McCormack Speaks

November 2, 2016
by McCormack Speaks
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The Trump Paradox

by Professor Michael Ahn
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

Here is a simple observation with no political siding ̶ virtually all media outlets to which I am exposed are appalled by Donald Trump and all the posts on social media channels I visit are full of dismay, shock, and embarrassment at Donald Trump and his campaign. Nine out of 10 (actually more like 10 out of 10) times, I see various expressions and statements pointing to how unfit Trump is and how ridiculous it is to support him. However, it is a paradox that he continues to muster significant support from the general population despite all the “scandals” that we have seen unfold in the last couple of weeks. You may disregard him as a fool as many media outlets are doing and express your dismay at his hard-to-understand popularity. Yet, in the backdrop of his substantial popularity, one cannot overlook the real meaning of his popularity—why is Trump so popular and what does this mean?

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October 28, 2016
by McCormack Speaks
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On the third presidential debate of 2016

by George Chichirau
Public Policy PhD student

             The final debate of the current campaign season touched on a large number of themes, and in far more detail than previous ones (although the bar was set very low early on). A significant amount of time was devoted to the economy, where Hillary Clinton marked the return of state-sanctioned dirigisme, and an end to laissez-faire. The reason given for such a stark break was simple: the absolute need to save the American middle class before it disappears, through increasing the minimum wage, fixing the health insurance marketplace, making universities more affordable and investing heavily in infrastructure and clean energy.

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October 12, 2016
by McCormack Speaks
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Prospects for Obamacare Under the New Presidency

by Professor Amit Patel
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

For a while during the second presidential debate, it seemed like policy issues might never come up and the evening will only be dedicated to various scandals: Bill Clinton’s infidelities, Hillary Clinton’s emails and, the now-infamous Donald Trump video that had dominated headlines just before the debate night. Thankfully, in this town hall-style debate format, one of the members asked a question on a specific policy – Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

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September 30, 2016
by justinmaher
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“Something there is that does not love a wall”

U.S. Mexico border wall, Progreso Lakes, Texas

U.S./Mexico border wall in Progreso Lakes, TX

By Christine Thurlow Brenner
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

The oft quoted line from Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall,” “good fences make good neighbors” belies the message the poet intended. It is actually his neighbor’s repetitive learned-from-birth isolationist rationale for keeping the wall between them.

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