despite his list of broken promises
1. Make Government Open and Transparent
2. Make it “Impossible” for Congressmen to slip in Pork Barrel Projects
3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public
4. No more secrecy
5. Public will have 5 days to look at a Bill
7. We will put every pork barrel project online
I don't know when they start floating your name for Secretary of Education you might find a lot of job offers enticing you out of retirement. Oh wait you can't be Secretary of Education you actually pay your taxes, have no criminal record and are a highly respected academic! Sure doesn't seem to be the kind of qualifications this administration looks for!
Originally posted by Kords21
I don't know what the Obama die hard supporters feel/think, but it seems to me that on some level they think this Healthcare bill is bad, but I think that Heatlhcare is the last peg they have to hang onto that would make Obama a "success" and they don't want to be wrong about him despite his list of broken promises (the war, lobbyists and such).
What on earth could they be doing over there?
As the Ticket reported yesterday, Obama answered questions at a town hall at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., about protecting the uninsured, giving consumers a public option and converting medical records from paper to digital files. The White House portrayed the town-hall meeting as one in a series of public outreach events, a way for the president to keep his finger on the pulse of public opinion, and in turn to sway Americans on the complex and contentious issue.
This morning, the Washington Post is reporting that "of the seven questions the president answered, four were selected by his staff from videos submitted to the White House Web site or from those responding to a request for 'tweets.' " And the three audience members he called on randomly? The Post says "all turned out to be members of groups with close ties to his administration: the Service Employees International Union, Health Care for America Now, and Organizing for America, which is a part of the Democratic National Committee."
None of this would surprise any good White House advance staffer. Better to control the crowd, screen the questions, anticipate the topics. And, to be fair, a college campus in a Democratic county might be expected to produce friendly questioners.
The problem is that Obama himself made an issue of transparency, promising an administration that allowed the public to see what its government was doing. In fact on Jan. 22, his first full day in office, Obama issued a series of executive orders instructing government agencies to open their files, saying, "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."
Originally posted by Kords21
I think Ron Paul did what he wanted to do in the campagin by getting his ideas/message out. There are a lot more people planning on running for congress in 2010 like his son Rand Paul and Peter Schiff. I think the ideas he talked about resonated with a lot more people than what the media will let on about. Even if Ron Paul had won the election his ideas would never see the light of day due to the congress being in the cluthces of the whole left/right paradigm.
Unless Obama and the Democrats change thier way of doing things and fast, I think you might see more candidates with similar views crop up. Both parties can only play the same song over and over before people start demandnig a different beat.