Nick Field



Lack of GOP initiative on jobs clears way for Obama to shine in 2012

Last November saw a Republican tidal wave sweep 63 new members of the GOP into the House of Representatives and make John Boehner the Speaker of the House. That election last fall was ultimately the result of many complex factors: disappointment with the president, distress over various economic upheavals and a conservative backlash against several societal changes.


The final failure of the Bush Doctrine

Back in 2003, it must have been the dream of George W. Bush and his acolytes to see the scenes of revolution in a capital city of the Arab world. These people believed that unilateral invasion of the heart of the region, Iraq, would bring spontaneous democratic revolutions throughout the Middle East. Instead, of course, the ill-fated Iraqi invasion became a massive quagmire and managed to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of making the Arab world hate America even more.


The Party of Romney meets the Party of Palin

Well, what a difference a few months makes. After the Democrats lost the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, the common perception in the media was that the Barack Obama’s presidency was in a potentially fatal crisis.


Obama critics v. Bush critics: a comparison

Many of us have had a good laugh listening to the ravings of talk show hosts Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. Their zany crusades against President Barack Obama have constituted nothing more than rumors and innuendo. The more extreme opponents of Barack Obama have also made themselves open to ridicule, accusing the president of being a foreign-born Nazi, communist and Islamic terrorist who seeks to destroy freedom, liberty and America itself.


Trashing celebs: indication of a cruel culture

America used to be a society of admirers. We used to look up to athletes, actors, politicians, writers and artists. They used to be given great respect. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. We have fallen into a vicious — I think detrimental — cycle wherein we systemically destroy famous people to make ourselves feel better. It is a sad side effect of our culture today that this is scarcely mentioned by those who suffer from it, because of how well off they really are. So let me, a college student with thousands of dollars of debt, say it for them.


We should vote on issues, not superficiality

One of the primary criticisms of this generation is that it is not involved in public — or political — service. Why is it that more people choose to work in business than to work in elected office? I believe many people want to work in government, but the problem is so few want to be a candidate for an office, a phenomenon I’ve personally dubbed “The Caroline Problem.”


Congress is totally sold to corporate interests. Let’s hope Obama isn’t.

Despite what you may think, the economy has recovered. On Oct. 14, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the best barometer of the stock market, hit 10,000. There has been much criticism that while the Dow has passed 10,000, unemployment will likely soon reach 10 percent. Many have heaped scorn on Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke’s recent statement that the recession is “very likely over.”


Campaign finance reform could make our politics fairer

The American people have always been apathetic towards government. But this sentiment has never been quite as strong as it is today. Nearly every problem that one has with our government can be traced to a single fact: Congress has become a broken branch — and the cause of Congress’ inefficiency can largely be traced to the money.

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