Andrew Tan

Andrew Tan is a School of Engineering and Applied Science sophomore.
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Polarizing Promises

October 19, 2012 5:55 pm 

Romney is correct in pressing President Obama on his unfulfilled promises. After all, wasn’t it Obama himself who declared, when announcing his candidacy, that “too many times after an election is over and the confetti’s swept away, all those promises fade from memory.”

Will Citizens United Win It for Romney?

September 20, 2012 8:56 pm

So, as much as Citizens United has changed the electoral landscape, its effects on the presidential race alone are likely to be muted. Unfortunately, this probably won’t be the case for smaller congressional and state congressional races, where less is known about candidates’ records.


Republican Schizophrenia

September 9, 2012 6:59 pm

...the Republican agenda on discretionary spending is a little, well, misguided. Spending so much on the military and foreign intervention at the expense of American individuals reinforces the argument that the GOP is merely attacking the “moocher class,” rather than reducing the deficit for a more robust economy.


Uncle Sam Can Help

Uncle Sam Can Help

August 8, 2012 9:23 pm But perhaps recognizing that government has the important role of not just supporting, but rather getting everyone to the same starting point — Tocqueville’s “equality of conditions” — will dispel the notion that government is incompatible with individual effort and a thriving civil society.


Tax Black-Holes & Tax Loop-Holes

July 25, 2012 5:38 pm

Just this week, the Tax Justice Network published a report claiming that between $21 and $31 trillion of global financial wealth is “invested” in tax-free havens. That’s more than the GDP of the United States, China, and Japan combined.


The Meritocratic Ideal

July 16, 2012 9:23 pm

Meritocracy has, to a small extent, allowed elites to emerge and consolidate their positions of power, sans the moral imperative of the generations past. Yet meritocracy certainly shouldn’t be blamed for other corrupting influences like unlimited campaign contributions.


 Reframing the Debate

 June 27, 2012 6:44 pm

In today’s political environment, expediency often takes precedence over good policy making. But the sooner we realize that there isn’t a magic bullet for fixing the economy, the closer we’ll get to fixing it.


What if I’m Wrong? 

June 13, 2012 2:07 pm

Although we may not be sure whether what we know is absolutely right, we should in the spirit of civic-republicanism still strive to seek, critically evaluate, and express our beliefs. My generation cannot afford to ignore the political process.  


Saverin to Singapore Highlights U.S. Tax Code

May 17, 2012 3:16 pm

The problem lies instead in a tax code that is ill-equipped to combat today’s highly mobile capital caused by technological advances.