Author: Gabrielle Temaat

The GOP Tax Plan: A Huge Win for Republicans

Earlier this week, the House passed the biggest tax cut in thirty years. The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” cuts taxes for 80% of Americans. It also provides tax breaks for private corporations and introduces a new individual tax code. The corporate tax rate would decline from 35 to 21 percent. The average family would experience a $2,059 reduction in taxes next year. Finally, and perhaps, most significantly, the bill removes the Affordable Care Act mandate that penalizes Americans who do not purchase healthcare. This is much of what Republicans in the House and Senate have been fighting for the...

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SCOTUS Debates Landmark Case for Religious Liberty

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard the Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop, is a devout Christian who, by adhering to the teachings of the Bible, refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding. He did not do so for discriminatory reasons, rather, he wanted to uphold his religious beliefs and refrain from taking part in a homosexual marriage, as it is his right. During the hearing, Colorado Solicitor General Yargar defended the state’s law prohibiting refusal of service on the basis of race, gender, religion,...

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Why Mocking Prayer After Tragedy Shows a Misunderstanding of It

The tragic mass shooting in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday incited a multitude of responses demonstrating our culture’s problem with religion, and more specifically, with Christianity. Many took to twitter to mock Christianity, claiming that “prayers don’t work” and “if prayers did anything they’d still be alive”. Asserting that “prayers don’t work” in the aftermath of a tragedy simply demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of the Christian faith. In the Bible, Jesus, God’s only Son, is murdered. Jesus prays to His Father before the crucifixion, asking that this “cup may pass” and that he not be...

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The Solution to Terrorism in America

On Tuesday afternoon, a truck driver drove into a busy bike path in lower Manhattan, killing and injuring several people. Law enforcement officials have stated that the driver yelled, “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, insinuating it was an act of Jihad. The attacker, Sayfullo Saipov came to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010 through the Diversity Visa Program. This program grants visas to people in countries with a small number of immigrants in America. The rationale behind this program is to increase the diversity in America in regard to ethnic backgrounds, which achieves nothing other than a new demographic statistic. It...

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Trump’s Tax Plan and the Dangers of Partisanship

In late September, the Trump administration released the Unified Tax Reform Framework. The plan lowers income tax rates, reducing the current seven tax brackets to three: 12%, 25%, and 35%. It doubles the standard deduction and increases the child tax credit, which allows middle-class families to keep more of their income. The reform also limits taxes placed on small businesses to 25% and removes tax incentives of keeping money overseas. Cutting taxes allows families and businesses to keep more of the money they earn as well as boosting the economy at large. College Students Respond Cabot Phillips of Campus...

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