The Economics Behind Corporate Politics

Our current political era has left Americans more politically involved and simultaneously divided than ever before. Following the lead of consumers, many companies have left their previously neutral political stances and have intertwined themselves into the political debate. The reasoning behind these political stances has subsequently become a fierce topic of debate.

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A Border Wall is Not Enough

The recent government shutdown highlighted by the President’s push for a border wall has reignited the debate over how to curb illegal immigration. Many believe that a wall is necessary for stopping illegal immigration. However, while the President’s border wall would help fight illegal immigration, the reality is that a wall is not enough. The majority of illegal immigrants would never face a potential wall, given that most illegal immigrants are a result of overstayed visas. Furthermore, illegal immigrants will only evolve with a wall in place, just as drug smugglers continue to evolve and evade border patrol every year. Given these circumstances, in addition to a border wall, the government must reform current immigration policies. Specifically, the government must continue to fight illegal immigration by passing policies that will disincentivize illegal immigrants from coming in the first place, double down on deportations for those who have entered illegally, and reform current policies at the border. Continue reading A Border Wall is Not Enough

The Case for Legalized Marijuana

With neighboring Canada and individual states such as California and Colorado legalizing marijuana, the fight for recreational marijuana legalization has become a highly contentious topic. However, when reviewing both sides of the debate the choice becomes clear. Long term, legalizing marijuana can be the most beneficial option for the United States.

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7 Takeaways from the 2018 Midterms

The 2018 Midterms saw a wide variety of results in the Senate, House, and Governor races. Here are my 7 takeaways from this year’s elections:

First – There was no “wave”

Leading up to the election, both parties were hoping for either a blue or a red “wave” or an election with major party gains. However, despite voter turnout being extremely high, which is great for democracy, there was neither a blue or red wave. If there had been a blue wave, the Democrats would have taken the Senate. Conversely, if there had been a red wave, the Republicans would have held the House or allowed a much smaller Democratic majority. Continue reading 7 Takeaways from the 2018 Midterms

The Case Against Daylight Savings

With Americans recently taking part in the biannual tradition of setting their clocks back, the debate over daylight savings time has been reignited. Although the tradition has become an integral part of American society for years now, it may be time to end this tradition.

While supporters of daylight savings time may argue that daylight savings save energy, these arguments are outdated and not backed by much evidence. On the other hand, the time shift is posing health implications on Americans and is simply an inconvenience, making it an unnecessary problem with no real benefits.

Daylight savings was originally officially implemented during World War I and again in the second World War for its apparent ability to save money and energy for the United States. Supporters argued that such a shift in time would provide additional daylight for when people were awake and thus, reduce the amount of artificial energy in the form of lighting being used. Although energy use may have been reduced by the time shift then, this theory is not backed by modern-day evidence. Continue reading The Case Against Daylight Savings