Jamie Neikrie is a senior who is majoring in political science. Jamie can be reached at benjamin.neikrie@tufts.edu.

Op-Ed: If at first you don’t succeed

In his first State of the Union address, President Trump signaled his intent to bring welfare reform back to the forefront of the American policy debate. “We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity,” President Trump proclaimed. This language is familiar. Rhetorical arguments that poverty […]

The future of healthcare

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series on the state of U.S. healthcare and its future. The election of President Donald Trump has ramifications across every policy field, but it may have the largest impact on healthcare. Election night immediately called into question the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With […]

Op-ed: Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan doesn’t add up

Thanks to recent primary victories and an enormous shift in momentum, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is back in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. However, Sanders has recently come under attack for one of his most important policy proposals: the implementation of a single-payer healthcare system. According to healthcare experts, Sanders is off on […]

Op-ed: The debate system created Trump — how can we avoid a repeat?

Turn on the news at any time of the day, and you will see political pundits discussing the previous night’s debate, translating debate performance into primary prognostications or anticipating a coming debate. The debate system has become entrenched in our political system — the most ubiquitous, consistent method for choosing the party representatives and our […]

Op-ed: President Obama’s gas tax plan deserves attention

President Obama’s new budget proposal includes a $10 fee on oil, a thinly veiled tax that would generate money for investment in smart infrastructure, green technology and sustainable practices. The fee will be immediately paid by oil companies, but likely passed on to consumers in the form of higher gas prices. With petroleum plummeting in […]

The Tipping Point

One of New York City’s largest restaurant moguls has announced that, over the coming year, he will move away from tipping at all 13 of his restaurants, representing a seismic shift in the way we think about paying for our food. Danny Meyer is the owner and force behind Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), a […]

An Uneasy Alliance

The Danes are all the rage. For more than a decade, Denmark and its fellow Northern European countries have been upheld as the standard bearers of democracy, countries that consistently place among the world’s leaders in education, employment and citizen happiness. During this election’s debate cycle, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has repeatedly cited Denmark as […]

The Gun Law Loophole

On Jan. 5, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to address gun violence in this country. The President’s actions reflect his frustration with Congress, which continually fails to act despite the horrific number of gun murders every day. As Obama announced his series of actions just five days into the new year, the news site Vocativ […]

Why the Democratic Party needs a Rand Paul

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton ended the suspense and declared that she will seek the Democratic nomination for president. The former Secretary of State’s announcement came just five days after Kentucky senator Rand Paul announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination. Paul is seen as a long shot for his party’s nomination. Paul is in line […]

Acceptance in the rapidly evolving same-sex equality debate

Yesterday, I wrote an op-ed documenting the outrage and controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The law prevents the government from impeding a person’s religious rights unless it has a compelling government interest and is acting in the least intrusive way possible. While RFRA laws have been enacted for decades, including another one recently […]