If Cardi B Is Qualified Enough To Speak On The Government Shutdown, Then There's Nothing Stopping Me Either

If Cardi B Is Qualified Enough To Speak On The Government Shutdown, Then There's Nothing Stopping Me Either

I didn't think I was qualified, but I guess we're past that now.

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I'm just a teenager with minimal insight into the government and the shutdown. Like most people my age, I get the bulk of my news from Twitter, which is an echo chamber of funny people with views similar to mine. I am really in no position to talk about anything other than my opinion on the position we're in as Americans and how politics affect me personally.

For that reason, I was hesitant to write or say anything at all about this partial government shutdown.

Then I saw that Cardi B posted a video where she slammed the government and complained about federal workers not receiving pay for the work they've been doing. She said we should take action, but she doesn't know what kind of action because this isn't what she does.

So, I decided that if Cardi B can call this country a "hell hole" and spark up conversations between senators and gain attention and respect, then I can say what I think. I'm in college, so I've had intellectual discussions in classes with scholars and I'm learning how to decipher what is factual information.

Although most of my news does come from Twitter, that's where Trump makes most of his addresses, or rants, or tantrums, or whatever people are calling them now, so I think it's acceptable. Sometimes I don't give myself enough credit because of how people act toward people my age, but I have been paying attention. And like Cardi B, I don't love what I've seen. It's getting personal for so many Americans, as we watch our families work without pay and continue to see children separated at the border.

It's not a good look for us.

I'm not an expert, but this is what I know: President Trump has been demanding about $6 billion for the building of a wall at the border of Mexico as means of border security. To the president, the current border security and immigration policies aren't cutting it.

At the end of December, a new spending bill was passed by the House. It included the $5 billion Trump was seeking, which is more than what the Senate planned for. So, the senators unanimously approved a bill to let the government run until Feb. 3.

Trump said he wouldn't sign the spending bill unless it had money for a wall, and was prepared to partially shut down the government if he was denied it.

It sounds like the shutdown was anticipated in a way. Trump has to know he isn't taken very seriously and would thus be questioned and potentially denied. And he was.

So, Donald Trump is officially the first president to shut down his own government.

It was expected that the government would remain partially shut down through the holidays until the House of Representatives was flipped on Jan. 3, but it's been about a month and neither Democrats or Republicans are blinking.

Federal workers have to do their jobs without pay. Families are finding odd ways to make ends meet. Trump is proving his incompetence for the umpteenth time, which has got to be embarrassing, even for him. He's finding ways to punish Democrats, like taking away Nancy Pelosi's trip abroad. Even Clemson's championship-winning football team had to sit through a candlelit dinner of fast food because a better meal couldn't be provided. As funny as I think that is because Clemson is my rival school, it's pathetic and sad.

That's everything I've learned about the shutdown just in passing; since it isn't a lot, I have questions.

Why do we suddenly need a wall? Why are we supposed to feel threatened by immigrants? How many immigrants are actually illegal, and where do most illegal immigrants come from? Would an expensive and timely wall help the situation? And most importantly, do we just have an extra $5 billion lying around? If there is all that extra money, couldn't it go to something more positive than a wall?

Because I'm curious, I looked into finding answers. And about every answer or solution I found is intertwined in another.

First and foremost, people are threatened by immigrants for economic reasons. This is extremely paradoxical because a wall would put us in even more debt. Solving one problem would lead to another. We obviously don't have an extra $5 billion for a wall. In fact, the U.S. is $21 trillion in debt, and that number is constantly climbing. This is why senators of both parties didn't want to pass the original spending bill, but as they always do, they were willing to put some money toward some sort of border security.

Another reason people are threatened by immigrants is that they feel as though their jobs are in jeopardy. I hear this constantly in my day to day life. Not in so many words, because the people I know who say it aren't really the most intelligent and are certainly not very eloquent speakers.

Just based on what I personally have seen, immigrants who come here are usually desperate and seeking asylum because where they come from isn't safe. Meaning, they will take whatever jobs they can get and they work their asses off at them because they don't take an opportunity for granted.

Usually, they are the jobs few Americans want. And ironically, the government shutdown is probably hitting the pockets of families of federal workers way harder than a few jobs "taken" by immigrant workers.

As for statistics on immigration, it's hard to say how many immigrants cross the border from Mexico illegally. However, as of 2016, there were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. That is only 3.3% of the total population, which is a 13% decline from 2007. And of the 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants, only about half were from Mexico. Therefore, spending $5 billion on a wall that would take forever to build to solve a problem that is decreasing anyway seems insane to me.

I've never felt personally victimized by immigrants because I'm confident in my ability to work, and if somebody ever beats me out for a position it's probably because they're just better. That's why I work hard. I won't point fingers at anyone just trying to have the best life they can. I will, however, place blame when the president throws temper tantrums when he doesn't get what he wants, then handpicks who gets the short end of whatever stick he decides to pull so that it works for him and the people on his side.

I live in an America where qualifications don't matter anymore.

We have a president who had no experience in politics and arguably has no idea what he's doing.

A rapper can gain attention and respect for talking about politics in the most informal way. That's why I won't hesitate anymore to open myself up to politics and talking about it.

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Customer Service Expert, Gary Brewster of Oneida Provides Tips for Displaying Appreciation to Your Customers

By taking a more direct and proactive approach to managing your customers, you can open up a new avenue of success for your business.

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Customer relationships are a core part of your business success. Many businesses that outperform their competitors are just more responsive in this area. By taking a more direct and proactive approach to managing your customers, you can open up a new avenue of success for your business. How can you display genuine appreciation to them? Here are tips and practices from customer service expert and accomplished entrepreneur, Gary Brewster in Oneida, Tennessee that you can adopt.

Event Sponsorship

There are many small signs of appreciation you can show to customers, but hosting an event provides significant evidence to customers that your business genuinely acknowledges and cares for their support. With these events, you can treat customers as guests - which can be a great way to elevate your relationship with them. After these events, you can follow-up with your customers, build upon that relationship, and gain additional insights into their expectations.

Customized Products and Services

Customers will be pleasantly surprised to see products specifically catered to their preferences. This shows that you do respond to their feedback and are appreciative of the information they provide. Also, you are reinforcing the fact that your business firmly puts a priority on their needs and is committed to elevating their experience. You can personalize your products through a couple of means, including offering them in certain colors, modifications, labels, and more.

Use Handwritten Notes

A handwritten note is one of the best ways to convey authenticity in your messages. When you use this medium for sending messages of appreciation to your customers, it generates a more positive response. In a world saturated with emails, social media messages, and mobile text, a handwritten letter can stand out. You can work with your team in organizing a schedule where customers are sent handwritten notes. These can especially work great for the holiday season as customers are more receptive to goodwill messages during this time.

Develop a Loyalty Program

While your business benefits form loyalty programs, they also make the customer feel more appreciated. For your most consistent customers, you are sending the message to them that their loyalty has not gone unnoticed and that you are truly grateful. When repeat business is rewarded, the long-term benefits will be valuable. Instead of merely creating a loyalty program from scratch, consider doing research and recognize specific purchasing patterns within your customer base. You can then highlight certain products they favor and make that the focal point of your loyalty program.

When it comes to maintaining a high standard of customer service, communication and goodwill are valuable. Showing appreciation to your customers is more than simply communicating with them, but also conveying a general sense of commitment to their needs. Your business stands to gain immensely by developing this unique approach to customer service. Consider adding more of these elements as you build your customer service strategy with your team.


About Gary Brewster:

Gary Brewster in Oneida, Tennessee is an entrepreneur and commercial roofing expert. Driven by building excellent relationships, he takes pride in providing the best customer service possible. As a business owner, his goals include delivering exceptional service, solving complex problems, and giving back to the community. Outside of the office, Gary enjoys spending time on his family farm with his wife, children, and grandchildren.


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The 2020 Race Is Feeling The Bern

Everything you need to know about Bernie Sanders entering the presidential race.

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This morning, February 19, 2019, Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders announced he is running for president once again.

Unlike his run in 2016, though, Sanders now joins a crowded field of progressive candidates, one of which is Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

In Sanders's own words, this campaign is "about taking on the powerful special interests that dominate our economic and political life". Sanders went on to say that this is a "pivotal and dangerous moment in American history," and "We are running against a President who is a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction".

In his interview with CBS, Sanders explained that it is "absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated", and described candidates whom he is running alongside as his "friends".

Regarding policy issues, his focus remains the same as in previous years, planning to focus largely on women's reproductive rights, lower prices for prescription drugs, and criminal justice reform.

Sanders is also widely recognized because of his goal of universal healthcare. His Medicare-for-all bill that was drafted in 2017 outlines the establishment of a "national health insurance program to provide comprehensive protection against the costs of health-care and health-related services". According to estimates, however, such a plan would increase federal spending by $2.5 trillion a year.

When it comes to education, Sanders plans to make preschool for all 4-year-olds free, aiming to fund this plan through tax increases on the wealthy as well as Wall Street transactions.

More widely acknowledged is his "College For All Act", which would provide $47 billion a year to states in order to eliminate undergraduate tuition and fees at public colleges and universities. Additionally, the act would cut student loan interest rates nearly in half for undergrads.

In terms of social issues, Sanders is pro-choice when it comes to abortion rights and opposes policies which discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, such as Trump's push to ban transgender people from the military.

The New York Times discusses the idea that the political field of the 2020 run might leave Sanders a "victim of his own success", in that the multitude of Democratic candidates are embracing policies which Sanders championed in the last race.

"Ironically, Bernie's agenda for working families will be the Democratic Party's message in 2020, but he may not be the one leading the parade," said talk show host Bill Press.

Moreover, victories by women, minorities, and first-time candidates in the 2018 midterm elections suggest that "fresh energy" is preferred by Democrats, which potentially poses a challenge for Sanders.

Conversely, though, Sanders is also starting off with certain advantages, such as a "massive lead among low-dollar donors that is roughly equivalent to the donor base of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined".

Donald Trump responded to Sanders's announcement by saying, "First of all I think he missed his time, but... I like Bernie. He sort of would agree on trade... the problem is he doesn't know what to do about it. But I wish Bernie well."

By and large, Sanders is another strong candidate, and it will be interesting to see if he can generate the same energy and support now that he did in 2016.

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