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Random News and Random Views

May 6, 2015

The following thoughts are not original. I just felt this strange convergence of news and contemporary statistics. They are very random and not intended to target any vocation. Here are some numbers and stories I have heard lately. What do you make of them?

It’s reported…

·         One potential presidential candidate’s camp is projecting that they will be able to raise $2.5 billion for their 2016 campaign.

·         If Grey’s Anatomy taped another season, star, Patrick Dempsey, was projected to get $400,000 for each episode he appeared in.

·         Floyd Mayweather reportedly received $180 Million for his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather was given 90 days in prison for hitting his ex-girlfriend in front of their two children in 2010. The boxing federation never punished him (source: NBC news).

·         Washington state legislature has been called back into special session trying to figure out how to insure adequate pay for schools and teachers.

·         As many as 13 million people are refugees world wide.

·         The streets of Baltimore, Maryland are on fire and full of rioters.

I wonder…

·         …what would our world look like if we raised as much money to eliminate poverty as we did to elect politicians?

·         …what would happen if we made the pay of all teachers and the representatives in Washington D.C. the same?

·         …what would happen if we paid a school principal millions of dollars if they could turn an under performing school around?

·         … what would happen if we paid entertainers an average salary of $55,000 and offered them a $5,000 to $10,000 for finishing a Masters degree in Theater ?

·         …what would the streets of Baltimore look like if we paid teachers what we pay athletes?

·         …what would our world would look like if we invested as much in affordable housing for people in need as we do for sporting venues?

I wonder…

·         …why we are so surprised at the return we are getting on our investment?

What do these things make you wonder? What other things make you wonder? Please share your thoughts.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Leslie permalink
    May 6, 2015 5:29 PM

    You put in writing many thoughts I have. How did we (as human beings and a country) get our priorities so badly skewed? We have gone away from biblical teachings and devote enormous resources to making new laws to plug the loop holes. If everyone lived ethically according to God’s Word, we wouldn’t need these “laws” (that don’t work anyway). Very frustrating and sad. I love the idea of paying our representatives in Washington the same as we pay teachers! If teachers were paid a very high wage, we could have the cream of the crop.

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