Saturday, January 24, 2009
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on President Barack Obama selling his stimulus package in his weekly address. The stimulus package presently is estimated to cost $825 billion, and focus on improving our nation's infrastructure and the following areas:
-- Double within three years the amount of energy that could be produced from renewable resources, an ambitious goal given the 30 years it took to reach current levels. Advisers say that could power 6 million households.
-- Upgrade 10,000 schools and improve learning for about 5 million students.
-- Save $2 billion a year by making federal buildings energy efficient.
-- Triple the number of undergraduate and graduate fellowships in science.
The focus on education in the package is essential, but the other areas of emphasis, seem very generic and it's hard to see them stimulating an already shaky economy. I assume that the saving of jobs and the creation of new ones is the meat of the package.
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."
Both comments from the President clearly show that he will not be a push over when dealing with leaders from either party. The Obama presidency will not be boring, and he knows he has the support of the American people. Thanks to the New York Post for the article.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Another sad commentary on the violence that continues to take the lives of young black males.
I guess it's now official, Congratulations again, President Barack Obama. Thank to the Atlanta Journal Constitution for the link.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Barack Hussein Obama has used Abraham Lincoln as his role model for assembling his cabinet, which appears to be a good thing. Since the election, he's been more visible than our acting president, George Bush. Obama has been brutally honest with the American people regarding where we are as a country economically. All indications are that he will lead our country in an honest and forthright manner, openly acknowledging that "change" is going to have growing pains, and that patience will indeed have to be a virtue.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The civil rights leaders who followed him, appear to have only been in the "movement" for the financial and individual advantages that the position provided them. Martin Luther King Jr. was truly called for his position, and as we can see as a people, another Martin has not been created. Forever the visionary, King would also be bewildered by what appears to be a very troubling future for the educated black male. Drop out rates in most Inner City Schools are at or approaching 50%, which will mean that local jail systems will more than likely continue to be overpopulated as the uneducated black male will turn to the lure of drugs and crime to display unnerving violent tendencies. The sad thing about this fact is that we'll then have conservative pundits like Ann Coulter blaming single mothers for raising criminals when the reality is that at some point everyone has to be accountable for their own actions.
King would probably be excited about what the future holds with Barack Obama about to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Obama stands as a testament of what can be accomplished, and as African Americans we have to take everything to the next level in term of focus and determination, because that level playing field that we've been searching for has been leveled for all Americans. Circuit City closing it's doors and costing our county 30,000 jobs is affecting every person regardless of color, so how about all of us taking on the challenge of continuing to dream Martin's dream with the zest that Barack Obama has shown us. We now know that anything truly is possible with hard work and a vision. Let's continue to try to turn Martin's dream into a reality, because right now we're on the verge of turning it into a nightmare.