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First Oval Office Speech for Obama, Hmmm?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2010 by raingeg

I don’t know what to write about this speech. While watching I took a step back and looked at myself and realized that I was looking at the television like a dog looks at an annoying noise, with my head cocked 4 inches to the left, needless to say, I was a bit perplexed. Not by the big words of the amazing president, but rather the base and overused rhetoric, in a speech that I feel like I’ve heard before.

When I started writing this I was watching the Celtics take on the Lakers, and I could have no more helped the Celtics beat the Lakers than the president can stop the oil from leaking out of that hole. So while this is supposed to comfort me and put me at ease, it accomplishes none of that. He dropped some names, told us who was supposed to aid in the process and let us know that BP was going to get it. But I have a feeling we’re going to be waiting for this relief well to be dug before it stops.

When we are faced with big problems it takes big people to say that they working on the problem and doing their best to fix it without pushing the blame on to someone else, until all the facts are in. Something the President did twice tonight, first by blaming BP and secondly by blaming the Bush administration for this problem. When, from what I know, we really don’t have all of the facts.

The warlike talk and cliché “we can put a man on the moon” stuff just gets to be a bit annoying and repetitive. Oil is not an enemy, oil does not have a mind of its own and oil is not plotting to destruct the shores of this country. Can anyone honestly say that BP wanted this to happen? But of course we all know that every corporation really wants to kill 11 people, endanger The Gulf of Mexico and have to pay for the clean up, oh, and don’t forget ruining their brand. I mean, I’ll say flat out that corporations care about money, and the last thing they want to do is lose any it. But if it turns out that they were corrupt and they are responsible for this disaster the so be it, take them down. But if it turns out that it was just a freak accident then how can you hold someone accountable for that?

The real question I have to ask myself is whether or not the claim that more government regulation would have prevented this from happening is true or false. The President doesn’t even know. And to be completely honest, I don’t know right now, so I take no position. Here’s to hoping that in the coming months we will know more about this, but right now the good old American way of “innocent til proven guilty” should prevail, but its not. The Obama administration has already tried and convicted BP. I’d like to know the Presidents solution to the problem of the corrupt self regulating oil companies that showered regulators with gifts. Is the solution to have the federal government now play a larger role in regulating these oil rigs, because we know that no politician or government bureaucrat has ever been bought and sold or showered with gifts, just ask Joe Sestak.


Dennis Prager Speech on Why America is Exceptional

Posted in Humanity, Politics with tags , , on April 17, 2010 by raingeg

I had the opportunity to meet Dennis while he was in Tucson last week. I am lucky in that I work at the station that broadcasts his show to the Tucson area, so I got to sit in and watch him do his show. It was great to meet him, to his credit he is the same in person as he is on the radio and that is something that is to be admired in a public personality.

I listen to his show a lot, not only because I get paid to listen, but because it is very enlightening. Prager is like a Jewish version of C.S. Lewis, actually, if you spend any time reading Lewis’ books and any time listening to Prager on the radio, you’ll be able to see what I mean.

I found this speech on YouTube and decided to post it, since I haven’t posted in a while.

The Union Needs Jobs, Not Broken Promises

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2010 by raingeg

“It begins with our economy.” Those are the words that I, and I suppose a whole lot of Americans, wanted to hear in President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address. The overall tone of the speech seemed a bit deflated. It was self-deprecating at times, as he tried to be more personable and appeal to the American people as an empathetic president. Given those slight differences, there was not much that separated this from past speeches. He played the blame game and used the usual Obama style. As many have pointed out, this was not the speech that he wanted to give. I imagine he wanted to be saying something a little like this; we closed Gitmo, we passed meaningful health care reform, we passed cap and trade, unemployment did not go above 8 percent and we are on our way to a speedy recovery. That, however, was not the case.

On his promise to close Gitmo he’s not come through, though I don’t see the need to close down the prison other than to appease the left in America and around the world, it aids me in making a much larger point. Health care reform as we know it today looks pretty dead, though I’m skeptical. He pleaded for people to take another look at the bill, but I think its on the back burner for a while. He seems more focused on the economy and job creation, something that probably should have happened months ago.

“Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America’s businesses. But government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers”

Does he get his own message? Cap and trade doesn’t seem to be around in the near future, but it was mentioned in the speech, and it is still a fresh reminder of what this administration and the Democrats in congress have in mind. That, being the desire to create more bad regulations and a bad job growing environment, with bad “conditions,” through job killing legislation like cap and trade, trains to nowhere and “green jobs.” Which happily leads us to the issue of unemployment, where things have not gotten better or stayed the same, they’ve actually worsened. And while there have been some “saved” jobs that doesn’t account for all of the ones that were not saved and isn’t very consoling, all things considered.

I know that we were hit with a major economic crisis and the President is not the only one to blame for this mess. The “worst since the Great Depression,” I know all about that, if I have to hear that saying again, I’m gonna explode. But here is the much larger point that I mentioned earlier. I think many people walked away from their television sets tonight thinking one thing, “is anything going to get done?” And by “anything” I mean something that actually has substance, instead of the rhetorical message and symbolic appeasement to the American left that we saw throughout the first year of this administration. Gitmo, health care, cap and trade and green jobs, are all big ticket items of the leftist agenda, when put together they are not the issues that make up the vast majority of this center-right country.

What the president has to prove is that he is willing to go beyond the empty talk and symbolism and try for real bipartisanship, not the arrogant “we won, you lost” message that we had to hear for the last year from his administration and congress. How is there even any room for bipartisanship with that attitude? It is not bipartisan to say join us or die, we have a mandate. It turns off the American people, and it did just that throughout the health care debate.

Were there things in the speech that I liked? Sure, there were some, but far too few for me to jump up and down and be happy. The president starts talking about nuclear power and I’m supposed to be happy about that? Ordinarily I would be. Maybe a year ago, had he brought this up, I would have been happy. But now, the completely symbolic president that is Barack Obama is going to have to prove to me that he is willing to practice what he preaches in regard to real bipartisanship and completing actual work.

President Speaks To Kids and Why It Was a Touchy Issue

Posted in Education, Politics with tags , , , , on September 8, 2009 by raingeg

So I am watching to the speech that President Obama gave to the students of America. I haven’t seen anything come out of him, so far, that sounds bad. I imagine by the time I am done with this post I will be done with the video, and it will stay the same till the end.

After talking to some people and listening to what the media had to say I’ve formed an opinion. Let me tell first that my opinion changed based on what has transpired.

First I heard that this was some kind of indoctrination speech by the leftist President Barack Obama, and I started to believed it. Then I heard that we should wait it out and see what happens, and I did that. So I heard two different opinions, coming from the same medium, conservative talk radio.

On this blog I like to think that what I write about should show you what I think deserves mentioning. But I also think that what I don’t cover on this blog reveals a lot about what I am thinking deserves attention. I didn’t present an opinion because I was still hashing out all the different approaches that were running through my mind.

Let me say that at first I was a bit worried. One must remember that information about this speech came out on the heels of the “I pledge” video that was put together by all of the Hollywood lefties. And in this particular video they pledged that they would be of service to Barack Obama. So when the idea of the speech and the pledge video were put side by side it looked like the speech was going to resemble the video, even though they had absolutely nothing to do with each other.

And rightfully so, it did sound a bit strange to have kids write letters to themselves about how they can help the President, as opposed to writing a letter about how they can help the country. I found that a bit odd and tended to think that it sounded arrogant. Then they changed the wording and made it a lot more generic.

Now that I’ve seen the video I’ve made up my mind. For the Department of Education to say that teachers should encourage parents to write a letter to themselves telling them how they will help the president, is strange to me and I would not like my child to do such a thing. That said, I highly doubt that President Obama is sitting in the White House saying how much he’d like to indoctrinate these kids, I would venture to say that he had nothing to do with this whole issue of writing the letter to yourself.

After finishing the video I can honestly say that I saw nothing that was left or right about the speech. It was actually pretty good and it left me feeling good, much like his election victory speech.

I think this was a “teachable moment” for parents. For parents who disagree with the president you should show that you can give respect to those with whom you differ. For parents who agree with the president, this was yet another time for you to watch your president, I’m sure you enjoyed it.

Reagan On Universal Health Care

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by raingeg

Good audio from Beck.