Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mentor Text- True Story of the Three Little Pigs

I read the story of the Three Little Pigs from the wolf's perspective which is what the wolf claims to be is the real story of what happens. He says that he was baking a cake for his granny but he didn't have any sugar. So the wolf went to his neighbor which was a pig and asked to borrow sugar but there was no answer. Just as the wolf went to go he felt a sneeze coming on, as he had a cold, and sneezed at the pigs straw house which knocked it down and killed the pig. Similar situations happen again at the second and third pigs house and when the reporters published a story about it they made it more interesting by "spicing" it up and saying that the wolf was a maniac. By reading this it showed me how someone else wrote about an alternate story to an already popular children's book. This also gave me ideas on how to introduce the story and from what perspective to tell it in. On top of that I also took note of the authors tone throughout the book and will look to make one similar to the book I read. There were a lot of other things that the author did well that I liked too. Such as making the background people in the story (the public) against the wolf and making the wolf seem innocent so that you want to trust him and believe his story rather than the other.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Why Mitt Romney is the Man for the Job

High unemployment. Historic debt. Weak credit and monetary values. This is how America stands today. Under Barack Obama the national debt has sky rocketed, Obama having spent roughly 840 billion dollars since being sworn into office. In respect to our president, its a simple economic fact, you don't just keep spending money you don't have. We need someone with a different train of thought in office. Someone not extremely left or right wing who can bring republican ideals back to the table with compromises from the democrats. Mitt Romney is just the man for the job. He knows business, he knows government, and he knows how to turn this country around.

Romney said that on his first day in office he would enact 5 bills immediately. These bills include content such as cutting corporate taxes, reducing government spending, eliminating burdensome regulations, expanding U.S. energy production and restricting the power of labor union.

But why do each one of these things? If you cut corporate taxes it allows for businesses to be able to grow and earn more revenue. If you reduce wasteful government spending it allows for more money to be put towards other things that benefit domestic growth and help the economy. When you eliminate useless regulations then you allow for small and big businesses to be able to grow both domestically and internationally. This then creates expansion resulting in more people getting jobs and putting money back into the economy. Now, if you expand U.S. energy production you get a number of benefits. The United States sits on a lot of oil and other fuels that haven't been tapped into yet. By expanding U.S. energy production we can tap into those resources resulting in more industry jobs being created and more interdependence as a nation and less reliance on the middle east. Finally, restricting the power of labor union makes for a more dedicated workforce and helps to avoid strikes that inconvenience millions every year.

Mitt Romney brings all this to the table, and that's just what he's going to do on the first day. He then will put his 59 point plan into effect that highlights many other domestic and international issues such as how to deal with the emergence of China. Mitt Romney is the man for the job. He's experienced, dedicated, and knows how to turn the country around.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

This I Believe College Essay

I see hope every time I work. I am inspired every time I work. I learn something new every time I work. My job is both fulfilling and joyous and I consider myself lucky to have it. Where do I work? I am a Primary Care Attendant (PCA) to a 13 year old boy with an undiagnosed mental disorder in combination with low muscle tone. When I see what him and his family must struggle through every day it pains me, but at the same time inspires me. To see his parents keep fighting for him makes me think about how lucky myself and others really are. This job has taught me patience, people skills, and most importantly how to love someone even though they are different. I am able to see past the disabilities and focus on the genuine kindness and compassion in his heart. Over the last three years this job has, in a lot of ways, shaped me into the person I am now. I still remember the first time I met him and his family. I walked into his house and shook hands with a shy and quiet boy whom I had no idea I would develop a great relationship with. We sat down and, with help from his mother, he told me all about himself and what he's interested in. Things like eating and swimming topped the list. I didn't know it then but it would turn out he's like a fish in the water. All his brothers being out of the house, I took on the role of big brother. We swim, play games, and most importantly laugh together. Honestly, I second guessed myself and my abilities to be able to take care of someone with mental disabilities at first. I am, however, always trying to challenge myself so I took on the job. Three years later this job has blossomed into an amazing relationship. I teach him, but more often than not, he teaches me.