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Program on America and the Global Economy

The Start-up Act: Building America’s Entrepreneurial Future

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), both first term Senators, discussed key components of the Start-up Act, which they have authored and introduced.  The two Senators sat down with PAGE Director Kent Hughes to talk about why we need to keep talented people in the United States, especially in STEM fields and how the government can best serve entrepreneurs through regulations, taxes, and encouraging talent.

JOBS Act a Win for Startups and Economy

The Jumpstart our Business Startups, or JOBS Act, is a win for entrepreneurship as well as bipartisan politics, and given economic hardship, unemployment and political bickering, it's time for a win. Next step: Declare victory and unleash an economic winning streak.

Regaining America's Competitive Edge

Once the world’s uncontested manufacturing and high-tech powerhouse, the United States must today contend with stiff international competition for markets, innovation, and talent. To regain its edge, America needs serious-minded and long-range reforms in K-12 education, the tax code, and immigration policies, an expert panel said.

Report Launch: Emerging Global Trends in Advanced Manufacturing

The Office of Director of National Intelligence, National Intelligence Manager for Science and Technology asked the Institute for Defense Analyses to identify emerging global trends in advanced manufacturing.  This study identifies key worldwide, emerging trends in advanced manufacturing. Over the next 10 years, networking will drive advances in manufacturing.  In 20 years, manufacturing is expected to advance to new frontiers, resulting in an increasingly automated and data-intensive manufacturing sector that will likely replace traditional manufacturing as we know it today.

Book Discussion: The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis

In The Last Great Senate Ira Shapiro describes how Senators of the 1960s and '70s overcame southern opposition to civil rights, passed Great Society legislation, and battled the executive branch on Vietnam, Watergate, and its abuses of power. The right's sweep of the 1980 elections shattered that Senate, leaving a diminished institution in its wake. 

Creating Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents

Increasing numbers of American voters are breaking ranks with the traditional 2-party system and are self identifying as "independents." With Democrats and Republicans roughly evenly split, this "swing" group represents the votes that can provide the margin of victory in any close race. Most experts and observers contend that the candidate that wins the center will be the one to win the White House as well. So who are these so-called "swing voters?" And what are the ideas and issues that will move them into one column or the other?

Book Launch--The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents

Forty percent of all American voters are Independents who occupy the ample political and ideological space in the center. In The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents, author Linda Killian looks beyond the polls and the headlines and talks with the frustrated citizens who are raising the alarm about the acute bi-polarity, special interest-influence, and gridlock in Congress, asking why Obama’s postpartisan presidency is anything but, and demanding realism, honest negotiation, and a sense of responsibility from their elected officials.

Climate Finance: Innovative Financing Sources for Sustainable Development?

The climate summit in Durban, South Africa ended this weekend with a comprehensive yet unfinished climate agreement. Some advances were made in the discourse about providing urgently needed financial resources to deal with climate effects being felt in developing countries; however, with traditional donor countries' budgets severely constrained, alternative financing sources are gaining momentum.