Millenials: We don't know what we don't know
November 22, 2013
Winston Churchill could give a stump-winder of a speech.
The iconic, stiff-lipped son of the British Empire delivered orations not seen since the days of Cicero. Mr. Churchill is celebrated to this day for his quick wit and keeping the flame of liberty alive in Europe as the darkness of ...
Using statistics to choose the lesser of two evils
November 15, 2013
I'm the black sheep in my family.
Since my grandfather, every male in my immediate family has chosen to become an engineer. Uncles, cousins and even my father at least started their careers as engineers. Good for them. And I won't even mention what the conversation is like ...
Social mobility, economy hurt by low minimum wage
November 08, 2013
As the NSA scandal broke, countless pundits and citizens made references to George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm."
I empathize with Boxer, the work horse from "Animal Farm," and millennials should too.
Millennials are to the United States what Boxer was to "Animal Farm": the engine that everyone else ...
Compromise, voter education vital for US advancement
November 01, 2013
America is at a crossroads.
All one has to do is turn on the news, read a paper or even look to the street corners of Kingston Pike to see the polarization of America today.
One can be easily overwhelmed at the sheer myriad of issues that are the hot ...
Student vouchers a positive step for education reform
October 25, 2013
Suetonius' "The Lives of the Caesars" was the tabloid of the Roman Empire. From Tiberius' "little fishes" to Nero fiddling while Rome burned, Suetonius had access to all the dirt.
Today, people draw many parallels between the modern United States and our Roman counterparts. The debate about this comparison rages ...
Grade redistribution exposes flaws of fairness
October 11, 2013
School is a pressure cooker.
This week alone, I've studied for four midterms and written three papers. It's been rough. As of right now, you could ask me just about anything about the philosopher Thales of Miletus – the "Father of Science," who first correctly predicted a total solar ...
Obamacare doesn't solve healthcare problems; it compounds them
October 04, 2013
The Federal Government shut down Tuesday after House Republicans attached a provision to the continuing resolution that would put off the Affordable Care Act for one year. The continuing resolution – America's current stand-in for an approved budget – stalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate as they refused to fold to Republican ...
'Income distribution' paints misleading economic picture
September 27, 2013
"Save the neck for me, Clark."
Perhaps no movie depicts 1980s Americana better than the dinner scene from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Clark Griswold, portrayed by Chevy Chase, sits at the head of the table carving the Christmas turkey while Cousin Eddie, who is hilariously played by Randy Quaid ...
Capitalism works to fight poverty with ambition
September 20, 2013
The story of Robin Hood is deeply ingrained in our culture. The classic tale of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor is pervasive in everything from the literature of T.H. White to Disney movies.
The narrative can also be found in unexpected corners of our lives ...
Misaligned incentives prolong economic struggles
September 13, 2013
Everyone knows the story of the Titanic.
On April 15, 1912, the Olympic ocean liner deemed "unsinkable" sank off the coast of Newfoundland after striking an iceberg, causing more than 1,500 passengers and crewmen to perish.
The reason we are still talking about this maritime disaster more than 100 ...
Externalities drive capitalism to success more than failure
August 30, 2013
I hate subwoofers.
There's nothing more annoying than pulling up to a red light next to someone – usually in an '89 Honda Civic with a spoiler – who is blasting music so the inhabitants of a graveyard can hear it 10 blocks away. Thanks to the 500W subwoofer, you don ...
Economics provide fodder for capitalist mentality
August 23, 2013
The French economist Frédéric Bastiat once said: “There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one – the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; and the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must ...