John Giokaris
John Giokaris

John Giokaris has been contributing to PolicyMic since February 2011. Born and raised in Chicago, John graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a double major in Journalism and Political Science and is currently earning his J.D. at The John Marshall Law School. John believes in free market principles, private sector solutions, transparency, school choice, constitutionally limited government, and being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. His goals are to empower/create opportunity for citizens to use the tools at their disposal to succeed in America, which does more to grow the middle class and alleviate those in poverty than keeping a permanent underclass dependent on government sustenance indefinitely. Sitting on the Board of Directors for both the center-right Chicago Young Republicans and libertarian America's Future Foundation-Chicago, he is also a member of the free market think tank Illinois Policy Institute's Leadership Coalition team along with other leaders of the Illinois business, political, and media communities. John has seven years experience working in writing/publishing, having previously worked at Law Bulletin Publishing, the Tribune Company, and Reboot Illinois. His works have been published in the Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Crain's Chicago Business, Reboot Illinois, Townhall, the Law Bulletin, and the RedEye. He's also made appearances on CBS News, PBS, and Al Jazeera America.

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April 3, 2014

SCOTUS Hands Democrats a Major Win — Liberals Start Pulling Their Hair Out

The left is displaying outrage over the Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. FEC decision, ignoring an inconvenient truth.

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March 26, 2014

Americans Are About to Pay $5 Billion in Fines Thanks to Obamacare

Tens of millions of Americans are still uninsured with just days left until the March 31 deadline.
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Feb. 23, 2014

One of the World's Most Wanted Criminals Has Finally Been Captured

The capture of the longtime Sinaloa Federation kingpin could spark violence within the cartel or with rivals attempting to exploit its new weaknesses.
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Jan. 29, 2014

Last Night's State of the Union Was Proof That Obama Has Stopped Doing His Job

He won't get a "year of action" without making a few concessions.
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Jan. 20, 2014

I Was a Conservative Opposed To Obamacare — Until I Saw This Richard Simmons Dance-Off

Twerking for Obamacare. It all makes sense now!

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Jan. 12, 2014

3 Charts Explain Why the Obama Welfare State is Growing Faster Than Job Creation

The number of working age Americans actively working or looking for work is at a 35 year low. The Obama administration's policies aren't helping reverse it.
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Jan. 6, 2014

2014 May Finally Bring the Market Correction Some Experts Are Freaking Out About

"Some event is going to set people off and when it does, plenty of investors will be hitting the register."
Dec. 31, 2013

The 13 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2013

Can you guess what ended up being the biggest box office flop of the year?
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Dec. 19, 2013

20 Ridiculous Ways the Government Wasted Your Money in 2013

From beachfront homes for millionaires to Nevada brothels and studies on duck penises, the federal government got really creative in 2013.
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Dec. 17, 2013

3 Charts That Explain Why the GOP Folded Like a Lawn Chair On the Budget

Republicans still only control the House while Democrats are still running the Senate and White House. How many times were they supposed to keep going in circles over the federal budget process?

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Nov. 27, 2013

Pope Francis Denounces Capitalism, But is He Right?

Pope Francis puts on his economist hat, but gets quite a few things wrong.
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Nov. 22, 2013

5 Ways JFK's Assassination Changed America Forever

After that shot was fired, the country was never the same.
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Nov. 21, 2013

Why the GOP Desperately Needed the Filibuster. Why Dems Desperately Wanted to End It.

This is just another development that illustrates the brinksmanship of both parties.
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Nov. 6, 2013

The Biggest Lessons From Virginia, New Jersey Elections? Personality Matters

Chris Christie wins by a mile in a blue state while Ken Cuccinelli narrowly loses in a purple state. The ideologues won't get it but the rest of us should understand why this makes perfect sense.
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Nov. 4, 2013

Midterm Elections 2014: Polls Show Republicans Could Take Over the Senate

The 2014 midterm elections are a year from today and the GOP has 10 Senate seats in sight that the party has a legitimate chances of winning.

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Oct. 22, 2013

2014 Midterm Elections Predictions Prove Pundits Don't Know Math

The media has been hyping the government shutdown as a game-changer for the 2014 midterm elections, but the math shows their predictions are wrong.
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Oct. 3, 2013

Blame Obama For the Government Shutdown

This has happened 17 times before and all were over spending appropriations. We lived, and they all ended the same way: The president negotiated with Congress. Why isn't this happening this time?
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Oct. 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Provides An Opportunity to Discuss Which Departments We Need and Don't Need

I hope this recent turn of events will finally spark a national conversation about what departments are really needed in federal government and which ones are a complete waste of taxpayer money.
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Sept. 18, 2013

Republicans Finally Unveil Their Alternative Health Care Reform Plan — But It's Too Little, Too Late

Well it only took four years, but the GOP have finally unveiled an alternative health care reform plan to replace Obamacare with. While it's got some great ideas, it may be too little, too late.