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Where Will The Next President Lead Us?

As the US presidential election moves nearer, the question remains where will the next president lead us? Trump, Clinton, and Sanders all have publicly stated their agendas but what a candidate says isn’t always what happens.

We've seen one of the classic cases of backpedaling in political history with the Barack Obama administration. Obama campaigned on promises of 'change' and 'transparency'. In the final word, Obama's only change has been in the positioning of members of the LGBT community and his prosecuting of whistleblowers, more prosecutions than any president in history.

So basically, he failed miserably here. He let the banksters walk, bailed them out twice, and allowed the same people who stole hundreds of billions causing the 2007 economic crash to continue risky behavior stating that they were 'too big to fail'. That didn't sit well with Americans who feel his administration is run by opportunists with bizarre liberal ideologies.

The next president will be facing challenges of immense responsibility. Not withstanding the typical foibles of the human race, the next president will be ushering in new technologies of fantastic design and engineering. Even now, on a daily basis there are groundbreaking advances in all the areas of science. Regenerative medicine is looking at being able to clone body parts via adult stem cells. Communication systems will see new carrier options that could speed up internet speeds to unimaginable levels. Energy needs will be replaced with fossil fuels taking a back end seat to new technologies that hitherto had been stonewalled and banned.

New materials such as clear solar energy glass and astonishing micro drones. As these new technologies hit the market, new laws will need to be enacted and the president will have the two choices of signing them into law or exercising veto. The new president will also have to make executive orders and if the Republicans win, they'll try to undo whatever Obama has done.

Add to all that, the ever changing face of social infrastructures. As new technologies reach remote and underdeveloped areas, the next president will have to lead the charge so that American companies can participate in said development in an honest and equitable way. The same goes for things on American soil. As the various sub-cultures battle it out for rights and recognition, the next president is going to have to make some tough decisions regarding leadership, protection, and law. New bills will be introduced but the president will have to sign them into law or veto them. There will undoubtedly be issues of moral and ethical content that will brew up a storm of controversy like never before.

So the next president has his or her job cut out for them. It will be history making each step of the way and hopefully it will usher in a new, more sane civilization for one and all.

Posted by GregB at May 24, 2016 7:26 PM
Comment #404889

“In the final word, Obama’s only change has been in the positioning of members of the LGBT community and his prosecuting of whistleblowers, more prosecutions than any president in history.”

No. Wrong. The list of accomplishments by the Obama administration is a long one:

In terms of the economy, it includes saving the country from another Great Depression, saving GM, creating the conditions for one of the biggest and longest bull markets in American history, setting the all-time record for most consecutive months of job growth in the private sector as measured by non-farm payrolls, maintaining historically low interest rates, spurring the recovery of the housing markets, and historically low inflation. The unemployment rate has dropped to 5% which means full employment, bucko, and a steady rate of sustainable growth of the GDP.

“… allowed the same people who stole hundreds of billions causing the 2007 economic crash to continue risky behavior stating that they were ‘too big to fail’. That didn’t sit well with Americans who feel his administration is run by opportunists with bizarre liberal ideologies.”

As for legislation, the Obama administration passed Dodd-Frank and instituted the Consumer Financial Protection Board. It was conservative Republicans who did everything in their power to prevent reform and oversight.

In addition, other legislation was passed, including health care reform, the first major reform in decades. The number of uninsured people has dropped to single digits for the first time in a very long time, and pre-existing conditions no longer prevent people from obtaining coverage. For the first time in memory, bankruptcy due to medical issues is no longer a threat to Americans.

The Obama administration has consistently encouraged scientific innovation, in direct contract with the anti-science, anti-intellectualism of conservative Republicans. This is most evident in developing alternative energies, and asserting worldwide leadership in the struggle to limit Global Warming.

Posted by: phx8 at May 24, 2016 9:11 PM
Comment #404890

As for prosecuting whistleblowers, that is inaccurate too. The Obama administration is nor better or worse than previous administrations. Snowden was prosecuted for leaking classified information, and although the conservative blogosphere counts that as prosecuting a whistleblower, that is obviously not the case. The same goes for the prosecution of Stephen Kim, who was indicted for leaking classified information about North Korea to FOX, and for the prosecution of Jeffrey Stirling, who leaked classified information about countermeasures against the Iranian nuclear program to a FOX reporter named Rosen.
Two other prosecutions were inherited from the Bush administration. Out of the original 8 counted by the conservative blogosphere that leaves just three prosecutions of so-called whistleblowers.

The fact is, the Obama administration has been as transparent, or more so, than previous administrations. It has also been one of the most honest and scandal free, as objectively measured by the numbers of indictments, trials, and convictions.

Conspiracy theories don’t count.

Posted by: phx8 at May 24, 2016 9:18 PM
Comment #404892

You usually only have to tell the truth once for people to believe it.

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 25, 2016 9:52 AM
Comment #404893

Some truths can be repeated, yet people will refuse to believe it.

For example, did you know that, according to a recent poll by the most accurate pollster from the 2012 campaign, over 50% of Trump supporters believe the stock market has gone down and unemployment has increased during the Obama administration? The truth is constantly repeated, yet Trump supporters believe something completely untrue, despite the repetition.

Did you know that over half of Trump supporters believe Obama is a Muslim and not an American? Despite the repetition of the truth, they still believe something that is not only false, but hateful and fundamentally bigoted.

Many Trump supporters also believe Global Warming is a hoax perpetrated by the scientists of the world in order to stop America from being great, or so the scientists can obtain grants, or some whack job conspiracy. I can’t even explain that one.

Posted by: phx8 at May 25, 2016 11:18 AM
Comment #404894

Yea, I also heard we were going to run out of oil by now, and half of us should be dead from starvation by now, and the sea levels would have drowned everyone on the eastern seaboard by now, and deserts would have replaced rain forests by now. I can’t even explain that one.

What about those wars we were supposed to have won by now? The war on poverty, and the war on drugs, and the war on women or some whack job conspiracy. That war on poverty has been going on for almost 70 years!

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 25, 2016 12:43 PM
Comment #404895

I think the global warming hoax has been going on long before Trump made his first Billion!

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 25, 2016 12:45 PM
Comment #404896

You confuse long term predictions (?) of the future with the facts of today. I don’t know who made those predictions, or when, or even if those were predictions. In your mind you apparently made a point of some sort. Maybe not. Hard to say.

Posted by: phx8 at May 25, 2016 4:00 PM
Comment #404898

I think you’re just playing ignorant, phx8. Algore has been predicting those things since he started buying carbon credits!

Breitbart recently did a story of all the predictions made by quack global warming fanatics that haven’t come true.

I know. You will call Breitbart alarmists and try to have them jailed for pointing out things like that. But, that doesn’t take away from the fact the GW fanatics were wrong then and there’s no reason to believe them now either.

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 25, 2016 5:58 PM
Comment #404899

Post a link.

Posted by: phx8 at May 25, 2016 6:31 PM
Comment #404908

Type “predictions global warming” in your browser’s location bar and you will get plenty of links about failed predictions.

Remember when they said we were going to “run out” of oil?
Remember when they said the polar ice caps will disappear and the poor polar bear will go extinct?

Usually when someone’s predictions are proven wrong they loose credibility, but not global warming fanatics. What’s up with that?

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 26, 2016 12:12 AM
Comment #404909

Post a link.

Posted by: phx8 at May 26, 2016 1:17 AM
Comment #404916

Here’s an article you can go over with a fine toothed comb to find your errors. (maybe spelling)

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 26, 2016 9:27 AM
Comment #404918

These are the Democratic’ supporters.

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 26, 2016 10:02 AM
Comment #404919

As it happens, I’m a fan of The Walking Dead series, although it does seem like the show has gone downhill recently.

Vote by mail works very well in Oregon. We have a participation rate 20% higher than the rest of the country, and virtually no fraud. As the linked article mentions, CA instituted vote by mail recently and they have some problems with their databases that are easy to fix. Once fixed, fraud should become nearly non-existent. I do not understand why any state would go along with its citizens waiting in line for hours to vote, or demanding ID each time for each person. It makes no sense, none. Technology makes voting by mail convenient. It gives the voter time to reflect and read about choices before making selections.

As for the previous link, please note predictions are not the same as getting the facts wrong. Long term predictions of Global Cooling made in magazines are not the same as peer reviewed articles in scientific journals. They are not the same as when a majority of Trump supporters believe the stock market has gone down under the Obama administration, when in fact, it has gone up, and it is not the same as believing unemployment has increased, when it has decreased.

Posted by: phx8 at May 26, 2016 11:45 AM
Comment #404920

Does it work as well as the Cover Oregon fiasco?

I remember your posts blindly praising Cover Oregon all the way up to when it failed, phx8. Just like global warming alarmists, credibility supposedly suffers when you’re proven to be wrong.

You were wrong about Cover Oregon, global warming fanatics were wrong about the end of civilization, you’re wrong about the Obama presidency and the economy, and you’re probably wrong about voting in Oregon.

Given your failed track record of exclamations about how great it is outside, why should anyone take your posts seriously?

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 26, 2016 11:53 AM
Comment #404921

What’s worse is people who believe a constantly increasing stock market is a good thing.

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 26, 2016 11:54 AM
Comment #404927

Weary wanna bet on how many of those dead voters actually voted once the smoke clears and the facts are known? I’m willing to be about the same infinitesimal percentage as previous claims of the same thing around the country. Or to be clear less the one tenth of one percent.

My bet is Breitbart is just spreading fear amongst conservatives in California who are worried they cannot make the 3% of dem votes go away. This is how other states attempt to justify voter suppression laws implemented by conservative legislatures. Usually its 50,000 dead on voter records or some such to get the gullible conservative conspiracy theorists all in a tizzy. Then they tell you… well here is a link to the screwball in Texas trying to defend the voter suppression laws in Texas. Needless to say “mostly false” is the norm.

Posted by: j2t2 at May 26, 2016 8:49 PM
Comment #404930

We’ll never know, will we?

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 27, 2016 8:26 AM
Comment #404931

Probably not Weary as Breitbart won’t run a factual story.

Posted by: j2t2 at May 27, 2016 8:41 AM
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