Posts Tagged ‘terry

11
Apr
11

‘working tirelessly for change’

Terry Donnelly (retired school teacher and author): News flash – Americans won’t tolerate sweeping change. Our national thinking doesn’t match our national bird. Our beloved bald eagle soars, but as a nation we prefer to creep along a la the endangered desert tortoise.

…President Barack Obama would love to soar higher, but his constituency has him tethered. The most unwarranted charge against our president is dubbing health care reform “Obamacare”. This law is nothing close to what President Obama campaigned for. This is a prime example of Americans not wanting to soar. The law sports some great changes. Insurance companies can’t just take premiums from healthy people and deny the sick. They can no longer pay for one or two procedures and then cancel. Young adults just getting started can now receive help from their parents by staying insured while they embark on a career. Children are better covered.

…but if President Obama had gotten his way “Obamacare” would be a single payer system that imitates what Congress has for their health care. What we got was a compromised example of Americans creeping….

Another feather in the president’s cap is his handling of the economic recovery. Are we recovered? No. Did President Obama’s plan avert disaster? Yes.

Big companies employing millions of workers are thriving – making record profits due to getting government money to stay afloat through the darkest days. Historically, bailout money is returned. This seems to be the case with this stimulus as well. In the end, the bailout will cost taxpayers nothing.

….consider more of his body of work. He eliminated pay discrimination with the Lilly Leadbetter law. There are now strict limits on credit card interest rates. The Food and Drug Administration reduced nicotine levels and enhanced warning labels on tobacco products. Student loans are administered by the Department of Education, cutting out middleman profits making the loans more affordable. The national service program that places volunteers in poverty stricken areas and schools, Americorps, has been extended. The New Start treaty has been ratified with Russia so we can keep track of their nuclear activity and continue to reduce the number of such arms.

More landmark change was the elimination of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regulations in the armed services. DADT began dealing with this human rights issue, but its time expired and new thinking was needed. President Obama saw to it that changes were made. Now, there are stricter punishments for hate crimes perpetrated due to sexual orientation. Women have greater access to the Veterans’ Administration.

This president has worked tirelessly for change and has accomplished more in just over two years than many administrations accomplish in four or even eight years. He would like to soar, and is doing as much as his voter activated tether will allow.

Full article here

18
Mar
11

letter perfect

Letter to The Leaf Chronicle: President Barack Obama has fulfilled several campaign promises in just his short time in office even though he inherited two wars, a bad economy, trillion dollar deficits, and a broken health care system.

Political critics, pundits and so-called experts, paid by lobbyist or corporations all have something to gain by knocking or putting down these accomplishments. Of course the Republican Party is trying to win back something they lost in 2008 so they are just plain mad.

Ultimately the president’s biggest victory has been Health Care Reform and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. They provide every American opportunity for affordable health insurance. This is federal law so do not be intimidated by state lawmakers and their rhetoric. Federal law will always overrule state law so go purchase your affordable health care insurance today.

As a veteran and married to a retired veteran, I am extremely proud of our president for keeping his promise in ending combat operations in Iraq and right now our troops have begun returning home.

Discrimination has no place in any society so the president’s signing of legislation that brought an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in our military as well as Fair Pay legislation for women, helps to protect against civil rights and work place discrimination.

President Obama also signed into law student loan reform that makes college more affordable for students and he adequately funded programs like Race to the Top and Educate to Innovate, which give our local schools the tools and resources they need to be successful. The new and improved GI Bill will make college affordable for returning service members.

Change does not happen overnight. The media and the other side would have you think otherwise. I stand by my president and the promises he has kept.

TERRY MCMOORE

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The legend that is Blackwaterdog posted this letter over on The Only Adult In The Room today, it made my heart sing 🙂




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