Author: Kristin Tate

Government Sponsored Racism

Should a white person be given preference to college admissions because he is white? Of course not. That’s racist. So why are admission preferences given to any specific race? In the 2003 case Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court ruled that race could play a role in admissions policies of universities that receive federal money (even if only in the form of aid to students). This “positive discrimination”, known as affirmative action, attempts to compensate for historical racial discrimination by giving minority applicants a “leg up”. But these policies are currently being challenged by a case before the Supreme...

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After the Boston Bombing

Monday a horrific tragedy happened in my city. Multiple bombs exploded in Boston, killing three people and leaving at least 110 injured. The two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, leaving a truly gruesome scene in their wake. Hundreds of shocked competitors and spectators fled the heinous aftermath in panic. Many of the victims were covered in blood, and others lost limbs. A day that should have been full of fun was instead fraught with dread and pain. But Boston is a strong city, full of tough people. They will help the victims whose...

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Am I Allowed to Eat This, Washington?

The United States is nearly 17 trillion dollars in debt, the national unemployment rate is nearly 8%, and one in seven Americans are on food stamps. But fixing those problems is just so hard! So, several courageous politicians have decided to spend their time dictating what we should be allowed to eat. They do this in the name of “keeping us healthy.” How noble of them! Bureaucratic do-gooders like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and First Lady Michelle Obama are involved in this “fight against obesity.” Thanks to their programs, rules, and regulations, all of us will be much healthier....

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Is College Worth It?

In order to be happy, successful, and get a good-paying job, you must go to college. Parents and high school guidance counselors have touted these words of wisdom to young people for decades. And for some students, this message is undoubtedly accurate. But for many others, the walloping debt that comes with a degree makes going to college simply not worth it. Tuition for public and private colleges has ballooned by 500% over the last 30 years, and only continues to go up. Private and public colleges cost an average of $29,000 and $21,706 per year, respectively. Many schools...

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More Dollars, More Dependency

President Obama made it clear in last month’s inauguration speech that he would continue to implement his ultra liberal vision. He trumpeted numerous grandiose, colorful lines lacking in substance like, “Progress require[s] us to act.” That sounds nice, and it makes people feel good. But bureaucrat terms like “progress” and “moving forward” usually mean spending more money on government programs. And government spending almost always creates dependency. In case you haven’t heard, we have over $16 trillion in debt. Adding the most substantial chunk to that debt is welfare spending. Welfare is now the largest federal expense, and it...

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