Holiday Spending: Past, Present, and Future
Economy / Fiscal policy

Holiday Spending: Past, Present, and Future

For the past decade holiday spending has begun before Halloween for about 40% of Americans, meaning the 2013 season is already underway. Halloween spending has served as an indicator of things to come, and this year spending decreased slightly (first decrease since 2009). The National Retail Federation (NRF) has projected a modest 2% spending decrease … Continue reading

Tackling Our Attitudes Toward Aging
Aging / America / Culture / Environment / Politics

Tackling Our Attitudes Toward Aging

Age is a sensitive topic in our society. Even Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain has gone on the record saying that she will never reveal her age because she’s an “actress.” (It is widely speculated she is 35 years old.) Another actress Isabelle Huppert rebuked an interviewer for asking a question about her “longevity” in the … Continue reading

Fighting Worker Exploitation by Fixing our Guest Worker Programs
Immigration

Fighting Worker Exploitation by Fixing our Guest Worker Programs

An increase in immigration also increases the risk of human rights abuse because immigrants are often so desperate that they are willing to work for any employer, even under deplorable conditions. The above statement is used by several anti-immigrant groups like the Progressives for Immigration Reform as an argument against immigration. Since when do anti-immigrant … Continue reading

The SNAP Trap, “Non-Excessive” Funding
Fiscal policy / Regulation

The SNAP Trap, “Non-Excessive” Funding

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program The 2009 Recovery Act was scheduled to have its boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reduced when it expired on November 1. For households of three, this will be reduced by $29/month reducing monthly assistance from $63 to $37, Single person households’ SNAP benefits will be cut $11/month, and two-person … Continue reading

The Non-Issue of High Youth Unemployment, Part I
America / Economy / Labor Force

The Non-Issue of High Youth Unemployment, Part I

The Reality of Unemployment in the Youth Unemployed persons are typically defined by the Department of Labor as people who are not employed but are actively seeking a job. When the Department of Labor measures youth unemployment they take measurements in April and gather numbers through July. April is the beginning of hiring for the … Continue reading

Delayed Aging: A New Concept for Living a Longer, Healthier Life
Affordable Care Act / Aging / Healthcare / Medicare / Social Security

Delayed Aging: A New Concept for Living a Longer, Healthier Life

Slowing the biological aging process (senescence) is now a realistic goal. According to a new research study published in Health Affairs, the elimination of diseases such as cancer and heart disease would have less effect on longevity and quality of life than delaying aging itself.  Although most medical research remains focused on combating individual diseases, … Continue reading

The Obamacare’s Mandate and a Look at Some Alternatives
Politics

The Obamacare’s Mandate and a Look at Some Alternatives

Controversy continues to arise over a new law being promoted by President Obama and his administration.  The Affordable Care Act, or otherwise known as Obamacare, would require every United States citizen to either pick from set health insurance packages or be forced to pay a steep penalty.  Many Americans, however, are becoming outraged at the … Continue reading

Emerging Adults: Achieving Financial Independence from Parents
America / Economy

Emerging Adults: Achieving Financial Independence from Parents

Achieving financial independence has become more difficult for youths in the United States as the length of time necessary to complete education increases and the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession. The typical achievement indicators of adulthood, such as the completion of education and full time employment, as well as the social indicators … Continue reading