Public Funding of Stadiums is a Loss for the Taxpayer

With the NFL protests still prominently featured in the national news cycle, I thought it worthwhile to address another way in which the sports and government intersect: Taxpayer subsidies. Public funding for sports stadiums is no new phenomenon.  State and local governments during the 1950’s began to lure teams to their cities with lucrative offers, … More Public Funding of Stadiums is a Loss for the Taxpayer

It’s Time to Invest in the US Defense Sector

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or refuse to change the channel from Game of Thrones re-runs, you’re likely aware of the recent transgressions on behalf of Kim Jong Un and North Korea. Global markets traded markedly lower after President Trump’s comments in retaliation to the arming of North Korean patrol ships and discovery … More It’s Time to Invest in the US Defense Sector

Google and Facebook’s Fight Against Fake News Raises Questions About Censorship

Following months of harsh criticism for displaying false information, specifically concerning the previous presidential election, Google and Facebook announced they will be placing an intense emphasis on filtering “low-quality” content.  Google has already conducted similar measures for years towards personal health and finance related searches. Google is altering the algorithm behind its search engine and … More Google and Facebook’s Fight Against Fake News Raises Questions About Censorship

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Climate Agreement: My Take

President Trump announced earlier that the U.S. will be pulling out of the Paris climate agreement.  Passed via executive order from the predecessor, President Obama, the agreement was considered by many to be his crown jewel in foreign policy.  Let’s take a look into the agreement and what this departure could mean for America. Overview … More Trump Pulls Out of Paris Climate Agreement: My Take

Misplaced Priorities

The Trump administration recently rolled out their budget proposal, titled “America First:  A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”. Among the departments which would receive additional funding are Defense (+$52 billion) and Homeland Security (+$2.8 billion).  Another $2.6 billion would be placed towards the border wall, which would eventually cost $22 billion.  $1.5 billion … More Misplaced Priorities

Trump’s Executive Orders: What Do the Markets Think?

“President Trump signed on Friday an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely.” (The Atlantic) Protesters are making their way to airports across the country this week, after press releases surfaced of President Trump’s recent executive order to severely … More Trump’s Executive Orders: What Do the Markets Think?

The World is a Battlefield: Review of Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

Dirty Wars is an investigative report centered on post 9/11 United States foreign policy, specifically the causes and consequences (domestic and abroad) of intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Somalia.  Author Jeremy Scahill offers a non-partisan approach to a very polarizing topic, raising questions about the legal and moral issues surrounding the War on Terrorism. … More The World is a Battlefield: Review of Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

Student Debt Burden Larger Than Previously Thought

I recently wrote an opinion piece for my History of Political Economy course (fantastic class, might I add) comparing the housing bubble of the early to mid-2000s to the current student loan bubble.  I proposed that government policies had significant contributions to these bubbles.  I recall combing through government data on student loans and wondering … More Student Debt Burden Larger Than Previously Thought