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Power is Money
Power is money and money is power. There are many more examples of this now than anytime in the past.
One of the most obvious examples is politics. Ross Perot was an unkown multimillionaire and his money is the only reason that he made it into the presidential election. If a man who earned a standard salary wanted to run for president, he would have almost no chance at all unless he was backed by people with money.
Every four years when the U.S. Presidential election is held, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent. The more money a candidate has, the farther he can get. Although the richest competitor doesn’t always win, the president is usually a very wealthy man. Wealth paves the road to a good education. If the presidential candidate is rich, he either inherited it or was educated enough to make it.
OJ Simpson’s trial is another example of money changing everything. If OJ Simpson had not been a retired professional football player, then the trial would have been completely different. Because OJ was rich, he was able to afford a very good team of lawyers. An average person would have had much less of a chance at being found innocent, especially considering the weight of the evidence. Supported by his money OJ’s case became a media event.
When OJ had the trial, there was no way it could be completely fair. It was unlikely that there was not going to be a fan of OJ on the jury. Also, because he was rich, OJ was given better privileges. If OJ had been a poor man with a criminal record, he would have probably been found guilty because of representation by an over-worked public defender.
Power and Money also affects the average person with expenses of college. An average “B” student is going to have a much harder time getting into a good school than a wealthy kid. With money, all the rich student needs to do is maintain an average grade. When a student has money, he/she does not have to work as hard to succeed in life, usually because he/she is given a higher position to start thanks to references from his university’s alumnae or from aquaintances of his wealthy relatives.
Money and power do not just apply to college. A child who has a wealthy family is going to have an easier job getting good grades. One of the main reasons is that the parents probably got a good education and know how important education is in life. Most likely, the child will have an encyclopedia and a computer which will make it easier for the kid to get better grades.
In many cities throughout the United States, safety is a big factor in peoples’ lifestyles. Families with money can afford to live in a nice neighborhood without having to worry about gangs. Living in a bad community makes a persons life much harder. The person always has to worry about making it home safely and doesn’t really have a chance to relax.
Families with an abundance of money can also afford security systems. This helps people live their lives more comfortably without worrying continuously. Living in a safe community makes life much easier to live successfully.
Money is a factor in many things that happen. When a person has money, then that person has the power to do what he/she wants to do. Although a small minority believe that money does affect most things that happen in your life, if you work hard and do your best, then you have a good chance of being successful.
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