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    Posted August 15, 2011 by
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    The Idiot's Eye to the Economy


    To the eyes of a kid, money means the golden ticket to chocolates, a glass of lemonade, and the state fair. Grow up several years more and now it's a teen's key to a car, clothes, and a cellphone. When you become an adult, every single dollar means a hundredfold more. Maintaining a roof over your head, a grain of rice for your stomach and gas for transport are some of the necessary things a grown up needs to provide for their family or even just for themselves. It may not always apply to that pattern, but the root here is whether young or old, simple or extravagant, money matters.

    Recently, America has suffered several economic blows, most popular of which were this month's debt ceiling and credit downgrade issues. In the eyes of an idiot (Read: Me), the situation is appalling yet it is not in the top of priorities.

    Moving on, I believe there are more idiots like me out there - clueless yet willing to learn, to be involved in America's economic quandaries. This issue will definitely remain newsworthy in the following weeks, even months.

    This essay may not have much substance, but that's exactly why I want to join this year's boot camp and in the years to follow. I want to learn, to hone my skills so that in the end, every word I write will be worth the penny.



    1. http://www.financialjesus.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/new1dollarbill.jpg

    2. http://frontpagemag.com/2011/06/22/debt-ceiling-brinksmanship/

    3. http://static.usconsumerbanking.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/sp-downgrade-300x190.jpg

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