Posts Tagged ‘United State’


Public Education Spending

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

In this election season one of the many things people will be looking at is education spending.  How education is funded is one of the reasons why the educational system in America is the way that it is.  In some places in America the educational system is the best in the world, and in some places it is the worst.  Why is that?  Because education is funded locally.  Some people forget that America is a federal system, where funding is decided by each state.  What that system does is create local control over education, and what children are taught.  The more federal money a school is willing to take, the more control the federal government has over the education of those kids.  Is that a good or bad thing?  It would be nice to have universally mandated standards, and it would also be nice to have the same funding across the board so that we wouldn’t have these arguments of “weak” and “strong” schools.  Quite frankly “math” is “math” and kids all deserve to learn it.  I know in a country as large as the USA there isn’t really room for a homogenous education, but couldn’t there be something that allows for equal funding and local control?  I guess that’s like saying “let’s have our cake and eat it too.”  One can wish I guess.  What do you think?

Reinstating the Draft, Good or Bad Idea

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

 

While on my dad’s Facebook page I saw this article, Gen. McChrystal’s Remarks on Reinstating the Draft and it made me think.  Are drafts always bad.  While the idea of forced military service never seems to be a good idea at times it can be.  What a draft does is give all citizens an interest in the military interests of the country.  If you knew that there was a possibility of being forced to join the military then you would pay attention to the politics of your country, and want to know what is going on and why.  It isn’t about those other people who are in the military, it’s about you and your friends.  What it does is give a country a shared interest in the events of its governmnet.  I would love to hear your opinions.

 

What is a Republican?

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

I have learned a few things about myself since these debates about women’s issues have come to light, one being I had no idea how misogyny was spelled.  Here is the thing, some don’t see it, but there is definitely a moral battle going on with the Republican party.  The Republican party crumbled after the stunning defeat and stupidity of choosing Sarah Palin as a Vice Presidential candidate.  The Tea Party came in to fill a void of Republican Leadership and backbone, but when the proverbial shit hit the fan, the budget crisis, the average American found no humor or support for the Tea Party’s strong backbone.  Now during this time where the Republican Party should be kicking major political butt, they aren’t, because the party never reformed under any core beliefs.  The Bush Doctrine is a no go, Reaganomics now seems as nostalgic as It’s a Wonderful Life, and the Tea Party has taken a major blow.  The question is now, what is a Republican?  The American two-party system doesn’t allow for a third candidate to have his/her voice heard easily, so to receive the funding necessary to become president one must fall into two neat camps, Republican or Democrat.  The truth to getting elected though is to appeal to the base as much as possible during the primaries, and then move to the middle during the general election.  Who’s the Republican Base?  NASCAR Dads?  Homemakers?  KKK Members?  Christians?  Atheists who hate government intervention?  The answer is all of the above, although not in a neat package.  That’s the problem with the Republican party, it has come to be a catch-all party for everything that is “not Democrat” or “not Obama” but that isn’t the traditional Republican base.   This sort of campaigning that is focusing on morality and basically having a spitting contest to see who is the most moral is turning people away and into the arms of the party that believes in, well they have problems too, just not as big as the Republicans.

The Fate of Obamacare…

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

What is the role of government in society?  As a person with a history degree I have seen in my studies that the beliefs of law makers and judges have changed about this issue.  There are some who believe that the government should have a very limited role.  The idea of the federal government to most, in the beginning, was a way for all the states to have one voice internationally, while the states took care of its citizens.  There wasn’t even a Federal Income Tax until the 1900s.  As time passed and the ability of the states to take care of its citizens was lessened, the Federal Government has stepped in with social programs.  Most of these social programs were created during and after the Great Depression and WWII.  These are programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and in the 1960s we have Head Start and things like this.  These are programs that most Americans couldn’t imagine their lives without, or can’t imagine their future without.  With these troubled economic times some are asking again if it’s the Federal Government’s job to take care of its citizens or if it the state’s job, or if it’s all on the individual and free market. The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, also known by many as “ObamaCare” was heard by the Supreme Court this week.  The constitutionality of this bill is on many people’s mind. There are a few key points to this bill, that MOST are for, such as not being denied insurance based on a pre-existing condition and not being dropped from your coverage when you are ill.  There are parts to this bill, such as the mandate that all Americans must have health insurance, then is the auto industry unconstitutional because that’s a law in america, many find an impediment to our freedoms.  The question is being raised, is it the responsibility of the government to regulate our health industry?  Is it our government’s job to take care of the old, the weak, the ill?  The truth is, no, it’s society’s job to help the old, weak, ill, ect. but nobody is, American‘s take their social responsibilities for granted and the government is stepping in and forcing people to, now is this a good thing, no, but is it the best option we have, other than socialized medicine, yup.

Does Ron Paul REALLY Have a Shot at the Nomination…

Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Ron Paul taking questions in Manchester, NH

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This is a question that is on many a political commentator’s mind.  Ron Paul the Pro- Life Libertarian in Republican clothing seems to have a huge following and this is surprising many Republicans, considering how much the media is pushing Gingrich now.  Could he do it?  Could he actually take the nomination?  Well the political commentator says, he has a decent shot.  We all know, painfully, that during a normal election cycle that whoever has the biggest bank account or whoever has supporters with the biggest bank accounts will take the nomination.  Frankly this seems to be an unusual election.  As Time says the person of the year is “the Protester” and these people have been making their mark all over the world, but what does this mean for the US election.  People aren’t happy with “Government As Usual” and they aren’t happy with how the politicians are treating things.  The truth is that Obama has done a lot of good for the American people, but most of them don’t see it on the street, and their friend just got laid off.  People feel that governments, not just in America, have gotten to big and too powerful and the people want to take the government back.  This is what Ron Paul offers, a person who wants less government intrusion into a person’s life, a smaller government and a tax code that seems to make a lot of sense.  Could this be a case of idealism, of corse.  Could this work, not when laws are created by CONGRESS and not the president.  Could Paul get the nomination, that remains to be seen.  Let’s look at the top three contenders, in my POV, Romney, Gingrich, and Paul.  Romney is slick and has a lot of cash, could give Obama a run for his money in a general election, will never win the nomination because the south will never vote for him.  Gingrich has become the new political darling, and would be fun to see debating Obama, but this would become a question of ethic, and flip flopping, and marital scandals, I REALLY HOPE this paring doesn’t happen, if it does OBAMA WILL CRUSH HIM plain and simple because Gingrich will not win the undecideds and the Libertarians.  Ron Paul has the issue that the Republican party doesn’t take him seriously, he doesn’t get the commercial and face time that other candidates do.  His winning the nomination is a big question, but I think that Paul has the best chance at defeating Obama, because he can grab the disheartened voters better than Romney or Gingrich.  But as the original question stands, can Paul win the nomination…. it’s possible.

 

Your Republican Presidential Candidate… Tom Miller

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Tom Miller is an unusual candidate.  Miller is a flight attendant and a single dad who was not groomed for the presidency.  Tom Miller sees that we are a nation of common people and he believes that America should have a common man with common middle class idea in the White House.  Miller is registered as a Republican candidate, but on his website takes stab after stab at his party, in general.  I don’t know if he is registered as a Republican because there is a sitting president who is a Democrat or if he really is a Republican.  His budget proposal is very interesting, I am very surprised that as a Republican candidate that he would state clearly on his website that he would cut defence spending from $56 billion a year to $3 billion a year.  Although I didn’t read the detailed budget proposal.  His energy policy, if implemented would create so many environmental problems, drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Pole, more oil refineries.  I wonder if he wants his child to grow up in a beautiful country or a smoke and smog filled one.  Miller believes in forcing politicians and state law makers to follow current illegal immigration laws and make the nation’s official language English.  Miller’s platform, while well though out is naïve.  He also says that the majority of presidents have been teachers and farmers, we’ve had university presidents and tailors, and yes any president before 1850 was a plantation owner, but none of these men came from nowhere, they had money and connections.  So while yes he is right to say that anyone can be president, he still has to get his name out there somehow.

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Your Republican Presidential Candidate… Ron Paul

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Ron Paul isn’t your average Republican candidate.  Ron Paul was a Doctor for many years before becoming involved in politics.  He is considered by some to be the grandfather of the Tea Party.  Ron Paul on most accounts is one of the few, or maybe the only, Congressperson who sticks to their principals and never waivers.  He may become more or less popular but his ideas are his and those don’t change due to the times or popular opinion.  I do admire him for that.  Ron Paul has served in the House of Representatives from 1976-77, 1979-85, and from 1997 to the present and has announced that he will not seek another term in the House to concentrate on his presidential campaign.  This is the third presidential campaign for Paul.  Paul ran for president in 1988 as a Libertarian, 2008 as a Republican and is currently running as a Republican.

Ron Paul is very straightforward on the issues.  Paul is a strict constructionist.  That term is generally used when talking about judges but with Paul it’s appropriate.  He believes in following the Constitution to the letter and doesn’t vote for a bill that goes against the constitution.  What exactly does that mean?  There are two “camps” in politics and in political circles, those who see the constitution as a “living document” and those who are “strict constructionist.”  Those who see the constitution as a “living document” believe that the interpretation of the constitution should change over time, because of the changes in the times, morals and technology.  Paul believes in a very limited federal government, especially because the 10th amendment of the Constitution gives any power not in the constitution to the states, and that is where Paul believes they belong.  Paul would overturn Roe v Wade and do everything in his power to prevent abortion from ever being a federal issue and to leave that issue to the states.  Paul would get rid of the Federal Reserve System as it stands today, an organization with very little oversight that controls so much of our lives.  Paul is pro second amendment and his voting record proves this.  The one thing that separates Paul from the pack is that he wants to pull back from the UN, he believes that the United States needs to stop policing the world and that we should only fight when our nation’s security is at risk.  His entire voting record is online and he is ever open with his positions and doesn’t use a lot of rhetoric.  Ron Paul is really for returning America to a more traditional interpretation to the constitution and in turn to a much smaller government.  He runs a very intelligent campaign and I hope that he is able to get through because his ideas are good for the country.

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September 11, 2011

Sunday, September 11th, 2011
A small monument to the victims of the Septemb...

A small monument to the victims of the September 11th attacks on the fence of a car lot on Greenwich and Seventh Avenues in New York City. Taken by myself with a Canon 10D and 17-40mm f/4L lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As an American who was alive and well during the September 11th attacks, I don’t think I could come across this anniversary without remembering.  I can  remember the place I was when I heard about the attacks, the feeling of disbelief that I had when the first tower hit, I convinced 16-year-old me that it had to be a drunk pilot, and the horror of realizing that this was real.  I may not be from New York, I may not have had family on those plains, but it felt real to me.  The fear, the anger, the frustration was very real for me, and every time this anniversary rolls around I remember those feelings.  Now I am an adult, living in another country, where to these people, September 11th is the day after September 10, and yes I do feel alone.  I know that other people understand how I feel, the fact that so many repercussions have happened due to these attacks.  That so much has changed because of a terrorist organization.  I guess the truth is, it’s not another country’s job to feel sorry for us.  Feeling sorry for America every year doesn’t cut it.  I hope that September 11th doesn’t fade into the background like Pearl Harbour Day or the day that President Kennedy was shot, those days changes the face and make-up of America, just like September 11th did, and I just hope nobody ever forgets the sacrifice or the tragedy, and that one day my anger will turn into hope.

I think I have Been Had??!!!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Ok so when one hears, the President will sign an executive order to prevent  federally funded abortions that it is a binding legal document.  I mean when Truman desegregated the military he did so by executive order, but then I looked closer.  I didn’t realize how many loopholes there are in executive orders that you could call the presidential order the swiss cheese of legal documents.  Let me explain, an executive order first of all only affects federal agencies, ie military and government agencies, the states still have full control of their actions.  Second of all the executive order can be repealed at any time, by either precedents to follow or the current president, a lot of executive orders are given during war-time.  Why do i think that we have been had, because the language of the bill says federally funded, in some states the federal government gives money to the states for Medicaid and then to the people.  the federal government has no control over the state, so this money even with an executive order can go to abortions.  Let’s see what Obama has to say about this loophole in the coming months.

 

Obama’s Peace Prize

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

“Make no mistake: evil does exist in the world,” Mr. Obama said. “A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince Al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms.”  These are the words of president Obama quoted from his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.  He has to answer many questions with this speech and first and foremost in my mind is, Why does he deserve this prize?  He didn’t earn it yet.  JFK was a sitting president when he earned a Nobel Prize in LITATURE.  Now don’t get me wrong i think President Obama has the capabilities to do a lot, but he hasn’t done it yet.   And yes he could do all these great things but it makes me wonder if Denmark didn’t just want a visit from Obama.  Especially because they are so pissed that Obama declined the luncheon in his honor, cause he’s too busy running this country.  The truth is, to quote the history channel special The Presidents, ‘that it’s not just the man who makes the presidency but the unforeseen circumstances.”  We don’t know what will be in store for the Obama presidency and we shouldn’t be rewarding him for it yet.