Cleared to Go!

This past Thursday, I was officially cleared to come back to sports, by my physical therapist, and boy was I excited!

I still have to take it easy and be aware of my body, but I can return to the volleyball court, tennis court, and dance floor.

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Having to be out for such a long time (like eight months) can be really frustrating. Especially when you think, “Oh, I’ll be good in a few weeks.” and then those weeks turn into months and it seems like forever! But it’s important to be patient and go with the flow, and in the end, things will straighten out. Things do get better, even if it doesn’t seem like it for a while.

Cleared to Go!

I would personally, like to thank everyone who supported me, cared for me, and helped me have a smooth recovery. You guys know how to do it right! 🙂 I truly appreciate all of the care and help and I can’t wait to get out on the courts.

 

 

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Does the U.S. Welfare System Need to Be Reformed?

There are many aspects of American society that need reforming today but one aspect that desperately needs reforming is our welfare system. According to welfareinfo.org, it says, “The US government responded to the overwhelming number of families and individuals in need of aid by creating a welfare program that would give assistance to those who had little or no income… Many Americans were unhappy with the welfare system, claiming that individuals were abusing the welfare program by not applying for jobs… to qualify for greater benefits. Welfare system reform became a hot topic in the 1990’s. Bill Clinton was elected as President with the intention of reforming the federally run US Welfare program.” The US’s welfare system gives support, such as food or shelter, to poor and needy people and families. The government created the welfare system to help the people. However, the people became more dependent on the system and continued to stay jobless, unmarried, etc.

Because of this, the problems gained federal attention and a bill was passed by President Clinton to limit the amount of welfare a person could receive and give the power of the system back to the states. Today people must meet certain requirements to be eligible for the welfare system. It truly depends on each case per person whether they are homeless, jobless, or in a different condition which leads to how the welfare system can possibly benefit them. But what happens to the people that don’t meet the requirements for eligibility but still desperately need the help of the welfare system? Those people simply don’t receive the benefits of the welfare system and are left to starve and be unsupported by the welfare system. From debate.org, one of the users, commented, “Without a doubt, generations abuse the system. There should be no free welfare. Can’t find a job? How about picking up trash on our roads and streets to earn that welfare?”  The person that made this comment was debating whether or not the welfare system in the US needed to be reformed. The person agreed that the system did need to be reformed and they believed people should find a way to work for the welfare. Currently in the United States, people have to meet certain requirements to be eligible for the welfare system. People then begin to depend on the welfare system for everything even after they have been helped and no longer need it. For the people that really need the welfare but are not eligible, there is no way for them to gain the eligibility unless they hit the requirements. There should be a much easier way for the ineligible people to get welfare and one of the ways to do this is by having the ineligible people work for the welfare. This is one of the major weaknesses of the welfare system currently because some people just can’t get the welfare if they don’t meet requirements but if they could work for it, the people could possibly.

From an article on cuny.edu, it says, “It gives uneven levels of Federal support to children in rich and poor states… It may not often much help in serious recessions.” Children in richer states such as Maryland, Connecticut, Hawaii, or Colorado, would receive higher benefits of the welfare system compared to children living in Mississippi, Arkansas, or West Virginia. The states have less money to supply the food and things that the welfare system provides to the needy. Because the states have less money, they have fewer supplies to support the children living in the poorer states.

Our welfare system was created during and close to the end of the Great Depression to help the people during that time. The Great Depression was a time in American history where the stock market crashed, millions of people were hungry and jobless, and the American economy was terrible. That was one of the very few severe recessions our country has had. The welfare system didn’t do much towards the end of the Great Depression so how would we know if it will benefit us if a serious recession were to occur in America today? One of the many aspects of American society that needs reforming is our welfare system. It has many things that could be fixed or changed to make it better to benefit our country.

Does the U.S. Welfare System Need to be Reformed?

 BIBLOGRAPHY

Melgar, Liliana Melgar. The Welfare Reform System. City University of New York, 1997. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <http://maxweber.hunter.cuny.edu/pub/eres/GSR716A_KUECHLER/liliana.htm>.

US Welfare System-Help for US Citizens. N.p., 2014. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <http://www.welfareinfo.org/>.

“without a doubt.” Does the U.S. welfare system need to be reformed?. debate.org, 2013. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <http://www.debate.org/opinions/does-the-u-s-welfare-system-need-to-be-reformed>.

Sauter, Michael B., Alexander E. Hess, and Thomas C. Frohlich. America’s Richest (and Poorest) States. 24/7 Wall St., 19 Sept. 2013. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. <http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/09/19/americas-richest-and-poorest-states/>.

Important Documents and Philosophers of the Enlightenment

Over a long period of time, our society has been impacted by a large number of documents and philosophers. Two of the most important documents are the Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact. Two of the most important philosophers of this time were John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.

Important Documents and Philosophers of the Enlightenment

To begin with, the Magna Carta and Mayflower Compact really impacted our society. The Magna Carta was signed by King John and 1215, and it limited the king’s power because he was abusing his overwhelming amount of power. It’s stated that the government would be based on a rule of law and that there would be a contract or agreement with the people. The people will have certain rights and representatives in government. Without this amazing document, our government could still be a monarchy and give way too much power to just one person. In modern society today, this is why we have checks and balances and three branches of government to balance power. The Mayflower Compact was equally important. When the programs made their way over to America, they all signed the social contract creating a written rule of law, and give the people the right to self-government. This document also limited the king’s power. This document demonstrated the beginning of a trend of limiting the government’s power. Today in society, we still use the brilliant ideas of self-government, a social contract, and a government with limited power.

Important Documents and Philosophers of the Enlightenment

Additionally, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke were important and influential philosophers. Thomas Hobbes was well known for his work Leviathan which helped start the Enlightenment. He asked, “Why do we need government? “. Hobbes also believed that a strong authoritarian rule was necessary to protect people from themselves. No morality exists, according to Hobbes, and the best way to control people is through fear. John Locke had other ideas. He did believe that there was good and bad in society, but he also thought that people are truly good-willed and rational. Locke thought that government is a social contract between people and governing bodies to preserve peoples’ natural rights from being violated. Government is designed to secure a man’s natural rights and to protect people from the government. Without Hobbes or Locke, we wouldn’t have the strong, power-balanced government system we have. We wouldn’t have our natural rights.

Important Documents and Philosophers of the Enlightenment

In conclusion, the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are super important and have a huge impact on our society. They all had huge ideas that influenced and led to the strong and successful U.S. Constitution and government. Where would we be without them?

Important Documents and Philosophers of the Enlightenment

It’s Time to Raise the Wage

Minimum wage, it’s the lowest amount of money paid to workers set by the government. $15,080 is the annual income of a person who works full-time at the federal minimum wage. That’s barely enough for food, clothes, and services throughout the year. With that kind of income, you can’t even afford to rent an apartment. Raising the wage has its down sides but the good outweighs the bad. The minimum wage should be raised because it benefits the people, boosts the economy, and has no negative effect on employment or the economy.

For starters, the minimum wage should be raised for several reasons. Raising the wage would allow for people to have more money and support themselves and their families. People would be able to pay their bills and keep food on the table. Additionally, the economy would improve. According to salary.org, it says, “…contend the such a move would act as economic stimulus. When low-income households earn more money, they are likely to spend it, pouring more dollars into the economy…” Not only would the workers’ lives improve, but so would the people around their’s because of the economic growth. The Department of Labor also states, “Since 1938, the federal minimum wage is increased 22 times. For more than 75 years, real GDP per capita has steadily increased, even when the minimum wage has been raised.” Many people argue that raising the minimum wage would have a negative effect on taxpayers and employment rates but the Department of Labor and economists nationwide agree that it will cost nothing to the taxpayers and there will be almost no effect on employment. If anything, the higher minimum wages will reduce employee turnover.

While the minimum wage raise has its perks, there are also many people, businesses, and reasons that the wage should not be raised. If the wage was increased, it would cost the economy thousands of jobs and there would be significantly fewer hirings. Because of this, the competition between coworkers and individuals searching for jobs would intensify, making the workplace less friendly and comfortable to be a part of. Raising the wage would also mean an increased price on products to gain enough income to support the workers who are being paid more and the business. Patricia Smith from the New York Times’ magazine, Upfront, writes, “Business owners say that raising the minimum wage also exerts upward pressure on other wages.” If the lowest paid workers were getting a raise, then wouldn’t the people around them want a raise? And then what about the people around those people? This would be a very tough and pressured position to be in for a lot of people.

All in all, the minimum wage should be raised. It is a very controversial topic, but in the end, it would benefit everyone. It would allow for low-income workers to live a better life. Raising the wage would help our growing economy while having little to no effect on employment and taxpayers. “Raising the federal minimum wage would not only benefit more than 28 million workers across the country, but 19 million workers from all types of household would see a direct increase in their wages.” comments the White House. Raising the minimum wage would do so many good things for this country. It’s time to raise the wage.

It's Time to Raise the Wage