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Posts Tagged ‘president obama’

Is This What Americans Want? Really?

Posted by ALmod on September 17, 2009

It was the acceptance speech hijack heard around the world– or at least the part of the world that watches the VMAs.  Taylor Swift won an award and started thanking everyone when Kanye West snatched her mic away and declared that Beyonce Knowles should have won.  (I might add that I gained a ton of respect for Knowles as a result of her actions upon winning an award herself.)

Everyone has been talking about it all week.  It was rude.  It was inappropriate.  And of course, President Obama was asked about it.  Here’s what he said:

That also sparked this rather funny video:

Now, I have to admit…  It’s hard to not agree with the president on that one, but then I also noticed his poll numbers for this week.  RCP shows an average of +9.5 points in the polls.  CNN and Bloomberg show gains of 18 and 19 points, respectively.  Seriously?!  That’s what it takes to get high poll numbers?!

I guess instead of having him do anything really important, like getting us out of a recession or fixing health care, we should just have him do the Cheers and Jeers section for TV Guide.


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Today in DUH: Obama Edition

Posted by ALmod on August 3, 2009

First, let me start out by saying that I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last posting.  I was going to blog on the whole JeffCo thing, but chances are you’ve heard from other sources by now, and quite frankly, I was WAY too mad to write anything sensible.  I’ve instead taken to commenting on the matter elsewhere.  Maybe after today I’ll calm down long enough to write something that doesn’t contain any creative adjectives.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m actually a proponent of some sort of public health care plan.  I like single payer, but at the very least, I’d like a public option.  (Of course, I think suplemental insurance should always be available for people to purchase should they want it.)  And yes, I’ve always been realistic about the costs.

So why is it that Obama seems to have just now come to the realization that “taxes may rise to pay [for public] health care”?  Duh.

Mostly, I think it’s because the word “taxes” has such an ugly political connotation to it.  Yes, you’ll pay more out of pocket for taxes.  I think the average American isn’t stupid enough to believe that any of this will be free (or that rainbows and puppies will rain down from the sky).  But why not just give the facts.  Overall, most Americans will pay less for their healthcare, whether that’s through taxes or premiums.  In other words, you may pay $50/month more in taxes, but you’ll save $100/month on premiums, and in the end, you’ll have $50/month more in your pocket.  While those are purely made-up numbers, the fact is that the U.S. pays more in health care every year for less coverage in comparison to other countries which have a single payer or public health care option.

Yes, the local police are paid for by my tax dollars, and I’d likely pay fewer taxes if we didn’t have police, but it’d be a heck of a lot more expensive if I had to hire personal bodyguards to protect my family.  Still, I am more than able to hire bodyguards in addition to police protection should I ever wish to.

In the end, I think the American people will have fewer objections to Obama’s health care if he’d just be straight up with us about the cost.  Whoever is handling the president isn’t doing a good job of it, and he comes off like he’s hiding something at the end of the day.

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100 Days: The Gloves are Off

Posted by ALmod on April 29, 2009

I said a while back that I would hold off on any real criticism of our new president until after his 100 days.  Why?  Well, for starters, I wanted to be fair.  I didn’t even start blogging until President Bush was well into his second term, and I didn’t criticize him at all until well into 2003.  Frankly, I’d blamed many of his initial problems on things that had lingered after the Clinton administration left office.

So I figured that I’d let Obama get the chair in the Oval Office good and warm before I started clobbering him.  Does this mean that the economic situation is his fault?  Yes and no.  It’s not hard to remember that the crisis we’re feeling today started well before the election.  However, Obama is and will continue to be responsible for any turns of the economy following implementation of his economic policies.  The budget?  I’m holding off on that one, as well.  Why?  I believe that the budget Obama gave us was also a direct result of what he was left to work with following the Bush administration’s leave, so I’m giving him a full year on that one.  If next year does not begin a continuing pattern of pulling back on spending, I fully intend to turn into my not-so-nice version.

Does this mean that I’m going to go easier on the far right?  Absolutely not.  Many a “conservative” blogger has lost respect in my eyes the past few months over the fact that they’ve gone to the far right, and by “far right” I mean the paranoid crazy-eyed minions of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh who seem to be jumping at every flicker of the lights as a sign that Obama is out to get them and destroy the world.  To them, Obama is a sinister being bent on world domination, and because of that, I can’t take them or anything they say seriously.  Apparently, neither can at least 70% of the population, since only around 30% disapproves of President Obama, and of that 30%, “disapprove” doesn’t necessarily mean “thinks he’s hell bent on destroying the country.”

I won’t be pouring gasoline over anyone’s head anytime soon.  I’d like for any critique of mine to be taken seriously, thank you very much.

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