Daily Archives: February 23, 2009
Let the stealing begin!
Just kidding. Tonight was serious because President Obama, the designer of the sharing of the stimulus spoke to joint session of Congress. He was interrupted 65 times with applause. His greatest applause line came when he said the following from the transcript here :
So I know how unpopular it is to be seen as helping banks right now, especially when everyone is suffering in part from their bad decisions. I promise you – I get it.
But I also know that in a time of crisis, we cannot afford to govern out of anger, or yield to the politics of the moment. My job — our job — is to solve the problem. Our job is to govern with a sense of responsibility. I will not spend a single penny for the purpose of rewarding a single Wall Street executive, but I will do whatever it takes to help the small business that can’t pay its workers or the family that has saved and still can’t get a mortgage.
That’s what this is about. It’s not about helping banks — it’s about helping people. Because when credit is available again, that young family can finally buy a new home. And then some company will hire workers to build it. And then those workers will have money to spend, and if they can get a loan too, maybe they’ll finally buy that car, or open their own business. Investors will return to the market, and American families will see their retirement secured once more. Slowly, but surely, confidence will return, and our economy will recover.
Seriously, he sent a resounding message to Congress and to the American people. I was able to listen and it was a good speech.
I wanted to hear what he had to say about overhauling education. Heloise no like the Charter school business. Public schools provide what students need in terms of content. But it is the delivery of that content that is at stake.
Teachers in this country are expected to teach every body that steps across the public threshold including illegal aliens, their parents, special education, kids with IQs well below 60, and smart kids, brown kids, black kids and a few white kids who attend the better suburban schools that are NOT charter schools but are regular public schools enriched by the wealth of their middle class parents.
He invoked the parents who attend parent/teacher conferences. Teachers have no problem with the parents who attend, most do not, and even when they do the student’s behavior still does not improve. He said that the parents are responsible for the education of their children. It begins with the parents…Amen to that.
While he spoke of charter schools being implemented he also said that teacher merit pay could be in the pike. Many teachers don’t like the idea of merit pay for many reasons. Throwing money at the schools is not the answer but maybe throwing some of the kids out of regular education into trade schools (of some kind) that prepare them in terms of technology and other job skills might go a long way in dragging up the scores and raising the bar.
The difference between other countries with good numbers in math and science is that they are not crazy enough to try to educate every body. They know better, we don’t.
He spoke of tax cuts and that the check was in the mail. I’m waiting.
Good start, good speech President Obama, can we trust this budget and this stimulus plan? Can we trust those that we have to do business with daily not to cheat people because the economy is bad?
Finally, how about that Obama Island cabinet? Love seeing Hillary in her hot pink jacket. Her eyelids were a bit heavy from jet lag. But wait Heloise did predict that they were a future political couple who would wield much political clout together. I thought as VP but Secretary of State is just fine.
You can tell by his crazy soap box speech. He knew he did not deserve the Oscar for this role, so he talked about Hollywood loving commies and pinkies!
This was the only miss that made me mad. Frank Langella should have WON or Brad Pitt he needed the win.
What were they thinking? Guilt by association?
This was predicted by many. I thought it would be this years “West Side Story” and it pretty much was that.
But Sean Penn as best actor was a bad call. He has done great roles and this was an okay role but his competition was wipeout and he should not have WON!!