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Sanity Hiatus until the End of December

5 Dec

I know that I haven’t posted in the past month, but these past few weeks of graduate school have been non-stop work and the next 2.5 weeks will be the same, PLUS end-of-semester projects and finals.  Wish me luck everyone.  Oh yea, already starting the job applications so think job acceptance too!  See you all in a bit.

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Elections during the Off-Year (2013)

3 Nov

Turnout is, to put it bluntly, un-Americanly too low during the off off-year elections.  An off-year election is defined when it happens during an odd-numbered year (i.e. this year).  I would actually love it if elections for state-, county-, local- and special district- levels happened during the off-year because as it stands right now, all the media is sucked into the presidential race when it is actually the lower levels that have more of an impact on our lives.  Unfortunately, this means that the public is even less interested and thus turnout decreases, sometimes precipitously, from the previous general presidential election.  In my current state of residence of Indiana, all levels of government from townships to the federal level are being elected which squeezes out media coverage of the down-ballot races which I think does a disservice to all those positions and voters.  Anyways, the following are some highlights of select races being decided during this week’s off-year general election:

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#shutnado

2 Oct

I will just touch upon some aspects of the (partial) federal government shutdown in just this 1 post because in approximately 10 days when I blog again, I hope I am not writing about it again.  Usually I try not to blog about the #1 thing in politics, but this shutdown has been building for weeks and is dominating the headlines in such a way that there’s no way to avoid it.  I’d like to thank POLITICO for their in-depth coverage of all the facts and drama coming out of DC, because I still don’t know how they’re able to stand the hypocrisy, ridiculousness, and histrionics that occur on a constant basis.

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Hoosier Governor has High Approval

21 Sep Gov. Mike Pence
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English: Picture of the Indiana State House; Indianapolis, IN; 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Hoosier state, a lot of the political news has been focused on national politics, especially since our General Assembly (i.e. legislature) is out of session and the never-ending drama from DC seems to never abate, even just for a day.  He is a bit too conservative for my taste, but I definitely can’t say that he has been particularly partisan, especially compared to his fellow GOP governors.  For instance Continue reading

Obama’s Apparent Weakness in Foreign Policy: Syria

1 Sep
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Syria Location (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t think anyone can state that President Obama has done a good, or even a mediocre, job at his handling of the Syrian crisis.  I actually wished he went back to his great rhetorical speech-abilities and very intangible concepts.  There’s a lot more nuance than action in foreign policy, and, in my opinion, he has done a horrible job in this respect.  I never liked that he said that there was a “red line” (CBS News, PBS) in which he backed himself into a corner.  When it comes to domestic issues, I want a candidate/public official to be specific; however, when foreign policy is concerned, then ambiguities need to be ‘established’ so that a framework can be built in which all parties concerned have a face-saving option. Continue reading

Higher Education Loans, not Costs, Fallacy

20 Aug

I have been fortunate to be one of those students in higher education, in both undergraduate and now graduate school, who will not have loans to pay back when I graduate because of a variety of reasons.  With the increasing costs to higher education which is now a nearly mandatory thing to get ahead in life, I feel for those that struggle with the skyrocketing tuition.  I had a variety of jobs, in addition to the major help of my parents, so that the costs incurred during my studies would be comparatively low.

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Eye of the Storm, Politically Speaking

13 Aug
National Conference of State Legislatures

National Conference of State Legislatures (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This month has been the first this year, at least it seems to be, in which both the national and my adopted state’s (Indiana’s) legislatures are now out-of-session.  Of course, there are many political scandals and breaking news throughout the country such as Continue reading

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