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Today I want to talk about the 2016 presidential elections. I already see great media bias against Hillary Clinton.

The news media is watching her every move and criticizing everything she does. It sickens me to hear ‘on her second try at the White House’ basically making out to be a loser who is trying again for an unattainable goal. Did we hear this about Mitt Romney in 2012? No. Did we hear about this with John McCain in 2008? No.

So much sexism is going on it shocks me that more people don’t notice it. “Hillary is a grandmother now, why would she want to run for president?” Again, do we ask this of Romney, McCain, Biden or anyone else? No, we hear it because she is a woman.

There is also so much ageism going on. Talking about how she would be the second oldest person to ever be sworn in as POTUS. It should be no surprise to anyone that women live longer than men and also that life expectancy is longer now than it was in 1980 when Reagan was sworn in.

I seriously think the negativity coming from the media could alter the outcome of the race. I think the medias love affair with then Senator Obama had a hand in his beating her. But, really, Obama did not beat Clinton in 2008. She got 18 million votes, he got 17 million. But with the way the primary math/maps worked Obama won. No, he didn’t steal it from her; that’s the way our broken election system works.

Now, I will declare, I am not sure Hillary is the best person for the job. I want to hear more. How she would get the economy to work for more people. How she could stop, or try to, the disgusting partisanship and paralysis of our government.

That said, I believe very strongly that everyone must vote for the Democratic nominee no matter who it is. The future of the Supreme Court is much too important to leave in the hands of the GOP. SCOTUS is one of the main reasons our political system has turned into pay for play. Seriously turning this country into an oligarchy. I think 4 of the justices will be over 80 and soon to retire in the next four years. A Democrat must, and I repeat, must be the one to replace them.

Back to Hillary. The last 2 presidents we have had have been young, inexperienced and impressionable. When you look at the GOP side with people like Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Walker; they don’t have the experience to be president.

Mrs Clinton, who knows most if not all of the worlds leaders personally,  has seen firsthand for 8 years how deals get done during her husband’s administration, has worked in a bipartisan way in the Senate and 4 years as Secretary of State makes her the most qualified person on earth to be POTUS. How nice would it be if someone was in the White House that knew what they were doing, had a vision for the future, and more importantly know how to make that vision a reality. It would almost be the way our Founding Fathers wanted the presidency to be like!

Why am I not totally sure about Hillary yet? I don’t want to re-live the 1990’s again. Back then I was young and didn’t pay much attention, but everything they did was criticized. Everything. Sometimes I wonder, maybe it’s not Obama’s race that irritates the GOP. Maybe they just are such crybabies that they can’t stand to see a Democrat as president. The torture they put the Clintons through was unprecedented. Accusing them of everything from fraud to murder. They were so desperate to bring Bill Clinton down at any cost. The famous impeachment of Mr. Clinton was unnecessary and actually very harmful to the country.

Yes, while President Clinton was being impeached about having an affair and not being honest about it, which I bet 75% of congress is guilty of the same, a little known group named al Qaeda was planning to attack us. Yes, I am saying that the ridiculous impeachment took everyones eyes off of the growing threat. Perhaps, if the GOP had more interest in ‘Country First’ Clinton could have taken out bin Laden before 9/11.

It’s time to stop all of the Hillary negativity. Wondering why she ate at Chipotle, criticizing her driving in a van instead of hoping on a normal flight like Rubio would. That all needs to stop. Now. Judge Hillary, as I will, on her message and vision. If you don’t like those that’s fair game, that you can question and drill down on. Not how much she earned for each speaking engagement. Did we ever criticize Reagan for his speaking fees?

I want to hear more, I want to know more about what Sec. Clinton has in mind. I don’t want to hear ridiculous bullshit about her eating at Chipotle to appease latinos.

Whatever will be, will be. But, we all must get out and Vote for the Democratic nominee, and all Democratic on the ballot.

** title words courtesy of George Michael

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So Much To Talk About And Weigh In On: Iraq, Economy, POTUS and More

IMG_1845Let’s start with president Obama. I have seen in the news media a piling on of negative criticism of everything he does. Now I am not one of those that thinks he walks on water and if you have read any of my blog you’ll see the many things I disagree with him on and think he has done wrong. But, I feel like it’s open season to bash him everywhere, for everything and that’s not right.

Maybe presidents shouldn’t have second terms. I feel like this is a complete replay of the end of George Bush’s second term. Everyone criticized everything Bush had done and it was a negative spiral that encompassed the entire 8 years. What pisses me off about Obama is he doesn’t know messaging. He makes no attempt to talk about his successes and lets the right call him weak and taking America down a notch. All of Syria’s chemical weapons have been removed and are being destroyed. I shouldn’t have to read that in the newspapers, Obama and his team should be out there talking up these things. No, success does not speak for itself. People follow a narrative given to them by a lazy media. George Bush, or Karl Rove, was brilliant in convincing the media and American people that war was needed in Iraq. He had his entire team out the with excellent messaging talking about why it was essential. We know the results of that. But, the point is Obama makes no attempt to talk up his victories. That is a grave mistake because people don’t pay attention and listen to the squeaky wheel: Dick Cheney.

Iraq is a complete disaster. Anyone who claims that it’s Obama’s fault doesn’t understand the situation. If he had left 10k troops in Iraq that would not have stopped what’s going on now. When we had close to 200k troops there we couldn’t contain the situation. Bush opened a Pandoras Box with toppling Saddam. I believe that was the catalyst for the Arab Spring, the uprising in Syria. Yes, you can clearly state that Mr. Obama has not explained a coherent foreign policy. I think all of the criticism of him from the right is what makes our Country look weak. We should be united in times of crisis.

In my view, the only way the U.S. could make an impact on Iraq and Afghanistan is to have 1 million military troops in each state  there for about 100 years. We can’t remake those states, they need to want to remake them themselves.

Turning to domestic issues, again Obama has failed in messaging. He should know the basics; people pay half attention to issues and believe what they hear the most. Has the Obama team been out there saying this problem with the immigrant children coming here is that president Obama is following a law president Bush put into place? No, he and his team are not informing people of the facts. It was the Bush law that made it impossible to return children immediately. Instead, Obama says, I won’t go there for a photo op. The American people can see this as complete arrogance and being out of touch. Once again Obama is letting the GOP try to frame the story. When, what’s needed for Obama is for him and his team to get out there and talk about why they are doing what they are doing.

And, in reality, what most Americans are focused on is jobs and unemployment. I keep seeing articles about why the public doesn’t feel better about the ‘improving’ economy. That’s because it’s not improving for tens of millions of people. The public’s #1 focus is their economic security. With approximately 40 million adults unemployed and millions more only being able to find part time jobs this is why the public isn’t feeling good. It’s why they aren’t spending money. The unemployed don’t have money to spend. The employed are too fearful of losing their jobs.

No one is focusing on job creation, job growth and good paying jobs. Raising the minimum wage isn’t going to solve this. We need jobs that pay much more than that.

Whether warranted or not, people hold POTUS responsible for everything, especially the economy.

 

Some Thoughts on Inauguration Day and Beyond

Italy2011 448As we all know today is the public inauguration for President Barack Obama for his second term. He was actually sworn in yesterday because the Constitution dictates swearing in is always January 20th, today is the public event. Of course much of the news today is about the events of today; looking back at other inaugural speeches, ceremonies, designer gowns. A few thoughts come to mind:

  • Today should be a new day in America, a day where we can turn the page and start anew. A day where we can all come together and have optimism and enthusiasm for the next four years. The thought of what can be accomplished should excite us all. The possibilities could be endless. What if we could finally create more jobs; have affordable healthcare for all; be energy independent; make renewable energy common place; rebuild our crumbling infrastructure; invest in the future of our country with education, immigration, equality for all; grow the economy; figure out a Grand Bargain for longterm American prosperity. Today is the day we need to be thinking about making all of that a reality. 
  • The United States of America is a shining example of democracy; our history has shown that no matter how ugly the election cycle was we always have a peaceful transition of power. The outgoing and incoming presidents ride together to the inauguration. Peaceful transition of power is not what takes place in other parts of the world, not by a long shot. Many have military coups or the mass slaughterings we see in the Middle East. Today is a day to be proud to be an American and proud of the way our democracy works.
  • I would like to take this one step further, the entire country should realize that we had a vote, the outcome has consequences but everyone needs to stand behind President Obama. His successes are our successes. I would like to not only see all Americans stand behind the president, I would like to see all members of Congress, all previous presidents attending the inauguration as well. George W. Bush released a statement saying he would be helping his father and neither would be able to attend. I respect that W. wants to stay out of politics and not pipe in on every decision that is made. However, I find it unacceptable that he is not coming today. He should be there, with his head held high. He was the last sitting president and his presence would show the Country and the World the solidarity of the United States. Mr. Bush’s appearance could have shown his party that no matter what your differences are you always stand behind the President of the United States. Mr. Bush could have made such a statement, especially to the bitterly divided GOP party, just by coming and sitting in the front row. His choosing to sit this out was wrong for the him personally and wrong for the Country.
  • The GOP should look at today as a fresh start for their party as well. But all signs are signaling it won’t. Paul Ryan told a crowd that he was going to the inauguration because it was an obligation of his office. He got booed when he said that. What a horrible thing to say. The chance to witness history, as any presidential inauguration is, as most Americans would love to go and witness it; and to tell a crowd he is going because of obligation. Not only is that something a sore loser says its also shows an un-united front to the public and world. It seems that any GOP member of Congress that isnt required wont be going. That is also unacceptable. We elect and pay these people they should be there to stand up for their Country, their President, and our traditions.
  • I am hopeful of the next four years; I have some advice for our politicians. First is a general one to everyone: Get Along; stop bickering and do the people’s business! Mr. Obama: Reach out more, make more relationships, invite GOP over weekly. Do whatever it takes to try to make a better relationship with both your party and the GOP. I believe your not having done this in your first term added to the gridlock. You have a job to do, the hardest job in the world actually, being friends with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will only make your life easier. To the GOP: open your mother-fucking eyes, look around to see what the country wants and stop being ruled by the extremest part of your party. Stop pushing women, hispanics, gays, unemployed away from you. Stop being a road block, start helping with solutions. Putting more people back to work will lower the deficit. We need a balanced plan for longterm financial stability; that means you need to compromise.

It’s too early to have a toast but later on we should all raise a glass to President Obama and The United States of America and the possibilities of what we can all do together!

Can One Persons Voice Make A Difference?

I look around and see so many people doing what they are told to do, whether its at work or home.  They live their lives following some sort of script that was laid out for them and society itself.  Once in a while, a long long while, you come across someone like me that questions everything, challenges everything, and most importantly needs to make things better.  This, I know is vague, but I always have questions, when the GOP talks about Obama’s failed stimulus, my mind immediately focuses on what would have happened if we had no stimulus or what if the stimulus was double the size.  Instead as I watch statements like that being made, I see the moderator of the show not asking my question, instead they let them go on to GOP talking points.  I work in sales and can instinctively tell if someone is going to buy something – because I challenge myself with whatever it is I am selling so I can have the answers in front of a client.  Selling is a psychological push and pull game that I have been very good at.  The questions I ask at work usually have infuriated everyone I worked for; because they weren’t smart enough to challenge what it was they were doing.

So, can I make a difference?  Can I help the 4M people unemployed for over a year, the 25M people unemployed or underemployed?  Can I help the people in this country that are hungry, homeless, or have just lost all hope in their futures?  I fear that this period (which I call the Great Depression II) is going to forever scar a younger generation.  A generation that was once encouraged to ask, what can I do for my country.  Now, no one asks that, no one says what can I do to help my country, and everyone in it.  My voice is here, I am not sure how many people are listening, but I would like to make a difference.  I guess I want to be today’s Oprah.  Will my voice be heard?