Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama's Inauguration

WASHINGTON - A message of hope.

That's what we heard from President Obama in his acceptance speech here today.

And messages of hope both from our guests on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com as well as the bulk of the callers.

Obama has an impressive agenda before him. Expectations are high. The question is, will he meet those expectations?

The mood here in Washington is jubilant. The feeling, optimistic among the millions here for the inauguration. Not so on Wall Street where the market is down.

Josh Silver, the executive director of Free Press,net a national, nonpartisan organization that he co-founded with Robert McChesney and John Nichols in 2002 to engage citizens in media policy debates and create a more democratic and diverse media system, was a guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com during our expanded inaguration coverage. Silver is concerned about the decrease in journalistic resources in Washington. He believes journalists using the Internet will eventually fill the void and hopes that they will set the reporting agenda by critically reporting on the new adminsitration and by following the money trail when investigating stories.


Stewart Acuff who was named director of organizing for the AFL-CIO in October, 2002 by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, is hopeful the Obama administration will help working class Americans find jobs that provide incomes that give them dignity. A guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com during our expanded inauguration coverage, Acuff hopes that universal health care will be part of the Obama agenda.









Robert Borosage, president of the Institute for America's Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America's Future was a guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com during our expanded inaugural coverage. Borosage is dismissive of those who believe that Obama is abandoning the progressive principles he espoused even before becoming a candidate for president. Principles that prompted both organizations to support him in his bid for the U.S. senate and then, subsequently, when Obama declared for the presidency.


















Pat O'Hara is a founder of the Black Irish Urban Coalition and was active in the Irish Americans for Obama organization. O'Hara, a guest during News Talk Online on Paltalk.com's expanded inaugural coverage was an early and enthusastic supporter of the president and says he is hopeful that he can reach many of the goals he has set for himself, in spite of the many obvious hurdles Obama faces.

Robert Weiner, a spokesman in the Clinton administration as well as for several former congressman believes in transparency in government. Weiner, a guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com's inaugural coverage believes that Obama will provide as much information to the public as he possibly can, embracing new technologies, most notably the Internet, to help get his message out to a greater constituency during his presidency.




1 comment:

THE LonesomeDove said...

You'll have to forgive me if I seem a bit out of sorts. The people of Texas, the surrounding states, as well Mexico, Central and South America were dealt a tremendous blow today when it was announced that Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas will not re-open in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, as they are “suspending operations” and 200 employees will be laid off. This is a tragedy. THIS is a travesty.

A 30-bed hospital, it has an ICU with 15 acute beds, a reconstruction and plastic surgery unit with 15 reconstructive beds, 3 operating rooms, a multi-bed recovery room, clinics and a large outpatient population. This facility has treated patients not only from around the country, but around the world. It was the first of 4 Shriners Burns Hospitals for Children, opening its doors in 1966 and serving as a model for comprehensive burn care and rehabilitation, endeavoring always to develop methods and techniques to improve the lives of burned children. Specializing in burn care and research, it provided treatment for burn injuries, scarring, physical and emotional rehabilitation, saving many young lives and giving even more severely burned children hope for a better life through their skill and dedicated concern. An outstanding teaching hospital, it afforded their patients and families care in a family environment at no charge.

Experiencing a $3 billion shortfall in the Shriners International Endowment Fund, construction of hospitals in St. Louis and Los Angeles has also been suspended. Needless to say the root cause is the downturn in the economy and the stock market plunge, which has caused the fund to dwindle down to about $5 billion which isn’t providing the $850 billion annually needed to support the hospitals.

A great big THANK YOU and shout out to our Democrat-controlled Congress, Barney Frank, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Fanny Mae, Freddy Mac, Wall Street and the selfless "Big 3" in Detroit for dealing a death blow to an organization that truly provided free healthcare to those in dire straits and serious need.

EACH AND EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO ENCOURAGED OR EVEN TURNED A BLIND EYE TO WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE HOUSING MARKET WHILE LINING THEIR POCKETS AND THOSE OF THEIR BUDDIES; EVERY ELECTED SENATOR AND CONGRESSMAN WHO SWORE AN OATH TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT FAILED BY NOT ONLY DISMISSING THE WISHES OF THEIR CONSTITUENCIES, BUT SHAMEFULLY VOTING FOR THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL BAILOUT, SHOULD BE IMPEACHED, REMOVED FROM OFFICE, TARRED, FEATHERED AND RUN OUT OF TOWN ON A RAIL.

But perhaps I worry too much since a messiah and the horse he rode in on just took up residence in the White House? Surely an ill-conceived, neo-socialist national healthcare program will pick up any slack left in the wake of organizations like The Shriners? What's so amazing is that they've done it all these years through the love, generosity and decency of Americans, who were not only responsible for the liberal spreading of their own wealth, but did it consistently, graciously and in many cases, anonymously - without government intervention.