Tracy’s Random Thoughts: August 2009 Edition

I’m sick, I’m tired, it’s August. Why I am not stunned?  Let’s go.

1. Healthcare Debate

You know my prediction of Obama at the end of 2009 will have a 60% approval rating?  That doesn’t look good for now as Obama’s approval rating has dipped to 51% because of the healthcare debate.  Personally, I prefer the public option where government controls healthcare and the health insurance companies are not taking advantage of their customers/patients.  Obama wants it and so does most of the country.  The problem is two-fold:

1) We have no idea what Obama wants on healthcare reform.  We have a sense, but Obama has not blurted out the details.  That is why there is confusion on all sides.

2) Although the Democrats have 60 seats in the Senate, a quarter of the Senate Democrats are conservatives (Blue Dogs). The Senate has to respond to the people in their state and thus the main cause of the healthcare debacle.

I really don’t care for the town hall meetings since the right-wing nuts are…you know, nuts and have no room for empathy.  What should happen is after Labor Day, Obama must have a prime time appearance and lay out what he wants on healthcare reform.  Right now, he’s asking the Senate to create the reform bill, but there is no compromise in that, so he must get HIS message out before he comes another Bill Clinton.  I do hope there is healthcare reform before the end of this year, but Obama must give us specifics and tell us like adults.

2. The Social Media Wars

When Facebook acquired Friendfeed for almost $50 Million, it’s telling us that Facebook is trying to eliminate Twitter and challenge Google in the real-time search wars, conversational battle, all-purpose thingabobber.  Google have their own response this fall with Google Wave.  This is a reaction to how Twitter became a media darling, while Facebook and Google trying to catch up.  I found it odd that the traditional media ( and some social media news sites) want to make this into a war.  What I also found this interesting because in sites like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, there are sharing options that you post on either Facebook, Google, or Twitter and they all overlap.  All the social media wars is like the Chip battles with Lays, Doritos, Ruffles, and others.  Each chip has different tastes, but eventually will be in a snack box for anyone’s enjoyment.  I feel the same way for the big social media companies.  On the outside, these social media companies will compete, but on the inside, they know what’s good for the consumer and that’s a win-win.

3. Your 2009 Washington Redskins

The good news is the NFC is up in the air and almost every team has a shot at the conference crown, except for the lions and Rams.  The bad news is I don’t think the Redskins have a shot at winning a conference championship or the playoffs.  They have a talented team, but they’re not there yet.  The reason I’m talking about the Skins is this could be the last year for Jim Zorn and Jason Campbell since 2010 is an uncapped year and you know that means…Dan Snyder’s year long spending spree.  If the players care, they will help out Zorn and Campbell and if they don’t care, this will be a long season.  Hail to the Redskins, because they are going to need it.

That’s all I got. I hope next month is a little better.

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