Death Penalty: Right or Wrong

The debate on whether the death penalty should be allowed has been a controversial topic for years. I have my own opinions on what I think about the topic, but of course I must cover both sides of the arguments in order to properly state my peace. Before I go into the pros and cons, I want to give a little background information on the death penalty. Majority death penalty cases in the United States involved murder. Other crimes such as treason, or espionage has been punishable under the death penalty as well, capital murder has been the number one crime that gets the death penalty. They are put to death by lethal injection.

People who are pro death penalty says it’s an important tool because it cost less than life in prison. The justice system will always seek low cost tools that are effective versus something that is higher in price range and effective. They want to keep the cost down. Those people who are on death row will be sitting in jail for a long time before they are put to death anyway. The term “eye for an eye” works in this scenario (Again, no other crime is being thought about except for capital murder). They feel like the death penalty will honor the victim, help grieving families heal, and ensure society that the perpetrator won’t have the opportunity to commit the heinous crime again.

People who are opposed to the death penalty says otherwise. They aren’t thinking the same things that people who are pro death penalty are thinking. They are thinking about the power it gives the justice system. They don’t think that it has any long-term effects on crime. They could easily target people of color and people who could not afford good attorneys. They aren’t worried about the cost of how much it will cost to keep someone locked up for life in prison versus the death penalty. They are more concerned with social justice fairness.

I have studied and researched both arguments and growing up and learning something on my own, I concluded that I am on the opposed side to the death penalty. I do understand why this can be controversial and debatable because I had to sit and think about my decision. I don’t think the government should be in control of taking someone else life. Also, life in prison is a much harder punishment then the death penalty because you’re punishing that person’s family and not so much the person. If they get the death penalty, they aren’t here to see the “good” effects of it. Their family and loved ones shouldn’t have to pay for their crimes.

Should The USA Have The Electoral College Process?

I want to discuss the electoral college. It’s a very controversial topic because some people approve of it and some people don’t. Although, I understands both sides of the argument, I do have an opinion on what I think of the electoral college.

One of the pros to having an electoral college system is that the founding fathers placed it in the constitution because they felt that it was the best method in choosing the president. The felt the purpose of the electoral college was to put up protection or a safeguard against uneducated and ununiformed voters by giving the final say to electors that had the necessary information to make the best decision. Also, to prevent states with larger populations having a big impact on the decision of who becomes president and it serves as a compromise between letting the popular vote and congress choose president. Another pro for having an electoral college is that it makes it possible for every part of the country to be apart of selecting the president. If the election depended solely on the popular vote, then I guess that would mean some areas would be ignored such as farms and more metropolitan areas would be favored in voting for the president. Rural areas and small towns would marginalize versus highly dense areas. This will happen because when people are running for president, they must build a campaign platform with a national focus. In conclusion, this means the winner will be serving the needs for the entire country and if the electoral college helps with building the campaign so, that it’s possible for everyone can vote. The obvious pro of the electoral college is that they guarantee that there will be a president elected. The electoral process can give presidents more credibility because it can create a large directive for them.

Now it’s time to get into the cons of the electoral college. One of the major cons about the electoral college is related to one of the pros about the electoral college. Although the founding fathers placed this process in the constitution, the reason behind it is no longer relevant today. Modern technology has made a huge impact on how voters can receive their knowledge on information about the presidential election. The electoral college was created to stop any bias decisions that were being made. Another con is the electoral college gives too much power to the swing states. The two main political parties can count on certain states to win the election. For an example, California for democratic and Indiana for republic. These states are solely what they are, and the presidents don’t worry about gaining that states popular vote. The main concern or con about the electoral college is that it ignores the will of the people. This is very self-explanatory. Hilary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 election, but Donald Trump still won. That wasn’t the first time that had happened to her. Obviously, the people had wanted her to be president, but the electoral college wanted it to be Donald Trump.

If I had to choose a side, I would say I’m in between. I don’t think the electoral college process is totally bad, but there are glitches and adjustments that do need to be attended to so the will of the people aren’t being ignored. So, we can have a president that everyone is proud of. Also, I do like the fairness that it was intended for so, like I said some adjustments will need to happen because the reason for it being started is no longer relevant. It needs to keep up with modern society if it’s going to work. We have millions of people in the USA and 538 people that are on the electoral college board shouldn’t have the final say. I do think we need a new compromise.

Pros and Cons on Minimum Wage Increase

I live in New York State. I can only talk about what I know about the area that I live in when it comes to the topic of raising minimum wage. I’m sure some of the things I say can apply to other areas as well. There are pros and cons to raising minimum wage. When I joined the working class, minimum wage in upstate New York State was $7.25. Now, I believe it’s $11.10 and on December 31,2019 it will be $11.80. In downstate New York, meaning New York City, minimum wage is already $15.00. The cost of living there is higher than upstate New York so, there wages are always higher than ours. (By the way, I live in Buffalo, NY which is upstate.) I did some research, and this is what I found out.

I’ll start with the pros to raising minimum wage. One of the pros is it will help reduce poverty. People could make more money and be able to afford the essential things that are needed to live. Food, shelter, and clothing, and maybe transportation if you want to add that in as essential, whether it’s your own private car or public transportation. If people have a decent standard of living, them they tend to be more productive. Another positive thing about raising minimum wage is it reduces income inequality and gives people an incentive. Giving people an incentive or pay for performance allows them to have a reason to work. An increase in minimum wage also gives more spending money to people. This will help increase business revenue because there will be higher demand because of all the shopping people will be doing. Also, people who are making more money can have more time to invest in their education. If they are making decent pay and can maintain, then they will be able to obtain and invest in an education. This brings me to increasing minimum wage helps businesses because if you are paying your workers decent, they won’t leave for a higher paying job, meaning they won’t have a high turnover rate, meaning less money they must spend hiring people.

During my research, I found that most of the cons were pertaining to business owners who opposed to increasing minimum wage. One of the cons is labor cost is the most expensive thing when you have a business. When the government forces them to pay their workers more money per worker, they will hire fewer workers to cut down the cost or keep the cost of labor the same. This will increase the unemployment rate because minimum wage workers now must compete for these jobs. Smaller companies may not be able to operate with just a few workers so, sometimes they will have to file for bankruptcy. Another disadvantage of increasing minimum wage is it can increase the unemployment rate and force people onto welfare. This can happen because it helps the workers who have jobs. Studies have showed that experienced workers received higher pay and less experienced workers lost their jobs. By this happening, more people were forced into getting on welfare.

They came to their decision because the pros outweighed the cons. If I had to state my opinion and put my input on where I stood on this debate, I would say I’m leaning more towards the people who are the cons side. I get it and completely understand the people who are pro raise minimum wage, but I must disagree. No, I am not rich, living comfortably, and yes, I do receive Medicaid health insurance and as of right now, I am unemployed, so I am collecting unemployment.

Again, I can only speak for New York State because that is where I live. I only know the ratios here and what goes on in this state. First, I do believe $7.25 is way too low. I don’t think minimum wage should be that low but raising it to $15.00 in Upstate New York State is crazy. I think $11.10 is a good wage for a few reasons. If you think about it, people who go to college and get an associate degree or a certificate, a lot of those degrees starting pay is at $15 for entry-level. I think this is a clear indicator that starting minimum wage at $15.00 will disable a lot of people for striving for higher educational achievements. Also, the cost a living is going to keep going up. Every year as minimum wage goes up, so will the cost of living up. I am currently living in a one-bedroom apartment. When I first moved here, it was $730 a month everything included. Second year, it was $745. Now, it’s $760, but I am moving out of this place because of a smelly neighbor. As I am looking at other place, the rent is even crazier. Places that are one bedroom with amenities or utilities included are $750 plus. Places that are lower than that are either run down, nothing is included, the place are small, or in a bad area. So, with that being said I am more on the con side of this because my living situation will be at stake of the cost of living going up because of minimum wage increasing.

How do you feel about the increase of Minimum wage?

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