Month: December 2013

Why Student Loans Are a Bad Idea And Actually Hurt Students

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College tuition costs have been skyrocketing and the more they go up, the more the government tries to help make college more affordable. Americans owe $1 trillion in student loans, even more than they owe in credit card debt. The federal government has been involved in student loans since 1958, either by guaranteeing loans made by private banks or by giving out loans themselves. Tuition rates have been increasing at about twice the rate of inflation, and still, proponents of federal student loans have yet to connect the dots.

Their intentions are good, but the government’s involvement is precisely what has resulted in the rise of tuition costs. Why do schools continue to increase their prices every year? Because they can. The government gives the schools whatever money they ask for, because “we must help everyone get a college degree.” If the government were to give everyone money to buy computers, the price of computers would also skyrocket.

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Why the 17th Amendment is Bad and Should be Repealed

U.S. Constitution

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Before 1914, senators were not directly elected by the people. They were appointed by the state legislatures. The 17th amendment changed that, and not for the better. But why is it bad to have them be elected by the people? Isn’t that more democratic, and therefore, better? Not really.

The original intent of the founders was to have a Federalist system which consisted of individual states and a small central government with very limited powers. The idea was that the states would send the senators to Washington to represent them. If a senator started voting against the best interests of the state which he represented, he could be immediately recalled. Continue reading

Why the Arts Industry Doesn’t Need Government Funding

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a U.S. government agency that provides funding for art projects. In 2001, it had a budget of $104 million. In 2012 it was $146 million. So while the U.S. debt went from $5 trillion to $16 trillion, we increased funding for the arts by $42 million.

What does the NEA do, exactly? In May 2011, for example, it gave $20,000 to a company called Amphibian Stage Productions for their Jumbies Fort Worth program. Continue reading

When Selfishness Masquerades as Liberal Compassion

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The Democratic party has for years been able to convince the public that they are the party of compassion; the party that cares about the poor and middle class. It is so ironic because the policies they advocate actually hurt the poor and middle class the most.

It is this irony that I find most infuriating. Opponents of government welfare get accused of not caring about the poor because they don’t agree with the solutions offered. But is the liberal solution to poverty, working? This question, they tend not to ask themselves. Continue reading

Why Gun Control Laws Solve Nothing

The Left sure knows how to take advantage of a crisis. They offered up the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy as evidence that we need more gun control laws and now with the anniversary of that tragedy coming up, they’re again hoping that, as always, people allow their emotions to take over. But it only takes a little bit of critical thinking to realize that stricter gun laws wouldn’t solve a thing, and would only serve to take rights away from law-abiding citizens.

We’re supposed to believe that passing more laws would prevent tragedies like this from happening, but aren’t guns already banned in schools? Criminals don’t care about the law. It’s what makes them criminals. You cannot pass a law to prevent crazy people from doing crazy things.

Not only did Adam Lanza not care about the law that prohibits guns inside schools, but the law actually gives people like him an advantage over their victims. A school seems like the perfect place for massacres since law abiding citizens are not allowed to defend themselves with weapons of their own. Continue reading