Tag: Economy

Sugar tax incentivizes healthier consumption
Opinion

Sugar tax incentivizes healthier consumption

A few days prior to the commencement of the annual G20 Summit in Turkey, experts on diabetes urged world leaders to take a stand against this ballooning global health epidemic. Although similar rhetoric and subsequent calls to action are now commonplace, due to the rapid growth of obesity and diabetes in the United States and around…

Pennies no longer worth pinching
Opinion

Pennies no longer worth pinching

I’ve been a server at the Rat for two years, and I’ve learned that nothing is more insulting than a tip in pennies. People leave pennies because it isn’t really like spending money – it’s an effective way to lighten their wallets. People like pennies, I assume, because they hold sentimental value. Characteristic American phrases…

Opinion

Re-elect Democrats to continue progress

Election Day is Nov. 6. On that day, I urge you to re-elect President Barack Obama for his strong record of job creation and support of education. I hope that you will also re-elect Sen. Bill Nelson for his strong record of supporting the middle class. I encourage you to vote to retain our Florida…

Opinion

Gold standard does not equal golden economy

The Republican National Convention in Tampa has done some official “party business” that required a massive garish ceremony; namely nominating Mitt Romney and establishing a platform that Republicans will try to follow. The GOP has apparently found logic to be a job-killer and calls for inquiry into a gold standard or “metallic basis” for the…

Opinion

Nuclear energy offers solution, less risks

After President Obama’s visit to discuss energy policy for our nation’s future, I decided to research the issue for myself and develop thoughts of my own. I found that the United States currently garners a vast majority of its energy from non-renewable sources like petroleum, coal and natural gas. Although these are considered cheap sources…

Opinion

Miami shouldn’t gamble on what it already has

Miami is known for its beaches, arts, culture, weather and … gambling? Gambling would be the odd one out and is something that should not be proudly advertised. However, certain politicians and businessmen want to introduce a model destination resort casino into the South Florida culture. They do not seem to take the short-sighted nature…

Opinion

Occupy supporters need clear call to action

Just months after Occupy Wall Street began, the movement has spread to more than 100 U.S. cities and an estimated 1,500 cities worldwide. It is obvious that people are angry, but what exactly are they angry about? Although the purpose of the movement is to put an end to the corporate greed and corruption that…

Opinion

Chinese environmental problems threaten nation

Like it or not, many of us in the West are dependent on China for everything from affordable consumer goods and medical devices to employment and reliable equity. That means that the state of the Chinese economy has a direct bearing on our financial well-being. Obviously, we are helping secure our financial security by purchasing…

Wall Street protests hit home
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Wall Street protests hit home

The national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, 46.2 million Americans are living below the official poverty line and the median household income has fallen 6.7 percent to $49,909. As a result, demonstrations speaking out against government corruption and the current state of the economy have sprouted across the United States and have now reached Miami….

Opinion

Proposition could rebuild job market

The future doesn’t look promising right now. Unemployment is at an all-time high with 14 million people jobless and 25 million unable to find full-time jobs. President Barack Obama recently proposed the American Jobs Act, which would create 1.9 million new jobs and a one percent drop in unemployment rates by the end of 2012….

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Tuition costs slowly rise, students struggle

What happens when the entire nation is feeling their wallets tighten? Higher education decides to become more expensive, of course. Since the economy’s downturn in 2008, college has become less and less about education and is quickly becoming synonymous with money. And yet, tuition keeps rising and students are struggling to keep up. “This summer…

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