Debate Revamp

As you can tell from the title, I am no fan of the debate system. Seeing two candidates vaguely talk about policies they only half believe in for allegedly “two minutes” a question, does not inform voters on the stark differences between these politicians. Actually a debate does not really help the candidates that much. … Continue reading


The “I can see Russia from my house” Effect

There are many factors that contribute to a voter’s decision for presidential candidate: party affiliation, the state of the economy, running mate selection, media coverage, high profile debates, and Saturday Night Live? Maybe not as obvious, but SNL has been influencing presidential races since Gerald Ford’s bid for reelection in the 70’s.  You have to … Continue reading

America / Constitution / Foreign Policy / Gov. Officials / National Security / Politics / Rule of Law / Uncategorized

Supreme-ly Ironic: How the Judicial Branch Affects Foreign Policy

In one short, succinct statement Justice George Sutherland altered the relationship between Congress and the executive branch. “The President [operates] as the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations,” he wrote in the United States Supreme Court’s decision of U.S. v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation. Whereas the Constitution lays out distinct, … Continue reading

Healthcare / Uncategorized

Expert Panels: Both Sides of the Argument

Expert panels have received criticism because of their science-driven approach based on risks and benefits. Those opposed to the idea of these panels argue that any economic approach to medicine does not take into account the value of a life. Others go to the extreme of saying that any analysis of cost-effectiveness or quality measurements … Continue reading