Obama Health Care
In the original House bill in 2009, the Affordable Care Act would have required individuals to buy private insurance, but would also have offered a public option in the health insurance exchanges and mandated employers to provide health insurance. Premiums for the public opinion would have varied by region (Chaikind et al. 2009). Both the public option and the employer mandates were removed from the Senate version of the bill and do not exist in Public Law 11-148 that President Obama signed in March 2010. This was a very grave disappointment to liberal and progressive reformers, who had always hoped for a Medicare-for-all plan of national health insurance, but ended up only with mandates to by private health insurance on the exchanges. In both the House and Senate versions of the bill, Medicaid coverage was extended to 150% of the poverty line and Medicare eligibility lowered to…… [Read More]
he Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act begun in the Bush administration and have actually been verified by the Obama administration. "his offers a reason for positive outlook about the capability of the insurance coverage growth in the Affordable Care Act to enhance access to and for grownups, however it recommends that doing away with the law or reducing the protection growth might lead to ongoing erosion of grownups' access to care" (Kenney, McMorrow, and others, 2012, p. 899). his act brings with it numerous modifications that benefit individuals living in the United States as well as the enrollees in Medicare. he modifications that are taking place are getting mixed testimonials by individuals questioning if it is actually benefiting everybody.
he Affordable Care Act is looking for to close the Donut Crack within the prescribed strategy. Deep within the act in itle III, Improving the Quality and Effectiveness of Healthcare…… [Read More]
In the course of his campaign, Obama inspired millions of Americans - young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban, and from every racial and ethnic background. hen Obama walked into the room. . The crowd was transfixed (Tufankjuan, 2008). The goal, of course, is that in politics, as well as society, race plays no part in the decision process. Thanks to previous Civil Rights advocates, and people like Jesse Jackson, Obama was not the first minority to attempt a high political seat. This is even more important when one realizes the election was not won on race, but on a combination of issues appropriate focus on sections of the electorate in which his message resonated (Metzler, 2008).
Political Advertising and Propaganda: Political advertising and social rhetoric are certainly not new to the arena of campaigns. Politicians in Ancient Greece and Rome used pamphlets, orations, and their own brand…… [Read More]
Expressing that he finds transparency to be an important characteristic of the United States' government, President Barack Obama has encouraged leaders everywhere to increase the level of honesty with which they guide their countries. According to David Axelrod, a hite House senior advisor, Obama has a "belief in transparency" that was one of the major factors he considered when making this important decision (Allen para. 2). The fact that the release of these documents has increased the government's transparency, at least in regards to the matter of torture, cannot be denied. hen he chose to release the documents, President Obama knew that they would be damaging to the government's image. Certainly, images of prisoners being harshly interrogated do not bode well for the government, regardless of what one believes about the topic. Thus, this step shows that Obama is ready to show the United States and the world even those…… [Read More]
This demonstrates the personal nature of the quest that Obama had for achieving healthcare reform in this country, ensuring that everyone had reliable access to quality care (Defrank 2010). The author cites many individuals and incidents that were likely influential in shaping Obama's vision regarding healthcare reform, but does not demonstrate a causal or substantiated link between these specific identified influences and Obama's actual decisions. This makes his claims at least somewhat if not entirely suspect.
In the online news source Black Voices, Paul Shepard notes that it is largely through his personal charisma and speaking abilities that Obama has been able to push his healthcare legislation through, especially with the voters; he also uses several personal anecdotes during his appeals to people in an effort to persuade them of the necessity and benefit of his healthcare reform plan (Shepard 2010). These conclusions are drawn through direct observation of live…… [Read More]
Obama and Reagan
Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama
There are parallels between the presidency of Ronald Reagan and Barak Obama. The similarities between the leaders make for an uncomplicated comparison; however, the differences provide greater explanatory power. Barak Obama has been credited with some of the stellar qualities of Ronald Reagan. There oratory skills are comparable and they were both popular at the beginning of their terms. Reagan became a republican icon. hile the final statement on Obama is some distance away, he is becoming increasingly unpopular as a president. How do we account for this? In this essay we will compare and contrast the presidents and their policies. Ultimately, it will become apparent that the similarities are merely superficial, the ideological and policy differences of the Obama and Reagan presidencies account for the variant receptions they received from the American public during their presidencies. Obama is becoming unpopular…… [Read More]
Obama N. acism
Obama and acism
Throughout history, several factors have always helped decide who was entitled to even run for the esteemed office of the President of the United States of America. Military service, a prominent Governorship, family connections, the number of slaves owned and of course having a boat load of money clearly helped. Of course, this list offered no guarantees of making the short list. The nations' power brokers made sure that this post only became available to an elite club. That club had very strict entry criteria and one thing was certain, having a skin color other than white was more than likely not going to ever look good on one's resume. Secret rules of potential presidential club membership were in place for over two hundred years and the majority of the world considered that race was one particular requirement that was never going to be…… [Read More]
There is still much more work to be done, however. In order to be reelected, Mr. Obama must focus on the future. The nation must continue to build the economy by reducing the unemployment rate, continuing to address the foreclosure crisis, and helping people rebuild devastated investment and retirement accounts. e must end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although progress in health care reform has been made, more changes are still needed. To be reelected, Mr. Obama must remind people of the changes he promised in 2008 and how those promises were fulfilled. It is important voters understand that Mr. Obama is not just full of empty talk, but that he can effect real change.
It will be difficult for Mr. Obama to be reelected in 2012 because, despite all his accomplishments, the Tea Party Movement has been very critical of the Administration and has gained a large following.…… [Read More]
Obama Clinton Reform
Obama and Clinton Health Care Reform
The current state of healthcare in the United States represents a situation that is unique by international standards. hen considering the average costs per citizen against the health outcomes that can be expected, the United States represents the most inefficient medical system in the world. The U.S. spends more than any other country per capita while providing its population with health outcomes that are generally estimated to be rated anywhere between twenty-fifth to thirty-third in the world. The fact that the system needs reform was debated by few. However, the types of reforms that were needed were a polarizing issue in the U.S. Both Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama have attempted to expand access to the healthcare system with only the later succeeding.
Before President Clinton there was a long line of Presidents who tried to address the needed healthcare reforms.…… [Read More]
Obama Urges Tougher Laws on Fnancal Fraud
In the wake of the Wall Street bank balouts and the varous securty fraud cases that have occurred natonally the Obama admnstraton has been under pressure to enact new legslaton that effectvely prosecutes fnancal fraud cases. Crtcs have argued that fnancal regulators have lacked the tools necessary to properly nvestgate and prosecute the fnancal executves who were responsble for the near collapse that occurred n late 2008. The artcle, however, ponts out that the proposed Obama legslaton has lttle chance of passng Congress due to electon pressures and the acrmonous atmosphere on the Hll. Recent efforts by the S.E.C. To enforce exstng securty laws have met wth lttle success due to the nherent weaknesses n such laws.
Week Two: January 27, 2012
Low-ball bdders n many markets learn they can no longer get a steal on a house [HIDDEN]
For several years the…… [Read More]
Other minor information was also included in the article. It reported that historically, there were similar initiatives done by former U.S. presidents, stating that Obama's school speech was not an original endeavor, and has actually been done by Presidents George H.W. Bush and onald eagan. In addition, the news article also focused its attention on the students' (and public's) reaction on Obama's request to students to draft letters stating "what they can do to help the President." Despite criticism about this request for draft letters from students, the report did not disclose the reasons why Obama's 'methodology' was criticized.
NY Daily News, meanwhile, centered on one view point only, and this was about author Michael Daly's opinion on Obama's school speech, an event which he termed as an opportunity, supposedly, of students to witness the president's "hard-earned wisdom from the man who proved anyone really can grow up to…… [Read More]
He writes, "Barack Obama has charisma and charm but in terms of character, values and understanding, he is no Jackie Robinson... The basic difference between Sen. Obama, right and leftist professors is simply a matter of style and language" (illiams). He adds the major problems of the black community are "family breakdown, illegitimacy, fraudulent education and a high rate of criminality. To confront these problems... requires political courage and that's an attribute that Obama and most other politicians lack" (illiams). illiams realizes there is no substance to Obama.
I think McCain will win because when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of things, most Americans do not want more of their money taken away from them. Everyone knows that Democrats love to raise taxes and Obama did not say that raising taxes was out of the question. He tries to make it sound like he will only tax…… [Read More]
February 28, 2012). Positive figures have proven to predict election winners: Clinton, G.W. Bush, while negative values have predicted losing campaigns G.H.W. Bush lost (Saad, L. January 16, 2012). A broader study of consumer confidence by the Conference Board indicates that scores under 100 mean a losing reelection bid. Ford, Carter, and Bush had scores of 87, 65, and 61 respectively. Winners: eagan, Clinton, and G.W. Bush had values of 100, 107, and 106 respectively (Economist Outlook.blog. June 17, 2011) Obama currently has a 75 score (ove, K. March 1, 2012).
III. Health Care
A. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is unpopular. "Nationally, some 50% of those surveyed said that passage of the law was a "bad thing" while 42% said it was a "good thing." Some 38% of swing state voters said passage of the law was a "good thing." (Scicchitano, P. February 27, 2012)
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The most controversial aspect of the plan was the proposed national health insurance plan. In the November 19th address, President Truman called for the creation of a national health insurance fund, to be run by the federal government. This fund would be open to all Americans, but would remain optional. Participants would pay monthly fees into the plan, which would cover the cost of any and all medical expenses that arose in a time of need. The government would pay for the cost of services rendered by any doctor who chose to join the program. In addition, the insurance plan would give a cash balance to the policy holder to replace wages lost due to illness or injury (Truman Library).
Obama's Universal Healthcare Proposal
The Obama-iden plan provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans, builds on the existing health care system, and uses existing providers, doctors and plans to…… [Read More]
Obama health care program, it must be remembered that prior to the enactment of such legislation the United States was the only developed country in the world to not have a universal health care system for its citizens (Fein). Although the Obama health care program is a step forward there are still loopholes in said program that leave some segments of American society without adequate insurance coverage.
One of the most frequently cited arguments against the Obama health care plan is the fear it constitutes socialized medicine (Iglehart). For many Americans, even the tinge of possible socialism causes concerns and makes many individuals close their mind to anything that they feel is socialistic. The problem, however, is that many people do not understand what socialism is. If the Obama plan were to be considered as an attempt to socialize the delivery of health care services in the United States the…… [Read More]
President Barack Obama announced in March, 2014, that he was launching a program called "My Brother's Keeper," which is designed to address the many challenges that face young African-Americans and Latinos (young men of color). Obama insisted in presenting this program that it is not just another big government program using taxpayer money; rather, he pointed out that wealthy philanthropic sources and corporate business leaders will provide up to $200 million over the next five years to fund the activities of My Brother's Keeper. This paper will review the strategies that Obama's initiative will use, and will point to specific evidence within the literature as to why the president felt compelled to launch this program.
My Brother's Keeper -- the Program
Obama has been an activist president on several fronts, including his Affordable Healthcare legislation, his push for fair pay for women, his advocacy of a $10.10 minimum…… [Read More]
Obama energy policy in relation to the economy of the United State of America's 21st century economy. It begins with a general description of the policies and then proceeds and outlines the various elements of the policy. After the analysis the paper then presents the criticisms that are waged against the policy. A conclusions and recommendations are then presented at the end of the paper. These are geared towards coming up with a perfect energy plan for America in order to safeguard its citizens from the various eminent dangers associated with a poorly formulated energy policies.
For a long time America has seen great difficulties. One of them is their overdependence on Oil. Their overdependence on oil has threatened National security and Economy globally. Severally, Washington DC has not been able to solve the situation due to special interests and political interference through which politicians trick American citizens during elections…… [Read More]
). Can Afghanistan be part of a containment process that is developed in parallel with a dialogue with Russia?
There is no straight answer to this question, but one has reasons to believe that this is potentially an approach used by the new administration. One should note, however, also the fact that stability in Afghanistan is of great interest to Russia as well, which is why the administration in Moscow has really shown its interest in working with the U.S. In stabilizing Afghanistan. There are several reasons for this. First, an unstable and uncontrolled Afghanistan is a source of drugs, which generally find the market in Moscow a very profitable one. Second, an insecure Afghanistan is a source of potential extremist and fundamentalist Islam, which is a great source of concern for Russia, especially given its own troubles with the republics in the Northern Caucasus and the terrorist acts that…… [Read More]
In the book Game Change, there is a focus on different aspects of the 2008 Presidential campaign. This is accomplished by taking a behind the scenes look at the primaries and the tactics that were used. To fully understand what happened, there will be an emphasis on how Obama won the primary and the way this strategy helped him to win the White House. Together, these different elements will provide specific insights about the challenges impacting the campaign and how they were addressed.
How Obama Won the Primary?
From the very beginning, Obama was considered to be a long shot for winning the Democratic nomination and the White House. This is because Hillary Clinton had polled better than he did in a number of key states. At the same time, she had the name recognition and popularity to her advantage. As a result, everyone assumed that Clinton would…… [Read More]
The Media and Obama
Since the day President Barack Obama took office, the media interest in him has been intense. As the first African-American president, he was already an anomaly, and then he got involved in things like social media, which is not traditionally the realm of the leader of the free world (Maraniss, 25). Currently, Obama makes use of both traditional (mainstream) and alternative media and news sources. With a Twitter account and a Facebook page, Obama is able to reach out to his supporters and to the entire country in more personal ways than he can do through mainstream sources (Lewin). He still does his radio addresses and the televised events that people are used to seeing with U.S. presidents, and he speaks to the media often through photo opportunities and the granting of interviews. That is commonly seen in the presidency, and expected. However, Obama goes…… [Read More]
If consumer demand falters, that will have two other multiplier effects. The first is that businesses will reduce their investment. Businesses typically invest when they feel that demand is rising. Increased unemployment, combined with lower levels of government and business spending, will instead cause aggregate demand to fall. If business investment falls, that will have further impacts on unemployment. This will create a negative feedback loop -- a multiplier effect in the wrong direction for the U.S. economy.
Additionally, when consumers and businesses are spending less, the government will receive fewer taxes. That will cause government to spend less, one would like to think, again continuing the multiplier effect and driving GDP down so far that we enter a recession.
The one interesting thing is that such a scenario would likely see imports decrease because fewer people and businesses are buying things. A strong enough recession could impact the price…… [Read More]
Likewise, U.S. House of Representative George Miller (Democrat-California), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, emphasized, "A plan of this size was not easy to navigate, and it is not perfect. But I believe it's the best possible plan that could be reached swiftly, under challenging circumstances" (quoted in Dervarics 2009:6). Indeed, part of the president's approach to improving conditions for the business community are far-sighted and will in fact take years to achieve their full impact, with other aspects of the stimulus package will have a more immediate effect. For instance, according to Dervarics, "ith unemployment rising, community colleges and others will see a spike in the number of individuals coming back for job-related training programs. The bill has $3.95 billion in additional funding for adult and youth programs, including $1.2 billion to create an estimated 1 million summer jobs for youth" (2009:6).
Despite the modest gains in…… [Read More]
With the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s swearing-in as President of the United States, comparisons between his first year and office and his predecessor’s first year in office are bound to be made. Therefore, it is a useful exercise to re-examine the first year in office of Barack Obama following his swearing-in as President of the United States in 2009. This paper will examine Obama’s inaugural year in order to answer the question: Did Obama have a successful first year in office? As the evidence shows, Obama’s first year in the White House was indeed very successful.
The methodology used for this study consisted primarily of Internet searches, using Google and Google Scholar. The primary key words used to drive the searches were: “Obama’s first year in office,” “Obama 2009,” “Obama first year success,” “Obama 2009 accomplishments,” and “Obama first year successful or not.” These searches led to…… [Read More]
In terms of domestic and foreign policy, Obama entered the office with intention of altering the existing policies to rectify the excesses brought about by the Bush administration. Overseas, Obama looked forward to rebuild America's image with the Muslim world and divert resources used in destroying Al Qaeda network to other economic adventures abroad. Domestically, his plan was to rein in the Bush-era of reduced carbon emissions, fiscal irresponsibility, as well as divert the resources found in the enormous health care sector away from all kind of waste and towards covering basics for those who lack any medical insurance.
Obama seems to have emphasized foreign policy over domestic policy. However, he has always tried to balance his efforts and resources towards both foreign policy and domestic policy and many have acknowledged his move. When Obama took the office, his biggest challenge was based on his conduct of foreign…… [Read More]
hile these respondents talking this poll did not live in the United States, this is an indicator of how Obama's worldwide perception.
Obama's site tells the typical political story. On the front page, there are two ads attacking John McCain and his policies. Perhaps the most disturbing fact about Obama's site is the way in which "issues" are listed. hile one can understand while civil rights would be popular for an African-American, it should not be at the top of the issues list when most of America is reeling from economic shock. The economy is fourth on this issues list and the answer to our economic crisis is to give Americans rebates, which means higher taxes for someone down the road. Any type of government assistance means raising taxes because, as we all know, the government is broke. A more productive website and plan would be to cut taxes and…… [Read More]
The 2016 federal budget as submitted but the office of the President of the United States is listed and summarized on the White House website. The overall theme of the budget is middle class economics. This is the main idea and concept behind the fiscal year 2016 federal budget. This brief report will list the budget details including the revenue and tax policies as well as the spending priorities and new initiatives. While middle class economics are the focus, there are lots of other things mentioned.
Initiatives of New Budget
The federal budget includes the following:
Improving access to high-quality child care and early education for parents with young children. The budget is supposed to ensure that children have access to high quality learning starting at birth by making several key investments (White House, 2015).
It would expand access to quality and affordable child care. The budget would…… [Read More]
Obama's speech is a good example of Aristotle's rhetoric in practice.
The object of Obama's speech is to win the presidential nomination. His speech is persuasive. He is appealing to the populace of South Carolina (and to that end, he praises them and calls them "the good people of South Carolina").
Analyzing Obama's speech is interesting not so much because of the beauty of the speech -- it is indeed a work of art, poetic -- but also because it teaches us much about rhetoric. We see Aristotle's lesson through the subject and form -- through the craft -- of the speech.
Look at the patterns, for instance, of his speech -- the point so f contrast: The people voting for him, for instance, span a diversity of differences: "They are young and old; rich and poor. They are black and white; Latino and Asian and Native American." Nonetheless, this…… [Read More]
President Clinton's And Obama's Health Care Policies
President Obama's Healthcare policies
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has drawn some comparisons to elements of past efforts, including Mitt omney's health care plan in Massachusetts and the Clinton plan from the 1990s. This paper will mainly examine the context of the Clinton Plan vs. The ACA. After winning office, President Clinton followed up on a campaign promise to provide health care to the 37 million uninsured Americans. This plan had motivation citing a strong sense of social justice, especially in light of America's tremendous wealth. There was majority public approval for the plan at the time. However, a single payer plan idea faced opposition and Clinton needed to create an alternative (Pfiffner, 1994).
The Clinton government recognized that a major overhaul was not going to find favor, so he sought to implement a plan that would expand coverage rather than dramatically restructure…… [Read More]
Execution of al-Awaki:
The Obama Administration has increased the use of killer drones in lieu of putting the country's boots on the ground. In one of the most debatable issues, the Obama Administration killed, Anwar al-Awaki, a suspected al-Qaeda member, in 2011. The suspected al-Qaeda member had been accused of being a significant organizer in various terrorist attacks, and was identified as one of the main al-Qaeda leaders. The controversy associated with this murder is attributed to whether the Obama Administration had the right to sanction the execution of the suspect without a court trial. This issue is further complicated with various set of factors that surround the case including the fact that al-Awaki was an American citizen before his death. As an American citizen, he was granted due process rights by the U.S. Constitution. According to the provisions of the due process, a suspect has the right to a…… [Read More]
What is Obama's race?
Barrack Obama's biography and upbringing are spiced up by interaction with different races as perceived by the modern world. He was born of a white mother from Hawaii in American and a black African father from Kenya. Moreover, Obama was raised, for a better period of his young life, in Jakarta, Indonesia together with his stepsisters. Therefore, to answer the question of Obama's race is a daunting task. He is neither fully white nor fully black due to the parental racial difference. Obama himself, in his book "Dreams from my father" strengthens this aspect of his life. He says that he was segregated by both the white fellow students and the black ones as well while at high school.
Thinking race globally
Racism is a social aspect of human life more than anything else is. It involves the segregation of a particular group of…… [Read More]
Kant was no exception to the paradigmatic priorities (i.e. objectivity as knowledge) of the era, and brief reference to the episteme is serves accuracy in discursive analysis of this heritage within American politics and policy thought. For instance, Kant's Critique of Judgment is enormously influential in establishing a connection between judgment and political and moral precepts to conduct in communities. Intellectual lineage to Kant's model of Enlightenment 'reason" combines ritish Empiricism with Continental Rationalism; and partly explains why his philosophical proposition that the existence of persistent war against non-liberal states is a requirement to perpetual peace is reiterated in scholarly expiation since the Enlightenment period, making Perpetual Theory of War as lasting as seminal reference (ehnke, 2009, Caranti, 2006 and Murray, 2003). Discourse Analysis toward the study's cause-and-effect analysis is derived from speeches and interviews taken from the ush administration in Table 1.
President ush -- Speeches and…… [Read More]
barrackobama.com) are the links to "Home," "Learn," "Issues," "Get Involved," "Blog," "Newsroom" and "Donate." Across the top of Clinton's eb site (www.hillaryclinton.com) she offers links to "Home," "Hillary," "Take Action," "Newsroom," "Blog," "Video" and "Contribute."
In terms of substance put forward on health care and other national issues, Obama wins hands down on his eb pages. In Obama's "Issues" pull-down, he offers 11 links to issues that he has taken a stand on. One of them is "Healthcare System That orks." In that link Obama addresses AIDS, "Medical Information Technology," hospital "report cards," "Genetic Medicine," and "Protecting Children from Lead Poisoning." There is nothing specific about universal health care in Obama's site, but again, there are several issues represented.
In Clinton's site, there is no specific place to go to see how the senator feels about specific issues; there are several press releases offered, including one that announces a "Better…… [Read More]
President Clinton's And Obama's Health Care Policies:
Since the 1960's, universal health care has continued to be a major aspect of social reform to an extent that the right to health care for all Americans has been a central issue in political debates. The debate regarding universal health care was particularly fueled by the enactment of the Social Security Act in 1965 that guaranteed care services for the poor and elderly through Medicare and Medicaid. Despite of these attempts to provide health care to the poor and elderly, universal health care has remained a lurking legislative fiasco for more than four decades. During the 1990's, the then presidential candidate, Bill Clinton, propelled this issue to the vanguard of his campaigns as the focus shifted to health care reform. However, his administration failed to enact a health care bill because of a stubborn Democratic Congress. Universal health care was also a…… [Read More]
If he is opposed to the law, why speak of upholding it? Obama consistently pursues a cautious, bipartisan policy regarding most major social issues -- despite the substantial lack of bipartisanship on the part of conservatives in the U.S. Congress. He has been willing to sacrifice the once-sacrosanct public option for health care, and does not seem to wish to raise divisive topics such as gay marriage before a legislature whom he is desperately trying to placate.
This is also true regarding the 'don't ask, don't tell policy' regarding gays in the military. Obama's language has been slightly stronger on this issue, perhaps because gay men and women have come out who have served with distinction in Iraq: He has said: "I believe 'don't ask, don't tell' doesn't contribute to our national security. In fact, I believe preventing patriotic Americans from serving their country weakens our national security" (Obcamb 2009).…… [Read More]
Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address
President Obama made clear that the budget for the country was the first thing mentioned when discussing finance and economics. Obama suggested that the budget was directly tied to the strength of the nation. The president spoke about the deficit reduction of over $2.5 trillion over the last few years.
Obama suggested that the goal for deficit reduction is $4 trillion and the country is not quite there yet. He offered some suggestions about how this may be accomplished. The president offered bipartisanism as a useful tool in reaching this goal. Long-term debt and health care are related as important factors in reaching this goal.
President Obama suggested that tax reform is also necessary to help eliminate the country's financial problems. Obama fingered tax loopholes for the rich as one way of reclaiming some lost economic power. Also Medicare was not…… [Read More]
The bottom line for many - in terms of moral obligation - is the fact that Americans rely on their government to: a) protect them from attacks from terrorists (which the government did not to prior to the attacks on 9/11); b) spend their tax money responsibly without corruption (which neither the Congress or the hite House has done in recent years); c) only wage war when the nation is under direct threat of hostility (which it didn't vis-a-vis the Iraq ar); d) be honest with citizens (which the government has not been - to wit, the executive branch has on numerous occasions over the past few years censored empirical science in the name of political ideology); and e) protect the Constitution (which the executive branch has not done in all cases, i.e., recent memos released by the Justice Department show the executive branch believed it could assume broad and…… [Read More]
Second Inaugural Address: President Obama
Giving an inaugural address is a massive endeavor, and requires an extensive amount of preparation for the speaker. Public speaking requires more structure and detail than ordinary conversation: even a short speech given by a student to the classroom requires research, audience analysis, and above all practice. As a U.S. president entering his second term, it was incumbent upon President Obama to give a speech that would address the needs of a very diverse audience on January 21, 2013 and to satisfy a wide range of often-competing audience needs and concerns.
President Obama had to tread a delicate balance in his speech in terms of the issues he covered. On one hand, he was speaking to many people who had fought long and hard to elect him. They wanted him to celebrate his past, present, and future accomplishments. But President Obama was also speaking to…… [Read More]
President Obama's "Second Inaugural Address:" Rhetorical analysis
Knowing one's audience is a critical component of giving a good speech. hen President Obama gave his second inaugural address, although he had been reelected by a significant majority, he knew he was still facing a divided country. To show his respect for patriotic values, he began his speech invoking both God and country yet in a manner that stressed the need for concrete government actions to deal with the nation and the world's problems. "For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they've never been self-executing. That while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on earth."
Obama addressed his speech to the American public at large, but he also had a clear eye upon his Republican critics, in his use of specific phrases and themes. His first term began with a…… [Read More]
Under such conditions, a withdrawal could be completed by 2010.
It is my belief that neither candidate is in a position to manage the economic crisis. For instance, both have made energy independence a strong component of their policies, yet energy independence is a decade or two away. This is a noble long-term goal but will not address today's economic issues. McCain's economic ideologies are rooted in 20th century economic logic. His reliance on the trickle-down approach fails to recognize that capital is fungible. Therefore, applying more capital to the top of the economic food chain will not necessarily increase wealth at the bottom. It may merely be investing outside the country if opportunities overseas are better, which at present they often are. Holding the line of taxes will not spur growth, nor will it reduce consumer debt. Moreover, he cannot balance the budget in light of his lack of…… [Read More]
Subsequent to his homosexual life, McClurkin had chosen to follow the path of the church, which, he claims, had cleansed him of his "unnatural" behavior. During a recent speech, McClurkin had declared that he does not agree with homosexuality and that the act is a very perverted. (Keith Boykin)
Apart from hiring anti-gay people to run his campaigns, Obama has stated during an interview that he did not directly agree to a marriage between two persons of the same sex. Despite that, he also stated that he does not wish to interfere with people's preferences, as that would mean that he would also interfere with the concept of an American life.
1. Boykin, Keith. (2007). Barack Obama and the Gay Issue. Retrieved January 21, 2008 from Keith Boykin eb site: http://www.keithboykin.com/arch/2007/10/23/barack_obama_an
2. (2008). Obama Says He Is Against Same-Sex Marriage but Also Against Ending Its Practice in Calif.…… [Read More]
Obama Turns to Web to Illustrate the Effects of a Changing Climate
This article discusses how the use of technology and the internet can aid in the overall global warming education process. The article explains how President Obama is using a mobile app to depict the effects of global warming in local communities. Through technology, Obama hopes to create awareness of the overall global warming issue, and its impact on communities. The article states that out that individuals given a list of 20 issues, rank global warming as 19th. Through the use of the app, the Obama administration hopes to create an overall sense of urgency within the general public.
A particularly interesting aspect of the article was the amount of detailed coordination needed to produce the app. The mobile app is unique in that it attempts to depict the impact global warming has on communities' overtime. As…… [Read More]
Both people and organizations want leaders. People want leaders to assist them in accomplishing their goals. Organizations want leaders to not only motivate, but to provide organizational direction for employees to follow. According to Kouzes and Posner (1994), five key behaviors for what is wanted of leaders from both people and organizations are: "(a) challenge the process, (b) inspire a shared vision, (c) enable others to act, (d) model the way, and (e) encourage the heart" (Kouzes and Posner, 1994, 960). his is the basic rubric we will use to evaluate the efficacy of Obama and Hayward in their overall approach to the oil spill issue.
ony Haywood Background and Response -- ony Hayward is a British businessman and joined British petroleum as a rig geologist in 1982, quickly rising through the ranks in a number of increasingly complex roles, finally becoming the CEO of the company in May 2007.…… [Read More]
U.S. And ussian atomic armories still surpass what is vital to deter atomic attacks. Currently, the United States deploys 1800 strategic warheads while ussia sends 1550 strategic warheads. Both countries have many warheads in reserve. No other atomic equipped nation deploys more than three hundred strategic warheads. China has close to forty to fifty warheads on intercontinental-range rockets (Art, 2012). Both nations have focused in their financial and security interests in trying to reduce their nuclear powers. Washington and Moscow may seek reciprocal reductions in their entire strategic nuclear armory to a thousand warheads or even fewer. This will make them still hold all the required capacity to prevent atomic assault by any present or future enemies.
The U.S. has to settle on perceptive choices that abstain from wasting the already rare resources to deploy and modernize numbers of atomic weapons. The United States can trim atomic weapons excess, recover…… [Read More]
Michelle Obama may look like the model health-conscious citizen, but underneath all the glamour and pampered style is a little chubby girl just waiting to burst free of her bondage. One could surmise that Michelle has had a lot of tootsie pops and rolls in her youth, and though she fondly recalls the taste of those chocolate treats, she now abstains from them, and she makes her daughters abstain from them as well.
Previous reports have shown that these little nougats of delight are a favorite with children, so her daughters are probably missing out and will likely hold that against Michelle as they grow older. One can already hear the faint echoes of their clamoring voices recalling such travesties. The Tootsie oll website even touts the fact that their brands "resonate strongly among every age, group, culture and demographic…qualifying them as a truly enduring, iconic American confections"…… [Read More]
An example of a powerful group that supports abortion is the National Organization of omen. They do not see a fetus as a life and do not define it as such. Conservatives have many supporters that respect life and believe that it begins at conception. Many religious organizations support those that are pro-life. Pro-life supporters often come to this conclusion because of their moral convictions. They cannot justify taking a life and many believe that life begins at conception. Many would only believe that abortion is acceptable only if the mother's life is in danger or in severe cases of rape.
The issue of choice could be radically changed if McCain wins the presidency and is successful in overturning Roe v. ade. Both sides of the political fence can look into the future and see something very good happening or something very bad happening. This is why the presidential candidate…… [Read More]
The administration's disregard for international norms led to the excesses at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq, and attempts to circumvent congressional oversight over the activities of the Administration backfired. Faced with increasing criticism at home and the inability to stabilize Iraq, the Bush Administration began to temper its approach with realism. The Administration agreed to a bipartisan Iraq Study Group, led by former Secretary of State James Baker and Democratic Congressman Lee Hamilton (Baker & Hamilton, 2006). The report prepared by the group was quite critical of the Bush Administration's policies in Iraq, and though many of those criticisms were rejected, the Administrated still took the criticism seriously, and a year later began to pursue a new approach, which eventually helped to decrease the level of violence in Iraq.
The Obama Administration's approach to Iraq War reflects the liberal views of Obama who warned in 2002 that "a U.S. occupation…… [Read More]
Indeed, arguably he is playing a little loose with the terms here, for persuasion, while it may be based on logic, is rarely simply logic. Rather it is logic combined with at least a coating of emotion.
In the following passage toward the end of his speech Obama uses language that I believe to be persuasive in a way in which Aristotle would approve, for Obama is using facts to build a case for his point-of-view rather than simply trading in emotion that he has called up for the occasion: This is not sophistry.
And that's why this award must be shared with everyone who strives for justice and dignity -- for the young woman who marches silently in the streets on behalf of her right to be heard even in the face of beatings and bullets; for the leader imprisoned in her own home because she refuses to abandon…… [Read More]
S. National Interests in the area of the bailout of the global economy and yet, in terms of his strategic objectives for the U.S. In Afghanistan it does appear that the President has followed the requirements of strategy as set out in the work of Yarger and Barber in the "U.S. Army War College Strategy Model" although the President does seem to have failed in terms of global economy bailout strategy.
Abbreviation: USG (U.S. Government)
H. Richard Yarger and George F. Barber, The U.S. Army War College Methodology for Determining Interests and Levels of Intensity, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA, 1997. Adapted from Department of National Security and Strategy, Directive Course 2: "War, National Policy & Strategy" (Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College, 1997) 118-125.
H. Richard Yarger and George F. Barber, The U.S. Army War College Methodology for Determining Interests and Levels of Intensity,…… [Read More]
However, his sense of self-respect is rendered incomplete because of his father. The struggle he experienced demonstrated this and though it did not define his whole being as he is now, it was the primary component in his life that made it a challenge to meet his need for esteem.
2. As the current president of the United States, Obama can be said as a successful person. However, it cannot be said that he is fulfilled and has achieved self-actualization. The absence of a father figure in Obama's life remains a struggle in his life that could determine his successful realization for self-actualization.
3. Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs demonstrates how individual needs are categorized by levels and are comprised of different factors that may or may not apply to the individual. Using the Hierarchy of Needs alone, the theory cannot explain fully Obama's psyche, personality and behavior. Maslow's theory…… [Read More]
Prosecuting a former President for illegal activity in his role as President would certainly increase partisan bickering; making it less likely that Obama could effectuate meaningful change in his administration. Doing that might actually cause people greater harm. For example, the economy is having a direct impact on Americans right now, diverting funds into an expensive investigation that might not even result in a realistic possibility of prosecution for Bush or other high-level officials, would be a waste of taxpayer money. Obama must consider all of those issues when making the decision whether or not to investigate Bush. The most reasonable conclusion is for him not to instigate a criminal investigation against Bush, but to correct the illegal behavior, compensate victims, and move forward.
ABCNews. "Sawyer Interviews Ford: Pardoning Nixon was 'Absolutely Essential.'" Good
Morning America. 2006. ABCNews Internet Ventures. http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2753606.
The Children of the Camps Project. "Internment…… [Read More]
The same attitude is shown even more clearly in his ad concerning healthcare, in which the candidate himself appears on the screen and mentions first his mother's fatal battle with cancer before using it as a launching pad for a quick and to-the-point discussion of healthcare (Obama Mother, 2007). Again, though there is necessarily an emotional appeal in the ad, the tone of the ad is one of rationality and straight talk, not empty passionate rhetoric without any real reflection on policy. This is seen yet again in his ad regarding social security, in which the candidate is shown speaking to a small group of baby boomers in the same measured and rational tone (Obama Wind, 2007). The transparency of the Obama campaign, and the determination of the candidate to speak to the American public with respect and rationality, were the major differences of his campaign.
The same tone of…… [Read More]
Public Relation Political Environment President Obama recently publicized support gay marriage. hile acknowledging power legislate marriage rests states federal government, Obama's announcement historic marked time a sitting President publicly supported gay marriage
To Katzenberg & Spielberg
Re: Support for gay marriage
Recently, some members of the Dreamorks family have raised objections regarding the proposed support for President Obama's reelection campaign in light of Obama's declared support for gay marriage. hile no endorsement, particularly by a family-friendly organization such as Dreamorks should be undertaken lightly, from a PR standpoint the support of the Obama campaign will not harm the reception of the company's output and in fact might even be an asset,
First and foremost, Obama support's for gay marriage is merely rhetorical. Obama's personal beliefs have little impact in terms of what is actually passed by the states. Obama's articulated support will not strike down the recently-passed North Carolina amendment…… [Read More]
In the years leading up to the auto industry bailout, all of the so-called Big Three automakers were struggling. They had been losing market share for many years as more import companies had entered the American market. Some of these companies, notably Honda and Toyota, were able to deliver better cars at lower prices, putting the Big Three at a significant competitive disadvantage. hile the automakers had some good years, by the last 2000s they were losing money. They did not have competitive products, and were saddled with substantial retirement costs. These companies had tens of thousands of employees at one point and need to pay retirement benefits to those workers; the problem is that there are fewer workers today because of automation to cover those benefits. The automakers headed for bankruptcy, and successive contract restructurings with the unions had failed to reverse the trend. The federal government…… [Read More]
While it is true that the study included a very large population, on the basis of which the authors are perhaps justified in claiming validity and reliability, the variables included concentrate solely on academic results. The underlying causes of these results, beyond the classroom, are not considered. tudent motivation and academic preparation, for example, can have a significant effect upon student performance. Parental education could also have an important impact upon the performance of these students. Parents with a higher education level, for example, might be more likely to enrol their children in the AP program. At the same time, the influence of such parents could have an impact upon student motivation and the perception of academic performance as important. In general, therefore, the study is too focused on homogeneous influencing factors to truly provide an accurate account of the reasons for better academic performance. While the AP program may…… [Read More]
President Obama's budget for the country has enjoyed significant attention through the years of Mr. Obama's presidency, as has those before him. All future presidents will be under the same scrutiny when working with taxpayer money. When creating the nationwide budget, however, the role of Governors also play a significant part in the entire budgetary process. Indeed, the balance of the nationwide budget relies to a great degree upon the ability of governors to created balanced budgets for their individual territories. It should also be kept in mind, however, that while Governors play a significant role in the budget process, a large amount of these responsibilities involve management duties and decision-making relating to the reaction of others to the initial budget proposal.
The first step in the budget process is then also the first responsibility of the Governor, which is to submit a bill to the House of…… [Read More]
Move Initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Initiative:
Why the United States Needs Her Health Leadership So Urgently
First Lady Michelle Obama first envisioned her Let's Move Initiative in 2010 after reading the comprehensive White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity report that showed how many American children were facing formidable odds of having a healthy start to their lives. Her values, belief system and driving forces of being a successful mother and one of the most powerful women leaders in the world led to the quick creation of the Let's Move Initiative. Her motivation as a First Lady who wants to make a big difference in the health of the nation's children, and the leave a legacy of lasting change in health habits is commendable. She has set the following objectives for her Let's Move Initiative. Her five objectives for the Let's Move…… [Read More]
Skills and Styles in Leadership
Leadership Skills and Styles of President Obama
The charismatic nature of the President has attracted Americans and foreigners to his side for the accomplishment of a common good. This invokes transformation as people embrace the vision set by him. Before elections, he wooed great multitudes to his side depicting concern on the implementation of domestic and foreign policies. When America lost global under Bush's ethnocentric policy, President Obama tried to re-establish it by traveling to various parts of the world in efforts to mend relations and foster peaceful coexistence (Prince, 2014, p.27). These skills were evident in how he made Chrysler and General Motors accept new MPG standards.
I believe President Obama lacks executive skills in decision-making in emergencies. A high degree of precision and swiftness in making decisions is always required. Critics have depicted the President's 'diplomatic' approach as a sign of weakness in…… [Read More]
personal income tax policy become one of the primary issues in the 2012 Presidential election campaigns from both parties. Obama has publically stated that he wishes for the Bush tax cuts, which substantially advantage the top one percent of income earners, to expire. However, he wishes to retain tax savings for the middle class. Mitt Romney on the other hand has stated that he would like to extend the Bush tax cuts, accelerate them even, and further reduce rates that individuals pay to United States as part of his plan to stimulate the economy. This analysis will consider both sides of this contentious issue and make recommendations to the Obama campaign as to how best to market their position on personal income tax policy.
Both candidates offer the American electorate only general outlines of their major tax proposals. Obama campaign touches on broad concepts such as raising tax rates on…… [Read More]
Comorbidity and Continuity of Psychiatric Disorders in Youth After Detention." The criminal justice issue selected is: juvenile detention reform. The article presents information of CCJTDC or the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Some things to highlight is the comparison to nationwide statistics stating 90% of detainees are male. Of the detainees in juvenile detention centers, the majority are racial/ethnic minority. Because the majority are non-white, the researchers looked for potential participants that fit within the strata. The range is ages 10-14, Hispanic males and females, African-American males and females, and non-Hispanic white males and females, however greater focused was placed on Hispanic and African-American youth.
One aspect of reform lies in changing the growth rate of transfers from juvenile court to adult criminal court. These kinds of transfers typically result from "judicial waiver on a case-by-case basis, automatic transfers based on the type of offense, criminal history, and age…… [Read More]
Meanwhile in the journal Du Bois Review (Parker, et al., 2009, p. 194) the authors point to racism and patriotism as key themes for the 2008 Democratic primary election. "Race was a consistent narrative" used by those opposed to Obama, Parker explains (p. 194). Both Clinton and the Republicans "used racial references" to attack Obama, including the attacks on Obama "for his perceived inability to connect to 'real working Americans'" (p. 194).
The Republican sideshow called "Joe the plumber" attacked Obama with the charge that Obama was "seeking to take money from hardworking 'real Americans' to give it to 'those people'" (p. 194). Clinton questioned Obama's patriotism suggesting that he was not a "real" American. Parker notes that when Governor Dukakis ran for president as a Democrat, he was attacked but no one questioned whether he was "a real American as they did with Obama" (p. 195).
The authors present…… [Read More]