Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama Supports Homeschooling

I usually do my political blogging at Alasandra's Place, but since the question involves homeschooling I am going to blog about it here. Sprittbee claims that Obama Opposes Homeschool and Parental Rights, as a homeschooler obviously this claim would concern me, but is it true?

Homeschoolers for Obama doesn't seem to think so.

When asked this was Obama's response
Q. Do you support home schooling?
A. Barack Obama respects the decisions reached by some parents to home school their children, provided those parents are conforming to the laws and regulations set forward by their states governing home-based instruction.

Nothing on the Obama website leads me to believe that he is opposed to homeschoooling and other then his plans for universal pre-school there isn't anything in his education plans that I object to, he seems to have some good ideas for improving public schools, and making a college education affordable for everyone.

  • Support College Credit Initiatives: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will create a national "Make College A Reality" initiative that has a bold goal to increase students taking AP or college-level classes nationwide 50 percent by 2016, and will build on Obama's bipartisan proposal in the U.S. Senate to provide grants for students seeking college level credit at community colleges if their school does not provide those resources.
  • Create the American Opportunity Tax Credit: Obama and Biden will make college affordable for all Americans by creating a new American Opportunity Tax Credit. This universal and fully refundable credit will ensure that the first $4,000 of a college education is completely free for most Americans, and will cover two-thirds the cost of tuition at the average public college or university and make community college tuition completely free for most students. Recipients of the credit will be required to conduct 100 hours of community service.
  • Simplify the Application Process for Financial Aid: Obama and Biden will streamline the financial aid process by eliminating the current federal financial aid application and enabling families to apply simply by checking a box on their tax form, authorizing their tax information to be used, and eliminating the need for a separate application.
His policies are aimed at Strengthening Families and Communities. Some highlights

  • Provide Universal Health Care and Lower Health Costs: Barack Obama and Joe Biden are committed to signing universal health legislation by the end of their first term in office that ensures all Americans have high-quality, affordable health care coverage. Their plan will save a typical American family up to $2,500 every year on medical expenditures by providing affordable, comprehensive and portable health coverage for every American; modernizing the U.S. health care system to contain spiraling health care costs and improve the quality of patient care; and promoting prevention and strengthening public health to prevent disease and protect against natural and man-made disasters.
    For more information on Barack Obama and Joe Biden's health care plan, please visit the Health Care Policy page
  • Create a Universal Mortgage Credit: The current mortgage interest deduction excludes nearly two-thirds of Americans who do not itemize their taxes. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will ensure that anyone with a mortgage, not just the well-off, can take advantage of this tax incentive for homeownership by creating a universal mortgage credit. This 10 percent credit will benefit an additional 10 million homeowners, the majority of whom earn less than $50,000 per year. Non-itemizers will be eligible for this refundable credit, which will provide the average recipient with approximately $500 per year in tax savings.
  • Strengthen Fatherhood and Families: Barack Obama has re-introduced the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act to remove some of the government penalties on married families, crack down on men avoiding child support payments, ensure that support payments go to families instead of state bureaucracies, fund support services for fathers and their families, and support domestic violence prevention efforts. As president, Obama will sign this bill into law and continue to implement innovative measures to strengthen families.

Overall I believe Obama is the best choice for President. But I encourage everyone to decide for themselves. Visit the candidates websites (McCain website), review the debates. Listen carefully to what each candidate has to say. I also implore you not to believe everything you read online. Many falsehoods are being spread.

Contrary to what many fundamentalist bloggers claim Obama has a valid Hawaiian birth certificate. staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

Funnily enough the same people who want to make an issue of Obama's birth place are mum on the fact that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. But guess what they are both U.S. citizens so it doesn't matter.

Why I won't vote for McCain

  • Health Care - The value of the employer provided insurance will now show up as additional income for the employees.
  • Doesn't have any concrete plans to make college affordable for everyone.
  • McCain & Palin's record on animal welfare issues.
  • The fact that Palin thinks it's not terrorism to blow up abortion clinics.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Alasandra's Place: My head hurts from all the stupidity

Alasandra's Place: My head hurts from all the stupidity

I am appalled at the smear tactics that Fundamentalist Christians are stooping to and their ridiculous claims of proof he (Obama) wasn't born in Hawaii (which by the way is part of the United States).Snopes.Com plainly shows why we shouldn't believe the nonsense about his birth certificate. Not to mention that if there was any validity to the nonsense HRC would have used it to insure that she was the Democratic nominee.

Homeschool Blog Awards ~ Vote For Your Favourite Group Blog

Voting will end December 31st and I will announce the winner around the 1st of January. We have five group blogs to choose from. The poll can be found in the sidebar at the top. I will get the adult blogs up asap. Thanks for understanding that I can't do it all at one time.

Group Blogs

Homeschool Blog Awards ~ Cast Your Vote For Your Favourite Teen Blog

Voting will end December 31st and I will announce the winner around the 1st of January. We have three teen blogs to choose from. The poll can be found in the sidebar at the top.

Teen Blogs-