Author Archives: Luis Vega

Spreading Democracy

by Luis Vega

The free market economy and capitalist ideologies have always been beneficial to many democratic nations worldwide, and ultimately Americans. But what happens when fifteen percent of your hard earned money is dedicated to U.S. healthcare and could possibly exceed thirty percent by the middle of the century. (Foreign Policy, p. 74) Now imagine you are a hard working lower-middle class American and you make 30,000 a year. After taxes and anticipated healthcare costs you bring home about 40% of your paycheck at the end of the year. It is barely enough to make a living on your own, don’t even think of having a family. Just thinking of yourself as this person it is hard to argue that everyone deserves adequate healthcare. I mean that is the least our government could do for us, we pay enough taxes. It is difficult to determine what will happen in America in the next four years with President Bush’s re-election. One thing is for certain; the cost of healthcare will continue to rise.

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Martin Torrijos & The Promise of Panama

by Luis Vega

Panama City, Panama my first time in a little over year and things are much different than they were 15 months ago. In March of 2004, a couple of months before presidential elections all you saw were “Si Se Puede” posters (the English equivalent to “Yes We Can”) with presidential candidate Martin Torrijos along side the now famous phrase. Martin Torrijos is son of the late Omar Torrijos, military dictator from 1968-1980 until he was killed in a mysterious plane crash. A couple of months later in May Martin Torrijos won by a landslide and he was declared president of Panama through democratic election process.

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Condeleezza Rice & the Latin American Economy

by Luis Vega

Now that Colin Powell has stepped down as the United States Secretary of State, and Condoleezza Rice will be taking his place there is much concern to be had. Even though she is one of the incumbent president’s most trusted colleagues and did a phenomenal job as a National Security advisor I speculate that she will have a difficult time as the new Secretary of State.

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