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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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‘Joe Six–Pack’ deserves more dignity than the Average Joe

Who is Joe Six-Pack? It's a question I've been mulling over ever since the term came up in last week's vice presidential debate. It's pretty clear what image the phrase is supposed to conjure up in the American psyche: He's the average Joe, the hardworking member of the middle class who kicks back with a beer after a long day of work.


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Baby boomers the real ‘Me’ generation

It only took hours to work out the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - a deal that increased the national debt by $5 trillion. You, me and our unborn children now owe the world's lenders our own little piece of a $14 trillion debt, give or take a couple hundred billion. Here is the kicker: We didn't borrow a dime.


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Bailout not without consequences

With the passage of the economic rescue plan, the federal government has mobilized more than $700 billion to quell the parallel crises in housing and finance. While this massive allocation may mitigate the turmoil in the credit markets, there are broader economic ramifications to consider.


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Volunteers don’t avoid McCain supporters

I couldn't help but laugh at the editorial submitted Thursday by Michael George about voter registration volunteers avoiding him because he was wearing a McCain-Palin shirt. It's entirely possible they did not pursue him because someone with enough interest in the election to own a shirt featuring the name of one of the candidates may be more likely to have already registered. It's also possible that in the crowded Turlington Plaza area, they simply missed him. Either way, it's irresponsible to allege a conspiracy based solely on anecdotal evidence.


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Energy technology not efficiently used

Reclining on your couch, 36 years from now and 360,000 Chinese yuan in debt, you learn that the oceans have accelerated their flooding of coastal regions across the world. Suddenly, a deafening roar shatters all of your windows and throws you from your couch. A few miles away, a dark and expanding nuclear mushroom cloud beckons for your life.


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Reforming elections would improve SG

No one should call for change without outlining an alternative, which is why I thought it was worth spending an additional column to detail an alternative to the current Student Government electoral process.


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Ignorant electorate bound for failure

Many of you may be preparing to skip the first election in which you are eligible to vote. Congratulations, it's quite the milestone in your life of civic irresponsibility. May I suggest a way to celebrate this momentous occasion? Turn on CNN on election night, and every time Wolf Blitzer or one of his minions says the phrase "best political team on television," take a drink. You'll be plastered, hungover and sober again well before anyone knows who won Florida.


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Founding fathers not devout Christians

With Sen. John McCain's addition of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket, we will undoubtedly suffer yet another campaign of constant claims about this nation's Christian foundation.


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Students have stake in SG election

They're back. Equipped with new fliers, slogans, T-shirts and platforms, Student Government parties are back en masse and yearning for our votes. Every fall and spring semester, UF students are overwhelmed by party volunteers and ads trying to swing every Gator's vote.



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