Debt Ceiling

The debt ceiling debate is a huge problem in America right now, because due to  the government spending too much within the last few years our country is in a huge crisis. A debt ceiling is how much our country can spend on public funding; in 2011 this ceiling was set at $16.4 trillion.  Not even two years later, at the end of December this ceiling was met but measures were taken and the debt ceiling was raised. Throughout the last few years the debt ceiling has been reached yet again and has been raised, again. The problem with this is that not only is America getting into more and more debt, the credit rating of America is being threatened and due to this we could be downgraded from AAA. Also, now the huge crisis is that he government is “shutting down” meaning that they are cutting spending on some services. On the other hand, it is said that if measures were not taken to increase the debt ceiling there would be delays on things such as benefits and government salaries which would lead to a default on government debt. I believe that we should once more raise the debt ceiling but also collect some more taxes, if people want the services that will be taken away if the debt ceiling crisis is not resolved then they should be fine with spending a little more on taxes.  I feel as though “the government shutting down” is not the answer, the sound of that just makes Americans more worried and more angry towards the government, although raising the ceiling will put us in more debt it will save the country from the current crisis that it has found itself in right now.

References

Aaron, H. (2013, September 29). Our Outaw President?. The New York Times. Retrieved September 30, 2013, from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/opinion/obama-should-ignore-the-debt-ceiling.html?_r=0

United States debt-ceiling debate of 2013 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved September 30, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_debt-ceiling_debate_of_2013

3 Sources for Criminal Justice

References

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Masters, R., Muscat, B., Dussich, J. P., Pincu, L., & Skrapec, C. A. (2011). CJ: realities and challenges. New York: McGraw-Hill.

WBNG News (2013, September 24). SUNY Broome criminal justice students honoroed by Binghamton City Council. WBNG Action News. Retrieved September 24, 2013, from http://www.wbng.com/news/around-the-tiers/SUNY-Broome-criminal-justice-students-honoroed-by-Binghamton-City-Council-225094902.html

Open Source

I think that open sources are beneficial, first of all, because they are free and easy to access.  In addition, the fact that they are built and modified by users allow them to be constantly updating and improving. Open sources can also provide services that are  very similar or even the exact same as their non-open counterparts.  However, it is necessary for them to state that they are, in fact, open sources so that users know that the software is being modified by other users. 

Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is something that most people think of as a freedom, something that most people would not even think twice about having; that is until that “freedom” you thought you had gets threatened.  The whole conflict that has to do with net neutrality and SOPA AND PIPA acts I believe could even lead to bigger problems, aside from that fact that Americans will need to pay more money for speed and more access.  Net neutrality brings up the argument of discrimination, how can the government chose what we can see and what we have to pay for?  Things that the government let people access for free may be biased , and companies who are willing to pay more for advertisements will be moving ahead while underground artists or bloggers may be left in the dust.  The internet is supposed to be an equal opportunity for everyone; people who are searching things should have just as much of a chance of stumbling upon an unknown artist as they should be finding for a mainstream one.  The internet is a tool that you should  have access to anything as fast as you need it. Taking away net neutrality is taking away equality in America and taking away what many people take for granted.