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The Good Word is teaming up with Views From The Center to provide positive, yet pointed insights about political policy.

Views from the Center

Marissa O’Loughlin

In a world of polarization, [North and South Pole, West and East Coast] perhaps the strongest, non-geographic example of polarization an American can see everyday is between Republicans and Democrats.  With this year’s election rapidly approaching, a refreshingly necessary and, up until now, nonexistent think-tank has now arrived, calling themselves Views from the Center.  Made up of Western Connecticut State University honors students, Views from the Center investigates, analyzes, and writes domestic policy.  Whether a proposal or reformation, this academic powerhouse does what little other policy writing bodies do: they cite their papers.  Every fact stated has a credible source, which can be accessed by anyone skeptical of his or her proposal or reformation plan.

Aside from complete transparency of thought, these Western Connecticut State University students observe politics through a lens that other policy-making groups shy away from all too often; they are bipartisan and nonpartisan.  Young people approaching politics through logic and not through the cookie-cutter, previously established agendas of a political party is both an academic and layman’s dream.

While some may view their policy proposals as idealistic, Views from the Center makes it hard to argue with facts, especially facts that are footnoted for their reader.  One proposal they have published is to reform the income tax system to make it simple, efficient, and fair while creating jobs and increasing revenue.  For fully cited, bipartisan and nonpartisan policy proposals written by Western Connecticut State University honors students, and for more information on Views from the Center, please visit www.viewsfromthecenter.com

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2 comments for “Government

  1. January 5, 2013 at 1:38 am

    “Young people approaching politics through logic” Isn’t that an oxymoron. Young people tend to appro.’ach politics unrealistically, and then they’re thrust out into the world. ‘My dear attractive dewey-eyed idealist, today you have to learn to be a realist,,,” from yes, the SOUND OF MUSIC!

    I would temper that to say that there are a greater number of young people who are becoming involved, but that doesn’t negate the young people who don’t care, don’t know that politics will affect them, or who have a blasé attitude about life; because they’ve been socialized in a way that the governance of our country is less important that having a date Saturday night. I see it to often.
    I love young people, I was young once myself (!) and I know how naive I was. I also have faimily members.

  2. January 5, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Young people realistic? A little ditty from the cutting room floor that didn’t make it to the movie version of “The Sound of Music,” “You dear attractive, dewey-eyed idealist; today you have to learn to be a realist…”

    To their credit, young people are full of enthusiasm and ideals; those that have an interest in politics. Granted, there are more young people interested today than 10 years ago, but this country needs everyone to critically think for themselves, a hard thing to do for a lot o young people who are easily swayed by what everyone else in their college things.

    Then there are other young people who don’t know, couldn’t care less that we as a society need to reach out to, because not knowing the name of the President of the United States or basic facts about the Constitution shouldn’t be something to brag about.