• Reduce, Reuse…China-Cycle?

    Green Fence. National Sword. Blue Sky. These are the aspirational names of China’s environmental policies that have put the $106 billion U.S. recycling industry through the shredder. China, the world’s largest importer of all types...   Read More

  • America’s Cold Shoulder

    The U.S. accepted 44 Syrian refugees in the first six months of this fiscal year. That’s a rounding error relative to the 11 million displaced Syrians in the world today, but representative of our current...   Read More

  • The Color of Money

    The Great Society was a set of social policy reforms spearheaded by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 with the goal of eliminating poverty and racial injustice. Yet, economic disparities between blacks and whites remain...   Read More

  • Long-Term Care: You’re On Your Own

    Aging baby boomers are rocking family finances and shocking the healthcare system with unanticipated long-term care expenses that leave them and our government burdened by the financial realities of elder care. Current federal proposals to...   Read More

  • Squeezing Public Schools

    Maintaining a high-quality public education system, particularly in the face of increasing global competition, is one important function of government. In the U.S. 90% of all K-12 pupils are educated in public schools. However, new...   Read More

  • No Free Rides

    In its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave American roads a grade of D. Not that we really needed to be told. We’re spending an average $516 a year...   Read More

  • Improving H-2A/B Temporary Work Visas

    Surprise. In one area, what’s good for Donald Trump might be good for you and the economy too. President Trump’s businesses have employed over 1,000 H-2A/B visa holders since 2000. H-2B, non-agricultural, and H-2A, agricultural...   Read More

  • Time to Phase Out the Mortgage Interest Deduction?

    When people talk about the U.S. having a housing-affordability issue (81% of Americans feel this is a key issue), they are probably thinking about millennials living at home with their parents, seniors on a fixed...   Read More

  • The Carbon Tax Solution

    No amount of light bulb swapping or bicycle commuting would do as much to protect us from the worst impacts of climate change as a carbon tax would.  The tax would value the future damage...   Read More

  • Cuts to Title X funding may encourage women to “Just Say No, To Sex?!”

    Ninety percent of us have sex before we marry, and the average age we start getting frisky is 17.  Women spend about 30 years trying not to get pregnant.  No wonder then that more than...   Read More