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It’s time to understand how okizeme will change your life

I wake up every morning, wondering how to perfect the art of okizeme, since life presents trials that can be difficult to overcome. Okizeme is applying pressure to an opponent who is knocked down and forcing them into a troublesome situation as they get back up. This is a term primarily used in the fighting game community, with commentators for games such as Tekken frequently using the term. While this term can change the life of a gamer, it is a word that will have minimal effect on the majority of the world.

The title of an article may seem to be a life changer, but we have a responsibility to look beyond the title and inform ourselves with proper information. While it is true that an okizeme is a game changer for those who play Street Fighter, Tekken, Soul Calibur, etc., it does little for situations outside of the community. Election time is upon us, and now is the time to familiarize ourselves with political candidates who present ideas and promises that sound great, but have a plan that is more complex than what the title states.

During the 2012 Republican presidential election, the 9-9-9 tax plan, which was a part of the Herman Cain campaign, was one of the reasons why he had a temporary surge in the polls according to The Washington Post. It was a promise of a 9 percent flat tax on individuals, a 9 percent flat tax on businesses and a 9 percent national retail sales tax.

The phrase was catchy, the plan sounded easy to understand and it seemed liked a simple idea to improve the tax situation. However, there were many consequences that came from the simple 9-9-9 plan.

“While the result of this part of Cain’s plan (9 percent flat tax on individuals) would affect taxpayers differently, the flat income tax and the elimination of payroll taxes would result in shifting some of America’s tax burden, making some poorer Americans pay more into the system while many middle- and upper-class Americans would pay less,” according to Politifact.

The same could be said about the national sales tax, which would also raise the tax burden on low- and middle-class workers, according to Politifact. Forbes also stated that the 9-9-9 plan sounded simple but was actually complicated by the tax code of 2012.

We, as citizens with the power to vote, have a responsibility to review policies and seek out what they truly mean. It is easy to cast a vote uninformed and hoping for the best, but it takes effort to investigate and understand where our confidence lies. Laziness is tempting, but don’t use it as an excuse for supporting a bill or candidate that is against your beliefs and then post on Facebook that you apologize for your misinformed decision.

There will be “fake news,” click bait (which was intentionally used in this article, FYI), gossip and multiple claims to make life easier, but we are students and we can use our ability to study to know who or what we vote for in November. By the way, when okizeme is applied against you, be sure to avoid pushing buttons that will provoke a counter hit, because that can be devastating.


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