The Policy Analysts Have Assumed the World…

(Image by NBC News)  by Kevin Seney Public policy analysis is a sort of Frankenstein’s monster of a field, cobbled together as it is from pieces of civics, law, and economics. The ideal analyst reads Foreign Policy in the morning, creates econometric models in the afternoon, and dispassionately holds forth on the pros and cons of changes to the earned income tax credit after dinner. … Continue reading The Policy Analysts Have Assumed the World…

The Other Side of Institutional Racism

(Image by SupportPDX) The term institutionalized racism is often used to explain the reasons behind poverty and crime among African-Americans across the country.  It is a pattern of social institutions, such as schools, banks, and courts that gives differential treatment to people based on race. It is a widely accepted as a lens with which to understand a lack of economic progress and high incarceration … Continue reading The Other Side of Institutional Racism

Regulating the Internet of Things

(image by Irina Slutsky) As the Internet returns to Congress in 2017 in the form of Senate J. Res. 34, its controversial offshoot, the Internet of Things, continues to cause chaos in its own unregulated market. For the past several years, malicious users have ramped up their exploitation of the innumerable security flaws of connected devices, turning the Internet of Things into a vast infected … Continue reading Regulating the Internet of Things

Pope Francis: Four Years On

(image by Eusebiu Balauca) With the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, scores of international observers remarked that the once venerable, geopolitically-prominent Roman Catholic Church had seen its heyday. Dwindling congregation numbers across Europe, the continued exclusion of women from all church affairs, and an infamous slew of sexual assault cases have beleaguered the esteemed institution in recent years and put its standing … Continue reading Pope Francis: Four Years On

Why Block Grants Fail America’s Neediest: Part II

(image by Daniel Mennerich)  This article is the second part of a two-part series: find the previous post here The reason for the lack of widespread adoption of “true” TANF related programs (those accounting for all four tenants of the original 1996 bill) is a lack of repercussions. If a state chooses not to put TANF dollars into cash assistance, they can use that money … Continue reading Why Block Grants Fail America’s Neediest: Part II

Why Block Grants Fail America’s Neediest: Part I

(image by Ervins Strauhmanis) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a block grant program provided to the states by the federal government. Over the past two decades, TANF has evolved to become a highly individualized program across states. With little federal oversight, aside from required targets, states have generally moved away from utilizing TANF funds for their original purpose. TANF has become a state … Continue reading Why Block Grants Fail America’s Neediest: Part I

A Clouded Future Ahead?: An Unpopular King and Constitution in Thailand

(image by manhhai)  The Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, one of the most revered and longest-reigning monarchs in the world, succeeded the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on December 1, 2016. The government has declared a one-year official mourning period for King Bhumibol, which delayed the Prince’s succession. A unifying figure and a near-deity in a country torn by deep division and ruled currently by a military … Continue reading A Clouded Future Ahead?: An Unpopular King and Constitution in Thailand