About three years ago, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenéz was looking to make room in the annual budget by closing down 22 public libraries; next thing you knew, town halls were packed with angry Miamians, the Miami New Times was writing about it, and WLRN (our local NPR station) was reporting on it. The public outrage was so strong that … Continue reading Books, Trump, and the “inner city”
People don't come here illegally because they want to break the law, they come here illegally because it's the only way they can in their desperate situation (meaning waiting X amount of years isn't an option). Illegal immigrants pay thousands of dollars to get here (that they would contribute to the U.S. if there was an avenue for … Continue reading Illegal Immigration into the U.S.
In January of last year, I took a job that taught me a lot about interpersonal relationships, office politics, and how to deal with an alcoholic for a boss. Within the first week at this company, my boss was already bad-mouthing employees in front of me, asking me (at noon) if I wanted to join him for … Continue reading How I Dealt With A Boss From Hell
My dad is an old school Cuban; born right before the Cuban Revolution of 1959, he witnessed enough crimes committed by the Castro Regime to despise anything that resembles communism. My great grandfather immigrated to Cuba from Catalonia, Spain in the late 1800s, my grandfather built on the work of his father, and my father was … Continue reading Petty Politics
“I am in love with every church And mosque And temple And any kind of shrine Because I know it is there That people say the different names Of the One God.” — Hafiz We are a nation founded on religious freedom. We are a nation of immigrants. The Muslim ban is not only morally wrong, it … Continue reading On The Muslim Ban
If you were to be diagnosed with cancer with 97% of doctors saying that you have cancer and 3% of doctors saying that you don't have cancer, would you seek treatment or would you risk dying from it? Or worse yet, would you tell them, "that's ridiculous because cancer does not exist?" Something I hear a lot about climate change … Continue reading The Greatest Lie Ever Told
When I was a first year economics student in college, one of the first things we learned about was the difference between Trickle-up (Keynesian) and Trickle-down (aka supply side) Economics. The economy is, in general, susceptible to booms and busts (expansions and recessions), but is supply-side economics the economic system that promotes the best outcome? After the Reaganomics and Clintonomics eras … Continue reading Does Trickle-Down Economics Work For The Middle Class?