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Politics & Power

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Happy Holidays!!! - We will return with all new articles on Wednesday January 7, 2009

Another Year in America

As another year comes to a close there are many things to be thankful for and just as many more to be thoughtful of when looking to the future. We have seen a year of historic firsts, incredible highs and historic lows.

In American politics we’ve seen the historic election of the first African American President in our nation. This event has brought hope to literally millions of people who had very little to be hopeful for in the world of politics in the past. It has given meaning to parents telling their children that they could one day be President.

While there were great strides made in the world of politics for both women and minorities, the economy has been less than wonderful for millions of Americans. Over two million jobs lost and more job cuts coming have left many Americans without much hope about where they will be in the coming year. Home foreclosures and bankruptcies have happened at levels not seen since the Great Depression and despite numerous attempts by Congress to intervene, there seems to be no avoiding a further decline in the economy before things improve again.

In international relations the wars continue in Afghanistan and Iraq with tens of thousands of Americans risking their lives to promote democracy and freedom in those war torn countries. More American soldiers have given their lives and more families have known the ravages of war. To some these sacrifices have had meaning and to others they have not. Sadly, only history will be able to determine if the cost of these wars will have brought any positive gains for the world in the long run.

2008 has seen gasoline prices top four dollars per gallon and drop again to below two for the first time in years. It has seen the rise of the Democratic Party and the fall of a number of corrupt politicians. We have experienced scandals and the demise of financial giants. Through all of it we have remained hopeful for the future at some level because that’s what Americans do. We hope even in the face of overwhelming odds. 2009 may be better or it may be worse but if we keep holding onto our hope and convictions that no matter what comes we can survive, we will find a way to be strong until the tough times pass.

Whatever 2009 brings I wish for you and yours the best that life has to offer. Whether you are from America or not, I hope fortune smiles on you. Together we can accomplish anything and it is my hope that in 2009 we will find new ways to come together so we can accomplish those great things. The people of America and the rest of the world have much work to do and only together can we find success. I look forward to doing my part and hope that you will join me in doing yours. Happy holidays everyone!

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

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