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About: Michael Alan

Michael Alan is a sophomore at Cornell, where he is studying Industrial and Labor Relations. In addition to academics, Michael is also active in the Cornell Republicans and is Campus News Editor at the Cornell Review. He is originally from Lewisburg, PA.




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The “Filthy” State of Values in Our Schools

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Posted by    Friday, March 9, 2012 at 11:05am

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of sitting in on a lecture given by Dr. Richard Baer, professor emeritus of environmental ethics and education, at an event hosted by the Cornell Republicans.

Baer spoke at length about how, in their rush to ensure that they’re not promoting religious values, state-run and other “non-sectarian” schools...

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A young Republican meets Occupy at CPAC

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Posted by    Monday, February 20, 2012 at 8:31am

It’s been a few days since I returned to Ithaca from my now-annual trip to CPAC with the Cornell College Republicans and, while I can’t help but think I wasn’t at the same conference as Erick Erickson, it was a great opportunity to meet other young conservatives and take in the...

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The Obama Administration’s Crony Capitalism Problem

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Posted by    Friday, September 23, 2011 at 3:25pm

As the Solyndra executives refuse to answer Congressional investigator’s questions, more accusations of crony capitalism in the Obama Administration are coming out.

Just last week, the Daily Beast reported that Gen. William Shelton, who oversees the Air Force Space Command, was pressured by the White House to change his testimony in order to...

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I don’t know any other “real world”

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Posted by    Monday, September 12, 2011 at 4:45pm

None of my friends or relatives were directly affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001. I was just starting the fourth grade in North Carolina and, while I knew my parents were clearly worried about something, I didn’t really understand what they were talking about with each other. The attacks...

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Now *this* is an opportunity

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Posted by    Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 2:44pm

The White House is rolling out a new “petition” system designed, apparently, to help citizens get straight answers from the White House on issues they care about.

Yeah, I’m not buying it either.  Isn’t this the same White House that tried to claim the high ground during the debt ceiling fight and...

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Cornell Study: ObamaCare includes up to $66 billion in unexpected subsidies

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 12:34pm

Cornell professor of policy analysis Dr. Richard Burkhauser, along with Sean Lyons and Indiana University’s Dr. Kosali Simon, has released a study showing that the ObamaCare legislation provides a significant incentive for employers and their employees to take advantage of the taxpayer subsidized insurance exchange.

According to their policy brief, a very conservative estimate...

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Is the Boehner plan really “short-term?”

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Posted by    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 5:15pm

The latest talking point on the left is that Speaker Boehner’s plan to raise the debt ceiling by $1 trillion with a roughly equitable amount of cuts is a “temporary,” “short term,” or a “band-aid” solution and, while the bill may not even reach the Senate if it turns out Boehner...

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I wrote a letter to Rahm Emanuel and I didn’t curse at all

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Posted by    Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 10:00am

Dear Rahm,

Governor Christie has a right to get testy when questioned on his family’s decision to send their children to parochial school because he’s working to give all children the opportunity to get a great education, be it in a public school or elsewhere. You, however, are a union tool and,...

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Breaking: Senate Tables Cut, Cap, and Balance

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2011 at 10:50am

In an unsurprisingly dirty trick to avoid the optics of making his Democratic caucus vote to filibuster a bill supported by two thirds of Americans and that includes a balanced budget amendment they previously supported, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a vote this morning to
simply table the House plan to...

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Could Cut, Cap, and Balance pass the Senate?

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 2:29pm

Senator Jim DeMint is circulating this video from the Club for Growth showing twenty (!) Senate Democrats pledging their support for a Balanced Budget Amendment. As a little bit of context, H.R. 2560 did pass with support from five House Democrats last night, so it’s possible that, if House Republicans hold...

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University Faculty Union Protects Streaking Professor

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Posted by    Friday, July 8, 2011 at 1:12pm

Edward Larkin, a professor of German at the public University of New Hampshire, plead guilty in November 2009 to charges accusing him of exposing himself to a 17 year old girl and her mother earlier that year. Despite this, he is still fully employed at UNH and collecting his $88,961 s...

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Obama’s Tax Hikes Aren’t a Last Resort, They Were the Plan All Along

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Posted by    Friday, July 1, 2011 at 1:46pm

In his rather “prickly” press conference on Wednesday, President Obama made it sound as if tax increases (or, to use the Democrats’ language, “cutting spending in the tax code”) were part of a last resort at trimming the deficit as the federal government reaches its $14 trillion debt ceiling. He even...

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New Obama Email Attacks SuperPACs as Former Obama Pressman Pushes . . . a SuperPAC

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Posted by    Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 10:32am

Yesterday, I wrote about a new Mediscare ad from “Priorities USA,” the SuperPAC created by former Obama campaign National Press Secretary Bill Burton. A SuperPAC is any group that falls under the post-Citizens United fundraising regulations, meaning it can raise unlimited funds from individuals and groups like corporations and labor unions.

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Obama Surrogates Kick Off Mediscare Campaign

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 2:00pm

You may remember “Priorities USA,” the group former White House spokesman Bill Burton started back in April. Reports at the time indicated that the new “super PAC” will follow the new rules dictated by the Citizens United case, meaning that they can accept unlimited, undisclosed contributions from corporations and labor unions. This is a...

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