Politics and Public Policy

  • America's national debt has received increasing attention in recent years. As the financial crisis ensued in 2008, massive bailout and rescue packages catapulted the national debt skyward.

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  • No one disagrees that health care reforms in the United States aren't needed to bring costs under control, while still providing maximum coverage for people. Legislators and presidents have spoken for decades of...

  • An increasingly common complaint in the United States concerns the rapid growth and expansion of government in American life. For some, government oversight of the food we eat, the education we receive, the cars we drive, and the money we spend...

  • In our increasingly globalized world, extensive international alliances have become a common means of diplomacy as well as achieving strategic goals.

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  • What comes to mind when thinking about potential threats the United States faces today?...

  • America has the good fortune of a remarkable founding, a geographically ideal location, and a strong security force spread...

  • Throughout the Cold War, America’s foreign policy efforts were aimed definitively at the USSR. Washington filtered almost all military strategies through the main lens of containing Communism and the nuclear threat. Today, over 20 years since the...

  • After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union officially disintegrated in 1991, Russia found itself thrust into a new era. A Communist dictatorship and government controlled economy were replaced with multi-party elections and private...

  • In May of 1982, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at his alma mater in which he outlined his plan for national defense. It involved reducing the...

  • Before the rise of union power in the United States, labor relations were mostly directed by common law principles...

  • Many Americans associate debates about energy with recent attempts to introduce clean and renewable fuels, while making them viable on a large scale. However, regulation, direction, and control of energy--in terms of production, distribution,...

  • From all sides of the political spectrum, we hear calls for decreasing or eliminating America's "dependence on foreign oil." To assess the validity of these calls, one must first understand the history of U.S. energy policy with respect to...

  • Throughout most of American history, border security has centered on the issue of immigration rather than the threat of invasion. And, despite having been known as "the land of immigrants", from its early days the...

  • While many would argue that the United States has never been...

  • Shortly after Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration in January of 2009, the White House moved to name numerous high-ranking officials to oversee top policy priorities of the executive branch. These leading...

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in late 2001 as part of the United States' response to September 11. Although initially an agency within the Department of Transportation, TSA was quickly...

  • The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) – better known as “Cash for Clunkers” – was a federal program enacted in the summer of 2009. Under CARS, consumers were encouraged to trade in older, less efficient vehicles for...

  • Executive privilege is essentially the ability of the president and his subordinates to resist subpoenas and certain interventions by Congress and the courts.

    Though not...

  • On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. Popularly known as Obamacare, the...

  • The State Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as SCHIP or CHIP, was officially ushered into the cannon of governmental programs in 1997. Although its passage in Congress was touted as a bipartisan effort,...

  • In twenty-first century American foreign policy, few countries are discussed with more fervor and fear than the nation of Iran. Radical differences over religion, politics, and human rights have caused the two nations to clash numerous times in...

  • As a young nation in the 1800s, the United States sought to promote friendly relations with China. Undoubtedly eager to capitalize on the exotic exports China had to offer, the United States welcomed the potential for increased commerce between...

  • Public employee pensions in the United States were historically reserved for wounded combat veterans who could no longer provide for themselves as a result of their service to the country. Few would disagree with such...

  • "I'm John Doe and I approve this message." During election season, various forms of this statement are repeated so often that many of us begin to mumble them in our sleep. Although this redundant...

  • A common topic of conversation for many Americans concerns the origin and heritage of their ancestors. Whether it be about a Swedish grandfather who ditched the name of Johnson in order to get his mail, or the great-...

  • Workers have long sought the protection of unions to provide safer working conditions, fair wages, and certain other legal protections. Traditionally, "unionizing" requires employees to come together as a bargaining...

  • Prior to WWII, Korea had spent several decades under repressive Japanese occupation. Following the Russo-Japanese war (1904-1905), Russia and Japan debated splitting Korea into two nations. Just 40 years later a very...

  • While terrorism was not new for many nation-states around the globe, the United States was brutally awakened to the enormity of the threat after the second attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 (9-11...

  • While the debate over whether or not we should have invaded Iraq plagued the Bush Administration, it shifted for the Obama administration: When and how should the United States leave Iraq? In the midst of pressure from both sides, President Obama...

  • Animal rights is a hot topic on many high school and college campuses. Often, supporters of animal rights hold an emotionally-charged position based on images of animals in laboratory cages or slaughterhouses, while...

  • Liberal foreign policy has had a sweeping effect on the international forum since Woodrow Wilson's presidency. Wilson, who grew up in the post-war South, was a pacifist, and...

  • Directly following the 60th anniversary NATO summit in April of 2009, President Obama ...

  • In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson and the 89th Congress came together to extend the scope of Social Security coverage by amending into the original legislation a program of social medical insurance called Medicare...

  • The non-interventionist movement, like many American traditions, has its roots in the Enlightenment. The Founders were strongly concerned about the potential threat that war and foreign alliances posed to the liberty...

  • Early Enlightenment figures such as John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, David Hume, and Francis Bacon, in dialogue or debate with the religious movements of the day, set the stage for the intellectual developments of the...

  • Born from President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal entitlement policies, Social Security functions as a system of social insurance in which a portion of workers and employers earnings are taxed to fund government-managed trust funds. These funds...

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 million Americans are living in poverty. So many people living in poverty in one of the richest countries in the world begs the question: Why? In order to change this statistic, many people call...

  • The Boston Tea Party remains one of the few events leading up to the American Revolutionary War which so truly defines, for the average American citizen, the nature of the colonies' severance from England. Aside from...