Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Vision of America Being Restored
You know what REALLY raws my hide?
Obama haters. In my opinion, the man has been in office for 50 days, and has outdone the past 7 presidents already.
Here is a man who has a plan and is willing to do what it takes to make it work. He has a vision of where he wants to see America go. He has the drive to see it thru and turns the other cheek when others criticize him.
President Obama knows he inherited a messed up economy, but moves to correct the past mistakes of previous leaders. At the same time; he believes that while we are down, we should push harder than ever to make the scene right. This is so we see the desired America at the outcome.
W. had a vision of America that SHOULD frighten each of us to death in retrospect at least, if not all along. He pushed to be Commander and Chief, and dare I say, Dictator. With the ten recently released presidential memos he had made secret, we got to see W. looking into using troops on US soil against citizens. He desired to do search and seizures on Americans and haul us off to unknown prisons without due process. He tapped our phone lines to see what we did even in our private lives. And, let me stop this for another day's discussion and get back on topic.
Clinton was an okay president. He was a womanizer and had a weak backbone. He was a smooth talker similar to Obama, but lacked Obama's drive. For example, the gays in the military issue, which he compromised on.
Bush Sr. was a man who had a desire it seemed to cause upheaval across the globe and spent vast sums of money in so doing. He was a sneak while in office in so many areas it is almost as innumerable as W's. Remember Iraq, Kuwait, letting down the regulations on corporations.
But, Bush Sr. had an adept teacher in his predecessor, Reagan. He is the Republicans' Star Memory. But I dare say, the fiasco we find ourselves in now began in this Administration. Reagan began to deregulate corporations, took us to war, was involved in the whole Iran-conta mess, Star Wars Missile Defense, and built the idea in most of our minds that everyone could (and should) desire to be rich. Statistically and historically, not mentioning logically, an untruth.
More than any other people in recent American history, Reagan and Bush Sr. led this country over a cliff financially. They began to undo what Roosevelt had worked so hard to create in "The New Deal." Then, Clinton furthered it with welfare reforms that needed a tweak, but not to the degree he did. Some people need help and many still have not recovered from that era of government cutbacks.
Obama has a Roosevelt type mentality.
We need health care for all Americans. Without which workers miss alot of work. Employers are overburdened with Health care costs, and are forced to pass the expense on to consumers. Many people die early for lack of coverage. A great number of citizens are now considered uninsurable due to a change in employment and not being offered benefits to cover these conditions. Obama realises that insurance companies can spread statistical risk factors over a larger group of people and be able to cover these people. In a small business situation, there simply aren't enough people in the group to spread the risk factors and their speculative costs economically.
Obama sees the conditions of our school. He realises it has to be updated. We must get away from teaching towards a test and get back to teaching basics. We need our students to specialise in trades or professions. Insodoing, our young people need not use phrases like, "Can I make that a large sized fry" so long before getting to work in their chosen life paths. He realises that drop-out kids mean less people to do the real jobs that need done in order to regrow our society and make American goods marketable across the globe again. He knows we need to close ineffective or run down school and build news educational facilities to promote learning. President Obama is willing to spend now to get future gains back via higher paying jobs.
He sees our infrastructure and transportation systems are broken and decaying. Like Roosevelt knew, repairing these things creates jobs and makes us move faster and safer. Money paid today, saves lives and pays us back later.
He is pushing for new and cleaner technologies. This makes us strong again and lessens our future costs due to a healthier environment.
He knows or social security and medicare systems are on the verge of going dry. He has plans to shore these up and give us hope of retirement someday.
I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the idea by now. Each of these areas will cost money upfront, but the payback will be multiplied. Like Roosevelt, we must do what we must to get the economy rolling again. But while we are down, let's rebuild to greater heights and come out the other side better for it.
Yes, the sacrifice will be great; but is the other option any better? We cannot afford to not repair what is broken. If we are to emerge better, we must dream larger, and build higher, and we will once again be "The City on the Hill" which Reagan spoke of.
When someone tells you about a dream they had last night, often it sounds bizarre. It may sound incredible. It may take alot of thinking to figure out what it was all about. Yet oftentimes, it will amaze you once you see the vision of the dream for yourself. So, sit back and envision the dream instead of scoffing at the dreamer. You may be awed once you catch the vision.
Visit www.whitehouse.gov and see what the plans are. Join www.twitter.com and follow Obama and Biden there. Become informed.