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Welcome Back, Sir

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

Wow it’s definitely been a while since I last posted. I know I’m talking to the air here but it’s still feels good to just sit down and type. I guess I won’t waste any time and start into what’s going on.

I want to update anyone on an older post of mine titled “Stuggling Towards Success”. I made the point that I thank Ivy Tech Community College for everything they’ve given me and that while I need/want to move on, I haven’t proved it to anyone that I deserve to do so. My tune is starting to change. I still maintain a certain level of respect for Ivy Tech, but I am discovering that it is a black hole of education. Ivy Tech has no incentive to move me on to a 4-year university. Those statistics aren’t followed or even worried about. What they care about is the number of student graduation FROM Ivy Tech, no the student’s transferring and graduation somewhere else. 

So Ivy Tech has become a black hole full of stereotypical secretaries and employees with the BMV “I don’t really care what happens to you” attitude. Granted, there are a few teachers out there who care about their students and go above and beyond to help them succeed but most could care less and are waiting for the paycheck. So I’m not sure when I’ll be leaving, but I guess if I’m not even sure of my own future, why should anyone else be? 

 

Thanks, you’ve been adequate.

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What About Us?: America’s Forgotten Class

In Politics on November 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Any one who’s been following this election even remotely can tell you that one of the major issues is the middle class. Obama is proud of his track record is the auto-industry and hopes that translates into votes from swing states like Ohio and Michigan. When he came into office, Ohio’s unemployment rate was at an abysmal 10% and now it’s up to 7.9%. That means that 150,000 new jobs have been added in Ohio alone and that gives him a major boost, despite what conservative pundits might say. There’s also been some major backlash at part of Obama’s economic policy that Romney has pounced on. Obama’s plan to ask the wealthiest 1% to pay a little more of their fair share so that we can spur economic growth has stuck in their craw.

So this is all beside the point. We’ve focused entirely on the middle-class and the upper-class and we’ve forgotten the lower-class, the poor. The poor are the backbone of America and they don’t have a voice right now. The poor has literally built this country since it’s creation and they’re the key to a prosperous future.

I’ve always advocated infrastructure and transportation and those are the sectors that need the biggest boost. America has an issue with these jobs. Middle-class workers strive for corporate jobs so they can have nicer cars, better homes, and more ipads. We complain because jobs are being shipped overseas by major corporations and people like Mitt Romney, but from a business standpoint, it makes sense. The fault lies with the American people who are refusing to take these “lower” jobs and this forces companies to find people who will. America is a pretty expensive country and the cost to pay our workers compared to the cost of the products we’re making just doesn’t make fiscal sense. But i’ll tell you what, there’s a whole group of people, 46 million people, who want those jobs. We just have to train them.

FDR’s New Deal is exactly the model we need to look at today, but instead of try to dig ourselves out of a depression and prevent another one, we need it so we can spur economic growth and become the undisputed leader of the free world. When Obama first took office, for a short time he offered states block grants is they had infrastructure projects ready but needed the money to complete them. The Federal government needs to do this again but on a much larger scale. If the country truly wants less government, than for a short time, we need some heavy government. We need to federal government to update and build roads, housing projects, skyscrapers, anything that can get those 46 million people working.

If we really want to get the country “back on track” then we need to look to the past and see what programs really did that and how we can employ those same principles and ideals to our modern-day issues, and it starts with the poor.

The REAL Gun Control Debate – Understanding Both Sides

In Politics on August 10, 2012 at 1:08 am

Politicians hammered by the NRA – CNN.com

The gun control debate is so exhausted i might as well talk about abortion or the moral aspects of the death penalty, but it’s exhausted because each side focuses on the same aspect over and over without truly seeing their opponents take. Debating is an extremely difficicult skill and one aspect that i am adamently in favor of is full research on the opposite of what you believe. We do this all the time during the day, when you argue in favor of something you tell why you’re right and they’re wrong and almost 90% of the time we all have corrupt and flat out wrong information about the flip side. This means that we need to spend as much time researching what we don’t believe in to be sure that we still believe in the things we do. For example, a Christian should take the time to learn about Budhism and Atheism and Hiduism so that they can make a complete and informed decision about their own religion. On the flip side, Atheists and others should really dive into Christianity so that they can understand the other side.

Look at me going into religion. Anyways…

When you boil gun control down it comes down to one focal point, the good ol’ second amendment. However it should be interpreted, it still says plain and simple that we have the right to bear arms (we should also arm bears but that’s another argument). Now, no one buys guns based on the second amendment alone. I’ve never met anyone who bought a gun solely on the fact that the second amendment allows them to, there’s another factor and the second amendment allows them to fullfill this other factor. The three basic reasons we [Americans] buy guns are:

1) For sport (probably the most legitimate reason)

2) To hunt (outdated for 99% of the country, but some people do need to)

3) To protect the family (the most common, and most argued)

When you look at these three reasons, none of them require automatic weapons and that’s the argument here today. Automatic weapons account for almost (if not) all mass shootings in the last 25 years. So why do we need them? Most sport shooters use rifles, shotguns or hand guns because automatic weapons are so hard to control. Hunters use almost exclusively rifles because of their accuracy (and so they have less shot to pick out of their meat). And i’m pretty sure an AK-47 is overkill to protect your family, when a rifle, shotgun, or even a simple pistol can protect you.

I rarely have heard of cases where someone’s house is broken into by a man with an assault rifle, the typical burglar has a hand gun (if any, since their goal is to rob no kill). So it seems that if you want to protect your family, a shotgun can protect you enough. Now whether or not having a loaded weapon in your house is a good idea to me is another matter entirely.

So gun control advocates, let’s shift our focus entirely to automatic weapons because those are really the issue.