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Why Delayed Social Security Reform Costs Us

Contrary to the popular argument that we live in an age of austerity, we live in an age of extraordinary opportunity. Yet we block progress by refighting yesterday’s battles. In 2009 every dollar of revenue had been committed before that Congress walked in the doors of the Capitol. 

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Jobs and Great Recession

Job openings and hires have yet to recover from the recession of 2007–2009. These numbers have not yet climbed back to their historical peaks, which they reached in the middle of the last decade.

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Immigration Reform and the Border

The immigration crisis shows just how badly America needs reform to simplify and open the immigration process.

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How Would Paul Ryan's Opportunity Grants Affect Poverty?

In 1996, when President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (better known as “welfare reform”), I was a twenty-three-year-old liberal. After reading a series of ominous predictions about how poor single mothers would fare in the wake of welfare reform, I could not forgive this act of cruelty.

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Paul Ryan's New Upward Mobility Plan

Scott Winship's take on Paul Ryan's new plan to expand upward mobility. The War on Poverty aspired not simply to move people above an arbitrary threshold by putting cash in their pockets...

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Hungry office workers in DC can get lunch at $6 a day with guaranteed 20 minute delivery, thanks to innovative entrepreneur Asad Yusup, founder of MunchQuick.

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Affirmative action has been around for decades. But what is its track record on actually helping minorities?

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Thomas Piketty’s best-selling “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” has given policy makers and pundits a renewed excuse to call for the redistribution of wealth and higher taxes. But it is time for the French economist to move out of the limelight.

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Raising the minimum wage might lift a few people out of poverty. But many others would lose their jobs or get hit with higher prices.

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GOP Should Stop Avoiding Payroll Tax Reform

The biggest source of low-income families' tax burden isn't the income tax--it's the payroll tax. And the GOP can't ignore it forever.

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