Author: Nika Anschuetz

The Truth About Equality

The old adage goes, “Men are from Mars; women are from Venus.” Another says men and women are like apples and oranges. The research is clear: there are differences both cognitive and physical between men and women. If we’re different, than why do spend so much time comparing ourselves as if we were the same? Equality is overused by both political parties. Political leaders aim to sway voters by using the term “equality.” Gender equality, income equality, and racial equality have all been political talking points. Equality is the state of being equal. If something is equal it is often...

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College: No Promise of Success

A college degree may be the most sought-after thing in the United States. Students are bombarded with the message that college equals success. I’ve grown up believing that the United States is a land of opportunity. When did we begin to limit opportunity to a college degree? Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as “a good chance for advancement or progress.” The United States has long been nicknamed the “Land of Opportunity” which has, unfortunately, led most high school students to feel excessive pressure to attend college. College is a fantastic opportunity but it’s not the only opportunity. It’s preposterous to say that college is meant for everyone. The public school system has taught us that college is important if you want a lot of money. Average college tuition costs around $29,000 per year. An average four-year degree totals $120,000. The cost of college has risen at an exponential rate. Let’s put this into perspective: if products rose at the same rate as college, we would be paying $22 for a gallon of milk. Students are incurring huge debts because they’ve been hustled into attending college, whether they want to or not. But college guarantees a high paying job, right? In reality, the statistics are both astonishing and frightening. US News reports: The number of college graduates working minimum wage jobs is nearly 71 percent higher than it was a decade ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest figures....

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Income Inequality

In his State of the Union address, President Obama expressed his goal to raise the minimum wage and close the income inequality gap. It sounds great in principle; however, the truth is it will just cause more problems. A federal minimum wage of $10.10 per hour will have a ripple effect throughout our nation. Small businesses cannot afford to pay all entry level employees $10.10 an hour without raising prices substantially. Ultimately, an increased minimum wage will add insult to the injuries in to our already slow job market. The left claims that the gap between the rich and...

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