Publications

Publications

The Party of “Hell No” Parties in New Orleans

This marks the first of a series of semi-weekly columns (on Mondays and Fridays, whenever possible) I’ll be doing for ProgressiveFix summarizing and digesting political news from around the country as we head towards the November midterm elections and inch inexorably towards the 2012 presidential cycle. I will periodically do reports on the various regions,…

Reviving the Labor Market with Middle-Skill Jobs

Download the report. The importance of worker education and skills to labor market success in the U.S. has never been clearer than it is now. The current economic downturn has hit all groups quite hard, but especially those with the least education and fewest skills. And as the labor market slowly begins to recover this…

Clean Energy, Guaranteed: Why Nuclear Energy Is Worth the Cost

Download the report. Last month, President Obama announced $8.33 billion in loan guarantees for the construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia — the first to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years. That announcement followed the president’s proposal to triple nuclear loan guarantees to $54.5 billion in his latest budget. If…

Why the Jobs Crisis Is Actually an Innovation Crisis

Forget for the moment the $15 billion jobs bill moving through Congress -- even its supporters admit that it’s far too paltry to make even a tiny dent in the unemployment rolls. And ignore the economic commentators who tell you that the labor market is recovering just because job loss has slowed. No, the U.S.…

The Dragon’s Dilemma: A Closer Look at China’s Defense Budget and Priorities

Download the report.   This is the first installment in a three-part series investigating the state of China’s military. The other articles in this series will look at China’s missile capabilities and naval modernization. This week, China’s National People’s Congress will convene its annual meeting in Beijing. Among the developments that are expected from the…

Charting a Course for a National Infrastructure Revival

As the United States struggles to rouse itself from its economic slumber, the country is beginning to keenly feel the need to lay down a foundation for a new and vibrant economy. A concerted effort to modernize our infrastructure must top any checklist for recovery. The backbone of our economic system has suffered from years…

The Right Track: Improving President Obama’s High-Speed Rail Program

President Obama made a splash in Florida last month when he announced the award of federal stimulus money to start building a high-speed rail (HSR) line between Tampa and Orlando. “I’m excited. I’m going to come back down here and ride it,” he told a cheering audience at a town hall meeting. The president certainly…

Haiti After the Quake: Nation-Building Next Door

Download the report. As the tragedy in Haiti plays out in nightly newscasts, Americans can be proud of their contribution to the relief effort. With over 16,000 U.S. forces already deployed and $100 million in reconstruction money pledged from the government -- on top of over $500 million donated privately -- America’s commitment is firm.…

Fast Track to the Future: A High-Speed Rail Agenda for America

Download the full report. In the next few weeks, the administration will be announcing which states will be awarded funds from $8 billion dedicated for high-speed rail (HSR) development in the stimulus package. Right now, 259 applications from the states valued at $57 billion are chasing the recovery plan money. The administration’s decision to devote…

The State of State: A Proposal for Reorganization at Foggy Bottom

Download the full report. The past decade has seen the U.S. government expand its activities around the globe in response to complex and stateless threats. In the face of these challenges, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, and members of Congress have all called for increasing…