Author: Jake Goldberg

Political Portrait: Gary Johnson

For the longest time, Hilary Clinton and Donald have dominated news headlines. Every day there is another story, every day there is another controversy. Both conservative and liberal members of the media have closely examined the political philosophies of these candidates, and the unfavorable ratings for both Clinton and Trump are quite high. As a result, the possibility of a third part candidate’s success in this election is more likely than in years past.   Multiple third-party candidates are running for the presidency, but none of them are garnering as much attention as Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. This past week, CNN hosted...

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Minimum Wage Fantasies

This past week, Donald Trump publicly supported the idea of raising the federal minimum wage standard to $10 an hour. As is typical of Donald Trump, his current stance on this issue is a far cry from his previous position of stating that current wages are “too high.” Nevertheless, Trump’s standard is less than the minimum wage requirement that would most likely be established under a Clinton presidency; she has supported a $12 an hour minimum wage standard in the past, and some of her colleagues have suggested that she may set an even higher standard if given the opportunity. To put these proposed increases in perspective,...

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Moral Case for Due Process

At far too many colleges today (as has been discussed here, here, and here), due process does not exist. By its very nature, the presence of due process within disciplinary proceedings is moral. A legal term used to encapsulate a set of safeguards for individuals involved in settling a dispute, due process simply means receiving fair treatment in legal proceedings. For due process to exist, procedures must include the two essential components detailed below. The first component is the use of non­-arbitrary procedures in adjudicating disputes. The employment of non-­arbitrary procedures is predicated upon the idea that everyone accused of being in violation of Code A...

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Mike Pence Future VP?

This week, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate in the upcoming 2016 Presidential election. Many have come out in full support of this decision. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin stated that Pence “comes from the heart of the conservative movement,” and that there is “no better choice for [the Republican] vice presidential candidate.” Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted out that Pence was a “rock solid” pick on Trump’s behalf, and Arizona Jeff Flake also tweeted out that Pence “adds a great deal to the ticket.” While Governor Mike Pence certainly...

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Police versus Black People . . . ?

As Ben Shapiro is often fond of saying, “facts don’t care about your feelings.” Sadly, this axiom continues to be needed because many people who control our country’s political narratives simply ignore facts. For example, when referring to the recent shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, President Obama stated: [A]ll of us, as Americans, should be troubled by these shootings because these are not isolated incidents . . . . They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system. Several hours before the President made these comments, the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton,...

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