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State of the Union Address – My Hope

State of the Union Address – My Hope

I know that there are many people who hope that Barack Obama will say X, Y or Z. I hope that Barack Obama continues what he stated in his inauguration address. These are the priorities that I hope he stays near in the State of the Union address.

Education – If we are truly going to compete against South Korea, Singapore, China and Europe, we’re going to have to do a better job of educating not just some of our kids, but all of our kids. Training some of our youngsters to be auto mechanics and plumbers, that’s fine. But we also have to train a new generation of computer scientists, nuclear engineers, astronomers and the like. We simply have to do better. In my opinion we simply need to put more resources into schools. Every child has to be able to work a computer by the time he/she graduates fourth grade. We simply can’t wait. Bill Gates started Microsoft when he was 19 or 20. He didn’t start using computers when he was in college. By the time he was in college, he was already miles ahead of his college professors. In order to get the next generation of Bill Gateses, we need to liberate our teachers from a lot of the standardized tests.

Strengthen the Economy – Four years ago, we were facing the worst recession that America has gone through since the Great Depression. The economy has added approximately 150,000 jobs per month for more than a year, but we need more. We still have a jobs deficit of over five million. We need to put America back to work. We cannot wait for big business. Big business is sitting on trillions of dollars. The only entity big enough to make the difference we need, if big business is going to twiddle their thumbs, is the US government. We need to invest heavily in infrastructure. We need to rebuild our roads, our schools and our bridges. Plus, we really need to infuse green industry. I propose a $100 billion investment in green energy this year, and in every year of the Obama presidency. That will put us in the driver seat with green energy. That will put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work. I like the idea of high-speed rail. I don’t like this particular map where it crisscrosses the whole country. Instead, I think it would be most effective along our most congested corridors – Boston to Washington DC, Dallas to Houston (including Austin and San Antonio), Tallahassee to Miami and possibly Chicago to St. Louis and Kansas City.

Immigration – It is time for us to get serious about immigration. So far, we’ve been listening to a lot of people who aren’t serious. The idea of “self deportation” is laughable. We need a serious path to citizenship. We also need serious penalties for employers who knowingly hire economic refugees (illegal aliens).

We need to reauthorize The Violence against Women Act.

We need to work towards Medicare for all.

By |2013-02-12T22:23:14-04:00February 12th, 2013|Domestic Issues, Economy, Energy, Obama administration|Comments Off on State of the Union Address – My Hope

New GOP Election Strategy

Because of the electoral college, which needs to be scrapped, it’s hard to see how Mitt Romney was going to put together a winning coalition. Although Mitt Romney stated that he needs to win 50.1% of the vote, he is wrong. He needs to win 270 electoral college votes. As we saw in 2000, winning the popular vote does not guarantee that you win the electoral college. Winning the popularity contest is nice but if you want to be president you have to win the electoral college. Mitt Romney and his strategy gurus have decided that he cannot win a significant number of African-American or Latino votes. So, he’s written off these minority groups. It is my opinion that he has also written off women. I do not think that he will make a concerted effort to win a majority of women. Instead, I think that Mitt Romney has decided to double down on winning huge majorities of white men.

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I find it sad and disgusting that Barack Obama has been hounded about where he was born. I think it was pretty obvious from the start. But it’s hard for Americans to believe that a young black man born in Hawaii could rise to become the president of the United States. Something must be wrong. (The birthers still don’t have an adequate explanation of how Barack Obama’s birth announcement could have been printed in both Honolulu papers back in 1961.) Mitt Romney decided that he needed to make a joke about where he was born. This was no joke. This was a deliberate statement that he made to reinforce that he is an American. Everyone in United States knows that he is an American. Why? Because he is a privileged white male. There’s nothing more American than that. A guy named Barack Obama, we aren’t sure. It doesn’t matter what evidence we are shown; we know American when we see it. Neil Armstrong was an American. (God rest his soul.) George W. Bush was an American. Even John McCain, who was born in Panama, is a real, true American. Barack Obama? We, as Americans, still have questions. (One of my conservative friends told me last week that he was uncertain whether Barack Obama was a Muslim or not. This guy is educated. He’s highly respected. Yet, he’s not sure.)

This comes back to that great article that I pointed to yesterday from Ta-Nehisi Coates from Atlantic Monthly.

By |2012-08-25T20:58:29-04:00August 25th, 2012|Elections, Obama administration, Party Politics, Race|Comments Off on New GOP Election Strategy

Remember When Contraception Was between You and Your Doctor

Remember when contraception was between you and your doctor? It wasn’t something that needed to be broadcast to the public. Remember when Planned Parenthood was a staple of women’s health and not a political football?

From TPM:

The Obama administration has enlisted the aid of actress Elizabeth Banks in their latest video targeted at women voters. In the video, Banks discusses a time in her life when she didn’t have health insurance but got care at Planned Parenthood.

The video has a personal feel with Banks sharing personal information about her own experiences with birth control. Banks says that after graduating college, she was able to get birth control for her migraine headaches and heavy flow from Planned Parenthood. “Yeah, I’m on record saying I had a heavy flow,” Banks says. “I don’t want to talk about that with my employer,” Banks continues, “That’s between me and my doctor.”

Banks also calls out Mitt Romney’s opposition to Planned Parenthood because they provide abortions. “For that little five percent” of Planned Parenthood’s business “that Mitt Romney decides he doesn’t agree with, he’s going to take away cancer screenings?What is he doing?”

“We’re talking about working class ladies who need health care.” Banks says. “That’s it. That’sPlanned Parenthood.”

By |2013-11-03T18:13:02-04:00August 8th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Remember When Contraception Was between You and Your Doctor
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