I still like the feel of a book in my hands rather than having to constantly refer to the screen and "turn" the page by pressing next or arrow. When the library had the book sale back in October and November, I found an accounting book that was in great condition - but it was from 1979. I picked it up anyway.
Thus far I have taken two accounting classes and am now on my third and so far my outdated book has been compatible to my first two courses. I obviously hadn't taken payroll or taxes into account. Guess what my accounting focus is on for this class?
The government laws are constantly changing. This tax is taken out for this purpose, that tax for another. We no longer have just FICA and SSN - now there is IRCA created in in 1986, FMLA created in 1993, PRWORA created in 1996, the list goes on and on. I don't know that I'm expected to memorize every initial and reasons for the organization for this week - but I'm certain I'll need to understand them all before I get a job doing payroll. DANG!
I'm trying not to take these laws personally and actually have a better understanding of WHY I had taken that history class. Our last discussion post was on the topic " Equality vs. Equity". I wrote the following:
"When I first saw the topic Equality vs. Equity, I was confused as I was looking at equity to mean: "the value of the shares issued by a company" rather than " the quality of being fair and impartial" Sadly, it was the antonyms that further helped me to understand.
"Several thoughts have entered my mind since Saturday when I started reviewing for this upcoming discussion, including topics such as the education system, the school's meal program, or a continuation of my "soapbox" from last week's discussion [a post about Political Freedom in which I questioned the words “All Men are Created Equal” written at the time of slavery - thus not applying to ALL men] , but I have since decided on a topic that I picked up from 60 Minutes last a night.
"According to Community Tool Box, about 18% of the American population has some kind of disability. In 1990 a law was passed which enforces businesses to comply with stipulations enforcing guidelines for wheelchair access (CTB, 2016)
"The 60-minute feature took Anderson Cooper to different business locations that don't seem to meet the guidelines here. Many of these businesses were being sued because they were not actually up to code of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"For those with disabilities, I think that the act is more of equity than equality. There are just some differences that will [never make us equal]. We need to embrace those differences and not discriminate or bully. I think equity is better than equality especially if we constantly fight in the name of "equality" if we are looking to be cookie cutter images of one another. I like what makes me unique.
"We can share our talents and learn from one another. Equity is a good thing - but can also be taken advantage of."
60 minutes (2016, December 4). What's a "drive-by lawsuit"? (A. Cooper, Interviewer)
Section 4. Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities. (2016). Retrieved from Community Tool Box: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/implement/physical-social-environment/housing-accessibility-disabilities/main "
I now have two chapters to read for my accounting class, and really am trying to read with an open mind. This morning I believed I would be wading through a lot of jibberish that I wouldn't fully understand and would put me to sleep. By noon it seemed to be doing the opposite- stirring up emotions which I know I should not allow to rise to the surface, and yet they have. Instead of taking a nap, I am riled. I am livid, even sad. All these "governing rules" or stipulations is what has been flushing our economy down the toilet. Well in part anyway. Or at least that is my opinion.
It has been suggested that employers use a payroll system – someone outside the company who specializes in cutting checks. I think it would be a lot easier to work for one of those companies cutting paychecks for people that you don't know rather than follow all the "governing rules" on your employees'' paychecks knowing that skimming just one or two dollars from every tax or deduction it will take food off his table. It would be much easier to do payroll when the names are just names and there is no personal attachment.
Roland has always been able to separate personal from business. I can’t even separate my class discussion or material without personality. How the heck would I ever be able to do a job? It’s funny how often I have stressed out over assignments or classes and have ended up doing well – as if all that emotion had been unnecessary and wasted. I hope that is the case now.
I’ve had an option of reviewing videos in addition to the manual of each course thus far. This course doesn’t have any cool videos – or even lame ones for that matter. I have no choice but resort to the book, the power point outline of the book and my instructor’s lecture – which is a bit more helpful than trying to analyze the text myself, but still . . . I want a video that will teach me and make me smile. As of now, I’m really not doing a whole lot of smiling.