Category: Politics

Iranian war drums

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about a possible US-Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. Both the United States and Israel have continuously accused Iran of attempting to develop nuclear weapons, and as a means of pressuring the sovereign state, have encouraged other nations to join in imposing harsh economic sanctions. Additionally, both the US and Israel have also made military strike an option on the table. The continuous rhetoric in the past years and in recent months has led many people to begin contemplating what the implications of a potential strike would be.

Iran is a very large and geographically diverse country with strong military and economic capabilities. Its nuclear facilities are spread across its terrain in deep and hidden areas, hence, any potential military strike would have to Continue reading

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Chik-Fil-A serves up controversy

The fast food industry has been politicized in ways you wouldn’t have imagined, but if you’ve been keeping up with the flak on Chik-fil-A, then you already know that the recent controversy isn’t over the chicken. It’s over homophobia.

Last month, Jim Henson Co., the company behind The Muppets and other iconic puppets, canceled its partnership with Chik-fil-A after the president of the fast food joint acknowledged that it had been endorsing anti-gay organizations. In response to the revelation, Lisa Henson, CEO of the Muppets company, ordered all payments from the former Chik-fil-A partnership to be donated to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The move sparked a renewed debate over First Amendment rights and gay marriage that has raged for weeks. Chik-fil-A has since issued a recall on its Muppet toys, citing potential safety hazards to children. A spokesperson for the company has assured that Continue reading

Shooting down gun control

Sur Samtani joins us as a Politikon writer from UCLA. As an Economics major, Sur’s expertise is reflected by his technical and methodical approach to public policy issues. As a close friend and colleague in previous endeavors, we are grateful for his contributions. His bio will shortly follow. 

In light of the recent Colorado theater shooting, many anti-gun activists suggest that we should take a deeper look into gun policy in the U.S. They worry that purchasing automatic and semi-automatic assault rifles with powerful armor-piercing bullets has become too easy. Rather than asking the question, “Should we have stricter gun control in the U.S?” we should ask, “What would happen to the U.S. if we created laws that restricted the purchase of assault rifles?” The biggest problem with gun control is that its advocates assume that killers won’t find alternate ways of killing, and equally concerning is the fact that advocates also don’t anticipate killers finding another way to obtain guns.

Those people who wish to take a moderate stance on the issue often say that they just want to make it harder for criminals to obtain the most powerful weapons available. Such reasoning implies that Continue reading

Healthcare is a state issue

Movses Musaelian is a Statistics major in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. His interest in politics has lead him to become a contributor to an innumerable amount of political forums, and he is an avid follower of Armenian events. Read his bio in the ‘About Us’ page.

A major issue that has been dominating the U.S. political landscape in the past couple years has been undoubtedly the case for a universal healthcare system. Obama’s revolutionary new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which contains an individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase healthcare or be penalized a tax, has caused a lot of controversy, and rightfully so. In the current day, the federal government takes on a lot more responsibilities than it should – responsibilities that are beyond its fundamental duties to maintain a national defense, regulate interstate commerce, engage in international trade, etc. While there are some legitimate debates regarding its involvement, in the case of healthcare Continue reading

Puerto Rican status culminates in historic referendum

The general election may be generating a lot of noise, but there’s hardly any sound coming from the historic referendum, or plebiscite, about to take place in Puerto Rico on November 6th of this year. The first of its kind to be sponsored by the federal government, the ballot will be composed of two parts to determine the territorial status of Puerto Rico. In the first part, its residents will be asked whether they want to continue the status quo as a territory of the U.S. Regardless of this answer, they will then be asked a second question in which they indicate a preference among three alternatives: statehood, complete independence, or a compact of free association with the U.S. The plebiscite emerges as the result of Continue reading

Michelle Bachman has gone too far

Nikhil Kumar joins us as a writer from Carnegie Mellon University. A student in economics and statistics, Nikhil has an impressive and unparalleled knowledge of financial and economic behavior. He is the Vice-Chair and CFO of The Politikon Review, and we are honored to host his commentary. His bio will soon follow.

Recently, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman along with four other Congressmen have accused Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff and top aid to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of having ties to the ‘radical Muslim brotherhood.’ This statement is absolutely ridiculous and insulting to Huma Abedin, Hilary Clinton, and all Muslim Americans. It shows Bachman’s utter ignorance and disrespect for people of the Muslim faith. The alleged logic that Bachman employs to cite how various members of Jihad can be related to members of Abedin’s family is factually incorrect since the accusation stems from Bachman’s inability to trust and Continue reading

Reform healthcare industry, not Obamacare

If you can get past the legal jargon, you should realize that much of the debate concerning the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act is actually misguided. As initially assessed in an opinion by Bloomberg.com, the problem with Obamacare is not the individual mandate, but the state of the healthcare industry itself. The skyrocketing costs of a doctor’s visit and the increasing qualifications needed to be health insured has made basic coverage for the average American a commodity to be treasured when available. To the uninsured, the prospect of sustaining a financially bankrupt healthcare system actually sounds appealing considering that most government services aren’t legitimately funded anyway. Have doubts? Look at the size of the debt. If Wall Street Fortune 500 companies can get bailouts, then surely Continue reading

What happens next for Obamacare?

President Obama may have won the legal battle for the fate of the Affordable Care Act, but there is reason to believe he may be losing the political one. After the ruling by the Supreme Court, many be wondering what the next step is in the lengthy process of implementing ‘ObamaCare’, which isn’t scheduled to take full effect until 2014. Last month’s ruling by the Supreme Court left the health care law in the most vulnerable position it has been in to date. In an opinion still being debated by constitutional scholars, and the public alike, Chief Justice John Roberts defined the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act in his majority opinion as nothing more than a tax Continue reading