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President Obama: "And to keep our sacred trust with those who serve, we will raise their pay, and give our veterans the expanded health care and benefits that they have earned."

By Remy Benoit

For the full text of President Obama's Speech to Congress at CBS Text: Obama's Speech To Congress.

NOW IS THE TIME to be there for our Veterans, to be there for your country, to be there for the re st of the world. If you are there, tell the President that you are at Contact the White House. and please do mention that you want the best for our troops in combat, and coming home—and that well used diplomacy makes less Vets! Problems must, again, again, again, be solved with new ways of thinking, not with the ways that started the problems in the first place.

Concerning all of it there is only one answer—If we all stand up, YES WE CAN!

From the AP at MSMBC 21st-century fireside chat: Did Obama connect? Listeners like president's words, but hope those will translate into action. It is not only the action of the President and Congress, but the People, and the banks who some of, for reasons known only to them, think that raising interest rates on credit cards is the best way out of this financial situation. That needs to be rethought and controlled by Congress as some banks still do not seem to have learned that there is a limit to greed and that country, indeed, honor, come first.

From Stephen Clark at Fox News Postmaster General Gets Pay Bonus as Agency Falters Postmaster General John Potter's base salary climbed to $265,000 last year from $186,000 in 2007 and he received a performance bonus of $135,000, all approved by Congress. What is wrong with this when mail delivery is so slow, when overnight rates can't be guaranteed, when 3 day first class mail takes five or six days, when priority mail rates had escalated? Let's rethink this one too!

From Andrew Gray and David Morgan, Reuters at Truthout Obama Said Ready to Withdraw Combat Troops From Iraq. Now rational decisions and policy must be developed concerning Afghanistan.

From Norman Solomon at Common Dreams Freeing Up Resources... for More War.

From the Huffington Post The Reactions Are In

From George Lakoff at Truthout The Obama Code.

The definition of insanity has been said to do the same things over and over again and to expect a different result. We must start thinking in terms of a Small Blue Planet. Here is a work from Eckhart Tolle that will help you along that path. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. Remember, "right brain" thinking is from the heart and will be the savior of this century.


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