Apr. 7, 2017
Has Trump been involved with Russia?
Two Congressional committees, the one in the House at least temporarily sidelined by its chairman, Devin Nunes, are now investigating the question of Russian meddling in our 2016 election and the extent to which the Trump administration may or may not have been complicit in it.
Mar. 17, 2017
At least we’ll have guns
Donald Trump’s proposed budget plan for the forthcoming fiscal year will likely see cuts in various areas. One of these areas is the Environmental Protection Agency. Under the new budget plan, $2.6 billion of the EPA’s current $8.2 billion in funding will be cut.
Nov. 12, 2013
Students debate merits of Obamacare
Far from the halls of Congress, the Drexel chapter of the American Medical Student Association met Nov. 7 in Disque Hall to debate the merits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is more commonly known as Obamacare.
Nov. 8, 2013
Corruption in the House
A few days ago, something really crazy happened in the House of Representatives, and you probably haven’t heard a word about it. To understand the depths of this crazy, however, we have to take a painful but thankfully brief look into our recent history. More specifically, we have to go back to the 2008 financial crisis and look at the giant insurance group that made its claim to fame during that time: AIG. Remember AIG? It was that one company that nearly collapsed and eventually had to be bailed out by taxpayers to the tune of $85 billion. Well, the risky behavior that caused AIG so many problems was something called “derivatives trading.” Explaining the ins and outs of derivatives trading could be its own class, but I’ll try to offer a brief summary of the concept. Derivatives trading is essentially the act of creating a contract based on some underlying object of trade. If that seems a bit too much like baseless jargon to you, maybe an example will help.
Oct. 18, 2013
A ‘hostage situation’ in congress
This isn’t a hostage situation; hostage situations are meant to be a means to an end. They are meant to create a scenario in which the hostage-taker has leverage to bargain for what he or she really wants. Isn’t a government shutdown precisely what many Republicans dream of, though? After all, with so many government programs defunded and so much spending slashed, the government has definitely reduced its influence in citizens’ daily lives. Now, of course, some of the spending cuts have defunded programs that Republicans support, but they seem to have gained much more from this shutdown than they’ve lost. There doesn’t seem to be anything they would gain through negotiation that would be better than what they have now. With the setup as it stands, why would they ever want to negotiate at all?
Oct. 4, 2013
An endless cycle of CRs
Granted that this op-ed was written Sept. 30 — the very last day for Congress to do what it was intended to and pass a continuing resolution to keep our government operational — it is entirely possible that by the time you read this on Oct. 4, questions of a government shutdown will already have been solved, but don’t hold your breath.
Apr. 26, 2013
A time to grieve for our losses
It takes less than 10 seconds to report a murder on the news — a life completely obliterated. But what about all the time it takes to create and sustain the life that was just eliminated? How many meals did Charlotte Bacon’s parents prepare for her? How many times did they take her to the doctor and the dentist? How many hugs and kisses did Charlotte Bacon’s parents and grandparents give their beloved 7-year old girl before she was killed in her elementary school in Connecticut? The huge investments of love, time and dreams for their daughter, as well as their daughter’s descendants, were wiped out with a single lethal bullet. Do we even know how many children like Noah Pozner, another child killed in Newtown, and Victoria Soto, a first grade teacher at the school, are killed every day in the United States? It’s surely impossible to calculate the number of families and family members — parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and teachers — whose lives are eternally changed because of such devastating losses. But for those who haven’t yet endured such a loss, these people who perish are just numbers, names reported before or after the weather and sporting events.