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Congress Fails to Remove another Threat early next Year of Default

(Analysis) Congress finally passed a bill this week that allowed the federal government both to reopen fully, and to borrow funds in order to pay for spending on programs already approved by Congress. After more than two weeks of brinkmanship, the solution to a crisis manufactured solely by Congress – especially by republicans in the … Continue reading

Update the Post Office for the 21st Century

(Analysis) The US Post Office is facing financial insolvency from its traditional “snail mail” service. Designed as a means to allow affordable home mail delivery for every US citizen – the private sector would price delivery for many recipients out of reach under a true market solution – technology and deregulation are eroding the ability … Continue reading

Policymakers Have Failed to Restore the Temple

(Editorial) In his first Inaugural Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) remarked that the money changers had “fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization”. Shortly thereafter, New Dealers began to establish a new regime which would endure through the early 1970s. This regime proved remarkably stable, and it delivered prosperity to … Continue reading

Snowden Affair Reveals Dangers from Privatizing Government Services

(Analysis) Edward Snowden, an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton doing contract work for the US intelligence agency NSA, recently fled to Hong Kong with sensitive and classified data. He is reported to be destined for Ecuador, where he will presumably receive political asylum. Snowden has revealed information to the media – and potentially to foreign … Continue reading