My personal passions intersect in this moment. I live and breathe both politics and personal finance; I even studied politics and economics formally. I often remind people that we should all care about politics because we have to care about politics. That’s because politics affects our daily lives from our water to our roads to our … More FREE MONEY! Now What?
If latest estimates are correct, Democrats will pick up 28 House seats. This is the largest net gain for either party in 8 years, and the best Democratic gain since 2006. The “blue wave” materialized in the House if anywhere. The House is the most democratic body being constituted of local, popular-vote elections. Noting this … More 2018 Midterms: Ending Analysis
Congressional Republicans are on the cusp of their first legislative victory this term. This feat will not be some minor change to infrastructure, agriculture, or food stamps. This legislation will touch every single American’s life. Benjamin Frankling once noted: “[I]n this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A fundamental … More Tax Relief or Nightmare?
“It’s morning in America.” -President Ronald Reagan Things are looking up for Americans. Overall the domestic economy is in solid shape. Gross domestic product is steady. Jobs are growing with population growth. Unemployment and inflation are holding steadily low. The stock market seems to hit a new record every quarter. Consumer confidence is high. Sounds … More The Boom Goes Bust: Coming Soon?
Obamacare may be changed in the near future, but not by the party that drafted it. Congressional Republicans currently seek to alter the Affordable Care Act (ACA)–otherwise known as Obamacare–by passing into law the American Health Care Act (AHCA)–coined by some as Republicare, Trumpcare, or Ryancare. While Republicare v. Obamacare compared those two bills against … More Saving Obamacare
March 23rd, 2010. Almost seven years ago health care within the United States was dramatically reformed. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)—otherwise known as Obamacare—became the law of the land. Democrats loved the chance to reform health care and largely loved the changes. Republicans—at least congressional members—detested the law deeming it socialism and … More Republicare v. Obamacare
Death is almost inherently scary for all humans. We are all alive and cannot possibly imagine what it would feel like not to be alive. Even saying that does not make much sense as there is no feeling after death–excluding spiritual teachings about an afterlife. Not existing in this material world is incomprehensible to us. … More Dying with Dignity
Within the developed world, just one country still practices capital punishment: the United States of America. All others have banned the practice for various reasons, yet a majority of Americans still support the existence of the penalty. However, support has been falling since the mid-1990’s, and eleven states have banned it or suspended it in … More The Death Penalty Should Die
For decades, abortion has been one of the most divisive issues in American politics. It has become a kind of litmus test for who is a true Republican or Democrat. The topic has been so controversial as it involves politics, privacy, religion, and science. Whenever these weighty subjects intersect, there is bound to be conflict. … More Abortion: What is Life?
In recent years, many pundits have argued that shifting demographics are giving Democrats an Electoral College and popular vote advantage. The electorate is gradually becoming less white and more educated. Since nonwhite voters and college-educated voters tend to vote Democratic, this seems like a reason to celebrate within the Democratic Party. At the same time, … More Clinton v. Trump: Demographics Shifting?