Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ten Years On: the Top 100 Recruits on the Anniversary of Signing Day

The rundown is humbling–for every one guy who had a Cinderella Story after the Cinderella Story, there are a dozen who through either bad luck or bad choices are now doing something other than playing in the NFL.

Click here to see the follow up of the 2007 National Signing Day recruits.

GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 7: Tight end Aaron Hernandez #81 of the Florida Gators after play against the Vanderbilt Commodores on November 7, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

“Look for the Helpers”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers

Volunteer lawyers, and civil rights groups that quickly became legally victorious, turned out Saturday in response to the betrayal of green card residents traveling into the US.

For American residents from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen who were traveling yesterday, their airport detainment and threat of deportation brought out demonstrators from both sides of the aisle to America’s major airports.

Those detained included the disabled, elderly, and children, and at least one service member. Most were released by early this morning without an explanation, indicating a lack of clarity between the Dept of Homeland Security and federal court.

While a few GOP legislators have public denounced the executive order (along with business leaders who have key employees being held), most have been silent, yet are airing their grievances behind closed doors, likely because of a reluctance to make themselves an enemy of their own ruling party just one week into the term.

This executive order has the unintended consequence of actually encouraging illegal immigration, since the reward for jumping through all the legal immigration hoops is a terrifying disruption of normal life.

WaPo: “Americans have seen the last four presidents as illegitimate.”

“We talk about all this with detached regret, as victims of distant politicians’ antics, when we are in fact protagonists in this tale, helping to determine the tenor of our politics. The Internet and social media have engaged millions of Americans in politics more directly than ever before, and the results haven’t been pretty.”

Read the whole thing here:*
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/20/americans-have-seen-the-last-four-presidents-as-illegitimate-heres-why/?utm_term=.d7180578e1af

*Note: Digital access is unlimited through Sat in honor of the inauguration!

 

Inequality Series Part III: Think Globally, Resent Locally

A reduction in global inequality has meant an increase in national inequalities.

The Asian middle class has experienced a heartwarming increase in income and purchasing power since the mid 1980s, while the wealthier (in absolute terms) American middle class has seriously stagnated.  This article discusses the urge to draw causal influence.

Inequality Series Part II: Tolerance for Inequality

We all know that the Scandinavian countries are famous for their social welfare programs.

Recently, there was a psychological study that sought to compare and contrast Norwegian and American values around fairness and luck (link below).

Findings:

  • Americans are more tolerant of inequality, even when it is due to pure bad luck.
  • Both nationalities are more tolerant of inequality due to differences in merit.
  • Both groups were willing to accept some societal costs in order to redistribute inequality-by-luck, but this is less true for Americans.

It has been shown empirically that most Americans believe wealth is possible for them to achieve, which could explain the tolerance of having it–even if it is by unfair means; an attitude of, “Good for you on your wealth, however it happened.”

At the same time, “Americans don’t believe that rich people are happier than they are,” which is why many choose to be happy with what they have.

As for government policies that work toward redistribution while costing money and reducing total wealth,“costs don’t seem to be Americans’ big hang-up with redistribution. Rather, their opposition seems to go to an underlying acceptance of fate and the fortunes it brings.”