Sal Bommarito Daniel, You sound like the president. Benghazi is not going away because the president or anyone else says it was "tragic." There are huge issues that need to be examined such as the reasons why the facility was not secure and whether members of the Obama administration changed talking points about Al Qaeda's involvement. This issue will not be dismissed by the monarch we know as president. Don't blame the politicization of the IRS on Citizens United. I don't agree with this SCOTUS decision, but it has nothing to do with the targeting of conservative groups. If you watched the hearings this morning, you would have observed the IRA circling the wagons and dodging questions just like the president. The DOJ is run by a man who is frankly incapable of managing it. His leadership is horrendous and the sooner he is replaced the better.
Sal Bommarito Jason, You are right on. Leadership and decisiveness are not evident. The country is spinning out of control and Washington is becoming more dysfunctional because the president has not figured out how to play with others. Every president has an opposition he must deal with. Obama has not done so and now he is losing support from his own party.
Sal Bommarito Dave, One clarification. Authors are permitted to submit pictures they want. Editors approve them. I have never submitted a picture because of my substandard technological capabilities. Moreover, authors submit titles and they are heavily edited by Policymic to generate more interest.
Sal Bommarito Gary, thanks for you comments. The point of my essay is that Obama dips his foot into situations and does not ensure the job gets completed. This may occur for any number of reasons. It may be because he feels it is beneath him to exhort Congress to consider his proposals. Or it may be that he is so inexperienced that he does not understand the art of negotiating a deal. Or he is afraid to make a decision because he will be stuck with it forever in history- a great burden. I think it's a combination of all these things. Having been in business for a long time, I recognize when people are indecisive. And, Obama is indecisive to a large extent, so I emphasized this issue. I think Obama has done a huge about face with Israel. He knows that Netanyahu is ready, willing and able to do his dirty work- Israel has already started to attack Syria, while the US is standing on the sidelines. It is in Obama's best interest to be cordial with Israel, lest Obama be forced to make a decision.
Sal Bommarito Dave, Your point is well taken. Only problem is that I did not pick the photos. The Policymic editors, who do an amazing job, usually add this type of color. In fact, I am so technologically inept, I wouldn't know how to add pictures to my essays.
Sal Bommarito Closing GITMO, another deal he hasn't closed. He wanted to do it a long time ago, and it's still in operation. Obama says a lot of things and doesn't perform. Watch what he does, not what he says. "Duh." Is that supposed to be an insult?
Sal Bommarito Your recollection of history is different than mine. I don't remember any Republican presidents breaking down the doors to enact universal health care. The second point you make is exactly the subject of my essay- Obama won't be able to close the Immigration deal. Do you really think the Senate Judiciary is going to drive this legislation? I don't think so. It's light years from being a done deal. Obama doesn't have enough stroke to get it done. Boston threw the initiative off track, believe it or not, and call it what you want.
Sal Bommarito I agree with your comments but think that many life decisions should be altered based upon financial limitations. If you can't afford a house, you should not buy one- think about the housing bubble when millions did exactly this. Or, if you don't have enough money to afford to care for children you should consider the wisdom of doing so in any case. Money is not everything, nor does it necessarily bring happiness. But, not having resources can really make your life a drag.
Sal Bommarito James, Sorry, I don't buy your premise that okay is okay in the absolute. Our young should not be encouraged to be ordinary, okay, a C+, or mediocre. They should be advised to shoot for the moon, to find a cure for a disease, to be a great teacher, to be a great parent, to be great at everything they try to do. Of course, the young should understand that there are few Warren Buffets, Joe DiMaggios, Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincolns, etc. But doing the best you can is objective. If you try hard with great enthusiasm, then okay is okay. One more thought. 2013 is not unique. There have been many moments in history that have depressed young people. During my life, my peers and I experienced a war with a selective service draft, very high unemployment, very high inflation,a dearth of jobs for college graduates. It'll all work out. It's not necessary to be fatalistic. I hope the speakers at commencement exercises are more optimistic than you are.
Sal Bommarito Doug, Our current way of dealing with terrorism makes me feel like we are unprotected sheep waiting to be slaughtered. Seriously, anyone can buy a pressure cooker, gunpowder from fireworks, some nails and some ball bearings. These people can then set a backpack in a group of people and explode the bomb. The FBI screwed up. Was it because of political correctness or a lack of evidence? From what I have read and heard, the former is the problem. Just read the comments that I have received down below. I want to protect America and I am branded a xenophobe. Over the course of about 270 articles, you know I am not that kind of person. Rather I am scared sh-tless that my loved ones are in jeopardy because it's so damn important to give visas to people who may hate our guts.
Sal Bommarito Why don't you make these same points to the people who were maimed in Boston and the relatives of those killed by those that hate us? In fact, why don't you suggest you strategy to any Bostonian? I don't hate anybody and I am not xenophobic. I refuse to standby and ignore the obvious. There are certain groups in the world who hate me and all Americans. I see no reason to welcome them into this country. Why do you find it so unsavory to do everything possible to protect America? Would you do nothing in response to the venom flowing from other places? Do you want to put your loved ones at risk without doing every reasonable thing possible to protect them? NOT ME.
Sal Bommarito Meghan, I know that foreign students do not receive scholarships and are an important source of income. But, give the schools the benefit of the doubt- they want to give students a diverse experience. Accepting only rich, white kids from the northeast would not desirable.
Sal Bommarito Tsarnaev was inhuman enough to try to kill scores of people at the Marathon, so why is it such a stretch to think he might be involved in this horrible crime? The only problem is that if the terrorist was not a party to this crime, the real criminal is still at large.
Sal Bommarito Social media and smartphones are the new way to ensure that the police do not overstep their authority. It is a terrific form of self-governance. The problem in this situation is that all of the people taking pictures and making videos will probably not offer an evidence that is supportive of the police.
Sal Bommarito Doug, Couldn't agree with you more. This is why regulators and lawmakers must work with industry people to design effective rules that don't stifle business and the ability to earn profits.