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Recorder Backs Recent CCSU Alumna

The mayoral election for the city of  New Britain is coming up on Nov. 5  and the students of CCSU need to pay attention. The two candidates for this upcoming mayoral race are current New Britain Mayor, Tim O’Brien, and Former CCSU Graduate, Erin Stewart.

Our editorial staff feels that a fresh, new perspective on local issues is just what the student body needs, and that Erin Stewart fits the bill.

This time last year, the New Britain City Council passed some ordinances that have had a direct effect on students living on and around campus. The ordinances focused on the landlords that own properties in the Belvedere neighborhood near campus, which is home to many CCSU students. One ordinance placed an annual fee of $150 to landlords that live outside of the area, which could potentially put an increase on residents’ rent. The second ordinance, called the “hot-spot” ordinance, states that individuals who call 911 10 or more times a year will be fined $500. 

Many of the nuisance calls made in New Britain are made in concern to off-campus students who are considered too loud to some permanent New Britain residents. The ordinances brought much attention to the students who live around the Central, however the attention was very one sided. Only about a handful of students showed up to the council to protest or voice their opinions about the then proposed ordinances, even though their presence in the community was a catalyst to the making and passing of the laws.

Being informed and educated about what goes on in our local New Britain community is key to making the most out of your time residing in New Britain. It would be foolish to think that these policies and decisions do not affect us. 

What many students seem to be unaware of is that they can have a say in the government of our city. If students live on campus or off campus in New Britain, they have the ability to register to vote in the mayoral elections.

Erin Stewart is looking to make students more involved in the local community with opportunities including internships, co-ops and partnering with businesses. This is a stark difference from incumbent Tim O’Brien, who seems to make the issue of off-campus students a way to increase city revenue without turning too many heads.

In an interview with a Recorder staff member, O’Brien stated he hopes to encourage more residential CCSU students to live in the downtown New Britain area. But with a multi-million dollar plan for Centrals campus to receive a brand new dorm, library extensions, fitness building, magnet school, arts building and upgrades to old facilities, O’Brien’s plan doesn’t seem to play into the grand scheme of things.

 

26-year-old Stewart is fresh out of college, so fresh that she could still be paying off college loans. She is exactly the kind of candidate that CCSU students need to support because she has their best interests in mind. If students at Central want to have more control in what the city of New Britain has to offer them then they need to start paying more attention to who wants to represent them and vote them into office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Republicans to Blame For Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Crisis

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By: Joe Suszczynski

Congress thankfully opened the government back up by voting to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, which did not let the country go into default. However this averted crisis should only get so much praise as funding for the government is only extended to January 15, 2014 along with the debt ceiling being extended to February, 7, 2014. The government is essentially doing what college student normally does when writing a term paper: puts it off and keeps procrastinating on when to start and complete it.

The insane part about all of this is that this whole government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis could have been avoided. Yes, the crisis was averted, which is great and I’m happy that we did not default, but that it is not the point. America did not need to be subjected to a government shutdown costing thousands of jobs for honest hardworking people along with coming down to the wire when making an agreement on the debt ceiling. Congress needs to get its head straight, because it’s currently in an orifice where it doesn’t belong.

Republicans should take a lot of the blame for this crisis. Although, it should be noted that 87 Republicans in the House and 27 Republicans in the Senate voted for the deal. They should get some credit because they played ball and put the country ahead of their politics. However 18 senators and 144 members of congress voted against the bill, all of whom are of the Republican Party. There was not one Democrat, in either house, who voted against this bill. Counting both houses 162 Republicans would have rather have the country default than voting yes on the bill.

That is an utterly despicable and unpatriotic thing to do. It is unpatriotic to let your country be financially destroyed because of your own personal politics being clouded of what needs to be done for the sake of the people you represent.

The problem with the Republican Party is a small sect within the party itself, the Tea Party, is causing all the issues in both Houses. You’d think that a small part of a bigger party would not be a problem, but it is.

After his 21 hour charade of a filibuster Senator Ted Cruz, a prominent member of the Tea Party Republicans, is still out to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. According to an aide, Cruz does not rule out another chance of a government shutdown in the future. I hope that he isn’t serious about not ruling out another government shutdown. The government shutdown cost America billions of dollars so what would possess the senator to do something like this again when it could create more resentment within Americans?

It is completely asinine to the point where even members of his own party are speaking out against him. Arizona Senator John McCain called Cruz a “wacko-bird.” Tennessee Senator Bob Corker criticized Cruz’s filibuster and has said, “I’m just asking the question, is it more important to the senator from Texas and the senator from Utah (Mike Lee) that the people around the country watch this vote, or is it more important that we have a good policy outcome from our standpoint?”

Cruz really needs to dial it back now that the government is back open for business and the popularity of Republicans have been going down. Pew Research Center currently has Republican disapproval rating at 72%. That isn’t very reassuring when nearly three quarters of Americans disapprove of the Republicans in congress.

It is time for the Republicans to stop obstructing the government and start working with it because if they don’t and keep staying the course then their popularity will go down and will potentially cost them seats in the House and Senate in future elections.

The modern Republican Party has been around over 150 years now and has boasted some great presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, but as of today they are beginning to show some signs of instability. The Tea Party has been driving the Republican base more and more to the right where even moderate Republicans cannot get elected. The moderates have either been thrown out of office or forced to keep moving right on the issues at hand.

The fringe elements of a political party should not be the place to set up the base of the party because it is so extreme there would not be any room for any type of compromise, which is essential to running a multi-party government. Republicans need to start moving and advocating more centrist or center-right positions in order to gain any favorability with the American people.

If the Republicans keep moving too far to the right, they just might fall off the cliff and the party will be no more.

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Taxes, Education Focal Points At First Mayoral Debate

By Taylor Skirvin and Eric Stadalnik

New Britain- Republican Mayoral candidate and CCSU graduate Erin Stewart continued to sell her youth as the right answer for the city during the first debate at Trinity on Main Saturday afternoon.

 

Stressing that the current administration’s tax hikes and wasteful spending was not sustainable for the future, the twenty-six year old GOP nominee asserted that the city needs change and deserves better than incumbent Tim O’Brien.

 

I’m different, I’m not a politician, but I’m sick of seeing our city leaders mismanage our future,” said Stewart. “With Mayor Erin Stewart, you’ll always get straight talk; I’m a New Britain girl.”

 

Stewart, a lifelong New Britain resident, believes that the city government has not been working for the people over the past two years while showing fiscal irresponsibility leading to debt growth.

 

In contrast, Mayor O’Brien feels that the future is bright for New Britain. According to the Democratic nominee, the deficits and social shortcomings left for him when he took office two years ago have been fixed under his administration.

 

There is so much possibility that New Britain has for a better tomorrow. We have accomplished, in my administration, so much in such a short period of time and we have such great possibilities to build in the future,” said O’Brien.

 

A surplus of $2.9 million in the general fund was announced this past week which O’Brien restated at the debate. The extra money was said to come from payroll reductions and department reconfiguration while not raising taxes, although many audience members jeered the Mayor when he made the statement and Stewart brought her car taxes to refute his claim. Along with the surplus, O’Brien proclaimed that he continues to create jobs in the city as well as supporting local businesses.

 

A city partnership with CCSU was also discussed in regards to helping the development of downtown New Britain, from moving programs to the Technology and Business Development facility to being a major stop on the CT Fastrak when it is operational.

 

I have made a very strong effort to make sure that our city’s arts are properly funded, turning around years of underfunding to be able to make sure that our city is going to be able to have the quality education that our kids deserve and that our city economy will need,” said O’Brien.

 

Stewart agreed with her opponent in regards to the importance of education as she has been serving on the New Britain Board of Education shortly after finishing school. She believes that she and her fellow B.O.E. members have made substantial changes to quality of life of students.

 

Although young, Stewart has been around politics much of her life, having been a legislative aide at the Capitol, and growing up with a father in politics. The eight years prior to O’Brien’s term as Mayor, Stewart’s father Tim Stewart was mayor of New Britain.

 

A second Mayoral debate is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1st at 7:00 P.M. at New Britain High School but O’Brien has turned down a third debate sponsored by the Citizen Property Owners Association, a group that has been highly critical of the Mayor’s policies over the last two years.

 

An additional debate is being discussed though, according to the Hartford Courant, which would take place at CCSU, jointly sponsored by campus Republicans and Democrats.

 

Barack Obama Sworn In As U.S. President For A Second Term

Former CCSU Professor Chosen As Presidential Inaugural Poet

by Acadia Otlowski

A former CCSU professor has been selected as President Obama’s inaugural poet, joining the ranks of a select group of talented poets such as Robert Frost.

Richard Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet to be chosen thus far, who at 44 has gone to school for engineering, gone back to school for creative writing, and has taught at three different universities, CCSU being the latest.

He has also published three books, the most recent of which being Looking for the Gulf Motel, which was published in 2012.

Blanco is also the first openly gay and Latino poet to be chosen for this honor.

“His themes of searching for identity, for home, resonate powerfully across ethnic and cultural lines,” said Jill Weinburger, a retired colleague of Blanco who worked closely with him in the creative writing program. “His selection as inaugural poet strikes me as a testament to his body of work as a contemporary poet of substance and extraordinary skill, whose work speaks to and for us all.”

His colleagues in the English department of CCSU spoke highly of him, referencing his gentle nature and charming personality.

“When I think of Rich, the word that comes to mind is ‘sweet’ as in ‘what a sweet guy.’  He impressed me as a very kind, caring, thoughtful and modest person,” said Susan Gilmore, an English professor and former colleague of Blanco. “His work isn’t about his ego.  He’s invested in exploring language, identity and reaching out to readers and students.”

Others reflected similar sentiments.

“He was a great colleague, friendly, positive, worked hard in the department and his students spoke very highly of him,” said Christine Doyle, a colleague of Blanco’s who worked in the office next door. “As I have said to several people in the last week or so, this is one of those cases where, when you say, ‘It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person,’ you really mean it. “

Many in the English department spoke about how Blanco’s selection as inaugural poet was a reflection on the quality of his work.

“I don’t know how this process worked for President Obama, but I would say Richard Blanco was chosen for a number of reasons, first and foremost being that he is an excellent poet,” said Gilmore.

Obama has picked inaugural poets to speak at both of his inaugurations, making him the third president to have an inaugural poet at all.

Blanco was hired at CCSU in 1999 to replace the former poet in residence, Diane Garcia.

“She was wonderful and left a big position to fill,” said Gilmore, “I remember serving on the search committee and going through the applications and coming across Rich’s materials.  It was exciting, he really stood out from the start.”

Students took a liking to Blanco early on in his career at CCSU, recalls Gilmore.

“When he came for his interview at Central, we all found him instantly likeable and the demo class he guest taught with our creative writing students was wonderful.  We were very fortunate to have him on the faculty here,” said Gilmore.

This positive energy continued throughout his career at CCSU.

“He was and is a world-class good person.  He cared very much about his students, and was collegial and a pleasure to know.  He has a fine quiet sense of humor, and of course he has a poet’s eye to see details of everything around him,” said Mary Anne Nunn, another English professor at CCSU.

Blanco will be remembered at CCSU for his personality and the quality of his poetry, the common consensus is that Blanco is more than worthy of this honor.

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Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address

by Irene W. Yukash

Those who attended the inauguration sit inside the Newseum and watch President Obama’s speech from the big screen.
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President Obama delivered his inaugural speech on Capital Hill Monday afternoon. Laced with excerpts of the Declaration of Independence he addressed LGBT rights, equal pay for women and climate.

“What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago,“ said Obama. “We recall that what binds our nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenants of our faith or the origins of our names.”

People from all over the United States arrived in DC that morning. Warding off long lines, rambunctious vendors pushing Obama memorabilia and security checks were part of the hike to Capital Hill. According to some, his deliberation was similar to that of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Off the charts, it’s very lovely, very moving,” said Natalia Combs Greene, DC resident. “What I thought was most moving was when he talked about a safety net for poor people and that this country can afford to do it.”

“It touched many peoples hearts including my own. It’s great to see him passionate about serving a second term,” said Martino Avery, Atlanta, Georgia.

Avery attended inaugural celebrations at the Newseum with friend Kappitola Williams. Throughout the day, Williams drew a lot of attention to herself by her choice of attire; a gown made entirely of newspaper clippings collected since Obama took office.

“I don’t know that they can be compared, the first time was momentous for everyone all around the world and the second time is an affirmation of what this president has been trying to do during his first term,” said Combs Greene.

Combs Greene and Avery attended Obama’s first inaugural address four years ago and felt compelled to display their patriotism outwardly this time.

“What better way can I come and represent and give honor to my president of the United States of America?” interjected Kappitola. She said she plans to stay in DC until Wednesday or Thursday and plans to wear her patriotic ensemble each day.

As Obama concluded his speech, DC erupted in applause and cheer. Teary eyed parents held their children close and couples embraced.

“My fellow Americans we are made for this moment and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together,” said Obama.

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CCSU Flexes Voting Muscle, But Non-Voters Still Remain

By: Eric Stadalnik

   What initially began as a search for non-voting students quickly turned into the realization that Central Connecticut State University has a voice in the election and wants it to be heard.

In a study held on campus, those saying they had voted came close to eighty percent, far higher than any national turnout the presidential election has ever seen.  Although the actual youth turnout will not come anywhere close to the survey numbers, when examining who the active voters and non-voters supported, it is easy to see that Barack Obama still has the youth on his side.

In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama seemingly ran away with the election thanks, in large, to the youth vote, as the Democrat nearly doubled the vote total John McCain received from the same age group in an election featuring one of the highest young voter turnouts of all time.  But with four years gone by and a whole new set of college voters, many speculate whether the youth turnout will even come close to resembling the near historic turnout witnessed during the last election cycle.

If CCSU is an indication of how college students will vote though, the Obama campaign could reap the benefits of another great turnout from the young, loyal supporters that many wondered would show up to fill out a ballot.  Splitting the male vote on campus, President Obama’s support came from another faction of Americans he will rely on to help him maintain office, as female students backed the incumbent with seventy-five percent of their votes, casting CCSU’s ballot for President Obama.

But even with the high turnout, non-voters still made their voices heard, illustrating what many across the nation accept as reasons to not exercise their right vote.

“It doesn’t matter who wins, nothing is going to change,” said Andrew Ferrucci, a CCSU Junior.

Ferrucci, an Obama supporter in 2008, adheres to the thoughts of many former Obama enthusiasts, who have not seen the change he describes and many hoped for.  The partisan gridlock that has overtaken the United States government during the last two years undoubtedly stopped the Obama’s ability to put policies in place like he did during the first half of his presidency, but the stagnant economy and continued high unemployment numbers continue to be key points in the election that will effect Obama’s vote totals.

With the state of Connecticut continuing to support the Democratic Party for President, election after election, some non-voters claim that taking a trip to the polls won’t make a difference.

“The popular vote doesn’t matter; the Electoral College decides the election,” said Anthony Pompei, a CCSU Senior.

Although it is every American’s right to vote, he is correct, as it is the cumulative vote for each district that will lead to a candidate securing a state’s electoral votes. But this leads many to believe ‘what’s one less vote in a seemingly guaranteed state when the popular vote doesn’t choose the winner?’  In a race as close as this, the Obama campaign cannot afford to have many college students in Ohio, Florida, or any of the other key battleground states with the same mindset.

Whether it is the shortage of drive to vote Obama in the usually Democratic state of Connecticut or the absence of such excitement that was present in 2008, the youth vote in the swing states will be vital to who is the victor in this presidential election.

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Are Students Voting This Year?

By Sandra Aggrey

With Barack Obama winning the majority of student votes back in 2008, many are left wondering if the young population will carry as much weight in this year’s presidential election.

It is no secret that students are often criticised over their lack of interest in all things politics, so it was a surprise to many when studies showed that the number of students who voted in the last election had been higher than ever. With issues such as financial aid, tuition fees and youth unemployment being more prevalent than ever, will the young once again vote in their masses to get their voices heard?

CCSU student, Karen Jenson who was one of the majority that voted for Obama in 2008 ,explained why this year will be a different story for her. “I have a legal inability to vote this year. It’s unfortunate because neither me or my family live in Middletown town any more and I kind of missed the ball when it came to switching my voter registration to New Britain because of school work.”

The 25-year-old went on to explain that her vote would’ve alternatively been casted elsewhere if she were able to vote. “I would’ve voted 3rd party because I don’t particularly like the Democrats or Republicans or the policies they stand for. I feel like Obama has done some things I would agree with but he’s also not done things that I feel he should have.”

Issues with practicality seemed to be a running theme when it came to whether students at CCSU voted this year or not. 24-year-old Azrielle Steele, who is registered in her home town of Greenwhich, said it was too far for her to make a trip back home to vote.

“I would’ve voted for Obama and I feel that he will once again get the studentvote because he actually cares and wouldn’t take away tuition like Romney.” She went on to add, “I’m both excited and scared for the results, scared because Romney might win and that won’t be good for the country and especially young people.”

19-year old-student Amanda Keator also stated that her reason for not voting was down to lack of time. “I’m registered to vote in my home town of Milford but I didn’t manage to vote today because I had a lot of much school work. To be honest I haven’t been able to pay as much attention as I should’ve because I’m always busy doing something, if I’m not working, I’m doing extracurricular activities.”

Keator still maintains that she would’ve voted for Obama. “I think students will also mostly vote for him because from what I believe he’s advocating for lower tuition so it gives students with less money more opportunity.”

However, New Haven resident Amber Reed  made the intentional decision not to vote. “I didn’t register because this year I don’t agree with the candidates that we have to choose from,” she clarified.

“I feel like with Mitt Romney everybody only sees him as this rich white guy that’s another Bush and with Obama nobody’s going to respect him because he tries so hard to do all these things to help the economy but people are  just focused on things like his birth certificate and they just don’t respect him. Both candidates won’t be respected either way so their policies just aren’t going to be passed or they’re going to pass the wrong policies to impress the right people.”

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A Political Rollercoaster

By Spencer Brickney,

Special To The Recorder 

You know those moments before a date arrives? That period in time when the tension is unbearable and the rushing in your ears is deafening? That is the best way I can describe the first half hour being at the Andrew Roraback headquarters. And like many  dates, everything seems to go so well until everything starts to go downhill.

Located at the Backstage bar in Torrington, CT, the majority of those in attendance were members of the media, with the few supports lounging in the bar area. Music blasts through the dining area, which is an odd sound accompanying the cavalcade of news cameras and reports set up on one end of the room. No one showed any interest in the blaring tunes that bombarded their ears, as they patiently waited for the first poll results to come in.

Brian Mattiello, the campaign manager of Mr. Roraback, took the stage positioned across from the TV cameras. By this point, a couple dozen supports had arrived and waited on baited breath for information. He informed the nervous crowd that he will be announcing the calls as they come in, and asks everyone to have a good time. This does nothing to ease the manic nervousness of the group.

Not long afterwards, the first polls came in, and Roraback held the lead. The tension releases out of the room like air from a balloon as everyone started to enjoy themselves. Food is served and drinks are plentiful as people began to mingle with each other. Like in any situation with alcohol, everyone quickly loosened up and started to have fun, and it seemed to be unanimous that no one really wanted to talk about politics. “the time for speeches have come and gone”, says Chuck Coury, a long time supporter of Roraback, “people can relax here now, have a good time, its informal, it’s not a sit down dinner, its people walking around, drinking a beverage, laughing and talking about stories, having a good time.”

Oddly enough, Roraback made no appearance while polls were being read. Sources say that he was at a nearby location with his family, watching the results privately.

The first several poll announcements were for Roraback, and with each victory, comes more celebration. After each, Mattiello offered presidential trivia for the chance to win a lottery ticket. I can proudly say that I won one with the “shortest president”, who was James Madison (I said John Madison, but that’ll be our little secret.). Sadly, I didn’t win anything that night, just like half of the candidates across the country tonight.

The festivities quickly dampened, though, as Esty’s first victory was announced, and it was a major one. She won New Britain by over 9,000 votes. It was the first chink in the armor of the Roraback camp, and it could be felt throughout the restaurant.

Everyone attempted to stay optimistic, but the next poll is what sent the entire event into “mourning a loss” territory. Etsy won Waterbury by another 9,000 votes, and the large lead Roraback once had started to turn into a razor thin margin.

As the night grew late, the festivities kept winding down, even though the race continued to heat up. At about 10:30 p.m, half the crowd left the headquarters, waiting to see the results in the morning. With each new update, the lead grew smaller and smaller for Roraback, and eventually turned into an uphill battle. The night that was once filled with smiles and hope had turned into looks of sadness and disappointment (it did not help that they never stopped blaring every inspirational song from the 1980’s throughout).

They called it at midnight. The election that at one point seemed certain had now become a lost dream. Roraback made his first appearance of the night around 12:30, taking the stage while “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey played in the background. He made sure to thank all of his supporters and staff, and made it clear what his campaign represented.

“Our candidacy has been about trying to convince the people of Connecticut that the solutions to the problems our country faces are going to require finding solutions that unite us”, Roraback stated, “Lets hope they [President Obama and the house of representatives] will begin to focus on solutions that unite us as a people…they need to put the nations interest in front of their partisan interest if we are going to solve the enormous problems we are facing”. The speech was an emotional affair, with several supporters in the crowd crying.

And just like that, the event was over. Roraback left the stage, and the few people remaining, mostly the press, quickly shuffled out of the building. Even after the crowd had been enveloped back into the cold darkness outside, there still lingered a feeling within the now deserted headquarters. A sense of sadness and mourning, an imprint in the walls, left by the dozens of hopeful supporters who left that night disappointed.

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2012 Presidential Election Importance

By Justin Muszynski

The 2012 Presidential Election will end up being one of the most pivotal that this country has ever seen.

Its memorability likely won’t supersede 2008 where the United States elected its first ever African American president,  but this year’s will be more crucial than the last one.

The country is in a delicate state right now. We’re on the verge of really coming back from the recession that has plagued us since 2007. Things are slowly rebounding to where they were before this economic disaster.

The housing market is no longer in a state of abyss. People are buying homes again at a fairly regular rate. As a result, home values will soon begin to return to where they once were if the market continues to progress. The housing market is one of the most telling signs that is dependent upon the country’s economy. When there’s a recession, people can buy homes for much less than when things are prospering, but on the flip side, they also take a loss on the sale of their current home.

The media is also reporting that 401k’s are recuperating. In 2007 and 2008, you heard many complaining that their 401k was down to practically nothing. But recently those too have been headed in the right direction. They are essential in one’s aspirations to retire, but more importantly they are another important indicator of the state of the country’s economy.

Gas prices have also recently dropped and in Connecticut and have fallen below $4 for the first time in quite a while. Gas prices are perhaps the most universal aspect of the recession mostly because they affect everyone in one way or another. Everyone has some form of transportation that they rely on. If you’re driving your own automobile then you have to fuel it. If you fly somewhere or take public transportation, your fees are dependent upon gas prices. Despite Connecticut’s woes with gas, the national average has been on the decline.

What the country needs to decide is if the improvements made to our economy were a result of President Obama’s tenure or were they bound to recover no matter who was in office. If you choose to believe that this was Obama’s handiwork then you have to ask yourself if the policies that he put in place were designed to act as quick fixes in order to get reelected or if they will hold up in the long-haul.

If you decide that Obama was not responsible for the slight upturning of the economy then you’re more than likely in Romney‘s camp. But once again you face a question: Is what Gov. Romney did in Massachusetts applicable to the nation, or is it only effective at the state level?

No matter who is elected into office the simple fact is this: This country is in much too vulnerable of a state for there to be any major mishaps. The next president needs to do everything in his power to make sure that the United States leaves this recession far behind like an ancient memory.

Should we not fully recover from this current recession it could be a disaster. No matter who is elected, the next president needs the country’s full support. You don’t have to believe in the views of the next elected president, but you better well hope he is successful.

If your candidate isn’t elected then you need to swallow your pride and support our president so he can lead our economy out of the inadequate condition that it is in.

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Donald Trump Atempts To Buy Off U.S

By Amanda Webster

This past Wednesday Donald Trump took to Twitter and tweeted that he would be making a very important announcement that would change the course of the presidential race.

As it turns out, Trump’s election altering announcement was nothing more than a bribe dressed with so-called “good” intentions. While sitting behind his desk, Trump presented Obama and the entire nation with an offer that “should not be refused.” Trump proceeded to let America know that if Obama was to turn over his college and passport records then $5 million would be personally donated to the charity of the President’s choosing.

While watching Trump’s video, one could not remove the image of an evil mastermind out for blood from their heads. This was not a charitable offer; this felt like the Joker asking Gotham City from Batman.

I do not fully understand what Trump was trying to accomplish with his demand for Obama’s records. Obama has been the President for the past four years and there is no way to change that. Obama has already obliged in turning over his birth certificate in order to quiet the naïve voices that claimed he is not an American born citizen. Obama’s records, according to Trump, would help him become a more transparent President. I personally do not care how well Obama did in college. He is currently running our country so he must have done something right while obtaining an education.

Aside from the senselessness of asking Obama for more verification of who he is in front of the entire nation, the fact that he would dangle such a large amount of money in front of charities is deplorable. Clearly Trump’s first priority in this announcement is not to benefit a charity, even though he repeatedly said that he wants very much to write a check. So, write the check, Trump. You do not need to engage in a hyped up media stunt that backs the President into a corner in order to give to charity.

This is not the voice of an Obama-crazy voter. No, in fact this is the voice of a jaded college student who is sick and tired of hearing about politics and really has no definite opinion on who would be the better candidate to run our nation. I do know that the presidential races have become laughable and this media stunt by Donald Trump just adds to what I already know. All I want from a potential leader of the country is the ability to answer a debate question straight forwardly so that I have an idea of what’s to come in the next four years should they receive my vote.