John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy were both gunned down

The mere concept of world peace today is nearly inconceivable. Conflicts around the world seem to be multiplying daily as does the death toll of innocent lives. We as a country are led by a pro-war establishment that has built an economic system that can only survive if war is continuous. The business of war is a multi-trillion dollar industry today, with defense contractors and big oil companies enjoying the lucrative plot. It is due to this fact that we are located in numerous countries around the world enforcing “peace” and “freedom” with semi-automatic rifles.

It almost brings me to tears when I think about how different today would look had President John F. Kennedy not been gunned down that fateful day in Dallas. He could have had a meeting with Russian President Nikita Khrushchev that he just couldn’t get out or maybe it was the death of a family member that kept him away from Dealey Plaza that day, but it didn’t work out that way. I think notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro said it best the day he found out Kennedy was killed, “Everything has changed; everything will change now.”

The legacy of Kennedy’s presidency is so clouded by misinformation and media slander that even the flattering memory of him doesn’t do him justice. Yes, he did drugs (In the 60s, how unusual) and liked his women but I assure you his presidency can not be defined by his flawed personal life. In fact, there is a good chance that had JFK not been president during the Cuban missle crisis and other Cold War events that you and I would not even be alive today.

More than any other time in United States history, the world was on the brink of a complete and utter nuclear holocaust. The amount of fear and propaganda being spread by nearly governments created a paranoid and delusional state of panic, inducing a “strike-first” mentality. People still had not grasped how devastating nuclear weapons were. Even after killing over 300,000 Japanese people at Hiroshima and Nagasakiour own President at the time, Harry Truman, said “The atom bomb was no great decision. It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.” Righteousness? The bottom line was: the U.S. and Russiaboth had nuclear weapons pointed right in each other’s face, both with itchy trigger fingers.

When Kennedy took office he was immediately placed under extreme pressure from the Joint Chiefs, high-ranking military personnel and pretty much everyone else in his administration to not only invade Cuba but destroy Russian nuclear weapons and basically ignite a nuclear exchange that would have killed millions of innocent people; optimistically speaking. In short, Kennedy stood nearly alone in his push for peace. It wouldn’t come out until after his death that at the height of the drama unfolding during the Cuban missile crisis Russia’s nuclear warheads located 90 miles from Florida in Cuba were not only aimed towards the country, but were ready to fire. And had Kennedy folded to the pressure from his administration that is exactly what would have happened.

So was it a miracle or mere chance that we so narrowly escaped devastation that was so likely to occur? Not even close.

What also wouldn’t surface until he was dead, was the fact that Kennedy and Russian President Nikita Khrushchev took part in very secret correspondence that very few people even knew about. In these letters both men let their guards down. They stopped communicating like the powerful world leaders that they were and they spoke to each other like men. They discovered that they both shared a common goal in avoiding a catastrophic war. It would be this understanding that would keep both men from pressing the “fire” button when times got so tense that nuclear war seemed inevitable. The most pathetic part is that these two men had to hide the fact that they were trying to achieve peace because their cabinets, and the citizens of their countries, were so caught up in hate for one another that the political backlash would have been monumental.

Kennedy would correspond with Fidel Castro as well, through backchannels and intermediaries and even Castro himself was confident that both socialism and capitalism could co-exist. Castro said if he wasn’t murdered, JFK would have been the greatest President inU.S.history.

For a while Kennedy used an aide to communicate with Fidel, the two of which became good friends and the prospect of peace became more realistic. When Castro spoke about wanting to get more aggressive with their peace talks the aide asked him, “Do you know how a porcupine makes love?” Castro replied, “No.” The answer is, the aide said, “very carefully.” And that was the overall relationship to the two men had to maintain as to not upset the establishment just as with Khrushchev.

JFK was committed to changing the way things worked in Washington and he stood toe-to-toe with the most powerful men in the world; men even more powerful than himself. But he did not deter from his mission. Kennedy did exactly what he promised he would do when he said he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind” and through a presidential order made the Joint Chiefs in charge of all covert military action, effectively reducing the power of the CIA who had become so unaccountable and rogue they could not be controlled. JFK would continuously find the CIA was performing covert missions without his knowledge or consent, mostly trying to lure Kennedy into an Cuban invasion. He didn’t bite, short and simple. Over and over again Kennedy would resist the temptation to invade when pretty much any other president would have not thought twice. He thought about his children, about other people’s children, about the children who had no say in the matter when their government decided they would wage nuclear war and this kept him grounded. He was able to rise to a new level of understanding that the war-mongers inWashington were never able to.

One of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first acts as commander-in-chief after the assassination of JFK was to reverse the anti-war efforts Kennedy had made during his time in office and instead of an end to the Cold War, it made a U-turn back onto the path of death and destruction. LBJ stopped the withdrawing of troops from Vietnam that Kennedy had enacted and the war, out of sight out of mind, went on as millions of Vietnamese and thousands American soldiers lost their lifes. And the reason for fighting was never even clear in the first place. “Just get me the election; I’ll give you your damn war.” – Lyndon B. Johnson.

I am not going to dive into conspiracy theories (which aren’t really theories when the evidence supporting the theory is so damning that disproving it would be impossible) but I have been thinking about all of the U.S. wars going on right now and I couldn’t help but realize how many steps backwards we have taken since JFK was removed from office. Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and who knows what other covert operations are happening under the blanket of national security.

Unfortunately, John F. Kennedy would be completely devastated if he was alive today.

His dream of world peace turned out to be nothing but exactly that, a dream. An idea that only got to the volume of a whisper before gunshots drowned it out. There will never be another president as brave, as courageous, as downright stubborn as JFK. No one since has even come close.

I wrote and recorded a song recently and used part of John F. Kennedy’s famous “freedom speech” to convey a message: That no matter how hopeless something may seem it only takes a few good men to make a difference. The funny thing about the system that globalists have created inWashington is it is like a house of cards; once you pull the first card out, the entire house is bound to crumble. The problem is that no one wants to be the first one. Fear and denial surge through our minds like an out of control disease eating away at our conscience. Just because something is extremely disturbing and uncomfortable to think about doesn’t mean it should be swept under the rug, which is what so many people do today. We are losing the ability to think freely and we don’t even know it. The media tells us what the facts are and we accept them without them presenting so much as a shred of evidence that the information is genuine. And then the people who are brave enough to question authority are deemed, “conspiracy theorists” or “extremists”. It is the oldest trick in the book. Don’t be afraid to question something that is so obviously and grossly out of control.

I would like to make it perfectly clear: I am in no way, shape or form criticizing any of the men and women who serve in our military. They are heroes. They give their lives because they are loyal to a country that they love. They are given orders and they follow those orders. They are patriots, and compared to them the ones who give orders from the top appear small as mice, complete cowards.

Peace does not have to be a mythical fairy-tale we tell to our about kids someday. But peace can not co-exist with the current system we have in place right now. In order for peace, there must be change. And I am not talking about the “change” President Barack Obama so eloquently promised the country, I am talking about lasting and dramatic change in the way we conduct ourselves both in government and in society. What always astounds me is how helpless the average American citizen thinks that they are. We outnumber the corrupt ones a million to one, yet because they can intimidate and coerce we immediately think there is nothing we can do. If you take anything from the presidency of John F. Kennedy take this: he proved beyond a reasonable doubt that peace does not have to be an unrealistic dream. If JFK could have the likes of Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev thinking peace then surely it is possible. And unlike they have told us, our leaders are not helpless players constantly drug into conflicts against their will. We can end the war inLibya, we can end the war inIraq, we can end the war in Afghanistan and we can end the covert war in Yemen. We can, we just need to start pulling out the cards together.

“What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax-Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.” – John F. Kennedy.

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You could say I am too willing to impart what I like to think of as wisdom upon others — to a fault. For some reason I can not seem to bite my tongue when something is nagging at me, and this is no exception.

I’m not ready to grow up, plain and simple. But let me explain my definition of growing up.

To me, growing up is the process in which you become “realistic.” Further, everything in your life becomes very “realistic.” The child inside of you that wanted to be an astronaut or a fireman dies along with the drive to achieve something greater than becoming an executive at a fortune 500 company.

I graduated from Texas State University in 2010 with a degree in Mass Communication and am currently working as a journalist in Clarksburg, W.Va., population 18,000 (glamorous I know). To be frank, I hate it. Not because being a journalist is not a cool or exciting job because it is, but it’s not the career for me. Shocking, since I am writing this quasi-confessional while at work.

But while sitting at my desk or stressing about an upcoming assignment I am constantly unintentionally day dreaming of becoming a music producer (because I am not good enough to be a professional musician). To me, that is my calling and trust me, I can’t shake the urge.

If I could accomplish one thing in this life it would be to live to live, not live to die. And I encourage anyone and everyone who is being pressured into taking the “safe route” to really stop and think what that picture looks like 10 or 20 years down the road.

Do what you love, and do it honestly and put everything you have into it and it can and WILL happen. I always tell the people who say my goals are unrealistic: “The so-called lucky people who make it as actors and musicians and producers are the ones who had the guts to try and ignore people like you.”

If you want to be the first person to time-travel I don’t give a damn, people will laugh but people laughed at the Wright Bros. for wanting to fly.

So I guess I am going to be leading by example. In about a year’s time I am dropping my career as a journalist, which will be only two years old, and going to music production school to not only fulfill my life-long dream but to also prove a ton of people wrong.

Don’t end up 50 years old and spend the majority of your life in your bedroom sleeping or smoking pot, it happens. Believe me.

If you have a dream chase it down and beat the living mess out of it. Just do it.

In a day and age where hipsters and douchebags tell all of us what is “in” and acceptable, there are still those of us that refuse to listen. The ones of us who are brave enough to say screw what people think and just be you. And out of us, some make it as musicians. This is about those musicians.

Four years ago, as I was trying my own hand at being a starving musician, I stumbled upon a group of individuals who not only inspired me to make music, but interacted with me (a fan) in a way that I didn’t know existed. They just wanted to try something that other bands had just given up on; caring.

I am referring to Say Anything and company, a band that has seen a steady rise to fame since their first album “…is a real boy” in 2004. The front-man I was referring to is none other than Max Bemis, a New York City native who suffers from Bi-polar disorder and minor manorexia. “…is a real boy”, which really could have been entitled “Max Bemis is a real boy”, because he wrote the entire record almost single-handedly when he was just 20, changed my entire outlook on life. His sharp lyrics, bold melodies, and almost offensive arrogance gripped me in a fashion I’d never experienced. The honesty of the songs literally dripped from his tongue and you could feel it like a right hook. He drags you in with every song deeper into a story of love, sex, drugs, pain and irony. If you have not heard this album, I am sorry your life sucks.

In the following years I tirelessly, and unsuccessfully, attempted to form a band and create music that could reach fans like Max Bemis reached me; to inspire a mess of kids to grow some testicles and chase down their dreams. Of course at this time it was 2006, and Bemis had his bi-polar disorder under control after almost derailing the band before they even got started. And while I did not get to witness Bemis in his excessive drug use and ego-maniac days it seems to me he was a drastically different person than he is today.

As time went on I developed into a devoted and loyal fan. I bought every album they released (…is a real boy, in defense of the genre, & their self-titled album), sometimes twice, and never missed a show. Not long after that, Bemis came up with Song Shop, which is an affordable wish-come-true project where Max writes full-length acoustic songs for his fans at the price of $150.00. I bought one and had no regrets; I would have paid triple that amount. However, even had he made the price $50.00, people would still have complained and bitched, exclaiming that he sold out and is trying to exploit his fans by making money off of them; as if that is not the point of being a musician: to make money. And people did this. Fans did this. I couldn’t figure out why people were bashing the Beem-dog just because he was offering a time-consuming service that was unique and innovative, it’s not like you have to buy it! Bemis made fans happy, like me, in exchange for money; the same concept as buying an album. But the difference between the two is: for a short while he was writing a song about what I was feeling at that point in time, really connecting with me (a fan) in ways that most artists are afraid to. Once again, utterly inspired, I ran my own “song shop” and wrote songs for my fans from purevolume.com. Although my services were free, I got to see why Max does it; it is so rewarding. I touched people’s lives even if in the smallest of ways and the fans really opened up to me. For a split second I helped someone get through a tough time in their lives or just made them smile.

Last year at a show in Austin, TX at Emo’s referring to the connection made between his and his fans he said, “There is a moment where I lock eyes with one of you and it is really intimate, almost too intimate…” Of course he meant this in the least sexual way possible even though many people, mostly females, took it the opposite and hurled sexual remarks back at him. At this particular show, I brought my acoustic guitar and decided to entertain the fans who showed up early in line by playing some Say Anything favorites. I expected nothing more than a good time with fellow SA goers but what ended up happening was a night that I never will forget. Not only did the entire band notice, but they all went out of their way to say thank you. Jake Turner, one of the guitarists, came out and chatted with me and the fans for a good half hour, Max interacted heavily with me on stage and even let me join in on the bridge of “Ahh…men” as I shouted the words “can I lie with you in your grave?” at the top of my lungs into his mic. Coby Linder (drummer) sought me out after the show to give me an autographed drum stick he used for the show. I remember specifically a moment at the end of the show where Max and Sherri were rushing to leave so that they could spend one night at home in Tyler, TX before their next show. Max must have told seven people that he could sign one last autograph before he had to go but he signed one after the other unable to disappoint and tell them no. Bottom line is: they proved to me beyond a reasonable doubt they truly love their fans.

After meeting the entire band and Max’s wife Sherri, who I am convinced is more responsible for Max’s amazing turn around mentally and spiritually than anyone (I say this because I have first-hand experience with an amazing woman who turned me around), I left once again utterly inspired to make music and share the experience I just had with a loyal fan, to really make their day. It didn’t end there. Interaction continued on Twitter and through various mediums. All the band members and Sherri, who undoubtedly deserves to be included in this group, go out of their way to make sure the fans know that they are appreciated. Because of this, my admiration of them has taken a different shape. It has turned from a star-struck fan mentality to now an actual mentor type respect for them. I have been able to communicate with my favorite musicians so frequently that I no longer see them as these musical gods that I once saw but as talented musicians with influences similar to mine who are thankful to the people that got them where they are and want to show them…inspire them.

I keep using the word “inspire” and I will tell you why. There are countless bands who write countless songs that I have listened to and even met many of them, and not one of them left me feeling like I could be better, like I wasn’t trying hard enough; they didn’t “inspire” me. Getting a tweet from Max or Sherri Bemis, or listening to one of their songs literally sends me to my guitar to write songs. That is why I continue to support both Say Anything and Eisley so passionately. I have no problem calling out the bands that I have observed and met only to be completely disappointed in their attitudes. They acted like they were owed the success they had been blessed with just because they are talented. I’ll name a few: the get up kids, brand new, and Trent Reznor. All of them are great musicians and I respect their work whole-heartedly but IN MY OPINION they have forgotten exactly how they got so far. If you have not had the chance to check out either Say Anything or Eisley, please do so. There are thousands of fans who feel exactly like I do for a reason. In a time where it is as hard as ever to get paid to be a musician bands like this deserve our money, they are earning it. Support them so that they never have to pack up shop.

It is extremely rare to find a band, or even a single musician to truly inspire and actually want to maintain a relationship with their fans. To be honest, I understand why many do not. Fans can be dicks, real dicks. Many of them are haters and jealous-hearted kids who want to do nothing but say negative things and make artists want to cut off contact and simply make music. I am not mad at them for doing that. But Max, Sherri, Jake, Coby, and the rest of the band allow the fans in, and let them be a part of their lives. That is rare.

More than likely, I will never make it to stardom as a musician, but that isn’t the point. This particular group of musicians makes me want to be something great and to reach for the stars. Whether they know it or not, that is far more important than coming out with a triple platinum album. That is what music should do. That is what it was intended for; to inspire the next generation to take the torch and burn brighter. For me, it has fostered a lead by example type of reflection. If I ever am able to make it as any kind of musician I want to hold myself up to that same standard, to truly appreciate my fans and know that without them… I don’t exist. When you do that, you have loyal fans who actually WANT to give you money. You don’t even have to ask for it. Like when Eisley’s tour bus was broke down and I just felt obligated to send a donation or buying Max’s song shop or buying all of their albums, going to shows etc. In fact, there is a very good chance I will be recording an EP with Jake Turner of Say Anything at the end of August. How many of your all-time favorite guitarists have given you the opportunity to make a record with them? These guys are revolutionaries. Someone once told me, you can make a living as an artist if you have 1,000 loyal fans that are willing to spend $100 dollars a year ($100,000 a year) on you. All I know is I am one of those loyal fans and will be until they stop making music. It isn’t even about the music, even if they sucked uncontrollably I could still respect them for the effort they put in every day. One day, somewhere, someone will fufill a dream because of the inspiration these people give and they should feel proud. Say Anything and Eisley may never be the biggest bands in the world but they will always be different. And different is good.

P.S. Haters start posting all the reasons why I am wrong and why Say Anything and Eisley suck. I can’t wait to hear your all-knowing logic behind your reasons.

As a recent College graduate, who is moving to a new state with no connections, I sat back and thought about what it takes to actually begin a career in a field that many people do as a past-time.

Social media jobs fall into the PR category because as employers they want people who can interact with existing and potential clients and bring them in revenue that otherwise would not exist. In today’s world you must be able to reach potential clients and submerge them into interactive and exciting content, really making them feel involved and meaningful. Just that alone can make a client’s confidence in a company reach optimum levels.

First of all, make sure that it is something that you would like to pursue before sending out hundreds of resumes. Then after you cross that bridge, really get to know social media. It is complex and ever changing. When you apply for jobs give the employers something to reference to such as your blog or Twitter account, if nothing else your passion for the field may shine through.

You also need to stay completely active on all things social media. That means Twitter, Facebook, Word Press, and others. You may be surprised the connections you can make by simply chiming in to the right conversation (assuming you have something meaningful to contribute). Think of your social networking sites as extensions on your resume, because they might be.

Other than that, be persistant and grow some tought skin. It may take a little while but you definitely have the edge on the other people who simply sumbit a resume. You have the ability to actually interact in real-time with the very people who may be writing out your paycheck.

Another Look at the NBA’s Age Limit

By Jason Howerton
jh1662@txstate.edu

After Amare Stoudemire was the only player drafted out of high school in 2002, five high school players went to the pros in 2003. Then, eight high school seniors were selected in the first round in 2004, which also marked the third time in four years that a high school player was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. If you recall, Kwame Brown, LeBron James and Dwight Howard all went No.1 overall in previous drafts. Not to mention guys like Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and Tracy McGrady, who all went straight from varsity to the NBA and became the focal point of the franchises they played for.

But NBA Commissioner David Stern and the Player’s Association set out to weigh the pros and cons of a player opting to skip college and enter the draft. After working around the clock on a new collective bargaining agreement, Stern and company decided that it was in the players’ best interest to implement a new policy in which a player must be 19 years of age and one year removed from high school before entering the draft.

“This will encourage our scouts to spend time in D-League gyms rather than high school gyms,” Stern said.

Some claim that the decision was an attempt to force kids to play at the collegiate level because college basketball has become “diluted.”

But Stern stood behind the decision stating, “This is a business decision by the NBA, which is: We like to see our players in competition after high school”.

Regardless of the agreement’s intentions, the rule change received mixed reviews. Greg Oden, who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers, most likely would have been the No.1 pick in the 2006 draft had it not been for the rule change.

“It’s unfair,” Oden said. “But it’s over with now, so there’s no reason to complain.”

Instead, Oden went to Ohio State where he excelled but battled injuries in college and into the NBA.

Others see the rule change as an infringement on financial success. High school players can be depended on as family providers and being a student-athlete may not be feasible. In the summer of 2008, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings hit the road to play internationally because he didn’t think that being a student-athlete was in his best interest. Jennings believes that the year he spent playing overseas has a lot to do with his success this season and into the playoffs. Other high school prospects have done the same while waiting for draft eligibility.

Some even felt their constitutional rights were being trampled on by the rule. Jermaine O’Neal, an ardent dissenter of the 2004 draft regulation and prep-to-pro draftee, wanted the issue reconsidered.

“To say you have to be 20, 21 to get in the league, it’s unconstitutional. If I can go to the U.S. Army and fight the war at 18 why can’t you play basketball for 48 minutes?” O’Neal said.

There are good points to both arguments. The NBA wants its players to be developed and mature before entering the draft and the players want the freedom to decide what is best for their futures. How would this rule have affected Kobe and LeBron, two of the most dominant players in the history of the league, if they were denied draft eligibility? Of course, this is mere speculation but the risk of injury could have caused either one of the all-stars’ draft stock to drop and change the direction of their careers dramatically.

But let’s take a closer look at a player like LeBron, a household name and possible heir to the title of “the greatest to ever play the game”. James commanded national spotlight since his sophomore year in high school, seemingly dominating anyone who got in his way. By his senior year it was all eyes on him as scouts waited to see if he would declare for the draft. He was a 6-foot-8, 240-pound basketball phenomenon who played far past his years. He had the body of a power forward and the skills of a guard.

It was no surprise that he went No.1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft. In retrospect, he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“This is a longtime dream and I finally accomplished it. The hard work finally paid off for me,” James said on draft night, and nobody doubted that he was ready for the league.

James was hyped more than any other player in the history of the NBA and he not only lived up to the hype but surpassed it.

Many argue that players like LeBron, Kobe and Carmelo are proof as to why many high school players are ready to make the jump to the pros but the issue is still divisive. As of now, the commissioner’s rule is the law.

However, the fact remains that most players disagree with the notion that high school athletes are forced to wait a year before entering the NBA but the positive and negative effects are not entirely known five years into the regulation. Although it has not been an overwhelming success the NBA feels that the overall impact has been positive and players have entered the NBA more prepared. Meanwhile, Stern is still open to expanding the minimum age even further to 20, which seems unlikely, but Stern assures that it will still be “on the table” in future negotiations.

It is undeniable that the high school drafting era has had an incredible impact on the NBA. This issue has touched not only the NBA but college and high school basketball as well. It is an era that very well may have come to a close. Martell Webster, Monta Ellis, Andrew Bynum, Gerald Green, C. J. Miles, Louis Williams, Ricky Sánchez and Amir Johnson were among the high school players taken in the 2005 NBA Draft, the last year before the new rule took effect.

They might have been the last.

As Government scrambles to get the country out of the mess they have created, one undeniable fact remains: We as a nation can not sustain the ever growing debt that will eventually catch up to us.

So do we know what measures will be most effective? Well, we can continue spending more and printing more money, The Bush-Obama model, or we can learn from history. Personally, I prefer the latter.

Friends, we have gotten past partisanship. This isn’t about whose party is better, it’s about how we can save the country we love from socialism and the “redistribution of wealth” idea that has failed time and time again. I encourage you to all do your research and form ideas of your own and hold those in government responsible.

So I said I preferred to learn from history. Let’s travel back to the early 1920’s when the country was in shambles during a time that has been all but forgotten in U.S history, the unforgotten depression. When President Harding inherited the presidency he also inherited an unholy mess. The unemployment rate was nearly 12% and the national debt was staggering along with the GDP. It actually looked very similar to the predicament we find ourselves in today.

So what did Harding suggest to “bail us out”? If your initial response is to say: nationalizing 1/3 of the U.S economy, providing billions in bailouts or increasing government control, let me tell you; our country was in a different place. Harding’s was a much more radical idea, cutting back on government spending!

By reducing wasteful spending, our national debt was cut by 1/3 in a short time. The policy also allowed for taxes to remain consistantly low and unemployment took a nose dive. What was the result? The roaring 20’s, one of our country’s most prosperous times.

So why has this idea not been explored in current times? It seems like common sense, if you get yourself into massive debt the first thing you do is cut your spending and increase revenues. That’s what you would do in your own household, right? The answer is that the notion in Washington is, only government can save us. Their answer to our economic crisis was progressivism at it’s finest. Since Obama took office, our debt has continued to run out of control and he put his plan in motion to “fundamentally transform” our country. Government almost has control of 1/3 of our economy, not to mention your health care, and have stakes in companies like GM and citibank. As if that wasn’t enough they also own a disguisting amount of U.S land and real estate. Furthermore, his promise to not raise taxes proved to be nothing but a blantent fabrication, so where is the upside to his plan? Many economists tell us that the current system we are on is “unsustainable” and that it is not a question of if our economy collapses but when. All we have done is put a band-aid on a gunshot wound. However, we did not get to where we are because of Obama alone. George W Bush made many of the same mistakes and jumpstarted the machine during his 8 years in office. When has increased Government control resulted in prosperity for its people? Never.

It doesn’t take a genius to look at Obama’s friends, spiritual advisers, appointed cabinet members and parents and know that his ideals are that of socialism. Redistributing the wealth in our nation is an obvious goal of his. You can only redistribute the wealth when you have the power to force people to share. That is not the American dream. I want my kids to have the opportunity to make over $200,000 a year and not be penalized for it. Now don’t confuse me as a radical conservative who is bashing Obama because he is a democrat. I am voting for whoever supports the American dream whether he or she is a republican, democrat or independent. Obama is not him, nor was George Bush.

The obvious answer is right infront of us but the government has gotten a taste of power and is unwilling to relinquish it. Washington needs to be held accountable. We are in tough times, it is going to hurt but we can get out of this without falling into the same trap that has swallowed so many countries. Instead of continuing to spend ourselves into oblivion, we need to take a page out of history and preserve our country’s fundamental ideals. Government must stop spending wrecklessly and presuming control over our industries. By reducing the deficit, creating jobs and allowing the free market system to heal our crippled country we can once again become profitable.

President Obama wasted no time getting the sweeping health care reform bill signed into law on Tuesday morning and made good on his promise to “fundamentally transform the country”. With health care reform in motion, this is how the bill will affect you within the first year:

  • Young adults will be able to stay on their parents insurance until their 27th birthday
  • Seniors are eligible to receive a $250 rebate for Medicare drug prescription in an attempt to close the Medicare “donut hole”
  • A 10% tax will be imposed in indoor tanning services
  • Insurers are barred from denying health care to children with pre-existing conditions
  • Insurers are prohibited from turning away the ill and rescinding policies in order to “skip the bill”
  • Ban on lifetime limits of coverage and yearly limits
  • Businesses with less than 50 employees become eligible for tax credits that pay 35 percent of their premiums, but that will raise to 50 percent by 2014.
  • Insurers must offer preventative care without co pay; all plans must comply by 2018.

The immediate changes to health care address the problems that have been around for decades. The first year seems to be about correcting injustice that insurance seemed to pride itself upon. Obama’s health care plan will be fully enacted by 2018.