I was watching the inaugural festivities yesterday and realized as the President, the Vice President and their wives marched down Pennsylvania Avenue that I’ve seen all four of them in person while in office. I’ve covered the President four or five times when he’s come to the Keystone State, the VP twice, the First Lady at Shanksville and at Lafayette College and Dr. Biden at Reading Area Community College.
While I didn’t vote for them the alternative agenda for this nation was frightening and I hold hope that the President has learned well from his first term. The fact is he is no longer allowing Republicans to hold the nation hostage is encouraging. We did suffer $1.8 trillion in bad budget cuts to important programs and services though. Tax rates on rich Americans are finally going back to levels where they’re now responsible for some of the debt they drove into the stratosphere under Reagan and the Bushes. The two wars started by blood thirsty conservatives are finally ending.
I would like to see Gitmo closed, Wall Street bankers sent to prison, real financial reforms get passed and attention paid to the issue of global warming. Dodd-Frank was so watered down as to be not much more than window dressing. We need to pass Glass-Steagall again and those who crashed the economy and are doing all the troublesome antics once again, have to be prosecuted for their crimes.
I’m sure the the President will return to Pennsylvania in the next four years and I’ll be there to report on his remarks.