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Presidents: Do they matter?

Of course presidents matter, but do they matter to the extent we give them credit for?

Did bush crash the economy or obama fix it? Did Obama really kill Bin Laden? The answer to these questions are a resounding NO.

Let’s look at the economy first: there is no single person in the entire world that has the power to ruin the economy to the extent it was 2008. Not even the president of the united states. Sure, they have some power over it, but nowhere near enough to outright bring it down like we saw happen. Likewise, Obama did not fix the economy! He merely helped a natural healing process take place. Just like the natural cycle of the seasons, our economy goes through cycles of hot and cold times.  And no matter how hard we try to stop the seasons cycling, winter will come. But this also means that no matter how long we are in an economic winter, summer too will shine once more. Now of course presidents have some power over the matter, but it is very little. Presidents pushing the economy into a recession is like the affect that one car’s pollution has on warming the earth. Does it affect the climate? Yes, but to say it was just that one person’s fault the world is now ten degrees warmer is misguided. The inner workings of our economy are vastly complex, and it is completely unfair to both bush and obama to credit them both with what eventually would have happened regardless of who was in office. read more

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The two women who have a fighting chance of becoming president

Hillary Clinton proved with this election cycle that any woman can run for president of the United States and become heartbeats away from obtaining the presidency. Even though we didn’t elect the first woman president in this election, there’s no need to worry; there are two women who have a fighting chance of becoming president within the next eight years, should they choose to run.

The first woman who could win the presidency is the Republican South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. She was born to Sikh immigrants in 1972 on January 20th and was the youngest governor in the entire country for a time until this year when Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu both got sworn into office at the age of 42. She is the first Indian-American and the first woman to hold the title of governor in South Carolina. She is also the second Indian-American to become a governor in the US after Louisiana’s former governor Bobby Jindal. read more

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Election 2016: The Other Options

With the high unfavorability ratings of the two main party candidates and increased polarization, many Americans have decided to look towards third party candidates.

Many are going for Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson, the former two-term Governor of New Mexico who is running on a fiscally conservative and socially liberal platform. In order to pay for college, he worked as a door-to-door handyman, and eventually created a construction company, giving 1,000 jobs to people in New Mexico. According to NPR, he is “probably the healthiest candidate for president” which isn’t hard to believe since he has climbed the highest peaks of every continent, does rock climbing, triathlons, and exercises at least one hour a day. Gov. Johnson advocates for things including: marijuana legalization, gun rights, a balanced budget, a non-interventionist foreign policy, and enforcing term limits. He is the only third party candidate to be present on all 50 state ballots. read more