Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a good person who impacted the world, is no longer with us. He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist. He won the Nobel Peace Prize with former South African President F.W. de Klerk for their efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black President, serving until 1999.
President Obama gave a 20 minute eulogy during Mandela's memorial service in South Africa. Obama compared Mandela to Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln and America's founding fathers. All living presidents but George H.W. Bush went to Mandela's Funeral. Also, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accompanied former President Clinton to the funeral. Presidents and Prime Ministers from many countries all over the world joined the biggest funeral by people and dignitaries in our time.
Similar to Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech, Nelson Mandela is known for his historical "I'm prepared to die" speech. In June 1964, against the former apartheid regime of South Africa, only white people were allowed to vote. Mandela had been accused of inciting strikes by workers and leaving the country without permission of the government. Before his 27-year imprisonment, he made a famous speech from the dock. Mandela was the reason that freedom exists in South Africa.
He believed in equality and in 1964he wrote, "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
General Motors has announced the first-ever female Chief Executive Officer in the automaker industry. Current chairman and CEO Dan Akerson will retire on January 15, 2014. Mary Bara, a long time GM employee will replace Akerson as CEO from that point on. Akerson, 65, pushed ahead his succession by several months after his wife was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer. Since the inception of Local Talk, many female executives have come to the surface and the inequality as far as female and male employees is concerned is diminishing, but still exists.
According to Fox News, "The White House is bringing in a former top official from the Clinton administration to help manage the messy ObamaCare roll-out and other matters as President Obama tries to regain his footing in his second term....Podesta served as Clinton's fourth and final chief of staff between 1998 and 2001 before founding the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank with close ties to the Obama White House, in 2003. " People's confidence level in ObamaCare is going down. From what I've heard about ObamaCare, so far it's good for the people, but the way the Obama administration is managing it makes everyone skeptical about the success of the program.
The program gives you the exact amount the person will pay for the insurance, according to the level of benefit selected, individual or family coverage and income level. They have a specific chart to charge the insurance for each and every individual. However, I wonder why the Obama administration is not releasing the chart for the public to review, before they make any decision. All of the politicians talk about transparency, but transparency is only there when they want it to be. Otherwise, there is no transparency in the government, whether it's federal, state, county or local.
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