Author: Lydia Kurkoski

Target: Consumers Fight Back

Recently, there has been a great deal of buzz regarding Target’s new bathroom policy. On April 19th, the company made an announcement on the Target website stating “[We] welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity…Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.” This policy change has been met with a good deal of disapproval amongst consumers. While many individuals are angered by the new bathroom policy, Target remains within its legal boundaries. The Target company is a private business. Private businesses can act on their own without government regulation....

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The Key to Economic Prosperity

The key to economic prosperity is less government regulation in the market. State regulated markets hinder competitive market forces. Strict regulations make it increasingly difficult for citizens to find jobs and cover living expenses. Those living paycheck to paycheck are finding that rising out of poverty is seemingly impossible. So, how can we facilitate opportunity for individuals living paycheck to paycheck? Currently, the government regulates the supply of housing. Lack of supply merely spikes the price of any good. Rent control, a policy that limits the amount of housing available, must be lifted. Without rent control more housing can...

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Protectionism: Not so Tariff-ic

High trade deficits in the United States have produced a large group of people, including presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, who support economic protectionism. Economic protectionism is the idea that domestic industries can be protected through a series of restrictions on imports. With this policy, foreign competition is blocked out by an increase in tariffs and subsidies placed on imports.  The price increases that tariffs lead to are not only a fact, but are the actual motivation behind the position. Theoretically, higher costs should both (1) turn consumers towards domestic goods that are not affected by the tariffs, and (2)...

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Mr. Mussolini, Tear Down This Wall!

Active abolishment of opposition is fascism, and fascism has taken over at Tulane University. As per annual tradition, the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity chapter at Tulane University built a wall of sand bags around their house last Thursday night. This year, some members spray painted “Trump” and his campaign phrase, “Make America Great Again” on each side of the wall, which was taken to be a reference to the border control wall proposed by republican nominee candidate Donald Trump. Members of the Tulane football team weren’t having it.  While brothers of the fraternity tried to reason with them to leave...

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