USC College Republicans host teach-in
Posted March 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm in News
The USC College Republicans hosted a panel discussion Wednesday night focusing on President Barack Obama‚Äôs policies and actions regarding the U.S. economy, the recent health care reform bill and the state of the country‚Äôs foreign relationships.
The ‚ÄúTeach-In to Oppose Obama‚Äôs Radical Transformation of America‚ÄĚ featured input from Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute; David Bahnsen, an economics expert who heads a firm on Wall Street; and Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor at Cal State Fresno.
The panel, sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, questioned the effectiveness of health care reform, citing a conflict between the cost of reform and benefits of changing the health insurance system.
‚ÄúPeople make it clear they don‚Äôt want higher taxes, they don‚Äôt want higher deficits and they certainly don‚Äôt want rationed care,‚ÄĚ Pipes said of health care reform.
Examining health care through the lens of economic policy, Bahnsen said Obama‚Äôs past stimulus and bailout efforts were proof of the president‚Äôs lack of success in crafting economic policy.
‚ÄúThe economic policies I lament in President Obama are not merely political difference, the differences are above all else a conflict in visions,‚ÄĚ Bahnsen said. ‚ÄúMay we stop this madness before we go past the tipping point.‚ÄĚ
Hanson discussed Obama‚Äôs foreign policy relations with Russia, Iran, Israel and European world powers. He said he thinks Obama does not have a strong investment in protecting America‚Äôs interests on the worldwide level.
‚ÄúThere are going to be a lot of people who think they can make radical re-adjustments in the balance of power … because they think the United States is going to sympathize with them,‚ÄĚ Hanson said.
The College Republicans held the panel to educate students about issues that have come up after the passage of the health care reform bill, said USC College Republicans President Alexa Ekman.
‚ÄúThis is about educating these people … There are so many things in the health care bill that us laymen would never have known,‚ÄĚ Ekman said.
Kimberly Linares, a senior majoring in political science and theatre and a Democrat, said she appreciated the chance to listen to other opinions on Obama‚Äôs administration but disagreed with the panel‚Äôs characterization of the president.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think they covered it completely fairly,‚ÄĚ Linares said. ‚ÄúThere were a lot of ideological biases, and then I think at the same time I felt they attacked Obama.‚ÄĚ
Whether they agreed with the panel‚Äôs arguments or not, students who were in attendance said the panel was good opportunity to expand their knowledge on health care reform and other Obama policies.
‚ÄúI would say some arguments were really good to me, I wouldn‚Äôt say I agree 100 percent with everything that was said,‚ÄĚ said Michael Young, a sophomore majoring in political science and a Republican. ‚ÄúThe three panelists are incredibly knowledgeable.‚ÄĚ