How the Right Helps the Poor

Hurray! A Blockade!

The “Buy American” mentality is dangerous nonsense. Tariffs, intended to encourage domestic production, actually do more harm than good to an economy. To show why, let’s look at American tariffs on steel imported from China. When the United States places a tariff on imported Chinese steel, American consumers face higher prices and Chinese steel producers make less money because they are selling us less steel. In turn, the Chinese are going to buy fewer American products, further hurting the American economy.   

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Every time I see a picture of Tim Kaine, I get a dopamine rush. Not because I particularly like him or his policies, but because in my head, he’s associated with making money. I bought shares of Tim Kaine for 39 cents back in June and sold them when they were worth 75 cents. I’m kicking myself for not holding out until he was confirmed as the nominee. 

Blame the Rich? Think Again.

Everybody loves to hate the bankers, especially after the crash of 2007.  Both sides of the aisle, Right and Left, constantly point out the recklessness of Wall Street gamblers.  What few people seem to realize, however, is that bankers are in a predicament—either they extend abundant credit to the poor and face being called reckless and risky, or restrict that line of credit and suffer being called elitist and unfair. Clearly, they opted for the former; and if there is anything we can learn from the crash that ensued, it is this: the lower classes are simply irresponsible with their finances.

Hapless YHHAP

The dining halls were rather empty on Wednesday, Nov. 10, as 1,589 students sacrificed their allotted meals for the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project Fast. The fast organizers were able to encourage a large portion of Yale’s population, myself included, to give up their meals so that the money can be given to alleviate hunger and homelessness. It seemed like a great idea at the time. After all, even the most cold-hearted conservative does not object to helping the hungry.

Sweatshops: The Best Hope of the Third World

Students at Yale often encounter arguments against capitalism based on the inhumane conditions in sweatshops. Factories labeled as sweatshops are those which subject employees to grueling work, long hours, low pay, and sometimes even physical abuse. Such working conditions, currently experienced in the United States as well as in developing countries, seem to point out a conflict between free-market economics and ethical principles.

Rotten Apples

The last few decades of primary and secondary school education in America contain several disturbing trends. Between 1963 and 1996, average SAT scores fell nearly 75 points. Furthermore, between 1972 and 1994, the absolute number of students scoring above 750 on the verbal section of the SAT declined by nearly 50%, indicating that lower average scores are not merely a result of more students taking the test.

The Oldest New Deal

Everybody thinks we should feed the poor, and everybody always has. At least, one would be excused for thinking so in modern America. Despite vast disagreements on family life, economic structure, and other fundamental goals, virtually all Americans believe that the poor should be fed, clothed, and housed. The Left and Right disagree on methods but not on the goal. In spite of moral relativism, we seem to have stumbled upon a universal moral maxim. How did we find it?

Marriage: Legalize It!

This past election season, a strange little item found its way onto the ballots of Connecticut voters. The child poverty referendum, a ‘non-binding resolution,’ passed overwhelmingly, 2,856 to 426, even though it amounted to nothing more than an affirmation that children shouldn’t suffer. It required no programs, it made no specific proposals’but, as everyone pointed out, it at least got us talking about the issue of child poverty. 
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