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Remembering West, Texas: Lessons From a Tragedy

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 1:36 PM

The blasts at the two chemical plants in Louisiana a day apart on June 13 and June 14 brought back to memory the explosion in West, Texas approximately two months earlier on April 17.

A total of three people and more than 100 were injured in the two Louisiana

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The Necessity for "Muddling Through" Economics

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 11:49 AM

An old joke goes, "If you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they still wouldn't reach a conclusion." That may no longer be the case.

Some of the world's top macro-economists convened in a conference titled "Rethinking Macro Policy II" by the International Monetary...

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Minimum Wage, Maximum Dissent

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 6:54 PM

Given the reactions that President Obama got after he proposed raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour in his State of the Union address, he must have felt a little like comedian Rodney Dangerfield. He just didn't get any respect.

And that was from the left and the right....

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Big Data and Deep Learning: Big Deals or Big Delusions?

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Big Data and Deep Learning are two major trends that will impact and influence the future direction and potential of innovation in the United States.

From the deluge of information on both trends over the past year, it would appear that they may be key drivers for the future growth...

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National Service Not Military Service

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 12:15 PM

A debate has erupted over the past year or so regarding reinstating the military draft. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) has introduced a bill for this purpose.

Proponents of the reinstatement include Thomas Ricks, a fellow at the Center for New American Security, and Lawrence...

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Need to Start the Small Business Engines

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 4:53 PM

Historically, American small businesses have been strong engines for job creation. Since the Great Recession, those engines have either been turned off or idling.

We need to start those engines again if we want to get on the road to meaningful economic growth and recovery. Given the current attitude...

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The Audacity of Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 10:39 AM

President Obama used his State of the Union address to shift the legislative and national focus from austerity (the debt and deficit) to audacity (growth and economic development).

Some pundits assert that in doing so he was taking his eye off the ball. We would argue quite the contrary....

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The Key to Prosperity: Manufacturing American Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:47 PM

In his recent major speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA 7th District) called for Republicans to "focus our attention really on what lies beyond the fiscal debates" and to create "conditions for health, happiness and prosperity."

It appears that the national...

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Gun Control vs. Mind Control

(41) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 5:15 PM

The tragic shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School have unleashed a torrent of public discussion and legislative proposals on gun control. Nationally, however, unless this debate can be framed as more than a fight about gun rights, it seems unlikely that this will result in much meaningful change. That's...

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Hands On, Hands Up, Hands Off: Our Necessary Social Contract Debate

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 8:45 PM

America used to be a land where we took care of our own. Times are changing. Today, some would have the weakest and most vulnerable among us tighten their belts, lower their expectations, and take care of themselves.

President Obama called the question on those individuals and on the shape...

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Manufacturing America's Future

(7) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Once upon a time, America was the world's factory. That time will never come again. But, recent results and research indicate that factories and products will and must play a pivotal role in manufacturing America's future.

Even with its relative decline as a contributor to GDP as an employer of...

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Congress at the Crossroads

(7) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Congress is being held in contempt. That contempt comes from the American people.

A poll released last week by Public Policy Polling (PPP) reveals that contempt is deep and broad. Congress got only a 9 percent favorability rating in the PPP study. That's the good news for the...

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Conservative Messengers Need New Ideas

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 1:25 PM

Former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) who left Congress to head the conservative Heritage Foundation wrote a recent op-ed column for The Washington Post titled, "Conservative ideas need a new message."

In our opinion, the conservatives' problem nationally is not a problem of messaging but one of ideas....

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Let's Make America the Creation Nation Again

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 4:51 PM

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. The management consulting firm Arthur D. Little disproved this old adage in 1921 when its chemists created silk from pork byproducts.

Those were the good old days of United State's innovation and, as economist Tyler Cowen

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Don't Fence Me in: The Need for Strategic Immigration Reform

(28) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 9:52 AM

Almost immediately after the national elections were concluded, immigration reform again became a topic for bipartisan political conversation and potential legislation.

Illegal immigrants had been at the center of debates and much of the discussion during the Republican presidential primaries. With their hard-line, hard-headed and hard-hearted stances on things...

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From Cliff Dwelling to Mountain Climbing

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 5:01 PM

A thumb-nail assessment of the fiscal cliff bill: Much sound. Some fury. Simplifying nothing.

Nonetheless, those members of Congress who worked together in a bi-partisan fashion to construct and pass the "cliff deal" are to be commended. The major presenting short-term problem of the expiration of "middle...

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Save Our Children: A Christmas Wish and Prayer

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 2:03 PM

This is not the time to take Christ out of Christmas but to put the child into Christmas -- not for presents but for prescience.

Let us do that by celebrating the innocence of those who will not celebrate Christmas this year because of the Connecticut schoolhouse shootings. Let...

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The Republicans' League of Their Own: Reasons, Responses, Recommendations

(9) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 4:22 PM

If the national elections had been contested in the Republican's political version of a fantasy football league, Barack Obama would have received 47-plus percent of the vote. And, they would have picked up five seats in the Senate and eight seats in the House. Just the opposite occurred.

This stunned...

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The Island States of America: A Threat to Our Representative Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 9:41 AM

The secessionists have garnered a lot of attention lately with their petitions to leave the union after Barack Obama won the national election. While their appeals may be headline-grabbing and fabulous fodder for talk radio and cable TV, they are substantively and politically unimportant and impotent.

The issues of...

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Fiscal Cliff or Bunny Slope?

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 10:21 AM

Superstorm Sandy was a disaster brought to us by Mother Nature. The fiscal cliff is being brought to us by human nature. Which will be worse? Time will tell.

What we can tell right now is that Sandy was unavoidable. The cliff, on the other hand, was and is completely...

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