Obama and IL Gov.

If you haven’t heard about this, then you have been under a rock. The IL Governor apparently wanted to sell Obama’s Senate seat. Now Fox News is trying to connect Obama to the Governor. Let me say, Obama has said there is no connection to this scandal and him. Second of all, Fox News will try anything to bring Obama down. They can’t say anything about his Cabinet picks, so now they are taking this chance. Do I believe there is any connection? Not with the evidence that O’Reilly was giving last night, and nothing that the FBI has released. Remember, then FBI talking to Obama and investigating him would be national news and everyone — not just Fox News — would know about it. Check all the facts, and make up your own mind.

To be truthful, though, this was the first time Obama didn’t have his White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, was not at an Obama Press Conference. Could there be a connection between him and the Governor, or any other Cabinet holders? Of course there could be, but that doesn’t connect Obama to any of this. Stay tuned for the latest.

Published in: on December 11, 2008 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Features fo Change.Gov

More and more, Obama is trying to be a transparent government — have an open door policy so to speak. Well, it so happens Obama’s Change.Gov has two new features — one more helpful then the other.

The first one, “Open Government: Open for Questions“. This feature is basically allowing you to ask questions and tell Obama which questions are most important to you. It is unclear to me how the questions will be answered, probably somewhere on the web site on a later date, but the fact that he allows us to ask questions is pretty nifty. And most definitely a sign of change.

The second feature is the ability to sign up for a health care discussion, where you talk about the issue. You can do so here.

Published in: on December 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Obama: Tell Us How It Is

I just read an article in the Townhall Magazine, about how conservatives should ban together and critique Obama and let the American public know what they think about his policies. I have a little problem with that, to tell you the truth.

You see, the problem I have is this: why can’t we just report what Obama does, and let America make it’s own damn mind up. Like Obama says, there is no Liberal America, Conservative America, Black or White America…there is the United States of America. We all have our own mind, and we as bloggers and the media should ban together, tell the truth and keep each other honest. That doesn’t mean bash the other guys so you look like the best. Nope, that means you correct them when they are wrong, kindly.

However, there is more this article says. In the article the women, clearly a voice for Mccain, said we don’t know who Obama is and that the young people voted for him because he is cool. I’m sorry, I don’t say you voted Mccain because your raciest; I honestly believe that 95% of the people who voted Mccain, voted so because they believe he is the right man for the job. That number might be higher, who knows, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Point is, stop whining that Mccain lost and start being an American. Help Obama by critiquing him and by sharing your thoughts on Change.gov. Sure, who knows if he listens but you know what, if you never try then how can you blame him for not listening to you? And folks, those who voted have every right to tell Obama what he does wrong and what he does right, those who choose to exercise the right not to vote…I’m sorry, I just believe you gave up your right to complain about the government. If you don’t care enough to vote, then how can you complain when the world goes to Hell?

So thats what this blog is about. Its about learning about what a President-Elect does, what the Obama Transition Team is doing and to help keep you informed. It’s also a place to discuss and critique Obama; not bash or praise. If you agree with what he’s doing, like I have many times before, then say so. If you disagree, then your free to say so. Just do so with respect, and remember people have feelings — even on the internet.
So what do you believe? Should the news force an opinion down your throat, like they do now, or should they give you the news — whether it’s Obama doing this, or doing that — and let you decide the truth?

Published in: on December 8, 2008 at 6:58 pm  Comments (1)  

Change.gov — Change is in the Air?

So, where is this stuff? Right here. And let me tell ya, for a web site created to be transparent, its hard to find this section of the web site: there is no link, only the link to the story telling you about it. Sorry, just had to add that :/.

Anyway, I think this is a pretty cool idea, and I hope they really do listen and Obama continues to do stuff like this. Because the government really is about us, and we really should be in control. What do you guys think? Post your thoughts!

Published in: on December 7, 2008 at 7:40 am  Leave a Comment  

A New poll! What do you think of Obama?

Vote now!

Published in: on December 7, 2008 at 7:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Obama New Weekly Address

Remarks of President-elect Barack Obama
Radio Address on the Economy
Saturday, December 6, 2008

Good morning.

Yesterday, we received another painful reminder of the serious economic challenge our country is facing when we learned that 533,000 jobs were lost in November alone, the single worst month of job loss in over three decades. That puts the total number of jobs lost in this recession at nearly 2 million.

But this isn’t about numbers. It’s about each of the families those numbers represent. It’s about the rising unease and frustration that so many of you are feeling during this holiday season. Will you be able to put your kids through college? Will you be able to afford health care? Will you be able to retire with dignity and security? Will your job or your husband’s job or your daughter’s or son’s job be the next one cut?

These are the questions that keep so many Americans awake at night. But it is not the first time these questions have been asked. We have faced difficult times before, times when our economic destiny seemed to be slipping out of our hands. And at each moment, we have risen to meet the challenge, as one people united by a sense of common purpose. And I know that Americans can rise to the moment once again.

But we need action – and action now. That is why I have asked my economic team to develop an economic recovery plan for both Wall Street and Main Street that will help save or create at least two and a half million jobs, while rebuilding our infrastructure, improving our schools, reducing our dependence on oil, and saving billions of dollars.

We won’t do it the old Washington way. We won’t just throw money at the problem. We’ll measure progress by the reforms we make and the results we achieve — by the jobs we create, by the energy we save, by whether America is more competitive in the world.

Today, I am announcing a few key parts of my plan. First, we will launch a massive effort to make public buildings more energy-efficient. Our government now pays the highest energy bill in the world. We need to change that. We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs. That won’t just save you, the American taxpayer, billions of dollars each year. It will put people back to work.

Second, we will create millions of jobs by making the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s. We’ll invest your precious tax dollars in new and smarter ways, and we’ll set a simple rule – use it or lose it. If a state doesn’t act quickly to invest in roads and bridges in their communities, they’ll lose the money.

Third, my economic recovery plan will launch the most sweeping effort to modernize and upgrade school buildings that this country has ever seen.  We will repair broken schools, make them energy-efficient, and put new computers in our classrooms. Because to help our children compete in a 21st century economy, we need to send them to 21st century schools.

As we renew our schools and highways, we’ll also renew our information superhighway. It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption. Here, in the country that invented the internet, every child should have the chance to get online, and they’ll get that chance when I’m President – because that’s how we’ll strengthen America’s competitiveness in the world.

In addition to connecting our libraries and schools to the internet, we must also ensure that our hospitals are connected to each other through the internet. That is why the economic recovery plan I’m proposing will help modernize our health care system – and that won’t just save jobs, it will save lives. We will make sure that every doctor’s office and hospital in this country is using cutting edge technology and electronic medical records so that we can cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes, and help save billions of dollars each year.

These are a few parts of the economic recovery plan that I will be rolling out in the coming weeks. When Congress reconvenes in January, I look forward to working with them to pass a plan immediately. We need to act with the urgency this moment demands to save or create at least two and a half million jobs so that the nearly two million Americans who’ve lost them know that they have a future. And that’s exactly what I intend to do as President of the United States.

Thanks for listening.

This is what Barack Obama said, and here you can look at the video. What do you think of what he said? Same old stuff, or something that makes you excited or even worried? Post your comments.

Published in: on December 7, 2008 at 7:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Obama, Bailout, and the Evil Three

First, lets make this clear — this article is written by someone who lives and breathes the automotive industry. I work for DENSO, an automotive parts manufacture (I inspect the electrical systems, or PCB’s as we call them, to ensure quality).

With that finally out in the open, let me say I am turn on this issue. Obviously, I don’t want the automakers to go away. Without customers, DENSO would be in trouble (although most of our boards do come from Korean or Japanese automakers, most of the parts I inspect are from GM or Ford, then comes Toyota. Less work for me to do, then less of a reason to keep me and my department, right?) See, this is where I am turn with the issue.

On one hand, I know they wont go away. They would, without government intervention, file bankruptcy, renegotiate contracts (mainly unions) and basically continue doing business. Problem is, however, they could renegotiate our contracts (chances are unlikely, its not a quick process) but if something were to happen and our quality went down or prices go up, what would happen to DENSO? Would we loose a customer or what? I really can’t answer this question, but I know that my company shouldn’t be too much in trouble; but there are smaller companies who do have to worry about this. Who only make Ford or GM or Chrysler parts, and the only customers they have to rely on are the ones who are in need for money. But banks aren’t giving money right now, so what are we to do?

That’s the real problem here, because DENSO could always take on more clients (hell, I hear the Mexico branch has plenty of space and they only make like a dollar an hour, too) and the Big Evil Three could always just say, “Screw you small company who employs thousands of people, we are going to DENSO”. You’d think DENSO or the company the three go to would hire more people, but thats not how they think. They think how can we do this with few amounts of people? How can we do it spending less money?

So, if the Big Evil Three go down, it could potentially take more with them. Now what does Obama say, exactly? In a nut shell, don’t screw over the auto industry and don’t let them fail. Behind the scenes, Obama has been talking about things they can do both before he is sworn in and after to help with this situation. For those who wish Obama would do more, remember, we have a President, and he is not Obama. Neither is Obama a Senator anymore, he is the President-Elect and that is it. There really isn’t much he can do anymore.

Most of this information is either from my own knowledge or from CNN.com.

Published in: on December 5, 2008 at 11:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Obama’s Sect. of State Unconstitutional? (and more)

According to Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution, yes it is. It states, “No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.” Which, for your information, actually happened during Bush Jr.’s second term as President, and Hillary Clinton has been a Senator since 2001. So, in fact, Obama made a misstep and Hillary, although popular, will more than likely stir up some controversy. I believe she will be Sect. of State, however certain Republicans will fight it to the death.

The source of this can be found here.

In other news today, CNN’s Situation Room brought up Obama’s citizenship today, because apparently the Supreme Court might take an interest in it. Is he or is he not an American? Yes, the answer is yes, however some for what ever reason believe otherwise. Have doubts? Go here and discover more.

UPDATE: CNN.com video

Published in: on December 5, 2008 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Clinton and Obama Make Up

Hillary Clinton will be apart of Obama’s National Security Team, serving as Secretary of State. She said today, “President Kennedy once said that engaging the world to meet the threats we face was the greatest adventure of our century,” …. “Well, Mr. President-Elect, I am proud to join you on what will be a difficult and exciting adventure in this new century.”
This is a good move, in my opinion. Hillary would make a perfect Secretary of State, and she will do well in an Obama White House. The move is kind of weird, considering the Secretary of State is not usually held by a political person; however, even with that being said, I still believe Sen. Hillary Clinton would make a great Secretary of State.

By the end of this week, I will have everyone who has been elected by Obama to his administration on it’s own page, with a mini-bio and my opinion on each one. So keep checking in to see what Obama is doing and to find out who is in the Obama White House.

Source

Published in: on December 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Obama Big Announcement

Obama announces key members of his Cabinet. Let me show you the email I got on hour ago:

Allen —

Today and yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama announced key members of an economic team tasked with creating jobs, stabilizing the economy, and getting our country back on track.

Barack is bringing together some of the best minds in the country to make swift progress on the economic challenges we face.

Timothy F. Geithner, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will serve as Secretary of the Treasury. Lawrence H. Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton, will serve as Director of the National Economic Council.

Christina D. Romer will serve as Director of the Council of Economic Advisers, Melody C. Barnes will serve as Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and Heather A. Higginbottom will serve as Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Peter Orszag, currently Director of the Congressional Budget Office, will serve as Office of Management and Budget Director, and Rob Nabors will serve as Deputy Director.

…..
Barack’s economic team has already begun work on a recovery plan, and he’ll provide progress updates in the coming weeks. He’ll also provide their initial recommendations to the incoming Congress.

You’ll be instrumental in generating support to pass legislation that puts America on the road to recovery.

While we can’t underestimate the challenge we face, we also can’t underestimate the opportunity we have to bring the change our country needs.

Thanks,

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

I will, starting now, do research on these people and put this on it’s own separate page (called “The Cabinet”). I’ve been waiting for this big announcement, and now that it’s been made, I can finally add the final addition to my web site. It will be up in about a week’s time. For now, here is another YouTube message from our President-Elect:



Published in: on November 25, 2008 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment