Post-Election Changes

Hey, the school project ended this week and I am back to blogging. I have this to say: if any of you ever start thinking about taking “Constitutional Law: Due Process” with Profesor Lochner, just do it. Moot Court week is not as bad as people say (unless you’re bad at managing your time), and you feel great after having completed it. Also, you learn so much! Great class.

Something else that ended: the election! And since then, people seem to have pretty much stopped talking about politics. I feel glad that I hitched my support to the winning horse, and look forward to seeing what kinds of policies Obama will try to push in the next four years. I imagine that the most pressing concerns for many Americans will continue to be economic, and hope that the situation improves both in this country and internationally.

I would like to use this post as a transition for the blog as a whole. Up until this point, the blog has primarily focused on the 2012 presidential election. However, now that the election has ended, it seems appropriate to expand our sphere of concern to examine politics not just in the US, but also abroad. I am no geopolitical expert, so following international politics will be a new venture for me. As a consequence, I imagine that the quality of this blog will improve overtime as me (and the other participants) become more familiar with the larger scope.

I will still be blogging about domestic concerns, and may still try to spend some time discussing issues rather than just events. My goal is to post something at least once a week, and I encourage others to do so as well.

I’ll start with an issue that has been interesting me for a while: India’s new biometric ID system. In India, they’ve been developing a system where every Indian citizen can get their fingerprints taken and their irises scanned, so that their identity can be stored digitally and verified within seconds from nearly any place at any time. While this definitely does have a big-brother kind of feel to it, it’s a pretty ingenious solution to many of the welfare distribution problems they’ve been having. In India, until now nearly half of the food rations designed to go to India’s poor have been usurped by store-owners, distributors, and bureaucrats, never actually reaching their destination.

Now, Indians can make claims to their share and it will be easier to ensure that the goods get to the right places. Because Indians can now prove their identities, distribution ought to start becoming more effective and efficient. Politicians have even begun discussing using the system to wire cash transfers directly to people’s bank accounts, cutting out the middle-man completely. This may be the beginning of a new age of welfare policies that promise to be both controversial and potentially groundbreaking.

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