Monday, May 28, 2012
Just a few days ago a decision on whether Harry Reid's proposal or another proposal would pass in congress occurred. A new bill was proposed which included cutting 5.4 billion dollars from the F35 budget and finding the remaining money needed to fund student loans from the health care bill and taxes. As this bill proposed it was filibustered and then Harry Reid's proposal was on the floor to be voted on for debate. This was filibustered as well and congress didn't end up achieving anything. I personally wanted the new bill proposed to pass, I felt like it was a perfect compromise. I guess that's not how lawmaking goes though, and we will have to see what the future holds and what end up determining the fate of the F35. I will keep all of you updated.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Today we had the pleasure of listening to Leon Panetta in a press conference. He stated how in order to pay for college loans we should cut money from other little projects rather then the f35 and defense budget. As well as hearing Panetta senator Carl Levin and Jim Webb spoke about how education is currently more important then the defense. They don't want to cut all of the F35 budget, but to slow it down in order to make student loans more affordable. I agree with them completely. In our economy we need the new generation to be educated, get good jobs, and complete the cycle of a secure and prolific economy. Although we will lose jobs from cutting part of the F35 we will help many students who have great potential in being very successful and overtime helping the economy by helping them pay for college. I'm not sure what is going to happen tomorrow when the senate takes a vote. It seem's like many are against the F35 but there could be an amended version of Harry Reid's plan that could pass. I did see senator Fienstein making a petition of some sort to pass something, so we will see how everything works out tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
In the past press conference that occurred the other day, many opinions were heard but no one really stood out to me with a stellar new idea. When the conference started senator Jeff Sessions spoke about how he thinks the f35 is a waste of money and that it constantly overshoots the budget. Many of the other senators agreed with Sessions including Linsey Grahm and John McCain. John McCain did not give any of us any ideas of how to support student loans because he does not agree with the current student loan policy. I think these ideas are ridiculous. I spoke with senator Barba Boxer who I completely agree with. She say's that Harry Reids plan is a step in the right direction and I couldn't agree more. It seems to me like those who oppose should spend a little less time criticizing the plan and coming up with new ideas.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Harry Reid's new proposal does not swing my opinion either way. I think it is good that this proposal will leave more options for spending on other issues, but I also worry about all the jobs that will be lost. Many senators have strong views on this proposal such as Daniel Akaka, who strongly disagrees with the Harry Reid proposal.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Hey fellow liberals! I think it's great that President Obama has shared his views on supporting gay marriage. He has probably helped his campaign due to those who have been resistant to donating but now are content with his values and will pay more. Currently, I don't think this will hurt the president, but only help.