Archive for February, 2014

Who Needs To Grow Up?

Posted: February 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Obamacare has caused many problems since its implementation; but the President still clings to the false perception that it is better for us. In an interview with former basketball superstar Charles Barkley, Obama retorted that Millennials should sign up for his healthcare plan because “it’s just part of growing up.”

What is so naïve and insulting about this remark is that the President ignores the consequences surrounding Obamacare. While Americans were told that they could keep their current health care plan, they’ve now realized that they were victims to a total fabrication. Many have had their plans canceled and now have to pay higher premiums due to the lack of affordability of Obamacare.

 

It is unlikely that enthusiasm and support for Obamacare will escalate anytime soon. Less than a third of Millennials currently uninsured indicated that they will sign up for the exchange. 41% said that they are 50-50 right now about making a decision. Overall, Obama is now facing a 54% disapproval rating among youth, which is the group that vastly supported him and helped usher in his presidency.

 

It is not surprising to see Millennials oppose Obamacare as emphatically as they are seeing that the job market cringes at the thought of more regulations. Just recently, the CBO indicated that roughly 2.5 million workers will leave the workforce due to the health care legislation.  This compounds the economic woes that we are already facing today.

 

Over 21 million Millennials find themselves taking up residence in the confines of their parents’ homes because of the lack of jobs.

 

The primary focus of President Obama should be jobs and growing the economy. If the president really wanted young people to grow up, he should seriously consider allowing the free market to take its course and back off the idea that big government should serve as a nanny.

 

We desire jobs and wages so that we can grow up and get out of our parents’ basements. The president should acknowledge this instead of cramming more job-killing regulations down our throats.

 

Growing up, Mr. President, means admitting when you’re wrong. Who really needs to grow up?

 

 

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We Are Black History

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Every February, we are kindly reminded of the contributions of many black Americans. We reflect on the bravery and courage of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, who through the process of abolition, liberated many and validated the cause of freedom.

 We embrace the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks who braved the hostility of racism and hatred and paved the way for many to access the American dream with their dreams of equality and justice.

 Black history is rich with many stories of heroism, but is it far more than a storybook and a history lesson. It is modern day life. It is the life that we are currently living.

I am far more convinced now that a legacy isn’t formed when one takes up final residence in a grave and others begin to articulate how they lived their lives. A legacy isn’t created on a epitaph or a monument with glorious quotes, but it is created in what we do in the present to preserve the future.

 This current generation of black Americans are now living their legacy. It is simply up to them on how this legacy is presented.

 I encourage black Americans to live as a victor. When we take opportunities that are advantageous for us to become empowered, we enhance our history.

 I am here today to declare that we can have access to a good quality education. We can possess the entrepreneurial spirit and become successful and produce thriving families, which in essence, would contribute to a thriving community.

 Our success in life is not contingent on how big a role government promises to play in our lives, but it is dependent upon morals, faith, our values, hard work, and the sole determination to rise from the ashes of low living and partake of the promises given to us by our Creator.

 We must speak to the mountains of despair within our community and command them to be removed. We must exchange prison cells that occupy many black men for educational study halls, colleges and corporate offices. We must substitute the lack of a father figure in many black homes for a two-parent unit, which provides mobility and strength in a family.

 Most importantly, we must acknowledge that Almighty God is the source of our provisions and strength, and that he enables us to make choices that will have a great impact in our families, communities, and nation.

  Black history is only vital if we preserve it. We can preserve it by deciding to free ourselves from any chains of social or economic bondage that would attempt to keep us in a low state of mind.

 The future lies within our hands. Those that went before us should be honored and remembered, but the responsibility is now up to us. We are black history.

 

 

Is There A Cure For Poverty?

Posted: February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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My generation is currently barraged with student loans, an anemic labor force, an inadequate number of available jobs, the failing Obamacare fiasco, a mounting debt crisis, and other pressing issues. Thus, marriage may indeed be the last thing on our minds. However, if recent research is to be believed, marriage may be one of the best ways to diminish poverty and income equality that the President is so adamant to combat.

According to the Census Bureau, only 7.5% of families consisting of married parents lived in poverty, compared to 33.9% of single parent families. While marriage in itself doesn’t totally eradicate income equality or a poor standard of living, it certainly increases the likelihood that a family will be better off. Single parents, while certainly not eliminated from climbing the economic ladder, are just not as equipped for financial security as those who are married. Steven Crowder validates this point by demonstrating that married couples make more and create a larger net worth that accumulates over time. Another study from Harvard University showed that single parents not only struggle to offer a solid home, but actually serve as a hindrance to upward social mobility for their children.

Sadly, this trend may continue in the coming years as the Center of Disease Control and Prevention found that 40.7% of babies were born to unwed mothers in 2012.

Oftentimes, single parenting is unavoidable due to unforeseen consequences or a tragedy. However, our generation should take these studies seriously.

As the President increases his campaign to end poverty, it would be nice to see President Obama and other political leaders address and embrace solutions to the causes of poverty rather than enflame the fires of income equality to score political points.

Read more: http://generationopportunity.org/2014/02/08/the-cure-for-poverty/#ixzz2swA5jxLX