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Change and Hope You Can Believe In

January 29, 2010

Hello everyone. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to watch the address live. I even had planned on live blogging, but I got caught up. Today, I watched it on YouTube. I didn’t address a lot of things because I felt that talking about those things were like beating a dead horse. I focused more on the new things and a few old things I always wanted to talk about and have talked about.  I liked how I did the bullet point listing on the last post, so I will do the same with this one because I think it’s easier to follow and there isn’t much. Feel free to watch the address above which includes helpful captions. Click here for the full text here. Click here for a few highlights provided by the White House. Enjoy.

  • I like the idea of fees being placed on big banks that haven’t paid back what they owe the taxpayers.
  • I didn’t know there were tax cuts for people who needed it the most. I think that’s great.
  • He called for a new jobs bill, which is long overdue, but it is great that he’s moving on it.
  • I love the idea of giving the money that has been repaid by the banks to community banks to give them the opportunity to give loans to small businesses.
  • Tax credits for small businesses to expand is great. That will create a lot of jobs.
  • He talked about having tax breaks to keep jobs in America. It is about time. I hate how companies ship jobs overseas.
  • I really like the push for cleaner energy.
  • “In the 21st century, one of the best anti-poverty programs is a world-class education.” I believe in this. This is something I preach myself to the youth. I’m heading out of poverty myself due to education.
  • “Still, in this economy, a high school diploma no longer guarantees a good job.” Wait a minute, sir. Truthfully, a bachelor’s degree no longer guarantees a good job. I know this first hand. I don’t think revitalizing community colleges will help. Maybe revitalizing graduate schools would since that’s seems to be the basic requirement to get a good job these days.
  • Tax credits to families for four-year schools and increased Pell Grants will help, indeed.
  • Student loan forgiveness is like a dream. If does happen, more people will advance. “No one should go broke because they chose to go to college,” indeed.
  • The health care proposals make sense especially the “public option.” I feel very strongly about the public option. I’m one of the many uninsured Americans. Sure one can get on public assistance, but many can’t and many refuse to. I fall under both. At one point, the not having a job thing was so serious that I really considered going back on public assistance just so I can keep my head above water and be insured. Thank God I got a job to hold me down for now, but not many people are so lucky. In conclusion, The public option WILL save lives. Support it.
  • I’m not sure how I feel about freezing the budget in most areas. Governor Paterson here in New York is doing that same thing, and I have to say that it is not working it. It was a horrible idea. Also, I don’t think a state, let alone the America, can fail. More on the Governor in the future.
  • I like the idea of earmarks being posted on the web before a vote. In college, I learned how a lot of things that are not needed get put in bills. This results in more money be wasted and allows the country to dig deeper into debt.
  • “I never said change would be easy. When you try to do big things & make big changes it stirs passions & controversy—that’s just how it is.” This is so true. I know this first hand with the club I help created and run, Hip Hop Alliance.

This address showed me that real change is happening. Work is being done. Moves are being made. I have gained more hope. Hope that things will turn around. I’m excited for this second year. A lot of great things will happen. A lot of people will advance. But there’s one thing we have to remember: we have to foster change, advance and greatness together; the President can’t do it alone. Let’s keep it moving. Keep your head up, everyone. Now, I leave you all with a funny take on the address:

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