On Ukraine: US Strength is Putin’s Demise
Foreign Policy / National Security / Politics / Russia / Sanctions

On Ukraine: US Strength is Putin’s Demise

Since the collapse of the USSR, Russia has felt backed into a corner and neglected by the international community and, indeed, has been. First, there was the quick snatching-up of post USSR states into the EU with no chance of admission for Russia. Next, there was the absolute refusal of Russian integrity by NATO, and … Continue reading

The Common Core Mystique
America / Education / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Common Core Mystique

Critics from both ends of the spectrum have attacked the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for a number of reasons. “They are a ploy for the federal government to spread its agenda, pollute the minds of children, and diminish teachers’ role in educating!” “They eliminate teacher autonomy and creativity in the classroom!” “They give corporate … Continue reading

HUD’s Latest Proposal Brings Moral Hazard into Rental Housing
Debt / Economy / Politics

HUD’s Latest Proposal Brings Moral Hazard into Rental Housing

The 2008 Financial crisis was a costly lesson in the dangers that come with subsidizing risk. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are well recognized as the principal creators of moral hazard by reimbursing investors that held mortgage-backed securities when homeowners failed to make payments on their mortgages. Yet only five years after the worst of … Continue reading

Curbing Student Alcoholism with Stress Management Promotion Programs
Healthcare / Politics

Curbing Student Alcoholism with Stress Management Promotion Programs

The unfortunate truth is that all generations of Americans are experiencing high rates of stress and often feel they should be doing more to manage it. However, research shows we have made progress in increasing healthier stress management behaviors. Over the last five years, stress management behaviors like eating food and drinking alcohol have decreased … Continue reading

Ukraine: The New Cold War Battleground
Dpt. of State / Europe / Events / Foreign Policy / National Security / Politics / Russia / Sanctions / UN

Ukraine: The New Cold War Battleground

Tensions in Ukraine have been running high since ousted president Viktor Yanukovych brokered an economic deal with Russia in November, spurring month-long protests that eventually led to the overthrow of the government. A new, pro-West Ukrainian government was installed last week, naming Oleksandr Turchinov as president and opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister until … Continue reading

The Myth of the Underpaid Minimum Wage Worker
America / Economy / Labor Force / Politics / U.S. Senate

The Myth of the Underpaid Minimum Wage Worker

One of greatest falsehoods that clouds the discussion over whether to raise the minimum wage is that these workers are underpaid compared to the value they provide to their employers.  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made the case, “If we started in 1960 and we said that as productivity goes up, that is as workers are … Continue reading

The Problem With Wellness Initiatives
Affordable Care Act / Constitution / Economy / Healthcare / Labor Force / Politics / Regulation

The Problem With Wellness Initiatives

In an attempt to decrease health care costs, wellness initiatives have become increasingly popular programs offered by corporations. Health and wellness is an extremely important issue and when it comes to health care reform there should to be a larger personal responsibility component. Unhealthy lifestyles, such as inactivity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol … Continue reading

New Feminism
Politics

New Feminism

Recently there has been a large frequency of news focusing on the GOP’s supposed “Woman Problem,” but it’s time to set the story straight and really analyze the mass media’s seemingly triumphant “You Go Girl!” message and why this framework isn’t always accurate. In the article “Conservative women on ‘breadwinner’ moms and the GOP’s ‘woman … Continue reading