State of the Union must outline achievable goals


As Winston Churchill once said, “A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.” President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was, as expected, characterized by ambitious proposals. Some of President […]

Congress must vote to raise the minimum wage


It’s hard to write a weekly column on a Congress that turns three-day weekends into weeklong recesses. That’s right — Congress has adjourned until Jan. 27. After Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government’s lights on until September, it’s worth considering an idea that requires no government spending and was proposed […]

Congress must break unproductive streak


In his first inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan cemented his place in the cliché hall of fame with his remark that, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Sure, the conventional conservative wisdom holds that the government that does least does best. By that metric, the 113th Congress is on […]

Traveler’s Tracks: Back to School


Rini Sampath is back with Traveler’s Tracks, starting off the new school semester with a playlist of upbeat songs including tracks from The Black Keys, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj and many more. Rini Sampath is a sophomore majoring in international relations. Her podcast “Traveler’s Tracks” runs every Tuesday.