Too Big to Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin, is a 2009 novel that focuses on the events leading up to the demise of the financial industry in September, 2008, and the actions that were taken by the Federal Reserve in the months that followed. Too Big to Fail begins in March, 2008 with the acquisition of Bear Stearns by JP Morgan with the help of the Fed. The novel supports current thinking about the financial crash, and it does so in tremendous detail. As a result, the reader gets an excellent feel for exactly what went down in the months leading up to the crisis, specifically the crash of Lehman Brothers and merger of Merrill Lynch and Bank of America.
Current thinking generally focuses on how the Fed “let Lehman fail”, despite the prestigious firm potentially being “too big to fail.” However, the novel goes in depth about exactly what happened behind closed doors leading up to Monday, September 15th, 2008, when Lehman collapsed. Sorkin supports my broader goal of showcasing a systemic problem with the financial industry as a result of deregulations that took place in the decades before. He highlights the extensive risks investment banks were taking, which enhances my argument.
Sorkin is a renowned journalist who was won many awards over his young career. Working for the New York Times and CNBC’s Squawk Box, he has established a history of credibility and consistency regarding financial reporting. He is a credible source who greatly improved the evidence featured in my White Paper report.
Sorkin, Andrew Ross. Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis–and Themselves. New York: Viking, 2009.
A look into the current student debt situation and a proposal for how students could be more educated in the future.
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This source is the conclusions drawn from the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) in 2011. The FCIC focused on the causes of the Great Recession in 2008. Currently, most people pin the blame of the financial crisis on Wall Street, the investment banks, and their irresponsible tactics. The conclusions drawn by the FCIC further added to this popular belief. The FCIC concluded that there was a systemic breakdown in accountability and ethics. Additionally, there was an erosion of standards of responsibility and ethics that exacerbated the decline of Lehman Brothers and the onset of the financial crisis (FCIC 22).
The topic of my White Paper revolved around the deregulation leading up to the Great Recession in 2008, the financial crisis itself, and then the regulation that resulted from it. The FCIC report brings light to the irresponsible actions the investment banks were taking leading up to the Great Recession. The irresponsible actions were made possible through significant deregulations of the financial industry beginning with the Reagan Administration in the 1980s and running through the late 1990s. Therefore, the FCIC report strongly supports a significant portion of my report.
Lastly, the FCIC conclusions report serves as an extremely reliable source. Put into place by the government itself, the FCIC served as a neutral third party evaluator of the causes of the Great Recession.The FCIC may not have drawn light on many previously unknown causes, but it did strongly support the preconceived notions and ideas that had been put in place.
Conclusions of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, 2011.
The average American wastes around 20 pounds of food each month. That means that each month, we throw away as much food as we consume in 5 entire days of regular eating. Not only are we throwing away natural resources and wasting money, but we are also adding to the growing greenhouse gas emissions that pollute this country. Not to mention the thousands of Americans who suffer from malnutrition each day, there are many reasons why wasting food is having a major impact on our society.
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The attacks of September 11, 2001 provided an opportunity for the government to pass both the Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security, which provide the federal government with unprecedented, so-called “preventive” powers to block potential threats to the nation and its citizens. As a result, the nature of surveillance has changed dramatically over the years. The original form required an evidence-based court order to intercept the communications of an individual suspect. Surveillance was authorized if it was necessary to capture potential terrorists, and the infringement on liberty was proportionate to the nature of the crime at hand. Today, however, surveillance agencies intercept massive quantities of communications from millions of people and then search through this database for information related to terrorist suspects.
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Written from the perspective of an Indonesian NGO addressing its own government, the white paper seeks to balance the benefits and drawbacks of globalization in order to improve the lives of workers in sweatshops while also keeping Indonesia’s economy prosperous.
When considering the idea of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 or 19, I feel as though the “businesses” this affects most are colleges. The entire societal nature of college oftentimes revolves around alcohol and underage drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol are most likely a main topics of concern for every college president across the United States.
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This CNN article by William Cohen expresses his distaste of the 21 year old drinking age in the United States, especially in regards to how it affects college campuses. This is a sentiment that many others, including many university presidents, agree with, stating that it causes a severe amount of dangerous binge drinking on college campuses.
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