Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill

Don’t freak out…yet.  The bill has been passed in the House, but not in the Senate.  Thus it is not official nor is it a rule. Continue reading “Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill”

How to Survive Trump’s Presidency

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, there have been millions of protesters lining the streets with “Not My President” signs proudly in hand.  Men, women, children, and even celebrities have joined the movement.  There have been more protesters than there were attendees at Trump’s inauguration.

While I’m all for protesting and exercising one’s First Amendment right’s, the fact of the matter is he is our president.  And he’ll be our president for the next four years unless impeached. Continue reading “How to Survive Trump’s Presidency”

The Trump Phenomenon

Why do people like Donald Trump?  The question consistently haunted me over the weekend.  Despite, finding answers, I still don’t have a concrete solution.

Trump’s points are known to be outlandish and crude.  He has been compared to such notorious fictional and non-fictional characters like Hitler and even Lord Voldemort.  Trump has offended and others with his racist, sexist, and religious intolerant remarks.  So why do people still support him? Continue reading “The Trump Phenomenon”

Politics or Entertainment

Politics is no game, so why are we treating it like so?  Politics have always been somewhat theatrical, with politician’s dramatic gestures and rehearsed speeches.  Continue reading “Politics or Entertainment”

Deal or No Deal

The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times covered a not so interesting issue regarding the government shutdown.  I’m not quite sure how to describe the articles because I feel like the issue could have been discarded since the message was discarded.  Basically, senate leaders met in order to resolve the nation’s debt and attempt to end the shutdown; however, no definite progress was made.  NY Times writers, Michael D. Shear and Jeremy W. Peters, published: “Senators Near Fiscal Deal, but the House Is Uncertain.”  WS Journal writers, Kristina Peterson and Janet Hook, published: “Senate Leaders in Striking Distance of a Deal.”

Peterson and Hook’s WSJ article seemed repetitive and boring.  The article continually mentioned the progress congress is making in order to end the shutdown and debt crisis; however, I am never actually exposed to any solid progress within the article.  The article does, however, mention:

“The latest proposal would reopen the government at current spending levels until Jan. 15 and extend the federal borrowing limit until early February, according to aides familiar with the talks.”

While the article does indeed cover some of the possible solutions and points made at the meeting on Monday, it still does not determine the “progress.”  If anything, the article contradicts the “progress” as well as the introduction:

“WASHINGTON—Top Senate leaders said they were within striking distance of an agreement Monday to reopen the federal government and defuse a looming debt crisis just days before the U.S. could run out of money to pay its bills.”

Toward the end of the article, writers Peterson and Hook touch on the disagreements between Republicans and Democrats and, Treasury Secretary, Jacob Lew’s adds that there’s a failure of flexibility.

Peterson and Hook attempt to pacify our worries by pointing out certain ‘good’ things that have happened during the shutdown. Conversely, some of the issues mentioned were produced by previous events.  Ultimately, no progress has been made, the overall meaning of the crisis has not been exposed, and the message is flawed.

NY Times; on the other hand, does not beat around the bush.  Their title says it all, “Senators Near Fiscal Deal, but the House Is Uncertain.”  Shear and Peters describe that a deal is on the horizon, but cannot be made until everyone is on board.  Shear and Peters, essentially, state that no progress has been made in a polite way.  The article takes its audience scene by scene, making for a much more intriguing and informative story.  This article is not afraid to get in your face and expose the truth instead of sugarcoating it unlike the WSJ.

Shear and Peters examine the truth in the following passage:

“But the real possibility that as of Thursday the government would not be able to meet its obligations prompted grim warnings of an economic catastrophe that could ripple through stock markets, foreign capitals, corporate boardrooms, state budget offices and the bank accounts of everyday investors.”

[This article was published October 15, 2013]

Media and Consumerism continued

Our current generation is saturated by media.  The media caters to our every want and desire.   Although that statement is a bit exaggerated, I feel that it displays accuracy. This generation specifically, doesn’t know any better because we are so accustomed to this system of consumerism.  We need to get out, do some research, and discover the truth for ourselves. We are simply sold on the look and sound of what is being broadcast to us.  Some people vote for government officials as if they are purchasing the latest iPhone.  I know I was guilty of it during the recent presidential election.  I favored one of the presidential candidates just because of word of mouth and economic background.  It was not until I did my research that I learned I didn’t support any of the candidates’ views.

Clinton: wallflower to powerhouse

Within a few weeks Hilary Clinton will be stepping down from her position as U.S secretary of state.  Many people are now speculating whether or not the former first lady will run in 2016 for president.  She has been U.S senator for New York from 2001-2009.  She was her rival’s nominee as secretary of state.  Once viewed as a naive housewife, Clinton is now a determined, independent political candidate.  She is no longer backing cookies and hiding behind the 1950’s housewife persona; she is a success. She’s on fire.   And she’s most certainly a woman to look out for in the near future.

UN pulls out of Syria, US concerned about chemical weapons

25 out of 100 international forces are reported to be leaving Syria immediately.  The United Nations (UN) made a statement on Monday that ‘it is immediately pulling all nonessential employees out of Syria.’  Due to the escalating violence and recent deaths, the UN has decided to pull out of Syria. The UN also plans to reduce some of its field work there.  More than 40,000 people have been killed since Syrians revolted against the president, Bashar Assad, just last year.  The White House is increasingly concerned that Syria might be considering using chemical weapons, sparking an even bigger controversy and ‘prompting swift US response.’