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A Look into the Manufacturing Industry

Outsourcing manufacturing is undoubtedly the aspect of outsourcing which comes to mind the most when discussing this topic.  At one time, the manufacturing industry was a booming, thriving business and factories like JBC Company, Inc. owned by Joseph Campolong made millions of dollars from their American business. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview my two Uncles about their lucrative business now known as DDJ  before the clothing manufacturing industry dried up for my relatives three years ago. Continue reading

White Paper Teaser: Innovation in Education


Recent studies have shown that students can learn more from videos, games, and other forms of interactive learning than they can in the traditional classroom. A student’s attention span is about 10-18 minutes before their mind begins to drift, suggesting 1 hour+ long lectures are very ineffective (Ripley). Students also can retain more from watching a documentary or a YouTube video on a topic rather than reading a 500+ page book on it. I believe replacing traditional, archaic forms of learning with an innovative form of online and interactive learning would not only help students learn more, but also could provide an option of lower costs and high availability. We would be replacing the traditional classroom with a virtual one. If implemented properly, online learning could revolutionize education and make a college degree much more affordable. Continue reading

White Paper Teaser: The Work-Life Balance

Since the 1960s, the United States has seen a wave of social change carry over into the workplace. More than ever before, our society is centered on family life, and the new “necessities” for children, as well as the growing demands of work due to globalization, mean that parents are taking on more and more responsibility. Finding a balance between a career and family has always been tough, but never more so than now. With more women in the workforce, issues surrounding this delicate balance are gaining more attention, as they struggle to find time to manage all of their responsibilities at home and at work. Policies involving leaves for childbearing; support for breast-feeding or childcare; work hours, including flexibility in hours and overtime work; leaves for illness or family care; vacation time; and extra perks, such as food availability, gym accessibility, and other on-site health services can help ease the balance.

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Prison Reform

Executive Summary


The United States of America, with a history of military victories, economic prosperity, and the idea of freedom for all, has traditionally taken a tough stance against drug use and distribution.  The war on drugs, beginning first with Nixon in 1967, then reinstated by Ronald Reagan in 1982, is responsible for the incarceration of thousands of criminals every year.  Many of these criminals received harsher penalties than people who commit similar crimes in other countries. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws in the United States, originally developed as a deterrent, have actually increased the amount of prisoners currently housed in American facilities.  Some non-violent crimes in other countries, such as possession of certain illegal substances, generally warrant a fine and probation, whereas similar crimes in America demand a prison sentence.  Due the combination of the war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing laws, American prisons are crowded far beyond their maximum capacity.  With overcrowding, inmates do not receive proper rehabilitation, and a large percentage of convicts are arrested again for new crimes within three years of their release.  The result, even more prison crowding, has serious side-effects.

With a large percentage of prisons considered to be filled above their recommended capacity, and staffed with below the minimum recommended amount of guards, inmate misconduct and violence is a significant threat.  The number of inmate assaults is directly related to how overcrowded a prison is.  Since understaffing is also a problem, it is very difficult for guards to quell these assaults and other violations, leading to unsafe conditions.  In addition to safety hazards, a high incarceration rate means that prisons will have to spend more time and capital to provide for more inmates.  The cost to house just one prisoner per year is surprisingly large, and only magnified by the enormous amount of inmates held in American prisons.  These costs run directly to taxpayers across the country.

Policymakers must advocate for a change to the current system.  Emphasis needs to be placed on rehabilitation, rather than on excessive punishment.  By removing a percentage of non-violent offenders from prisons, and placing them in probation or parole programs instead, the federal, state, and local governments can save an enormous amount of resources.  In order to do this, mandatory minimum laws must be repealed and judges must have more discretion to determine the appropriate consequences for each individual offender.  The saved resources can then be used to create new social programs inside of prisons to help effectively rehabilitate inmates.  If inmates choose to complete these courses, they will become eligible for shorter sentences.  These programs will not only reduce the chance that an emancipated offender returns to prison, but will also aid in decreasing prison populations across the nation.

Teaser: Corporate Tax Reform


On December 31 of this year, the Bush Tax Cuts will expire, and the spending cuts under the Budget Control Act of 2011 will begin. This is what is known as the fiscal cliff. At the same time, total US public debt totals more than $16 trillion. As the president and congress work to mitigate the damage of the fiscal cliff, any increase in revenue or decrease in spending is important.

US corporations are currently the most most profitable they have ever been, making more per dollar in sales than any time in history. The current corporate tax code is outdated, inefficient, and unfair to the rest of tax-paying society. Through loopholes in tax deductions, many of America’s biggest corporations are paying next to nothing in taxes. At the same time, the US tax code encourages corporations to funnel their profits out of the country into tax shelters. As foreign companies invest abroad, economic growth in America stagnent.

It is time to reform US corporate taxation. By removing loopholes, the changes can benefit businesses, government, and society.

Legalize Marijuana


The legalization of marijuana is a very large and current debate in the United States.  Eighteen states and Washington, D.C. have already legalized medical use of marijuana, and Washington and Colorado have gone a step further and legalized regulated recreational use.  The purpose of this paper is to persuade voters to push the federal government to legalize marijuana, at least for medical use.


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Reforming the United Nations Human Rights Council


Aside from the fact that they meet in a building with a pretty awesome ceiling, the United Nations is one of the most significant international organizations in the world. And while it has many different areas of focus, one of the most culturally, socially, and morally significant ones is human rights abuses. Continue reading

The United States, Mexico and the International Drug Trade – Cartels


In my paper, which may be found here – https://sites.google.com/a/bucknell.edu/biz-gov-soc/research-for-white-papers/white-paper-archives-or-sources, I aimed to show the current state of the international drug trade on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. My focus was on cartels – namely their violence, corruption, intelligence networks, and innovations. Cartels, and specifically the Sinaloa cartel that I used as a case study, are some of the most successful criminal organization in the history of mankind. My goal was to show the effect they have in both Mexico and the United States and what could be done from a policy stand point in order to thwart their ativities.

Cartels seem cool in the movies like Traffic and showsl ike breaking bad, but they are actually essentially modern-day terrorists. They are the most violent and organzied crminial entities in the world and they seek to make every single dollar they can on any violent or business tactic they can think of. I was happy with the policy recomendations I suggested and I look forward to a day where Mexico is a safer place with little corruption and where the United States is not the #1 user of illegal drugs in the world.

Mexico’s Failure Against Drug Cartels

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Mexico’s drug industry is much larger than anyone actually knows. It is the second largest industry of Mexico behind oil. This is a common fact most Americans may not know but after decades of foreign genocides and world wars you would think we may pay attention to foreign affairs. Drug cartels in Mexico very well could reach genocide levels. It is considered home to the most dangerous city on the planet and since the death of Bin laden, home to the most dangerous person as well. Continue reading

Preventing the Patent Troll Toll

patenttrolls_final_david_saracinoAfter learning more through research about patents, the patent war, and the patent trolling that exists in today’s modern world, I can safely say the topic got me a bit more riled up than I thought it would. The issue is anything but dull. I recommend you take a look into it if you enjoy reading about business and law. Continue reading