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State of the Union breakdown

Super Tuesday columnists Aimee Trujillo ’15 and Johnathan Bowes ’15 reflect on last week’s State of the Union. Both columnists fault Obama, but from different perspectives. Trujillo suggests that while Obama has much to be proud of, race relations were notably missing from Tuesday’s speech. Bowes, on the other hand, chides Obama for digging into his progressive agenda rather than focusing on working with the newly elected Republican majorities.

Bibi and the scarlet letter

While Netanyahu’s tenuous political standing and upcoming elections are likely the catalysts for his divisive address to Congress in defiance of Obama, blaming the pain away will not resolve our allies’ qualms. In fact, it is not unlikely that Netanyahu will win the Israeli elections and retain his leadership position in the Israeli government.

Community colleges: Controlling costs and improving lives

Let me widen the scope and take a look at the elephant in the room. 60 billion over ten years (as Administration officials estimate) is a lot of money. In fact, it’s about $500 for every household in the country. With the additional taxpayer money going to community colleges, the federal government will demand more say in what exactly community colleges will teach. They will have to answer the question – what is the value of two-year degree, and how does the Obama plan improve on that?

Obama’s community college proposal: Too early to judge

At first glance, it sounds misanthropic to criticize President Obama’s new community college plan. How could one possibly criticize a program whose goal is to make community college – a gateway to secure, middle class jobs – free for everyone? However, the implications of Obama’s proposal aren’t as clear as they initially seem. Although the plan is undoubtedly good politics, it is too early to tell if it is also good policy.

Socialism, rhetoric and American politics

Aimee Trujillo ’15 and Johnathan Bowes ’15 take on the rhetoric of socialism. Trujillo declares that socialism has become an insult in American politics but should be picked up by progressives as a labeling of their values, when conducted through a democracy. Bowes disagrees finding that socialism must be tied to tyranny. Yet he too concludes that the word is overuse, weakening its true power.