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In a recent report by CNN.com President Obama has taken action against the irresponsible money mongers who run the Banks (like citigroup) who received on average (individually) about $45 Billion  to help us pay our loans and mortgages.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it was also irresponsible of everyday Americans to take out loans that they could not pay back or buy homes that they could not afford, but I also recognize that the banks gave false hope…

President Obama made a pay cap of $500,000/year for executives of large banks until the loan to the government is paid off. THIS IS THE KIND OF GOVERNING I LIKE! I completely reject claims that this is communism or socialism, this is responsibility-ism. There are a few people in our country that have gained a kind of power that is seemingly more joyful than that of the president- Get boats loads of money and a private jet without the accountability of ANYTHING and without having to do much other than push send ( most likely their assistant did all the work). And to be clear the President of the United States of America makes $400,000/ year.

Now,  going past when President Obama had to play principal and scold these executives, there is a mandate that was implemented that states that shareholders in the banks have a “greater say about the salaries paid to company heads.” cnn.com

I must give praise to a Democratic senator from Missouri names Claire McCaskill as she said

“We have a bunch of idiots on Wall Street that are kicking sand in the face of the American taxpayer,” an enraged McCaskill said on the floor of the Senate on Friday. “They don’t get it. These people are idiots. You can’t use taxpayer money to pay out $18 billion in bonuses.” cnn.com

I couldn’t have put it any better.

-Jessi

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Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama

Edited by Jory John

A few days after the election of Barack Obama, 826 students around the country were asked to provide advice and guidance to their new President. In this collection, arriving at inauguration time, there’s loads of advice for President Obama, often hilarious, sometimes heartfelt and occasionally downright practical. Kids from all over the country reach out to the 44th President, speaking to the issues closest to their hearts, relating their life stories, and asking for help. Topics include the economy, education, war, global warming, race relations in America and immigration. The book also includes letters about snow cones, puppies, microwavable burritos, dinosaur projects, multiplication and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, reportedly haunting a White House bedroom.

Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country includes such advice as:

“If I were president, I would help all nations, even Hawaii.” — Chad Timsing, age 9, Los Angeles

“I really hope you put America back together. No pressure though.” — Sheenie Shannon Yip, age 13, Seattle

“1. Fly to the White House in a helicopter. 2. Walk in. 3. Wipe feet. 4. Walk to the Oval Office. 5. Sit down in a chair. 6. Put hand sanitizer on hands. 7. Enjoy moment. 8. Get up. 9. Get in car. 10. Go to the dog pound.” — Chandler Browne, age 12, Chicago

And, while it wasn’t advice, exactly, we thought this was worth sharing:

“You are just like a big me.” — Avante Price, age 7, Seattle

-Taken from 826National’s website.

 

About 826 National

826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in seven cities across the country. Our goal is to assist students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our work is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

After the founding of 826 Valencia, the flagship center in San Francisco, educators around the U.S. joined in to pursue the same goals in their local communities. Now 826 Valencia also serves as the headquarters of 826 National, an umbrella organization that coordinates the adaptation of 826’s tutoring and mentorship model in other cities. Already, 826 has sister centers in New YorkLos AngelesAnn Arbor, ChicagoSeattle, and Boston. Through volunteer support, each of the seven 826 chapters provides drop-in tutoring, class field trips, writing workshops, and in-schools programs—all free of charge. 826 chapters are especially committed to supporting teachers, publishing student work, and offering services for English language learners.

Because we believe the proof is in the pudding, 826 programs almost always end with a finished product, such as a newspaper, a book, or a film. This teaching model, known as project-based learning, encourages students to collaborate and to make creative decisions, and gives them ownership over the learning process. Working toward a goal, our students are inspired to revise until their work is perfect. They leave with new skills and a newfound passion for writing. And then they come back. Each 826 chapter is a warm, welcoming place where students can get things done. Maybe they’ll produce a chapbook. Maybe they’ll make a movie, or polish a college-application essay. We offer all of our services for free serving families who could not otherwise afford the level of personalized instruction their children receive from 826.

Our corps includes thousands of enthusiastic volunteers who make this all happen. Our volunteer tutors include law professors, college students, authors, retirees, and advertising copywriters. They come from all fields, but have one thing in common: they love to help students learn. The demand for 826’s services is tremendous. At many of our centers, our field trips are fully booked almost a year in advance, and the majority of our evening and weekend workshops have waiting lists. And new teacher requests for in-school tutor support continue to pour in.

For more information on 826 National and their chapters in Valencia, NYC, Chicago, LA, Seattle, Michigan, Boston and to volunteer or donate please go here.

-Koop

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Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun

During the week, for some reason, I decided to keep a list of business’ who are laying employees off or are filing for bankruptcy.  The following are this week’s Recession Victims.  My sympathies to those who are now having to find the unemployment.

 

Hertz – Laid off 4,000 employees

Motorola – 4,000 employees

Circuit City – may now have to do a full-on liquidation. 

Sakes Fifth Avenue – 1,100 employees

Virgin closed it’s Time Square Mega Store

Neiman Marcus – approx. 400 employees

Boeing – 4,500

Macy’s will be closing 10 locations

Walgreens – 1,000 Corporate Employees

Les Folies – The topless show at the Tropicana In Las Vegas is closing.

AND….

In 2008, 26 million jobs disappeared in the United States.  Let’s all hope and pray President Obama can help turn our economy around.  Times are becoming tough and we all need some assistance.  Good luck to everyone! I think we all need it.

-Koop

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This Monday  on Martin Luther King Day, President Elect Obama and soon to be First Lady Michelle Obama have asked all Americans to come together and spend one day doing volunteer work.  As we prepare to make history, on January 20th the first African American man will be inaugurated into the American Presidency, personally I couldn’t be more excited.  But let’s make history one day earlier; let’s surprise the world and be completely unselfish.  Take your day off and help out someone else.  To find out more information please go here.

 

Thousands of events will take place across the country on Monday, January 19th. In Washington, DC, the President-elect and Michelle Obama will participate in local events to serve their new home.

No matter what you do – mentoring at-risk youth, giving blood, volunteering at a homeless shelter, cleaning up a park – this is just the beginning.

President-elect Obama’s initiative begins now, but it ultimately demands an enduring commitment from every one of us to serve our communities well in to the future. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (in whose honor we’ll serve next week):

If you want to be important — wonderful. If you want to be recognized — wonderful. If you want to be great — wonderful. But, recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness.Please visit USAservice.org to find an event near you. Now is the time to remind all Americans what ordinary people can accomplish when we stand together. Join us on January 19th in our effort to Renew America Together.

-Koop

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