Trumpcare: An Unconscionable Attack on Aging Americans

After seven years of battling Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation, the Republican Party has finally fulfilled their promise to offer a replacement plan, the American Healthcare Act (ACHA). While seemingly trying to strike middle ground, the architects of the bill have created friction on both sides of the aisle: Democrats are concerned that the legislation will rip health coverage away from millions of Americans; conservative Republicans complain that AHCA is just another overzealous entitlement program; and President Trump struck an uncharacteristically ambivalent tone when he tweeted the bill was ready…

The Fourth Estate Under Siege

It is no great secret that the Trump administration has focused significant attention on attacking the news media. Repeatedly and publicly, Trump and his surrogates have critiqued news outlets, kept respected sources out of the White House, refused to appear on networks, and proclaimed with growing intensity the existence of “fake news”. If the intent is to create distrust of the media, then Trump seems to be succeeding. A recent Pew Research poll found that 64% of Americans say fake news causes “a great deal of confusion.” Indeed, some of…

A State of (Dis)Union

To the incredulity of some, there was a pervading call for unity in President Trump’s first joint address to Congress. Trump proposed furthering a bipartisan agenda with talks of immigration reform and a new infrastructure bill. Within Congress, Trump stated that Republicans and Democrats should “join forces and finally get the job done,” because, ultimately, they “should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.” The morning after, Republicans littered the networks with adulation, thereby solidifying their support for the…

Is Trump the New Reagan?

America has always been a nation of narratives. From Manifest Destiny to the American Dream, the stories we tell about ourselves have come to define not simply our culture but our politics as well. Since the Jacksonian Revolution, this myth-making, this populist penchant for following a cult of personality, has been a consistent factor in American life, but perhaps never more so than in the past election. Donald Trump has created a personal brand like few presidents in history, using his celebrity status for political ends like no one else…

Will Republicans Take This Opportunity To Break From Trump Over Russia?

In light of General Michael Flynn’s resignation over his communications with a Russian official, members of Congress have called for a 9/11 style commission to investigate Trump’s ties with Russia. The term “9/11 style commission” has become the buzzword of Washington, used by top Democrats, even by some Republican members of Congress. With a possible issue of national security looming in the background, Republican leaders need to take this opportunity to publicly and forcefully investigate Trump’s ties with Russia. Despite what Trump said in his recent grandiose press conference, Flynn’s…

Government Debt: The Formidable Heir of Democracy and Keynesianism

Today’s global economic situation, which is underscored by political myopia and reactionary policies, is the product of Keynesian economic theory. John Maynard Keynes’ influential economic work The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, has inspired much of the world’s modern economic theory. In fact, 35 years after publishing The General Theory, President Nixon is credited with saying “We are all Keynesians now.” It is a sentiment which has hardly been challenged in the White House since. At the cornerstone of Keynes’ philosophy is the manipulation of aggregate demand. His…

Historical Revisionism and Racial Assuagement: In Defense of Yale’s Response to Inveterate Racism

In a recent article, FPR columnist Paul Ingrassia shrewdly addressed Yale University’s decision to rename a residential college bearing the namesake of former Vice President John C. Calhoun. Ingrassia made a clear and concise argument positing that historical revisionism is dangerous. I sincerely agree with Paul: history’s importance is second to none and politicizing it is damaging to future generations. As the late, Democratic Party intellect Arthur Schlesinger argued in The Disuniting of America, history should not be subject to “current political fads.” Yet, Yale’s recent decision is not the…

The Dangers of Historical Revisionism

This past week, Yale University announced plans to rename one of its residential halls bearing the namesake of John C. Calhoun, a nineteenth century statesman and passionate defender of slavery. This decision comes in the wake of the growing controversy surrounding the administration’s initial pledge to keep the name as a biting reminder of our nation’s past transgressions to teach future students about all we’ve had to overcome. Despite its initial pledge, Yale swiftly reversed course and conceded to the demands of those who wish to see every blemish of…