Archive | December, 2011

Socialism… Social Equality? Social Justice?

10 Dec

Thought this was interesting enough to share.

When the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Is this man truly a genius? Checked out and this is true…it DID happen!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. 

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. 

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. 
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. 

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. 

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. 
It could not be any simpler than that.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

 

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Failure to rebuild the city of New Orleans?

6 Dec

 

I believe the city of New Orleans has definitely not failed to rebuild.  ABC News did a special on post Hurricane Katrina, which was five years after the hurricane that brought up many points. More than 90% of New Orleans population has returned to the city, and 1.2 million people call New Orleans home again. Although, of the 9th ward, only 25% have returned. Yes, that is sad but would you really want to return to a place where it was devastating in the first place? I don’t blame the people who lived there before not to come back when they could potentially find happiness somewhere else. I remember hearing in class about jobs and how there is a lack of them down there now, but that is not true. Over the past five years, more than 100,000 jobs have been gained and retained; most of those jobs are in the education and construction industry.

The unemployment rate in New Orleans is lower that the nations! That is a huge deal and says a lot about their economy now. They have better employment now than they did before the storm.  Furthermore, because of tourism, Mardi Gras 2010 has the highest number of tourists to date! Slowly, New Orleans is growing. Many complained about the federal government not helping out and spending enough, well I think 42 billion dollars is a whole lot of money and quite possibly sufficient to help with aid to fixing homes, schools, roads, disaster relief, medical and most importantly the levees. Obviously after a huge disaster like Katrina, any place is going to take time to rebuild. It just will never happen overnight and honestly I think that is what many of the New Orleanians were thinking that was going to happen. One thing I really question, we have watched so many movies in class about Katrina victims but I have yet to see a white person complain. There is no way that this hurricane only affected black people. Why is it that there is so much pity on them? I am just trying to see both sides of this story when we usually are only shown one. Why are we only shown the negatives when there are clearly positives?

 

Flaherty states, “For those back in the city, at times it felt like difference of race and class had washed away”, I believe that that statement is a good indicator of how people join together in a time of need. Both races and many classes were affected one way or another and usually when a huge disaster occurs people put aside their differences and come together. He also goes on to say “Federal dollars were assigned to homeowners but not to renter”, is it not apparent that money would go to them first, you have to go through so much to own a home but to rent one you really don’t. Of course money would go to homeowners first. I bet many of the homeowners had insurance while the renters did not. I am a renter myself and I do not have renters insurance on my house. It’s just not something you think of when you are renting. So that is probably why many homeowners were helped. If you work hard you make more money which in turn can make it possibly to buy a house, have nice things and buy insurance. Being lazy gets you nowhere. If you stop complaining and take action it is a whole lot more successful.

Check out this video… I don’t know how to upload it directly into the post.

http://abc.go.com/watch/rising-up-five-years-since-katrina/SH5582037/VD5582082/rising-up-five-years-since-katrina