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Obama address renews audacity to hope

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama gave America the audacity to hope again.

After describing the U.S. economy in nearly apocalyptic terms for weeks, pushing his $787 billion stimulus plan through Congress, the president used his address to Congress on Tuesday night to tap the deep well of American optimism — the never-say-die spirit that every president tries to capture in words. And great presidents embody.

“We will rebuild. We will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before,” Obama said, echoing Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

“The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach,” Obama said. “What is required now is for this country is to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”

The themes of responsibility, accountability and, above all, national community rang throughout an address carefully balanced by the gravity of its times. Job losses. Home foreclosures. Credit crisis. Rising health care costs. Declining trust in government. Obama touched all those bases.

“The impact of this recession is real, and it is everywhere,” he said.

It seemed that the president might be sticking to the dour talking points of the stimulus debate, when he warned that failure to pass the legislation would lead to a catastrophe “as deep and dire as any since the Great Depression,” one that “we may be unable to reverse.”

Fearing (and hearing) the worst, Americans supported Obama’s package and lawmakers passed it. But his rhetoric carried a risk.

None other than former President Bill Clinton, husband of Obama’s former rival and now the secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, complained that the president’s words were too much of a downer. The president from Hope, Ark., told the author of “The Audacity of Hope” to get back on message.

“I just want the American people to know that he’s confident that we are going to get out of this and he feels good about the long run,” Clinton told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last Friday.

Obama didn’t need Clinton’s advice. While his advisers privately criticized Clinton for second-guessing their strategy, Obama said a president must be both a realist and a cheerleader. “I’m constantly trying to thread the needle between sounding alarmist but also letting the American people know the circumstances that we’re in,” Obama told ABC News on Feb. 10.

Indeed, advisers said at the time that Obama had already written much of his address, and they predicted that it would mark a rhetorical pivot — from selling fear to raising hopes.

And that he did.

“You should also know,” Obama told millions of viewers Tuesday night, “that the money you’ve deposited in banks across the country is safe; your insurance is secure; you can rely on the continued operation of our financial system.”

He sounded like Roosevelt who, after closing banks briefly in the first days of his presidency, stoked the embers of American optimism. “Confidence and courage are the essentials of success in carrying out our plan,” Roosevelt said. “Let us unite in banishing fear. We have provided the machinery to restore our financial system. It is up to you to support and make it work. It is your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.”

Like Roosevelt, Obama asked Americans to unite against pessimism. “We are a nation that has seen promise amid peril, and claimed opportunity from ordeal,” Obama said. “Now we must be that nation again.”

Like Roosevelt, Obama said his government had already provided the machinery to create jobs, improve access to health care, free up credit and help struggling homeowners.

And, like Roosevelt, he challenged Americans to help fix the nation’s woes. Obama even challenged his fellow citizens to recognize their role in creating the problem. “People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford,” Obama said, “from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway.”

He was blunt but bullish on America.

“None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy,” he said after spelling out his agenda. “But this is America. We don’t do what’s easy. We do what is necessary to move this country forward.”

In short, he reminded people that America has always seen itself as a “shining city upon a hill,” as one of its earliest leaders, John Winthrop, put it — a metaphor that Ronald Reagan reintroduced effectively in the 1980s.

When he addressed Congress, Reagan liked to pepper the audience with average people who did extraordinary things and epitomized the American spirit. Obama borrowed that device, inviting Ty’Sheoma Bethea to join first lady Michelle Obama in the crowd.

Bethea is an eighth-grade student who wrote Congress for help in repairing her dilapidated school, telling lawmakers that she and her fellow students will rise above their conditions because, “We are not quitters.”

And that was Obama’s bottom-line message to a shaken nation. We are not quitters.

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EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE

Posted by 104Inc.com on November 18, 2008

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No one has a corner on success.
Pay the price for it and it is yours.

There is no easy road to success.
You’ve got to work a great deal harder than most people to get it.
Nothing worthwhile will come easily to you.
Hard work will accomplish results that last.

No matter what you want from life, you’ve got to give up something to get it.

There is no success at bargain basement prices.
You’ll find that the highway to success is a toll road.

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Barack Your Vote

Posted by 104Inc.com on October 17, 2008

Barack Obama and Joe Biden in Dublin OH

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Ding. Ding. Ding. Well, folks. Round III is complete, and both Obama and McCain are sitting in their corners, awaiting the results of this bout. If this was a boxing match, I’d have to relate Obama to Muhammad Ali and McCain to that of Mike Tyson (the Mike Tyson towards the end of his career, that is).

Check it out. Like Ali, Obama was calm, cool, and collected. While McCain simply tried to throw haymakers and low blows (no, he didn’t try to bite his ear), Obama took everything in stride, and just floated ‘like a butterfly’, landing consistent jab after jab after jab, only to relinquish monstrous counter punches when McCain tried miserably to accuse Barack of having terrorist affiliations, etc.

Barack was pummeling McCain with…now brace yourselves….FACTS. Hmmm, that’s an interesting tactic, Mr. Obama. You mean you’re not just gonna sit there like a corpse and regurgitate nonsensical, conjured up lies about what your opponent is not doing, but rather tell us what your plan is? A novel concept, Barack. I dig it. I think the American people will be stunned by the honesty and willingness to be a man and tell it like it is instead of resorting to underhanded dirty trickery and mendacious accusations, but that’s just outlook. Maybe America isn’t ready for a truthful president, after all, we’ve been lied to by Bush for 8 years now.

Now, I hope that you have noted my sarcasm throughout this, but for those of you who didn’t get that, I’m willing to bet my collection of Celtics memorabilia that you’re voting for McCan’t and Mrs. Maverick. Am I the only one that saw McCan’t sitting in that chair as if his bottom half was in a casket. The potential (if elected) Mr. ‘One-heartbeat-away-from-Palin-as-President’ Republican sat there, trying his best to speak like a human as a opposed to a programmed robot. Instead, would scoff and breathe so ridiculously into the microphone, I had to check outdoors to see if it was just the wind. In a nutshell, Obama flattered, while MCan’t flustered.

OK – let’s talk health care. This is probably the only question McCan’t answered. His ‘plan’ is to give everyone a voucher for $5k so they can get whatever health care they need. That sounds reasonable, but considering most health care plans are more than that, that $5k would maybe only cover someone of relatively young age who is currently in good health. On the flip-side, my main man Barack (yeah, we’re on a first name basis now) is proposing a health care plan that would let you keep what you have now, but that you would..get this…PAY LESS; and in the event that you don’t have coverage, you’d get coverage by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Wow, what a concept. The government helping its people. The choice is clear, people – Obama. Obama. Obama.

The best part of the debate, however, was when the topic turned to the quality choices of their respective running mates. Obama spoke beautifully, eloquently, and articulately about Joe Biden, citing his stellar resume, his plans, etc. The shear beauty was that Barack never even mentioned Mrs. Maverick’s name – probably because comparing Biden and Mrs. Maverick is like comparing Michael Jordan to the captain of an adult men’s basketball league. No contest. If you saw this, you had to revel in its comedic genius, considering the fact that while McCan’t was praising Mrs. Maverick, he couldn’t help continually blink his eyes and make other facial twitches – classic cases of insincerity.

Now, I love a good saga, but enough is enough. Let’s finish this off, shall we? According to polls, Obama is ahead, but he still NEEDS YOUR HELP. So, make sure you’re registered, and get out there and VOTE OBAMA. You’ll be glad you did.

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Exercising Is Not Important

Posted by 104Inc.com on October 13, 2008

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They say it is but why? Who pays these people to tell us that good health and exercise are important? The health industry is a $500 billion dollar industry and growing. Think about it. You exercise and you exercise and what do you have to show for your results sore back, bad knees, messed up elbow. Then you go to doctors you make billions of dollars prescribing you drugs to make you feel better. Wait all those drugs have side effects. They can kill you, or cause heart damage of liver disease, etc, etc, etc. So then you go back for more pills and surgery. This is all done in the name of good health.

So is exercise and good health important? Doctors say it is. How do doctors make money? They need to treat sick people. If people did not get sick we would not need doctors. If people did not get hurt we would not need doctors. That would mean that we would not need drug companies or insurance companies. We would save so much money by not having gym memberships, dealing with doctors, insurance companies. That would then reduce or level of stress and we would live longer.

That sounds like a better deal to me then exercising. Just eat better reduce your stress and you will live longer. Some people may say I am crazy but it sure makes sense to me. We are to busy complicating life. We need to step back and realize that we are just animals that were put on this earth to procreate and eat. Why do we have to have a higher purpose then that?

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WHO’S TO BE MASTER OF YOUR LIFE?

Posted by 104Inc.com on October 12, 2008

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Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better,
you have to take things into your own hands.
Once you decide to be at the level of choice,
you take responsibility for your life and gain control of it.
If you don’t run your own life, someone else will.

You’re in control of your life to the degree that you make the decisions.
If you let others make decisions for you, you have no control.
When you control the decisions, you control the actions.

Take charge of your life.
You don’t have to ask permission of other people.
Don’t give someone veto power over your life.

If not you, then who?
If now now, then when?

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So You Still Don’t Know Who to Vote For, Huh?

Posted by 104Inc.com on October 9, 2008

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Webster’s dictionary defines debate as “a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints.”

Now, either Mr. Webster was hallucinating when he defined that word, or Sarah “Pail In Comparison” Palin and John “I-have-no-substance-so-let-me-just-talk-smack-on-Obama” McCain have taken the liberty of redefining the word before our very eyes.

It’s a funny thing, really. After watching the Vice Presidential and Presidential debates, I saw one thing that got me thinking. McCain and Palin do belong together, but they’re on the wrong network, and on the wrong platform. Considering that neither of them could answer a question with a real answer to save their lives, and considering all the ‘dancing’ they do around each question, they’d be better served on Dancing With the Stars. However, I must admit that McCain has impressed me greatly – for a man with his physical ailments, barely able to raise his hands and walk fluidly, he sure can groove – who said white men can’t dance, huh?

On the flip-side, you have the stellar, stoic, and confident Obama who looks in the eye of the camera, in the eye of the American people, and instills confidence in us, instead of instilling further fear that we will all one day have to flee to neighboring countries and watch the USA crumble into oblivion. Obama will make a change, people!

So, you still don’t know who to vote for, huh? Well, let me ease this burden for you. We spend, and have been spending $10,000,000,000 a month in Iraq for the past several years. Did you get that? Not $10,000, not $10,000,000, but TEN BILLION DOLLARS A MONTH IN IRAQ. Now, don’t you think that TEN BILLION DOLLARS would be better suited coming back into our economy? I thought so.Where is Bin Laden? Where is Al-Qaida? They sure as hell aren’t in Iraq. They’re in Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, and God knows where, yet we’re still up in Iraq’s kool-aid. What gives? Basically, the Republicans have taken each and every consumer, bent them over, handled their business, and didn’t even have the common courtesy to give a reach-around.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this. McCain will give a huge tax break to those who make over $200,000/year, while the rest of us John. Q.Taxpayers (not Joe Six-Packs: a retarded euphemism) have to tighten our wallets. On the other hand, Obama will raise taxes only for those who make the $200,000/year, while the remaining 95% of the population won’t see any increase. Now, I know it’s odd to see a politician display common sense and present an actual plan to benefit this country, but I tell you, it’s either Obama or nothing.

Bottom line:

McCain = The rich get richer, we stay in Iraq fighting a meaningless war, spending billions monthly while the country continues in its worst recession since 1929.

Obama = The country is assisted. Taxpayers get a break. The economy gets boosted, and we’re on our way to the international supremacy we once possessed.

Need any more help? Not sure which way to go? Well, at least there’s one easy choice. Log on to 104Vote.com for related articles on the upcoming election, as well as simple and easy ways to accommodate all your needs! Stay tuned for Part III next week when I get into the fundamental differences in their health care views.

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Stop Killing Yourself! Healthy Living is the Key to Longevity

Posted by 104Inc.com on August 14, 2008

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I found this fascinating quote today:

Why is the healthy living industry a multi billion dollar industry? The reason is that we all want to live longer and look good. The only problem is that we do not have the discipline to keep something going for longer then at most a month.104inc.com, It’s Simple. It’s 104Inc Approved, Aug 2008

You should read the whole article.

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