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LIFE IN AMERICA 1 Life in America Through the Eyes of Derek Goodwin Derek W. Goodwin Park University
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LIFE IN AMERICA 2 Abstract As one knows when writing an academic paper, personal pronouns such I, me or mine are not used. However this research paper goes in detail about a Marine’s life who had encountered many hardships and blessings. He will begin to examine his parent’s life and how their lives have been affected by the modern economy. This journey will take the reader on an adventure as the writer journeys back in time to reflect on how the modern day world was formed and how it is to be changed. The focus of this research paper will be on the socioeconomic status of the writer, and how he plans to change it if possible.
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LIFE IN AMERICA 3 There are millions of bibliographies about people. Some are extremely sad, some are superbly fascinating and some are plain out boring. My story is neither. Examining various aspects of my life and comparing them to the situations of others has allowed me to see the world with a broader perspective. The current economic status of the U.S. is in disarray. The uncertainty has others in a panic, while I can be secure that I will have a continuous income by being a Marine. My choices, particularly those that have led me to join the service, were heavily influenced by my parents. Because of their experiences, I am able to escape much of the panic that has been brought upon to many because of the current economy. A steady income has allowed me to provide for my own family. They benefit from my security and hopefully I can help shape the future of my son so that he can take advantage of the vast opportunities for advancement that this country provides for us. The role of my mother and step-father in the current economy is unique. As a 100% disabled veteran, my stepfather receives complete financial support. Because of his formal education prior to joining the service, he was able to attain a high ranking position within the military, which directly affected the amount of his disability compensation. This hefty income allows him to support a family of 7 and allows my mother to remain the primary caregiver to 5 children. Although he does not actively contribute as a working member of society, he still affects the economy though his expenditures. Likewise, my mother’s role as a homemaker does not bring in any additional income, but by having 6 children, her spending definitely is regarded as being influential to this economy. The average cost of raising a child for 17 years in 2009 was $221,190 (USDA.gov, 2009) and in their case this is multiplied by 6, my family definitely has a small but substantial impact in the large American economy. Although having a steady and
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LIFE IN AMERICA 4 practically guaranteed income might seem desirable, it does not make them immune to feeling the impact of a wavering economy. Also, this does not allow them for much room for advancement or upward mobility in the economic or social class ladder. They feel the effects of
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course ROMANIAN 101 taught by Professor None during the Spring '12 term at Clover Park Technical College.

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