In 2008, the three words “Yes we can” captivated Americans. President Obama has been both criticized complimented, alienated and allied, resented and revered. No one can deny that he has an amazing ability to captivate an audience. Most of President Obama’s campaign contributions came from small donors, less than $50.00 apiece. President Obama owes his presidency to the young swing vote. People showed up in droves to put him in office.
He has done things people don’t like, and some people just don’t do well with with change. While I’m not a fan off all of the changes made to the health care system, I am grateful that the term “uninsurable” is now a thing of the past. My father has been a self-employed attorney for all of my life. Without the tax deductions afforded to large organizations, private health insurance has always been expensive. Shortly after the turn of the century, my father was diagnosed with Heart Disease. A successful, well educated, hard working man suddenly became the victim of discrimination by the very organizations that should helping sick people, not dropping them because of costs. I agree that our health care system isn’t perfect and that some of the changes had negative ramifications for some people. As for my family, we believe in change.
When President Obama spoke to the nation in the State of the Union address, he confronted the issue of clean energy. American ingenuity has long been the lifeblood of our country. We’ve invented everything from cars to solar panels, yet these home grown industries are suffering. We’ve fallen behind in industries we’ve created because of tough economic times. Schools are the birth place for great ideas. Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Groupon were all started as side projects by people just like us. They had know-how and time, and were studying to better themselves. All of these companies’ founders successfully made something out of nothing and changed the world. Betterment for this country is possible. Yes we can!