First off, I know what I say may offend some people. If you knew me, you would know that isn't my intention, but I believe in stating my opinion. And since this is my blog, what better place to do it? I would like to touch on the following subjects, The Economy, Abortion and lastly Education and the American Dream.
This morning, good numbers came out for our President as unemployment dropped from 8.1% to 7.8%. Many Republican and Conservative websites came out to slam the numbers as false or misleading. To be honest, I started to as well but then I had an epiphany. I mean a job IS a job right? There are more people back at work this month. And with the holidays quickly approaching, I don't think many of us are surprised by an improving job market.
I have another opinion about jobs and all our candidates. How do you expect any hardworking American to feed a family or even support themselves on $8.00 an hour? I mean is that a wage that Elizabeth Warren or Scott Brown could live on? Romney? Obama? A new living wage needs to be established and quickly. How to make a wage increase acceptable to employers? Tax Cut! How to make that Tax Cut acceptable to the Government? How about tighter restraints on Government spending. (And if you need one example on how I would do that, email me there are just to many to list here!)
A Man's View on Abortion....ya...not going to touch that one. A woman's body is hers and hers alone. The Supreme Court has upheld Roe v Wade as being the law of the Land. Isn't that enough? I mean I'm Catholic and Pro-Choice so I think I've already punched my ticket to hell. Mr. Akin's comments the last few weeks have been well publicized. They were both offensive, ridiculous,idiotic and moronic. And I am very hopeful that he will not be held up as a high shining example of my Party. Naive as I may be, if Romney is elected and tries to take on this subject, then not only will he not be re-elected, probably NO Republican will be elected in a long....long....time. My opinion is that my opinion doesn't matter. (Pro Choice though) Doctors with all types of letters after their names have said that this procedure is necessary, in some cases medically and in some cases emotionally. Publicly funded? Mmm...in some cases yes absolutely. Best answer I can give, which may be a cowardly way, but hey I dont get paid for this!
Education and the American Dream.....My hot button issue! A good education is a fantastic start to a young person hopefully pursuing their American Dream. (Yes, I still believe in it!) Am I wrong or have we not heard a lot about this, other than the same old blah...blah...blah...No child left behind...blah...blah...blah? Meanwhile state college tuitions continue to rise and we won't even talk about schools like my favorite Notre Dame. And has anyone seen what it costs to go to my old High School, B.C. High lately? I know that there are plenty of public schools out there that do a great job with kids. And I would like to think that ones that aren't doing such a great job are underachieving due to financial reasons. It's those schools I would like to talk about.
Shouldn't a student in Roxbury be entitled and exposed to the same education as a student in Wellesley? Newton? Duxbury? There are students in all those districts that work their tails off to get good grades and get ahead. Good for them! Good Luck! But the schools in the inner city are still lacking in both equipment and qualified teachers to compete with other districts. That's just sad! A good/great education shouldn't just be entitled to kids that won the geographical lottery. Just because we have desegragated schools does not mean we have leveled the playing field. So what can we do about that? Isn't it time for a candidate, ANY Candidate, to step up and say how we are going to give our children the best damn education in the world? Because in my opinion the next war will not be fought with bombs and bullets, but with books and brains. And it's not news to any of us probably, but we are falling behind. We need Federal Funding and an absolute mandate that says an education is available to any child that wants one.
How do we fund it? Any way we can! If we have to cut missions to Mars, then we do so. Put off building that next aircraft carrier, then we do so. If we have to stop borrowing money from China to make sure a Big Yellow Bird appears daily on our TV's, we do so! Telling Congressmen to stop writing bills with extraveneous spending, yup we do so. When you stop and think about the amounts of money that our country wastes on things that don't really matter, and how it neglects the things that really do matter. It just gets depressing!
Those are the issues that this Republican feels are important. I'm a Romney supporter, but I'm an American. And by writing this I just reminded myself that my vote should always remain open until I step into the box or up to the table with my ballot. I'm also WAAAYYY out of my element writing topics like this....so sorry!
Hey did anyone see the Infield Fly rule in that Braves game last night.....