I enjoyed some time hanging out with my nieces’ earlier today thanks thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was a bit disappointed tough, when they couldn’t answer my question:
why do you not have to go to school today?
It’s quite amazing how President Obama took his oath on Dr. MLK’s Bible and, as he did during his first inauguration, President Abe Lincoln’s Bible. I read an article on Yahoo on President Obama’s inaugural on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and here’s my favorite part:
The commitments we make to each other–through Medicare, and Medicaid and Social Security–these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.
The president also warned in the approximately 2,000 word speech that the country cannot succeed if a “shrinking few” succeed economically while the middle class suffers.
I didn’t realize how important medicare and social security is when my mom had to rely on it during her illness. Still, despite how much medicare covers for medical bills, as well as the amount of social security my mom receives, she barely has enough to pay all of her hospital and medical bills. We need to give more to our retired senior citizens and I’m glad President Obama included that in his speech.