Be Thankful

Here in America, we live in the greatest nation in the world, yet so often we do not fully appreciate it.

While we bicker back and forth about politics, other nations are suffering under radical dictators.

We complain about our presidents, but we take for granted the right to question our government, something others die for in their countries.

We may argue about equality, but other countries still treat women like animals.

While we complain about what Rush Limbaugh has to say on his radio show, we forget that other countries do not have the opportunity to speak their minds.

Many American children each year compile lists of what they want Santa to bring them, but there are children who will never receive gifts.

We complain that our troops have been gone too long; however, others are thankful for their presence.

While we talk about the deplorable state of education, children in other countries have never attended school.

We may grumble about gas prices, but we fail to recognize how lucky we are to have cars. In some countries you would have to walk miles just to access basic needs.

While we gripe about health care costs, there are people in other countries, who will never see a doctor or take medicine.

Americans debate about spending billions of dollars, but other countries are too poor to take care of its citizens’ most basic needs.

Here in America we take our prosperity, freedoms and rights for granted everyday.

This Thanksgiving, think about what your life would be like in a country other than ours, and be thankful that you live in America, the greatest nation in the world.

Cao the Coward

Congressman Joseph Cao (R-La.) (pronounced Gow) was the lone Republican vote for the House of Representatives version of Health Care Reform. Now, many are questioning his motives in voting for the bill.

In interviews, Cao defended his vote by saying that his constituents are poor and needed this bill, but in reality it was Cao who “needed” this bill-so he could get reelected in his New Orleans district.

In 2008 Cao defeated incumbent and indicted Congressman William Jefferson, making him the first Republican to hold the seat in many years. But most people recognize that he would have had no chance if Jefferson had not been caught with nearly a hundred grand in his freezer.

Facing reelection in 2010 and desperate to stay in office, Congressman Cao’s vote for Health Care Reform was a blatant attempt to pander to the overwhelming Democratic presence in his district.

And he has reason to be afraid of losing. After all in Cao’s district, three out of four voters chose Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election. In 2004, President Bush won only 24 percent of the vote here.

In statements released to the press the evening of the vote, Cao pretty much admits that Obama bribed him to vote yes by promising to provide greater assistance to the still struggling New Orleans area, which could influence voters in the upcoming elections.

Simply put, Cao voted not in the best interest of his district but in the best interest of his campaign.