Management Failures & Dysfunction: The New Trump Administration

While he was still running for office, President Trump repeatedly made it clear that he’d be hiring the best talent possible to fill his administration’s positions and that he wasn’t limited, as he claimed other Republicans were, because of the nature of his self-funded campaign. His self-proclaimed management skills were a key theme among the voters that propelled him into the presidency, and the expectation was that Trump, when in office, would surround himself with a top-tier administration of the best and brightest. What’s materialized instead is perhaps the most…

President Trump’s Economic Resolution

Newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump has a prime opportunity, with a Republican-controlled House and Senate, to be an advocate for the significant economic reforms that our country desperately needs. Since the Great Recession, the economy has been limping along, exhibiting anemic growth that is both shameful yet unsurprising. In fact, president Barack Obama is the first president without a single year of 3% GDP growth during his administration. Continuing the overall trend of an ever-increasing presence of the federal government meddling in our economy whether it be through regulations, mandates, price…

What Trump Means for Tech

On the eve of Trump’s election, the markets leapt into disarray. First they were falling — then they were rising, accelerating onwards for months and even recently closing out the Dow Jones at 20,000 for the first time in history. The stock markets were revving forward, but one industry seemed to be missing out: technology. In the wake of Trump’s newborn presidency, tech stocks slumped across the board. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet all fell at least 1.9% each within 48 hours of Trump’s election, and questions about how Trump’s…

A Deeper Look into Brexit’s “Calamity”

One month ago, I boarded a plane headed towards London for a semester abroad. By stepping into the cabin of my Delta airliner, I was leaving one country where the incoming administration was producing a political climate clouded by uncertainty and entering another where the prospect of future European cooperation appeared dismal. At this point in time, the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” moment was the equivalent of the United States’s Donald Trump moment. Both represented the wavering fragility of our current geopolitical state. Yet, today, I find my preconceived notions wrong…

Democracy in Peril: A Conversation with National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke

Charles C.W. Cooke sat down with editor-in-chief Matthew J. Santucci to discuss the Brexit vote, the Trump phenomenon, and the role of the federal government after his talk at Fordham University. Charles is the editor of National Review online, author of “The Conservatarian Manifesto” and frequent guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  Thank you for taking time to meet with me tonight. Being English, I wanted to start off by gaining your perspective on the Brexit vote. What are the parallels that one can draw between that vote (that movement) and Trump’s “silent majority”?…

Betsy DeVos And the Future of Education

Betsy DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor and an advocate for choice schooling, was selected by President Trump to be Secretary of Education back in late November. Amidst a series of controversial cabinet picks, DeVos’ nomination was met with an uproar from Senate Democrats and civilians alike. Over the years, DeVos has had an indirect relationship with education through chairing the American Federation for Children. The AFC supports funding charter schools, voucher programs, and private school choice. DeVos seems to prioritize private school education over public school, especially with the AFC’s…

Fear Itself: Why Donald Trump’s “America First” Mantra is a Euphemism for “America Only”

Standing in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump declared, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.” Commensurate with his campaign rhetoric, this proclamation was followed by a description of the actors who have eroded American power under his predecessors’ rule: foreigners, the establishment, other nations, and a globalized economy. The Trump Administration’s guiding principle of “America first” is problematic for two reasons: it will not lead to the desired effect…

What Neil Gorsuch Means for the Future of the Supreme Court

On Tuesday evening, President Trump revealed his nominee to fill the open vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away unexpectedly last February. The President’s choice, Neil Gorsuch, is considered by many to be a worthy successor to Scalia given his reputation as a dependable conservative jurist within the legal community. Judge Gorsuch boasts rock-solid credentials that should make even the most obstinate Democratic senator consider his nomination. The son of a former EPA administrator, Judge Gorsuch was originally educated at Columbia and…