Thursday, October 23, 2008

Random Rant

The weather is changing here in El Paso. Its getting colder and the trees are starting to show their skeletons. What does this mean? It means that its time for three annual events.
The first is Spooktackular held at the Civic Center. It is always a family fun filled fair with volunteers from everywhere, including UTEP. Take the kids and go in a costume.
The second is KLAQ's Haunted House only this time it is an evil Circus theme. I remember going when I was a lot younger (8 to be exact) and being scared of the strobe lights and the people who grab you in the dark. I don't suffer from coulrophobia and I'm no longer afraid of the dark so it really doesn't interest me as much but for little children they'll have a blast.
And finally, the most fun event is not in El Paso. Its actually closer to Gadsden in La Union, New Mexico, the Corn Maze/Maize. They've raised admission since the last time I went but they are only open for a brief window during this season. Probably the best time to go is Halloween weekend where everybody dresses up and the Maze is dark. Its great fun, especially without a map or compass. Just get lost and the maze patrol can guide you out.
Remember to be safe when you go to these venues and just have fun. If I don't post again before next week, Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Microsoft Student Partner

Hello Everyone. I am now the Microsoft Student Partner for The University of Texas at El Paso. One of the things that Microsoft has asked me to do is, blog. Great, I've been doing that for a while. However, they asked that I specifically use Windows Live Spaces to do my blogging. So I've created another blog osveliz.spaces.live.com and they gave me a new email: oscarveliz@student-partners.com. I'm not going to stop blogging on Blogger simply because I'm on Spaces. I plan to keep this blog going and posting on issues effecting El Paso and use my Spaces blog to post about everything Microsoft. The reason I made this post is so that I can point you to my Spaces blog where I'll be discussing upcoming events on campus that I will be hosting as well as products/services that Microsoft has available. I will try to update both of these at least weekly if not twice a week.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

In a pickle.

I'm no business major but I know enough about the economy to know that it is not working. Today the stock market dropped to its lowest point since 1985. The news is calling it a stock market crash.

Earlier, some members of congress wanted to give money to bail out these companies like lenders and banks. Common sense would tell you that this is not the way to fix the economy.

The republican candidate wants to tax the middle and lower class because he wants to please big business however he doesn't realize that taxing the little guy means that people who put the most money into the economy won't have enough to put in and the economy suffers.
The democaratic candidate wants to tax the rich. This makes more since because the rich have money and can pay the taxes. The top 1% of richest Americans control how much of america's wealth? A lot. The downside is that companies are greedy and they will raise their prices or cut workers to offset their taxes.

What should we do? In my unprofessional opinion, take that $700 billion bailout plan, and give that money to the consumer and not the company. Say every working American gets $5000 dollars. Married couples get $10,000 dollars. They can take that money and get out of credit card dept, pay off a morgage, pay for school, purchase a car. This would help not only our banks and morgage companies but also the automobile industry and students. This functions like that $300 booster that bush tired, only, this will actually make an impact. The downside though is inflation. Lots of inflation. Greedy companies will raise their prices because they figure that people will have money to spend.

The economy needs you. Start spending. Don't spend money you don't have of course but put something in. Buy stock (which is really cheap right now) and stay in it for long term. Lets say for example GM. Its price for stock is the lowest its ever been in 50 years. Buy now and when things start to get better (maybe a year, maybe longer) you'll have helped the economy to stop its downward trend and hopefully put it on the road to recovery.