What Black Friday looks like in America. Look at all the people. Look at the security guard trying to control the crowd. Sales have a huge factor in what people consume. Maybe a little too much. What do you think?
Sometimes we there is a limited supply of something we don’t always make the best decisions.
I think I found this a lot funnier than its supposed to be. But I know that I am sometimes in this situation and I make the wrong decision. Sales, Supply, and Demand can definitely contribute to this
Labour Unions in Canada have not been impressed with the Redford government recently. 2 bills that they believe are not fair have come up. They led to strikes in front of the legislation office. Bill 45 dramatically increases the penalties for any one involved in illegal strikes. Bill 46 says the government could impose a settlement on AUPE (Alberta Union of Provincial Employees) if a deal isn’t reached by Jan 31 2013.
I don’t think it is fair that the government is barely letting the Union have any say. All they do is make things more strict. The Union should be able to have their voices heard. 10,000 union workers are already banned from striking. That includes Alberta Health Services Workers, ambulance operators and firefighters. Their rally at the legislature involved 150 people. It was so loud that MLA members could here it. They were then forced to leave. It’s obvious that the union wants things fixed now.
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Today we had a swapsity of our own in class. Swapsity is when we swap items within each other. Basically a barter system. I started off with two hackeysack’s and ended with 1 cookie, 1 gatorade and still a hackeysack left. I personally believe that I made some great trades.
The barter system dates back all the way to 6000 BC. The system was also used in the middle ages in Europe. A barter system can definitely change how and what you consume. In order to get something you have to give something up. You also have to decide for yourself if it is a good trade and if it benefits you and your family. Different people have different needs and wants which is why the barter system can be so effective. In my case, almost nobody wanted a hackeysack except for one individual and he traded me a whopping 5 cookies for it. I believe I got the best of that trade but he obviously wanted it badly enough that he agreed with the trade. I believe that if Canada and the USA used the barter system, there would be a lesser gap between the rich and poor, and the income levels of most citizens would be a lot similar. It could eventually even solve the problem of poverty. It is an interesting concept to consider if the 2 countries started off with that economic system.
Nobody believes they consume too much. We are so carried away we never think about how much we consume. I believe that if we take a moment and think “how many things do I have that are wants vs. how many things do I have that are needs,” we will start to realize the truth; that we consume way more than we truly need.
I love this photo. Its a powerful piece of art that shows money can’t fix everything.
This photo is so true especially with regard to kids ages 11-14. Personally, I believe that kids who are 11, 12, 13 and even 14 should not have iPhones as they really do not really need them; especially since they are smart phones that do way more than just provide one the ability to make a phone call. Nowadays you see grade 4s with iPhones too. It shows how fast consumerism is spreading.
This is a great video which shows the difference between the middle class and the poor. The title says “lIfe vs Rich and Poor.” I believe they said rich because that may be what rich looks like in that area. It’s amazing when you think about how different two countries can be with their economy. I love the one scene they show comparing the poor girl’s water and the middle class boy’s water. It really shows the difference in their lives. I noticed that she valued the dirty water so much. Her dirty water was like an American’s wallet. The video also shows that you can help the poor. Just because you are a lot more fortunate does not mean that you can just accept that. It is important to be grateful for what you have and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. One should help make the world a better place.
We recently had a debate on “Which economic system best answers the economic question of scarcity in order to provide a better quality of life for its citizens: Canada or the USA?” It’s a mixed economy versus a market economy. I was on Canada’s side. There were many arguments for both sides. I believe that one of the strongest points for Canada’s side was the pension plan. Since Canada provides seniors who have been citizens for at least 10 years a pension plan, seniors do not need to worry about getting their own money to obtain their basic needs. Everybody thinks that healthcare is the best part about Canada but I have to disagree. We say we have free healthcare but do we really? We pay an equal share of healthcare money in our taxes and some provinces require you to pay a premium towards an insurance plan. I am not saying that Canada’s healthcare system is better than USA’s, I am saying that it’s not as good as others say. The current event that I chose was the recent Government Shutdown in America. One of the reasons why the government shutdown was the issues with their healthcare system. The affordable care act was the center of controversy. The Republicans did not want to fund the affordable care act so they were deadlocked.
Many Americans do not buy health insurance because it is so expensive. 84.7% of Americans have some sort of health insurance. America also spends a lot more money on health care than Canada does. The United States spent over $7000 in 2007. According to the textbook, if a citizen needs to be treated and has a low income in America, they will pay for it yet there are still people not getting treated because they do not have health insurance.
Personally I believe Canada is a better place to live. I believe that because of the economy, people, social services, and job opportunities. After watching “The Pursuit of Happyness,” I thought what would Chris Gardner look like in Canada? Would it be a big difference or not too much? I believe that it would have been easier for him to find a job. But taxes cost a lot more in Canada to support the healthcare and pension plan so I am not to sure if it would be easier for him to live in Canada or the USA.