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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

Sorry NYT, the Medicare Cost Problem Remains Unsolved

On August 28 the New York Times published a provocative article entitled “Medicare: Not Such a Budget Buster Anymore.” Its thesis was that Medicare no longer poses the budgetary threat it was projected to just a few years ago. However, the financial problems caused by rising Medicare spending are far from solved. 

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Another Indictment of U.S. Corporate Taxes

In their new release, the "2014 International Tax Competitiveness Index," Kyle Pomerleau and Andrew Lundeen of the Tax Foundation provide a holistic view of the 34 OECD countries' business tax systems. Their conclusion: in terms of its corporate tax rate, the United States has little to celebrate.

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Employment

'The rates are too damn high'

Hailo allows people to request taxis via their smartphones, similar to Uber's ridesharing model. Hailo is a small positive step for the besieged taxi industry, but it may be too late to preserve the taxi cartels' undeserved power now that consumers have experienced the immense benefits of ridesharing.

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Women, get real: Here’s the new feminists’ manifesto

This week marks the launch of Lean Together, a 221-page book that presents an economic agenda for women’s advancement. Hadley Heath Manning, IWF’s director of health policy, said: “The government is telling women that they are not capable of making a wide range of decisions." Stand up, be heard and do things for yourself is the message.

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Energy

LNG Exports Are a Win For All Concerned

Bipartisanship in Washington is not quite dead. Republicans and Democrats both praised the Department of Energy's approval of two new liquid natural gas export projects. Speeding up exports would be a win for America and a win for Europe.

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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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Finance

Secular Growth, Not Stagnation

Long historical experience suggests that for the United States, average growth between 3 percent and 3.25 percent per year will remain the norm. And given the amount of resource underutilization that remains pervasive throughout the economy today, near-term growth rates well above that long-term average remain clear possibilities. 

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My Response to NYT Columnist Krugman

On Friday, several friends told me that Krugman had criticized my published 

comments on inflation written several years ago. My position is this: yes, inflation is delayed, but the risk remains high. 

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Healthcare

Women, get real: Here’s the new feminists’ manifesto

This week marks the launch of Lean Together, a 221-page book that presents an economic agenda for women’s advancement. Hadley Heath Manning, IWF’s director of health policy, said: “The government is telling women that they are not capable of making a wide range of decisions." Stand up, be heard and do things for yourself is the message.

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Sorry NYT, the Medicare Cost Problem Remains Unsolved

On August 28 the New York Times published a provocative article entitled “Medicare: Not Such a Budget Buster Anymore.” Its thesis was that Medicare no longer poses the budgetary threat it was projected to just a few years ago. However, the financial problems caused by rising Medicare spending are far from solved. 

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Regulation

The FDA Should Be In Ebola-Mode All the Time

The Food and Drug Administration is encouraging companies to move fast on treatments for Ebola, the disease that is rapidly spreading through West Africa. If FDA applied the same sense of urgency to Ebola vaccines in the past or to other drugs in its pipeline, millions of people would be better off. Instead, it stalls until a crisis arises, resulting in more deaths and untold suffering.

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'The rates are too damn high'

Hailo allows people to request taxis via their smartphones, similar to Uber's ridesharing model. Hailo is a small positive step for the besieged taxi industry, but it may be too late to preserve the taxi cartels' undeserved power now that consumers have experienced the immense benefits of ridesharing.

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