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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The President Throws Down the Gauntlet

Bursting His Balloon

One of the best lines from President Obama’s speech is afternoon was when he said, “You just can’t be against something; you've got to be for something.” He told the Republicans stop having meaningless votes on repealing Obamacare and come up with a better plan. I took it to mean “put up or shut up.” The Affordable Care Act has never been popular in polls (34% approve, and 47% oppose)but as Cokie Roberts said this morning, the Kaiser Foundation has a much better poll which shows that people love different components of the Affordable Care Act, but they are still confused about certain aspects of the plan. Who can blame them with the smokescreens the GOP throws out. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee want to tie repealing Obamacare to raising the debt ceiling and are willing to shut down the government over it. They might as well call for shutting down the government right now.

President Obama will continue to use his bully pulpit because he knows that his good plans will never see the light of day in Congress. The president has seen his approval dropped to a low of 45% because of the staggering economy. Congress has dropped to an all -time low of 12% and 57% of the voters would vote to replace everyone, and that doesn’t bode well for the GOP if they want to retake the Senate.

The president talked about investing in our future, and he emphasized it by saying, “if you think education is expensive. wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century.” He knows Congress is a problem, so he said he will bend the ear of educators, business leaders and CEOs to get something done. The president said that the FCC is currently working to get high- speed Internet to  in 99% of our schools. That was one example of what a president has the power to do. The other is making the costs of making higher education affordable.

I liked that the president brought up the idea of a minimum wage increase and said he will reward the CEOs and business leaders who treat their employees’ right. He singled out Costco and the Container Store for the efforts in paying their employees a decent wage, providing health care and other benefits.

The president was honest by saying that even if we don’t implement all of his ideas, the economy will keep growing because of our resources, standing, and  our resilient people, but we will grow at a much slower pace. He said most of our bridges would be eligible for Medicare. Our buildings, airports and broadband services need upgrading and repair because we’re falling behind our competitors.

The Republicans will roll their eyes, some will write pessimistic, uninformative letters –to- our editor and others will continue to oppose anything that President Obama is for. Let them consume themselves with President Obama,phony scandals,$17 trillion debt ,empty rhetoric and keep supporting their bad legislators because our economy will continue to improve without any help from them, and the voters will take notice in 2014.


Mike said...

Kudos to E.T. Rendon and Justin Williams ...great letters and a breath of fresh air.

born2Bme said...

Yeah, and then the local Loony-Tick latches on and shoves his asinine opinions for days and days. He just cannot figure it out.
I wonder if that old man has OCD or something?

Mike said...

Oh,you mean like the GF said Trayvon threw the first punch and not mentioning that she said that on a talk show not in court. And she she thought he did because she did not witness the fight;if there was one.

Or that everyone knows that Zimmerman did not use "Stand Your Ground" as a defense but we know by that juror, that it was in the instructions.

How about the presumption of innocence for Trayvon and not just GZ?

Does OCD have troll like symptoms?

They never mention the initial vote where 3 jurors were for punishing GZ because that gets in the way of their BS. Nor was the fact that the FBI is currently investigating civil rights violations not just a preliminary investigation where they did not find any evidence.

Omission is akin to lying.

born2Bme said...

I'm talking about that certain old poster on the VicAd. He just latches onto a subject and goes on and on and on, basically ending any meaningful conversation on any subject he injects himself into.

born2Bme said...

OCD...Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Mike said...

I knew who you were talking about ,.,;/)

The troll has been at it 7 or 8 years,throwing out
out his line hoping to get a bite.

Makes me feel sorry for an intelligent poster
like John think he's actually going to get a decent

Mike said...

As more comes out the more it's about he said/she said: The latest juror came out and said ""I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end," she said. "That's where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it. But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can't say he's guilty."

She continued, "as much as we were trying to find this man guilty…they give you a booklet that basically tells you the truth, and the truth is that there was nothing that we could do about it. I feel the verdict was already told."

Mike said...

I think Dan Martin gave an excellent example of what the "Stand Your Ground" law will produce.

BIGJ said...


I am glad that you enjoyed it. They, the old chest beating conservatives, need to realize that this country doesn't just belong to them!!!!

More will come in due time.

BIGJ said...

Too bad they wouldn't let me end it by saying "my name is Justin P. Williams and I approved of this message!!!!

Mike said...

Thank you BigJ and it should be an inspiration to more of us,(including myself) to nip the distort ions at the bud.