Some time ago I said that Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney was looking pretty good to win the GOP candidate spot in the upcoming United States Presidential Election 2012, then the Iowa Caucus took place and Rick Santorum came out on top by 13 or 18 votes to win the Iowa Caucus. Mitt Romney took second but was not worried because he took the New Hampshire Primary by a landslide, so Romney looked like the sure candidate right not quite, the South Carolina Primary took place and guess who joined the top spot for the Republicans, former U.S. House Speaker, Newt Gingrich he took South Carolina by storm with Mitt Romney in second place. I know and understand that this is still way to early in the 2012 Presidential Campaign to worry but to the Republican Party, I would start worrying a lot this is just a prime example of how divided the Republican Party is as well as our country. The Grand Old Party (GOP) lacks stability as well as leadership for who will be the prime candidate to take on Barack Obama in the 2012 General Presidential Election. Some say that Newt Gingrich has the power and ability to defeat Obama but others think that Romney has a better chance and just for the record some people think Rick Santorum still has an outside chance to win the Republican Party nomination for President. Not to be completely negative but this is now officially a disaster waiting to happen. The Republican Party needs to get their act together put all their differences aside and together as a whole select unanimously a strong and powerful Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential candidate that can defeat Barack Obama in November 2012. The 2012 Presidential Campaign now focuses on the Florida Primary and Mitt Romney must come out on top and win Florida if he is to be the top GOP Presidential candidate because if Newt Gingrich wins the Florida Primary that gives him some power and resurgence to put him as the top Republican contender which is not a bad choice because he does have a lot of political leadership and experience in government that can help lead our country out of this economic crisis and deficit as well as maybe bring back all our United States military soldiers and troops that are still fighting in wars in other countries risking their precious lives for us to be free. I cannot say this enough, the Republican Party (aka: GOP) needs to get their act together in selecting a Presidential candidate that will beat Barack Obama but soundly or else as I mentioned previously this is just a blue print for disaster and the Democratic Party will take full advantage of it. The GOP can only hope that they can have their Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential candidate before the 2012 Republican National Convention so the United States voters can see that this is a strong and unified political party with a strong Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate that the United States can be proud to elect to the White House.
A few days ago, I went with my friend to the Department of Social Services (aka: the Welfare, Medi-Cal, Food Stamps and General Assistance office) located in the County of San Mateo. I was totally amazed and blown away by how many people were waiting in line to get help and assistance for probably themselves and/or their families. These were people of very low-income and living in a low-income close to poverty part of the County of San Mateo, how shall I put this delicately, lets just say the complete opposite of people living in Hillsborough, Portola Valley and/or Atherton. I saw one woman sign up and ask for Medi-Cal benefits for her and her young children that was her number one priority to see a Doctor and just have the Medi-Cal benefits just in case something happens. Another person was just asking for General Assistance and Food Stamps to help both pay his rent and get something to eat at the same time. My friend was there just to drop off their monthly income report needed to continue receiving his Food Stamps and Medi-Cal benefits, someone told me that the State of California as well as all the counties were getting much more people requesting and/or asking for help and assistance with not only the loss of jobs and income but with the high deficit that we are encountering. I am personally very happy to see that the State of California does not neglect and abandon there constituents and their residents and that they can go to their Department of Social Services (Human Services Agency) in any county (i.e. County of San Mateo) to get help and assistance with Food Stamps, Medi-Cal, General Assistance as well as other help and information like Family Planning and Family Budgeting. I do understand that the State of California would prefer to see all these people finding steady and full-time jobs and working instead of being unemployed and receiving help and assistance but until more jobs are available all these very low-income people just do not have a choice and if they have a family with young children to help and support their need is more urgent and dior than anyone else.
As the month of January and the new year of 2012 is in full swing, after all the holiday parties and New Years Day celebrations that we endured and enjoyed and are now behind us, we need to start to concentrate on the year 2012 but seriously. We have two important events that our country, first the United States is facing the 2012 Presidential Election, right now is the time to start and begin communicating with everybody including friends, family, loved-ones, co-workers and just about any and every stranger that is of legal voting age and start campaigning for the 2012 Republican Party and/or GOP candidate whoever it might be. I will be honest, I thought Mitt Romney was going to automatically run away with it because that is the only name that everybody mentions then comes the Iowa Caucuses the first real test for all the Republican candidates and Romney only wins the Iowa Caucus by a mere eight votes, Rick Santorum gets much needed momentum and believe it or not pulls into second place now making it a brand new race for the White House. The Republican Party and/or GOP has shown that they are divided by the final results in the Iowa Caucuses and the Democratic Party loves and enjoys when the GOP is divided because they can move, convince and/or sway good GOP voters for their candidates and especially in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election that is just too big of a risk to take because we can end up with the same unfortunate and terrible results as the 2008 Presidential election where Barack Obama won and the people of the United States were not happy with the ultimate selection. So as members of the Republican Party, we need to work very hard and start to be united and/or unified to the choice we are going for President of the United States including for upcoming Primaries and Caucuses and push the candidate as much as you can so we can bring the United States back to its proper place and return the United States Constitution as our legal system and our ways of government the way our founding fathers wanted to begin with, remember the old saying “united we stand, divided we fall” there is no further proof of real evidence than a Presidential election where as always each and every vote counts. Second the large deficit that we are facing both for the State of California and for the United States, we need to also work hard and tighten our spending belts and not waste any money if possible the deficit was not made in one day but if we all work hard by making cutbacks and reductions year after year we can lower the deficit sooner than you know it. Lets make the year 2012 a positive year as well as a financially productive year and get our country the United States moving and going towards the right direction with the right person for President of the United States.
I usually do not agree with United States President, Barack Obama and his points of view but there is an exception to this especially when it comes to Health Care Reform. A few weeks ago, I was in the hospital for six days to have Surgery now I knew that being in a hospital was expensive I just did not realize how expensive it is until I received the hospital bill, add to that the bill from the Medical Doctor that performed the Surgery and add to that a bill from the company that took X-Rays of me while I was in the hospital which I thought was included in the hospital bill, I was wrong the X-Ray company charges and bills the patients separately. After I added all the bills and/or invoices together the cost(s) were more that I can afford, which meant I had to go to the Social Services/Welfare office to obtain Medical financial help and assistance (Medi-Cal) a program that would help cover all the Medical cost(s) that I received while being in the hospital. I was lucky that I did qualify to get help and assistance with my expensive Medical cost(s) but what about other people in the United States that do not qualify to get financial help and assistance with their Medical bills and they cannot afford to obtain private Health care and/or private Health insurance do they just give up altogether. I strongly believe that we need to start looking at the Health Care System in this country and start reforming it so that everybody can obtain and receive Health care when they need it. When people need to start selling their personal belongings to help pay their Medical cost(s) then we have a real problem on our hands. It is time to change the Health Care System in the United States so that people do not die because of a lack of Health care and/or Health insurance while at the same time maybe help people to seek Medical attention so they can stay healthy.
I cannot begin to say how fun and exciting it is to return to Cañada College in Redwood City, California (my Alma Mater – Class of 1990) after a long actually a very long absence. This being my second and/or third time around, I am starting the Multimedia Art and Technology Program to obtain and receive a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design. This upcoming Fall 2011 Semester, I have four yes I said it four great college courses including MART 314 – Introduction to Computer Graphics with Mr. Paul Naas, a great instructor with a wonderful sense of humor. MART 368 – Web Design I and MART 376 – Digital Imaging I both classes with Ms. Hyla Lacefield, also a great instructor that knows her subject(s) very well and let’s her thoughts and opinions be known without any hesitation. Finally I also have MART 372 – Digital Illustration with Mr. James Khazar, an instructor who loves computer designs and graphics and index cards with your name on it so he can always remember who you are. This is a great program and career to get into especially at this particular moment with the current economic crisis and most of all especially in this area (San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley) with all the great history and computer and video game companies like Apple, Atari, Google, Yahoo, Electronic Arts (EA), Sega among others. After I obtain and receive my Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Arts, I hope to start my new and long term career as a Computer Graphic Arts Designer. The Multimedia Art and Technology Program is a great program and career to start and get into at anytime especially not only with the great instructors and their strong reputations but also the great Computer Laboratories and Centers they have that allow students to work in which includes a 3D Computer Laboratory where students can create, make, and design video games and web-sites among other great things on the computer. Cañada College is also a great place to continue your education in a variety of different educational and career fields, it is also a great place that helps students transfer to great four-year colleges and universities. For more information about the Multimedia Art and Technology Program at Cañada College call (650) 306-3201 or check out their web-site http://www.canadacollege.edu/multimedia/ to get more information about Cañada College call (650) 306-3100 or go to their web-site at http://www.canadacollege.edu Education is a very important and resourceful tool in life and it should never be taken for granted.
I was reading several news publications and many of them have already started making predictions about who should and will represent the Republican party as candidate for President of the United States. As I presently see, Mitt Romney appears to be the leading front runner with maybe Newt Gingrich in a bit of a close second but again that is my opinion. What really worries me is that the United States voter is truly and really unpredictable which might explain how someone like Barack Obama was elected as our current President and Commander in Chief and we as a nation are strongly regretting it. My overall message to all the United States voters but especially to my friends and colleagues of the Republican Party please do your research and homework regarding each and every United States Presidential candidate no matter what political party or affiliation they represent so you make the wisest, smartest, and best choice. In addition, we need to be unified and/or united as a political party because the so-called Democratic Party (aka: Liberals and Socialists) thrive and take full advantage when the Republican Party (aka: GOP) is divided and has so-called new little parties (aka: The Tea Party) which tells America we are not in unison and we are overall divided which will tell the United States voter we better vote for another choice for President. I am going to borrow this saying and cliché because it does relate to us as a political party at this moment; “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” If in 2012 we are going to elect a Republican as President of the United States in the White House, then we need to right now start being together and united to show America that we are a United political party and we are ready to help bring the United States back to its strong foundation, leadership, and back to a positive economic workflow and cashflow.
As I would listen to some news commentators on television give their thoughts and opinions about the failing United States economy and the growing deficit that has caused this economic crisis, I took a moment and thought to myself could we be headed to another “Great Depression” like in the 1940’s where unemployment was high and the only thing that helped saved the U.S. Economy was World War II believe it or not. After the war ended, U.S. President, Harry Truman and the United States Congress ordered that the factories begin re-build and re-manufacture tanks, ammunition, guns, bullets, along with any other necessities needed to prepare for war again. The American economy was flowing smoothly for a few years maybe even a few decades but now we are back in the same financial situation and/or rut again with a large deficit, high unemployment, and this time add on large companies going bankrupt and causing layoffs along with company executives embezzling and stealing millions of dollars from the businesses they work for. Yes, it is safe to say that the United States economy can be compared to “Rome burning” and it is burning strong and slow but strong and if we as Americans do not help the problem now we might not have a great nation to be proud of anymore because we will probably be bankrupt. I know I will probably sound like a broken record with all these cliches but everyone of us needs to do our part to help the American economy including save as much money as one can, save energy in both your home and your automobile by not driving so much and save gas, paying all your bills, and obligations first before wasting and spending money carelessly on things you do not need. It appears that all the soldiers from Afghanistan will be returning home from service, first I would like to say thank you and God Bless all of you for serving our country, second, I am also very happy that this battle and/or war in Afghanistan is finally over because we will not spending and wasting any more money over there and it can be used here to help us with our financial battle that is unfortunately just beginning.