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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

If You’re Waiting in a TSA Line July 4th Weekend, This Article Is for You

TSA has done nothing but grow in size and cost since it was created. Its record at stopping threats is dismal—if not non-existent—and its inefficiencies and disrespect for travelers would be laughable if they were not so disturbing a pattern or practice. Airline safety is far too important of a priority to be left to what is effectively a government jobs program. 

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How to Save the Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of money in September and Congress wants to save it with a one-time repatriation tax. The only problem with this plan is that it is a short-term, one-time solution. The only way Congress can ensure the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund is by raising highway user-fees. 

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Employment

This Supreme Court Case Will Decide the Fate of Unions in the U.S.

The line between political and nonpolitical spending is often blurred, leading to constitutional questions over collective bargaining’s violation of the First Amendment.

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Technical School Isn’t a Consolation Prize

I have witnessed a widening technical skills gap in my 16 years in the automobile industry. Meanwhile, far too many millennials cannot find jobs in their chosen fields, and owe student loans that they cannot afford to repay. 

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Energy

The 23,000 buyers who pre-ordered the $70,000 Tesla Model X may have been better off buying a Honda. A recent study shows that electric cars are in most cases, bad for the environment. Forget subsidies, the environment may benefit more from a tax on electric vehicles.  

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The Carbon Tax Is Not a Charade

One need not buy into the idea that global temperatures are rising, or that any rise is caused by carbon emission, to favour a carbon tax.

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Finance

What's the Matter with Greece?

So what exactly is the matter with Greece? Simply put, it was in the wrong place (Europe) at the wrong time (1999) when 11 countries with 11 different languages, governments, cultures and customs abandoned their domestic currencies and tied their collective fate to the euro.

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Greece: Don't Delay Required Reforms

Greece’s financial problems didn’t just come out of the blue, they are the cumulative impact of misguided economic policies:  fiscal profligacy, misallocations of national resources and growth-depressing labor and economic regulations.

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Healthcare

Obamacare's Unnatural Monopoly

America may see a wave of consolidation in the health insurance industry as the largest health insurers consider merging into even larger mega-companies.

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Six Priorities for Obamacare Reform

Although the Supreme Court decided to uphold the Affordable Care Act in King v Burwell, that does not negate the fact that the act has been an economic failure. American business have been saddled by burdensome regulations and have subsequently slowed the hiring of new workers. Additionally, young Americans have been left to subsidize the higher premiums of older, wealthier people. 

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Regulation

If You’re Waiting in a TSA Line July 4th Weekend, This Article Is for You

TSA has done nothing but grow in size and cost since it was created. Its record at stopping threats is dismal—if not non-existent—and its inefficiencies and disrespect for travelers would be laughable if they were not so disturbing a pattern or practice. Airline safety is far too important of a priority to be left to what is effectively a government jobs program. 

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Many environmental and indigenous Hawaiian groups have organized protests against the construction of a new telescope recently approved by Governor David Ige. The State of Hawaii should let the market work, and allow the conflicting parties to solve the problem with prices, not protests.

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