"I thought I'd get your theories, mock them, then embrace my own. The usual." -House
Question #90712 posted on 02/01/2018 3:14 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I despise Donald Trump as a person. I didn't want Hillary Clinton to win, but I didn't really want him to win either. However, I'm not sure if I dislike a lot of the changes he's trying to make because they're bad policies or because I dislike him so much.

The problem is I don't know enough about politics/civics/economics/etc to form an informed opinion. Are there some good resources you could send me to to refresh my knowledge of these kinds of topics? For instance, I took AP Econ in high school and survived Kearl's Econ 100, but those were both ages ago, so I remember almost nothing. Therefore, I'm not sure if this tax proposal the Republicans are trying to pass is a needed change or a terrible idea.

Should I just read articles from both sides about these things? If that's the case, I'll check the archives since you've answered several questions about that recently. But if there are some websites that would be good primers on these types of topics without being super biased one way or another, that would be awesome!

~Trying to stay informed and not lose my mind


Dear Trying,

I feel your pain on this one. Like I've mentioned before, I'd recommend reading articles from both sides, and trying to understand where they're coming from. A lot of issues have roots in hard economics but a lot of argument is over the theorized effects or the moral standpoint of the issue. I'd honestly just recommend Wikipedia on this one, and following sources from there. for example, the Wikipedia article "Welfare" has a description of welfare systems across the world, with sources listed describing each one. If you did this, and maybe listened to some political podcasts, you'd be way ahead of the game.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave


Dear Trying,

Factcheck.org is a good site to see if all the hype you're hearing about something is true or not. It runs stories on both Republicans and Democrats, correcting incorrect statement as they arise.

I've never used it before, but apparently votesmart.org is a good resource to look up information about a specific policy or politician. It's compiled by a variety of different readers from different political backgrounds, so apparently it doesn't lean too far one way or the other.

Realclearpolitics.com compiles stories and op-eds from a bunch of different sources, some of them liberal and some of them conservative, so they're pretty good at giving a comprehensive overview of what's going on.

Also, when looking up articles from different sides of the political spectrum, I would recommend using reputable sources in the first place. Yes, you can find conservative opinions on Breitbart News, but Breitbart tends to be much more reactionary than, say the Wall Street Journal, which is still pretty conservative, but probably more trustworthy. Find your news from places like the WSJ, the Economist, the New York Times, the Atlantic, etc, which are generally known for their journalistic integrity, even if they do lean right or left.