Category Archives: Politics

Libertarians Aren’t Liberal

If you’re a Libertarian for long enough, someone will either call you a “liberal” or imply that Libertarians are somehow leftist. Of course, the classic liberalism we all know and love isn’t what most conservatives mean when they try to call us liberals. Part of the issue is a lack of understanding. But why haven’t many Republicans figured it out yet? After all, if they were to listen to what we said, they’d agree with us more often than not.

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School Choice Changes How Teachers Strike

Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington is delaying its first day of school due to the teacher’s strike. Many parents are frustrated with their tax dollars being spent on empty schools with picketing teachers. It’s even more frustrating that many of these parents don’t support the one thing that would change these strikes: School choice. Unions hate school choice because they know it would make strikes harder to organize.

They also hate it because teacher’s actually need to care more about the students than their unions. There’s no question that most great teachers care about their students. But the unions aren’t really thinking about the kids. Rather, their interests lie in getting the best pay and benefits for teachers. Why, then, do they act like they’re doing what’s best for kids?

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Why Socialism Won’t Work in America

There’s a big push for socialism in the United States. The problem is that it just isn’t going to work in America. With socialism, there’s a lot of centralization, especially with regard to economic policy. Real socialism wouldn’t allow for many things most Americans take for granted. Economically speaking, people would have to completely disregard their personal utility (satisfaction). We need to be honest when we talk about socialism. Tens of millions have died at the hands of its ideology, mostly from starvation. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Continue reading

It’s Time to Privatize OHSU

We often fail to realize that “privatize” is not a dirty word.  In order to understand this, we must first understand what it means for a public university to privatize. Next, we must come to terms with the reality that private institutions are often highly esteemed compared to their public counterparts. Lastly, there needs to be a good reason for a public university to privatize if people are going to support such an action.

After diligent research, I believe that there is a very convincing case to privatize the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

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Disney's Chicken Little from 1943 is More Relevant Today Than We Realize

My daughter and I were watching Disney’s Silly Symphonies on Netflix this week and it was great to reminisce about when I was her age watching these same cartoons. I was also reminded just how political these cartoons got sometimes. Chicken Little is probably one of the more powerful wartime propaganda cartoons that I’ve seen. To the unsuspecting viewer, it’s just a cartoon about a timeless story with several explanations. However, Disney’s Chicken Little is much darker and has a message that is timeless even 75 years later.

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Why the Economy Has Improved Under President Trump

Before Donald Trump was elected president, there was a lot of negative media coverage with a lot of pundits predicting that he would wreck our economy. About a year and a half into his presidency, it appears to have been the exact opposite. But why? Does it really make sense for the economy to have been doing so well with these crazy policies, insane tweets, and political rollercoasters of emotion? The short answer is yes.

While I may have studied economics, I cannot say for sure what the reasons are for this economic boom under Trump, which has been beyond piggybacking off of Obama’s economy for some time. I will try to explain what’s going on as I understand it.

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Democrats Should Hold Their Party Accountable After Trump's DACA Tweet

On April 1, President Trump tweeted that he was taking the DACA deal off the table. This comes after offering a path to citizenship to 1.8 million DREAMers earlier this year. Why didn’t congressional Democrats jump on this opportunity? People are left to speculate for themselves, but Democratic voters who care about immigration reform should be raising some eyebrows at their own party for its inaction on the president’s offer.

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Why We Should Reformat Digital Academic Transcripts

Why are we still sending PDFs of college transcripts to employers, let alone paper copies? This means that someone will have to physically open it, read it, and then make a decision. As the saying goes, “Time is money.” This is especially true in business, but human resources can easily take up a lot of financial resources.

On top of this, we run into the issue of employers relying strictly on GPAs, which aren’t very reflective of skills. Skills are better found in individual grades, but there’s no way to quickly analyze based on this due to how transcripts are sent and received. However, if we were follow this one suggestion, we could forever change the playing field of how employers select people for an interview.

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The Economics Behind Price Gouging

With all the hurricanes lately, I’ve seen plenty of people get upset about price gouging in areas where people are evacuating and/or areas where people are hunkering down. Based on what I’ve seen, most people find the practice immoral, especially when there’s a crisis. It seems to be that people don’t quite understand why price gouging is actually the moral thing to do in times of a crisis. Hopefully, my personal experience in Oregon with the wildfires will shed some light on this.

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Sarah Silverman Doesn't Understand How Credit Unions Work

It often concerns me when people don’t seem to understand something they should have learned about in high school such as writing a check, balancing a personal budget, and major differences between a bank and a credit union. Sarah Silverman explains why she left her bank for a credit union in a video for NowThis. Just when you thought you couldn’t politicize much more in America, the credit union has now fallen victim to it. There’s a lot of benefits to a credit union. I even advocate switching to them! There’s just one big problem: I don’t think Sarah Silverman or NowThis understand credit unions very well. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here’s the video so you can see what I’m talking about.

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