Is Obama failing on his promises…

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

1.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama said he would “not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days”. But the “sunlight before signing” promise has already fallen by the wayside with Mr Obama signing three major bills without public scrutiny.

2.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama repeatedly said he would negotiate health care reform in televised sessions broadcast on C-SPAN, the public service network. Instead, he his approach has been no different from his predecessors, holding talks behind closed doors at the White House and Congress.

3.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama solemnly pledged that “no political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years”. In practice, Mr Obama has granted several waivers to this rule, allowing lobbyists to serve in the top reaches of his administration.

4.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama said he would end income tax for the elderly making less than $50,000 per year, thereby eliminating taxes for seven million of them. This has not been part of his economic stimulus bill, his first budget outline or any legislation proposed by the White House.

5.PROMISE STALLED. On taking office, Mr Obama announced with great fanfare that the Guantanamo Bay prison camp would be closed within a year of his inauguration on January 20th. Defence officials now concede that this self-imposed deadline will not be met.

6.PROMISE SIDELINED. Mr Obama promised to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits openly gay personnel from serving in the United States armed forces. Despite reiterating the pledge this weekend, Mr Obama shows no signs of taking concrete action on the issue.

7.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama said that in 2009 and 2010 “existing businesses will receive a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each additional full-time employee hired”. Democrats on Capitol Hill opposed this and Mr Obama has quietly abandoned the proposal, omitting it from his list of requirements for draft legislation.

8.PROMISE BROKEN. During the campaign, Mr Obama promised that “as President I will recognise the Armenian genocide” carried out by the Ottoman Empire after 1915. Once in office, he travelled to Turkey and made no mention of genocide. In a statement in April on the memorial day for the genocide he spoke of the “heavy weight” of history and the “terrible events ” of the period but failed the use the g-word.

9.PROMISE SIDELINED. As a candidate, Mr Obama highlighted his support for abortion rights, stating he would back this up “by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president”. At a press conference marking his first 100 days, Mr Obama said this was “not my highest legislative priority” and that it was important to “focus on those areas that we can agree on”.

10. PROMISE SIDELINED. Mr Obama promised to end warrantless wiretaps on the domestic communications of Americans and to “update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability”. So far, he has taken no action.

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Should Euthanasia become legal?

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Surely the Law has to distinguish between vulnerable people encouraged to take their life and people making rational decisions to end their suffering.

The Dignitas clinic in Switzerland has assisted suicide of over thousands of people, one example is a young man of 23 decided to take this route with the blessing of his parents. He was a talented rugby player with a big future, rugby was his life and he was living his dream. That got cruely taken away from him when he broke his neck in a brutal challenge tackle on the field of play. He became so depressed and couldn’t face life anymore that he decided to end it through euthanasia…

I don’t know what you feel about that, but surely every individual has the right of choice. Every person has the fundamental right to have control of their life.

Many governments around the world make euthanasia illegal and most religions are pro-life which causes another debate and anyway is there such a thing as a good death?

Many people who are for legalizing euthanasia say there are ‘Legal safeguards’, a coherent two way dialoge between doctor and patient. Proof of illness and the doctors diagnosis that it can’t be cured. Also there are no acceptable alternatives. If it puts a multiple sclerosis sufferer out of pain and if they don’t want to burden their loved ones with this tragic disease why can’t they make that decision?

Others will argue that we are being softened up by these ‘heart rendering cases in order to change the law. Instead they want an extension of funding into hospices so they can provide support,care and make peoples last days one of dignity and deserving of respect.

Are there advances in science that will take these debates away…and what about the Medical point of view, what about ‘palliative care’.

Whereas euthanasia aims to end suffering, palliative care aims to alleviate it. This care gives the patient strong relief from pain so they can endure a better quality of life…

For me, well i’m in a wheelchair now, had a car accident back in 1985 and broke my neck. Gone was the way of life i enjoyed, walking through the woods with my dog, enjoy playing sport, walking hand in hand with my girlfriend along the beach.

But i am a strong and determined person and still enjoy life, its amazing the new people you can meet and the things you can do, but if my life deteriated rapidly and i was a burden and couldn’t enjoy life anymore then yes i would definitely consider euthanasia!

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Will the dollar crash?

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

China, Russia, Japan and several of the most powerful Gulf States are actively plotting to end the decades-old practice of buying and selling oil in dollars…
Is the US currency to be replaced for trading oil by a basket of currencies, including the Japanese yen, the Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, single currency for the Gulf states?
If executed, the move would be a significant blow to the dollar’s position as the premier world currency and would potentially threaten America’s position as the world’s leading economy.
According to the Independent, gold could be used as a temporary replacement for the dollar while the new currency basket was implemented.
“Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars,” it claimed.

“Chinese financial sources believe President Barack Obama is too busy fixing the US economy to concentrate on the extraordinary implications of the transition from the dollar in nine years’ time. The current deadline for the currency transition is 2018.”

The dollar fell by around 0.4% against a basket of other currencies following the report. This pushed gold to a new all-time high of $1,035 per ounce.

Analysts believe that the dollar’s long-term future as the currency for oil trading is indeed in doubt.
China, Russia and many Middle East countries already have large dollar reserves. They want to stop them getting higher, and may even want to start diversifying them into other currencies.

For years, economists have speculated about how long oil would continue to be traded in dollars. Critics argue that the current system is flawed; oil importers are forced to buy dollars to pay for their fuel, while exporters are left with billions of dollars which they often hold in reserve or reinvest in the US economy. The result, they say, is that the dollar’s position as the global reserve currency is reinforced. Thus, the US economy is supported as any devaluation would cause damage across the world. Most of China’s $2tn (£1.24tn) of foreign currency reserves are in dollars, for example.
Bilateral trade between China and these other countries is growing, so you can see why there is interest in matching up the currencies, if China and Russia are trading oil, why would they want to do that solely in dollars? It would also mean that America would probably then be forced to raise interest rates to make its US Treasury bonds more appealing to investors.

In 2000, Iraq broke away from the dollar’s dominance and began selling its oil in euros.
Another sign of the ‘Prophecy of Power’…

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