RESTART

After my last post, I decided to take a long break from writing about politics. A long grinding political exercise that was the 2012 presidential election had just concluded and I was just about ready to throw up at the sight of another political Ad. The poor souls who had to come on TV and continue talking about politics on Nov.8…Actually, scratch that….they make a lot of money for that…so whatever…anyway, I decided to take a break. During this time, I have often thought about what I want this blog to be about. In the run-up to the 2012 election, it seemed that there was an information overload. The candidates were crisscrossing the country and delivering speeches, giving interviews, and laying out agendas. In addition, the media was also running its own non-stop analysis of the candidates’ positions on every possible issue that could make a difference in the electoral college. The challenge, it seemed, was to sift through all this information and bias, and arrive at a decision on which candidates were more suitable to form the government at this time. Following the election however, a number of these information sources have dried up and it has become difficult to understand exactly what guides our elected representatives. For instance, how did the house of representatives arrive at a particular policy position regarding government spending? How about regarding gun control laws? What kinds of data is the senate looking at while it crafts an immigration bill? How good is this information and how can we find out? Similarly, how can we, the people, obtain and use this information to influence policy? These are some of the questions I hope to address going forward.

Regarding specific topics, one particular area that received very little attention in the last election cycle was American Foreign Policy. The major developments of the last six months, including changes in the European economy, the conflict in Syria, the growing international concern over Iran’s nuclear program, the theatrics of Kim Jong Un and increasing tensions between North and South Korea, the death of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, the decision by Raul Castro of Cuba to not pursue another term, the changing political and social climate in Myanmar, and the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon, all have enormous implications for American interests, both in the near future and long-term. Meanwhile, on the domestic side, tax and entitlement reform, immigration policy, and gun control laws are being hotly debated by the new congress and will likely also be the focus of the next election cycle. So here we go…

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