Reason Magazine’s Insightful Millennial Survey and What the Right Should Learn From It

Reason_Mag.jpgOn July 10 2014, Reason Magazine published the results of a survey conducted on 2,000 millennial voters and their politics. The study concluded that “ between the ages of 18 and 29 finds 66 percent of millennials believe government is inefficient and wasteful — a substantial increase since 2009, when just 42 percent of millennials said government was inefficient and wasteful… nearly two-thirds of millennials, 63 percent, think government regulators favor special interests, whereas just 18 percent feel regulators act in the public’s interest. Similarly, 58 percent of 18-to-29 year-olds are convinced government agencies abuse their powers, while merely 25 percent trust government agencies to do the right thing.”

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Are We Ready To Date Naked?

Naked_Dating_Blog.jpgDating in America may be reaching entirely new lows. I’ve stated in past articles that I’ve tried many different things as a single woman looking for “the one” and how difficult or dangerous it can be. However, tonight on VH-1 a new reality series is premiering that literally makes me shudder. Dating Naked is exactly what it sounds like, a group of people baring it all in an attempt to do away with pre-conceived ideas and inhibitions while “dating”.

At first, I thought this was a joke. I thought there could be no way people would strip down on national television and expose themselves that way.

I was wrong.

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I'm Not That Desperate

Married_at_First_Site.jpgAs a single woman and mom, I’ve tried many different things in an attempt to find “the one”. Nothing was off the table. From online dating sites to being “fixed up” by a friend, I’ve tried it all. I understand the risks that come with dating and that first meeting. After all, we never really know what we’re getting until we get to know the other person…right? So why would anyone put themselves in the position of marrying someone they have never met?

A new reality show debuted yesterday (July 15) on the FYI channel (part of the A & E Digital network) called, Married At First Sight. It’s described on the website as a reality show based on a “social experiment”. The premise is simple, a team of four individuals, a sexologist (not sure what that is), a sociologist, a psychologist and a spiritualist, match up couples for compatibility. The couples then meet each other for the first time at the altar where they take their vows. The show then follows the couples for the first several weeks of their marriage and at the end of the series, the couples will choose whether to stay together or separate. 

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Swimming in the Shallow End on Immigration Policy

Immigration policy is such a hot topic nowadays, and I find myself conflicted about what direction our country should go. On one hand, I have seen firsthand the havoc that illegal alien criminals are wreaking on law enforcement and social services in the border states. On the other hand, it’s hard to deny that the American consumer benefits from the low cost labor force living in this country illegally. Furthermore, as a practical matter – I don’t see how it’s possible to deport the millions of illegal immigrants who have already made it across.

Beyond the macro policy issues that federal lawmakers have to tackle, I have felt a distinct and growing unease at how the immigration issue is playing out in my community. I live outside of Washington, D.C.  in Northern Virginia, in a city with an income and education level far above the national average. My city has largely stayed prosperous throughout the recession; home values are up and it isn’t nearly as hard to find a middle class job here as it is throughout most of the rest of the country. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), over 11% of Virginia’s residents are foreign born, and the illegal alien population has more than doubled in the past ten years. Most of these foreign born folks, both legally and illegally living here, live here in Northern Virginia, which is the most densely populated – and most liberal leaning – area of the state.  They clean house, tend children, landscape lawns, and fry McDonald’s burgers for the area’s fast growing middle class.

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Extremism Starts at Home

Hoa_Meeting.jpgVery often, when we think of extremism, we think of it in broad terms.  For example, we see far right or far left.  In most cases, we don't see it as an individual.  We also tend to see it at higher levels, such as a politician, an entertainer, or a leader in general.  We forget that extremist ideas, do indeed, start with one person.  

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