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Missing the Forest for the Trees: Corporate America’s Miscalculation

Our politics are currently governed by the President’s far right base — our businesses don’t have to be. By speaking out against the President’s shutdown, corporate America can put pressure on him to end the suffering. At a moment when consumer confidence is plummeting and uncertainty is rising, doing so would be both good business and the right thing to do.

American Poll Taxes in 2018

Until we find a way to make our elections more efficient, and stop eating up the hours of our fellow Americans – at a time when studies show American workers are working longer hours than ever recorded, and longer than anyone else in the industrialized world – we are essentially turning away eligible Americans who want to vote, but also need to work and provide for their families. It doesn’t have to be like this.

Let’s use housing policy to bolster social impact and community-led development

According to housing development failures and social science research, residents often reject development not only due to concerns over congestion and neighborhood character, but also, most significantly, due to outrage over the profits developers will make from development. As a result, state, local, and federal policymakers should incubate and incentivize what are currently the minority — social impact and community-led developers. To deal with the secondary effects of increased development activity, this proposal will also (1) increases access to the planning process; and (2) protect existing renters and owners.

You’re Killing Us on China, Mr. President

The Trump Administration’s recent moves to alienate our allies and retreat from the world cedes the US’ position of leadership to China, which has taken advantage of the void through its “Belt and Road Initiative.” The United States must offer its own robust and comprehensive strategy for international development, or risk losing its economic, security, and leadership advantages around the world.