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Whose fault is in anyway?

Today something huge happened. The congressional super committee failed reach an agreement. What does this mean and whose fault is it anyway?

Since the news broke this afternoon politicians have been pointing the finger at everyone but themselves. They were appointed to do a duty but no one was willing to compromise. If no ones willing to compromise then, it’s everyone’s fault. The republicans weren’t willing to compromise on tax revenue and the democrats were unwilling to compromise entitlement programs such as social security and medicare. When you look at what the two sides are defending it seems rather obvious who’s to blame but, there’s another problem.

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, had a majority of republicans sign ATR’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”. Anyone who signed this pledge promised to “oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” Grover was the thirteenth member of congressional super committee and was the ultimate downfall of the super committee. I don’t believe that the republicans of the committee were totally opposed to raising taxes on America’s most wealthy but, because they had signed that pledge they were forced to uphold their agreement. Even if the republicans were willing to compromise they wouldn’t have been able to compromise because they signed that pledge.

And if they had broken that pledge, what else would they have broken? They might have broken peoples trust, as if anyone trust them though. They might have broken their community’s trust. And who knows if they might have gone on to break many more things.

There’s plenty of people to blame for the fail of the super committee. In my opinion it failed because the idiocy, incompetency and, unwillingness to remain open minded by the republicans who signed the pledge,but most of the blame falls on the shoulders of the man who presented the pledge, Grover Norquist. The killer of democracy.


Racism in America

I am not old enough to have experienced forced segregation. I am not old enough to know what it’s like to have to sit in the back of the bus. I am not old enough to remember what it was like in a time before it was acceptable for a couple like my parents to be together. My dad is black and my mom is white and my grandma reminds me often how lucky I am to have been born in an era of racial equality and tolerance. But even today is there true racial tolerance?

That question constantly pops into my head and for good reason. I’ll be on yahoo reading articles about football players fighting or something involving a black person. After I’m done reading an article I’ll scroll through the comments and leave replies but what surprises me every time  is when I see a comment saying “These thugs are ruining America”. Or they”ll type “These niggers are ruining football and they should all by hanged.” It actually happens more often than you think, for about every twenty comments there will about six or seven comments like the ones I’ve mentioned.

It’s funny because a few weeks ago an African-American defensive player for the Philadelphia Eagles made a tackle for a loss and in his celebration he pretended to be firing a machine gun and he got a lot of flack for it from those yahooers . But during the last NHL season there was an article about how  the Washington Capitals , left winger, Alexander Ovechkin would get on one knee after scoring a goal and with his stick he would pretend to shoot a gun but people would defend him saying he was excited about scoring. So, what’s the difference between getting excited about making a big play  to end a teams drive and scoring goal. Nothing, except the ethnicity of the individuals and the sports they play.

Two black guys fight during a football game and they’re thugs. Two white guys fight during a hockey game and they’re praised, they are given a title, and they are excused for their actions. Why, is it because that’s what you do in hockey? Is it because in hockey tempers flare and certain players need to be protected? I call bull shit. The difference is race and that’s the only difference.

But racism isn’t just displayed by whites towards other races. Racism is displayed in the streets by blacks towards whites and other races or any race towards any other race. Racism has a presence so strong in this nation, I smell when i walk out of the house. I hear racism when I’m in my home. And it’s sad because my grandma, who I love dearly, thought that when Obama was elected president that all racism ended, but when I told her what I read on yahoo I saw her face sink. She became saddened and upset. I wish my grandmas dreams of racism to end came true but as long as some people in this country are stuck on stupid her dreams won’t come true.

Disrespect towards the President

I’m constantly on a lot of  websites doing research. Whether it be researching politics, science, or what have you. I’m interested in a lot of things and what people have to say but, when I go on some websites and see peoples responses. I think to myself, ” Damn, This is our president. This is our Commander in Chief. The leader of the free world . And these people are talking about him as if he raped their mother and stole their life’s savings.”

People claim he’s not american, that he’s from and that his loyalties lie with Nigeria. And I’m like if you didn’t think he wasn’t born in America why didn’t you bring this up when he was running. Or people say he’s muslim or athiest, which is silly because in the grand scheme of things some ones religion shouldn’t matter. And again if you had an issue with this you should have brought it up before he was elected. But  do you know what really pushes my buttons. It’s when those same people say Obama’s the reason this country’s in the dumps. Obama inherited the housing bubble collapsing and a 10.6 trillion deficit, albeit the Obama administration has added 4.4 trillion more to the deficit. And two years into his term the House of Representatives was retook by the Republican who made it clear that their main goal was to make Obama a one term president even if that meant not allowing 3 new job bills to be passed.

I know people will believe what they will but, it’s not Obama who’s ruining this country. It’s people just like the ones I mentioned. They’re everywhere, in schools, gyms, and ; where it counts the most, our congress. We need to stop bickering and fighting because that hasn’t gotten us anywhere. We need to come together with respect and compromise so we can get this country back to being the best. That’s all I have got to say and hopefully people listen towhat i have to say.