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Owen Zidar '08 Evaluates Romney Tax Plan in Recent New York Times Article

The final 2012 Presidential Debate may have been slated for foreign policy, but it wasn't long before the discussion turned to the importance of a strong economy at home.  In a very relevant piece in The New York Times online, Owen Zidar '08 evaluates the tax plan of Republican Mitt Romney.  "Tax Cuts for Job Creators" was published on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Owen Zidar, a doctoral student in economics at the University of California, Berkeley, was previously a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers and, in 2008-9, an analyst at Bain Capital Ventures.

Zidar is one of many talented alumni that we have had the pleasure of getting to know at the Rockefeller Center.  We are happy to share the great work of former Dartmouth students.

2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year by Ester Cross '15. 

Hello!

This will be my last blog post about the national conventions. I hope the personal insight I provided has been interesting and helpful in conceptualizing both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. I will use this last post to tell you about some of the important themes and events to result from the conventions and how I think they will impact our nation’s political system for years to come.

2012 Constitution Day: Former US Sen. Judd Gregg to Discuss "The Role of the Senate" for Constitution Day Program on Sept. 17th at 4:30 PM

The United States Constitution, the oldest written document of its kind still in continuous use, has guided U.S. lawmakers and politicians for over 200 years. While the U.S. Senate continues to best interpret and apply it, the current financial upheaval has come to test this body and its methods. In attempting to remedy the extensive damage to the economy, bi-partisan negotiation in the Senate is changing in an interesting and critical way.

September 17, Constitution Day, commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 brave men. Former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire will discuss the role of the Senate in the current fiscal crisis: how the United States Senate has evolved into the most likely forum under our constitutional structure for substantive bi-partisan action on major issues.

Rocky On The Road: Thoughts and Video from Last Day of #DNC12 #yourconvention

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year.  Ester Cross '15 shares observations and reflections for this "Rocky On The Road" blog series

Read on for Ester's most recent update.

The Democratic Party may have presented a unified front during the three-day Democratic National Convention, however, the party is strongly divided on God and foreign policy. The original Democratic Party platform had no mention of God. Furthermore, for the first time, the platform excluded commitment to maintaining Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Republicans and many Christians and Jewish Americans expressed concern about the stark omissions (read more here).

Rocky On The Road: Wednesday's #DNC12 features Pres. Clinton; Administration Faces Demonstrations from Both Left and Right #yourconvention

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year.  Ester Cross '15 shares observations and reflections for this "Rocky On The Road" blog series. 

Read on for Ester's most recent update.

The second day of the DNC drew an even greater crowd and greater excitement than the first because of former President Bill Clinton’s speech in support of President Obama. Clinton’s speech focused on the President’s bipartisan record and tried to draw a parallel between the successful economy under his presidency and the economic recovery that will ensue under President Obama. Clinton’s speech was aimed at defending the last four years under President Obama and making a powerful case for his reelection. “Nobody ever tells you what happened,” Clinton said as he refuted Republican claims that President Obama has lowered requirements for welfare beneficiaries.

Rocky On The Road: Michelle Obama at #DNC12; @SenatorShaheen on Importance of Election for Students #yourconvention

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year.  Ester Cross '15 shares observations and reflections for this "Rocky On The Road" blog series. 

Read on for Ester's most recent update.

The first day of the DNC (Tuesday) featured Democratic leaders trying to convince the American people the President deserves “four more years” in office. Michelle Obama delivered an emotional speech in which she discussed her humble background and the hard work and perseverance that led her and the President to their current success. An interesting component of the First Lady’s speech was the contrasts she drew between her husband and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whose personal wealth has been a target for many Democratic leaders. Obama praised her husband especially as a contrast to Romney.

Rocky On The Road: #GOP12's Controversial Rule, Podcasts, #DNC12 Preview #yourconvention

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year.  Ester Cross '15 shares observations and reflections for this "Rocky On The Road" blog series. 

Read on for Ester's most recent update.

Prior to embarking on the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, I would like to share with you some additional work that I have done during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and preview the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year by Ester Cross '15. 

 Read on for Ester's most recent update.

The last day of the Republican National Convention accomplished its objective of firing up the Republican base when presidential candidate Mitt Romney accepted his nomination and laid out his plans for the country’s future.  See photos here.

I thought I would tell you about Thursday night through the voices and perspectives of the grassroots in attendance at the convention.

Delegates, alternates and their guests were inspired by Romney’s speech and impressed by the character of the candidate whom they got to know better throughout the convention.

Rocky On The Road: "Where Maine goes, so goes the nation"; #GOP12 Features Party Leaders on 2nd Day #yourconvention

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year.  Ester Cross '15 shares observations and reflections for this "Rocky On The Road" blog series. 

 Read on for Ester's most recent update.

Hello, in today’s post, I would like to talk a bit more about the convention atmosphere.

Wednesday, the second full day of the Republican Convention, began with a slow morning and afternoon. Many state delegations took tours of the area or attended events specially hosted for their entertainment. Media outlets interviewed party leadership, researched stories and prepared for primetime news.

Rocky On The Road: #GOP12 First Full Day - "Contentious, Moving, Inspirational" #yourconvention

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year.  Ester Cross '15 shares observations and reflections for this "Rocky On The Road" blog series. 

 Read on for Ester's most recent update.

The first full day of the RNC was at once contentious, moving and inspirational. The afternoon hours, when the conventional hall was half empty, highlighted controversy within the Republican Party.

When Congressman Ron Paul walked into the convention floor, a shouting match broke out between supporters chanting the congressman’s name and shouting “let him speak” and opponents chanting “Mitt Romney.” Paul and his supporters have been visible during the convention holding a counter-convention on Sunday during which Paul assured his audience the Republican Party would eventually drift into his ideological “tent.”

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