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Obama's $10 Fee on Oil

By Jared Siegel Published April 15, 2016

The White House revealed a plan to implement a $10 federal fee on every barrel of oil produced or consumed in the U.S. to fund its 21st Century Clean Transportation Initiative. A discussion weighing the environmental benefits of the initiative against the potentially severe economic consequences of fee needs to be a greater topic of debate in this election cycle.


Recruiting National Servants: Beyond West Point

By Jared Siegel Published November 11, 2015

Since the United States' inception, the federal government has waived or assisted with university tuition expenses for those young people who pledge years of their lives to the armed forces. The Department of Education should administer a similar tuition-for-service exchange to motivate young people to become teachers and to alleviate nationwide teaching shortages.


Are Judges Just Partisans in Robes?

By Jared Siegel Published October 22, 2015

Federally appointed judges are exhibiting more partisan behavior than the founders originally intended, which may begin to undermine our faith in the legitimacy of the courts.


Money in Politics

By Jared Siegel Published March 14, 2015

A critical look at the increasing presence and influential power of money in our political environment.


Keystone XL: Those Who Hesitate Will Lose

By Jared Siegel Published October 21, 2014

The Obama administration's attempt to avoid making an unpopular political decision caused the United States to miss an extraordinary economic opportunity.


Is Money Undemocratic?

By Jared Siegel Published April 26, 2014

Recent Supreme Court campaign finance reform decisions have steered the United States government further from its democratic framework.


The Minimum Wage Debate: A debate that should not be occurring

By Jared Siegel Published March 23, 2014

The federal debate over whether or not to raise the minimum wage focuses on a marginally effective method to combat inequality instead of generating more meaningful policy solutions.


The Vicious Cycle: Why the Government Is Ineffective

By Jared Siegel Published October 31, 2013

Multi-billionaires with ridiculous hair and unrivaled egos should not be able to trademark the backdrop of snow covered brown trees and soaring skyscrapers cutting through a crystal clear blue sky. I would have much rather seen the words New York, New York, New York stamped along the boards of Central Park's Wollman Rink. I want to be proud of where I live and want to be proud of my government. I want to enact legislation in the spirit of bipartisan compromise and I want this legislation to be effective. I want government to work like clockwork, masterfully constructed and organized. I want to associate it with a beautiful New City backdrop. \r\n\r\n


Congress Has Got to Know When to Fold 'Em

By Jared Siegel Published October 15, 2013

The Republican led House of Representatives finds itself in a position where it can use the drunken gambler's advice. Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, it has withstood a Supreme Court case and forty-one repeal attempts by the House. Over and over again, Obamacare has faced GOP opposition and weathered the resistance, yet the GOP refuses to fold 'em.