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Iowa Caucus 2016

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Political Commentary

Tonight is the beginning of the end. Finally, after a long slog of a campaign for the 2016 presidential election, we will start having conversations around actual votes instead of guesswork. So let’s get in one last guess about how this is going to go down before this field narrows. First, a quick look at the candidates (skip down for my predictions). Bernie Sanders is a self-declared “democratic socialist,” espousing a kind of Rousseauian revolutionary vision in which the […]

In politics, does the end justify the means?

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Political Commentary

Does the end justify the means? It’s an interesting question to apply to any moral issue, and one on which MIT health economist Jonathan Gruber has no qualms answering in the affirmative. Gruber, an architect of the now unpopular Obamacare legislation (aka the Affordable Care Act), cuts to the point: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, […]

Houston schools should keep their names/mascots

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Houston / Political Commentary / Society & Culture

Back in April, the Houston Independent School District unveiled four new high school mascots after their previous names were deemed too “culturally insensitive.” The offending mascots included the Indians, the Redskins, the Warriors and the Rebels. The argument that these names are somehow discriminatory is absurd. School mascots are chosen because they’re awesome—something to emulate and admire. Students take the identity of the mascot upon themselves: “we’re the Indians!” But there are plenty of people for whom protesting […]