Political Round Up 2:”I like the noise of democracy”

Readers, readers, readers! How are you? As we find ourselves in the beginning of a new month, I thought it fitting to do a quick political roundup. The last time I did a political roundup it was almost a year ago, didn’t read it? Here it is: Political Roundup…

Mass Shootings

Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of a gun crisis in this country. Currently, there has been over 150 mass shootings in the United States since 2023. Lord knows how many shootings will have taken place by the time your read this post. In my area in the Northeast I often hear of gun violence, some resulting in death and serious injury. At this point, I am not too sure what we can do as a democratic nation to address this catastrophe in a real way.

Paying for Influence

Prakazrel Samuel Michel, better known to the world as Pras from Fugees has found himself in a tangled web of international high rollers. I am still not completely clear on what the overall illegal activities he was involved in. To my understanding, Pras was being paid millions by Jho Low, who illegally secured money from a Malaysian owned fund. Low was using Pras to infiltrate American politics by donating large sums of money to the democratic party in order to gain influence. Unfortunately for Pras, the twenty million dollars he accepted from Low has landed him in hot water with the US government. He’s been found guilty of all ten counts related to fraud.

Interest Rate Hikes

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We are still in the midst of inflation. Just as consumers start to see the price of some items going down, others begin to creep back up. The Federal Reserve’s decision to increase to 0.25% has everyone watching with a level of weariness and anxiety. The steady increase of interest rates has left small and mid size local banks on shaken ground. First Republic Bank has met its demise as many are still reeling from the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Unfortunately, The Federal Reserve’s raising of interest rates is having a negative impact on the survival of smaller banking institutions. Why does this matter? Small and mid size local banks are more likely to approve small business loans and mortgages to people of color. Historically, larger banks are more hesitant in loaning to small companies and we see marginalized people of color greatly impacted.

Shortage, Shortage, Shortage

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I know many of you may have seen short video clips of student fights circulating on social media. It seems like very other day I see a fight on my feed of a student hitting a teacher (and sometimes the teacher hitting the student back). We all heard about the elementary school teacher that was shot by her very young student in Newport News, Virginia. As schools began to wind down on virtual teaching and started bringing students and teachers back on site, we all noticed something: there aren’t enough teachers. Teacher shortages is not an isolated situation. Rather, we see shortages all across the country, across all grade levels and subject areas. For Connecticut (where I live), bilingual education, speech and language, library media and world languages are areas that are in need of teachers. I also know early childhood education has had a drought of teachers and it doesn’t seem like this trend will be easing up any time soon.

Obviously there’s a whole lot more going on in this world of ours, share your thoughts dear reader! Blessings!

8 thoughts on “Political Round Up 2:”I like the noise of democracy”

  1. The teaching profession has always been under appreciated. It truly is an unfortunate commonality amongst society. We never really get to see their value, other than when our children are on break from school. Most recently due to the pandemic, it was as if our glorified babysitter quit on us. In all actuality, our children learning shifts when removed from their bases. That base resembles a school building, which offers safety and stability. As well as the presence of a teacher, that offers further reassurance to safety and stability. Along with the ability to further strengthen their minds through educational lesson plans. Maybe now more than ever, we can develop a greater appreciation for teachers as a whole.

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  2. The interest rate hikes have done nothing but put a more stringent hold on us all. I’ve sat down and tried to better plan financially and cope with the more expensive cost of living. That’s pretty much all we can do, while still attempting to enjoy life and not be too bogged down with the stresses of living.

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  3. I’m still reeling myself surrounding the news involving Pras. Who would have fathomed such events, Not even in one of the best scripted movies! I presumed that’s why he posed as the best spy. Now I question if the monetary gain will be worth the consequences.

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  4. I have always been a firm supporter of the second amendment. The idea of any liberties and freedoms bestowed upon me makes me feel very privileged. There is an overwhelming sense of pride associated with being a legal gun owner in my lovely state of Connecticut. I do feel there is much to be doneto better the process associated with gun ownership. Changes to some age old systems could subsequently play a huge roll in lowering the number of gun related incidents. By enforcing stricter guidelines, thus making it more challenging for individuals not suited for the responsibilities associated with gun ownership.

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