having seemingly mastered the art of the stoic expression, President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address since winning reelection. This performance had been touted by the administration as the capstone, complimentary finish to a two-part series begun with the President’s Inaugural address. These speeches have draped … Continue reading

The President’s Puzzling Proposal to fix America’s Flawed Educational System
Education

The President’s Puzzling Proposal to fix America’s Flawed Educational System

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama addressed improving the educational standards for American students from preschool to higher education. Analyzing the President’s actions during his first term illustrates that the Obama administration’s main belief is that the federal government needs to get involved in the education of all American students.  So it … Continue reading

Election Postmortem: Where and Why did Romney Lose?
America / Politics / Presidential Race 2012

Election Postmortem: Where and Why did Romney Lose?

The 2012 Republican Primary season is remembered for its buffoonery: Rick Perry’s ‘oops’ moment, Newt Gingrich’ moon colony, Rick Santorum’s seemingly endless discussion of what should and should not be happening in the bedroom.  Mitt Romney, from the beginning, was the only sober and serious candidate in the field (save brief and uninspired runs by … Continue reading

What Would a Second Obama Term Look Like?
Economy / Politics / Presidential Race 2012

What Would a Second Obama Term Look Like?

As the 2012 election draws to a close, the painfully inevitable process of media endorsements has brought the Romney and Obamaphiles out of the woodwork, like Kurt Gibson, hobbling to the plate in hopes that one lucky swing can sway some votes.  Generally conservative endorsements of Mitt Romney incorporate criticism of President Obama for being … Continue reading

When Politicians Talk About History
America / Politics / Presidential Race 2012

When Politicians Talk About History

Historians rightfully get a bit leery when they hear politicians talk about history. All too often, history becomes a convenient rhetorical device for promoting a political agenda. Both parties maintain an arsenal of historical narratives which they enjoy reciting to the public. Here are some common fallacies… Notion of Progress: “We are enlightened and our … Continue reading

Economy

Buffett Rule: #FAIL

“So we have a consensus. Nobody likes the Buffett Rule,” said Howard Gleckman, resident fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and moderator of a forum today on whether the rich should pay higher taxes. The event’s expert panelists may not have agreed on what our tax code should look like, but they did agree … Continue reading