I'm looking at our country as it heads for 3rd World Nation status
Before we talk about the competence of the President we should define a standard. We have the standard, its call the Constitution The President:
Article 2 - The Executive Branch
Section 1 - The President
Section 2 - Civilian Power Over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments
Section 3 - State of the Union, Convening Congress
Section 4 - Disqualification
The section of the Constitution covers the election process, a job description and a means of being fired.
I have read the Constitution several times over the past month and have come to the conclusion that over the years a new task has been given to the President which is not included in the Constitution.
Section 3A – The President shall be held responsible when Congress fails to perform their assigned duties.
The issues we face as a Nation are not covered by the Constitution. The Constitution is credited, by some as being “Ordained by God”. The Nation is defined as a Christian Nation, which is in itself unconstitutional as defined by the separation of Church and State.
Issues such as “Birth Control” should not be taking up time in Congress or our legal system as they are views held based on religious beliefs and therefore not an issue.
Do we really require all of the affirmative action laws, rules and regulations or just the acceptance that “All” applies to everyone.
As the greatest source for tension in this country originates from a Fundamentalist Christian Belief no better example can be used than that of the Old Testament. The transition from Judges to Kings: God had provided Israel with a system of Judges which functioned quite well. The problem was at that time a King was required to lead the people into battle as well as tell them what to do. The cry came out, “We want a King!”. The people kept it up until they got a King. We have a Constitution which prevents us from having a King, but we have developed an attitude that we have a Supreme Leader that lacks the power of a King but is responsible for the operation of the Government.
Section 3 is an important task for the President and one in which few, if any, have carried out properly. I’d like to hear a State of the Union message start out:
The State of the Union is Poor. Congress has failed to perform their duties as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States of America. Our Judicial system has not only impinged on areas which are not allowed by the Constitution but have lost sight of the fact that the Nation is, as Abraham Lincoln put it, "a government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Religious references are plentiful in the Declaration of Independence but not in the Constitution and our government is given definition by the Constitution.
Our Congress has spent months fighting over making information available on Birth Control. Nowhere does it say “Birth Control must be used by all”. It says that the information must be made available. Should all of the legislation for affirmative action have been necessary? Wouldn’t it have been easier to just point out that all means everyone? In 191? legislation was passed declaring Native Americans to be Human Beings.
If you don’t think we have problems, think again.
I just read thru 2 pages and came to the conclusion that what most dislike is Capitalism. Starting in the late 1700s Birmingham England was developing, or at least starting the framework for the Industrial Revolution. A hundred years later the Unions took on the Capitalists and jump started the middle class. Capitalism knows two classes, those with the wealth and those that work for them. In the late 1800s and 1900s it was the Unions which caused the rise in wages of the middle class and I'm talking about all wages union and non union. The decline of the middle class in the late 1900s occurred only as business took the lead by eliminating unions. Manufacturing was moved from the union north to the non union south who worked for lower wages. The 1990s was a time of wage freezes and major cutbacks. Is the middle class doomed? Are we returning to the time when we will have the wealthy and those who work for them? Is there a system that can replace Capitalism that will work?
I hope a few of you read the post in which I spoke of the Republican's to attract the votes of minorities. Immigration may be the battleground.
The Republicans have a poor record on agreeing on programs behind closed doors and voting for them later. They also like to use stalling tactics as they have done often for the approval of appointees.
a programming software existed in the 60s and 70s under various names: Basic, single user basic, GW Basic and basica. It was great, the easiest software I've ever seen as you programed as you think. A process existed which was called "if then" While reading a report of the great progress being made with the immigration bill two things came to mind:
1. A attempt being made by the Republicans to shift credit to themselves for the bill being passed
2. Conditions being included to minimize the effect of the bill. If Ten. It appears that requirements will have to be met for the implementation of immigration reform. If "borders are secured to a predefined state" Then "Phase 1 is instituted" If "borders are not secured to the predefined state" Then "Phase 1 is not applied".
The only question is whether they can delay things until after the next election.
From a Seinfeld episode: "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it."
Believing a lie does not make it the truth.
Who in the USPS will be sharing in the bonuses which are planned?
Foreign Policy is set by Corporate America and the 16 Intelligence agencies who must retain tensions in order to justify their existence, The President can not keep the promises made when running for office. The President is an administrator with the power to start a war with presenting a budget and delivering the State of the Union message rounding out his duties. Oh! he was the ability to call congress back into session, which he should have done on several occasions and didn't.
Once you accept the fact that during the campaign few promises, if any, made by the candidate could ever be implemented by him, these are the tasks of Congress. If he did have the power to keep promises he would be a dictator. In the case of Guantanamo, which is a completely different set of conditions, is about our 16 intelligences agencies and the military. Once brought into this country the prisoners will have the same rights as you and I.
If you want to knock President Obama your only grounds to do it is for making promises he had no right to make
An improvement occurred, still problems but an improvement
The money spent on the wars is a good part of the National Debt. There is no money available for worth while projects. We either spend money that we don't have on Wars or we don't spend it.
For me it was a toss up between Obama and McCain a few things tipped the scale.
1. McCain didn't know how many homes he owned
2. When asked how much money you had to make to be a millionaire he said 5 million a year
3. Sarah Palin
My goal in life is to live long enough to vote for Joe Biden
Now to reply to your post: Sara Palin put an end to blonde jokes.
When questioned about filling the VP slot she became the exception and wasn't asked any questions. They told her if she would not say anything they would nominate her. Don't you remember how they tried to keep her away from the press during the election. They hoped she would bring the women's vote. I predict a Mexican VP next time.
Unlike Boehner's attitudes it would make a difference if quality was the priority buying food. He stated that old folks buy the cheapest things so they don't need a full cost of living raise. Speaking of raise, off the subject but it should be acceptable, I may have been pronouncing his name wrong. Given the difference in taste and texture I eat grain breads: as toast I like an oat and use a lot of butter and peanut butter, if I was forced to eat the standard "White Bread" I might just give up eating bread. An alternative would be cardboard with just enough water content so you can roll it into a ball like white bread. Vegetables are a good place to save, as if your dwelling has a window that lets in light, you can grow some of your own food. Tomatoes grow indoors quite well; but I would recommend the Tom Thumb variety. The plants are small and the tomatoes are small, if you start from seeds start them a couple of weeks apart. Bib lettuce is good as are onions, peppers, most herbs with chives being acceptable as a substitute for onion . Potatoes, green beans and peas can become large plants so an out door location is preferred for them. (I wanted a new paragraph here) Boehner has also never had to count pennies as if he had he would know that if you buy a good product it lasts, if you buy a cheap product you only get to replace it sooner, with another cheap version of the same thing. I have decided that he has no concept of the real world and can never understand.