Archive | March, 2010

GOP blunders eliminated healthcare as cornerstone of mid-term election…

25 Mar

When the Democrats won and voted in the healthcare reform as law of the land, not only did they defeat the Republicans, the new law sent the GOP scrambling.

Early on the Republicans suggested that they will try to repeal the healthcare law; likely a sellable strategy for the November election. This approach would be consistent with their year fight against the measure. But, as soon as healthcare reform became law, the GOP changed direction and suggested that the Republicans will not only try to repeal the law, they will try to re-introduce healthcare reform; an open admission that this is a critical issue for the United States.

In addition to admitting that healthcare is important, the GOP new strategy suggests that some of the law they will try to repeal may remain, but failed to identify what of that law they may wish to remove. So far, the Republicans are talking budgetary reasons for the repeal, but while doing so they also speak about adding some half a trillion dollars for Medicare as part of the new introduction…

The GOP “blinked,” by suggesting that it will reintroduce healthcare and with that introduction. add about 500,000,000,000 to healthcare

Jerusalem, Israel’s Capital in Perpetuity! (Shared with

20 Mar

There is now, and always was, one, and only one, City of Jerusalem!

In 1948, during the Israel War of Independence, the Arab [Jordanian] Legion (with its superior force, at the time) took control over the “Old-City” of Jerusalem, the Jordanians took [East] Jerusalem away from its rightful owners, the Jewish people. In 1967, however, the Jewish State, while defending itself from attacks by the surrounding Arab states, liberated the “Old-City,” which has been since integrated into Jerusalem to make the city “whole.”

Notwithstanding the Divine ownership of Jerusalem by the Jewish people, the fact that Israel liberated the “Old-City” as part of defending itself, makes Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, a part of Israel. Historical precedence does accept that fact that ‘the spoils go to the winner’; never did it apply more than when the winner captures territory while defending itself, as Israel did in 1967 when it liberated the Old-City of Jerusalem.

All three monotheist religions have relevant areas within Jerusalem; except for the Jews, however, the other two religions do have other places in the world with more important religious significance. To the Jewish people, and only to the Jewish people, Jerusalem is the most important part of the world!

To Muslims, Mecca and Medina come ahead of Jerusalem; the Christians have Rome, Bethlehem, and other critical places; to the Jews, Jerusalem is the place of the Holy Temple, it is the Capital of not only the State of Israel, but also of Judaism.

It is time the world come to recognize that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel, and for Israel to continue to build in that city is not only acceptable, but it is the right thing to do.

When Israel announced that it was issuing more permits to build in Jerusalem while the United States Vice President, Biden, was visiting the country, it should have explained that it was a routine action and deal with the issue of the united Jerusalem’s role as Israel one and only Capital. If anything, Benyamin Netanyahu should have pressed Vice President Biden for a date of when the United States Government plans to move its Embassy to Jerusalem, as is mandated by Congress.

Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital, it is one city, it is one singular entity under the control of the State of Israel, and should remain so to the end of time.

Obama, the orator extraordinaire, is a poor communicator!

10 Mar

On Wolf Blitzer’s CNN Situation Room, Gloria Bolger suggested that President Obama should return to becoming the great Communicator that he was during his campaign; she was wrong! President Obama was not during the election, nor is he now, a great communicator.

Obama is arguably one of the greatest orator, perhaps the greatest orator, in human history. Not since Winston Churchill, perhaps even including the great British statesman, was there an orator of Obama’s caliber; but as often is the case, oratory is a one way speech while communication is the exchange of ideas. In the case Churchill who governed a country at war on its own land, oratory to charge the populous served him well; in the case of Obama, the war(s) in which that United States are involved are a long way from its shore, and the issues a leader must deal with are local, and empirical, not that of maintaining moral.

Obama held 200,000 people in Germany in a trance, but his town-hall meetings, are never that successful. A communicator exchange ideas with audiences, while an orator, as President Obama does, gives his message, but does not allow for modifying his message based on inputs from those who listen to his ideas.

In simple words, an orator such as Obama speak at the audience, not to it, a very big difference. Observers have been criticizing President Obama for oe listening, as a matter of fact, much was said in the press suggesting that Obama’s first year was not as successful as it might have been, had he listened to his wise and very pragmatic chief of staff, Rham Emanuel.

Others criticize Obama for reading from his teleprompter, action quite consistent with some who speaks, but not listens to audiences.

Can President Obama change his way and learn to become a communicator as well as being the great orator that he is? Only time will answer this question! If Obama can make the transition from orator to communicator, his Presidency could still become a great success. To successfully govern in a democracy one must respond to one’s constituency, and that was a communicator does.