To The Daily Sun,
Where to begin. So much is happening on the national front it's sometimes very difficult to keep track. President Obama is facing many issues concerning ISIL. The killing of innocents continues to make news. Some very concrete discussions have to take place in Congress concerning their particular obligation on what they should be doing in order to deal with these ongoing issues. Congress must work with President Obama on this and other very crucial issues. Will it happen, that is yet to be seen, right?
Is trying to push through the Keystone Pipeline more of a priority for the new majority in Congress than making some decisions about ISIL? Sure looks that way. The oil industry lobbyists are throwing tons of money at our politicians to make sure that Keystone IS the priority.
John Boehner invited Bebe Netanyahu to speak before Congress. President Obama will not meet with Bebe while he is in this country in order to stay out of the fray. Many Democrats in Congress are seriously considering not attending this session. I say, good for them, since Boehner has broken with all protocol in extending an invitation to Bebe.
In addition, we have people sorta kinda declaring a possible run for the office of president of the United States. I say sorta kinda because they might be in the arena, but have yet to officially throw in their "collective hats." They make sure that they throw out brickbats, barbs and critiques when it comes to the concrete accomplishments of President Obama and his administration. But oh, and there is of course always a but, they sometimes or most times distort the facts and figures especially when it comes to the increase in jobs numbers and a stronger economy.
The fact that the Affordable Care Act has been a great success, with over 10 million people signed up for medical coverage who've not had it before. And certainly we cannot forget that congressional Republicans have tried over 50 times to repeal the ACA without any comprehensive substitute or viable and constructive additions and deletions. What a total waste of money that could have been put to much better use. Oh well, that's nothing new, right?
Now let's take a look at two of the possible, maybe, sorta kinda GOP possible candidates for President: Christie and Paul (one a governor, the other a medical doctor, libertarian and senator) who continue to muddy the waters of the measles outbreak. Oh, then Paul back-tracked and said he didn't say what he actually said. One has to wonder just how they can make statements which are counter-intuitive to long-held medical research and hard-core evidence to the contrary. In my opinion I don't believe that they are ready for "prime time." Many of their statements are the ones where we tend to shake our heads and say, did they really just say that...?
Jeb Bush (former governor of Florida) is or might be considering a run for the president of the U.S. How in the world is he going to run when many in his party don't want to pass any comprehensive immigration reform (an important issue that he has talked about addressing)? In addition, when it comes to public education in Florida there is a long history of underpaying their teachers. Florida's students do not score well on standardized tests. One has to ask if he can possibly explain or rationalize these truths to voters? Why didn't things improve while he had his tenure in the governor's mansion in Tallahassee?
Brian Williams, NBC National News commentator has been put on a six month leave without pay for exaggerating the truth about a helicopter ride in the war zone. Yet there are many other commentators on TV and radio who continue to bend the truth and outright lie to us each and every day without sanctions or reprimand. Huh?
Case in point, Rush Limbaugh who is losing sponsors as a result of his constant and ongoing daily vitriol. I would guess that his distortions and misleading statements have finally made his sponsors think twice about supporting this very negative individual. And that's a good thing.
Then on the local level we have the likes of the Earle, Wiles, Boutin, Meade, Young, Riley, et al trying to convince us that other letter writers are outright or borderline liars. Could it be that only those naysayers know the truth of each matter discussed in this forum? Of course not. But as the ole saying goes we are all entitled to our opinion, but we cannot change the facts, isn't that right my fellow writers?