Share |


| 2015-01-16

When I finally decided to attend Swarthmore College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, my friends and family were scared that I would become “one of those liberals” and proceeded to gift me with elephant-patterned pillows and other dorm decorations as relics of my political standing. 

| 2014-10-21

This article originally appeared in RealClearMarkets.

Apple stock rose over 2 percent on Monday as the company announced an increase of 13 percent in its quarterly profit, and sales of 39 million iPhones. And in a few days the company will roll out ApplePay, increasing the demand for the iPhone 6. Instead of a credit card, all people will need is their iPhone, which can be activated with a secure fingertip to prevent fraud.

Jared Meyer | 2014-05-02

Is getting around the nation's capital about to get more expensive?

On Wednesday morning, the D.C. Taxicab Commission held a public hearing on its proposed regulations targeted at popular ridesharing companies including Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.

Stephen Goldsmith | 2013-06-03

To some extent, the regulatory rationality we addressed in the previous essay seems straightforward—better service and less fragmentation for applicants wandering their way through bureaucracies, more attention to trade offs, more emphasis on problem solving and less on procedural compliance. Here we turn to the future of reform and look at its key points: origination of the rule or requirement and the process of granting a license and enforcement.

Stephen Goldsmith | 2013-05-15

Each new exposé on bad behavior by some business produces a rash of new enforcement procedures against all, including those entities that operate with the highest standards. For every aspiring entrepreneur hoping to capture an opportunity in a regulated trade the enforcement procedures can translate into another obstacle. As time goes on new regulation often ceases to serve its original purpose and suffocates citizens and law-abiding businesses without producing the intended benefits.

Stephen Goldsmith | 2013-04-29

Dramatic improvements in service delivery within a bureaucratic monopoly simply will not occur without serious and intentional leadership. The leadership that produces more effective government combines a broad array of management tools with the political and communications skill of the elected leader. It requires both a motivating articulation of a goal and the deft use of symbolism.

Stephen Goldsmith | 2013-04-15

Regardless of tax and spending levels, government as currently organized is too cumbersome to be effective. And though it might sound like a bad joke, government could in fact be better, faster and cheaper. The assumptions of the last 100 years of progressive governance and the production model on which they are based no longer apply. Today’s technological advancements can power a digital government revolution and offer the opportunity for truly transformative changes.

Peter Wehner and Robert P. Beschel, Jr. | 2012-03-22

The issue of income inequality has never before been central to American politics. Though concern for the poor, disputes over welfare programs, and complaints about "the rich" have of course featured prominently in our public debates, Americans have generally avoided open class warfare, to the nation's great credit and benefit. But in the 2012 presidential election — one of the most consequential contests in decades — the divide between rich and poor in America promises to be a focal point.

Jason Delisle and Christopher Papagianis | 2012-03-12

The Republican presidential primary elections have sparked a show trial about whether a candidate’s experience as a private equity investor effectively disqualifies him to be the president of the United States. In this debate, private equity experience is linked to some of the industry’s failed investments, lay-offs at restructured companies, or lucrative distributions from successful investments. It is held up as an example of privilege, income inequality and evidence that private equity’s business model is anathema to the role or mission of the federal government. But there is at least one area where Washington is in desperate need of someone with private equity experience.

e21 Team | 2012-02-16

The failures of the Administration’s industrial policy in the energy sector have been recently documented. It’s not just an unlucky streak for the Department of Energy that Solyndra and other targets for subsidies have failed, but a fundamental problem of the government trying to do a better job than the market in directing investment flows.

e21 Projects & Partnerships