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Fallacy of Unemployment

Jville_picA few weeks ago, former Speaker of the House, Tom Delay hurled himself back into the spotlight when he stated unemployment compensation keeps people from looking for work. The media was quick to tackle the former speaker for his remarks. Nevertheless, his asinine opinion is a representation of how out of touch many politicians are with the constituents they serve.

Anyone who is or has been unemployed will attest that the monetary benefits received aren’t nearly enough to cover the basic cost of living for a single person, let alone someone with a family to support. Granted, the situation can function as a startling realization in deciphering needs
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Aaron McGruder and The Boondocks

the-boondocks-the-boondocks-506048_640_512“You look at society and you're poking holes, not because you hate it, but because you can see where people really need to ask themselves, "What's going on?" Socially and politically, there's so much stupidity out there, and people overlook it or they accept it. I think what the show tries to do is point those things out and make us think about them, even if it's only in our own minds”. – Aaron McGruder

Since the Al Capp created the character and comic striip “Li’l Abner” back in the 1930s, comic strips have pulled double duty as controversial entertainment pieces and humorous tools for social commentary. Comics historian, Rick Marschall says “When “Li'l Abner” made its debut in 1934, the vast majority of comic strips were designed chiefly to amuse or thrill their readers. Capp turned that world upside-down by routinely injecting politics and social commentary into Li'l Abner". Garry Trudeau continued the practice in the 70s when he began penning the strip “Doonesbury” for the Yale University student newspaper, The Yale Daily News. “Doonesbury” is regarded as the comic strip that blurred the distinction between editorial cartoons and the funny pages. Now the world has “The Boondocks” by Aaron McGruder, a cartoonist who also started off writing a strip for a college paper that eventually became widely syndicated and developed into an animated television show. Critics have recognized him as the next big thing in artistic satire.

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Timeout

472253_champIn almost every sport, players and coaches can call a time when they need to regroup.  Timeouts allow the team to re-strategize after a mistake or rally to ensure a victory. Timeouts are necessary!

Do you need to take a timeout from the everyday stress and strains? Have you recently lost a job or had a life-altering change that requires you to reassess your life?  Do you need to step-up the progress against your goals?

If you aren’t where you want to be, but are striving to get there, here are three things to consider during your timeout:

1. You have to developed the heart of a champion.  Successful athletes put in the work and picture themselves winning the trophy long before the games begin.  Can you truly picture yourself  becoming the person you want to be, because if you can see it you can achieve it. Living the life of your dreams is closer then you realize.  Have you put forth the effort to make your dreams a reality? One of the greatest keys to winning is believing that you can, meaning believing in yourself. Then it’s time to work, the Bible tells us that “Faith without works is dead”.

2. You need the right people in your starting line up.  Is your life better because of the people on your team? Are they contributors that you can count on in a clutch? If not, then maybe it’s time to make a few substitution and/or permanent trades.

3. You need to developed a winning strategy. Stating your intentions isn’t enough. Develop and execute the plays that will move you from where you are to where you want to be. Make sure your goals are S.M. A. R. T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Sensitive.
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