Daily Policy Digest

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...

The Social Security Disability Insurance Program Could Be Insolvent by 2016

As technology and medicine progress, so too must the government's ability to determine whether diseases and conditions are truly disabling...

Will Congress Reform the U.S. Patent System?

The crux of the issue over patent reform appears to be twofold: whether Congress should enact comprehensive patent reform legislation, or pass targeted legislation making specific – and limited –improvements to the nation's patent system to address flaws in the system...

Dodd-Frank Proposal Takes Aim at CEOs

Passing the new Securities and Exchange Commission's regulation could have a major effect on private industry...

King v Burwell Decision Could Usher in Obamacare Alternative

Victory for the plaintiffs in King v Burwell would cause massive disruption in health insurance in the 36 states using healthcare.gov because beneficiaries' premiums would increase significantly...

Open and Operating Ports Put Cash in Worker's Pockets

During the West Coast port slowdown of 2014–15, apple farmers lost $19 million per week...

Obama's Green Loan Program Dumps $2.2 Billion on Taxpayers

Nearly $1 billion in loans have already defaulted under the Energy Department program...


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