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Letter from the AEI Club

March 2, 2017

Debate, disagreement, criticism and controversy. These define the American experiment and our experience as citizens. We think, argue and act because we have always cared deeply about the state of our...

AEI Invites You To Argue

February 23, 2017

Dear Middlebury Students, Faculty, and Staff, The goal of the American Enterprise Institute Club is to promote open and academic debate and discussion of a wide range of issues. In the past we have...

An Education for the Future

March 10, 2016

The United States spends, on average, $12,379 per pupil for each year of public K-12 education. Among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, the U.S. ranks second in dollars...

Conservatism Today

February 24, 2016

Politics today seems to be more about shouting insults than offering solutions. Fox, MSNBC, Donald Trump, all seem to be more interested in ratings than the issues faced by every day Americans. At this...

Unions and Unfunded Pension Liabilities

April 22, 2015

As an economics major, I think I have the concept of monetary incentives down pretty well. So why am I even still here writing this column? Why am I asking my parents to pay tuition when I am most likely...

Care for People Over the Environment

April 15, 2015

The Sacramento Bee reports that the State of California is the world’s eighth largest economy, valued at about $2 trillion (USD); it is tied with Italy and the Russian Federation. Agriculture in California...

A Policy We Can Agree On

A Policy We Can Agree On

March 11, 2015

What if I told you that there was a solution to a major policy issue facing our nation today that President Obama (D) and Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) agreed on? Would you believe me? Well,...

Recalculating the Gender Gap

March 4, 2015

Last week Erin defined feminism more or less as a movement towards equality, as it should be. I think everybody agrees, whether or not a person identifies him/herself as a “feminist,” that women should...

Obama Proposes Bloated Budget

Obama Proposes Bloated Budget

February 11, 2015

When most people think about early February they probably think of the Super Bowl. Believe me, I love the Super Bowl; and I am happy the Seahawks lost. However, something much more important happened the...

Election 2016: An Outlook

January 21, 2015

Tuesday night, Barak Obama gave his penultimate state of the union address. The Obama administration is almost over, and the 2016 elections are coming up. That may seem far off, but the shuffling and sorting...

The Problems with Giving America a Raise

December 3, 2014

I know that there are plenty of issues floating around just in time for holiday conversations with your politically extreme family members. So in anticipation of this inevitable reality, I have chosen...

More to the Story of Voter ID and Abortion Laws

November 19, 2014

Erin has selected for this week one of the most complex and nuanced problems America has grappled with over the past fifty years: abortion. However, she also previously discussed another complex issue...

Hoxie’s Hunches: Forecasting the 2014 Midterms

October 29, 2014

President Obama claims to not be on the ballot this November; however, in a few days, we will see if voters agree with that or not. Republicans need to gain six seats in order to “Fire Reid,” the Democratic...

Looking Beyond 2014

October 8, 2014

A few weeks ago Erin proposed that the environment and global warming would — or rather should — be a major issue this election cycle. That is simply not going to be the case. To quote President Clinton,...

The Cost of Acting on Climate Change

The Cost of Acting on Climate Change

October 1, 2014

Last week Erin, in support of the “People’s Climate March,” argued for policies called “cap-and-trade” which essentially set emission caps on companies and then allow them to buy and sell these...

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