Friday, October 23, 2009

The Unemployed Wait

I thought that the editorial The Unemployed Wait was perfectly written, not only because I am a Democrat, but because he took "mini jabs" at the way the Republican party is stepping in the way of the troubled American people getting some of the help they need. I completely agree with what this author is saying. It is very obvious that he is intending for this article to be read and taken seriously probably only by Democrats, but I wish that more people would look outside of their box and read articles that may not pertain to them but they read it anyways.

I was not aware of the way that the Republicans were handling themselves with the issue of extending insurance for the unemployed, but after reading this article, I am completely appalled at the way they would interfere with Americans receiving help from the people that should be helping them. I think that the way the author included many statistics about the unemployed of the United States and the facts about the bill and improved bill that the House and Senate have come up with is a huge factor in his credibility because he isn't just writing an editorial about his opinion; he is writing an editorial with facts and substance. He supports his findings with factual information which is the most credible tool to use in my eyes. I find it very hard to conjure up an opinion about a political topic from an article that has no factual or statistical information, but this article has it all and he helps the reader understand what is going on in the situation so clearly.

As I look down my street, I see a another family moving out of their new home that was built probably within the past year, so I see what these unemployment numbers are doing and it is so disgusting to me to even think that any person would stand in the way of our people receiving help financially to stay alive in this economy. I think that the way this author ends the article is so intelligent and moving; I don't know how anyone can stand behind the Republicans' opinion on this situation after reading this: "Every day that the Republicans continue to block an extension — fighting over amendments to the bill or delaying a vote — means thousands more Americans pushed closer to the edge of despair." Read the article for yourself and see what you think when you're done.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Don't Penalize the Seniors

When I visited USA Today, I wanted to read this article strictly because of the title, but the further I got into the article, I was almost greatly disappointed with the author's lack of power in his argument. I agree with most of the things he is speaking of when it comes to opposing cutting back on the Medicare coverage seniors get, but I don't think that he supported his argument with any factual information to get his point across. The main facts he brought to the table were about the proposals that have been brought forth to Congress that show that many seniors with Medicare Advantage would be experiencing higher costs and fewer substantive benefits. I think the most important part, and maybe the only important part of his editorial was when he stated, "In fact, they'd be the only ones guaranteed to lose out." I think with this statement, he finally gets his point across and links the entire editorial with the title of the article. The logic that this author used to conjure up his ideas about the healthcare reform issues was definitely there, I just think he need to put some more emphasis on the facts and statistics and so forth in order to give himself a higher credibility to the readers. Many of the people that commented on his editorial were very ignorant it seemed like, either that or they just think Democrats are the worst. One guy commented about how he's just another Democrat who loves give-a-ways. I think that if this author would have put some more credibility into his work, some of these pushy Republicans may have kept their comments to themselves, or possibly not knowing them. I honestly think that the author may not have thought thoroughly about his intended audience, because his editorial was just too bland and didn't have any structure to it, in a lack of better words. I felt as if he just threw his ideas onto a computer screen without any facts to back it up or even more emphasis on his opinion about the issues being brought to the surface in the news. I think that he could have gone further with his first paragraph speaking about how it's not the extras, its more about the out-of-pocket expenses. He needed to make it more of an argument that the seniors should continue to be receiving the coverage they have been receiving, and they need to not be put in more economic troubles due to getting coverage taken away from them. I do agree with what this author is trying to get across, but if I were to write an editorial on this issue, I would put more power into it to try and show those strong-willed Republicans that I know what I am talking about, and it's not just about give-a-ways!