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OPINION: We Deserve More Control Over Social Security

There is no guarantee that I will be alive tomorrow, or that Washington D.C. will not be wiped out in a nuclear blast, taking the U.S. Treasury and the Social Security Trust Fund with it. With that in mind, I like to think I can make better decisions for myself than some arbitrary force controlled by elitists on the Eastern seaboard. My previous article established how Social Security could be put on solid financial footing. Now, what could be done to give people more control over how Social Security is invested, and when they get paid?


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Letter to the Editor: IU Must End its Ban on Pepper Spray

Recently, an article was published in The Campus Citizen about the work student organizations and the IUPD are doing to improve campus safety. However, like the many students whom I have spoken with, you may be surprised to know that Indiana University has a policy banning pepper spray and similar weapons. The biggest problem with an existing policy that is not enforced is that the University has the freedom to enforce the policy unfairly and discriminatorily. More importantly, the existing policy being in the books allows the university to change their mind at any time and start punishing students for wanting to protect themselves.  


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OPINION: A Plan to Save Social Security for Our Generation

Social Security is going broke. By the time the Baby Boomers all retire, let alone when we get our chance to migrate to Florida and sip margaritas on the beach, there might be no money left, or the age of full benefits will be 150.  The continued existence of the system depends on young people not having the financial sense to realize that it is a scam. So how can we fix it, without screwing people over who have already paid into the system? 


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OPINION: Why Same Sex Marriage Could NOT Be Left to the States

The conservative judges on the court seem to have a bone to pick with precedent, right? 50 years' worth in the case of Roe v. Wade. While Obergefell v. Hodges has yet to survive a decade. However, overturning Obergefell v. Hodges would require such an infringement upon state's rights and a mangling of legal precedent that a conservative justice wouldn't dare take the risk.


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OPINION: Indiana HB 1134: Proposal for Compromise

After heavy pushback, Indiana Senate has voted down the watered-down revision of Indiana House Bill 1134. This bill, more commonly referred to as the “Anti-CRT” or “Anti-Teacher” bill, has been subject to public scrutiny. The original bill reworked the Indiana public education system to accommodate ...


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How'd Our Senate Forecast Hold Up?

On the day before Election Day, I created the first polling-based Campus Citizen forecast for the U.S. Senate elections. How’d I do and how’d I do it? Should preeminent electoral forecaster Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight fear for his job? No, but if current returns hold we correctly predicted all ...


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Trump, Pence and Bobby Knight Stump for Braun

Thousands gathered at Southport High School on Friday to see President Trump, Vice President Pence, and former IU basketball coach Bobby Knight speak in support of Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun. Approximately 8,500 people were crammed into the school’s gymnasium, one of the largest in the ...


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2018 Senate Predictions

Polls will close in most of Indiana less than 24 hours from now, but who will win Congress? Based on weighted averages of 366 polls, this is the Campus Citizen prediction for the Senate. Overall, the Republican Party is ahead or favored in 50 seats, enough to maintain control of the upper chamber with ...

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