Government Policy

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Heart of an Immigrant

As I reflect on the 14th memorial of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, DC, I can’t help but wonder if we have lost sight of the real point. Certainly, every anniversary of these […]


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Obama’s Foreign Policy: Best We Can Get?

The Obama administration has focused a considerable amount of energy on foreign affairs over the past few months.  Three initiatives are of particular importance – moving toward normalized relations with Cuba, fighting the spread of […]


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United We Stand

I spent last week at my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaching an honors seminar on public policy entrepreneurship and interviewing high school seniors for the Morehead-Cain scholarship program.  This […]


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Divided We Fall

My wife, Pauline, and I eat breakfast together most mornings and the Today Show is usually on in the background – and it comes to the foreground when it is not about some celebrity doing […]


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Reform Interruptist

  The front pages of our newspapers are currently dominated by important events like the stock market, the threat from ISIS, and the most recent set of natural disasters. The attention-grabbing nature of the urgent […]


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A Taxing Point of View

As the US economy has slowly improved over the past two years, the tension and hype around federal budget deficits and debt limits has receded some.  Congress is easily distracted from the important to the […]


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Rebuilding the Jobs Engine

In last week’s Suggestion Bach’s post, I argued that increasing income inequality is largely a function of jobs, or more precisely, the lack of them.  Certainly, there are other contributing factors, including a misaligned tax […]


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The $15/Hour Illusion

Having lived in the Seattle metropolitan area for almost 25 years, at some point, you’d think I’d get acclimated to its unique approach to civic issues.  Not so much.  Just about every year something new […]