According to CNN, before the president’s first trip to israel, President Obama addressed the israeli government to cease nuclear production or face further isolation from the U.S. President Obama recognized that clearing the past and present disputes is much easier said than done, as well as recognizing the strong mistrust. He goes on to say that it will take quite a long time to fix all things between the two countries. In attempts to gain some of the israeli public Obama stated that their government was detrimental inside the countries border. Obama also was worried about their civilians having all the rights they are deserving of. Obama still searches for a diplomatic solution to the touchy relationship of the two countries. Obama visiting Israel will help the relationship greatly showing an “olive branch” attitude.
Obama’s actions indicate that he isn’t intending on having another military conflict. Any new military conflict would cost money that the U.S. doesn’t have. If israel continues nuclear production the threat will increase and thats the last thing Obama wants. He is choosing a diplomatic and peaceful way so that no aggression will be shown. While being peaceful and diplomatic Obama is also criticizing their government saying its detrimental inside its borders. By choosing to present an ultimatum to israel with the “isolation” statement he is sacrificing the relationship with israel.
In this decision to resolve this matter in a peaceful way Obama is giving up his decision to go find the nuclear activity and stop it, this is a trade-off. He trades off having a sure stop to the threat of nuclear production for saving lots of money and being diplomatic. He was also thinking about his marginal benefits by seeing that by being as humble as he could he would get his desired result. This also has a side of opportunity cost because by both options being desirable it makes his diplomatic decision a result of giving up the other costing him that decision.
The president of the United States of America will be criticised regardless of how good his decisions are. This is so because who better to blame than the man running the country, and it will probably always be that way. When making a decision as the president there are no grey areas and no “what if’s” that haven’t been explored. What should a president do, besides resign, when no one majority will be happy with a decision he is going to have to make. The “Fiscal Cliff” (NBC News) for example is something that the president will undoubtedly be criticized for the next two or three decades. The president has the choice of passing the problem to the next president, or attempting to fix the problem once and for all with the risk of failure and recession and possibly depression. This kind of decision seems unfair to a president because there is no easy or obvious solution to the problem. The cliff was the new year (2013) when the bush tax cuts expire and the “White House” had to make a decision on whether to raise taxes again or to make spending cuts. So far nothing significant has been done to solve this solution, other than a small dent in the deficit that still yields 6 trillion to the debt over the course of 10 years. The biggest question I and other people have is when is something going to be done so that my generation and those to come don’t end up paying for such a great debt. Unfortunately the first problem is that no one knows WHAT to do about 16.7 trillion dollars and a huge deficit. The biggest problem i see is that this sort of thing hasn’t occurred in the nation’s history. With virtually no experience with this kind of problem and no way to really solve it, people in the “white house” are left with nothing to do but stall for time and to try and figure something out.
With such a large problem on the table for President Obama and no solutions yet, he will be heavily criticised on the amount of time it will take to act and solve this problem. The president needs to act quickly if he is going to be able to keep this problem under control for much longer. Considering the fiscal cliff situation is out of control, President Obama needs to be very careful on his progression with his gun control proposals. With so many problems at a high severity criticism only rises with each passing day as more and more people grow tired of the economic situation and social tragedies. Finding a temporary solution to the fiscal cliff needs to be found soon in order to at least maintain the debt without increasing it, unlike the solution now which raises the debt limit. Gun control proposals as well as other suggestions by President Obama will eventually be drowned out by the noise of impending economic crisis.
In order to maintain his title as “President” of the United States of America President Obama must act quickly and with wit to fix, or at least somewhat fix, the problem with the fiscal cliff. His criticism is hindering him especially with his new gun control proposals that are only causing controversy with the NRA. While the solution choices seem dim President Obama should be able to work something out in the peoples favor that won’t tap out the middle class but will still be fair to the higher earning people. This situation is the toughest i have seen and most worrisome i have heard about because it is effecting everyone and a solution needs to found quickly to ensure the safety of this nation’s economy.
Gun control is a recent topic of discussion for the U.S. due to recent events occurring making people more conscious of people around them. A threat of ill-minded people with easy access to dangerous weapons like assault rifles. This has raised too many red flags to people in the U.S. and has set obama’s gun control laws in motion.
Since the massacre in newton and the Colorado theatre shooting gun control has been a big topic for Obama and his associates. This is a story I have been following during the trimester because of its correlation with our ParishGOV class. The current president of the U.S. (Barack Obama) wishes to have certain laws altered, regarding gun control, to ensure that the citizens of the U.S. are safe. The changes in gun control are not to take guns away from americans but to make it harder for people who wish to do harmful things with those guns to get them. One of the proposals that the president has is to outlaw the sale of extended clips for guns beyond 10 rounds. Barack’s reasoning behind this is that no one needs extra ammo for things that guns should be used for like hunting, target shooting, or guarding your home from intruders. Another proposal from Barack is that assault rifles be ban, previously a law that expired in 2004. The last proposal for tighter gun control by Barack is that all gun sale be heavily monitored by the salesman of the weapon. Monitoring meaning that background checks be much heavier whether it be at a public store of a private auction. None of Barack’s proposals suggest he thinks that all guns be ban, which obviously imposes on the second amendment “The right to bear arms”. This relates back to our class time discussion and class work by raising questions of “can he do that?” he being Barack Obama. During class we have talked a lot about what people in government can and can’t do by using “fun with article I” and “fun with article II” looking in the constitution and seeing what the founding fathers and past governments have decided to be just. Doing those activities during/outside class has helped me tremendously understanding what government officials are proposing and which side they stand. For instance some citizens in the U.S. think that what Barack is doing is absolutely unconstitutional and wrong. Specifically the NRA is campaigning around the U.S. trying persuade people to side with the NRA and oppose president obama’s proposals for gun control. Spending as little as $350,000 on newspaper ads local/national, internet ads, and commercial ads the NRA is campaign to the U.S. to side with them on this matter. A major aspect of this argument that citizens in the U.S. are missing is that Barack himself has shot a gun and participates in skeet shooting at the presidential retreat and has brought guest with him.
Another proposal that Obama is trying to set in motion is looking into an increase in school safety for all schools. An example is posting armed guards around the school in case of an emergency. This leads into another proposal that Barack is attempting which is looking further into mental illness and being able to spot concerning behavior in individuals that can be checked out to prevent more shootings and other harmful things those people are capable of.
These proposals are not trying to impose on amendments or take away right that the constitution provides. Barack is simply trying to create a safer environment for all U.S. citizens, including gun owners. The NRA is obviously against all of these proposals (except the advances in research of mental illness and school safety) because their association is called the National Rifle Association, but what hopefully they will realize is that these laws would simply make it harder to purchase these kinds of weapons. The only thing is the ban on assault rifles that the NRA has a problem with but that is their business and is a valid argument. In all what Barack is doing is attempting to create his version of a safer country, but everyone has their own opinions.