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Quality versus Price

The economic struggle is causing the fast food chains to lower their prices even further making many people think that the US is officially in the gutter. Fast-food chains such as McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s have been lowering the “bar” of food pricing which in turn causes the consumers to think that the quality of the product has gone down with it. I personally believe that this is just something that people are seeing as a sort of “scapegoat” instead of facing reality and seeing that maybe it has always been this low of a quality and the fast food chains are actually just trying to bring in more customers rather than selling them “miscellaneous spam” because they are getting too cheap.

Many fast food places, according to Lisa Scherzer of The Exchange, “contend with increased competition, cost-conscious consumers and a still-uncertain economy, they’re trying to outdo each other by slashing prices ever more in the hopes of getting customers through the door. But some franchisees are grousing, suggesting those rock-bottom prices are getting too cheap for their comfort.” This has always been a given in the business world as companies compete with each other by changing up their pricing, but for their customers to start thinking that the lower prices mean otherwise is a big problem for all the businesses. I think that businesses should be a bit smarter and use this thought to their advantage, an example being the $1 menu at McDonalds. McDonalds knows that people are always going to look for fast cheap food, and during these economic times they knew that they could attract more business by creating the incentive of having a menu in which almost anyone can afford to buy. The economic efficiency was a success in their $1 menu as more and more customers gathered to their restaurants, however as the fast food chains caught on and did the same, the only thing left to do was to lower the prices of their main items; a mistake all the franchises would regret. Though the law of demand states that the lower the price of an item the more consumers would buy it, it also states that if it is too low many people will overlook it.

As the ‘invisible hand’ did its business, the fast food chains realized what was going on with their customers and decided to start bringing back their regular prices that finally brought back their regular amount of customers. This was shown in McDonalds as their “sales trend was up 7.7% in January 2012 (for the U.S.), 11.1% in February and 8.0% in March (Scherzer).” Now all the fast food franchises are relying on promotional goods and are thinking about the opportunity costs of their customers as they decide whether to buy their food because it is cheaper or because the value is respectable to the price, meaning that the customers either buy low quality versus quality that is decent and fair to the price. Honestly, as a customer I would think that if a business is trying to hard in getting people to buy their food then that business is going in the gutter, however if a business does it without shoving commercial after commercial in a person’s face all the time then that business must be thriving more than the rest. So in conclusion, fast food franchises need to keep the bar constant since they are already a low standard of food, and people need to realize that what they are buying is not necessarily bad in quality rather it is not as good as homemade or restaurant food.

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Being a President

March 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Being the president of the United States is a massive responsibility to take, especially since the president must play many roles for the people. The president must play the seven roles: Chief of State, Chief Executive, Chief Diplomat, Commander in Chief, Chief Legislator, Chief of Party, and Chief Guardian of the Economy. Many people have their own favorite role they take interest in, however I don’t have a single favorite since all these roles amaze me. The reason being is that why would anyone choose a favorite role of the president when truly it is all of these roles put together that makes a president a president,

When the president plays the Chief of State I am inspired to become like the president since he is representing the American people; the president represents the people by: awards medals to winners of college scholarships and awards soldier with high standard medals (Medal of Honor), congratulating astronauts after their long, dangerous journey in space, greeting visitors to the White House, and addressing many patriotic speeches. I also find the role of Chief of State interesting because whatever the president does, he is representing the people of America, and when he accomplishes something great, we the people have accomplished it as well. Being Chief Executive also has an important part in being a president since the president must choose people to be officials and advisers for the Executive Branch, and decides which laws of the United States must be enforced. Getting to choose the people to help run government alongside with the president may seem simple, however it is a bit more difficult since the president, with the help of his advisers, must choose the most honest and trustworthy. The Chief Diplomat, seems like a tough task to take on since the president must know what to make his diplomats and ambassadors to day to foreign government and make a foreign policy. Having to be under pressure of another country is very intimidating, in my opinion, yet the president takes it full on without showing any fear especially with the nations that threaten to destroy us. Then there is the role of Chief Legislator, which shows a bit of restriction to the president’s power, but it is important to note that his power is limited by Congress and the document known as “Separation of Powers.” Now, being the Chief Legislator, it is the president’s job to influence his own creation of laws amongst Congress since he doesn’t have the power to put them into play. This is very amazing since many people think that the president has the most power in America, yet the truth of the matter is that we live in a democratic type government that calls for equality in power. Next is the Chief of Party, which I find hilarious when a younger audience believe that it is the president’s duty to throw down parties for the people of America, but in reality his job is to help members of his political party to become elected or appointed to office especially when he has to try to be reelected for the next election. Finally comes the “smartest”
role, which is the Chief Guardian of the Economy since in this role the president must solve problems with unemployment, high taxes, tax cuts, business profits, and the general economy state of the country. I feel that this role would be the pinnacle of the president’s frustration since the economy has always been the a problem with most presidents. I personally would probably quit from being too frustrated when none of my suggestions works, but yet the president pushes hard and carries on with his job. This is why the president is amazing; the president is a person chosen to represent the people to the very end of his presidential career without ever giving up on his country.  

Being a president takes lots of courage and patience, and I acknowledge the fact that we are all human  and make mistakes. Though it inspires me that a person every election goes up for the role of president in order to represent all the people of America. The candidates know what they are going into is not for the faint of heart and that millions of people rest on their shoulders, and yet they continue to show up and try out for the position of president. So many roles to play and so much responsibility to withhold is what makes me believe that the president is the most interesting job any person can have.

National Adoption or National Abuse: What can the President do?

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment

On January 21, 2013, a Russian child, Maxim Shatto (Maxim Kuzmin), was brutally beaten and killed in his home in Texas. This story became controversial after Moscow began to create a new law disallowing US citizens to adopt Russian orphans since they believe that Americans are adopting these kids in order to abuse them and use them for child labor: “Moscow has said its ban was justified by the deaths of 19 Russian-born children adopted by U.S. parents in the past decade, and what they perceive as lenient treatment of the parents, (Reuters).” U.S. authorities and Texas child welfare authorities are investigating allegations of the child abuse and neglect in the case, but Texas Department of Family and Protective Services would take about at least a month or more to fully process the situation. Even the Russia’s Investigative Committee, are opening 10 more investigations involving situations similar to that of Maxim Shatto.

President Barack Obama should play the voice of the people and deliver a speech to the whole world and discuss about the problems occurring  within international adoptions. Obama should act fast soon and discuss this situation with Congress before China as well decides to put a ban on Americans adopting their orphans. China is the leading country for international adoptions and if Russia, being the second most adoptive nation, placed a ban on Americans adopting adopting, then China would most likely follow them as well. The reason being is that these nations, as much as Russia and China want their orphans to be adopted, do not want the orphan’s human rights to be violated nor do they want to miss the opportunity to show that they care about protecting their children. Hence, President Barack Obama needs to go to Congress and at least come up with a plan to help prevent these types of problems, after all, keeping a nice relationship with these nations is what is keeping America on it’s feet in its tough economical times. According to Simon Shuster of Time World, “Over the past 20 years, more than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted by American families, and 19 of them have died in their care through negligence or domestic violence. Each death is a tragedy, but the rate of child mortality, deprivation and abuse in Russian orphanages is far higher.” This just shows how serious the situation really is because even though the mortality rate is not that high, they are still orphans who are looking for a better life except instead they are abused to the brink of death.  The worst part is that the U.S. embassy decided not to immediately comment on this issue in Moscow, and being hesitant only shows a form of guilt, which in this case it shows the U.S.’s guilt of not taking the initiative and trying to resolve these situations.

Barack Obama has the potential to issue the international adoption problem throughout the whole world by using his resources available to him, since according to Neustadt, a president must use his resources carefully yet at the same time take advantage of them: “Presidential power derives primarily…from the president’s personal ability to persuade people to do what he wants” (Neustadt 217).” The President can use social media sites to keep the people updated on his discussions with Congress and the Russian government, and he could use internacional television to broadcast any speeches or messages to even in the world to follow. With the constant evolution of technology, it makes the Presidents job much easier to address these types of issues to the public and the world. Hopefully the President would take action and do something about the child abuse in international adoptions with Congress and the Russian government so deaths like that of Maxim Shatto would not be in vain.

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