‘Wish I Was Here’ Movie Review

By Matt Lewis

The movie stars Zach Braff, Zoey King, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson and a slew of other great actors, mostly whom are there for cameo purposes. Photo Courtesy of:  http://bit.ly/1rsAU95

The movie stars Zach Braff, Zoey King, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson and a slew of other great actors, mostly whom are there for cameo purposes.                                                                                                      Photo Courtesy of:

Visit http://bit.ly/1vwOrjy for the trailer of this movie and visit http://bit.ly/1mT5XXz for one of the movie’s best scenes.

Here is what Jackie Bensley, of Phoenix said about it:

“My favorite scene is when they are on the camping trip. It is there that the father begins to actually connect with his children. He shares some part of himself with them and they feel that connection and in turn begin to open up to him. They all have a better appreciation of we each other. Also the scene where Sarah is talking to Gabe in his hospital bed… As she explains to him what she thinks his sons need from him. A very powerful moment. My favorite character would have to be the family unit as a whole. They were so perfectly imperfect. They were each trying so hard to do what was right. The only problem they each had a different idea of what is right for them. As most normal families do especially in today’s world when everyone is in their own little world. But then they come together when it really matters. Family. I liked the film because it was so thoughtful. While watching you really had a connection to it. I always know whrn I come out of a film if b I had a connection with it… If it made me feel something good… And this one did jist that. The casting was great. I don’t think I have ever seen Kate Hudson in an indie film before. I was a little curious about this when I first saw the trailer. But she pulled it off with flying colors. Impressive. If you mean effects by the interspersed kind of flashbacks with the father being in some video game they played as kids, I understand what he was trying to do, but I think it was unnecessary and kind of detracted from the film. The film would have been just as good if not better without them. We really didn’t need to know that both brothers escaped their childhood through video games. And were still escaping reality through acting and role playing at comi-con conventions. We didn’t really need that. And as for the music. I don’t really think it added to the film… Or took away from it, it was just there as if it needed to be there because that is what you have in a film. It was a minor character in the scheme of things.”

Obama, Romney Share Similarities On Health Care Statutes

By Derek Evans, Apprentice
The Gilbert Gumption

     Everyone knows that President Barack Obama is a Democrat and his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s a Republican. These two men have different political ideologies, but they aren’t as divergent as you might imagine. This might surprise some, but when it comes to healthcare they have similar healthcare – which is likely to be an important issue come November.

Both support legislation that some have dubbed “universal healthcare.” In 2010, Mr. Obama singed the Affordable Care Act into law. [Read more about the law at U.S. Department of Health & Human Services‘s website – http://1.usa.gov/NeNrvG]. The GOP, who are at least publicly against the notion of universal healthcare, decided to vilify the new law by nicknaming it “Obamacare.”

The nickname stuck and, with the president himself embracing the term. In 2006, Mr. Romney signed into law a piece of healthcare legislation similarly referred to as “Romneycare.” [To see the entire document, visit the State of Massachusetts’s website – http://1.usa.gov/MREaqz].

While there are similarities between these two pieces of legislation. Both laws, however, have some prominent differences. According to an eye doctor  in Colorado, Ben’s blog [http://bit.ly/P6O2ku] “Romneycare” was only 70 pages, while Obamacare was more than 2,000 pages.

Romney vetoed portions of the bill, which is known as a line-item veto. Several states allow their governor to utilize a line-item veto. The president, however cannot.

Congress passed The Line Item Veto Act of 1996, but the U.S. Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional in Clinton v. New York City, (1998), because they considered it to be a violation of Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution. The Constitution vests Congress with the power to craft legislation; the president can sign, or refuse to sign, only the entire packaged bill. [Source/Read more: http://anse.rs/NpdjRY]

In the late 1990’s, former President Bill Clinton tried to use a line-item veto. The Supreme Court ruled federal legislators could not use a line-item veto. According to Ben’s blog [http://bit.ly/P6O2ku] “Romneycare” didn’t raise taxes, while “Obamacare” does. The website appears to display a bias towards Romney and his signature legislature, which means his assertions should be checked against a more reliable source.

Romney has made an effort to distance himself from the term “Romneycare” and its implication that the two laws are similar. While there are differences, the principal idea behind both statutes share many similarities.

     For those interested in federal politics, this mere similarity may be insignificant, but the effet it may have on the election could prove interesting.