Monthly Archives: October 2013

The American Education System

The American Education System has greatly changed since the founding of our nation. The federal government has overstepped its authority in regards to education. It has removed Christianity from schools with disastrous  results. Academic knowledge and morality plunged. The government plagues our education system like cancer. Homeschooling should be our education system. It has shown great results throughout history.

When it comes to education I believe that the federal government should not be involved. Nowhere in the Constitution do we find that it allows the federal government to involve itself in education. Ever since the federal government inserted itself into education the schools rapidly became immoral. The federal government removed the Bible and the Ten Commandments from public schools and banned prayer. This was the intent of John Dewey and his comrades who laid the foundation for the modern public education system. They wanted to remove all parental and religious authority. They wanted to indoctrinate the children in their socialistic beliefs. Vladimir Lenin said, “Give me your four year olds and in a generation I will build a socialist state.” This is their ultimate goal. Someone once pointed out, “that children are the immune system of the nation.” John Dewey knew this. The nation’s ability to discern between right and wrong was weakened through government indoctrination of children. Education should be left to the local governments who can better assess the needs and desires of the community. But ultimately the parents should teach and train their children.

Parents should teach and train their children as mentioned in the Bible.
In Proverbs 22:6 we read, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” God left the education of children to their parents not to the government. The parents care about their children infinitely more then the government. Homeschooling is the best choice for every child because every child is different. Public education in addition to being evil and morally void also equalizes every child into grades. This stops the children who are smarter from advancing and the children who are average or below from getting additional help. Homeschooling is versatile to all the needs of the children.  This allows all the children to advance and overcome their difficulties. Another advantage of homeschooling is the knowledge passed down from their parents, knowledge that would have been lost if not for homeschooling. The result of homeschooling is mind blowing.

The benefits and bonuses of homeschooling has been shown throughout out history. A good example is in the early American period, mainly the Founding Fathers. In early America there were hardly any schools but that did not stop the parents from teaching their children reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics. When the children could read they would read books about history and science. With such a humble homeschool eduction previous generations were better educated than most of our college graduates. They were taught to think. The results were Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and so many more notable people.  Today homeschoolers rank in the 87 percentile for national standardized test. This means that 87% of students scored lower than homeschoolers. Out of all the homeschoolers 25% are a grade ahead. When it comes to costs, homeschooling families spend an average of $500 per child per school year compared to about $10,000  per child per school year for public schools. Why is this? The reason we have high costs in our public school is because the government is involved. This is another reason why government should not be involved in education.

When it comes to education I believe that we should not have the federal government tell us what we can teach and what we can not teach. The federal government should not be involved in education.  It’s better if schools are operated locally by the cities and parents. But ultimately the parents should teach their children, they should homeschool them. After all, most if not all of the Founding Fathers were homeschooled and they became very wise men. If it was good enough for the Founding Fathers it should be good for us.

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How To Write A Good Dialogue

When writing a dialogue from memory for your autobiography, it is important to keep your dialogue accurate, succinct and lively. To have a great dialogue you need all three. You cannot have one without the others, if you wish to have a great dialogue. When writing a dialogue remember not to go overboard. Some dialogues need more accuracy, others need to be more succinct, whereas others a little more lively. You need accuracy because that’s why people are reading your autobiography. If what you are telling your readers is an inaccurate dialogue, they would think they are reading a fiction novel instead of real life events. Having your dialogue succinct is necessary because people do not want you to go on and on without an end in sight. This bores people. This is what stops people from reading autobiographies. You need to keep it brief and clearly expressed. Last but not least is liveliness. Writing a dialogue without liveliness makes a dialogue seem dull. A little excitement can do wonders. It keeps your readers reading. There is no formula for a perfect dialogue. Every dialogue is different. Remember that having too much of these is as bad as having none of it. If you keep this in mind you will be able to write great dialogues.

 

Price Controls Are People Controls

Some people say, “Government should control prices, but not people.” What they are unaware of is that these two are the same. The nature of price controls is to control people. People are the only ones who care about prices. For example when the government enforces minimum wages, it is the people that the government controls not the products or services. It controls people by preventing them from making a profit and expanding their small business. It controls people by preventing them from buying what they want because they are not allowed to offer a price. A person who is in favor of price controls wants to use the power of the government to control people for his own benefits. He wants the government to tell his landlord that he cannot rent an apartment or house above a certain price. He hates competition. He does not want his landlord to tell him he has to pack up because someone is offering a higher price. Ultimately he favors controlling and forcing people to do what he wants them to do. When you look for the purpose of price controls you see it leads to people control. We will never truly be free until all price controls are abolished.

 

Turning Your Smartphone into a Financial Management Tool

How do you turn a smartphone into a financial management tool? One good way is to download a finance app. All smartphones should have finance apps, weather you have an iPhone, Android, or Windows phone. Having a financial app helps you keep track of what you spent or may spend on a certain category. For example, before buying a coffee or smoothy check your app and see if you still have money allotted to small expenses. Certain apps allow you to login in to your credit card account so you can have up to date information. Another way to turn your smartphone into a financial management tool is by  using the internet. For example if you are planning to go on a camping trip but you don’t have a tent you need to go shopping. You are at your local Big 5 and you notice that the tent you are looking for costs $400.00. You look at your financial app and see you can only spend $300.00. You are at an impasse.  However, you use your smartphone’s cellular connection to check Sports Authorty and/or Sports Chalet for a better price. You discover that Sports Authorty has the tent you want for $349.99 and Sports Chalet has the tent for $300.00. With this information you can go and buy the tent form Sports Chalet and not go into debt. These are two simple ways to turn your smartphone into a financial management tool.

Who Should Set Prices?

Who should have the authority to set prices, the free market, or the state? When the state has authority to set prices it creates shortages and gluts. A shortage is when there isn’t enough of a certain good or service. A glut is when there is a surplus of goods or services. As a result businesses go out of business. If the government tells businesses that they cannot sell anything under a certain price, the result is little or no sales. If businesses sell everything because the government set a price limit the result would be bankruptcy because they under sold their products. The definition of a free market is a capitalistic economic system in which there is free competition and prices are determined by the interaction of supply and demand and not by the state. In the free market prices are set by the customers. Customers are always looking for the best product for the lowest price. Businesses want sales so they try as best as possible to meet the demand of the customers. This is the formula for success. The free market has the legitimate authority to set prices not the state.

State Subsidies and State Control

Is it possible to have state subsidies without state control? Subsidies are a sum of money granted by the government to an industry in other to keep prices low. Government doesn’t have any money so in order to have state subsidies the government must plunder (tax) it’s citizens. Like all other grants there are strings attached. The United States Supreme Court in 1942, in the case of Wickard vs. Filburn, opined: “It is hardly lack of due process for the government to regulate that which it subsidizes.” In other words the court ruled that if you accept states subsidies you should also expect state control. There is no way to have one without the other. The state hands out subsidies in order to legally control those who receive them. The answer to the question is simple, If you do not like state control, then you should not accept state subsidies.

The Morality of Work and Wealth

Looking at the subject of wealth there are three questions we need to answer. Is it immoral to be wealthy? Is it unjust that some people have more wealth than others? What moral limits are there on how a person can gain wealth?

Some people wrongly believe that being wealthy is immoral. Wealth in most cases is the fruits of ones own labor. People work hard to obtain it. People say that money is the root of all evil, but this is wrong. The love of money is the root of all evil. In other words if you are willing to bend the rules to get as much money as you can, then that is wrong. Wealth in and of itself isn’t  bad. The more wealth you have the more you can invest in businesses, donate to charities, help the needy, buy gifts, and necessary items. The Bible says in Genesis 13:2,”Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.” Nowhere in the Bible does God say Abraham was immoral because of his wealth. In fact in James 2:23  It calls Abraham the Friend of God.

People do tend to look with envy on others who are wealthier, however their envy should not make it unjust for others to be wealthier. Some people are lazy and others are hard workers. We should not penalize the hard-working people from making more money. People who believe it is unjust that others have more wealth, usually advocate for a federal welfare state. The purpose of a federal welfare state is to equalize wealth which is socialistic and unjust. This discourages work and leads to poverty. When the pilgrims came to America they were using the welfare state model, in other words all the food gathered was to be equally divided among themselves. After one year half of the pilgrims died. The next year nothing changed and during the winter half of the remaining pilgrims died. The pilgrims wouldn’t survive another year so William Bradford called a meeting to determine what should be done. They turned to the Bible to look for an answer. They found this; 2 Thessalonians 3:10b, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. The next year Governor Bradford gave each family a plot of land to grow food, no more equal redistribution of food. Every one had to work or else they wouldn’t have any food for the winter. That fall they had such a bountiful harvest, that they had a feast to give thanks to the Lord. There is nothing unjust about someone having more wealth than others.

We live in an unjust world and there are people who do gain their wealth through unjust means. Morality comes from the Bible and in Deuteronomy 5:17-20 it states Thou shalt not kill. Neither shalt thou commit adultery. Neither shalt thou steal. Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. If a person gains his wealth by breaking these commandments, this is ill-gotten wealth. These are moral limits a person should never cross. Not all wealthy people gain their riches through unjust means. Most wealthy people are hard-working, entrepreneurial, frugal, and deserving of their wealth.