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

Hydraulic Fracturing Controversy:  An Opportunity for the United States to Lead and Set the Record Straight
Energy

Hydraulic Fracturing Controversy: An Opportunity for the United States to Lead and Set the Record Straight

New estimates released Friday, October 4, by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), shows the United States (U.S.) pulling ahead of both Saudi Arabia and Russia in oil and natural gas production in 2013.  There’s no doubt that this rise to the top is a result of recent development in a new drilling technique known as fracking, … Continue reading

Gas Prices are Down, Will They Stay This Way?
Energy / Middle East / Politics

Gas Prices are Down, Will They Stay This Way?

Gasoline prices, like prices of any commodity, are determined by many factors including supply-and-demand, government policy and even the weather. Gasoline is unique, however, because it is very nearly the only energy source used in transportation. Its monopoly on transportation amplifies the impact its price has on the economy. Low gas prices translate to more … Continue reading

Airline Prices are “Fly-High” in the United States… Why Not in Europe?
Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

Airline Prices are “Fly-High” in the United States… Why Not in Europe?

I wanted to visit my significant other, who is studying abroad at the University of Limerick, in Ireland. Not to my surprise, my flight research came to a screeching halt when I saw the digits perpetuating across the computer screen, making me wonder if the amount was a phone number, or the ticket price—and I … Continue reading

Housing Finance Reform: Corker-Warner Tackles Fannie and Freddie
Economy

Housing Finance Reform: Corker-Warner Tackles Fannie and Freddie

In response to the 2008 crash of the housing market, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 created the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) to serve as government conservator of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks; and injected $188 billion in taxpayer funds to bailout the agencies collectively known as … Continue reading

New Fracking Study is Good News for Natural Gas Industry
Energy

New Fracking Study is Good News for Natural Gas Industry

On September 16, University of Texas Austin released a study showing that shale gas production releases fewer methane emissions than previously thought.  If true, the study’s findings could swing the debate over hydraulic fracturing—a technique used to extract gas from shale formations—in favor of the natural gas industry. In the last five years, developments in … 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