Daily Policy Digest

Is The United States A Democracy? America's Middle-Schoolers Do Not Know

Some 74 percent of middle school students report they dislike social studies class due to the emphasis on reading from the textbook, rote memorization and note taking...

Consumption Taxes Make Up a Majority of Developed Nations' Revenues

On average, countries raise approximately 32.8 percent of their tax revenue from consumption taxes...

Dodd-Frank Mandates Usher in Uncertainty for 2015's Proxy Season

Litigation continues to generate uncertainty about proxy rules, with companies and shareholders alike filing suits to challenge the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) decisions...

Wind and Solar Facilities Face No Consequences for Killing Millions of Birds

In 2009, Exxon Mobil paid $600,000 for killing 85 birds in five states...

Financial Conditions Clouded By Current Accounting Standards

Shared standards would improve the ability of global investors to compare information across countries...

Two Federal Agencies Threatening Water Ways and Property Rights

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule would assert jurisdiction over numerous types of waters, including tributaries, adjacent waters and other waters...

Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Federal Mismanagement, Again

The Government Accountability Office estimated the total cost of the Department of Homeland Security's 22 programs is about $9.7 billion higher than originally expected...

Rising Oil-Exploration Costs and Decreasing Stock Market Values Make Takeovers Likely

Exxon now has fewer employees than 20 years ago and pumps 50 percent more oil and gas. Nevertheless, getting bigger today might not create the savings energy companies are seeking...

Lessons From Japan's Lost Decades

Economists have found that prices in Japan have not increased since the mid-1990s...

Social Security in Need of Reform

The number of Social Security beneficiaries is growing faster than the number of workers sup-porting them — the number of elderly will near¬ly double between now and 2034 while the number of new workers will only increase 16 percent...


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