It’s all about perspective

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35 Responses to “It’s all about perspective”


  1. 1 Ryan Moura April 25, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    When speaking about the current issues surrounding cutbacks and jobs in this country or in California, it is very important to keep the story in perspective. This state has a serious problem on its door steps and with the unemployment rate continually rising, the problem will not just go away. I found it very interesting in this article to see the actual numbers of illegal immigrants in this state and how they negatively impact the ability for residents to work and get jobs. The problem definitely goes beyond this issue, but I feel as though when comparing it to other states, we need to keep in mind why the numbers might seem to be a little higher than others.

  2. 2 Ruby S April 27, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    It’s interesting to stop and really think how so many things are blown out of proportion in the media about economic issues and specific subjects. I think that some people in the government and the media in general want to get a rise out of people in order to really make a statement. It’s important to take a step back and look at the big picture why thing are happening the way they are instead of freaking out about the current upset. I think this comes along with the democracy of our country; people will say what they want because they can.

  3. 3 Tyler Oga April 27, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Very very interesting article. It’s easy to get sucked into what you read in the newspaper and watch on the news. The trouble with blindly accepting whatever a highly-touted journalist tells you can cause for believing in things that are somewhat irrelevant. You can just throw the number $20 billion on any article and it will immediately turn heads, but that number is California’s deficit, and it only adds up to 1% of our incomes. That really shows how numbers can be manipulated to make readers go into panic when, really, the number is pretty dismal if you’d ask me.

  4. 4 Lacey Olson April 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    I’m sure there are many journalists that really want to find the truth and share it with the public. But for the most part their primary goal is to get the biggest story and sell the most papers or magazines. And we buy into in, often forgetting what they are doing. And it’s not like they’re flat out lying or anything, just finding ways around the real truth to make it not as honest as it really is. So we need to be mindful when we watch the news or read a headline article that often times these stories are exaggerated.

  5. 5 Angelina Hlavaty April 27, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    I conquer. Many issues that we read about in these articles are just figures. Many people do not really care. There are so many issues that make the problems from our recession, yet when do we see the improvements. The news skews information. The news skews information about figures and what our government really does do to handle each and every of these problomatic issues. Many of which have been focalized on for many years, such as immigration and water depletion. I feel that no matter how hard journalists and the media try and demonstrate the reality of these issues, we will never know the full story. Instead of trying to inform they make many of us wary of what our economic issues are coming to. Even if these issues change, there is very little any of us on an individual level can do about it.

  6. 6 Amanda Chow April 28, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    It very easy to be pulled into the media’s perspective especially since it is usually one-sided. Even though majority of people rely on the media and news about different political and economic issues sometimes it is not always 100 percent accurate. There are always going be different biased people who make a bigger issue of one thing just because they think it is important. And since they feel so strongly about it a lot of people tend to side with them because they sound convincing and they do not know the other side of the story. The media just wants to grab people’s attention and stir up different emotions. They will put up any story as long as it sells. That is why it is important for people to do research on these important topics so that they have their own individual opinion and idea rather than someone else’s.

  7. 7 kathryn koller May 1, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Finally someone who is stating facts and putting it in a way so people get a better idea of what is going on. and also what it’s going to take to get out of this. I know when i look at the stats for the end of the month and they say so many jobs were lost and this we’re at this percentage, i’m like oh man that seems bad…but i really have no idea how critical or not it is. i really like how this article was written and the way he used water to gain a perspective

  8. 8 Karla Martinez May 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    I completely see where this article is coming from, people tend to react very dramatically to the current issues surrounding the US, almost as if these are all completely new issues, when in fact most have been around for quite some time. Politicians always choose their words so that they have the desired emotional impact on their audience, and I believe that to be one of the reasons why people are so frantic about the current state of the economy, which is indeed pretty bad, but is not too alarming in context to worst times.

  9. 9 Christopher Henderson May 2, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    I agree, perspective is nice. This article touches on a lot of hot topics, especially illegal immigration. There is rioting in Arizona over this new border law. I don’t consider anyone illegal, but I do think that those who are not coming her legally, should not be here. I know a lot of them are running from harder lives or to join family, which are very appropriate reasons, they just need to go about it correctly. But the fact that they are paid so little and take some of the harshest jobs (slaughter house workers, etc.), I don’t think many “legal” residents would take those jobs. But I do think the whole 1% issue consercing water is important. The largest chunk of our water goes to farms, but we can’t exactly cut back on crops with our population growing at the rate that it does. Especially California.

  10. 10 Evan Schlinkert May 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    This is a very interesting article to me because like tyler has said it is easy to get sucked into what you read in the newspapers and see on the news. The fact is there is also more to a store then the headline. The fact is many reports just want to get the headline, the true story isn’t always shown and to me that is just not the appropriate thing to be doing. In the end I can’t change anything, but if it were possible I would, there is more to a story than the headlines, and I think that it is important for people to know that, because if they don’t it is possible for bad things to happen.

  11. 11 Tiffany Hagewood May 2, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    This is a very interesting article because it is very true. In light of the current recession, massive job cuts, and high rates of unemployment we still have to take into consideration that we live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world! Sometimes as American’s I think we need to take a step back and take a deep breath and think about things. You can’t get all caught up in headlines and news broadcasts. It’s going to be a natural roller coaster of positive and negative news. And like I said in one of the other posts the standard of living in America has only risen since the great depression. If you look outside tonight you wouldn’t even see signs of the recession. We need to take the Great Depression of the 1930’s into perspective and think about how even today we are better off than the individuals who lived through that age!

  12. 12 Kara Yamamoto May 3, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    I definitely agree! A lot of the issues that we have read about in this article are just figures. Most people don’t really care. There are a lot of problems out there, yet when are we gonna fit it and see an improvement? The news skew information about the figures and hides what our government really does. A big issue now days has been immigration. No matter how hard journalists, the media, the internet try to broadcast the reality of these issues, we still will never get the full story.

  13. 13 Hannah Mac Dula May 3, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    I found the “voice” of this article to be very clear. The author definitely has a point of view he wants to get across. In addition, I agree with Walters on this matter. Like Walters stated in the article, it is important to take in all sides of the argument and think objectively about what is best for the nation in the long run, and not focus on the wants and needs of the individual. Granted, this may cause some problems since our society is based on individualism. However, Walters does make a good case that participants of our nation should remain objective and take into account what really matter and what really affects our economy.

  14. 14 Ejidio karani May 3, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    The media is not categorised to as the news business but as the ENTERTAINMENT industry. They are in the business to entertain the mass. Unfortunetly, there are some very well to do fellors who make sure that they exactly do that. The article does a very good job of pointing to the facts as they are. Bravo. In most cases people tend to interpret situations rather than observe, evaluate then interpret.If we follow those three steps we would be able to discern the right form the wrong. The article calls for putting thing in perspective. This is the united states of American where great stuff happen, people.

  15. 15 Lorena C. Rodegeb May 4, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    This is a very interesting article. Quite refreshing to see a different view. So many reports are always sensationalized and don’t paint the whole picture. Usually we only hear about how bad the unemployment rate is and how we need it to go up (duh!), but the author gives up a completely different view. “Even if California resumes creating several hundred thousand jobs a year, it could take a decade to compensate for those job losses, given continued growth of population and potential labor force.” WOW!!!!!!

  16. 16 Alma Tenorio May 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    I highly agree with this writer. It is really easy to just focus on the point of the stories; unemployment, budget cuts, budget deficits. But why don’t we make sense of all the factors involved? We can complain all we’d like regarding the different ways things should be done or how certain things can be fixed. However, all those factors involved make the situation more complicated than it may seem. The example of the job losses and the immigrants taking jobs with low pay is a perfect example. Although many complain that there is already many job cuts, for those immigrants with the low paying jobs it is highly likely they will lose those jobs as well and then the job loss would be greater than it seems. All these situations must be reviewed with all the different factors in mind.

  17. 17 Melissa Moylan May 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    The media is biased. I think that people should stop relying on newspapers and television for their knowledge on the unemployment issues. A lot can effect the unemployment rate, especially in California with all the illegal immigrants. Many other factors effect this issue and it is important to look at all aspects.

  18. 18 nicholas joy May 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    What stands out to me most in this article was the fact that even if we replaced all the illegal immigrant workers with american born laborers then there a million jobs left to fill. It is clear to me that this is not a quick fix. I can say that a increase in sustainability would increase peoples savings and livelihood.
    So much goes into simple decisions that sometimes never affect us that we sometimes just fade out the rest of the news. But we really need to look at politicians people we elect into office as a way out of this. They are paid to make decisions lets see some decision making.

  19. 19 Britt Rockseth May 10, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    State politcians are putting the population into a panic by the usage of their words, this whole article is about perspective. It is alarming that if we removed all illegal immigrants we would still be short 1 million jobs, what does that tell us; that we have a long way to go before we can recover from this great economic down fall. Most articles are seen from the pesimitic view adn this one is looking at it as an optimist, putting all of this economic down turn into perspective might help us turn it around, sooner than later.

  20. 20 Nick Baumann May 11, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    I thought this article was very compelling until it reached the section on unemployment. The author made it seem like unemployment was an impossible problem that would have to sort itself out. I appreciated that he conceded that unemployment is a huge issue. We are losing thousands of jobs and it will take years to recoup such losses. But saying that politicians are blowing smoke when they try to create jobs is just dumb. Problems do not solve themselves. Even if the jobs created now are tiny fractions of what is necessary to recover, we should still create them. Most people would agree that taking baby steps toward a solution is much better than sitting on the ground crying about the problem.

  21. 21 Chris Hirst May 16, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    i agree with the hot air statement, i am tierd of hearing people come up with some radical plan that everyone already knows it going to just mess things up worse. Unemployment is not an overnight fix, and its not a simple answer, its will be a complicated, timely thing to fix, but it needs to be done at its own pace.

  22. 22 Justin Castro May 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    In a world that is so easily influenced by pop culture and the media, it is very easy to get sucked in to propaganda and tabloid stories. People rely on the media more and more each day, and since most of the sources that are commonly used are not economics based, the information is not reliable and therefore can lead to a misconception about the economic state of the country at the time. It is inevitable that you will find people who have a bias towards one side of an issue but it is up to the reader to decide what’s true and what isn’t.

  23. 23 Daniel Reddell May 16, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    I find it interesting that the author of this article said that “spending cuts and taxes is more ideological symbolism than real in terms of overall economic impact.” I personally disagree because every little dollar matters to the consumer, and if that dollar is being allocated towards another new tax, then that means the consumer will have less to spend on more important things such as the water bill or payments on their house. Spending cuts and taxes are not just “symbols”; every little bit counts.

  24. 24 Miles Atkinson May 17, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    I agree with Chris’ comment. There has been way too many plans which will does no good to the economy but make things worse in the long run. Unemployment will not be fixed just in few days, it is going to be a gradual process. It will take time and hopefully the answer will come some time soon.

  25. 25 amos mccray-goldsmith May 17, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    the part in which it talks about the illegal aliens reminded me of that movie “a day without a mexican”. in both the movie and this situation all of the mexicans simply disappeared and it had terrible consequences to the economy. if they were to leave, nearly all of the agriculture in california would not be packaged and shipped across california because illegal immigrants are the ones that take most of the bad paying and unwanted agricultural jobs. and how they put it in perspective that their will still be millions left unemployed only speaks more to the necessity of illegal aliens in our economy.

  26. 26 Jamie B May 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    I think that economics is trying to look at the situation from a different perspective. Headlines are hardly ever facts, their teasers to make you read the article. It is impossible to cover every aspect of a major story because there are so many different elements to breakdown. I support that illegal aliens are the glue that holds the california agriculture economy together.

  27. 27 Caitlin K May 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    I agree that a lot of our concern comes from what the politicians preach, but most issues that have been put ahead of some other more important issues at hand. Relying on the 10 o’clock news to inform you about what is going on in our country is not as sufficient as people believe. The news crews are motivated by ratings, and on a slow day, they can make any story seem life or death. I am not opposed to watching the news, but I would advise to not take everything to be be completely true. Get the facts straight and vary your news intake to more than just the media.

  28. 28 Meaghan Madgett May 17, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    It is concerning that the politicians take the unemployment rate so easily. It is sickening that the unemployment rate is where it is.However, all those factors involved make the situation more complicated than it may seem. The example of the job losses and the immigrants taking jobs with low pay is a perfect example. Everyone will have their own opinions in our world, but it is up to each individual to make their own views

  29. 29 Ibrahim Jamil May 17, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Its hard to debate immigration costs and opportunities . It is only prevalent now, when money and job opportunities are low. It is easy to play the blaming game. Politicians must understand that spending and costs is no joke.

  30. 30 Trella Chrisco May 18, 2010 at 6:40 AM

    The title of the article is what made me want to read it. Everyone has there one perpesctive on things and althoughno one can deny the hard cold facts, we all have a different view on the economy and what should be done with it. this seems to be difficult for people to understand because they are so worried on what other people are going to do, politictians. I believe that although maybe some-what corrupted they do the best they can with what they have.

  31. 31 kelsea Jimenez May 18, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    I really liked this article. It gave a different perspective of what is going on behind closed door that we don’t always hear about. I agree with the statement that said how every politician or governor says that something they do helps the unemployment rate decrease, but it not always the case. They always try to take credit for things that they don’t really do. Its annoying and frustrating. Thats why we need articles like this one to give us a different view or perspective on what is really happening in our economy.

  32. 32 Mayra Flores May 18, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    I think that at times people don’t take the time to see the bigger picture. To many they see the problem and think about a quick solution with out really noticing the process that would have to happen in order for things to change. The idea of the immigrant jobs to be taken by citizens would never work even in a perfect society. American citizens will never be willing to do the arduous work done by the immigrants.

  33. 33 Ji Young Yoo (Macro) May 18, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    It is an interesting article. The author seems to hold Arizona up to ridicule when he says eliminating all illegal immigrants will have a minimal impact on the job market. There are countless examples in history that show the government’s tendency to blame migrant workers for economic downturns and encourage people to direct their hatred toward such migrants who appear to be stealing their jobs. What we constantly forget to recognize is that hatred will not solve any problem whatsoever, and politicians are nothing but populists when they endorse such hatred by legislating more violent procedures to detain and deport illegal immigrants as if such measures will help the job market to flourish.

  34. 34 Alex Plascencia May 18, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    I agree with this article one hundred percent because I am tired at looking at articles stating the economy is rapidly improving. Not every politician really has the best interest of the economy on their minds. Most of them just care about being re-elected. It is good to keep the story in perspective because not everyone changes the unemployment rate because of one or two policies.

  35. 35 Blanca Cerda May 19, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    I agree that people need to stop believing everything they hear from the media. I think sometimes they tend to exaggerate a little too much. I also agree that immigrant workers are more willing to do the work that most Americans wouldn’t.


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