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The True Cost of College

Americans have become acutely aware of the cost of attending college in the past few years. Tuition and rates for the essay writing service help had been rising faster than household income even before the recession. Post-recession, income is harder to come by, savings have dwindled, and university endowments, the pool of donations that often fund professorships and scholarships, have shrunk. In a 2009 survey, 70 percent of prospective college students responded that they were changing their college plans as the result of the recession. 24 percent of students considering private colleges said they were more likely to choose a public one. 16 percent of families cited cost as the factor “most likely [to] dictate their decision.” Whether cost is the primary factor or a lesser one, the fact remains that a substantial portion of students are forgoing the best education available to them because of financial concerns.

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An Apple A Day: The Fall and Rise of Apple, Inc.

A little over a decade ago, around 1996, the world believed that Apple Computer was on its deathbed. The company lacked a marketing plan. Its less efficient computers were priced significantly higher than the competition. And by 1996, the company had fallen out of the top 5 in U.S. sales. Nearly 15 years later, on […]

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The Real Tea Party Movement

The New York Times broke a big story last month when it published its findings from a survey of Tea Party supporters. The “attitudes of those in the movement have been known largely anecdotally,” wrote Zerninke and Thee-Brenan, the authors of the exposé. The media depiction of the Tea Party hasn’t been particularly favorable, partially because the Tea Parties […]

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A Push for Population Control

Take a moment to think about the past week in your life. What stress, if any, did you experience? What could have been the source of that stress? The American Psychiatric Association consistently cites one sweeping cause of stress in its national and focus group studies: feeling overburdened. Now reflect on your personal responses to that feeling […]

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Green Gold

“To make [one] covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain,” wrote Mark Twain in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, an American classic. The Bush administration’s approach to marijuana makes one thing clear: it did not heed Sawyer’s advice. Drugs are often a taboo subject. Very few are willing to […]

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Healthcare is No Free Market

“Our health care system is in need of major reform, but we need to go more in the direction of free enterprise and free market principles,” said Congressman Jimmy Duncan (R-TN). Tea party supporters, vocal opponents of what they call “ObamaCare”, echo the same sentiment: health care should be a free market. Democrats have taken […]

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Why We Need Green Jobs

The recent heavy snowfall in the Washington D.C. area has given rise to some alarmingly naive comments from conservative pundits and Republican senators. America has come to expect the kind of shaky logic being used from Limbaugh, Hannity, and the rest of the conservative media cohort, but it is frankly distressing to hear Senators Jim […]

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The 3rd Dimension

Despite relatively mediocre reviews, Avatar has grossed slightly over $1.6 billion worldwide since its December 18th release. Less than a month later, virtually every major electronics company was showing off 3D televisions and Blu-Ray players at the yearly Consumer Electronics Show. Just as 2009 could be called the year of Twitter and the iPhone, 2010 […]

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The Year in Review 2009, Part 1: New Governments

2009 was not exactly the most memorable year. If anything, it’s notable for being one of the gloomiest years of late. Bank accounts are drying up, foreclosures are through the roof, and unemployment is the highest its been in nearly three decades. In all parts of the world, there aren’t many who can look back […]

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The Bailout and Stimulus of the American Economy

For an overview of the financial crisis of 2007-2009, please read An American Financial Collapse: What Happened on Wall Street? Since it became clear that the U.S. was in the midst of an economic recession in 2008, the federal government has invested trillions to promote economic stability and, eventually, growth. These investments can be classified […]

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