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General Off-Topic Board / Re: We must return to traditional values.
« on: March 23, 2009, 11:27:36 PM »
Well as far as the education goes, I was making the point it is not adequate enough. Those who get private school educations obviously have better chances, but my point is the public schools are inadequate in general. They do not prepare you as well as they should, especially in the urban area. They were never equal in the past atleast they were somewhat adequate.

As far as the economy, yes these "evil" people have been hit the most, but they have not been impacted like the average person. Yes they lost money, but thier kids will still have money to retire on, sent thier kids to college, and etc. However the average person "who took a hit" can now barely live in a house, fund thier kids college, and etc. So its not even a comparison and the fact that they took the most hit financially does not justify their reckless behavior. They got greedy and they wanted more and more and that is why it crumbled. Yes there are some accountability on the average person part, but if the banks did thier job they would have knows these average joes that did not qualify should not be granted loans for house. Instead greed blinded their eye towards responsbility and the government made things even easier for them. So now they are "too big to fail" while the average person is too small to save.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: We must return to traditional values.
« on: March 23, 2009, 11:05:08 PM »

Free markets have waste and harmful biproducts, but free markets based on good principles are usually good for everyone.  



nothing is good for everyone. It may sound like it in theory but in reality lets not kid ourself. I bet you wont find 1 poor person who agrees with that statement. Free market is great when you have equal access to it and the disparities are atleast somewhat reasonable. But when it is getting to be ridiculous like it is right now, all bets are off..slowly or surly

What do you propose as an alternative?

SOCIALISM, just kidding I know OP almost had an heart attack just now lol. A free market that allows equal access to those that want it. Also educational system that gives more chances of making the playing field to be somewhat equal. Yes there will be still gaps of wealth and social class, but they shouldnt be so far apart that those that have keep getting more and those that have not keep getting less. Especially when it is  a result of no oversight on those controlling economy and unfair/scandelous practices.

I know there is no magic pill but we can make it better than it is right now.  

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: We must return to traditional values.
« on: March 23, 2009, 10:49:48 PM »


Free markets have waste and harmful biproducts, but free markets based on good principles are usually good for everyone.  



nothing is good for everyone. It may sound like it in theory but in reality lets not kid ourself. I bet you wont find 1 poor person who agrees with that statement. Free market is great when you have equal access to it and the disparities are atleast somewhat reasonable. But when it is getting to be ridiculous like it is right now, all bets are off..slowly or surly

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: We must return to traditional values.
« on: March 23, 2009, 10:39:55 PM »
umm how about let people be kind, all these good things in the way that makes sense to them!!! something little I like to call personal choice.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Howard or Maryland?
« on: March 23, 2009, 10:35:43 PM »

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: We must return to traditional values.
« on: March 23, 2009, 10:30:05 PM »
Leading by example is important, but how does that help with issues like preserving a LIMITED federal government and stopping socialism?  



Well we can start by not having a republican president/congress that does not leave the country in a crisis and leave no choice but to have EXPANDED federal governemnt to clean up the mess until it goes back to normal (you can argue some democrats has something do with that as well, but as any leader will tell you, good or bad it is the responsibilty of the leader). We can also start by addressing the continung of the gap between the increase of wealth between those that have and  thos have not at alarming rate. Yes we are for free market but repblicans (and some democrats) forgot the equall acess part though. Most of the values mentioned are important but values are luxuary when you are at the bottom of the totem poll and you are barley surviving. And the way they handled this country in the last  8 years, unfortunately most of us are the bottom of the totem pole right now.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: We must return to traditional values.
« on: March 23, 2009, 10:13:40 PM »
You can advocate for it, but the problem is that they go around all high and mighty trying to shove it down someone's throat while they are doing against exactly what they preach. If you believe in those principles, apply it in your own life and be a prime example and maybe others will notice. Its one thing to talk about it and go around to shove it down someone's throat, its another to lead by example. what is it they say

"What you do is so loud, I cant hear what you say?"

P.S. when I say "you" I am not referring to the OP, just in traditionalists in general.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Howard or Maryland?
« on: March 23, 2009, 09:53:39 PM »
I am replying to you as soon as soon as I see your message because I was in your place a few weeks ago and I know how it feels to discuss this with someone with in very similar situation as you. Although I didnt sit in UMD class, they did seem a little too dry for me too. I talked to many UMD alumni and Howard, and even other lawyers. It could be wrong but from what I gather from them, once you get past law schools ranked outside the top 30 (some go as far as to say top 15), the school ranking should not be a big factor. obviously Tier 1 is the better choice vs Tier 2,3,4 but it is not worth the full price tag if you have a regional school as dominant that is cheaper (which Howard is and some argue even a better career opportunity, especially if you want to go into big law or any field dealing with minorities)

As far as Scholarships, you should try to play those two schools against each other. Talk to Howard and tell them you have an offer from Maryland and cost is a major factor in your decision, and if they are not going to offer you any scholly you are thinking about accepting UMD offer (if you havent talked to them about it yet). You never know they might give you some, although you dont have much time to keep doing that lol. Anyways its a very tough choice, especially if you are MD resident since it makes UMD really cheap.

I am trying to stay objective and not lead you towards Howard lol..eitha ways its a good problem to have!!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Howard or Maryland?
« on: March 23, 2009, 09:10:41 PM »
I am 98% leaning Howard, but I am leaving that 2% because when I started I wanted to go UMD ever since I can remember before I even knew what their rankings and etc was lol. Howard is really impressive, I visited both schools. UMD looked more efficent as far as admin wise. They were sharp and on point. I didnt get to see any UMD students or sit in class though. Howard,  The students were all great and friendly, the professor whom I sat in class with was awesome, and seeing all those pictures of past civil rights leaders on the wall kind of catches you off guard even if you are not that type. I just felt comfortable at Howard. Maybe its because I grew up around D.C area most of my life.I dont know. But I am 98% leaning towards Howard, I will leave that 2% open until April comes around and I have to make the deposit lol. we still got some time lol


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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Howard or Maryland?
« on: March 23, 2009, 08:24:41 PM »
There is actually somebody else going through the exact dilema I am going throughlol. I dont think you can go wrong either ways. For me the major factor was that I wanted to work in DC market and Howard has better numbers in D.C. Even "majorer" lol factor was finance. It would be a lot cheaper for me to attend Howard. I always wanted to go to Maryland and I turned down other peer schools immediately. I was convinced my decision was made (this was at begining of jan when I recieved my UMD offer lol) but after doing a lot of research on Howard, I realized its not just another lower Tier school. Plus the historical significance is a plus to me since I am AA male. I dont think you can go wrong picking either or. I know its a very difficult decision lol, it took me 3 4 months, tryin to come to a decision. Even now I am not 100% sure. Im glad to run into somebody who feels my pain lol

P.S I cant even imagine how much more difficult it will be to pick one of those schools if you are a resident of Maryland (as that will make tutition at UMD very cheap)

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