For me my best three posts are as…

For me my best three posts are as followed below.
3. “I found the essay; Development, imperialism and debt bombs” ID #: 853753
I choose this as my third best essay because for one the reading the post was about was one of the most eyeopening essays i read this year. I was able to learn so much from the essay and i tried to reiterate what i learned in my post. Another reason i choose this essay was i was able to spark up a discussion with it. Though the discussion was short i believe it helped others learn more as i had.
2. “The future essay was really interesting for me” ID# 854022
I choose this post because This was a post that i had some prior knowledge of. In the post i tried to expand on the ideas of the essay in my own thoughts and ideas about what is happening in the world. Another reason i choose this is because i believe that some of my examples were able to help other understand the text even better by relating it to real world applications and accounts.
1. I do not entirely agree with the train of thought behind the “Doctors Vote With Their Feet and Move to Canada” ID #: 853925
I choose this article because this was the only article that i had an oppositions or questionable stance on. I was not questioning the information but the theory behind it. I learned many things from the essay my post was based on but the reason i like this post so much is because i could relate to it and had prior knowledge about the topic to to expand my ideas beyond its normal means. I believe my post helped others learn a possible different perspective of the topic. Another reason is that this post helped spark up a discussion about the topic, getting others involved more heavily.

My thoughts on the curse design was at…

My thoughts on the curse design was at first a bit of a mixed message. I was questionable at first because i had not previously worked with the wordpress format before but as i became accustom to it as well as the way we were turning in assignments i became even more comfortable than using D2L. The lenient due dates i thought were going to make me procrastinate more but the exact opposite effect happened. I was less worried about getting things done in time( even though i always did) and more focused on what i was learning. This ease of access gave me the time i needed to go online and really look into and research the topics at hand. I believe that this was able to make me learn more over the corse of the semester. Overall i thoroughly enjoyed this class and the way it was presented to me. I was able to take away allot of new information and perspectives out of this class and that alone is worth every penny to me. If i had the chance to take another class like this i jump for the opportunity.

The most prominent thing i learned in this…

The most prominent thing i learned in this class was different views or perspectives of economical means. I Had learned allot of new ideas in general but the difference for me was the information that I had already known or at least I thought i had known. The different perspectives about ideas that i had previous knowledge about was what really got me inspired. The book project was by far the most I’ve learned about a single topic this entire semester. Shattering what i thought i knew, and learning so much more. If i were to pick just two specific new bits of information that i had taken away. I would choose the the truth behind Social Security insolvency, And the debt traps first world nations impose on third world nations. This was a very informative class that i really enjoyed.

Self Reflection

I think I’ve grown throughout this experience. I mentioned in a previous post that i was slightly nervous before making any posts of any kind, but it’s helped me grow just a bit. The readings and the information we have learned throughout this course have been insightful and interesting. For example, I would not have known that there was going to be a social security fund around when I was older, I just always thought it would be gone. The insight this course has given into some of the problems that we face as a nation has been fantastic and eye-opening, This course has been a nice break from the usual learning methods used in a classroom and if I could I would take this course again.


This class was different from any class I’ve ever taken, but it’s format was great. It allowed me to focus on other courses that required more of my time during certain weeks and less of my time during others, so I was able to better schedule my studying habits. The ability to access this website and use almost every function of it from even a mobile phone is pretty fantastic (though I was behind a computer for all of my posts). It let me take a look at the general discussions that were taking place while i was on long car rides or sitting in between classes with no computer in front of me.

That being said, openly posting ideas and thought and opinions online scared me a bit. This is new for me, and with every post came the fear that I would sound like a jerk or leave me open for criticism in a bad way. What I found was that my classmates were pretty decent people and luckily that never happened.

I liked the way you taught this course and I would recommend it to a friend.

3 Best Posts

I believe my three best posts were:
CEO Pay Soars, Average Worker Pay Stagnates: I put a lot of thought into this post as well as generated a response from the community.
Unit 3: The New Second World: Once again, lots of thought was put into this post, but It sparked debate among the community with generally large responses which actually made me think that what I was trying to communicate was worth saying. I think there were around three responses total that weren’t me, and almost an essay in response from myself.
Unit 3- Development, Imperialism, and the Debt Bombs: I believe that this was one of my best posts as well, because once again it got someone outside of myself engaged and talking.
All of my posts required a lot of time thought and erasing and rewriting, but these three seemed to generate the most talk from the community and that;s why i think they were my best posts of the semester.

CEO Pay Soars, Average Worker Pay Stagnates

91% marginal tax rate sounds almost unreasonably high. I can see why the rich would complain about that. When recently studying Supply-Side economics, it helped me come to the realisation that if there is no limit to government taxation, then there is no real incentive to be productive. I do not know all things economic, but it sounds like tax rates that high would hurt the middle class more than help, because people and companies with large amount of revenues would simply leave rather than work in the United States and continue to give 91% of their taxable income to the government. I do believe that we should enact policies that would keep us at a sustainable and steady rate of growth, but neither of the extremes that were talked about sounded like they would work. Yes i believe that there should be higher income taxes for those making more money because most likely they are putting to use the infrastructure in the country more than the people who do not. This especially means CEO’s who ultimately get people into a company to run it. For example, huge food chains often have many, many trucks on our highways around the clock. This can only happen because our tax money has paid a great deal to maintain the roads, which in turn get used and ruined by these absurdly large vehicles. If companies have the extra cash to pay CEO’s millions, then we shouldn’t have to watch buildings deteriorate or watch potholes form and stay there because there isn’t enough money to pay for them. They should have to have a high enough tax to recover without a doubt all of the damage that occurs through depreciation to public infrastructure.

The Rich Vs. The Rest in 20th Century

The end note of the article says that it’s class warfare, but it doesn’t feel much like a war. Policy makers are in the pockets of big companies, and even when we vote for our presidents, the super delegates don’t necessarily vote for the majority they are supposed to represent. It’s hard to convince people to go out to the polls, and even harder to find people who are educated enough to know what their politicians actually represent. I believe there is a general consensus not just in the U.S. but around the world that our politics today are the biggest joke going around. We aren’t just voting for people who are backed by big companies any more, we are literally letting them run for office. This isn’t a war, it’s a massacre.

Problems with GDP as an Economic Barometer

I’m glad I watched this video. Aside from it being required for class, it actually opened my eyes to the implications of measuring a nation’s well being through its’ GDP. I believe Mr. Stiglitz mentioned that GNP was a better measurement, but we have moved from that, so I went online and looked around for some suggestions of what could be better indicators of a country’s economic “health”, which brought me to this article:
One of the proposed measurement is called the “Human Development Index,” which takes into account life expectancy, academic success, and also uses GDP per capita to measure the position of a country, as opposed to just its gross domestic product. I figured I would post something since Mr. Stiglitz didn’t mention much on alternatives.

The Economics of Happiness

I remember studying marginal utility in microeconomics. The idea was that there were diminishing returns on happiness, based on the amount of a good or service consumed. I suppose that applying this to money itself could also makes a lot of sense. However, at some point, our focus on happiness became the societal focal point for motivation to do things in life. when there was a period of time when just being able to survive brought us happiness. From what Ferrer-i-Carbonell was saying, it sounds like there is a marginal utility for happiness itself, which is an interesting concept. Perhaps this has always been a motivator for continuing forward? Almost as if once we peaked in happiness with a certain activity, boredom itself would drive us to find other sources of happiness.