Across the right and left, few people seem happy with the state of American politics. A quadrennial tradition, as predictable as the election that always inspires it, is the griping about contemporary politics.
We have all heard criticism of the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care ad nasuem. Most of the criticism comes from people who oppose the Affordable Care Act because they feel that the law is too close to universal health care. Last Thursday, a group of 2,000 doctors released a proposal in the American Journal of Public Health that calls for a single payer health care system in U.S.
Social media was abuzz last week over news that Sen. Bernie Sanders had been invited to the Vatican by Pope Francis. After rumors began to circulate that the above statement was incorrect, debate ensued, plagued with broad generalizations and sweeping characteristics about candidates and their respective parties, over how and why Sanders had actually been invited to the Vatican. It turns out that the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, invited Sanders to address the Academy during their conference on social, economic, and environmental issues. The conference celebrates the 25th anniversary of an encyclical by Pope John Paul II about the pitfalls of the market economy and the globalization of the aforementioned issues. No, the Pope himself did not wake up one morning and decide to invite Sanders to a meeting as some sort of subliminal endorsement of his candidacy. However, a bishop, who is quite close to the pope, did make a specific decision about which candidate for the United States presidency to invite to speak on these issues. And he chose Bernie Sanders. This should be not overlooked or marginalized.
DO: Listen to the races on the radio Even if you cannot shell out the $25 to go see the race in person—because let’s be honest, every $25 counts when you owe IU upwards of $20k—you should at least consider listening to the race on the radio.