President Obama handles the people’s business

President Obama gave his first address to the American people in front of a joint session of Congress last night (Obama outlines ambitious agenda for ‘lasting prosperity’).  I think he gave a compelling speech explaining what his policies will do for working Americans.  I am concerned as to how we are going to pay for this, but have confidence that our President will explore all options as he attempts to tackle a historic national debt and bad economy.

The Republican response was rather interesting.  Louisiana Governor Jindal appears to be the party’s new ‘shinning star’ (Jindal calls stimulus ‘irresponsible’ in GOP response).  There are clearly huge philosophical differences between the Democrats and Republicans on how to move this country forward.  I was not sure who Governor Jindal was targeting, but it was not the average American. 

He started his response by acknowledging the historic accomplishment that this country made by electing the first President of the United States who is of color.   He then talked about his own experience; his parents came to the U.S. form India.  His mother was pregnant with him and his family could not afford to pay the hospital bill.  His father and the doctor worked out a payment plan and according to the Governor; never missed a payment. 

I am not sure why he mentioned that his dad never missed a payment.  I wonder what would have happened if his dad missed a payment?   They couldn’t take him from his parents or force him back into his mother’s womb.  What was he trying to say to the thousands of Americans have to file for bankruptcy or loose their homes because they could not afford to pay their medical bills?  Was he trying to warn these people never to miss a payment?

Governor Jindal is lucky that a doctor or hospital agreed to an affordable payment plan.  Jindal was born in 1971;  I wonder how successful an African American family would have been in trying to establish a payment plan for a hospital bill in Louisiana in 1971?  If anything, his story reinforces Obama’s call for health care reform right now!

The part of Governor Jindal’s response that was really misleading was his comments about Hurricane Katrina.  He used Katrina as an example of how government bureaucracy and big government is not good.  He claimed that a sheriff could no deploy boats to rescue people because of insurance concerns.  He and the sheriff decided to ignore the request and deployed boats to rescue people. 

I don’t know what part of Louisiana he was speaking of,  but he clearly wasn’t talking about the 9th Ward or New Orleans; we saw people trapped on top of houses and in the Dome; no one came to save them. 

In addition, Governor Jindal failed to mention that it was his party’s Presidential Administration who mishandled the Katrina recovery.  The problem was not that government was too big to handle Katrina, it was that the people who were in charge of running Government didn’t know what they were doing.

President Obama’s vision for this country is huge.  Some doubt his methods, but one thing that this country is known for is dreaming and accomplishing big things;  I believe that we can succeed.

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President Bush’s farewell visit to Iraq

You know it’s time to roll out when people are launching shoes at you.   

I hope the White House spokeswoman recovers from her injuries. … Ouch

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Bush: Iraq war is not over, more work ahead

Will change ever come?

This story was in the Baltimore Examiner.  How do we combat this sub-culture of ignorance and lack of self-respect that some of our youth have?  This young girls are laughing at someone getting robbed at gun point as if they were watching a sitcom on TV.  We are weeks away from the first President of the United States who is of African American decent and we have to deal with ignorant stuff like this?  We need change right now, and Obama can’t do it alone. 

Read the story here

Can’t put a price on History

I have been excited about Obama’s election and how good it feels that he will become the 44th President of the United States who happens to be African American, but I am not putting $11,000 on plastic that I can not afford to pay off in a few months.   I know that this is a historic event, but I think some people are going to attempt to do it up like some of us normally do with no damn money in the bank; which means credit cards.  I don’t have a problem with people spending money, but only if they can afford it!! 
Any opinions on this piece?
 

MLK Memorial

I found this article and I want to get your take on it.  The Chief Architect of the King Memorial Ed Jackson, Jr. said that he was removing a portion of Dr. Kings speech from the memorial.  According to the AP:

Architect Ed Jackson Jr. presented the memorial’s design and explained why they chose to remove a passage from the “I Have a Dream” speech in which King declared, “We have come to cash this check” to establish equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Some have used the passage in arguing for monetary reparations for slavery.

Jackson said they decided against using the passage because of its focus on the racial divide between blacks and whites.

“For future generations, it should represent all Americans,” Jackson said. “We also felt that in the year 2050, this whole thing about black and white, won’t even exist.”

What is your take on this?

American Hero

A Hero’s Long Journey to Arlington: For Family, Burial Ends an ‘Injustice’

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What are they afraid of?

As the world celebrates a new President, there are many who are acting out in ways that are reminiscent of the Jim Crow era.  Racism Rears Its Head in European Remarks on Obama.  History has manifested itself as some white people are afraid that Barack Obama will somehow be the downfall of western civilization. 

In the state of Maryland, there has been an increase of gun permit applications since Obama won the election.  Why is that?  One reason I heard is that President Elect Obama and the Democrats are going to stop people from owning guns (which is false because the 2nd Amendment and the recent supreme Court Decision involving the District).  I believe the real reason for this increased paranoia is because Obama is black.  The fear that black people will take over the country and reek havoc on white people is not some new prejudice or behavior; it is merely history repeating itself.

I know that 61 percent of Obama voters were white; so it is not these people who I am concerned with; it is those white people who after Obama was elected, started acting out in ways that my grandmother said she remembers as a young adult all too well. 

Teen says he was beaten by ‘Obama’ haters

NAACP to meet with N.C. State chancellor over racist graffiti

Congressman sorry for likening Obama to Hitler

What are these people afraid of?  The people who voted for change will not allow this ignorance to dominate our society.  We are not going back in history; we are moving forward!

HOPE WON this time!