Working Parents

The dual-income family now accounts for 60% of all two parent families with children under 18 years old, according to a new Pew Research study. With the stay-at-home parent planted firmly in the minority, the impact of this shift is being felt. Even though both mothers and fathers are spending more time on child care than they did in 1965, 46% of fathers say they aren’t spending enough time with their children (23% of mothers). Additionally, 56% of working moms and 50% of working dads say they find it very or somewhat difficult to balance work and family life. Continue reading “Working Parents”

White Student Union

Freshman Patrick Sharp is attempting to start up a “White Student Union” at Georgia State University. Not surprisingly, this has been met with some resistance and complaints by other students. Sharp, however, equates his group with other multicultural associations such as the Black Affairs Council at the University of Georgia. Continue reading “White Student Union”

War on Drugs

The leader of the Zetas Mexican drug cartel, Miguel Angel Trevino, was arrested by Mexican law enforcement on July 16, 2013, turning another page in the war on drugs. The Zetas are one of the largest and most violent drug trafficking groups in Mexico. In addition to drug trafficking, they engage in kidnapping, abduction and murders of Central American migrants on their way the United States, their main drug market. Continue reading “War on Drugs”

Voting Rights Act: Is the South More Racist than the North?

Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act has paid special attention to 9 states. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia have to get preapproval from the federal government before they make voting related changes. This includes changing polling places, having special elections, redrawing district lines and changing the date of a vote. Before any location in these states can proceed, they need to get the okay from Uncle Sam to make sure the changes aren’t racially motivated or disparaging. Continue reading “Voting Rights Act: Is the South More Racist than the North?”

Underground Economy

People will generally try and do what is best for their wallet. If this means going to lengths to avoid taxes, they will weigh the penalty and probability of being caught against the money gained. In our tax code, people weight the benefits of legal tax avoidance to the cost of navigating the labyrinth. When taxes are higher, people will go to greater lengths. This is the underground economy. Continue reading “Underground Economy”

Voting Rights Act Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional. The issue was the mandate that certain States and jurisdictions receive preclearance from the federal government before making any changes to their voting practices. This includes changing polling places, having special, elections, redrawing district lines, and changing the date of a vote. This ruling means that, for the time being, no jurisdictions will be required to get preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading “Voting Rights Act Supreme Court Ruling”

Video Games and Violence

Video games are a relatively new and widely used phenomenon. Many are violent (8 out of the top 20 games in 2011 had a Mature rating), which some consider to have an impact on the psyche of people. The question at hand is whether the rise of violent video games is impacting society in a way that violent television, movies, literature and other stimuli do not. Continue reading “Video Games and Violence”

U.S. Predicted to Become World Energy Production Leader by 2020

The United States is predicted to become the world’s leading oil producer by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency’s 2012 World Energy Outlook. The U.S. would overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia, largely due to increased production from unconventional oil resources, such as shale oil and tight oil. Additionally, the U.S. would become the world’s leading natural gas producer, overtaking Russia, by 2015. Continue reading “U.S. Predicted to Become World Energy Production Leader by 2020”

Economics of the Underground Sex Trade

The evolving economics of the underground sex trade impacts millions of individuals worldwide. It affects a multitude of other industries, from child care to the drug trade.  A recent study by the Urban Institute explores this mysterious area of economics by examining the trade in eight major U.S. cities. Continue reading “Economics of the Underground Sex Trade”

Tis Better to Give

Let’s all be honest, the process of gift giving is hard. Yes, seeing a person’s face light up when you get them the perfect gift is wonderful. However, the holiday season is a virtual minefield of social expectations and poor judgment. Who are you obliged to give a gift to? What do you do when someone gives you a gift and you didn’t get them anything? Will getting your wife a vacuum cleaner land you in the dog house? Continue reading “Tis Better to Give”