Obama’s State Of The Union Promise: Can He Cut Programs?As we end the President's first year in office, we still struggle with folks on the left complaining bitterly that those of us who share a conservative ilk are out to see Obama fail. Never mind the fact that all I seem to hear during a Republican administration is a cacophony of angry vitriol, outright lies and attempts by Congress to undermine the critical work of the President, and I'll accept the fact that there are many on the right who see nothing but red when they discuss the current resident of the White House. But my goal is strictly to see America -- Americans -- be successful, and that means that I want to see the President be successful as well. But the Presidentâ€™s speech tonight leaves me wondering. Thereâ€™s no doubt it brought a sense of euphoria to those in need, to those who continue to promote a liberal agenda. The beginning and end of the speech brought a broad stroke of hope and confidence in who we are as a nation, as any good presidential speech should. He made some good proposals. Some of which will make Congress uncomfortable to consider. Some of which will be hard to execute. Earmark transparency. Budget freezes. Cutting programs. He made some popular proposals. Jobs programs. Small Business Lending programs and tax credits. Tax credits on capital investments. Bank investment reforms. Additional taxation of large banks. And he continued to press for Health Care Reform that Americans donâ€™t want. I will likely disagree with much of the spending [...]
2010 US State Of The Union Preview
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Health CareLook for President Obama to sound confident and yet cautious on this topic. He may well fire barbs at the Republicans in Congress, but the fact is that House and Senate Democrats had the ability to make this happen months ago if they had the intestinal fortitude to put personal pride, personal gain and "pet ideas" aside and come to a consensus on what most of us would agree is a critical issue in America. But the President won't point any of that out.
The EconomyThere will be more demands to poor money into the hands of businesses and citizens... unfortunately it will likely be more of the same non-stimulating "stimulus" money, feeding [...]
Haiti Vs New OrleansFrom the Palm 700Pâ€¦.
London Times: Haiti earthquake: a few more rescues, but aid still slow.â€œNobody can go anywhere without security in the city. No aid workers can go anywhere without taking risks with security. That adds to the difficulty of delivering the aid because you not only have to have transport â€“ which is rare â€“ you also have to have some sort of security with you, or you are taking a risk. People are getting angry, people are getting hungry and thirsty.â€ This is sounding kind of familiar.
As I mentioned before, disaster relief isnâ€™t like ordering a pizza. Itâ€™s hard to get aid into a place where the infrastructure has been wrecked and ordinary social order broken down. Iâ€™m seeing some people start to go after Obama on this in an obvious echo of the Katrina-based criticism of Bush. I understand the appeal of payback, but I donâ€™t see any evidence that Obama has blown it here; this stuff is just hard. Of course, the press wonâ€™t go after him the way they went after Bush, but thatâ€™s a given.
Thing is, thatâ€™s exactly the point. I said to David in [...]
Hello 2010!Goodbye 2009! Hello 2010! Nearly everyone I talk to expresses relief at the end of 2009. It would be a good year to forget, that is, if we didn't have to deal with the consequences of decisions and actions that will reverberate throughout the rest of our lives. But it's a new year now, so no doom and gloom. I'll leave that to our President, and let me point out that he's good at it! I'm not one to make resolutions, but there are several that I've made this year:
- Read more
- Write more
- Laugh more [...]