Wednesday April 23, 2014
The State of Disunion AddressM. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. Salem-News.com
I'm sure Obama expects America will quickly forget the numbers anyway along with everything he promised in his wind bag of tricks.
(WINDSOR, N.H.) - A friend asked me to comment on the President's State of the Union Speech so I thought I would reply here. To those who take exception to how I refer to the President, I ask that you respect my lack of formal address as it is my conviction that this man is a con artist and a murderer deserving no respect.
Taking President Obama's State of the Nation speech in its most literal sense, one might easily lead one's self to believe Obama's intentions in the coming years, should he be re-elected, are to act both progressively and aggressively in taking on issues of the economy, infrastructure, lack of jobs (real jobs..the kind that one could support one's self or a family), taxes, the obsessive greed of Wall St and the multitude of abuses heaped upon America and its citizens by corporations forever displaying entitlement while diminishing the job base, health care and overall welfare of a nation and economies, livelihood and lives of citizens of a plethora of nations. Yes, Obama is that talented as a speech maker. As a con artist, he knows his marks well.
Several years ago, if one recalls, Obama made pretty much the same hoopla.. only using such terms as “hope” and “change” (Change, he said, we could believe in). Carefully avoiding any of those terms in this year's speech, Obama instead harped upon what he somehow considers his laudable successes.
Starting off this year's speech with a strut and feather ruffle announcing, yet again, that he had killed Osama bin Ladin, to him, seemed an appropriate beginning. Of course he would make no mention of the thousands of innocent women, men, and children who he had also killed (and continues to kill) with his outlandish use of drones... all in violation of the sovereignty of those nations he illegally invades. He would also make no mention of the fact Osama had been essentially a vegetable for many years and it was only necessary to kill him, despite his lack of resistance to capture, so that the myth of his power could be used to full advantage after his death. Obama went on to lie directly to the Nation in stating no Americans remained in combat in Iraq and that a favor had been done to that nation and the world. This writer happens to know several Americans who are still in Iraq and are still fighting there. It is doubtful they represent a small number as there are literally hundreds of thousands of hired guns who have replaced the uniformed GI in Iraq. They protect embassies, government officials, corporate big wigs, and every manner of $$ making operation in that nation that so benefited from our incursions it looks like a scene from one of so many futuristic films about global war and destruction. Ask any Iraqi on the street if he appreciates the American invasion. A constant and sad refrain is that Iraq was better off before... not after. Death, displacement, destruction of over 80% of infrastructure, toxic air, land and water, deformed children, hundreds of thousands of innocents struggling to obtain care for themselves and their families.. many struggling just to find their families, constant sniper fire, bombings, threats, crime of all sorts... Yes, Obama can sell it like his predecessors.
On the economy, Obama said this:
“In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn’t afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people’s money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn’t have the authority to stop the bad behavior.
It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag. In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect.
Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we’ve agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we’ve put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.” In 2008 we learned??? Apparently it slipped his mind that the fraud warnings had been going out before the S&L debacle and that the only outcome was a few pardons and meager fines and nothing, I repeat NOTHING in terms of reining in the banks and corporations (friends and relatives of George Bush and Company) who created that mess. Yes.. Americans were left holding the bag for that one, too, but government knows Americans have short term memories.. and should they have memories just a bit longer, Big Pharma, with offices IN the Whitehouse, and the revolving door between the FDA, NIH, CDC, would push enough dope around to severely impede upon those few. He implies the loss of approximately 8 million jobs. The actual losses hover around 15 million. I guess a few million here and there don't really matter. Of course it looks better to say 8 million lost jobs with a gain of 3 million as opposed to 15 million lost with a gain of 3 million. I'm sure Obama expects America will quickly forget the numbers anyway along with everything he promised in his wind bag of tricks.
Yes, an agreement to cut the deficit was cleverly played out in front of America who walked away appropriately confused. In the end, all those cuts will be to the detriment of hard working Americans.. and NOT the criminals who put us in such disarray. OH! And those “new rules”.. the ones intended to “hold Wall St. accountable”?? Well, those rules, beyond the already applied no interest loans which were handed out in secret to corporations and firms who had already secretly been “bailed out” by other sources and used our money to continue paying their top criminals exorbitant bonuses and throw lavish “laugh at the fools” parties and the gifting of cabinet and advisor positions within his government, amount to absolutely no further protections to the American economy, the American worker or anyone other than the SCOTUS anointed Corporate Citizens... and Obama knows this. A majority of economists, despite Obama's implying such economic devastation will never occur again, are warning all to brace for an even larger hit to the economy... and one not very far away. Obama, also knows this.
One thing Obama apparently does not know is the definition of “accountable”. While he tosses it out as if it had some serious weight within his administration, at no time in the past years and no where within his speech (or any of his speeches for that matter) is there any use of this word appropriately connected with its definition. Kowtowing to the $$ lobbies, the $$ backers, and the most obvious of criminals (really, Barack? Giving jobs to these scum fits in with your understanding of “accountable'?) An honest government would, rather than play games to save face or protect cabal heads, take the rightful hits and handcuff and fully expose the criminals and crimes, put real “toothed” regulations in place, and break up the monopolies that destroyed our economy in the most treasonous manner. Anything less is cowardice and/or complicity.
So Mr. Complicit goes on to say: “The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back now. As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place. “ My interpretation of this malarkey is that the portion of our “union” that is getting stronger is the big $$ portion..Wall St and the bankers. The millions of jobs he speaks about (in the paragraph before this in his speech) being created by industry are sadly insufficient if they actually exist and none are subject to permanency. Apparently, there is permanency and even advancement if you are a criminal on Wall St. We have already seen how Obama fights obstruction.. whining to the public and cutting back room deals that benefit only his cronies and the Republican cronies. There is a difference between continuing bad policy and returning to it. Obama did nothing to interrupt bad policy and so it has continued. He has proposed NOTHING in this or any of his speeches that will halt bad policy. The snow job continues.
Attempting to foster belief that his “plan” (whatever it actually is) is working, he offers the tale of bailing out General Motors...a company that has notoriously been mismanaged and has had to be bailed out several times over the decades. With this latest bailout (thanks to both the US and Canadian govts), GM, Ford and the entire industry has hired close to 160,000. Not even close to the numbers who have lost their jobs at GM and the support industries that kept it afloat (est. 3 mil). These are primarily resurrected jobs as opposed to new jobs. With barely a few months of actual production and sale, Obama touts the robust resurrection of GM. Based on its history, it is way too early to claim anything about GM... but Obama knows Americans do not understand this. I love how Obama expressed this bailout: “We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back.” (But the horses have many miles to go before they reach the finish line and it can honestly be claimed that a winner has emerged. Based on the track stats, the odds are not in GM's favor).
He continues: “ What’s happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh. We can’t bring back every job that’s left our shores. But right now, it’s getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive. A few weeks ago, the CEO of Master Lock told me that it now makes business sense for him to bring jobs back home. Today, for the first time in fifteen years, Master Lock’s unionized plant in Milwaukee is running at full capacity. “ Sure it can. Everyone can dream and pretend and project on the future the impossible or improbable and claim they are anything but. You best believe we cannot bring those jobs back. They are gone, gone, gone. Just how long does Obama think it will take before it becomes too expensive to outsource entire industries to China? Let's not bring up the fact there are millions more in other nations ready to be exploited. Bill Clinton is working overtime to insure the sweatshops open again in Haiti. Now, it's a good thing to hear about jobs returning to America.. and union jobs at that! However, the actual number is “about” 100 jobs. Obama didn't mention that fact or the fact that there is nothing in place to insure those or millions of other jobs do not get outsourced. Sure, later in his speech he rattles off some garbage about creating tax disincentives and such but that is nothing more than soap box spit spewing from the “promise them anything but let them eat cake” kid.
Yup... In nothing flat from his “we can do it” spew, he offers...: “Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.” (To paraphrase in a most disingenuous manner, late President Kennedy..”Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”). My opinion? Bring the jobs back to America or pack up and live in China. Period. No tax breaks, no subsidies, no nothin'. How can you dare call this your country when you take every advantage of it while spitting all over it? No 1,2,3, no second chance, no time to think it over. Bring the jobs back or pack your bags.... and we seize your property!! Wanna sell your goods in the US? Sure...Pay the tariffs... BIG ONES.
Obama's answer: Mangle the tax codes so nobody can figure anything out but by no means actually put your foot down on these greedy bastards who would sell out America in a heartbeat if it meant a few $$'s more in their pockets. Read, if you dare, Obama's tax jelly.. http://goo.gl/uOXbM “My message is simple. It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I’ll sign them right away. “ Some simple message, Obama! More than likely works out to over 10,000 pages of new tax code to confuse everyone and be bastardized and eventually subverted in favor of your big $$ buddies. This is the change America can believe in, right?
And then comes this drivel: “I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products. And I will not stand by when our competitors don’t play by the rules. We’ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration – and it’s made a difference. Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires. But we need to do more. It’s not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It’s not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they’re heavily subsidized.” After Obama bombs out a few more countries and blackmails a few more and extorts a few more, he will subsidize sales to those countries much the same way he pays Israel millions to buy American weapons.. It's called corporate welfare. Both Republicans and Democrats hate welfare... when it goes toward helping troubled and abused families in the US... but when it comes to giving massive welfare to Israel and other countries so that US war manufacturers can profit egregiously, well, that's different... really. Salesman that he is, Obama cannot miss a good lie.
I'll address a bit more of the Obama Illusion in a few days. Please consider supporting genuine progressive candidates both locally and nationally. Time is short. (Please.. If you are a Ron Paul supporter, save your comments. He is a part of the problem, not the solution).
PS: While many soldiers are being redeployed to other regions, some are coming home to no jobs, no prospects, broken families, and a life of PTSD hell with a VA that would be happy to draw a curtain around them and leave the theater. Offer them a smile, a hand shake, a meal or a place to stay and help them get back on their feet. The sooner they realize this is not a hostile territory for them, the sooner they will begin their journeys to recovery.
__________________________________M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. is a Counselor and Conflict Resolution Specialist/Consultant (Mediation/Arbitration/Facilitation) (20+ yrs).
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