Now that the Presidential election and voting season is over, the debate now switches to how we go forward as a nation. Back in July, I posted the main points of what would determine this election, and all of it was valid http://goo.gl/YWdrZ. Below is a quick synopsis:
Jobs: Obama. The unemployment rate ticked down, and Romney never detailed a plan to do better with the economy/jobs.
Debt Debate: Obama. The President won the Medicare issue, and Paul Ryan did not help. The ACA/ObamaCare was modeled after Romney’s Massachusetts law & he owned up to it in the debates.
Foreign affairs: Obama. Benghazi http://goo.gl/zGqrN was not the SwiftBoat the Republicans were looking for . At the end of the day, Bin Laden is dead and Romney’s Olympics gaffe proved who is stronger on this issue.
HealthCare: Obama. See the Debt Debate above. Many are concerned about health cost skyrocketing. I do not believe this to be very valid, as healthcare is expensive right now.
Leadership: Obama. Mitt Romney is a flip-flopper, and after a strong first debate, eventually it became very apparent.
That said, it’s important to map out the path forward for the USA, while retaining the values that keep us as the greatest country on Earth. What makes this nation great, are the people. We need all Americans to do their part to make this nation great, and when that happens nothing can stop us. We have some challenges pending, and I’m very interested to see if we can overcome them:
Immigration Reform: The Hispanic/Latino vote played a huge part in Obama’s victory, and 2 Senators are mapping out a plan already http://goo.gl/ZnvVy.
Fiscal Cliff/Jobs/Economy: No deal, no bipartisanship, then you can kiss our global credibility goodbye. Other nations will think, “if they can’t work together themselves on big issues, how can we trust them to work with us?”
Military: Iran, Syria, Libya are obvious hotspots in the world and who knows what Israel might do. While pulling out of Afghanistan, the problems may just shift.
Americans: Will the real Leaders who know how to work together to get things done please stand up and do so. It is ok to disagree on issues and values, but the world is not the same as it was 5/10/20/50 years ago and citizens need to recognize that. You can remain true to your personal values, and still do great things with people who may not agree with you.
Education: If Americans do not understand the fact that we are in a Global Economy, I think they do now. People young and old need to continue to sharpen the saw http://goo.gl/ak7nH in order for us to remain competitive for the future.
This is ThePoint, and I look forward to seeing how this all plays out.
A Romney supporter tells me “We need someone who knows how to run a business to be President…not some Community Organizer.” Fair enough, but what this person fails to understand is that a CEO will do whatever it takes to please a specific group of people called “Shareholders” and not the people that actually do the work. A business is in operation to do one thing; make a profit. In order to do that a CEO will lie, steal, cheat, fire employees, restrict union/worker rights, offer a Grand Plan with no details, and if they fail just move on to another company.
Then I would ask the question, “Are all CEO’s successful?” There are some very successful & not successful CEO’s in the US, but one thing they all have in common is a total disregard for the average person. Mitt Romney proved this statement with his “47% comment” http://goo.gl/N9zAR and I’m sure as President he will have no love for half of all US citizens. We have seen this pattern all summer and during the debates with Mr. Romney being “against something, and now he’s for it.” Examples include Pre-existing conditions included in ObamaCare, Abortion for rape victims, Bailout of the auto industry http://goo.gl/jtn6e.
We need a President who will make the tough choices on the behalf of 100% of Americans and not special interests groups. We do not need a Salesman, Flip-flopper, Corporate Raider type who knows how to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. We do not need CEO Romney as President.
In summary, if you have ever worked in Corporate America, ask yourself “Did you love your CEO?”
ThePoint is back on ResponsibleDebate.com! I will be watching both candidates for President of the United States very closely, and will appreciate your feedback. In other words, “I want your opinion on My Opinion!” Make a comment on the site! Now to business. For the most part, the major issues in this 2012 election are:
Jobs-The Economy (stupid). People want well paying jobs, the housing market must continue to improve, and better infrastrucutre to say the least.
Debt Debate. We are truly spending more than we take in. This brings into play higher taxes on the rich, lowering taxes for the middle class. Social Security and Pensions are on the table. Union rights to add, but the next President will present & pass a ”Balanced Budget” on the backs of the rich or less than rich.
Foreign Affairs. Europe better get the Euro in order to help our fragile economy. The Afghanistan war is still going on, Syria is a Civil War, Egypt has a Muslim Government (10% Christian population), Iran is working on nukes for “Peaceful” purposes, and China is deep in Africa mining resources. Where does the US stand?
HealthCare. All of the 3 afformentioned issues, with this one are intertwined. Does the Greatest Nation in the World owe it to it’s people to have Universal Healthcare?
Leadership. I want a President that can take a stand, and represent for all Americans at home and abroad. The job of President of the US is not to be taken lightly.
There are more issues to debate, such as Education, Immigration Laws, and Gay Marriage to mention a few when it comes to this election. ThePoint is that we have 2 very different paths to take for the next 4 years to say the least, and it is to be taken seriously. President Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney? Presidents may be elected for 4 years at a time, but their legacy will last a lifetime for all of us.
Mel Gibson is making headlines again for — you guessed it — anti-Semitic epithets. And on top of that, it’s alleged that he revealed plans to either kill or have his girlfriend killed. These claims are being made by Joe Eszterhas, veteran Hollywood scriptwriter, famously known for “Basic Instinct” and “Flashdance.” The two have been working together to make a sort of Jewish “Bravehearts” movie, titled, “The Maccabees.”
According to Mr. Eszterhas, while he and his family were vacationing in Costa Rica with Mr. Gibson, Mel revealed a sexually explicit picture to his 15 year-old son. Thereafter, Mel went “Mel,” and began an anti-Semitic rant, that was apparently witnessed by many. Mr. Eszterhas wrote a letter to Mel for his inappropriate remarks and actions, which somehow was made public.
Mel Gibson released a letter denying Joe’s accusations, but failed to specifically mention was actually untrue or not. Mel’s track record makes one question his credibility, but he’s standing by his innocence. In turn, Joe despises being called a liar, and claims to have an audio tape of a conversation he had with Mel that corroborates his story — he has yet to release.
The Wrap was able to get ahold of the full letter. Click here to view. And as far as to what this means for “The Maccabees,” we all shall see. Talk about tension…
TODAY’s Ann Curry interviewed Joe Eszterhas. Watch below or click here:
I honestly did not know this still went on in the U.S., and opinions are still 50/50 on it! I believe if a kid’s parents do not desire for them to be spanked, then they should be obedient kids and follow direction from school authorities. On the opposite end, if a kid knows corporal punishment is the result of their bad behavior, that minimizes them “acting out.” ThePoint is that parents better get the kid straight while they are young, because there is no turning back once they become older. http://abcnews.go.com/US/spanking-school-19-states-corporal-punishment-legal/story?id=15932135