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3 Reasons Why You Should be Proud to be an American

November 27th, 2008

We live in the greatest country to ever exist and I am very thankful for that. America has plenty of faults, but it still best place in the world to live. I am thankful for America for many reasons today, but here are my top 3.

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Author: Derek Clark Categories: General Politics Tags: , ,

3 Stocks to Help Survive the Downturn

November 25th, 2008

The stock market is currently so volatile it is a bit ridiculous. One day it is down 500 points, the next it is up 350. In this seesaw market, where can you turn too? I have 3 picks that I think will not only help you survive, but prosper.

1. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): Johnson & Johnson is a company that I feel should be safe in a downturn. It deals in health-care and hygiene products. Even in a recession, people like to stay healthy and take showers. I am fairly confident that this is the case for the vast majority of people.  This has been steadily growing and paying dividends for a long time, and I am confident that it will continue. It currently has a dividend of 3.11% so it will pay you while it safely protects your capital in these tough economic times.

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Author: Derek Clark Categories: Finance Tags:

What if Everyone…?

November 23rd, 2008

Environmentalism and Prisoners have the same problem.

What if everyone…? You can fill in the question with whatever you like and it will be an instantly recognizable argument. Whether  we are talking about people picking flowers in some imaginary field or we are talking about voting. If you mention to someone you intend to do something that is generally considered irresponsible or ‘bad’ people will say: What if everyone did “Some Bad Thing”? They will use this as a way to convince you that you shouldn’t do it - because if everyone did it something awful would happen. This is generally the state of Environmentalist discourse. Why shouldn’t I leave my computer on all day? Why shouldn’t I drive around my old beater from 1957 that dumps out black smoke as if it were designed for that sole purpose? It’s obvious right? Because if we all did it we would damage the environment. We would have smog problems everywhere. All of the fish will die. All of the polar ice caps will melt. This could go on ad nauseam.

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2 Ways to Solve the Illegal Immigration Problem

November 21st, 2008

The problem with illegal immigrants is not that they are here using our resources. The problem is that they are using our resources without contributing anything. America as a country was completely built on immigrants. There is nothing wrong with the idea of immigration. The problem comes when people do it illegally. They use our hospitals and our schools without paying taxes or getting health insurance. Now for the surprise, we should continue to let them use our hospitals and schools. That is not only the best option, it is the only option if we are going to be the country we say we are. If we are to be that shining city on a hill, we have to treat everyone as we would want to be treated. That means providing health care when it is needed and education for everyone.
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Lieberman Keeps Chairmanship

November 19th, 2008

Barack Obama effectively pardoned Joe Lieberman for supporting John McCain for president. Today, the Senate Democratic caucus voted 42 - 13 to let Lieberman keep his spot as the Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, wanted to punish Lieberman, but Obama asked Reid to “let bygones be bygones.” This is a great move by Obama in my opinion.

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The Problem with Unions

November 17th, 2008

I reject in principle the idea that people deserve a certain amount of money. A union is just another way to enforce a minimum wage, though in this case it can be arbitrarily high wage and include other perks. When we set these types of regulations we remove the ability for businesses to reward productive employees commiserate with their performance / abilities.

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Author: T.J. Seabrooks Categories: General Politics Tags:

What Everyone Ought to Know About the Freedom of Choice Act

November 13th, 2008

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The Freedom of Choice Act is a bill that is currently in the United States Congress.  This bill seeks to codify Roe Vs. Wade, and it will remove any and all restrictions that state or local governments have put on abortions before viability.  Viability is defined as when the attending physician thinks that there is a reasonable likelihood of the sustained survival of the fetus outside of the woman.  This is generally sometime after 22 weeks. The earliest anyone has survived a premature birth around 20 weeks. What this means is that all of the laws on the books that apply to abortion will be wiped away. Things such as parental notification laws, waiting periods, full disclosure of risks associated with abortions, and the Partial Birth Abortion Act will all be nullified.
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Bailout for the Automakers?

November 11th, 2008

gmThe United States government has been giving away cash faster than they can print it these days.  They just extended the bailout of AIG to $150 billion. Now President-elect Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid want to send money to Detroit to bailout the “Big Three.” GM, Ford, and Chrysler are all burning lots of cash these days, and after the $700 billion bailout to the banks and Wall Street they decided to hold their collective hands out and see what happens. To be honest, I don’t blame them one bit. However, I think that it is ridiculous that the American taxpayer continues to foot the bill for these terrible businesses that can’t seem to take care of themselves.

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