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Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
On Tuesday, the President gave a joint session address to members of Congress speaking on a host of issues - jobs,tax relief, the financial system, healthcare reform and education to name a few. After the President's speech, Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana, gave the GOP response,keeping with party principles. Assessment by the media and pundits are in, but what the American people think is what really counts.
So, good or bad what do you think of the President's speech and that of the GOP's response?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
During the past presidential campaign, "country first" is one of the platforms used by the Republican Party. But away from the campaign trail, the GOP's due diligence to put country first is hard to spot. Despite the President's efforts to reach across party lines for bipartisanship in terms of the stimulus bill, not one Republican in the House of Representatives stepped forward, and only three Republicans in the senate were courageous enough to step across the aisle.
Now that the stimulus bill has passed and signed by the President, Republicans continue to stonewall efforts to put country first. Republican governors of Louisiana, Alaska, Idaho, Texas and South Carolina have each expressed their intentions to reject stimulus funds for extended unemployment benefits for their state. Unless the state of each governor is somehow not a part of the economic turmoil, the governors fall short in their decision to act in the best interest of the people in their state. They appear to be focused on the best interest of their political future and that of their party as a whole. Thus, the governors won't dare go against the grain of their party, not even for the sake of putting the people of their state first. Just ask Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist who has been ridiculed for his recent support of President Obama and the stimulus bill.
Governor Crist in an interview on "Meet the Press" defined himself as "... a Florida Republican. ...we work together in a bipartisan fashion to do what's right for the people." That's putting country first.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
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Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
A cartoon that appeared in the Wednesday February 18th edition of theNew York Post has sparked a lot of controversy. The caption makes reference to a stimulus bill with a caricature of violent imagery along with questionable racial undertones. Civil rights groups have called for an apology and are planning a protest.
Do you think the cartoon is inappropriate?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"Politics aside" - words congressional leaders of both parties often say followed with words of blame towards each other for all that's wrong with the economy,followed with more words to discredit each other. Political rhetoric that's both divisive and distracting to the crucial issues we're facing right now. It is time and energy wasted, as we the American people hangin the balance of uncertainty in a troubled economy. People are hurting, and are getting desperate just trying to survive.
Recently, while attending a town hall meeting, President Obama received an emotional plea for help from a woman living out of her car - an alternative that has become far too common for so many Americans. But what's so remarkable is that her plea did not fall on deaf ears. Within two days, Florida Republican Nick Thompson offered the woman housing.
In a simliar matter, a man crawled on the roof of his house in a desperate plea for help to keep him and his family from becoming homeless. His cry was heard by Carson ,California Mayor Jim Dear. Arrangements are in the works to help the family keep their home.
So,what is it going to take for more Democratic and Republicans in Washington to put politics aside - and pull together, in a joint effort to restore our country with ownership from both parties? Imagine if both parties were to really abstain from blame,divisive and distracting games. Bipartisanship, service to the American people and a more effective government would stand a better chance.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Brett Favre announced Wednesday, yes-you guessed it, his retirement. A call or play, depending on how you look at it, the quarterback made eleven months ago that led to a long and drawn out Brett Favre saga.
Will Favre really retire this time or will the saga continue?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Every now and then I like to enjoy a tasty treat. A peanut butter cup is one of my favorites, but not so much lately given the peanut salmonella outbreak that has claimed eight lives and at least 500 related illnesses. It's disturbing to think of the lives lost and those whose health have been affected by the outbreak, especially stories that involve children hospitalized because of salmonella poisoning. It could have been avoided had the salmonella contaminated peanut plant in Georgia - not partake in producing peanut butter in a plant that wasn't safely equipped to make peanut butter in the first place and had they discarded the finding of all contaminated peanut butter. According to reports, without regard for consumer safety, the company knowingly distributed the contaminated peanut butter.
The matter also lies at the hands of the FDA's failure to pursue a tip from a whistleblower five years ago about the plant's possible contamination. Even worst, the FDA's last inspection of the plant took place in 2001- and at the time- they discovered several violations that had gone unaddressed for the past eight years.
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation with regards to the peanut plant. But what about the FDA? Like the SEC, the Food and Drug Adminstration is another ineffective governmental agency in need of an overhaul. As a consumer, we deserve far better safety standards,monitoring and regulations over our food supply.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, President Obama placed a $500,000 salary limit for corporate executives of companies that receive government bailout funds. On average, the executive's compensation range well in the millions.
Do you think the $500,000 cap is to low, or too high?
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
First Tim Geithner then Tom Daschle and a new name added to the list, Nancy Killefer, all with tax issues. Killefer was chosen by President Obama to be the first Chief Performance Offiicer, which consists of managing government budget and spending reform. On Tuesday, Nancy Killefer withdrew her nomination followed hours later by another withdrawal - that of Tom Daschle, whose nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services - came under much scrutiny after learning of his unresolved tax problems. I believe Killefer and Daschle made the right call. Along with being an embarrassment, there is something wrong when our lawmakers fail to yield to the same rules and regulations that the rest of us have to abide by, especially when it comes down to taxes. A task that has its own season and cut-off date that one would dare not miss if they want to avoid an encounter with the IRS.
Being a political leader is an honor that should be held with accountability and integrity, but we shouldn't hold our breath.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Dolls Retired ! Case Closed !