What is a Voter to Do ?

 

It’s pretty clear that Bob is not happy with President Obama’s agenda and what the Democrats are trying to push through Congress, so my question to Bob is what is a voter to do ?   

Since voters in most area’s of our country typically only have one alternative, Bob’s response would most likely be to vote Republican. With the mid-term elections coming up in approximately three months I decided to start doing some research and in the process of doing so I stumbled across this article titled, “What Will a Republican Majority Do Next”.

The article mentions four things that the Republican majority might do, none of which I am in favor of.

Shut down the Government – This has happened before as the article states back in 1995 and from what I recall it was a huge mess because government employees had to be furloughed and alot of wages were lost. Besides I wonder what a government shutdown would do to such a fragile economy, would it push us into a double dip ?

Propose Massive Budget Cuts – I would be interested to know where these massive cuts are going to come from. Typically Republicans are in favor of strong National Security so that means continuing to fund the two wars we are currently fighting. What usually happens is services the government currently provides to the poor and needy end up getting cut and the people who need help the most end up getting the shaft.

Begin Proceedings Leading Toward the Impeachment of President Obama – Please, I don’t want to go there again. When the Republicans tried to impeach Clinton I felt like it was a whole lot of hoopla over a huge mistake in judgement on his part. I firmly believe Obama has done nothing dishonest and don’t want our country to be put through another charade like that one.

Repeal the Health – Reform Bill – Having worked in the health insurance industry for most of my adult life, I think the bill while not perfect has alot of good things in it. The article mentions the elimination of pre-existing conditions, but I like the idea of giving parents an option of keeping their dependent children on their insurance plans until age 27. 

So if a voter does vote for a Republican and they do get the majority, this article mentions the “Roadmap for America’s Future“, created by Paul Ryan as one of only a few suggested agenda items put forth by Republicans. 

I took a look at some of Ryan’s recommendations and for Medicare and Social Security people age 55 and older are grandfathered in under the current system.

Hmmmm …… being age 54 and about to be age 55 next June I wonder which way I am going to vote in November.

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The President On The View

Tomorrow President Obama will be taping an appearance on The View that will be aired ThursdayThe View is an ABC-TV morning show that features a number of women sitting around, talking.  The View is predictably touting the President’s appearance as legitimizing the show; Barbara Walters, one of show’s hosts, says that the President’s appearance means that the show is recognized as “an influential and important source of information and news.”

I recognize that politicians these days will grab just about any opportunity to appear before an audience.  President Obama already has broken new ground in that regard by appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  I’m sure that The View is considered a safe, controlled environment for such an appearance, too.  The President can sit, relax, and drink coffee out of a mug with The View logo on it, chat with the star-struck hosts while getting out all of his talking points, and amiably answer a few softball questions. Maybe his appearance will help his approval ratings among the show’s viewers.

Still, a sitting President appearing on The View seems jarring to me, like a line is being crossed between seriousness and celebrity.  It seems inconsistent with the dignity of the office for the President to show up on daytime TV, chuckling at one of the host’s scripted lines.  I’m left with the same, inescapable thought:  doesn’t the President have other, more important things to do?  If The View is an acceptable forum for a presidential appearance, where is the line now being drawn?

The Risk Of Overexposure

The Risk Of Overexposure (II)

The Northport Promise

Kish and I have spent some time in Northport, Michigan on our vacation, and you can’t go into a local business without seeing a collection receptacle and a sign for the “Northport Promise.”  It turns out that the Northport Promise is a tuition assistance program for students of local schools, to help them attend Michigan public colleges and universities.  In 2010 seven Northport students received full or partial Northport Promise scholarships, and since the first scholarships were awarded in 2008 the program has provided $71,000 in tuition assistance to local college students.

What a great concept and program!  Kish and I have frequented some of the local businesses supporting the program and have made some donations to the Northport Promise.  It is wonderful to see a local community and local businesses band together, develop their own program to achieve the important goal of providing opportunities to local youth, and then see their plans successfully realized.  It just goes to show that we don’t need government to direct every activity and program, and that well-meaning private citizens who work together can have a real positive impact on their communities.