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The Eaters, the Bakers, The Bush School Test Takers Bush School Students Come Together for a Hearty Celebration to Release Stress While Some Students Experience Thanksgiving for the First Time By Ian Hansen (MPIA ‘13)

Even a turkey knows that Thanksgiving is a holiday about giving and coming together. The same holds true here in Bush School-land. Some might have considered such a diverse community a hindrance to holding such an event. However, Bush School students eagerly proved them wrong by bringing food from all over the country and the world on November 15th and in the process feeding themselves and fellow students to celebrate our school’s version of the holiday. For some, this event was a chance to forget the stress of the semester. For others, it was a chance to cook a new dish. And for others still, it was one more opportunity at the Bush School to eat free food. But for everyone who came, the Foreign Language and Cultural Society’s first annual World Food Thanksgiving Night was a night to simultaneously give and come together. Of course, as it was Thanksgiving, there … See TURKEY DAY on page 2

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Annual Brazos V a l l e y To u r a Success Bush School Students and Professors Brave the Wind and Hills on Professor Olson’s Legendary Bike Tour By Leland Colburn (MPIA ‘14)

The Bush School held its 14th annual Tour de Brazos

Valley last Saturday with a full attendance of students and professors alike. Organized by Professor Olson, the tour consisted of a scenic bike ride through the Brazos Valley countryside, tour and tasting at the Messina Hof Winery, and lunch at C&J Barbeque. This year’s ride of about threedozen students was led by Dr. Hermann, with Dr. Eden, Mr. Bailey, Prof. Olson and Ms. Ruth McMullan, Program Coordinator for Extended Education, also in attendance. Dr. Hermann’s lead group averaged a 13mph pace among strong head winds and several low gradient hills. Ian Hanski and Adam McQueen drove the Bush School support car, with Cheryl Landry graciously providing “enthusiastic support” to the riders. See ANNUAL TOUR on page 3

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Bush School Students Honor 41 with Habitat Home By Calen Caple (MPSA ‘13)

The Bush School Habitat House

Project is the student-led opportunity to build a visual reminder of President and Mrs. Bush’s dedication to public service, to the University, and to the Aggieland community as a whole. By building a Habitat for Humanity home in Bryan/College Station in their name, we seek to preserve their legacy through an act of service that incorporates the very people they have inspired, including current and former students, faculty, and friends of the Bush School and Bush Library and Museum. A student-led project under the direction of Dean Card, the entire process of raising the funds and the actual construction of the house will be facilitated by the Bush School and Bush Library community. With fundraising well under way, student and faculty events like the recent “Trivia Night” have contributed thousands to the progress towards our $40K goal. In addition, a team of students are reaching out to friends of the Bush School and Library as well as the Former Student Network to solicit larger donations to aid the completion of our goal. Students are encouraged to individually reach out to family and community members that might be interested in participating in this project, marketing the project as a “thank you” for the community and opportunities that President Bush has established

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Dean Card participates in Bush School Trivia Night to raise funds for the build here for us as graduate students. Fundraising leaders seek to reach our financial goal by the end of the calendar year so that construction may begin in early February of 2013 and be completed by April, allowing all current students, and hopefully President Bush himself, to attend the dedication ceremony. While plenty of opportunities to participate in the construction at Habitat will exist in the spring, as work operates every Tuesday through Saturday, it is critical for the initial sponsorship of the house to come together in the next few months to allow timely construction. If interested in participating, checks can be made out to Habitat for Humanity B/CS, with “Bush School” in the memo and mailed to the local chapter here (119 Lake St. Bryan, TX 77801). This project is a great opportunity to unite all layers of the community here at A&M and beyond to honor the name and model of President and Mrs. Bush, and will leave a lasting legacy to future classes of the Bush School of why they are here, and who it is they represent. THE PUBLIC SERVANT

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TURKEY DAY were traditional dishes like cornbread, vegetable platters, a whole host of dessert delicacies, and of course a delicious turkey. The turkey, which arrived a bit later than other dishes, ended up acting as a perfect desert to all the other foods offered. These other foods included contributions and specialties from all over the world. Dishes ranged from Mexican rice and soda, Carolina grilled meats, Polish brownies, Texas red chili and even Wisconsin cheese. There was no need to declare a favorite as everyone seemed to have several. One particularly happy first year was Zach Pinones saying, “It was a great a time to spend with fellow Bush Students, sharing fellowship and community as well as good food.” He added that, “the peach cobbler really brought it home for me.” Meanwhile, first year Karolina Lopacka celebrated her first-ever Thanksgiving and left quite satisfied. “The food was delicious! It reminds


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me of a Polish Christmas, but instead of 12 servings it’s all at once.” What made it even memorable was the constant lively conversation, the eclectic and memorable background music, and some student’s choice to dress in Thanksgiving garb. As a final note, this was the final event of the semester for the Foreign Language and Cultural Society however next semester is already being planned out. Be sure to look to the Public Servant Calendar and check your emails for updated language lesson times, upcoming culture nights beginning in January, and yes more World Food Days!

ANNUAL TOUR The group’s first stop was the Messina Hof Winery where a brief history and grounds tour was given. Founded in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, Messina Hof is rooted in the union of two family heritages. Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo’s family dates back seven generations to Messina, Sicily, while Merrill’s family is from Hof, Germany. The guided

tour included the vineyard, bottling and aging warehouse, and main villa. Immediately following this, all who wished were treated to a wine tasting that included several award-winning wines accompanied by an assortment of cheeses and fruits. After Messina Hof, the group departed for what turned out to be the majority of the bike ride. Winding through ranches and back roads, the riders were treated with little to no traffic and vast acres of local flora and fauna. The finish, not to be overdone, concluded at C&J Barbeque for lunch. This deli style barbecue restaurant was founded in 1981 and boasts the Reader’s Choice and Best of the Brazos awards for best barbecue 13 years in a row. While there were several unfortunate mishaps along the way, the tour proved to be tremendous with fair weather and Brazos Valley cultural landmarks. What is quickly becoming an established Bush School tradition ultimately earns my strong recommendation for anyone interested in cycling, wine, barbecue or just a good time. THE PUBLIC SERVANT

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By Trey Sparks (MPIA ‘14)

When you think of 1950’s din-

ing, you think of people in rollerskates gliding around and bringing food to the growing amount of travelers around the country, diners serving up milkshakes and burgers, and a fair amount of pastel and poodle skirts. While the Hullaballoo Diner lacks in poodle skirts and rollerskates, the vintage diner car brought from New York down to College Station gives one a feeling of being transported to another time. There’s a reason this place was featured on the Food Network hit Diners, Drive-ins and Dives The little diner located in the small town of Wellborn provided exactly what you’d want from a diner: good old fashioned American food. The staff greets you as you enter the diner, escorts you to your seat (get there early because seating is limited), and your immediately eyes glaze over at the … See HULLABALOO on page 10


T he Opinions The Public Servant | NOVEMBER 2012

Correlation Is Not Causation By Alex Bitter (MPIA 2014)

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would like to clarify several things: air pollution is a significant problem; water pollution is perhaps the single greatest long term threat to humankind; and the climate is changing. However, I reject the idea that the current global warming and climate change is human caused. Until man made global warming believers can explain several contradictions between their claims and climate data, I will remain a skeptic: as the old adage goes, correlation does not mean causation. Contradiction 1: Based on climate data between 1275 and 1300 the earth cooled at a rate of .2 degrees C per year. Current warming over the past century is at an average rate of .01 degrees per year (and many scientists believe it is actually .008 per year), 1/20 the rate that the earth cooled without man’s help. Geologists estimate that the current warming trend actually started as late as 1850 and has remained consistent. Scientists estimate that 80% of manmade greenhouse gasses have been release after 1940, well after the earth started warming. Despite massive CO2 clouds and other “greenhouse gasses” emitted into the atmosphere, the earth has maintained consistent warming for at least 160 years and in some corners of the globe over 200 years.

Contradiction 2: Current world temperatures are cooler now than they were 2000 years ago, and are roughly the same levels as they were 1,500 and 14,000 years ago. Singer and Avery have found a consistent warming and cooling cycle every 1,500 years. This trend is remarkably consistent going back at least 1 million years. This geological climate trend correctly predicts the current period of warming and that it will last for 1500 years before the earth begins to cool, regardless of human action. Contradiction 3: In 1984 Dansgaard found that at the end of Ice Ages the earth has historically warmed between 10 and 15 degrees in a 75 year period and that the earth

has regularly (every 10-20 thousand years) experienced warming of 5-7 degrees in a 75 year period. This historic, extreme warming occurs independent of volcanic eruptions, large asteroid impacts, or other geologic phenomena. Simply put if the earth regularly warms at a rate that is 7 times faster than current warming trends. We have warmed roughly 1 degree over the last 100 years and 1.5 degrees over the last 150 years; I find it incredibly hard to believe that warming is manmade. Contradiction 4: While geologic “climate change” evidence has been scientifically verified, the EPA admits that its own computer models that predict the future of global warming cannot explain the geologic history of climate change. A cursory glance of previous climate change predictions proves them to be wildly inconsistent. The customary answer … See CAUSATION on page 10

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Election Reflection Thoughts from the losing party By Andrew Bobo (MPSA ‘13)

We are fortunate to live in a

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The Number Game: Playing Russian Roulette with the Planet By Fred Pegna (MPIA ‘14)

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warming is happening. Everybody agrees. The cause is equally clear. The science is there, the facts incontrovertible. But for some reason, not everyone agrees. A decade ago, some denied global warming’s occurrence, saying that it was a scientist’s conspiracy for more research funds. Over the past decade, it became ridiculous to argue that global warming wasn’t happening when the consequences around us are so obvious. Melting polar ice caps, Hurricane Katrina and now Hurricane Sandy have made it painfully clear that global warming is happening. Sticking your head in the sand isn’t going to make it go away. So, is global warming man-made or is it a natural cycle? Some say that it’s natural and that scientists are crying wolf. They question the science and doubt the conclusions. Others trust the scientists and believe humans

to be the cause of global warming. The ones who trust the scientists have it right. Mountains of resources about global warming claim that humans are the cause. Even some who disagree later change their mind. Dr. Richard Muller, a well-known skeptic, was bankrolled by the Koch brothers, who wanted him to prove that humans didn’t cause climate change. A few months ago, he came out after spending millions of dollars, saying “Global warming [is] real.... Humans are almost entirely the cause.” Some people point to historical temperature trends to explain the warming. They make the argument that, according to the data, the Earth started warming centuries ago. We emerged from the “little ice age” in the middle ages, and it is normal for the planet to be warming. … See ROULETTE on page 10 THE PUBLIC SERVANT

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country where, every four years, we can engage in a great debate of policy and ideas and then freely elect a leader. In light of the recent Obama victory, I’d like to highlight some contrasts between the Obama administration’s policies and the conservative viewpoint. These differences show the stark divides in policy priorities we expect to see from either another Democrat administration or, in another four years, a conservative administration. Perhaps the best way to illustrate my points would be to focus attention on the single largest domestic policy achievement of Obama’s presidency – the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Let’s consider the question of the law’s constitutionality and the role of the Supreme Court. As I’m sure everyone is aware, conservatives value the Constitution – highly. The reason for this is the framers of the Constitution understood that human nature is morally corrupted, throughout time and across cultures. This belief led them to construct a system that fragmented power as much as possible, to prevent any person or group from gaining too much influence. Most conservatives share this view, and … See REFLECTION on page 11


the Radish A m e r i c a ’s I L P The Public Servant | NOVEMBER 2012

M o r m o n - y , Less Problems Gracious Words of Acceptance from Our Nation’s Newest Leader By Willard Mitt Romney

They said that blue-collar work-

ers in Ohio would never vote to elect an incredibly wealthy man from the Northeast who bashed General Motors and introduced the country to the fact that car elevators actually existed. They were wrong. They said the people of Florida would find me stilted, confusing, and my Medicare plan unpalatable. They were wrong again. They

tossed around words like robotic and plutocrat, and said that women found me oddly off-putting, even though my hair is slick and gorgeous and my children a passel of well-coiffed clone boys. But that didn’t matter. I even got minorities to love me, especially the Latinos. Some conservatives had whispered that maybe tacking so far to the right on immigration would be THE PUBLIC SERVANT

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a liability during the general election, but my plan for the greatest, most terrifying border fence in human history—built by the sturdiest of Mexican hands—proved a resounding success against former President Obama. My coalition of the Solid South and aging white men nationwide showed itself an impenetrable wall against Obama’s puny hope and change. My resounding win will in no way require my Party to reconsider its views on any issues, from taxes and climate change to the gays and women’s rights. America, I look forward to serving you these four years, and four more after that…as long as … See MORMON-Y on page 11


S e c re ts to a S tellar R es um e Despite what advice Dr. Matt Upton provides, let's acknowledge that most recommendations are driven by personal interest, namely job security. The more students that don't find jobs, the greater the perceived need for the rapidly expanding Career Services team, and its seemingly unlimited funding for student lunches (especially the infrequent but always-desired Blue Baker and Chik-fil-A). Instead, Herbert Walker offers the following sample résumé as an example of the best way to promote oneself to potential employers.  

JOE  BUSH  

School:  4220  TAMU  |  College  Station,  TX  |  555-­‐820-­‐4971  |  joebush@.tamu.allenbuilding.edu   Home:    3961  Woodwillow  Ave.  |Oklahoma  City,  Oklahoma  |  likestoparty@gmail.com   “Public  Service  is  a  noble  calling.”  

OBJECTIVE  

To  gain  employment  with  a  medium-­‐sized  government  agency  in  my  area  of  interest.   Salary  requirement:  $70,000/year;  willing  to  negotiate  higher.  

EDUCATION   Master  of  Arts,  International  Relations   The  George  Bush  School  of  Government  and  Public  Service   • Major:  International  Affairs   • Concentration:  National  Security  &  Diplomacy   • Track:  Intelligence,  Homeland  Security,  American  Diplomacy,  Military  Affairs,  Economic  Development,   Grand  Strategy   • Skills:  statistics,  research,  analysis,  good  at  working  in  groups,  people  person,  funny,  outgoing,  good   speaker     Bachelor  of  Arts,  Political  Science   University  of  Phoenix,  Online   • • • •  

May  2014                 May  2009  

Major:  Political  Science   GPA:  3.1   Related  course  work:  GOVT  101,    POLS  202,  English  101,  LAW  302,  HIST  444   Activities:    Lambda  Omega  Lamda  social  chair,  Ski  Club  Vice  President  

High  School  Diploma                                                                                                                                                                                                                            May  2005   Monroe  High  School   • GPA:  3.4   • Member  of  the  National  Honor  Society,  Debate  team,  Glee  Club,  Who’s  Who  Among  High  School  Students  

SKILLS   &   A BLIITIES   Administrative  

 

• OpenOffice:  (Freely  accessible  Microsoft  Office  alternative)   • Web  Searches:  Internet  Explorer  v.  7.0;  Google   • Typing:  55  words  per  minute   • Telephone  etiquette  and  Interpersonal-­‐communication   EXPERIENCE   Intern,  The  Office  for  Analysis  of  Resource  Allocation  and  Responsible  Government  Management   • Answer  phone  calls   • Read  emails   • Print  documents  and  send  faxes   • Attend  meetings   • Etc.   • Salary:  $11/hour   Food  Handler,    Ruby  Tuesdays   • Handle  all  food  orders  and  deliveries.   • Handle  all  money  and  cash  register  duties.   • Provide  excellent  customer  service  in  fast-­‐paced  restaurant.   HOBBIES  AND  INTERESTS   • • • • •

Bass  guitar   Cub  Scouts  (1994-­‐1995)   Tell  jokes/Improv   Freelance  Illusionist   LARPing  

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Academics The Public Servant | NOVEMBER 2012

A Nuclear Waste Repository: The Search f o r Vo l u n t e e r H o s t C o m m u n i t i e s By Savannah Collins (MPSA ‘14)

There are three types of nuclear

waste – high-level waste, transuranic waste and low-level waste. These different types with varying levels of radioactivity necessitate unique levels of storage and disposal. In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act to meet these disposal needs; the ultimate goal of the act was to open a long-term disposal facility by 1998. Because a public repository has yet to be successfully sited, let alone become operational, a permanent nuclear waste repository remains a significant policy issue. This article will show that the United States federal government should create an organization tasked with finding at least one volunteer host community for a permanent nuclear waste repository. Finding a consenting host community based on the Nuclear Waste Policy Act is complicated because the conditions necessary for a site are incredibly specific. To achieve finality in the waste’s resting place, there must be “isolation that relies in the long term only on the passive operation of natural environmental and man-made barriers, does not permit easy human

access to the waste after final emplacement, and does not require continued human control and maintenance.” The location should also generally be remote to limit community interference, have tectonic stability, and house some subsurface material which may buffer tectonic shifts such as clay or a salt bed. Taken together, these conditions exist in very few areas of the country. Designing an organization to seek out volunteer host communities can be a beneficial for the host community, nuclear energy consumers and nu-

clear energy suppliers. This organization would oversee and coordinate all the stages of the siting process, from the initial application to waste acceptance. Seeking volunteer communities is beneficial because this approach provides the flexibility, public trust and confidence needed to help such controversial facilities carry through to completion. A plan of action for locating a willing host community has already been developed. At the start, generic environmental criteria and safety guidelines are set forth to garner a pool of potential host communities. Incentives are then provided to encourage various communities to apply. Finally, the overseeing organization evaluates the suitability of applicant communities. This approach has already proven successful in other countries, most notably in Sweden, and it can be used to effectively identify … See NUCLEAR on page 11

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Private Prisons: Not as Cost-Effective as Advertised By Max Steadman (MPSA ‘14)

The private prison industry in

the United States currently houses over 129,000 inmates. Ostensibly, these facilities cut construction and upkeep costs for the government while maintaining an acceptable level of service. In this article, I will show that private prisons actually save very little money compared to public prisons and that they do so by lowering the quality of service. The primary argument for the privatization of prisons is that they cut costs for the government. For example, in Arizona in 2010, it is estimated that private prisons cost more than $2.50 less per prisoner per day than do state prisons.

While this number seems small, it can mean large savings when multiplied across the entire prison system. There are also savings associated with building the prisons. The evidence suggests, however, that private prisons cost in part less because they provide a lower quality service. A study by the Department of Justice found that in facilities with the same level of security, assaults on inmates were 13.2% more likely in private prisons and assaults on staff were 4% more likely. The lower costs, therefore, must be weighed against the increased risk to inmates and staff at private prisons. Private prisons also appear to beTHE PUBLIC SERVANT

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more cost-effective because, in most cases, they only house relatively healthy prisoners and do not house the most violent offenders. Private prisons are usually only minimum- to medium-security; the government therefore provides almost all the maximum-security security facilities, which cost more per inmate. Similar issues arise with medical care in private facilities. Most private prisons are only equipped to care for relatively healthy inmates, so those with severe health issues are sent to public prisons, driving up public prison costs. Because private prisons actually save little money, and since they do so only by providing a lower quality of service, the government should abandon the practice of prison privatization. While private prisons appear to save money for the government, much – if not all – of these savings are offset by housing only the healthy, low-risk inmates. Pushing the unhealthy and higher-risk inmates to public prisons increases public prison costs while making private prisons seem cheaper. Furthermore, the quality of service found in private prisons is lower than that found in public prisons, with both inmates and staff at a higher risk of assault in private prisons. For these reasons – among others – the government should stop using private prisons.


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HULLABALOO CAUSATION R O U L E T T E wonderful choices – tasty Philly cheesesteaks, giant burgers and gloriously unhealthy chili cheese fries. You couldn’t make a bad choice, but unfortunately, there were no vegetarian options (everything has some basis in bacon grease). In true Texas form, the portions were generous. If you are not a big eater, then I recommend splitting a plate with a friend. If you are on a diet, go home and make a salad. This is comfort food; Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton will hunt you down if you enter this restaurant expecting to eat healthily. The best part of the restaurant is again the charm. It’s not a big place, but it does force you to get comfortable with the group you’re with (make sure you like the people you go to eat with). After the main course is finished there are a plethora of milkshakes, pies and some of the best bread pudding west of the Mississippi. You will leave this restaurant fully satisfied and ready for bed. I recommend this restaurant highly, and I hope that every Bush student will get a chance to try it out. The only thing I find lacking in the restaurant is the deficiency of vegetarian options (again, bacon grease). If you’re ready for a blast from the past and you need a break from the Bryan/College Station life, head on over to the Hullabaloo diner..

that we have better science is the same answer that was given in the past and yet we currently have never designed a model that can accurately predict long term climate change. Contradiction 5: Laws of physics predict that the effect of each additional particle of CO2 is less than the effect of the previous particle. As John Bluemle explains, each additional particle increases the concentration by less than the previous. Simply speaking the addition of 1 particle to a single particle increases the number by 100% and according to physics has a smaller effect. Climate models predict the exact opposite, a prediction that many physicist reject. In conclusion, I’m hesitant to believe that current warming is man-made when it has extended significantly beyond the period of intense fossil fuel burning. The historic, geologic data shows that the earth has regularly warmed and cooled far more dramatically than the current warming and that current warming is predicted based on the 1500 year climate models. Until proponents of global warming can explain these issues along with the question of why the earth is warming so slowly relative to geologic trends, I will remain a skeptic.

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But this ignores the basic principle of climatology, which don’t change without cause. Nothing is going to happen if nothing causes it to. To make an analogy: you’re at home watching football; are you going to voluntarily leave your house? No, not unless something absolutely makes you. Scientists have been searching for a reason why our climate has warmed recently and have found no natural cause. Actually natural trends indicate our climate should be cooling since sunlight hasn’t been as intense as usual in the past century. The only thing that scientists have found that correlates to the warming of the planet is the increase in CO2: the only thing. It makes sense. As a greenhouse gas, CO2 traps heat, and we release a lot of it. As in the equivalent of 79,452,000 standard 3 bedroom houses per day, enough to fill 11350 New Orleans Superdomes. As this multiplies, we’re slowly filling the atmosphere with a heat-trapping gas causing the climate to warm. The climate is like a ball at the end of a rubber band; if you add weight to it (like a couple billion tons of CO2) it’ll start bouncing up and down trying find a new equilibrium. Some years the climate may be colder than usual; others, it may be warmer. But you’ll notice that there are more warm years now than cold years. The exception doesn’t make the rule. The problem with America today is we believe we’re experts in everything. Sometimes we should just admit we don’t have the tools to know


everything. We never doubt the doctor performing surgery on us; we trust him to know his trade. We should trust our scientists when they say the data is clear; global warming is happening and we’re causing it.

REFLECTION therefore feel an urgency to maintain the constitutional system. This can only be done with a careful Constitutional interpretation. What does this have to do with Obamacare? Everything. The careful balance of interpretational styles present on the Supreme Court was put on display by last summer’s decision, one of the most highly anticipated in recent history, which decided whether Obamacare would stand. President Obama will continue to appoint justices with, shall we say, a revisionist interpretive style. A Romney administration would have been highly likely to appoint an originalist, conservative justice. The implications here are huge. Additionally, Obamacare’s resulting regulations have shown the administration’s tendency, at times, to make a Constitutional right merely one competing interest among other policy aims. In other words, some Constitutional guarantees have been made optional. An example: In order to accomplish the ideal of low-cost health care coverage for each person, the government has mandated that employers provide contraceptives and abortion-causing products as part of their health plan (known now as the HHS Mandate). Conservative religious groups, Protestant and Catholic alike, have almost universally seen this as a violation of the

First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom. After all, should the government tell, say, a Catholic-owned business that it must provide health care? And should the government require that this coverage include provisions that the owner finds morally wrong? Here, conservatives believe that, while of course low-cost coverage for all is a noble policy goal, the free exercise of religion is simply more fundamental. The end doesn’t justify the means. Though dozens of religious institutions have filed injunctions to challenge the mandate, this second Obama administration will continue to defend it. Romney had vowed to repeal Obamacare on the first day of his presidency, which would invalidate the mandate. Thinking broadly, the concept of pervasive government influence in a market, like what takes place in Obamacare, is something that conservatives generally seek to avoid. Often, government involvement distorts incentives and leads to undesirable, unforeseen outcomes. That’s a fancy way of saying that government often messes things up. While health care is a pressing national issue, have we really exhausted all market-based means of solving the problem? I don’t think we have. Now, I realize that here some may object, “Isn’t Obamacare based on Romney’s plan?” Yes and no. Yes, the Affordable Care Act is based on the same idea that Romney used for Massachusetts, including the individual mandate. However, that plan was implemented at the state level. Allowing states to come up with their own solutions is just good old fashioned federalism, right? While Governor THE PUBLIC SERVANT

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Romney supported his plan for Massachusetts, he has made clear that he does not support its implementation nationwide.

MORMON-Y I can keep that upstart Rubio off my back. He’s the kind of guy who makes you drink the heavy stuff—the wholest of milks. I feel his soft words and warm Cuban smile just burrowing into my brain every minute, radiating into my being and… Right, never mind. Thank you all for the vote of confidence, and God Bless America!

NUCLEAR a willing host community in the United States. If any attempted siting of a permanent nuclear waste repository is to be successful, the host community must be a consenting partner. The government has consistently recognized the need for a facility, but has yet to make any substantive headway on the opening of a repository at Yucca Mountain. Furthermore, as the Department of Energy pointed out earlier this year, “any attempt to force a top-down, federally mandated solution over the objections of a state or community—far from being more efficient—will take longer, cost more and have lower odds of ultimate success.” A permanent nuclear waste repository must be created yet cannot be forced on a community; as such, the government should establish an organization to actively seek out volunteer host communities.


The back page The Public Servant | NOVEMBER 2012

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Author is in love with process and subject, like when Jack sees Rose for the first time on the deck of Titanic. Expect good things.

PowerPoint will be flashy, logic will be circular, and grandmas at Thanksgiving dinner will be lost; but somewhere, Charles Glaser is smiling. Unoriginal response to boring research question; expect to be lost and disinterested during this presentation. Only undergrads do this.

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Author likes subject but would prefer to eschew theory. Theory takes too much thinking and is not practical to the real world at all.

The Bush School is honoring President George H.W. and Barbara Bush by sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity home. February 2013, we’ll raise the walls of our Bush House in BCS Habitat’s new Faith subdivision. The students of the Bush School have committed to raising $40,000. If you would like to contribute, visit www.habitatbcs.org and choose, “Bush School House” in the Program Designation menu.

Joe Aguiar - MPIA 2013

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North Korea Runs the Nuclear Option

The Public Servant Staff

First and second year students and faculty battled it out in Dr. Hermann’s Fall 2012 International Politics in Theory and Practice North Korea simulation.

Editor-in-Chief – Casi Buch Copy Editor – Thomas Buchanan Graphic Designer – Kehkashan Dadwani Web Designer – John Mellusi Blog Editor – Jessica Parker Blog Designer – Ashleigh Stebbins Section Editors – Rachael Young, Courtney Burge, Jeff Ostrich, Rebekah Redden, and Robby Smith

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Public Servant Nov 2012