Economy & Budget

Growth of red tape outpaces economy

What could you do with 279,000 employees at your disposal? If you’re Tim Cook at Apple, you’re innovating across the technology and personal entertainment sectors with less than half that manpower. If you’re CVS pharmacies, you’re distributing...

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Main Street cannot grow without regional banks

Remember during the 2008 financial crisis, when everyone was screaming about regional banks based in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City? Yeah, me neither.

Still, even though the crisis was centered on the struggles of global...

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The high political drama of Obama’s Section 385 rules

The post-convention season is in full swing, meaning that lawmakers are primarily focused on the election. But while Washington is paying attention to political theater, in the real world American workers and businesses are feeling the economic...

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Lame duck TPP vote could be disastrous for Dems—and America

In terms of style and substance, tenor and tone, the two parties’ conventions could not have differed more dramatically.  Whereas the Republican gathering focused on fear and division, the Democratic convention called forth hope and...

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Insight for Puerto Rico’s oversight board

I am back on the island where I am a part-time resident.  Days here are quiet and humid during the low tourist season. But hanging in the air is a palpable apprehension.  Behind closed doors in Washington D.C., Congressional leaders...

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