Is the American Dream Still Worth Pursuing?

American Dream

American Dream

It used to be that America represented a place where everyone in the world can come seeking wealth and fame. Wherelse do you have a place that makes people famous just for being themselves, where celebrities are worshipped and given incredible amounts of money, where excess is considered the accepted, and people who don’t usually finish their plate of food. It is a place that everyone knows even the poorest individuals can, through luck and perseverance, rise and attain wealth that he would never even dream of.

Lately, since 2008, the world economy took a toil and people are less wealthy than before. This included America and the ability to pursue that excess style American dream, for everyone. Does this mean people have stopped immigrating to America? Does this mean there is no reason to try to make it in America anymore? While Mexican immigration indeed has gone down since 2008 due to the lack of low skilled jobs such as construction and farming, in reality higher skilled immigration such as tech workers, entertainers and scientists are still flowing into America by the thousands. In fact, the H-1b skilled migrant worker quota has just been increased to 155,000 per year, up from 65,000 with the SKILLS Visa act.

America still is the biggest economy in the world. It is so far ahead in the race that even if America stopped producing for a few years, the next biggest economy, China, will still not catch to the American economy. The American economy is more than double the economy of China’s. Remember, GDP is measured by trillions. Trillions. It probably takes a few years to even get 1 trillion increase, let alone 7 that is currently ahead of China. In fact, you need to combine the entire economy of China, Japan and Germany (the next 3 biggest economies after America) to match that of America.

With the biggest economy come with the biggest potential of wealth. A small slice of the American economy means more than any other country with the same percentage. This is why, any breaking new ideas and new inventions go to America. Because America is truly the world biggest market with the largest potential. And this is why, people continue to immigrate to America. The dream is still alive, just harder to achieve than before due to competition. But it is not impossible.

Wealth is only able to be enjoyed if your environment is stable. America offers this as well. It is geographically isolated from the rest of the world that it can enjoy an isolation from political and ethnic turmoils. America affords its citizens to sit from a far away place and discuss the issues without having to be surrounded by them. America also offers people of any backgrounds to be successful and thrive in society, because it is the country that lets people pursue their happiness and really put it in writing when America declared its independence.

Keep in mind, the same problems that plagued America in the past are still present. Racism, xenophobia, ignorance are all still part of the American society. The lack of education or value on etiquette and respect for anything foreign is still prevalent. New problems are also emerging, like health care, the top 1%, and overcrowded cities. The American government is trying to resolve them, but it will take time. Have faith that this is still the best country on the planet and for as long as it stands, all Americans will make sure it stays the best country on Earth.

Witness To The Rise Of A Nation

nationI began working in Kazakhstan in the fall of 1994, the year of President Nazarbayev’s historic speech to the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which later became known as ‘the President’s Memorandum’. The President’s Memorandum outlined a number of radical reforms to the country’s financial systems and set forth proposals to stabilize the country’s new currency. In so many important ways, 1994 represented a turning point for the fledgling nation of Kazakhstan.

As an American attorney and business consultant, I had no accurate concept of the reception that I, or my clients, would receive upon embarking on our initial visit to the then capital city of Almaty. On arrival, the city of Almaty, surrounded as it was by picturesque snow-capped mountains, was unlike anything we had previously imagined. During our visit, we took the opportunity to tour the area. We visited the world’s highest outdoor ice skating rink, Medeo; the ski areas of Shymbulat; and the Kazakh Central State Museum, where we learned about Kazakh history, art and culture. We found that the people of Kazakhstan were warm and generous in spirit and most anxious to analyze and understand the business opportunities presented by our group on that first visit.

I was so taken by this country and its people, that I continued to work in Kazakhstan, as a business consultant for American and European companies, from 1994 to 2004. It was my pleasure to visit Kazakhstan more than thirty times and it was during this period, that I truly witnessed the rise of a nation. Kazakhstan, during those early years, faced unique challenges in building a democracy; instilling political awareness and constructing a free market economy. Under the inspired leadership of President Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan was able to meet these challenges head-on and to succeed, beyond all popular expectation.

Today, many Kazakhstan companies are now listed on the London Stock Exchange Fund Market and as a result of increased transparency in business dealings, investor confidence is on the rise. The Administration of President Nazarbayev has continued throughout the years, to stress the education of its young people as a means of investing in the future of Kazakhstan and its ability to compete effectively in the global marketplace.

President Nazarbayev’s self-pronounced credo has been “Am I doing everything to make life better for my fellow countrymen”. Nazarbayev,N.(2008) “The Kazakhstan Way”. Stacey International Press.
I believe that the answer to the President’s question is evident in the remarkable progress that this nation has made over the past twenty years. For my part, it was my honor to have been an eyewitness to the growth of Kazakhstan to a formidable economic power and I look forward to the opportunity to once again visit this very special nation on the rise.

Classification of Government

Classification of Government

Classification of Government

Government is an important element of the state. The exercise of power by the state is mainly executed by the entity of government. The government is different in different countries. The classification of governments is very important. It helps in comparing institutions in different circumstances. Such an exercise helps in identifying common and distinctive element of different forms of government. Comparison aims at understanding the rationale behind institutions, which in turn helps in better understanding of its functions and the philosophy or the idea behind it. A comparison of the executive institution in Britain and U. S. A. for example, tells us about the rationale, their powers and functions.

Comparison between governmental forms helps us to understand the basis of their power. This in turn helps in understanding their powers and functions as also their relation with other institutions of government. It helps us in understanding the similarities and dis-similarities between governments and their working. In either case, the explanations may take into account various factors, e.g., historical conditions for the emergence of a governmental form, the socioeconomic conditions in the society, the linkages with other countries, and so on. Thus, a discussion on the forms of government is not limited to their classification only in terms of constitutional institutions, it also includes the different ways in which the institutions actually work.

Problems of Classification

Any attempt at classification involves working out categories into which governments and their institutions in different countries are listed. There are two ways of doing this. We can take into account the objectives of the state and the government and arrive at broad categories that seem reasonable. The second method is to analyse the existing government, and then see what are the broad categories that emerge from the actual distribution of power and its use. Aristotle’s well-known scheme of classification, where he arrived at three main forms of government on the basis of an analysis of the working of more than 150 constitutions, is a good example of this exercise. Many recent studies in the field of comparative politics have made similar efforts.

When one set of characteristics is selected for classification in preference to some others, the question of bias may arise. Why these categories, and not the others? Such preferences may have their roots in some cultural or ideological bias of the scholar or of the theoretical approach.

Another difficulty of classification is that the terms used have different meanings in different contexts. Institutions may gather different meanings. President of U.S.A., France and India are quite different institutions, though the term that has been used is the same. Bureaucracies in Great Britain and in India are quite different in terms of their powers and functions. Same is true of other terms like the Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Judiciary, and so on. The constitution may provide for an institution based on certain principles and with some expectations. But in their actual working, institutions may take a different shape. There may be difference between theory and practice. No scheme of classification is, therefore, final and static. After the initial classification it always becomes necessary to go into the details of the working of each type of government. There are different levels of such classification of government.

Democracy, A Short Note

Democracy

Democracy

Democracy today is not just another form of government, it is by far the most preferred form. Most of the countries were able to achieve the ideals of democracy only in the 20th century; Universal Adult Franchise was introduced in Germany in 1919, in Sweden in 1920, in France in 1945, and in Britain in 1948. The female population in Switzerland got their right to vote in 1971. Commitment to democratic ideals in the Third World countries like India, took roots during the freedom movement and the institutional framework reflected the ideals of democracy only after she became independent. The word €democracy’ is derived from two Greek terms, demos and kratia. These two words together mean €authority of the people’. Different aspects of democracy were influenced by the British experience, the French Revolution, the American Revolution and the October Revolution. The British constitutional history emphasized individual freedom and a government that is controlled by the people. Equality constituted one of the ideals (along with liberty and fraternity) of the French Revolution. The American Revolution added the concept of meaningful representation.

Democracy refers to the ideals mentioned above. It also includes the elaboration of procedures that ensures the achievement of the ideals.
More than a form of government, democracy is associated with a way of life. It includes an ideal social system, aimed at general social welfare through the fullest development of human personality. It is possible only when the individual enjoys complete and equal freedom of action and freedom from unnecessary constraints. The democratic form of government helps create such conditions.

Democratic theory is based on three basic ideals: individual rights, liberty and equality. Democracy as a form of government ensures these three principles. Individual as the basic unit and the organisation of democracy emphasize those ideals. Individual rights and liberty are regarded most important. Emphasis on equality advocates basic equality of individuals. Distinctions of any kind, e.g., on the basis of age, race, education, or gender, etc., are against the ideal of democracy. In order to ensure individual rights and liberty on the basis of equality, it upholds the principle of universal participation of people in the affairs of the government.

The most direct form of popular participation is adult franchise through which the government is constituted and representatives are elected. Participation should however, does not stop here. It should extend to participation in the decision-making processes. The organisation of the government, as well as its functioning, is subject to supervision and control by the people. While the governmental authority is recognized, individual rights and liberty are of paramount importance.

Non-democratic government is not based on the participation of the people. Institutions of non-democratic government are also not accountable to the people for their actions. Terms that are often used to describe nondemocratic governments are authoritarian, dictatorship and totalitarian. The characteristic, which is common to all these terms is absence of popular control on the use or abuse of power.

The Process of Filing Finance Visa

Fiancee Visa

Fiancee Visa

Fiancee Visa/ Finance Visa is a visa which helps the citizens of USA to get a visa for their spouses and marry in the province of United States of America. This is basically designed to work for the citizens of United States of America to give an opportunity to their spouses to visit their place before they actually tie the knot. Finace Visa is a wonderful and easy way to get the Visa.

Fiancee visa requires a set of documentations which is slightly difficult and complex in nature. It is always suggested to get the advice of some experts to help in the documentation process in way so that the visa application is not returned back or rejected. Further, the entire documentation process requires about a thousand dollars for filing and approval of the documents. This is a vital part in getting the visa process for the Fiancee. Fiancee Visa is little different from the Marriage Visa in the way that the visa requires 4-6 month process while the Marriage Visa requires about 9-10 months. Further, for the Fiancee Visa meeting the person once is the only eligibility criteria while for the Marriage Visa it is imperative to have met the person and have the legal documents.

The process for getting a Fiancee Visa is as follows. One needs to file a petition for Fiance Visa with the Department of Homeland Security with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in the area that one is residing. One receives a package which contains a bunch of forms and certain information which collectively makes up the Fiancee petition. The forms needs to be filled up in all aspects with all the required supporting documents. Care should to be taken to fill the forms correctly so that the form is not rejected or returned back. One more thing to keep in mind is the dact aht the petition for Fiancee Visa cannot be filled at embassy, consulate or the United States Immigration abroad. The process then continues. The council approves the petition and sends it to National Visa Centre for processing for their approval. After this the Fiancee gets to be interviewed in person by the officials for getting the final approval. The documents are then reviewed and the entire process takes about 4- 6 months of time. Now this is changing job but once the Visa is received the process becomes easier. Further, there is even a clause that the children can accompany the spouse with special permission. Once the visa is received, the spouses can accompany and marry nicely in the dream state of United States of America.