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Issues


At e21, we use a broad definition of “economic policy.” Our analysis covers both macro and micro issues across a variety of policy areas, including the budget, national debt, financial markets, banking, housing, health care, infrastructure, and entitlements – just to name a few.

Budget

Money Is Not the Answer for Our Bloated Public Education System

American public education does not need more money. Instead, it needs to spend some of its current funds on more Neighborhood Outreach Connections.

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The Tale of Missing IRS E-Mails Gets More and More Curious

It was revealed on Friday that the emails of Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations at the IRS, were backed up on federal government equipment and have been available to congressional investigators all along-if the administration had only chosen to produce them.

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Employment

Money Is Not the Answer for Our Bloated Public Education System

American public education does not need more money. Instead, it needs to spend some of its current funds on more Neighborhood Outreach Connections.

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Right-to-Work Laws Could Come to a City Near You

Can cities in non-RTW states pass their own RTW laws? The answer is yes, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling in 1963. Municipalities seeking to make their business climate more friendly for job creators may find RTW laws to be a plausible option.

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Energy

Beyond the Protests: Fracking in the UK

Fracking can deliver affordable energy, economic growth, energy security, and job opportunities to the UK. Despite the claims of overzealous environmentalists, this is what most people want. 

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Emotional Storms Are No Response for Disasters

Americans nurse their own very private and personal storm of emoto-thoughts when it comes to natural disasters. We want to do something, so we look for theories that support action.

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Finance

Tax Inversions Help, Not Hurt, the Economy

Tax inversions can result in a greater flow of income into the United States. A company such as Medtronic, which is in the process of inverting , can expand its American operations at lower cost than can its competitors.

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How to Stop Corporate Inversions and Make U.S. Businesses More Competitive

To stop corporate inversions, the United States needs corporate tax reform modeled off recent reform in the United Kingdom.

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Healthcare

Under Affordable Care Act, Minimum Wage Hike Discourages Work

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will leave many full-time workers ineligible for Medicaid. Why do we design welfare programs to discourage work?

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A close reading of the Medicare Trustees' report indicates that we shouldn't expect too much moderation in health care spending.

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Regulation

3 Reasons an Obama Executive Order on Immigration Would Backfire

A broad executive order would cause immense problems for workers supposedly benefitting by the grant of legal status.  To begin with, legal challenges to the executive order would work their way through the courts, casting a cloud of doubt on individuals’ legal status.

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Consumers May Like Onions, But the FDA Doesn't

A proposed FDA rule would drastically increase costs for American onion farmers and consumers, without any improvement in public safety. Regulation for the sake of regulation is fast becoming the norm in Washington.

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