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This is not the American Dream

Americans are more dependent on the federal government than ever before. According to USA Today, 18.3 percent of the nation’s total personal income was a payment from the government for Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment benefits and other programs in 2010. Much of this increase has come since 2008, mainly due to the expansion of healthcare and federal programs generally. Americans got an average of $7,427 in benefits last year, up from $4,763 in 2000. USA Today even breaks the data out by state, with New York leading the list.

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Posted by: Cameron Cushman
on April 28, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Digesting DC 
Economic Growth Hinges on 'Frontier Economics'

Was the era of free markets brought down by the global financial crisis that rocked economic stability in 2008 and beyond? No.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 19, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Apr. 12 -18)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Recalibrating the Innovation Metrics System (Innovation Management)...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 18, 2011
Category:  General 
Every Day is Earth Day for Small Business

Last year in April, we re-published a blog post from Tom Sullivan about how small business treat every day as Earth Day. Sullivan, who runs the Small Business Coalition for Regulatory Relief and previously served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration, revisits the topic again this week in his SBCRR blog:

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 18, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty  Environment 
Lessons from Israel

Israel is one of the most innovative nations on earth. Israelis (approximately 7.6 million in number) are well-educated, have a global outlook, ties around the world, and most importantly, a positive view of entrepreneurship. Most Israeli entrepreneurs understand ways of moving innovations into the marketplace and how to establish themselves as global companies from the get go. It is only natural that there is so much interest around the world in Israel’s entrepreneurship path.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on April 18, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Apr. 18

Two quiet weeks lie ahead on Capitol Hill as members of Congress are mostly back in their states / districts for Spring Recess from April 18 – 29.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 18, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Young Firms Struggling in a Post-Recession Economy

The latest Kauffman Firm Survey is out and paints a gloomy picture of 2009 as it related to new firms – tighter restrictions on capital, slow sales, and increasing problems with customer payments.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 18, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Apr. 05 - 11)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Startup Incubators Multiplying Like "Mosquitoes" (Reuters)...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 11, 2011
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Apr. 11

A look at upcoming Congressional committee hearings on Capitol Hill, including a few on taxes and job growth.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 11, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Venezuela’s New Passion for Startups

Despite political moves that have been making foreign businesses and investors in Venezuela nervous in the past few years, entrepreneurship has managed to survive. For many Venezuelans, entrepreneurship is a way of facing the prolonged political and economic troubles in many sectors of the economy, as the Washington Post article “With Chávez, Some Venezuelan Entrepreneurs See Opportunity” explained when the President won re-election.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on April 11, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 

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