All posts by Stephen Mackey

The Hong Kong Protesters Shut Down an Airport



Pro Democracy protests have been going on for ten weeks in Hong Kong, spurred on by the recent failed Extradition Bill proposal. With protesters pushing harder and China appearing to prepare to push back, the question on everyone’s mind right now is what is going on. Here’s the answer.


India Takes Over Kashmir; The Repealing of Article 370



India finds itself in a constitutional crisis as people are asking whether they have the authority to repeal Article 370 or the constitution, called the Temporary provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir article. This constitutional change would allow the government of India to directly control the region. Here’s what’s happening!


China Devalues the Yuan; The US/China Trade War Gets a Second Front



This week Trump labeled China a currency manipulator as the Chinese yuan dropped to a ten year low. People are asking what is going on and whether this could trigger a currency war between China and the United States. Here’s what this means.


Congress Solves Mass Shooting and Gun Control Reform



Congress has several gun control reform bills. This episode goes over the major proposed reforms. First, The House of Representatives recently passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. The other unpassed pieces of legislation are The Raise the Age Act, The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, and the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act.


Ending the War in Afghanistan; A Breakthrough in US Taliban Negotiations



After months of meetings between US Afghanistan Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban negotiators we have begun to see progress. Taliban leaders are meeting with Afghan government leaders, a ceasefire has been agreed to, the US is withdrawing thousands of troops, and the Taliban are committing to anti-terrorist measures. While many are logically skeptical, these new dialogues are inspiring cause for optimism. Here’s the significance of this update.


Why Did the Federal Reserve Lower the Key Interest Rate?



For the first time in ten years the Federal Reserve dropped the key interest rate. Some people are suspicious because lowering this rate is generally associated with a stimulus strategy in an ailing economy. This episode looks at the potential reasons this was done including copying a strategy employed by Alan Greenspan to buoy the economy in the mid nineties, a strategy to slightly raise inflation, and a strategy to alleviate trade war pressures.


Boris Johnson’s Brexit; The Consequences of a No Deal Brexit



With UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most recent Brexit Ultimatum directed at the European Union, most people are suspecting that a no deal Brexit is in the cards. The question at this point is, what are the costs of a no deal Brexit? And what options are left on the table for Boris Johnson’s administration?


The Supreme Court Funds the Border Wall… Kindof



On Friday the Supreme Court released a decision that allowed the Trump Administration to use funds to build the wall while the courts figure out the legality of the emergency declaration and resulting money transfers. This case, Trump v. The Sierra Club, weighted the environmental concerns of the Sierra Club against the monetary concerns of the federal government. Here’s what happened.


Congressional Solutions: How to Secure American Elections; The Battle for Ballots



Mueller’s recent testimony reinforced the threat of other countries trying to hack our elections. This raises the question, what is congress going to do about, and surprisingly enough, the answer is, a lot of things. This video looks at the main proposals going through congress right now to see which ones are the best solutions.


Congress Raises the Debt Ceiling; Raising the Roof



Congress just agreed to raise the debt ceiling which would allow America to keep paying people we owe money. In the same deal they gave themselves a ton of money to spend when they’re creating their next two budgets. Fiscal conservatives are furious about this huge budget increase with the committee for a responsible federal budget calling it the worst budget agreement in our nation’s history. Here’s what happened.