Schools ponder showing Obama speech to students

Schools ponder showing Obama speech to students – The Denver Post.
This is the most ridiculous thing that I have heard of or read.

Regardless of your political stance, this is a speech challenging children to do well at school. Barack Obama is the President!

Most of the school children need this challenge and hearing it from the President would be a good thing.

Wise up parents and schools. Let the children see this.

Update: It looks like the concern is the lesson plan that the U.S. Department of Education issued to schools following the announcement. I personally don’t see a need for a lesson plan. It is just the President speaking which I think that all of us should listen too.

I find this funny that President George H. W. Bush did this in 1991 and the Democrats reacted the same way. Now the shoe is on the other foot.

CBO: Health bills to increase federal costs – CQ Politics-

CBO: Health bills to increase federal costs – CQ Politics-
I thought this was interesting and wanted to share with everyone. Basically, the new health care reform they are talking about will increase federal costs, not reduce them like we are being told.

This is straight from the Congressional Budget Office who looks at the total costs and provides that information to Congress.

My stance is that something needs to be done for health care. It is getting quite expensive and I don’t see how people who don’t have health insurance get medical care.

A couple of years ago I had to have emergency surgery to have my appendix removed. Luckily I had, and currently have, real good health insurance. It was amazing to me all the charges that came with the surgery and recovery in the hospital.

If I didn’t have that health insurance, it would have been a real big hit to us.

People should be able to afford health insurance and plans should be available for people to choose for themselves, not be forced to have one type of plan for many or all.

If you look at Canada or England, we can see that people have health care, but it is quite expensive and not real good. If you hurt your knee, you could wait weeks to get time for a MRI. That is not good.

So I think that something needs to be done with health costs. It just needs to be reduced. Finally we need to have realistic health plans for people to choose that will meet their needs. Not mandated or required.

Bloggingheads: Jindal and Race

Bloggingheads: Jindal and Race – Video Library – The New York Times
This is an interesting discussion on whether or not race is playing into the criticism of Bobby Jindal’s speech last week.

I have seen several interviews that Jindal has given and he does really well in them and presents himself really well.

One example is on 60 minutes this past Sunday. It was a really good interview and showed Jindal in his element. In Louisiana and meeting the people of Louisiana. His interview on Meet the Press the week before was also really good.

But his speech in response to President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress. It was a weird speech and suffered from a poor delivery. He didn’t look really comfortable. 

The discussion about Jindal and race was an interesting one. I am not sure that I quite agree with it. But it has some merit.

Jindal does not fit the mold of an up-and-coming conservative to lead the Republicans in either of the next elections. And that worries liberals.

He is not white and I think that a lot of liberals may feel that he is betraying his race by not being a Democrat. It scares them and that is why they are attacking and criticizing him. They need to discount him somehow.

It will be nice in this country when we don’t have to worry about a person’s race when they are running for office, or just doing anything.

We are all Americans and race should not play any part. At all!

The Super Bowl ad that NBC rejected

Below is the ad that NBC and the NFL rejected for the Super Bowl on Sunday from I would be interested in your thoughts.

My thoughts…

I think that NBC and the NFL have a right to run whatever commercial they want as long as it does not violate FCC regulations. This ad does not do that and is a lot more tame than many of the other ads that run during the Super Bowl.

They say they don’t want polictical or advocacy ads, but they will allow PETA to run a commercial as long as they tone down the sexual overtones.

To me, it is pure hypocrisy.

A wonderful day for this country

Today is a wonderful day for our country, we had a transfer of power from one administration to another that was peaceful and without incident.
It demonstrates that we are the greatest country in the world. There are many parts of the world where this transfer is contentious or occurs under the threat of a gun. Not here.

It was a wonderful day, a wonderful ceremony and a wonderful parade (even though it went quite long).

The one thing that upset me is the members of the audience booing former President George W. Bush when he was introduced at the inaugeration ceremony. Despite your political views or thoughts of the President Bush, he is still the President and deserves the respect of the office.

A Truly Historic Evening…

Today, the people of the United States elected a man of color to be President. This is something that was not seen as possible, even 20 to 30 years ago.

Even though I had policy differences with Barack Obama and voted for John McCain, I look forward to the next four years and will work to support him. He is our President.

Don’t get me wrong, where needed, I will question decisions I don’t agree with and always express my opinion.  That is something that all Americans should do.

But I will always respect the final decision. He is the President and deserves that respect.

I am extremely disappointed in some of the Republicans this evening. During John McCain’s concession speech, he was congratulating Barack Obama and many of them booed.  That is just plain wrong!

During a Presidential campaign, we always have a civil fight for the Presidency. But once that fight is over, we all come together for the good of the country.

Those who supported John McCain must heed his words and work to bring about good will and come together.

This is a truly historic evening. Our country will only get better for it.

I don’t get the people who think Obama is an Arab and/or Muslim

I just don’t get or understand the people in this country and how they think that Barack Obama is an Arab or Muslim.
John McCain was right to take the microphone from the women who was ignorant and asked the question last Friday.

I just want to say that I am supporting John McCain because he is the candidate that falls within my beliefs and I feel that he is best to lead this country at this time.

It is not because I think Obama is a Muslim or terrorist like others believe.  I just think some of his policies will cause the deficit to grow a lot more than it is and that he does not have the leadership experience to do the job.  He has also made some bad decisions to associate and listen to the wrong people over time.

Obama is a wonderful family man and father.  He is a Christian.  No where close to the Arab or Muslim that people are scared of just because of his name.

And what would be the problem if he was an Arab or Muslim? Is that a problem?  I don’t believe so.

I have met and associated with many people who are arabs, muslims, etc.  In fact, for all you doubters out there, there are Arab-Christians in this world.

There are many wonderful people in this world who are Muslim.  They are nice, decent, and religious people.  The problem is a few people who perpetuate to follow the Koran, but actually don’t understand its teachings.  They are a small, radical fringe.

The United States of America is one of the world leaders and we need to vote in the best person to do the job.  That is why I am voting for John McCain.  I think he can do it.

But if Obama wins, he is our President and I will support him in that role.

This country has come a long way over the last 30-40 years.  But it still has a long way to go.  We need to move beyond someones skin color, religion, ethnicity, etc. The ignorance needs to end and it ends now.

This ignorance just makes the entire country look stupid to the rest of the world. I just don’t see how it is still around in this wonderful country. It was not the way I was brought up.

Rocky Mountain News Supports McCain’s Health Plan

Dueling med plans : McCain’s offers consumers more long-term choice.
An interesting look at the health care plans and they feel that McCain’s is the best for the long-term, something a health care plan should be.

Contrary to Barack Obama’s ads, I will not see an increase in tax liability, I will see a net tax benefit.

McCain’s health care tax plan provides choice for families, where the choice belongs. It shouldn’t be the choice of government on what health care plan I use.

Obama tries to play the $5,000 going to health insurance companies and not into your pocket. Well it is for health care and should go there and the nice thing is you get to choose what is best for you and your family.

Under McCain’s proposal, if you don’t use the full $5,000 for insurance, the remaining can go into a health savings account.

According to Politifact and the nonpartisan Urban Institute, McCain’s plan would benefit lower income individuals and families over higher-income individuals and families.

An independent analysis from the nonpartisan Urban Institute confirms that: “In general, lower-income people with health insurance would receive benefits from the credit that would be well in excess of the value that they receive from today’s tax exemption. The gains are much smaller for higher-income people.”

I think that it is nice McCain’s plan leaves it up to the individuals to choose their plan and provide a tax credit for that, providing more of a benefit to those of lower income than higher without significantly impacting the deficit.