Monthly Archives: September 2011

Occupying Wall Street

Protesters Take Over New York City’s Financial District

In the midst of a week focused largely on the world of politics there is one story the media has largely not recognized. Contained in the news this week were an array of stories about bridge closures, Republican Presidential debates, the American Jobs Act, and the new Continuing Resolution which narrowly passed the House, and now is cooking up steam in the Senate. While jobs and economy are the dominant issues for both the government, and the Presidential Candidates, it has largely gone unnoticed that common American citizens have taken matters into their own hands. Appalled by the economy and unemployment, protesters in the masses have come together and camped out on Wall Street, at the heart of New York City’s financial district. This is not merely a baker’s dozen sign holders with bull horns, chanting their radical anti-rich and anti-government mantra; far from it. Reports show the numbers of protesters in the thousands. The pack, which calls themselves Occupy Wall Street, is not made up of homeless and underprivileged, as some may expect; rather, young, educated, and intelligent students, and young adults. Many are middle to upper middle class citizens, evidenced by the fact that in the crowd can be seen brand new laptops, tablets, and expensive phones. Why would so many busy young citizens take to the streets to occupy the financial center of the planet? The answer is a simple one: Wall Street needs to be punished. Read the rest of this entry

Creating American Jobs; Now and in the Future

 Tit for Tat: a modern slang term essentially holing the meaning “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” This month, Capitol Hill has a chance to scratch the preverbal back or their political counterparts, while giving the American people a full session of physical therapy. Patriotslog.com has recently explained in detail why the American Jobs Act created by President Obama is a current need of our nation. Our nation needs jobs, and our infrastructure needs attention. As the President campaigns his jobs bill around the country, the Republican opposition is telling Americans that we need a different kind of fix: regulatory reform. They claim the government cannot create private sector jobs, and putting people to work on our infrastructure will not help. Who is right? They both are. The current debate in Washington is not a right or wrong, my side or your side contest; quite the opposite. Both sides are arguing a completely different point, and there is no reason why both cannot be given what they want. Read the rest of this entry

American Poverty

Poverty is a child with lying in bed, tear ducts dried up and unable to cry anymore, stomach bloated from starvation, past the point of pleading with its mother; now understanding, sympathetic, and willing to share her misery. Poverty is a family collecting aluminum cans off the street in order to purchase scraps of food to quell the hungry mouths of little children, while mom, dad and the oldest siblings go hungry so that hope, justice and innocence are not extinguished before the little ones can even speak fully.  Poverty is a mother who forces herself to sell her body in order to rent a dilapidated shack within walking distance from her children’s school, because she wishes a better life for her children than the one she has tasted, and they cannot afford a car to drive there. Furthermore, according to the United States census, poverty is driving home to your comfortable abode complete with necessary furnishings, clothing, and commodities such as TV, air conditioning, a microwave, a washer and drier, satellite/cable, a computer with internet access (usually high speed), and a gaming system. This scenario is a dream come true not just to those impoverished in other nations, but to elites in many other nations as well. Considering this standard of living to be poverty is boarder line insulting to those in other areas of the world who experience true need. Read the rest of this entry

A Decade Later

In every generation, there is an event which shapes a nation; for our grandparents and great grandparents, it was Pearl Harbor. For our parents and grandparents, there was the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War. For us, and our children, it is September 11, 2001. A decade later, the impact from the twin towers falling stands taller than the buildings themselves once did. The world will never be the same, because on one tragic day 10 years ago, 19 mass murderers boarded jet air liners hell-bent on one mission; death. No matter their age, race, religion, gender, or morals, the terrorists craved the blood of innocent victims. Their crimes were the most degenerate public act since the Holocaust, and their acts changed the world just as profoundly. The legacy of 9/11 will live on forever, never to be forgotten by those affected, and always remembering those lost. Nothing can replace those lives which have been stolen, in the planes, in the targeted buildings, and in the subsequent wars, but for what it is worth, those lives have made a lasting impact on the world. Read the rest of this entry

Reaching Across the Aisle

The American Jobs Act

President Obama came out swinging. His first punch thrown was directly aimed at the Congressional stalemate. In a speech many viewed as the beginning of his re-election campaign, the President called for Congress to end the “political circus.” There was a passion in the eyes of the President which we have not seen since his first campaign. The details of the President’s plan are not yet clear, but the design was a clear challenge to Republicans. Most of these proposals coming from the President have been supported, and some even created by Republicans. The challenge was to give up the gridlock, and do what is right for the country. Michelle Bachmann has already decided she will not. In the very first line of her rebuttal, one which was not even sponsored by Republicans, she attacked the President again, though not even being present for the greater portion of the speech. The speech by the President was aimed to create jobs; nobody can argue that, even if his re-election campaign was a latent purpose, on this night, our Commander in Chief was all about placing Americans back into functioning jobs. The speech Rep. Bachmann countered with seemed aimed at attacking the President; aiding her failing campaign was more important to her than aiding the failing economy. The President proposed numerous plans to create more jobs now. To her credit, Miss Bachmann had a proposal which would help stabilize American industry in the long run; however, right now, we need jobs for right now. When American citizens get back to work, then is the time to focus on long term fixes; that will be when Miss Bachmann’s input will be a valuable asset.

Admittedly, in the days leading up to the speech, I must be honest by saying that I did not feel the American Jobs Act should be passed; the policies by President Obama had failed. Stimulus bailouts hurt more than helped, unemployment rose, and the citizens of this great nation had confidence only described as wavering by the most optimistic of people. Why did our nation need a second round with that same struggle? However, after hearing to proposal I am much more optimistic. The details are yet to be known, but at least for now, we have a reason to hope. The policies announced by our president are anything but left wing, and can hardly even be described as left of center. In this case however, credit needs to be given where it is due. President Obama has realized that his previous economic strategy has failed, and he has not tried to shift blame, or insist it will work. Quite the contrary, to his credit, President Obama has taken a very different approach from the normal Democrat policy of stimulus and gamble. Many, if not most of these ideas are largely implemented from the Republican playbook. In his speech the President mentioned numerous tax cuts, while only pushing for one tax increase–one for the six plus figure income range. Republicans have hardly anything from President Obama’s speech to pick apart. This makes too much sense not to pass, and fix our infrastructure with American employment. Read the rest of this entry

Securing Our National Security

Of course they would never intend to do any harm to our government, the efforts it is giving, the goals it is pursuing, or our national security: at least that is WikiLeaks story. WikiLeaks has, for the major part of its functioning, been relatively responsible, and fairly astute in the publications it brings to the web. For the most part, WikiLeaks does the country a public service; revealing the deals and bribes that take place in the shadows of Capitol Hill is a noble cause; governmental transparency is after all one of the major campaign promises of President Obama (not that he has anything to do with WikiLeaks). If transparency is a large enough concern in our public for a Presidential candidate to make a campaign promise to change the status quo, than we need more transparency, plain and simple: but this time, WikiLeaks has crossed to line. When WikiLeaks publishes documents or press releases relative to our nation’s citizens it does a public service; when WikiLeaks publishes a quarter million un-redacted diplomatic and national security cables, it does our national security, our government, and therefore, our citizens, immeasurable amounts of damage. Our nation is not alone, there were many others affected as well. Read the rest of this entry

It is Time for America to Re-finance

The revenue problem: Why Republicans need to agree to higher taxes.

“We have a spending problem, we don’t have a problem because we tax too little.” Those now famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) words bellowed from the mouth of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell have been heard time and again by any American with an interest in the future of our nation. The standoff on Capitol Hill between democrats and republicans over the debt ceiling was an ugly one. The effects of this battle may be felt for years to come, it is yet to be seen.  While I saw myself leaning more toward the GOP side of the debate, I still do not feel like a winner. National media has been largely portraying this as a victory for Republicans, and, though I am not Republican, you would expect me to feel satisfaction knowing that, in this instance, the side I happened to agree with more “won.” My one word hiatus from the sense that our congress did something right: taxes. I could not agree more with McConnell; the senator from my home state, that we absolutely have a spending problem. In fact, the break-neck spending started by President Bush has only been accelerated by the Obama administration. However; I could not disagree more with McConnell when he insists that we do not have a revenue problem. The more we spend, the more we must take in: that is simple economics seeming to be ignored by Republicans in Washington. Read the rest of this entry

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