John Stewart has always used his platform, much like Stephen Colbert, to honor our service men and women. Here is a recent clip from his show which highlights some of the men and women he met last weekend in Afghanistan. To learn more about how you can support our troops or veterans go to www.USO.org and www.IAVA.org
Wow, interesting and impassioned commentary on the recent “debt crisis.” What do you think??? (not about Olberman, but about his thoughts on this particular issue).
“I place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. We must make our choice between frugality and liberty, or excessive spending and servitude. If the debt should be swelled to a formidable size, its entire discharge will be despaired of and we shall be committed to a career of debt corruption, and rottenness. The discharge of the debt, therefore, is vital to the destiny of our government.” -Thomas Jefferson
Ive been disappointed in our political officials before, but never so much as I collectively am now. Despite people’s well being, our financial stability and our nations reputation being on the line, our elected officials continue to keep them all at risk as they fight for what truly matters to them: scoring political points for the 2012 elections and positioning to claim credit as the person or party responsible for averting this crisis. It makes me sick to my stomach. Please remember this when you vote and whether you are Democrat, Republican, Independent, Tea Party or other, don’t vote for people who put themselves before their constituents or their country. We need to take responsibility for who represents us!
Wow. So on the heals of the healthcare debate wrapping up Obama drops another bomb…announcing a new energy plan thatproposes opening areas off the shores of the US for speculating for oil. Very interesting for a couple reason…
First, it contradicts what he campaigned for. While his press secretaries are trying to spin it like he has always been for drilling, this is just a recent development (see the State of the Union in January when he first announced this in a big way). During his campaign he definitely stated he was not for this though (see this statement from June 2008)
Second, its unclear what the political motives were behind it.
Part of me says it was a bad political move because if he did this to throw a bone to conservatives after the healthcare uprising then that was stupid because 1) hes not going to win them over because their biggest problem is him, not his legislation (which is clear because any conservative who actually studies healthcare will actually realize that what passed is very similar to what Mitt Romney created in Massachusetts), and 2) in throwing this bone he pissed off one of his strongest group of supporters which are young people and environmentalists. I honestly think they dont care much about the enviros or young people however because they have the “well who else are they going to vote for, republicans?” attitude towards those groups.
The other part of me says it was a good move. It makes it seem like Obama is reaching across the aisle on an issue important to Republicans (oil, money, jobs) while allowing him to be strong on national security (by touting this as a way to make the US more energy independent and to stop sending money to the Middle East). On the Democratic end, while this may seem like a loss at first glance, it may not be. The places he opened up for exploration off shore are actually areas where there isnt supposed to be a ton of oil available and are not the areas the are most ecologically sensitive. He’s also giving the green light on an oil exploration project that will take 10-15 years to happen which is more than enough time for other legislation to be passed that develops clean energy. So in reality, this is a short term, superficial give to the Republicans that really wont do much harm.
So thats my take, what do you think???
Perhaps you haven’t heard, but there has been an intense debate raging on over healthcare in this country
This has been a hot issue for…oooooh, about 30-40 years…but since the 2008 election campaigns its been THE issue. So now that the big healthcare bill has passed, why are people still so angry?
Frank Rich from the New York Times provides his ideas as to why, and I think this is a great analysis. Check it out here.
(by the way, I had to order the shirt below just for historical reasons…love it!)