I will just touch upon some aspects of the (partial) federal government shutdown in just this 1 post because in approximately 10 days when I blog again, I hope I am not writing about it again. Usually I try not to blog about the #1 thing in politics, but this shutdown has been building for weeks and is dominating the headlines in such a way that there’s no way to avoid it. I’d like to thank POLITICO for their in-depth coverage of all the facts and drama coming out of DC, because I still don’t know how they’re able to stand the hypocrisy, ridiculousness, and histrionics that occur on a constant basis.
I don’t think anyone can state that President Obama has done a good, or even a mediocre, job at his handling of the Syrian crisis. I actually wished he went back to his great rhetorical speech-abilities and very intangible concepts. There’s a lot more nuance than action in foreign policy, and, in my opinion, he has done a horrible job in this respect. I never liked that he said that there was a “red line” (CBS News, PBS) in which he backed himself into a corner. When it comes to domestic issues, I want a candidate/public official to be specific; however, when foreign policy is concerned, then ambiguities need to be ‘established’ so that a framework can be built in which all parties concerned have a face-saving option. Continue reading
I recently posted about how I loved that Elizabeth Warren was doing exactly what politicians expected she would do when she was elected. Unfortunately, I have to say the same thing about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He is doing what everyone expected, which is why Texas voted for him. A recent Politico Opinion article by former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) states the case that critics don’t like what he is doing because he is Continue reading
A few words to describe the oft-mentioned ‘sequester’. (As a challenge to myself, I will insert each of the words, once, from the title instead of the s-word in this post in italics.)
I will admit that this block on federal spending is really confusing. It is easy for more partisan critics to blame the other side that will bring to end some loved programs. There are so many articles now on the close off that is about to potentially happen: Continue reading
Over the past week, I read two opinion articles on Politico about why Asian-Americans should vote for Obama or Romney by Rep. Judy Chu and Lanhee Chen (Romney policy director), respectively. I wasn’t sure whether to be happy or frustrated that either of them were reaching out to me as part of some monolithic bloc. As numerous others already know, the Asian-American bloc is not aptly named. The differences among the various Asian countries are probably even more so than here in America by religion, ethnicity, income, standard of living, and a host of other characteristics. Continue reading
I understand why people will vote for Romney for President. I want to say that I like him a lot on some issues such as his moderation on social issues, fiscal decisions that seem to make you better than worse off, and a great career in the private sector. He is the mostly ‘good’ candidate, especially on paper. He has a broad range of experiences from being a bishop in the Church of Latter Day Saints, a Republican governor of the most Democratic state, and extremely successful at Bain Capital. But a president cannot only be good at decisions. Continue reading
I have to agree with the other pundits, the most powerful line from the Republic National Convention came from Paul Ryan:
“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.” (Quotes from Paul Ryan’s VP Speech to the RNC 2012)
It is true that some, maybe most, people who voted for Obama are a little disappointed with his presidency. If you really look at the last 3 1/2 years, you can either blame Obama for everything or blame the anti-Obama forces instead. It is really hard to determine what Obama is really responsible for, but you definitely cannot blame him for everything, or maybe anything, if you’re trying to at least appear to be fair.
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