Posts in category "Politics"

Five Lies in Obama's Inauguration Speech

Today was a historic moment for America. We inaugurated our African-American president for a second time. However, this time around, the mood is less hopeful for many Americans including myself.  While I hope he can live up to what I wanted him to be  during his first term, when I listened to his speech today,... Read more »

Aaron Swartz: Remembrance

By now many of you have heard about the untimely death of internet pioneer and activist, Aaron Swartz. The suicide is being blamed on his bouts with depression. His struggles with mental illness were not helped by the overzealous charges he faced for ‘illegally’ downloading articles from JSTOR. For a harmless crime, he faced 13... Read more »

Minimum Wage in the US

The first few posts of Poli Chi in 2013 are being dedicated to policy New Year’s Resolutions that the US government should take on. This post is dedicated to those working for minimum wage. There’s been a lot of talk lately about raising the minimum wage. There’s the “Fight for 15” campaign and two governors... Read more »

Veteran Suicide Rate

The first few posts of 2013 for Poli-Chi will be focused around policy New Year’s Resolutions that the United States should be focused on in the New Year. Enjoy the first installment dedicated to our military personnel. From Dec. 3, 2008 through Dec. 3, 2012, 30,137 military servicemen committed suicide. That’s almost one every hour.... Read more »

Top Ten Chicago Political Stories of 2012 (Social Justice Edition)

Unions were a hot topic the latter part of 2012, and that was partially due to the Chicago Teacher's Union strike in September that made national headlines not just for unions but deteriorating school conditions everywhere. (
From the NATO protests to the CTU strike, 2012 was a big year for social justice causes in Chicago. Below are ten events that allowed the social justice movement to gain momentum in Chicago in 2012.

Weird New Illinois Laws for 2013

Live in a condo and sick of your slow Internet, this year is one to rejoice since a new law allows condominium associations to include high‐speed Internet as a form of easement. (Condo Internet Easement HB 3950/PA 97‐751)
As mentioned in my previous post there are 150 new laws for Illinois. Some make sense like setting timetables for divorce, and others as you shall see below seem a little unnecessary. Also check out my top ten political stories of 2012.

New Illinois Laws for 2013

With a New Year comes new laws; One-hundred-and-fifty new laws for Illinois to be exact. I am highlighting ten that I think are the most interesting and relevant, and here are the weird ones. (Also check out my top ten political stories of 2012.) Telephone Billing Ban (HB 5211/PA 97‐822): Prohibits “phone cramming,” which is when people... Read more »

Mental Health Services for Youth in the United States

The shooting in Newtown has not only brought up the issue of gun control in the United States, but that of mental health. Many people feel that the culprit, Adam Lanza, had easier access to a gun than to mental health services. Which begs the question: what is the state of mental health services for... Read more »

The Most Looked Up Word of 2012 Is...

The Most Looked Up Word of 2012 Is...
Socialism (and Capitalism)! Surprised? I am. I didn’t know Americans wanted to know exactly what socialism (and capitalism) meant. For the most part, I feel that the rhetoric regarding that word had become the standard definition. Did finding out that socialism isn’t such a bad thing tip the election in Obama’s favor? The theme of... Read more »

Seven Facts About Government Entitlement Programs

A common misconception about government entitlements is that they are easy to get. WRONG. There is significant paperwork and follow-up involved. In fact, over 50% of Social Security benefit requests get denied on the first attempt.
I have yet to write on the looming Fiscal Cliff (now downgraded to hill), but I’ll use another current event to tie in what’s in store for the most vulnerable Americans when they get thrown off the Cliff in January. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is currently doing the SNAP Challenge where he can only use... Read more »
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