Will Obama’s second term be a great one?

I hope so. He was disappointing in his first term, but he probably handled the volatile financial recession better than any of his political opponents could have done. He also had to overcome a lot of racist prejudice because he is a black man.

He has started his second term well by tackling the gun lobby head-on and proposing positive solutions to illegal immigration, but his big test will be to turn the budget deficit into a surplus.

I am one who believes in not spending money that you don’t have, unless there is a dire emergency. The economic crisis situation has now passed, so there is no valid reason to continue with deficits.

Having said that, he does have to spend money wisely and urgently on America’s infrastructure. It is in a decrepit state. Even worse than Australia’s.

He also has challenges with Foreign Relations. Primarily, he must make the USA a genuine partner of other nations on a basis of equality, not as a dominant oppressive force. The world has had enough of an America that smothers them.

Perils of a Colonial Heritage

Most of us leave home at some stage of our lives to find our feet in a brave new world, but Australia is unable to stop hanging on to the apron strings of dear old England.

At age 224, its time that we did, particularly as the majority of Australians are not of British descent and our continued fascination with Britain makes them feel as though they are house guests, not family. Continue reading “Perils of a Colonial Heritage”

The Problem with President Romney

If the polls are to be believed, there is an even money chance that Mitt Romney will become President of the United States around 20 January, 2013. Presuming that this becomes a reality, we need to consider what the world will be like under his presidency of the most powerful nation on the planet. Continue reading “The Problem with President Romney”