Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I got so excited when I felt Obama was winning that I--

Yip---I had some wines and let my mouth go, via my fingers, so apart from the even worse typing, I suspect I may have gone 'over the top.' That was stimulated by the pathetic responses and posts by very sore losers. OK---it's over and it IS time to do the hard work in Congress. If the richest nation on earth can not look after the health of those who can't help themselvs (I'm talking about large medical bills here) through no fault of their own then it is an indictment on that nation. Pull your heads out of the sand, those of you who say that it is the responsibility alone of an individual to manage their health care. If all things were equal, then that would be fine.
I am glad that I live in a country where the huge majority hold the view that we are in this together and that the health of our children and old people is taken care of by an historical decission made many years ago that we pay a level of taxation that allows for this most basic of human needs.
Obviously no such collective responsibility exists amongst a significant number of Americans. I expect some pretty harsh replies about individual responsibility, but the fact remains that that fine quailty does not take into account, bad luck, ill health and the long existing poverty that plays out alongside the wealth in the USA.
Mr President, you have one hell of a battle on your hands to change the minds of those hard assed 'inidividuals.'

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Goodbye Pork Pie--James Cook High School--Part 2

So the seniors have left---yeah right? They keep coming back to finish their project. They are determined to get the mini back on the road for its journey to Wellington. I bet they would love to be driving it. That's OK, their chance will come with other cars they fix. I'm not sure who is enjoying this more---the teachers or the kids. Go James Cook High!

Obama has one huge job on his hands now!

Obama has won, even the ‘Popular vote, which for a while looked a bit dicey for him. Now after a few days rest and contemplation, he must address some serious issues. He is hampered in this by the makeup of Congress. Unfortunately, nothing has changed for him there.
If he is not able reach out and deal with ‘died in the wool’ Republicans then he is doomed to preside over a lame duck Presidency. No one wants this. There are hard decisions to make over the economy and he must do better with the health insurance problem. That the richest country in the world is not able to provide for its most needy citizens is a blight on the good name of the USA.
Obama needs to look at the USA’s involvement in foreign ‘adventures’ and seriously take stock over its position as ‘policeman of the world.’ Why should the USA carry the bulk of the responsibility to solve Middle Eastern and other humanitarian and political crisis. That is the job of the UN another regional groupings.
It is notable that Wall Street and some of the big name players (read Donald Trump) have had hissy fits over Obama’s victory. That was to be expected. Why are we surprised though at the extent of those sour grape announcements and reactions? The people along with Obama need to have their concerns recognized.
Finally, the Republicans are badly out of touch with the changing American Electorate. No Republican candidate will ever win again unless he or she takes into account the aspirations of many groups in American society; namely the Latin/Hispanic voters and the Afro Americans. The time of WASP male voters has finally gone.  However they still hold the economic power, so Obama too has to reach out.  All power and good wishes to Obama. I think the world heaved a huge sigh of relief.