Category Archives: Economic and Financial Policy

The Evolution of Republican Party Ideology

The idea for my research topic developed through a discussion with a good friend in a coffee shop. We are both extremely interested in political science, and as we discussed political ideology, I realized how little I understood about the … Continue reading

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Analyzing the effects of stock market performance on congressional election performance

The answer to the question of whether or not there is a so-called “Wall Street effect” of equity market performance on the electoral chances of incumbent House candidates has substantively important repercussions on various levels. Existing research studies have identified … Continue reading

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Healthcare Reform and Small Businesses

I thought I submitted this last Monday to CSPC; however, I made the mistake of submitting it to my recruiting blog for A&M. But, since healthcare reform is such an exciting topic, I thought I would share the thrill on … Continue reading

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It’s been several months since I lasted posted! And unsurprisingly the deficit debate is still raging in Washington D.C., especially with the release of the new Ryan Plan. I thought I would take the time to present some of the … Continue reading

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Transparency in Government

The success of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the last comprehensive reform of the tax code, can be attributed in large part to the efforts of a few powerful men in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, … Continue reading

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The Veto: Clinton’s Tool for Success

When I first began my research, working to examine similarities and differences between Clinton and Obama’s management of their administration’s respective budget crises, I was solely focused on each President’s actions and how that impacted the final outcome. While I … Continue reading

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The European Debt Crisis: A Look into Spain’s Twenty-First Century Decline

Last summer, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Spain for a month. After enjoying the vibrant culture, nightlife, and architecture, I started to wonder why all of my Spanish friends had so much free time. The answer was … Continue reading

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Causes and Effects of the July – August 2011 Partial Shutdown of The Federal Aviation Administration

The partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) went largely unnoticed by many, even Washington insiders, since it occurred during the larger debt ceiling debate, its impacts were very real; the adverse economic impacts of the shutdown were particularly … Continue reading

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Federal Debt and Deficit as a National Security Threat

The Joint Chiefs of Staff under both presidents Bush and Obama have concluded that the greatest national security threat facing America is the federal budget deficit and debt.  Their reasoning is primarily economic, in that interest payments on the debt … Continue reading

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How to Go About Raising Taxes

Raising tax has always been a big challenge for nation’s leaders. My paper topic is a comparison between how H. W. Bush and the Japanese Prime Minister Noda has dealt with the tax issue. Since the plan to raise consumption … Continue reading

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