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Archive for December, 2008

25
Dec

The things I do make me a star, and you can be too if you know who you are, just put your mind to it, you’ll go real far

  Lyric of the week

20
Dec

Parenting is hard work- Note One

Testing

Testing

Dear Eva, and all the parents of the world, I feel your pain. One of the biggest problems this world faces is there is no test you must pass to become a parent. Actually, I take that back, for many of us who become parents before we are ready there is a test that we must take to become a parent, but in order to become one, you must fail the test. That is one of many things you and I have in common, we both failed the discipline test. Now many people have taken and failed this test, but only a select few actually get the prize of a bouncing baby boo-boo producer. Now we are taking an equally as difficult test in raising children. Our paths are different in that you were the mom who put her dreams on the back burner to handle more pressing issues. We shall pray that you don’t hold, nor do your children feel any vibes of resentment towards them due to the extra struggle that “you’ve” brought on your self. It is not their fault, and I’m sure if given the choice, they too would elect to have been born 5 years later when you were in a better economic and emotional state to care for them. Read moreRead more

18
Dec

The best gift you can give your child is to love its mother

Quote of the week

17
Dec

You will understand when you have children of your own!

Dear Jermaine, your entry (from Dear Mother) addressing your children says something to us…

You hope your children will come out strong and leave it in Gods hands. Will you forgive your children if they do not marry the person that fits your standards or do wrong by you and your wife and disappoint you. I work long and hard hours to give my children a good life, and I demand they do well in school to make my hard work make sense.

It hurt me so bad when my 15yr old recently brought home failing grades. Watching his grandfather loose the battle with cancer last summer affected him deeply. He even took his report card from the mail box and hid it. He looked me in the face and lied and said he did not have it. When I got a call from the school telling me we needed an intervention. I said no, no more. I have done all I can. I wipe my hands of his disrespect, ill efforts and his apparent uncaring attitude towards me. My hurt was deep. The young counselor on the other end of the line was quiet for sometime. This is a good school district where majority of parents make efforts to show they care or at least front like they do. She said no one has ever said that to her before. I said well he needs to set goals for himself because he doesn’t care enough about himself to move forward and it hurts too much for me to continue on this road. Her silence seemed long but I waited. She finally responded, “But ma’am we can hope that they naturally meet our expectation but for some we need to build them up and stay beside them so they do not continue to fall”. I told her that I understood and loved him with everything I have but I have had interventions with him for 6 years straight. Out of frustration I hung up and immediately thought I may have just given up? I may have just failed my son and turned him towards the wrong path. Am I wrong, am I a bad parent?                        Read moreRead more

11
Dec

The Economic crisis of 2008

What should Congress do? What shall President Elect Obama do? Should we bail out this industry, how about that industry? I must say, as an Economist I have many opinions but I’ve been reluctant to post them on my blog due to the fact that I think opinions are like noses and a. holes, ever body has one. I believe the choices are quite obvious once all the data is compiled. The problems are that each solution has losers that will fight against that solution. People always vote their interest over the interest of the nation. So if unemployment drops to 1%, is that good? Yes it’s great for the nation, but it sucks majorly if you are part of the 1% who are unemployed.

Auto industry:
I’d suggest giving a set amount of loans to Ford and GM. Restrict the use of funds to salaries of lower management and below employees. This will build an additional incentive for the labor union to compromise on salaries and layoff numbers. Those decision will shape how far the government loans will stretch. Everyone from the assembly line workers to the CEO were all overpaid at the big three. Instead of being more efficient and developing innovation that consumers can appreciate, they were busy paying each other. That must stop in order to be positioned as a viable option for the American auto consumer. Despite their international sales and fleet sales to government agencies, they still are unable to muster a profit.             Read moreRead more

11
Dec

Everything i do is for the glory of God…thats the hero

Quote of the week

Steven Williamson

5
Dec

I hope that she can see through the smoke of my imperfections into my soul and my heart where she has control

Lyric of the week


Ne-Yo

2
Dec

Black Heroes – Steven Williamson

Steven is one of my former Econ 1A students from the summer of 07. Of my eight years as a College Economics instructor I’ve found great difficultly in encouraging success in my young Black male students. Regardless of my additional academic accommodations, I am lucky to have 40% of them who enroll actually complete the course. Steven Williamson was the first young Black male student to score the highest points out of the 40 students enrolled in my class. This is not a difficult feet, but from my experience it is all too rare. Read moreRead more

1
Dec

Rhetorical Economic Cycle & The Lotto-ball distributor theory

THE ECONOMY

by: Jermaine Harris