Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Born in the USA

"…the rockets’ red glare, bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there..."                                

We are approaching July Fourth 2010, a day of planned fireworks, parades and concerts to honor and celebrate our freedom and liberty. I find it ironic that while we are enjoying our hot dogs at the ballpark wrapped in red, white and blue, lawmakers in the State of Arizona will be putting the finishing touches on proposed legislation to deny birth certificates to children who are born in the USA to illegal parents.

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which by the way overruled the decision that denied citizenship to African Americans, clearly states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

Conspicuously absent are cries of foul play from the new crop of constitutionalists who regularly accuse the Obama administration of planning to strip them of all of their constitutional “rights”. It is now time that WE cry Foul! Why is it that states’ rights trump the Constitution when it is aligned with right wing ideals? Which group of Americans will be next on the exception list?

A quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln says it best, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

Live Life with A Purpose!

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Unemployed?

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch recently proposed legislation that would require people receiving unemployment benefits to be tested for drug use.

What do you think?  Should those seeking unemployment benefits be subjected to drug testing?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Shhh!

Check out this week’s ‘Wassup’ video story and comment or share your thoughts on any issue of your choice.  What’s on your mind?  www.tanyafree.com 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Make this Right

For over 60 days and counting, the BP oil spill crisis has been front and center with disturbing images of oil soaked animals and threatened pristine beachfronts.

But what hasn’t been as transparent is the outreach from BP to the families of the eleven killed in the explosion. Family members recently asked President Obama to “support efforts to update federal law limiting the amount of money the families can collect.” 

Thanks to pressure from the Obama administration, BP has agreed to establish $20 billion in compensation for all whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by this disaster.

BP has pledged in ads that “We will get this done. We will make this right.”

Our elected officials must continue the pressure to ensure fair and equitable compensation to the families of those who lost their lives as we travel down the road to “make this right” 
    
Live Life with a Purpose!                   
 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bypassing BP?

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the viability of a boycott of British Petroleum.

How do you feel about a boycott of BP?    

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Over the line

Check out this week’s ‘Wassup’ videos and comment or share your thoughts on any issue of your choice.  What’s on your mind?   www.tanyafree.com 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Surprise,Surprise!

Last week’s primary elections in several states resulted in very interesting results. It was a big night for women in California, where two Republican women beat out their male counterparts in both the congressional and gubernatorial nominations. In the fall, Republican Carly Fiorina, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO, will run to unseat Democrat Barbara Boxer in the Senate while Meg Whitman, eBay CEO will challenge Democratic nominee Jerry Brown in California’s gubernatorial race.      

A strange upset in the South Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic Primary has drawn a different type of attention leading to calls for a federal investigation. Alvin Greene, an unemployed “mystery man” believed to be a “plant” with no fundraising, campaign ads or website defeated Vic Rawl, a retired Lt. Colonel in the South Carolina National Guard, former judge and four term state lawmaker.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn expressed concern stating, "I believe there's a coordinated effort to circumvent state and federal laws and seriously subvert the electoral process.”

Watch the video. You be the judge! 

Monday, June 14, 2010

Open Season?

California has joined an increasing number of states that now have some form of open primaries that do not require voters to be affiliated with a political party to vote for partisan candidates.

Do you favor the open primary system or should voters have to declare an affiliation in order to vote in a primary? 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Visual perception

Drivers Beware! Check out this week’s ‘Wassup’ video story and comment or share your thoughts on any issue of your choice.  What’s on your mind?  www.tanyafree.com  

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Comparing Apples to Oranges

George W. Bush is a president that seems to have been quickly forgotten by some and rarely mentioned at all by others. It’s as though his presidency never existed. Oh, but it did! If for no other reason, a reflection of his presidency can certainly put things in perspective as to where we have been and where we are now especially sense there are many who insist on comparing President Obama’s handling of the BP oil crisis to Bush’s Katrina.  

Tragically, lives were lost in Katrina and in the BP oil explosion. However the nature and handling of each incident are on opposite ends of the spectrum. How can one honestly compare the slow and haphazard response of the Bush administration during the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina to the Obama administration’s response to the crisis in the Gulf that was created and mishandled by British Petroleum?

The CEO of this multinational multibillion dollar oil company has reportedly admitted that “it was probably true that BP should have done more to prepare for such an emergency.”

While critics are spending their time resurrecting the Bush presidency in an effort to tarnish the Obama administration, millions of gallons of oil are continuing to spill daily as BP tries to find a fix while applying band aid after band aid.

Let’s reflect but keep it in perspective.         
         
Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Monday, June 07, 2010

Overall Performance

Recent polls indicate that President Obama’s approval rating has declined in the midst of the BP Gulf oil crisis.

How would you rate the President’s overall job performance?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Un-American and More!

Check out this week’s ‘Wassup’ video story and the states in support of the victim. Comment or share your thoughts on any issue of your choice. What’s on your mind? www.tanyafree.com  

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Break the cycle

The November mid-term elections are heating up between not only Democrats and Republicans, but a new crop of independents representing Libertarians and Tea Baggers. 

The atmosphere is so toxic that even those with the best intentions seem destined for corruption. The intoxicating perks of medical and retirement benefits, kickbacks,  power, and  influence have created a cycle of consistent campaigning and a singular focus of “keeping my job” by any means necessary.

Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to keep a job that allows you to set your own salary and benefits for life? Is it me or does it seems like a vicious cycle of the same game with different players? 

Until we the voters break the cycle – nothing will change. Let’s stop re-electing politicians that fail to produce real and visible results. It’s time to stop settling for the lesser of evils.

Let’s fix the problem and break the cycle in November.

 Live Life With A Purpose!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ground Zero

A proposal to build a Mosque and Muslim cultural center near Ground Zero has sparked opposition from a September 11th victims’ group and the Tea Party.

What do you think? Is the opposition justified?