A real liberal arts mission would mean cherished programs are preserved and workers are considered indispensable.
From the Statue of Liberty to its “melting pot” metaphor, the United States continues to project itself as a beacon of hope for immigrants. But the heavily armed U.S.-Mexico border is anything but hopeful for Hispanics.
In an attempt to quell dissent on college campuses where students are beginning to vocalize a resistance to the price of higher education, the Obama Administration announced its hopes to reduce student loan debt this year. Specifically, graduates would be able to cap their loan repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income.
Few news networks have extensively covered the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, with perhaps the ironic exception of FOX News, which featured Anne Coulter calling them a product of “mob mentality.” Sean Hannity even said the protestors “really don’t like freedom.”
President Barack Obama’s “Buffet Rule,” a proposal to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, comes at an urgent moment in history. The unemployment and poverty rates in the U.S. have reached disturbingly high levels, and we cannot afford to distract ourselves.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — a nightmare that continues to haunt our country. Unfortunately, while we mourn the victims of 9/11 without question, our selective eulogizing, which has since then proliferated, silences countless Iraqi and Afghan civilians who endured an unconscionable degree of anguish throughout the past decade.
The recent devastation from Hurricane Irene has left the nation in a state of shock. As expected, the mass media documented the disaster with HD-enhanced coverage of death tolls, interactive maps and interviews with crestfallen victims.
During Mitt Romney’s speech to Iowans in mid-August, an audience member called out “tax corporations.” The former Massachusetts governor sparked controversy with his response: “Corporations are people, my friend.”