Sunday, September 27, 2009
Why is it that in recent months there has been so much screaming and finger pointing, that the loudest of the protesters are often the only ones heard. There still remains a significicant majority of people who are not raising their voices out of fear and spite. The media grants the people bearing "Obama the Nazi" signs, but does not give the time of day to the 65% of Americans who are comfotable with the idea of a public option, according to a study conducted by The New York Times. This poll also concludes that the health care plan proposed by the Obama Administration is more clear than that proposed by the Rebublicans in Congress.
This debate has been blow way out of proportion, with Congresmembers of both parties acting without the people's needs in mind. While it appears that the Republicans took advantage of the summer reccess in Congress to crash the town hall style meetings. The Democrats, who have a Democratic President and a Democratic Majority should have seen that coming, and been able to counter with own power. The legislative process is not a pretty on, as designed by The Constitution, but with more and more media attention dedicated to the health care debate people are discusted by the cut throat attitude of their own government. However, these people also fail to realize this haggling leds to compromise, which is in fact the key to the success producing bills that cater to the needs of the wide variety of American people.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Bank Oversight Needed Now!
Although there are many causes to the collapse of the banking industry in 2008, there is one common, guilty party, lack of federal oversight. This lead to the sub prime leading that caused the instability of the whole system. Now, almost a year after the climax of the banking crisis, lawmakers are finally addressing preventative regulatory issues. Christopher J. Dodd, senator from Connecticut, is the main push behind a new bill that would address the powers of the certain government regulatory industries, mainly the Federal Reserve, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Comptroller of the Currency. Mr. Dodd’s plan would merge all the regulatory agencies into one large complex ruled by a powerful council.
This part of the Dodd plan is significantly different than that originally proposed by the Obama administration. The administration originally proposed a less severe change in the regulatory agencies, the Federal Reserve, Office of Thrift Supervision, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Comptroller of the Currency. Although this plan is somewhat different President Obama told Congress to adopt the law quickly. However, this merge would grant the powerful council the powers to regulate what I call “non-banks.” These “non-banks” are lending agencies similar to General Electric Capital Corporation and pre- takeover Merril Lynch that provide financial capital but escape government regulation. The chaotic derivatives market would also fall under the new federal jurisdiction, an important step in regulating the turbulent market.
Mr. Dodd faces criticism from members from both parties in his attempts. His home state, Connecticut, is home to many large banks. People in the financial service industry are resistant to the Dodd Plan. Mr. Dodd might be reluctant to take on the banking industry, a big financial contributor to his campaign. However, he is also eager to appear stricter of them in light of his upcoming campaign to appease the voters who view him as too close.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Push Cap and Trade Up on Agenda
With a new bill going to the Senate as early as this month, the cap-and-trade emissions law would seem like a senate priority. However, it is being over shadowed by the monstrous health care overhaul debate. The bill, which proposes the cap and trade emission regulation technique, has already went through the House and is now set to be debated in the senate. The original date of completion was scheduled for September 28; however, the date has been pushed back later toward the year’s end. Under the cap and trade system all businesses are given a cap on their greenhouse gas emissions. Then can then trade their allotted emission consumption with other companies if they reduce their own, for example, a company that produces 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide per a year, could reduce the number to 5 billion tons a year and then trade their right to emit 5billiion tons of carbon dioxide to another company.
Although some congress members are reluctant to push for this crucial bill at the same time as the costly health care bills going through congress at the moment. I think the time is crucial. The United States, being a large, diverse, area, encompassing many political agendas should have a congress capable of legislating just as many diverse agendas and representing the wide variety of the population. This is the goal. Congress should have the breadth and scope to tacked issues such as greenhouse/CO2 emissions, health care, and taxation simultaneously. The excessive bickering among various groups who are becoming less and less willing to compromise should not get in the way of the most important priority of our representatives, our wellbeing. Living in a clean, relatively pollution-free environment is a major step in improving the well being of the American citizen, not to mention the rest of the world.
Cap and trade emission regulations are already implemented in some of the most post-industrialized nations in the world, such as all the countries in the European Union. Additionally, cap and trade emissions policies already exist in the United States for pollutants such as sulfur dioxide. With the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting on December 7 in Copenhagen, the United States should set a decent example on climate change policies, instead of figure pointing and blaming other countries for not playing on a level field. There has to be a pioneer in the global scheme. The debate against cap and trade due to financial burdens being loaded on the taxpayer are true indeed; however, this is the price of doing business in a regulated market, the general well being of the population will precede that of the corporate world. This will eventually lead to other innovating techniques to attract economic stimulation.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Obama’s Pep Talk
The conservative furor over Mr. Obama’s educational pep talk scheduled to take place on the morning of Tuesday the 8th is frankly ridiculous. There have been accusations on all side of the spectrum about Mr. Obama’s speech, ranging from Suddam Hussien-like to socialists movement inspiring. The previous is from radical Canadian author and self-proclaimed political guru Mark Steyn, the latter a father of three in Texas, who also happens to be an engineer. Since I am writing this blog Monday (the 7th), I have only read the notes for Mr. Obama’s speech scheduled to take place tomorrow morning. Absolutely nowhere in the text version of this speech does it say anything even leaning toward inspiring a scholastic socialist movement, of creating a personality cult. How about a plain goodwill gesture to America’s school children who might be dreaming about the possibility of another three months of summer and not just there schoolwork.
Since I do not actually go out sampling public opinion with any frequency, I do not have a first hand experience with any statistical evidence about the following presumptions. In recent weeks, the comments made by sharp spoken, conservative, non-office holding individuals seem to dominate media coverage. I am tired of the Rush Limbaugh/Glen Beck-watching, “keep your government hands off my Medicare” people overshadowing the central-leaning majority, such as me, by garnering more media attention. Mr. Obama’s speech is simple a goodwill gesture. His approval ratings have dropped about six percent since his seven months in office. He is probably wishing to bolster public opinion.
And to the parents who disagree with Obama’s political opinions. Instead of allowing children to not listen to alternative opinions, just because they might disagree with the Presidents other policies, how about letting them listen and formulate their own unique view of the subject matter. After, parents can talk about the speech with their school children. Not to mention, many former presidents have addressed schoolchildren during their presidencies, Reegan and Bush Sr. to name two. The battlefield of the health care debate is the only reason for the opposition to nation-wide airing of the speech. Some are uncertain and bitter, causing a backlash as what I view as Mr. Obama’s right as president of the United States, parents and critics are basically saying if you don’t agree then just don’t listen.