Author: Elizabeth "Bit" Marcello

Libertarianism: The Hip New Trend

Over the past few years, the Republican Party has faced internal tension with fervent Tea Party supporters, often causing conflict in debates over spending and the appropriate time, if ever, to back down to the Democrats. Some Republicans agree that with our debt so high, it is time to dig our heels in and demand financial competence, while others worry that the increased polarization stifles progress. This development within the Republican Party pales in comparison to overwhelming new trend in American politics: libertarianism. Libertarian candidates and platforms seem to be the newest and hippest trend with America’s youth, and...

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Education Reform: Look to the Budget

Over the past decade, the average spending-per-pupil budget in the nation has doubled and class sizes have reduced significantly, but there are still complaints and claims that our students’ scores have decreased and are mediocre in comparison to other countries. These claims encourage our lawmakers to debate on how to alter the perception of American education. Based on the previously stated statistics, the issue is not that the education system needs more money. Rather, it is where and how the states spend their education money that matters. First, I think the national government should stay as far removed from...

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Shifting Priorities: Riot Police for WWII Vets?

The inability of Congress to strike a deal and prevent the government shutdown should signal the shifting of priorities in American society today, but maybe some citizens are still not convinced. Some may have even preferred the government shutdown, hoping that it would frighten the public enough to motivate their elected representatives to handle the situation in Washington. Recent events, however, have proven that our current leaders in Washington are incapable of prioritizing: they cannot agree on what needs to be done to save our economy. Should we raise the debt ceiling or not? Should we cut spending or...

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