McCormack Speaks

October 28, 2016
by McCormack Speaks

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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September 30, 2016
by justinmaher

“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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