There is something off about Boehner axing the “grand bargain” before they even meet on Sunday. I like the phrase “the irony of the situation is that the GOP loses it’s best chance to put some serious hurt on the social programs they hate the most because they won’t accept any tax increase.” This very point is what makes it so odd, and dangerous for us at the same time. This is not governing, it is irrational bullying on the GOP part. It is absolutely stomach retching to be witness to the hog tying of the American economy and political process and be subject to their whims. President Obama, to the increasing fear of democrats, has been very amenable to giving the GOP what they want. The GOP has only one thing in mind right now they will tank the economy just to make sure President Obama is a one term President. That is not leadership, true leadership is when your actions are for the betterment of the people of our country as a whole, it doesn’t favor one class of people over the rest of the entire nation. Especially, when that class of people are the only ones who can afford to keep you in power. That is just wrong, yet here we are.
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Now that my children are older, one being 19, almost 20 and the other 17, I worry whether I did my job as a mother, properly. If all my teachings and living by example were sufficient to help them become self-reliant, productive, independent happy adults. This economy isn't helping, finding a summer job has been brutal for both of them. There are too many applicants and not enough positions. So, I worry about them and how they will find their way in life.
I’m a little sad because it feels like the end of a chapter that began with our young charismatic President John F. Kennedy and now comes to an end during the term of another young charismatic President. I understand that in this time of extreme choices regarding our fiscal welfare as a nation, our space program would be one of the victims of budgetary cuts. Apparently, the taxiing of our astronauts will be at first, under contract with the Russians, and then sometime in the future, the astronauts will be ferried by private airlines. According to the director of NASA the retirement of the space shuttle will free NASA to do more exploratory work outside of the familiar international space station. We shall see in the next decade, if the funds and the will be available to continue our exploratory mission in outer space.
I think that the future of NASA is a little precarious for right now. The spirit in D.C. is strictly focused on cutting everything that is not attached to something permanent. Since one party is absolutely intractably committed to saying no to any revenue increases, the only solution left is for the other party to accept draconian spending cuts to any and all domestic programs. It is a pity for our space program because without funding the whole program is in limbo, and that makes it almost impossible to keep up with the proper technologies for future explorations.