Um well I learned English because that it both of my parent’s dominant language.
My mother was taught Polish in school because she grew up in a Polish neighborhood in New York and her parents spoke it at home with her. So I learned Polish from having her speak it to me. However my reading and writing skills are minimal. I try to use LiveMocha to improve them but it’s really complicated.
I was taught Spanish K-5 and then again 8-present and I am the most rounded in Spanish because I can read, write, and speak in that language. It is my least favorite though.
I was accepted into The Governor’s School/Academy Program last summer and I learned nothing but Russian language and culture for three weeks. So I only know conversational, but I’m still learning and use LiveMocha whenever I have time.
ASL I am very slowly learning from YouTube and believe it or not, Switched at Birth on ABC Family.
“It is hard for men and women leaders. But it is harder for women leaders. There are so many built in expectations, stereotypes, caricatures.”—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking to a packed crowd at Lincoln Center in the closing remarks at Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit.
Today in AP Econ we were discussing the tax multiplier and someone asked if my teacher believed sin taxes were successful. My teacher said that it worked in the sense that people will not smoke or drink as much because the cost outweighs the benefit in the long run. Therefore states have a win win situation.
Then I brought up New Hampshire. In this state there is no sin tax which coincides with their motto “Live Free or Die.” So I said how does this state benefit from such a sin tax? do they benefit less or more than states with the tax?
In the end my teacher and I decided that New Hampshire is essentially a black market. People from other states will travel to New Hampshire to buy alcohol or tobacco products and then return to their states and sell them for a higher price or simply consume them and not have a lower opportunity cost than the individuals who bought the products in their state. New Hampshire is the black market of “sin” for the United States.