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The Lessons of 4/15/13

John_Airey_CCBC Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 2:26 PM
I believe that the government should do what it has to do to keep the country safe. The fact that the FBI was tipped off about Tamerlin Tsarnaev and that he continued to promote radical ideals to the point of committing this crime is reason enough to allow the FBI to watch persons of interest more carefully. I constantly hear about all the intelligence that the government has access to and is able to gather, and then I see a crime like this occur and am baffled. While I do agree with everyone’s right to privacy, I think that certain measures could have been made justifiably to prevent this crime.
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The Problem with the Pivot

John_Airey_CCBC Wrote: Apr 20, 2013 3:39 PM
As these issues with North Korea continue to unfold, I am interested to see what action the United States, or other nations, will take. This is a very fragile issue in world relations, not only because of the danger of what weapons North Korea possesses, but also the unpredictability of Kim Jong-Un. One thing that must be mentioned is that the longer we postpone action and figuring a solution, whatever it may be, they have a chance to strategize and grow stronger. Their alliances make them dangerous, but the true threat level is debatable, based on the military power and support the US has.
It is sad to see that in a country which prides itself on its “democratic” government, politics boil down to who has the most money. People are not naïve; everyone knows that this goes on. The real shame is that nothing is done. What our government truly needs is leaders who are willing to fight the moral battle between doing what is easy and what is right. Americans have lost so much hope in a government which was formed with great hopes and ideas in mind, and we as a nation need to restore that hope. To make this change, we as a people must get rid of the idea that we can’t make change and this feeling of hopelessness, and make change in numbers, not by money, but by people.
You know there is a major problem at hand when a government made “for the people” stops serving the people it governs. I feel these government officials feel the pressure and don’t know what to do, so they often make irrational decisions and forget that we as citizens have rights as well. This is why so many people do not vote to choose who will be in office. It comes down to choosing the lesser of two evils, and many people come to the same conclusion: why bother? What these government officials need to do is stop playing these childish games with the stability of our country and start making decisions based on the good of the people, not their own party’s agenda.
Whenever I watch the news or read stories about Obama's actions, they are always big bold moves and, more often than not, failures. As the article says, Obama's stimulus plan included one trillion dollars in BORROWED money. If the president really wanted to make "change", he would consider changing the way we operate as an economy and understand that the United States can't keep living under these conditions. If Obama really wanted to see changes take place, he would stop bullying other political leaders, stop giving excessive handouts, and start rebuilding the economy through strengthening domestic trade and reducing government spending.
Being recently laid off of a job and struggling to find a new job, I agree with the author of this, and find Obama’s suggestions to be dated and will potentially make matters worse. The State of the Union seemed more like a means of optimism for fans of the president, but leaves very little to be hoped for by people who have seen the lack of success the president has had on changing things in the United States for the better. While it is true that we need a plan of action to change the economy, raising the minimum wage to that point without businesses doing better to some degree will most likely cause more people to lose jobs, causing severe poverty and a lower standard of middle class.
I understand both sides of the argument over whether schools should have armed guards present to prevent these school shootings. As the author says, statistics show that having armed guards in these situations have lowered the death count, but the image it portrays is bad. Our society was founded on the right of citizens to protect their own freedoms, and that includes owning guns, but when it comes to the extent of worrying about safety, things need to change. Arming guards is one way to prevent this violence, but a better solution would be to focus more on helping these shooters before the incident happens. If we keep trying to have mentally ill people assimilate with society and deny the problem, these violent acts will continue.
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