It’s not that there aren’t significant comparisons to be made. Just like a company, the U.S. has money coming in the door (income), and money going out the door (expenses), and the leaders of both the company and the economy strive (if they’re smart) to balance their budgets year after year.
But that’s really about as far as the analogy extends.
I had a bad attitude almost my whole life. The smallest things would make me snap. In the classroom the teacher tells you to do something and you’re surrounded by friends used to you being like, “Oh I ain’t doing nothing,” so you feel like you have to stand up. I had a certain level of “hardness.” Very ignorant. It didn’t lead to anything but me sitting in ISS by myself while my friends were in class laughing.
I did my work, though. When reports cards came, people would be like, “Yo! You making A’s and B’s.” Because I’d go home and do my work. At school, I was having fun. I’d come to class, make a couple jokes, put my head down, go to sleep. But by the time I got home, I made sure I did everything. That was my ambition, I guess.
Marketplace reporter Eve Troeh explores the secret world of oil in this explainer animation about the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Animation by Matt Berger.
when: Wed, Sep 26th, 2012 (3pm CST/4pm EST)
where: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of Minnesota
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The Wits fall season goes like this:
Nov. 2: Dave Foley and Mike Doughty
Nov. 16: Julia Sweeney and Martha Wainwright
Nov. 30: Maria Bamford and Brandi Carlile
Dec. 14: Henry Rollins and Lissie
Dubner: A lot of things we do for fun or for entertainment — things like gardening or knitting or baking — these are things that our great-grandparents HAD to do, and probably would’ve loved to NOT have to do.
Levitt: I think that is really a sign of how spoiled we have all become. Our basic needs are so well taken care of that we need to seek out some sort of hardship to feel whole.
The southern food master explains his Key 3 recipes to Lynne:
I’m going to fly into the face of some people’s opinions — I’m going to produce a batter with lots of crust. People say, “Oh, this is all bread. You can’t taste anything but the crust.” I fry chicken that way, too. People see crust as sort of a mine field to get around on the way to the food.
Craig Hockenberry is principal of Oyler School in Cincinnati’s Lower Price Hill. Marketplace will be checking in throughout the year as the school fights poverty in its neighborhood.
Man vs. Markets
Marketplace Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch’s new book, Man vs. Markets, is available in bookstores and online at Pretty Good Goods.