07 11 / 2013

"Watch Chuck Todd’s full interview with President Obama"

Just like blog number eight, health care is a big issue that Obama has had to deal with. On November 7, 2013, Obama was interviewed by Chuck Todd, regarding his plan and thought on the health care act. Chuck asked Obama what the issue was with the health care. In response to Chuck’s question Obama said that everything he said was true and that it was not meant to be taken the way it has been today. He then goes into the topic of how there are five percent of Americans who are struggling to get health care and for the ones who do and come from low income backgrounds they do not have a health care that is as effective. Obama cares about everyone and says that he wants to close the gaps that the law has caused and fix everything that is not working. He believes that this health care will work and there is no need to doubt it. Before Obama started this health care act he said the government and the economy was not working and it was affecting the health care people had. Because of his health care he knows that the economy wont get in the way of what he has to bring.

check out the interview:  

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/53492840/#53492840

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Obama’s Interview was very long and he hit many parts that made sense and made his plan about health care understandable. Obama is one person and I feel that he wants this plan to work because he wants everyone to have a chance to get better if they have an issue and cant go to the doctors. I think that Obama should have a chance to try what he wants this is not going to be bad for anyone. Health care is important and the fact that people are not going for it, it makes then very selfish and changing and going against everything Obama wants to do. He wants to do this for the people because of the people. He does not want to single anyone out. 

31 10 / 2013

“White House: president didn’t mislead on insurance promise”

On October 29th the White House Argued that what Obama had stated about Health Care was true. Obama says, “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan” Secretary Jay Carney says that what Obama had to say was true. Republicans do not agree with the Affordable Care Act and want to find anything they could to stop it from happening, there fore they accused Obama of misleading America. Although two million Americans have already gotten letters canceling their health care, this is only because families with lower incomes now have a choice between the health care they have now or the Affordable Care Act. Only Ninety five Percent of Americans are not receiving a notice about the new health plan and the other five percent are the ones who are getting a chance to have another kind of health care.

 

Although this article may have been a little confusing for me at first I felt that Republicans have been trying to do everything they can to stop Obama fro trying to help people who can not have a great Health program like other Americans. 

16 10 / 2013

BLOG #7- Committees in congress

Current Example of current 4 committees:

 

Standing Committee: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, - U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and RiskManagement

Select Committee: Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Covering the Period January 5, 2011 to January 3, 2013 (March 22, 2013)

Joint Committee: Joint Statement of the U.S.-Iraq Political and Diplomatic Joint Coordination Committee

Conference Committee:Senate Rejects House GOP Request For Conference Committee Negotiation

My “Top” research (more in depth- Members, procedures, and topics):

Standing Committee = “United States- Destroying Chemical Weapons*”

The elimination of chemical warfare material is easily seen in the news today due to the documented use of sarin by the Syrian government against its own citizens and the United Nations’ settlement requiring the urgent loss of these weapons. Unfortunately, Syria is not likely to be the only example of the need to shut off the chemical warfare material acknowledged to international control in areas of armed conflict.

 

Bibliography

(Works Cited)

"Export Your Bibliography to Word." EasyBib. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.

"United States: Destroying Chemical Weapons*." Destroying Chemical Weapons*. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.

14 10 / 2013

BLOG #6 –Government Shutdown (last 7 days)

As our Government shutdown starts off their second week, Democratic and Republican Senate’s have done nothing to fix the issue we are facing. On Monday of this week; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, discussed who is at fault for not passing the budget on time. Due to missing the “deadline” this has caused many federal workers to be sent home as well as the government shutting down. Up to this point Mitch McConnell, “who has been a behind-the-scenes dealmaker in past fiscal showdowns” has not been following through his role. “In remarks on the Senate floor, the Kentuckian pointed to the Senate Democrats as the culprits in the stand-off. In his own remarks, Reid countered that the GOP should end the shutdown before any talks can begin.”

McConnell’s comments:     “Democrats say it’s unreasonable to ask for any changes or delays to Obama care. And Republicans, well, we think the Obama care rollout has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt just how reasonable a delay is. I mean, if anybody had any doubts about the need to delay this thing, those doubts should have been allayed this weekend when the administration admitted its website wasn’t working and took it offline for repairs.”

The Government Shutdown is due to the Republican Party not wanting Obama care to go through. Because Democrats have already made it a law and have already made this happen, it is very unnecessary to have the government shut down. The Republicans are acting this way because they don’t feel that everyone should have health care? I understand that every ones paycheck gets money taken away from them for takes and it goes to poor people, but enough is enough. You can only go so long with the same fight. Today we have Obama as president and that I what is going to happen. You can fight over Obama care, but that already happen too. In fact, it’s a law.

07 10 / 2013

BLOG #5- congressmen profile

Name:  Tom McClintok

District Represented (include major cities):  4th congressional District. The major Cities including:

  • Alpine
  • Amador
  • Calaveras
  • El Dorado   

(Some portions of countries as well include: Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer)

Political affiliation: Republican

Number of years served: 2009- 2015

Member of the House or Senate: House

Major Legislation he or she supports: Global Investment in American Jobs Act

Summarize one event in which your Congress-person was in the news: Hugh Hewitt Show 9/25/13: House has passed a measure to prevent a government shutdownCongressman McClintock also weighed in on ObamaCare, noting that the law is a trainwreck for his constituents and the American people.”

Tom McClintock talked with Hugh Hewitt to explain how he will protect the United states credit rating and the national growing Dept.

26 9 / 2013

BLOG #4 - Bill Of Rights 

Amendment I – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Based on the First Amendment in The Bill of Rights it states that people should have the right to express freedom of speech. Westboro Baptist church Stood outside in front of City hall near East High School protecting the decision that the City Council had made to appoint Scott Raasch to the Human Rights Commission. Westboro Baptist Church were in Sioux City to protest the City Council’s July appointment of Scott Raasch, a gay man, to the Human Rights Commission and to express their anger at the Reverend Cary Gordon for not doing enough to reduce the influence of gay people. As they continued to protest the police showed up to calm down the protest. Police state that they could not do anything because they were not doing anything wrong they were simply protesting and they had the freedom of.

 

Based of the history that Westboro has I understand and totally agree with the fact that they should have freedom of speech. I believe that everyone should get treated the way that I would want to be treated. If they want to protest on their feelings towards gay people let it be. I disagree with the way they are doing it. This Baptist church thinks in a very negative way and everything that is not in the “Godly” manner they believe will go to hell. No matter the religion we all know that God Was a person who over all helped people in need and everyone believes the way he died was for different reason. Westboro depends so much on religion and look to it as a way they should live their life, but yet they seem to hate everyone who does not follow what they do. They want you to do what Jesus would do, they want you to think about how Jesus would react in a situation like this. I feel that telling someone they are going to hell and making your self seem above them is not something Jesus would do. 

23 9 / 2013

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19 9 / 2013

BLOG #3- The Constitution:

Obama, as well as recent former presidents believe they have or had the authority to start a war without the required approval of the congress. Obama, being aware that he is the president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy, addressed congress that he was going to request congressional authorization. He then stated: “While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective.” One of the framers of our Constitution, James Madison put it best:  ”. . . The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature . . . the executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”  (1793.)

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Yes, James Madison could not have said it any better. I believe that Obama was smart in following the constitution because what we are going through today is not a “one man show” it is about everyone working together for a better place. The Constitution gives everyone the rules they need to follow and Obama knew that the constitution would be something neither sides would argue about, weather you are a democrat or republican. I believe that the constitution talks about how we all can work together and one person cannot to it themselves “we the people…” meaning everyone.

18 9 / 2013


BLOG # 2- constitutionality:
Today there are two different sides; public school and charter school. District attorney cooper is pro-charter defendant. He states that charter schools do not cause financial hardships on local public school districts. If they were to cause financial hardships it would be considered as a violation to the constitution, of the state of Tennessee  . The attorneys of the public schools feel that charter schools are affecting them in a negative way. Because more students have been leaving public schools in order to go to charter schools the public schools are not receiving the money they would get from each student. Cooper stated his opinion in six pages by stating an act of 2002 that said charter schools are not required to spend extra money on funds beyond what they are already spending on public education. The public schools are arguing that for every student who goes to a charter school, every regular public school looses $9,200 for each student.

 


I believe that Public school already get enough money as it is because they are supported by los Angeles unified school District. As for charter schools we are on our own to keep our school running with the little support we get. Based off of what the public schools think about money being taken from them by charter schools, the public schools should not be just focusing on the money, but also on ways that they can bring in more students and keep them from leaving. I understand the money is a big deal, but the students are what makes the money and without the students you would not have any money. They are so caught up on the fact that they are loosing money that they are not thinking about the real ways they could keep money as a pose to loosing money every time they loose a student. 

18 9 / 2013

Blog # 1

According to Doctors Without Borders over 300 people have been killed and there is proof that neurotoxic agents were used. Many Western powers including US lay blame on the Bashar al-Assad regime. Washington is preparing limited military action against the government forces in Syria.  The American people do not want military involvement in Syria’s civil war, but do want an attack on Syrian military targets. US credibility is at stake. There are also a lot of rules around how the UN Security Council, NATO, and US administration and Congress can go into Syria. To add on to the issue it is not definite that limited airstrikes will make much of a difference with the Syrian government. It could also raise the chances of conflict between the US, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. US airstrikes could also kill many innocent people and make things even worse for what is already a terrible refugee situation.

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This issue has caused us to really stop and think about what we should do as a government. We do not want to look like the “bad guys”, but we also have to help. If we go in and protect the people of Syria we know we will be doing the right thing, but in order to do the right thing we have many different challenges we face on the way. Because we do not want to get involved in this civil war we have to take baby steps to protect the people, which is why we plan to send in airstrikes.  I believe that if we go in and protect we will start problems, but if we do not do something about it that will also cause problems.  At this point I cannot call what is right and wrong, but all I do know is that we have to take the risk because the people of Syria cannot help themselves.