Author: Victor Allis

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Vice President Approval Rating

In the first two centuries of our nation, the role of the vice president did not amount to much, except for being ready to take over from the president, which happened to 1 in every 5 vice-presidents in that period. Some have therefore described the vice president’s main task as to check in the morning…
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Bipartisanship

There has been a lot of talk about bipartisanship lately. President Joe Biden campaigned on his ability to work with Republicans. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) wrote op-eds in defense of the filibuster and bipartisan lawmaking. At the same time, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed Congress strictly along party lines,…
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NATO Membership

President Biden and former President Trump disagreed on many things, one of them being NATO. It has been widely reported that in 2018 Mr. Trump thought that “NATO was a bad deal for America” and that he privately repeatedly stated that he wanted to withdraw America from the alliance. During Mr. Biden’s visit to NATO’s…
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Presidential Approval Rating

After 150 days in office Joe Biden expressed his satisfaction with what has been achieved in battling the coronavirus, with 300M shots administered. While it is great to know that Biden is happy with his administration, we were wondering what the American voters think of their president. So, we asked close to 1000 of them…
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Foreign Aid

During President Biden’s trip to Europe for meetings with the G7, NATO and of course the visit with Queen Elizabeth, he announced that the US will buy 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to donate to countries which need the vaccine but cannot afford it. Although it was not released what the exact cost…
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Abortion

Recently, the Supreme Court announced that they will review the Mississippi abortion law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is significantly before fetal viability, in direct conflict with the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling, which allowed abortions in the first six months of pregnancy.  With the Supreme Court’s 6-3 conservative majority,…
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Civics Education

In these polarized times we could wonder whether our nation’s motto requires a revision to “E Pluribus Duo” as it seems at times we live in two separate countries. That begs the question whether we all believe that knowing who we are as a country and how our country is supposed to work is important…
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An Epic Antitrust Fight

This week the case Epic Games v. Apple has started in the US District Court for Northern California. Apple forces all smartphone apps to be installed on Apple devices through their AppStore. It also forces app-makers to channel all revenue of in-app purchases through their platform, so that Apple can take a 30% cut. Epic Games…
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Statehood for DC?

Last week, the House of Representatives, on a purely partisan basis, passed H.R. 51, “An act to provide for the admission of the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth into the Union”. Some of the arguments for statehood are about the merits of the case:  taxation without representation with DC residents paying more taxes than residents…
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Corporate Tax Rate

As part of President Biden’s American Job’s Plan, which is an over $2 trillion investment in infrastructure and more, he also launched the “Made in America Tax Plan”. That plan focuses on the taxes paid by large corporations and specifically proposes to raise the corporate tax rate up to 28%. The corporate tax rate had…
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