Monthly Archives: February 2015

Former First Lady Laura Bush is the 2014 Wonk of the Year

On Monday afternoon, AUSG released the name of the 2015 winner of Wonk of the Year. Much to the joy of some and chagrin of others, the wonderful former First Lady Laura Bush was selected. AU being a very liberal campus, it is no surprise that there was some backlash about the choice. But even […]

Milton Friedman- Greed

Greece vs. Latvia: Left Wing Economics vs. Real Austerity

Since 2010, a sweeping debt crisis has hammered the Eurozone. The poster child of this crisis is Greece. In October 2014, Greek unemployment stood at 25.8 percent; high unemployment remains a theme in the Greek economy since the 2008 recession. Liberals decry the Greek economy situation as an example of conservative economic principle failures. However, […]

Exiling the Homeless, One Spike at a Time

For many, metropolitan centers symbolize the American dream. Towering sky scrapers and animated streets display the gorgeous outputs of capitalism. Interestingly enough, American metropolitan centers weren’t always hotbeds of wealth and success. A series of metropolitan policy changes and technological advances precipitates today’s scenic downtown image. Policy reformation involved exiling homeless populations to ensure downtown […]

Checks and Balances: The DHS Funding Debacle

After an absolutely brutal shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections, President Obama was despondent. Republicans picked up nine seats in the Senate, thirteen seats in the House, and netted three new gubernatorial seats (Republican Bruce Rauner’s win in Illinois for the governorship was a particularly stinging defeat for Obama). By all objective standards, the 2014 […]

America and the Future of Afghanistan

While President Obama’s tenure has involved countless geopolitical failures, the decision to remove troops from Afghanistan by 2016 tops the list. From 2009-2012, the number of boots on the ground in Afghanistan remained above 50,000 (CRS).  Fast-forward to January 2015 and the U.S. troop level is below 10,000. With the continual threat of terrorism in […]

Conservative Students: Bullied into the Shadows

As I sat in my Monday morning policy course, I listened to my professor say, “Conservative students have complained about being uncomfortable on a campus as liberal as AU, well then WHY ARE YOU HERE?” Dear Professor, believe me I have already asked myself that question. If you are a student at American University, there […]