Resolutions for President Bush
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Midland Daily News, January 2006
calendar year is upon us. It is the time to make resolutions to change our
lives or change our goals. I have not been one to routinely make thse kinds of resolutions, but there is some value in
reflecting on the future.
President Bush is resolving this year to work harder for peace in the world and
for prosperity at home. Those are
serious goals and I applaud and support the President.
some suggestions in fleshing out those goals:
harder for international cooperation. This means our cooperation as well
as other countries’ cooperation.
his advisors with people who want cooperation rather than world domination
by the United States.
- As he
did in early January continue to seek advice from people who don’t agree
with him. Listen to them.
to support the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
out a way to leave Iraq.
We have killed far too many Iraqi citizens already. Quit calling the war in Iraq a war
against terrorism. Iraq
had nothing to do with the terrorist attack on the United States
another look at the International Criminal Court and our role in it. Is
the United States
exempt from prosecution for war crimes?
warming is a serious concern for the future of the planet. Perhaps some
people are crying too oudly about the danger
presented in global warming, but on the other hand, the issue deserves to
be respectfully studied and acted upon,not merely rejected out of hand. Other
environmental and ecological concerns need to be tended to as well.
United Nations is not perfect but it is a great tool for create a better
world. Support their goals and initiatives as a responsible member rather
than demeaning it. We are not the only ones seeking peace in the world and
we are not the only ones who have the solutions to world problems. The UN
is also a huge element in international cooperation, mentioned in number 1
world is the only one we have. We cannot continue to exploit the natural
resources without dire consequences. Drilling for oil in Alaska makes no sense, so just drop
that idea. Our dependence on oil has to decline. Encourage the manufacture
of higher standards for fuel economy in all vehicles.
to push for tax reform. But give the benefits to the little guy for a
change! Close the loopholes for the rich and cut out corporate welfare.
the teaching of entrepreneurial skills in high school and college. It takes
more than knowledge of
products to own and run a business. Small businesses are the
heart and soul of our economy. Here is where most new jobs are created. It
is a daunting task to start up a business these days with all the capital
required and the many laws that govern small business.
mistakes. I have a lot more respect for a President who confesses to the
American people that he made a mistake and ask forgiveness that one who
pretends all is well. For example,
the “mission accomplished” fiasco in May 2003 made President Bush appear
as a buffoon rather than the leader of the free world.
In addition to
these, I would encourage the President to reflect on his public statements.
Don’t take a position on an issue and then later take the opposite view as if
it were his own idea. An easy example is his stance on
torture of combatant detainees. At first he said we needed the right to torture
and then later plrclaimed to the world that the United States
does not condone nor promote torture.
Similar comments could be made about the war in Iraq, but that would take a column
Finally, I would
urge the President to look at the world through the eyes of the ordinary
people. Then ask the questions: what can be done to make their lives better?
President’s support is at an all time low. Pursuing these objectives would
enhance his support among Americans and change that downward trend. 2006 would also be a better year.