December 2nd, 2010
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When I arrived at the offices of start-up Jumo I was surprised by just how young Chris Hughes looks in person. Though he is now 27 years old, he looks like he could still be in college. As we set up for the interview I tried to reconcile this mild mannered fellow with the person some credit with getting Barack Obama elected (he spear-headed Barack Obama’s online fundraising and social networking efforts).

And then Hughes started talking. He is sharp, focused and confident beyond his years. I guess I would be too if I had helped launch Facebook – that is a pretty big resume booster. Still, Hughes has set himself a formidable task. Getting people, especially young people, to engage in charitable giving at a time when jobs are scarce and the future looks bleak. Crazy?

“I never underestimate the generosity of the American people,” says Hughes. “Obviously people are suffering at home and are having trouble making ends meet, but especially around the holidays they are thinking about their communities.”

It is that community part that Hughes thinks is missing from the charity equation. When disasters like the tsunami in Indonesia or earthquake in Haiti strike and news images flood our lives we connect in a personal way with those in need. Donations surge. But when the story moves on so does the help. Hughes thinks the social network framework of blogs, news feeds and video can establish more lasting relationships. People can also tap into special interests more easily and find a niche they want to get involved with and support.

There is huge potential. The New York Times points out that only 6% of the $300 billion donated in 2009 was done online.

It is a leap of faith, but Hughes is an optimist. “What is at our core is our sense of solidarity, our feeling that we are all in this together…….that American resiliency is at the core of what has gotten us through hard economic times before, it will get us through this time and probably the ones to come.”

At a time when many dismiss the competitive ability of the U.S. and are so gloomy about the future of the global economy, it is a breath of fresh air to talk to Hughes. While some industries and jobs may be gone for good, Hughes and his peers are focused on new frontiers. He calls the rate of invention on the web, awe-inducing. Applications exist now that didn’t exist five years ago. Hughes sees endless possibility in that and for the short time I am with him…so do I.

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  1. suzy diamond

    Now this goof can watch us UNSEAT his ole pal Barak Obama in 2012!
    This guy has his riches and his youth. I lost my job after 30yrs. What am I going to get? NOTHING!!! That's what! I've been out of work for 16mths. but was LUCKY to find a part time job paying $12 per hr. I have had NO health insurance for the last 16mths. I can't AFFORD that on $12 per hr. OH.....that's right I'll have OBAMACARE!!! WOW, won't THAT be GREAT....NOT. This guy needs to see the REAL WORLD like through MY EYES or rather MY POCKET BOOK!!!!!!!!! OBAMA is KILLING our JOBS and SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. Barak is a ONE TERM President and this country will make SURE OF THAT!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 4:25 am |
  2. oneoarout

    In the end, unlimited wealth creates unlimited need. Charitable behavior among the masses is a wonderful thing, but society as a whole is being crushed under the profiteering of the plutocrats. Obscene levels of wealth are a threat to a healthy democracy.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:59 am |
  3. joe

    so why do so many corporations sit on so much cash.. they aren't feeling very charitable..they won't even give you a job.. scrooges

    December 3, 2010 at 6:13 am |
  4. barbie

    'Suzy, I can clearly hear your anger and frustration. But you and others are blaming the wrong guy. The economy was already in a meltdown before the current president was elected. Moreover, billions of dollars are being spent and hundreds of lives are being lost on a war (Iraq) that should never have happened. If you think YOU can turn around a busted economy in less than two years, let's hear your plan or, better yet, run for president!

    I know people are hurting-I endured it under Reagan's "trickle down" ideology (hmm.... both Republicans!) and it took me two years of stringent sacrifice after I finally got a job to dig myself out of debt. And I have purposely structured my personal finance to avoid such a situation again (and, so far, have been fortunate!). But thinking Obama is the reason why you are in your current situation and venting venom in that direction is misdirected at best. Be thankful that there IS such as thing as, so you call it, Obama-care. When I was out of work for so many months under Reagan's time, I just stayed sick and prayed that I didn't get worse, but I had NO care, and nothing on the horizon.

    I'm all for differences of opinion. But the venom people spew without any objectivity really bodes poorly for this country. No constructive debate–just name calling, venom, and poor-me! Sad.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  5. Leo

    Hey Suzy. I just love how people blame Obama for losing there jobs. President Bush was the captian of the titanic when it hit the iceberg he than jump ship and President Obama took control of the ship and save it from sinking. But people still blame him for hittíng the iceberg. Amazing WOW. I move to Germany last year with my wife and son.We both have job here but let me tell you something Suzy the best part of Germany and almost all European is this free health insurance. To bad that in my own country if a president wants to give free health care to the people he is a communist or socialist. To bad most of my fellow Americans dont have a passport and get to see other places so that they could compair what they have to what they real need.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:19 am |


    December 3, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  7. john

    @suzy diamond... You're anger is WILDY mis-directed. Are you so retarded to think 10% unemployement happened under Obama? Long story short: Trickle Down Tax Policies were a Miserable Failure... there's your 10%. Geez, you obviously watch the becks and Co over at the big FIX Network. someone with your level of intelligence shouldn't probably read a book... it'd be better for you.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  8. Fred

    @ Suzy Diamond,

    So you found someone to blame for your situation. You sound like what has happened to the conservatives when the chips are down. whine whine whine.

    Forget about the fact that the president, any president, can only do so much, forget about the fact that to the extent he was able to, George Bush destroyed America with war debt and long term policies that are difficult to replace, forget about the fact that if there is Obama care America will be better off financially, forget about all that: you are right, your life is someone else's fault.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  9. Robert

    As long as the gap between those who have and those who have not widens, words are just that. While mankind is evolving with technological know how, the average man or woman get´s less and less. I always feel this world is run by a small group of people. Let´s call them the ´good ole boys´. These people are slowing down what can be such a great planet due to their enormous greed. It´s like holding a carrot in front of someone and every time he or she wants to grab it some ´good ole boy´ is pulling it away. And perhaps this is how life works. Giving people hope but only to the extend that it´s controlable. And to reply to S. Diamond, i understand your aggrivation but Obama IS the new type of President this world needs. Daring to change things that the old establishment so desperately wants to keep in place. This has it´s cost, which you encountered. But going back to the old times sure wasn´t working either.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  10. noli

    never thought that what is happening in third world countries is now happening is the US. after 30 yrs of working, you lost your job and got nothing. that's scary and i'm sorry for that. On another thought, great wealth isn't the evil here, it is us – the people. So as a community of good people we have to have our voices be heard in shaping policies here and abroad towards the better use of wealth for the benefit of everyone esp those who are in need.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  11. richbastard

    Maybe if you spent more time upgrading your skills rather than posting drivel on CNN, you'd have a better job.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  12. suzy is a damn stupid idiot

    I concur with richbastard, john, fred, barbie and leo. Though I'd like to add, you are lame as hell and probably deserved to lose your job since you sucked at it anyway.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  13. cnnmax

    Good interview! Glad to see he is proud of the work that obam has done these last few years. Yes, unemployment may have not gone down, but easily do people forget the JOBS OBAMA SAVED!!! Or we would be much worse off (thanks goodness rebublicans weren´t elected). The fact that after 30 years, someone can get fire and get NOTHING is appauling. I have many friends with whom I work who are from European countries and YES, they pay more taxes and more SS, but .......they get paid if they are fired and the companyies, by LAW must pay an amount (ex. days per year worked) and also give obligatory 1 month holidays. So......we must keep moving towards improving our quaility of life. You may think you are secure because you have been at the company FOREVER, or have NEVER been sick.....but we need to pay more SS because it is an insurance to our well being and our loved ones (my brother is a free-lance writer, so he must pay 300 USD a month to be covered? and what if he gets sick and can´t work). Good start on health care.....we must keep pushing to do things as they do in Europe (the TOP countries to live in as per worldwide rankings). For me, things are great in the states but I understand that it is not that way for all.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  14. Scott

    Suzy Diamond, what planet are you on? "This goof," as you call him, co-created Facebook and earned his right to his riches at such a young age. Had you had his wherewithal, you might not have lost your job at all if you had had the foresight to prepare yourself for any financial eventuality. But, let's face it, you reap what you sow.

    As for your job loss, did you just sleep through the Bush Administration's eight years where the lax policies towards Wall Street and Banks created the current Depression?

    With the continuing mindset of GOP obstructionism, you're damned right we're going to see a changes in the Washingtion political landscape in 2012, but it isn't going to be the one you stated above.

    This week, more than 2 million Americans started losing their last paycheck. But as of right now, Congress has no plan to help them.

    Please tell me that this is not a "part of a "cynical" and transparent" Republican strategy to "obstruct" and "delay" legislative progress while blaming the Democrats for failing to effectively govern."

    December 3, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  15. BF

    Im European, but i love America, you will get trought it... Stay united and dont give away to the Sarah Palins of America dont give away to the dumb gun crazed side, support human rigths around the world (dont forget you are still the worlds greatest economy 3 times China so dont trade petty money for human rigths) be Strong on human rigths around the world and be kind to eachother inside your own country. Arent americans God
    believing people? Be kind, God will help.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  16. Robert Esperanza

    I was waiting for Suzy to start blaming the Mexicans for her unemployment.... oh, YOU KNOW that's next on the Republican playbook! You're just itching to blame everyone else for your unemployment.

    Guess what? If the country did have government healthcare, YOU would have healthcare the same way you can dial 911 and the firemen and cops show up at your door to help you!

    How many times have I had to call the fire department or police to our door? NONE. Paramedics? twice. Paying taxes so I can avail of that ANYTIME I need it is exactly what public healthcare is all about. I may not even need it, but it's THERE and always ready the same way the police and fire department are there for all of us.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  17. Robert Esperanza

    Public healthcare is not "lazy bureaucrats" handling your medical care. It's the same government employees who run the fire department, police and most public libraries.
    On the other hand, I just don't understand how financially strapped people continue to vote Republican in this country.

    They have staked their position with the HMO's that you love... you know... private corporate bureaucrats who want to keep as much money as possible so they can pay shareholders and not doctors... It about makes as much sense as a for-profit fire department or police.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  18. solei

    if i was an american i would definitly vote for OBAMA he is the man that america needed log time ago

    December 3, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  19. Robert Esperanza

    And if Suzy was thinking right... who raised her hourly wage to $12? Liberals.
    If the conservatives had their way, women like her would be making one third of a man's wages... the country would still have child factory labor... there would be total free market meaning NO minimum wage. The minimum wage would be as low as the employer wants and the employee would be powerless to stop it.

    Now conservatives want to take way social security, medicaid and all the rest too... So keep voting for them Suzy... Keep voting against your own interest.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  20. Jayesh

    mobile video upload in FB is an innovation!!

    December 3, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  21. michail

    @suzy diamond; I hope you learned from these comments, they should make every American feel good, this fellow Chris Hughes gave an excellent interview, guys like him are the future of America and so IS our great President Barack Obama, he is the new type of President America needed since a long time, `Obama Care` Is a positive step forward, I hope one day you will be travelling to Europe and in particular to Germany where everybody has health care, and you don`t lose your health care when losing your job , thats the way all over Europe including Great Britain functions, it was shameful for America for someone to fall sick and go bankrupt, because they can`t afford health care, why can`t afford, health care is a neccessity and not a money making gambling institute, get it. So when you criticize President Obama and fall in line with those republican right wing extremist hate and war mongers you don`t help your unfortunate situation and the dear economic consequences and the joblessness of millions of Americans, brought about by the terrible 8years of the disastrous bush administration, believe me you don`t want to go back to those bush years, this is what the rightwing hate and warmongers want to do go back to those terrible bush years and make money by creating artificial wars. Haliburtons and company love to go to more wars, they make their money out of the misery and sufferings of thousands of innocent people people. So i hope your learning your lessons here and really go up against the right people in your critic. thank you very much for your attention!

    December 3, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  22. Tom

    Barbie – speaking of misdirected criticism... Reagan was the best thing to happen to the US economy. Much of the prosperity seen under Clinton was due to "Reaganomics" – supply-side economics (since you likely don't know what that is) that clearly proved to work. Speaking of being left with a bad economy and blaming the next president, huh?! The reason you personally struggled under Reagan is more likely due to what he was left with by Carter (hmm... A democrat!!!) who served his entire term during a period of stagflation in the US that he couldn't get us out of.

    Leo – I find it seriously hard to believe you're American, and very easy to believe you struggled to find employment in the US. Your spelling and grammar is reminiscent of a middle-school child. I would start to point out the errors but I don't have that much free time, I think there are more misspelled words than correctly spelled ones.

    In conclusion, no single politician or political party, not Obama nor Bush is responsible for what's going on in the economy. Greed of the general population is a better place to start. And you can add ignorance on top of that. Taking out mortgages without understanding what will happen if you house actually declines in value, just so you can get a nicer house than you'd normally afford so you can feel important – people working at banks actually granting these mortgages so they can pat their pay check a little bit, etc, etc.

    That said, the Bush administration/Fed clearly could have done a better job regulating things before the subprime crisis brought the system down, but Obama has done FAR from a good job since he took office as well. Time to get rid of the bi-partisan system.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  23. Smithers

    Cry me a river Suzy, nobody cares.

    This guy put in work and now he reaps the benefits.

    What are you doing ? blaming someone else for your sh!tty life.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  24. wayne

    Suzy, your broke and out of work not because of Obama but because of your Grand Old Party. He was only on the job a few months before you lost your job. the situations that caused you to lose it were in place way before him. Blame your 2001 Bush tax cuts that only affected people making $250,000 or more. Did you get a tax break? No, yet you probably voted for the guy anyway and now you want to blame Obama for plugging a damn that was broken by years of greed. Look, nobody likes to be told they were wrong or that they are a fool. No one wants to hear that their own actions are the reason that they are struggling. I your case however it is the truth. You can blame Obama all you want but he didn't create your problem, you and your ideology did. We reap what we sow sweetie.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  25. Joe

    @ Suzy what you don't know are facts of this World we are leaving in...To think Obama is the cause of all your problems means how uninformed you are just like many ignorant Americans.I have had the previlage to travel in most European countries and sorry to say US policies and politicians dangling around influntial investors is the problem.
    How would you feel if you were fired for the mistakes of a person who had occupied same position for misappropriating of companies money.Do you really think Obama is the course of all Americans money problem?I guess your answer is yes.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  26. Rasaq Seriki

    Folks we should not affraid of downturn once you know your enemy it will deficult for him/her to kill ones again the solution has been provided for the recession syptoms is left to our leaders to avail the suggested solutions being provided from every nucks and cranny of the World.

    Those believe politics is a game of number rather than given voice for voiceless and empower Citizens in order to see themselves as part of the process and progress together when you feel belongs there is no one to blame when things goes otherwise moreover if things got better and goes as we plans we take the praise and enjoy together.

    Tough Policies require big heart to bear the critisim but is better to understanding than to underestimate our competency.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  27. Tom

    Suzy – I am a Canadian that lives close to the Detroit border. All the countries of the world agreed that a bailout was necessary. I talked to a top level banker from the Bank of Scotland and asked him if rhere would have been a depression without the bailout. He answered "Without a doubt." What amazes me is that the American people are so brainwashed with Limbaugh and Beck. Why do they not tell how the Republicans have rejected virtually all of Obama's plans, even if he took their ideas. McConnell made it clear – Obama is to be a one term president. They are the party of no. If the tax cuts for the wealthy go through, your country is sunk. If you think the millionaires are going to reinvest, good luck with that. They will save it for their heirs. Think NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB players. Reinvest in the economy? How?

    December 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  28. Dave

    In spite of the rhetoric and flag waving, Republican focus is on Country Last, and as of Reagan are hell bent on eliminating the middle class. They advance awful trade policies, enrich cronies at national expense, more, and as a bonus obstruct the Dems that are yet again trying to improve our situation while cleaning up after 8 long hideous years of Bush.

    Unemployment won't substantially go down until we bring our jobs and productivity back while moving the current entitlement model on our businesses from overhead to effectively the national bottom line.

    And that won't happen until we have campaign finance reform. Until then, we have the best government that money can buy and regretfully nothing of real substance will change.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  29. Jordan

    I'm really sorry Suzy...

    You're only as young as you feel :)

    December 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  30. GoodNews316

    Our world is paralyzed by fear. Every day you turn on the news and see evidence of our impending doom. Pretty depressing stuff! Fortunately, there's good news! There is hope. See for yourself, visit: Story4.Us/2050.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  31. John J. Aiello

    Why don't we stop using the term "free" healthcare? Call it what it really is–taxpayer money.

    And to those of you that believe President Obama is the wrong man to lead our nation forward–you haven't done your homework.

    Lastly, lets stop the personal attacks and stick to the issues.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  32. kat40915

    Of course Obama is not the cause of the economic meltdown. That was a combination of both Dems and Reps making bad fiscal decisions, Americans living way beyond their means and off of credit, and unethical lending practices. ALL of those are to blame. Not just one person or one party, and not just the government. It was a concerted effort to bring down our financial system. That said, Obamas policies clearly are not helping small businesses- and he also clearly lied about no higher taxes on the middle class- it's going to happen, so hold onto your butts. Obamas agenda is socialism. Thats why Obamacare is coming into place (NOT to help us, as he says, but to gain more power.) Once the government controls our healthcare and our education systems, we're an inch away from socialism. Personally, I do not want the government deciding my healthcare. I don't want them telling me what doctor to see, and what procedure I can have done. Clearly there are huge problems in our healthcare system, but Obamacare is not the answer- it WILL cause higher healthcare expenses and longer waits to see doctors and receive care. It is a disaster. People on both sides- conservative and liberal and everythin in between- are all finding people to blame. Put clearly- life is tough and life is not fair. It never will be. So first it would be wise to stop expecting it to be. People need to take responsibility for their own futures. Some will succeed. Some will get crushed. Thats just a fact. The main thing I cannot agree with is the mentality in our country of "entitlement" and "getting what I deserve." We deserve NOTHING but the right to live, the right to have liberty and freedom to CHOOSE. At this time, we still get to make the calls for ourselves. Keep in mind that the more power we give the government (meaning the more money, because money is power) the less we get to choose for ourselves. Think of a child/parent relationship. The parent pays the bills- and the parent gets to make the decisions. The person with the money is the decision-maker. Therefore, we allow the government to take our money, they become the decision-makers for our lives. How well have they been doing so far? Why in earth would we want to give them more money and more power?

    December 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  33. kat40915

    I think the last question is: What do you see the role of the government to be? I see the government as a force to protect us from enemies, both foreign and domestic. I do not see the government as a means to take care of me financially. Thats my job. Its my job to work and be a productive member of society. Handouts enable laziness.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  34. kat40915

    Last comment- Suzy's comment may be misdirected, but clearly she is frustrated. Maybe a little compassion from some of you, accompanied by some information rather than insults, would be a better option moving forward

    December 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  35. Corwin7

    Might as well save your breath trying to explain to Sue why she sounds so stupid. If she was bright enough to be educatable she wouldn't be a Republican watching Fox News in the first place. Easier to just face the fact that if we want to succeed in America (other than the top 5%) we are going to have to do it with just under half the population and in spite of the best efforts of the stupid and the wealthy to sabotage our efforts. Sad but true.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  36. Chris

    That is ridiculous. Obama wasn't the one that sunk the country, it was The good old boy Bush. Don't blame Obama. Obama just had to come in and try to clean up the mess he made.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
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    December 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  38. John

    Poor Suzy, she is so lost and confused; like Sarah Palin

    December 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  39. 2by4

    I am glad you guys told Suzie about herself. I also agree with the comment to learn new skills. I changed my skills three times and I am 45 three times I have been through all the worst economic times 1990's the 2000 and now and I was able to find work because I retrained refocused. I have a good friend who graduated as an civil engineer he is now a computer tech with an insurance company he has an insurance license and he fixes pc's on the side so suzie get of your backside and hustle lady hustle stop waiting or expecting the dream it is only for dreamers.
    Everything you get you got work hard for it baby so expecting it to happen.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  40. jbjr61

    Why do the rich always get blamed for the non rich. The rich are rich because we have had better ideas then most and worked hard to make them fly. Really incredible what this country has come to.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  41. Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    Maggie darling,
    In your last line you didn't sound quite convinced.I mean did you mean Hughes' optimism has no basis? I must say Mark Zuckerberg(pardon me) and his team eliminated a seemingly intractable barrier between everybody as in I'm so thrilled that I can reach you effortlessly on FACEBOOK and my highschool classmates I haven't seen in over 30 years.That's truly phenomenal.
    This is another opportunity for me to say that each day, my love and respect for you and the rest of the network continues to wax stronger.I've never really been so much loved in my life.I wish you all the best Almighty God Has to Offer In Jesus Name.Congratulations, it can only get better.Don't doubt it.
    Much Love from me,

    December 4, 2010 at 3:02 am |
  42. james

    I've lived in Canada, Texas, Cali, France and Germany.

    In Canada there is lower unemployment, higher median income (i.e. an actual middle class – the 'mean' or 'average' income is higher in US because of the small number of massively rich that throw the average off), better schools (standardized testing puts Canada in top 5, US about 25th), low-cost but very good Universities (not brand names, but quite good overall), much happier citizens, much lower rates of violent crime, much less corruption, one of the most solid banking systems in the world (NEVER A BANKING OR CURRENCY CRASH IN CANADA), never had a massive economic downturn, far less percent population in jail where they can't be productive, lower levels of teen pregnancy, and EVERYONE HAS HEALTHCARE, AND THEY ARE HAPPIER WITH IT THAN AMERICANS – no doubt – those in the US with the best coverage are better off, but it costs Americans MORE THAN 2X. Canadians are healthier overall, and live longer than Americans.

    Everyone needs healthcare. We all pay into the system – and the system negotiates hard (think buying power) to keep costs of drugs etc.. down. There are private things you can buy if you want. Of course – it's not free – it's paid for by taxes – but it works. You KEEP your doctor if you change jobs, and you KEEP your coverage when you are out of work or if you are a kid or older.

    Other than the weather – and it can get cold – it's great.

    Without Glenn Beck and the stupid republicans (I am kind of a Conservative but US Conservatives are insane and not actually conservative) – it does get boring in Canada! Beck is like a circus clown destroying your country!

    If you want to play the lottery to be the 1 in 5 million people who makes a million bucks (which is a stupid bet if you think about it) – stay in America. Otherwise, move to Canada.

    Oh – and by the way – we never had slavery, and women got the right to vote before they did in the US.

    I don't understand why Americans can't look outside of their own borders to see how many, many things are done better in other countries.

    Canada is far from perfect, and we learn all of the time from other countries like US, Sweden, Japan, UK – but Americans are ridiculously arrogant to not look outside their borders – especially when the country is flat on it's back.

    P.S. 'charter schools' are not the way. All the top schooling systems in the world – as measured by testing the kids – HAVE PUBLIC SYSTEMS. It's because people aren't all caught up in only making money, people respect teachers, they respect themselves, see the value in what they do and do a good job – good parenting, parents who don't go crazy because they don't have health insurance etc. – i.e. the kids/parenting the other 80% of the solution... and you can only have good parenting and well-adjusted kids when the rest of society works as well. These things are all interconnected? Get it?

    December 4, 2010 at 3:55 am |
  43. Fernando Da Costa

    I think that while students are a good target for Jumo, senior people is an even better one, since they (hopefully) have built their lives and reached a stage in their life when it's time to give back and build for the community. I really appreciate the efforts of the founders and think they should be praised for their ideas and efforts. Well done guys!

    December 4, 2010 at 6:00 am |
  44. Jim

    I'm amazed at anyone who is unemployed and upset with Obama. If you voted for Bush and you are unemployed than you should be happy because you helped elect the regime that caused you to lose your job. The economy was in freefall when Bush left the Whitehouse. Anyone who blames job losses on Obama is probably lucky to have ever had a job in the first place.
    So go ahead and bring back Bush or another like him. I have a job and my stocks have been doing well for the past 10 years. I sold my house in 2002 and decided to wait this out. Maybe I'll buy a house from a Bush supporter for half what he paid for it.

    December 4, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  45. Jim

    Suzy -I'm amazed at anyone who is unemployed and upset with Obama. If you voted for Bush and you are unemployed than you should be happy because you helped elect the regime that caused you to lose your job. The economy was in freefall when Bush left the Whitehouse. Anyone who blames job losses on Obama is probably lucky to have ever had a job in the first place.
    So go ahead and bring back Bush or another like him. I have a job and my stocks have been doing well for the past 10 years. I sold my house in 2002 and decided to wait this out. Maybe I'll buy a house from a Bush supporter for half what he paid for it.

    December 4, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  46. keith crowley

    Wow , good to see you people in he USA see the bigger picture on these issues, a pity that the rest of the world sort of sees you all as gun slinging rednecks.
    It is deregulation of banking sector that has fueled greed in your country amongst a few other problems like foreign wars, these are usually fought to gain trade monopolies[oil].
    The day will come very soon when most of or homes are self sufficient in electricity, this will in turn be used to charge the batteries in our cars.
    Once we get some new technologies that will change our geo political out look on life then perhaps we can all start being nice to each other,globally.

    December 4, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  47. Samuel

    Ideas for ways to make life better. Full employment, fair compensation, eliminate politics and waste. Take a look.

    December 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  48. Brian S

    @Suzy, if you were not a hate spewing republican scumbag I would bother to read that crap. Obama will get elected despite your racism and retardishness.

    December 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  49. Alan C

    Economic changes are not instantaneous. You need at least 4-6 years before any real impact is made past the micro-economic model. Of course the country is in a mess after Bush (one of the least liked presidents according to polls). Obama has done more in his presidency in the first year than Bush accomplished in 8. Do you think for a minute that Obama will lose.. to who? Palin?! If Palin will represent republicans it will be the biggest win for Democrats in HISTORY! I can see Russia from my house~!

    December 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  50. Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    Maggie darling,
    Proposal On A Solar Power Project In Africa
    Africa is perhaps the richest source of solar energy,because of its location in the tropics.For several years due to some twist of irony,this source of energy has not been largely utilized despite the tremendous energy requiremenst of nations in the continent which is home to many multinationals and indigenous firms as well as households who rely largely on prohibitively costly AGO in generating power.Another alternative has been hydroelectric power which is seriously limited by fluctuations in water levels.It also entails a huge capital outlay and has proved to be dangerously inadequate and inefficient with the benefit of hindsight.Solar energy is abundant in Africa and only recently, Jigawa state in Northern Nigeria has been a pioneer in utilizing solar energy.One of the two firms already in the business is PSC Industries Limited which is in the process of constructing its plant in South West Nigeria, but currently it imports Solar PV Systems from its base in Canada and in the United Kingdom.It has succeeded in securing contracts with the Gombe,Ogun,Kwara, Lagos and Oyo state governments in Nigeria.
    The market for solar power systems in Africa especially is huge and the ultimate is to get a number of firms to manufacture these systems in different parts of Africa.The manpower required to service the plants is available and can be available just as in other technology transfer mechanisms world-wide.The underlying assumption here is that technology transfer in terms of skilled manpower has already been accomplished in most of Africa and the developing world.
    It would be a quite feasible project,if The Team would deploy its technical expertise and acumen in exploring the opportunity a versatile Solar Power Project presents in Africa especially.I greatly appreciate the opportunity to present this proposal to The Team and would be much obliged if it's given the deliberation it deserves.Thank you.
    Yours faithfully,
    Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    December 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  51. salz_elsen

    Dear Suzy,

    people like you are a danger to this country. You clearly don't understand that your words are not based on facts. How could you possibly blame the current president, who is not to blame for the loss of so many jobs, foreclosures and people without healthcare. President Obama was inaugurated at a time when the economy was already in bad shape, two wars were already being fought and people had already lost their jobs and millions of Americans had already been without healthcare. Blaming the President for your situation is simply nonsense. You should take three deep breaths and be thankful for all that you have because right now there are people in this country that can't even read this because they have no home, no Internet connection and no job to go to on Monday.

    December 5, 2010 at 3:15 am |
  52. CC

    @Suzy, You are out of job due to Bush's policies and economic meltdown. Its actually ironic that you complain about no health care but hate the policy and the man (Obama) who is trying to get health care just for people like you. I earn a lot more and enjoy health care , In fact, due to Obama's policies my health care out of pocket will go up. But I don't mind it because I have money and I don't mind paying more to help fellow citizens. However, at times, I do wonder if my money will go towards helping neanderthals like you. That makes me sad and angry and want to turn Republican (read selfish and greedy).

    December 5, 2010 at 4:43 am |
  53. Ed

    Suzy Diamond, well said. I cannot agree more. Obama's healthcare plan and budget planning simply does not work well enough. Change was promised but Change was not delivered.

    December 5, 2010 at 4:59 am |
  54. Arnthal

    I am an American living in Italy for decades. This country is dysfunctional in many ways, but it does have socialized medicine (swear word in certain quarters). I never paid much attention in my younger years, but in the last 10 years I have had 12 hospitalizations in Italy and paid not a cent. I had decent care, too. I wondered at how such a system could work, but when I needed it, it was there. That gives a sense of security that people in Suzie Diamond's situation do not have in the U.S. – largely because of the inflexible attachment of a large chunk of the population to ideology. Ideology is not going to feed you, Suzie, nor will it pay your hospital bills. Charity is a wonderful thing, but the U.S. needs to structure its public life so as to provide the minimum basic social, economic, and health security as a matter of course.

    December 5, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  55. Superman

    Hey Suzy and other ignorant, uneducated, pathetic people:

    You people are pathetic, and it amazes me how people such a yourself have no idea just how ignorant they are..

    Yes, yes, blame your problems on Obama...rednecks.

    It is the machine that is broken. Obama, doen't matter.

    You want to complain about your healthcare system?! Blame it on Obama?!

    It has been this way for YEARS...

    The reason you have no healthcare is due to politics, and childish, ignorant people. Each party blocks the other. Nothing is done.

    Look at the supporter for each campaign...They are identical, just in different ranking order for their contributions..JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, ecc.

    The childish political infighting is something one would expect from a 10yr old!

    These people are on the ballet to maintain the status quo. Nothing more!

    Because people don't want change!! they do not want the truth!!
    Not really...

    Not for ANY hardships or if it interferes with Dancing with the Stars!!

    The economic issues and all others were a long time coming. The nonsense created by George Bush and other past idiots compounds and the system will break as it has now.

    Blame are an idiot.

    I do not support Obama entirely, though at least he is an elegant and educated man...and I am not embarrassed to listen to him speak!

    Though he is unable to deliver any genuine change to to the above and also as he is more of the SAME.
    The reason you do not have a job is because you are an IDIOT.

    Jobs going overseas? Welcome to the 21st century.

    December 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  56. kenny nigeria

    go job i like the goriousity i wil likd to be like u. Kat

    December 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  57. None

    Interesting... he sounds like he's being paid by the CFR.

    December 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  58. robert

    Suzy,why do you and the likes hate president obama?
    The man is trying his best given where he took over from.
    Just reflect on what he has so far done and think about what would have happended if he did otherwise.
    In addition to taking over when things were so bad, republicans are not even giving him any support to pull the country out. All they /you want is to potray him as a failure so that they get elected back to mess up the economy! Times like this requires a Bipartisan approach and republican are having non of it. Besides, I havent heard of any serious republican alternative polices that can save the economy. All they/you say is no we cant , to anything proposed by Obama administration. surely you want to fail America not obama.

    December 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  59. refbatch

    is the place for oppinion here only for americans?

    December 5, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  60. oneofus

    Susy, I sympathize with your indignation and desperation, for no one should have to face the world without a brain.

    December 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  61. Grover15

    WOW...........This is the first time i have ever in my life heard such people talk crap. This was the first time i have read these comments on here and when i started reading some of the shit that was being said just really made my vlood boil. No matter what is going on why would someone disrespect and talk crap about a person that only is following his heart in doing something that he has always wanted and that he did for EVERYONE to enjoy. So what if he is younger then you and has way more money that you will ever see in your life. Maybe that should make you see that instead of you sitting on the couch crying and feeling sorry for yourself you should be out looking for another job maybe two or three do whatever you need to get yourselg out of whatever it is your in and make things better for yourselg and your family as this young man did and still even with all his money he is trying to make things better for us all. HAHA the person who wrote that comment i think her name was Suzie or something i bet you have a facebook account...dont you? The only thing that should be talked about on here i believe is how and what we can do better as a nation to better support our troops. I served in the Marines 8 years to hear some of you talk about this war makes me sick...We are loosing troops everyday.....and its sucks......find something better to talk about instead of the President or the Co-Founder of facebook and put your anger towards finding ways to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS...........Against the Wars or not doesnt mean you cant show your faith, love, and Support for them.........

    December 6, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  62. Dave

    Not sure how this articled turned into this discussion but the bottom line is that america will continue to lose jobs to countries like India, China and the Philippines until they become globally competitive again. No amount of patriotism will change this. We live in a global society and if you cannot compete than you lose. It is the oldes law on the planet – only the strong survive.

    A global econamy actually benefits everyone except those who do not embrace it and make themselves an asset vs a liability. Too many people are a liability these days and are blaming others and complaining instead of finding a way to provide a service/product that is desired by others whether you are going to work for a company and provide you rlabor or you start you own business. The same rules apply to us all. Folks better get used to it as this is not going to go away.


    December 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
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