After sorting out his job for the next four year President Obama now needs to sit down and write out a to do list. And to help him I got him started…
(1) Make friends with the House Majority leader Johnny Bohner, after all they both know how to win Ohio. He now does really need to cross the isle and sort out the famous Fiscal Cliff.
(2) He needs to do as he promised four years ago and sort out Americas immigration situation. He needs to deal with it early on in this new term. He owes it to those who voted for them in 08 as well as 12 particularly Hispanics.
(3) He needs to make some positive attempts in the Middle East to get Netanyahu to sit down with Abbas and draw up new boarders. No easy task I know but he needs to move on this.
(4) He needs to and this won’t be popular but in order to do a trade off with the GOP over Taxes he must fix Americas growing dependence on Welfare. 47 Million Americans on Food Stamps, Section 8 housing getting out of control and other Welfare Costs rising. He needs to regin it in, he has got to control public spending and quickly.
(5) he needs to ensue he does pull American Troops out of all the wars and within the timescale he has set out. Oh and don’t get involved in any more wars.
(7) At some time in the next year The President is going to have to decide if he is going to sign a Federal Death Warrant for one Jeffery William Paul currently sitting on Federal Death Row in Terre Haute. Will he or Won’t he?
What Next for The GOP ?
What Next for Karl Rove?
Lots has and will particularly in this next few weeks be written about the former Senator from NC… my take on it is simple, John Edwards as they would say in Brooklyn, your a schmuck.
Like so many things we don’t realize what we have till it is gone, Ireland as she morns Dr Garrett FitzGerald must be feeling this way today. A giant has left her shores, a political giant, an economic giant and an intellectual giant. A man who few could or indeed none have a bad word to say about. No easy feat for a politician. Garrett FitzGerald will be forever remembered as a man who strove against violence, tried to understand and indeed did understand the Unionist community in Northern Ireland and a man who’s love of his country was bore out by his constant public service. And in an age when politicians epically Irish ones have failed miserably to be untouched by financial or political scandal he managed it. There is no hind of any wrongdoing, any financial mismanagement or any personal gains about the late Dr. FitzGerald. No fancy lifestyle, no disloyalty, no drama, no scandal. He was a politician of higher standards and all who follow in his footsteps should strive to be as he was for he did do the State a lifetime of service.
I have been using Twitter since 2007 and while I enjoy the interaction with various different people and the information it provides to and from my device, tweeting is of course just the tip of the ever growing social networking experience. Twitter however is where I have noticed as the Irish General Election (#ge11) kicks off Irish Politicians behave pretty much the same on Twitter as they do on Radio/TV - badly. They spend all their time taking swipes at one another even in 140 characters. I have yet to see one who has said something about the future of Ireland. Business as usual even online - change is hard to do.