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The Oberlin Review

Trump Raises Military Budget at Expense of Citizens

Jordan Joseph, Contributing Writer

March 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In his budget proposal released Monday, President Donald Trump proposed increasing federal funding for the military by $54 billion at the expense of important domestic and international programs and agencies. This budget, if approved by Congress, would severely hurt American citizens. The proposal itself speaks volumes about the administration’s priorities. Trump confirmed Tuesday that he plans to gut the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development by demanding cuts of at least 37 percent to both agencies’ budgets. These cuts send a strong message that Trump doesn’t consider foreign relations to be important, as reducing the State Department’s budget would drastically reduce the capabili...

Progressives Learn From Tea Party

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor

March 3, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Democrats have a tough time getting into the trenches. This has been clear from the beginning of the Obama era, when the Tea Party was able to thwart a number of progressive policy initiatives, despite being a political minority. It became frustratingly apparent when Senate Republicans successfully blocked federal Justice Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court for an unprecedented 293 days. Facing partisan impediments at nearly every turn over the past eight years, congressional Democrats chose to take the high road. They chose to place their faith in the system, believing that if only they could weather the storm, the ship would right itself, and the Republican Party would be exposed and punished for the...

Calling Elected Reps Proves Most Effective

Alec Perlow, Contributing Writer

February 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The etiquette for answering the phone was the first thing interns were taught in the congressional office I worked in during Winter Term. Our D.C. office had three phones set up to receive every call, with no voicemail. During the first two weeks of January, the phones rang sporadically. Almost all the callers were constituents concerned about some bill or other, asking my boss to vote one way or another. I realized this was business as usual. The week before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, business as usual was thoroughly disrupted. Our office started to receive hundreds of calls from constituents requesting that their representative stand with Representative John Lewis and boycott Trump’s inauguration....

Republicans Undermine Confirmation Process

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer

February 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

President Donald Trump announced one of the most significant moves of his young and turbulent presidency Tuesday night when he nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Many on the left believe Gorsuch’s nomination should be blocked in much the same way that Republicans obstructed the hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Court. Other prominent progressives, such as Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have already expressed concern over Gorsuch’s judicial record on Twitter. As a progressive, I shared in the outrage over Republican obstruction to Garland last year. I found it absurd that conservatives were blowing off the normal Constitutional proces...

Off the Cuff: Janet Garrett, Two-Time Congressional Candidate

Off the Cuff: Janet Garrett, Two-Time Congressional Candidate

February 3, 2017

Janet Garrett is a life-long Oberlin resident and spent many years as a teacher at Eastwood Elementary School before retiring in 2015. Garrett ran for Congress in Ohio’s 4th Congressional District both in 2014 and 2016, losing twice to current Republican congressman Jim Jordan. Since President Donald Trump’s victory, Garrett has been hosting a monthly reading group at the Oberlin Public Library where community members discuss books and how to respond to Trump’s presidency. The next meeting is ...

Trump’s Personality Distracts from Policy Issues

Daniel Nerenhausen, Contributing Writer

December 9, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The time of simple post-election anger and condemnation has passed, leaving the party of progress and activism faced with a profound question: What, in practice, does it mean to fight President-elect Donald Trump? Much of the reaction I have observed thus far, particularly here on campus, has been indignation with Trump’s vile immorality and with the rest of the country’s ignorance. This reaction has led some, like journalist Paul Waldman, to look to Republican Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell for opposition guidance, summarizing his insights from 2009, “Obstruction is generally something you’re unlikely to pay a price for, because most voters will decide that ‘Washington’ isn’t working and put blame o...

Shutdown Rooted in Partisanship, Moralizing of Opposition

The Editorial Board

October 4, 2013

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Disappointment with Congressional performance might seem hard to quantify this week, as an uncompromising House of Representatives rendered the government defunct and the American public dismayed on Tuesday by failing to reach an agreement that would sustain governmental operations. Though frustration mounts with each passing day, legislators have likely already developed a tough skin. As indicated by Gallup polls, today’s Congress hardly enjoys a great degree of popularity. Approval ratings have bounced between the low to high teens over the last year, and next month’s numbers might even dip into the single digits. Congressional members have brought the political process to a virtual standstill, succeeding in...

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