Category: Currents

The Good and the Bad of Working from Home

Freelancers in the gig economy and remote workers are fueling the biggest shake up in working structures since the end of feudalism and the birth of the industrial revolution. Okay, perhaps that is a bit too much hyperbole, but 10-20% of Americans are independent contractors, and the global economy for people working from home is […]

Marijuana Prohibition On The Ropes

In November, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. While medical use of cannabis is now legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, the herb remains highly illegal under federal law, and the response of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) remains to be seen. […]

Changing Demographics Influencing US Politics

Republicans suffered a major electoral defeat in 2012. Barack Obama remains president, and the Republican establishment is reeling. From party leaders to the rank-and-file, Republicans are busy picking through the ruins of defeat — and planning their next moves. Historic demographic changes underline 2012 as a turning point in America’s electoral profile. Latino and other non-white voters now […]

The Fiscal Cliff Gives Republicans a Chance to Save Face

When the US Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, it offered an unwanted final solution to the perennial problem of deficit spending: if Congress could not agree on a plan to reduce the budget, then automatic spending cuts and tax increases would do it for them. The deal was designed to compel an agreement between the parties by threatening […]