Noah Lamaide is a 12 year old American Kid and lives in Wisconsin. Noah really does speak for America at his website called Noah’s Dream Catcher Network. I really like Noah’s website because it is not about him. This is a website where Noah takes up a cause to help other people which is something all of us should do. [Read more…]
As kids, teenagers and even adults we often do not realize just how lucky we are to be raised in the United States. Way too many of us want more and more to be given to us. Some of us expect the government to take care of us.
Even those of us that may think of ourselves as poor do not realize how rich we really are until we see how some kids in other parts of the world may live. We complain because we may not have the money for a new cell phone, latest iPod or video game.
In this video Cash from Trash, boys and girls that live in poverty in Nairobi, Kenya have found a way of making cash from trash. These kids know that they are the ones that must take the initiative to improve their own life for if they don’t they die in a polluted environment and true poverty.
These kids are entrepreneurs in every since of the word. Each and everyone of us can take a lesson from these kids. No matter how you feel about rap music, pollution or climate change you will gain a lot by watching this video and listening to the message of these kids.
As a kid that keeps getting put deeper in debt before I even got out of middle school I was wondering if the Presidents or Congress is the blame for our continuing increase in the national debt. Math is not my best subject but it looks to me like both are and both the Democrats and Republicans share in the blame. I tried to look at this in the simplest way I could and will share with other kids here at Kids Speak for America what I learned.
The National Debt as of 9/30/1981 was 997,855,000,000 or just under a trillion dollars. Today the national debt is about 28 trillion dollars. Otherwise about 27 TRILLION dollars has been added to the national debt since 1981. Our leadership in both the Republican and Democratic parties are responsible for this out of control debt.
The President of the United States proposes a budget to the Congress and Congress recommends funding levels for the following fiscal year, beginning October 1. (A fiscal year is a 12 month budgeting period and unlike a calendar year it does not always start in January.)
After the Congress approves an appropriations bill, it is sent to the President, who can then sign it into law or veto it. If the bill is vetoed it is sent back to Congress and they can pass it into law with a two-thirds majority in each chamber.
So Democrats and Republicans I do not give a d*** who is at fault for our 28 TRILLION DOLLAR national debt. What I do care about is that all of them get your heads out of your behinds and start doing something about reducing it before us kids are so far in debt we will be working in rice paddy for the Chinese government.
When this article was written in 2011 the national debt was over 14 TRILLION and in 2921 it had doubled to TWENTY EIGHT TRILLION.
~Originally Submitted by Jake K. and updated February 2021~
I asked my dad, my grandpa and a couple of my teachers what a trillion dollars was. All they seemed to know is that it was a lot of money and a one with 12 zeroes behind it. $1,000,000,000,000. Wow that must be a lot of money but I was still confused. My allowance when I do my chores is $5 per week. Since I don’t like cleaning my room I don’t always get my $5. Now if I cleaned my room for 2 weeks in a row I would have $10. but it would take me 20 weeks to get $100 or 200 weeks to get $1,000. If you get the idea where I am going.
Now to help you visualize it a bit better a MILLION = 1,000,000, a BILLION = 1,000,000,000, a TRILLION = 1,000,000,000,000 and in January 2021 our national debt was over 27 trillion and nearing 28 trillion and it continues to grow
Not even the richest people in the world like Elon Musk, Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos has a trillion dollars. I really don’t know how to explain a trillion dollars but if you will watch this video you will see that it is a whole lot of money and that our government is doing a real good job of putting every one of us kids, our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends and even people who live on the street so deep in debt it will take a whole lot more than a Christmas miracle to solve this one.
The Hiroshima connection to Hawaii begin on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This surprise attack triggered the Pacific War. Four years later America dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima to bring it to a close.
The connections between Hiroshima and Hawaii is much deeper than that brought on by war. In many ways this Hiroshima connection was a financial connection. This connection goes back to the late nineteenth century to a boom in the Hawaiian sugar industry. This boom attracted a large numbers of male Japanese migrant workers who were seeking to escape difficult economic conditions in Japan as that country underwent modernization.
Early workers came from the Yokohama area of Japan. These workers did not prove satisfactory, so more docile and harder working Japanese from rural areas such as Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures were preferred to work the sugar cane plantations.
The young men who went to Hawaii found that there were no Japanese women around whom they could marry. A new industry therefore sprang up which is referred to as “picture brides”. Girls wanting to marry would send photos to an agency and receive a selection of photos of eligible Japanese men. Once a choice had been made, the young woman would get on a boat and sail to Hawaii to meet and marry her intended husband.
Those Japanese who emigrated to Hawaii were know as “first generation” or “issei” in Japanese. It was impossible for them to get American citizenship. Their children, however, born in America, grew up as American citizens and are known as “second generation” or “Nisei” Japanese Americans.
However, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and brought America into World War Two, the Japanese community found itself in a difficult situation. On the American West Coast the Japanese, both Japanese nationals and American citizens, were arrested and concentrated in “war relocation” camps.
In Hawaii, however, the situation was different as the Japanese made up a large minority of the population, about 34% in 1941, and were considered by Lt. General Delos Emmons to be necessary for the war effort.
There was deep suspicion of those Japanese-Americans who were serving in the US armed forces at the outbreak of the Pacific War, with fears that they might act as enemy agents. Nevertheless, in the spring of 1942 a new Japanese-American unit was formed out of the nisei soldiers and called the 100th Infantry Battalion, serving under Caucasian officers.
In 1943 the unit went into action on the Salerno beachhead in Italy. The 100th was later absorbed into the 442nd, a unit of new Nisei recruits. By the end of the war the 100th/442nd had fought in seven campaigns in Italy, France and Germany and been awarded 18,000 decorations for valor.
Because so many of the first generation of Japanese-American migrants went to Hawaii from Hiroshima, many of the Nisei soldiers would have had relatives living in the Hiroshima area when the atom bomb was dropped on 6th August 1945.
After the war, the Hawaiian Nisei veterans returned home changed by the experience of war and determined to fight for their constitutional rights. Many took advantage of the G. I. Bill of 1944 to get a college education. Many of them entered the legal and other professions.
In 1952 the first generation were granted U. S. citizenship and voting rights and two years later dozens of Japanese Americans became candidates for legislators in Hawaii. At that time, Hawaii was a Territory and not a State of the U. S. A. so full voting rights were denied until the Japanese Americans and others succeeded in their campaign to have Hawaii made a U. S. state, which happened in 1959.
Today, Hawaii remains one of the most popular overseas destinations for Japanese tourists, many of whom travel from Hiroshima and feel quite “at home” when they arrive in Hawaii and find they have many opportunities to speak Japanese, and perhaps even the Hiroshima dialect of Japanese.
~Submitted by a Supporter of Kids Speak for America~