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The Cornell Roosevelt Institute is a student-run think tank that promotes progressive thought and engages students to generate policy ideas. Members write policy proposals for publication and complete policy advocacy and educational projects.

Recent Blog Posts

Debunking the Myth: Is America Really the “World’s Hottest” Economy?...or are Partisan Conflict and Government Shutdowns Leading to Increased Economic Stress?

Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In President Donald Trump’s February 5th State of the Union address, he flaunted America as having the “world’s hottest economy,” and he also proudly exclaimed that we are on the brink of an “economic miracle.” However, the US stock market is slowly recovering from hitting a more-than-one-year low shortly before the new year, and the effect of the longest government shutdown in history has yet to show its true impact.

The Economists’ Plea to Politicians—Consider a Carbon Tax


The carbon tax is gaining traction once again because it seeks to solve one of the world’s most pressing issues—global climate change—and proposes to do so with little controversy. In light of recent events and reports, climate change and its effects have been brought to the forefront of political and social discourse. Members of Congress and top economists now back a carbon tax with a rebate—relying on incentives to change consumer behavior and, ultimately, reduce US carbon emissions and spur green energy innovation.

The Forest and the AxeThe Betrayal of America’s Middle Class

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There is fable popular throughout Eastern Mediterranean folklore that tells of a forest whose trees came to trust a woodcutter’s axe. Upon seeing that the axe’s handle was made of wood, the trees concluded, “it is one of us,” and eagerly welcomed the woodcutter into the forest. In so doing, the trees engineered their own demise, and were felled before they could realize that they had been deceived by their own enemy.

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