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The second subject was a 29-year-old white female teacher. She just had her second child and although she is part of a public union, she feels that the government spends too much money on superfluous things instead of concentrating on serious matters. While she agrees that government spending must be cut, she think that education is too important and shouldn't be cut. Instead, the government should raise taxes on wealthy businesses in order to balance the budget. She feels that the government has an important role to play in society, and stated only the government can do certain things like build roads and airports, or run a school system.
Finally the last subject was a 76-year-old African-American female immigrant from Jamaica. She had been in the United States since the 1980's and has worked as a cleaning woman until her retirement in 2005; when she retired to spend her time taking care of her many grandchildren. This subject may have been the most typical of all possible American subjects as she both blamed the government for the current economic problems and thought that the government was the only way out of the current economic mess. First, she blamed former President George Bush for the collapse of the economy, stating that it was his insistence on going to war that caused the problem. She also felt that while the government had a role to play in society, but that it had so far failed in this role. When asked what role the government should play, she replied "to make life more fair for the poor people." And while she does not blame Obama for the economy, stating that he was doing the best he could, she also was forced to admit that he was not doing a very good job.
All three subject come from various backgrounds and have very different life experiences. These backgrounds and experiences have shaped the way they look at the world. It has influenced what they think of the government and its role in the economy. While the first subject wanted the government out of the economy as much as possible, the second wanted government to fund things important to her, while cutting other things not important. The third had a view that the government should play a leading role in the economy, ensuring a more fairly distribution of economic resources.