Category: Opinion

OPINION: SHORT-TERMISM–THE POTENTIAL BREAKING POINT FOR AMERICA’S BULLISH ECONOMY

Americans are overly bullish in that the general successes of the recent and ongoing economic recovery from the 2008 financial crisis will continue uninterrupted into the future, thereby disregarding risk and making ill-advised decisions. This illusion is called short-termism, and is also known as the hot hand fallacy—In basketball, it is the idea that after a player has made many consecutive free-throws the next one is almost a guarantee. This misconception has infiltrated American financial and government systems and has caused many to believe during long runs of economic growth that there is only one way to go: up.

OPINION: DUE PROCESS GOES BOTH WAYS

Principles such as presumption of innocence (a criminal defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt), and due process (all criminal defendants are entitled to the same due process of law) are basic principles of our justice system. I am afraid that in our search for better recognition and understanding of abused women, we have lost sight of these principles. However, we must acknowledge the two are not mutually exclusive ideals. The moment that public accusations become assertions of fact, whether in the eye of the public or in a court of law, is the day that our country has lost sight of who we are and what we believe in. Beliefs like this unnecessarily and irreparably ruin the lives and reputations of good men and women and tear apart families.

OPINION: NOBODY SHOULD EVER WANT TO SEE WHAT “REAL” SOCIALISM LOOKS LIKE

When talking politics with Sanders or Ocasio-Cortez supporters, advocates of the free-market, myself included, tend to ask these adherents of democratic socialism the following: “If socialism is so fantastic, can you explain the failures of Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and the USSR?”

OPINION: DEMOCRATS NEED TO DANCE TO THE CENTER

On March 13, 2018, ex-Marine Democrat Conor Lamb won in the Pennsylvania 18th district special election, replacing the disgraced Representative Tim Murphy who resigned after infamously pressuring his mistress into having an abortion, despite professing strong pro-life views. The 18th district is traditionally a Republican stomping ground, with mostly suburban and rural voters, and an electorate that is over 95% white. Few gave Lamb a chance; however, Lamb, a moderate Democrat, was nearly tailor-made for the district. Running on a pro-gun, anti-Pelosi, common sense platform, Lamb brought a safely Republican district into the toss-up category.

OPINION: THE IMPORTANCE OF BANNING THE RELEASE OF 3-D PRINTED FIREARM BLUEPRINTS

In the past decade, 3D printing has gone from a specialized laboratory tool to one available to all. Simple training classes can be taken online, and in the course of a few short hours, a single person can learn to create almost anything.

OPINION: THE ADA IS CRIPPLING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISABLED

According to a new article from the Brookings Institution, only 4 in 10 disabled Americans are employed, even as there is now an available job for every unemployed American seeking work. As counter intuitive as it may seem, one of the reasons for low levels of disabled employment is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If the United States wishes to improve levels of disabled employment, the ADA should be repealed.

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