Thursday, January 27, 2011

Win the Future: Obama IS Making an Effort

It's been a while, and because of school (midterm testing and finals, Science Fair, etc.), I haven't been able to post. But now I'm back on routine.


A couple of days ago, the Honorable President of the United States, Barack Obama, gave an inspiring and State of the Union address that many are calling his "Win the Future" speech (most likely because he said it at least 9 times).

The President stated four critical steps to win the future:

1. "The first step is encouraging American innovation."
2. "...we also have to win the race to educate our kids."
3. "The third step in winning the future is rebuilding [and reinvent] America."
4. "...the final critical step in winning the future is to make sure we aren't buried under a mountain of debt."

At the end of the address, President Obama stated: "We do big things. The idea of America endures. Our destiny remains our choice. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it's because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong."


Truth is, he's perfectly right. Whatever your political belief- you must admit, he's right. His address came from the heart of the constitution- We the People.

Our future depends on us. Whatever moves we make now, will affect our future. And Obama has laid out optimistic, achievable steps to WIN the future.

You can't say the guy isn't making an effort. Because if you do, you're ALSO claiming that words have no power. And if you believe that, go ahead and say THAT, and only that: words don't have power- but don't say he isn't making an effort.

In order to avoid underestimating his efforts, we have to see what he has actually done so far. And once we recognize what he has ACTUALLY done, then we can have opinions on the wisdom of the choices.
  • Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
  • Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees
  • Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time
  • Signed New START Treaty - nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia
  • Increased average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg, starting in 2016
  • Set a deadline for the closing of Guantanamo Bay.
  • Signed a detailed executive order to ban torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners.
  • Brought the war to an end.
  • Lifted a ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.
This is only a fraction of the things he's done/plans to do. Now, many of these actions are HIGHLY controversial, but can we at least all understand that being President isn't an easy thing? I'm only President of my high school, and I know how hard it is to "please" everyone, and advocate everyone's thoughts. I can't even imagine Obama's responsibilities- probably trillion time's harder than mine. This doesn't only apply to Barack Obama (don't think I'm only defending him), I'm talking about ANY leader. Previous, present, and future.

His efforts are evident. And you can't simply say that he isn't doing anything. What you can say is that he isn't doing anything smart. What you can say is that he isn't doing anything for middle-class America. But be sure you're able to define your opinion and support it.

Because, the fact is, he IS doing something.

Your opinion should lie around the aspect of why he's doing things he's doing, not that he's doing "nothing".

-That's the TFAT


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