What Happens When You Cut Spending?

This article “Potent mix of cuts, unemployment could fuel more UK riots” caught my attention yesterday and sparked a few thoughts. First, I noticed some parallels between the riots in London and the so-called Arab Spring. (Now before everyone jumps down my throat and tries to explain to me exactly how the events are totally not the same, I would like to re-emphasize that I am only pointing out parallels, similarities. I am not trying to say that the two situations are the same, only that we could learn quite a bit by comparing the two.) Especially if you look … Continue reading What Happens When You Cut Spending?

Deadlocked Government, Why the Surprise?

With the debaucle of the debt ceiling crisis fresh in everybody’s minds, I am wondering why an outcome like this surpises anyone who made it through high school history. This nation was founded on the principle of the separation of powers. The colonists were so worried that someone, or even some group of people, would be able to amass enough power that they could force their ideas on the rest of the nation that they purposefully constructed a bureaucracy that would limit everyone’s power. Power, and the capacity to tyranize their neighbors. It was a government made to be only … Continue reading Deadlocked Government, Why the Surprise?

Obama’s Reaction to Libya Explained

In the wake of the Libyan rebellion, President Obama has been attacked from all sides for his reaction. Some criticize him for not acting soon enough, while others criticize him for not clearly stating the American objective. Overall there seems to be an attitude and air of confusion. No one seems to understand what he is thinking or what he is doing. To anyone who has listened to and analyzed any of Obama’s foreign policy speeches, however, his actions come as no surprise. In fact, they are amazingly consistent with his general foreign policy message. Obama’s foreign policy is an … Continue reading Obama’s Reaction to Libya Explained

Leaks and the Afghan War

I was listening to NPR yesterday morning as I straightened my hair and caught part of this program: Leaked Documents and The War in Afghanistan on the Diane Rehm show. I caught most of the discussion and some of the call-in comments from listeners from around the country. I did not call in myself, but I had a reaction to what they were discussing and I’d like to share that reactions here. In their discussion they began to discuss not so much the leaking of documents themselves, but more so their effect on public support for and public perception of … Continue reading Leaks and the Afghan War