Supposedly tonight in the State of the Union speech, Pres. Obama is going to talk about jobs, jobs, jobs. All of the sudden he’s not that concerned about healthcare, but does care about the overall state of the economy. Any President probably gets too much credit and too much blame for the economy, except when it comes to raising or lowering taxes and creating a favorable business environment.
This President doesn’t care one lick about the private sector, the area where most of us work and the major creator of jobs, especially small business. Did you know that only 3% of his cabinet has any private sector experience? That is the lowest of any modern day president. Obama and all of the people around him have only worked for government–it’s all they know!! Him(and them) talking to us about private sector job creation(and the conditions favorable to the economy as a whole) is like me telling you ladies out there what pregnancy and childbirth are all about! Just for the record, I’m not going to attempt to comment about pregnancy or childbirth, lest it just get me in trouble….
Did you know that government jobs and healthcare are the only two sectors of employment that experienced growth last year? Government jobs actually realized sizable increases in overall pay too. I can confirm to you that healthcare did not experience that same increase… If you listen to the President’s speech, just remember that he is commited to advancing union and government jobs only, because both secure votes for him and his party for years to come. He does not care about entrepreneurism or small business.
Since the Democrats got upset in Massachusetts last week, they have been postulating what they’re doing wrong. Of course, they think it has nothing to do with the progressive policies they promote or the takeover of healthcare. They’ve decided they are just not getting their message out! I think their message has been heard loud and clear, that’s why people were marching in the street last fall and showing up at the townhalls in droves.
Get this, Obama gave 411 speeches and 158 exclusive interviews in his first year!!! If that is not getting the message out–what is he going to do this year, 800 speeches? Give me a break. This guy has had fawning media helping him along for the last 2 years. His message stinks–progressive and unconstitutional. Beware of the words of “government help and stimulus” in the State of the Union tonight.
I’m writing this before the outcome of the Mass. Senate race is known, but everyone is talking about what happens next based on that race. If Brown wins, many are saying Healthcare reform is done. Of course, we know things don’t die that easily. I would love for that to be true, but my fear is that Brown will win and the Pres. will buyout Olympia Snowe’s vote with some “Pine Tree State payola”, similar to what Mary Landreu and Ben Nelson got, and we’ll be right back to where we are. The Democrat’s seem hellbent on passing this reform and I’ve heard that Obama has talked to Snowe each of the last two days.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens, and if I’m right, I think they will live to regret it. One reason they still want Snowe or some other Republican is that then they can say “Healthcare reform was a bipartisan effort. God help us all…
The news is full of discussion about whether or not Harry Reid’s comments about Barack Obama’s light skinned negroness were appropriate. The media love this kind of story–it’s easy, inflammatory, and you can draw lines and have the two sides fight it out.
I believe Reid and the book publishers chose to highlight this for a few reasons 1) It will help sell books. 2)It will distract the media and the public from the closed-door secret meetings that are going on to blend the Senate and House health care reform bills together. Obama, Reid, Pelosi and maybe a few others aren’t letting the other Senators(Democrat and Republican) have any input into the reconciliation of the these two bills! This is unprecedented and the media is giving them a free pass. 3) It becomes a racial issue(with Strom Thurmond brought up) and allows to Democrats to portray themselves and the friend of minorities even though they are definitely the more racist of the two parties, look into some of the comments from the Democrat primary last year. Democrats see many things in terms of race–voting, spending, affirmative action, poverty, crime, etc… What happened to Martin Luther King’s ideas of judging by the content of one’s character? The real issue here is the closed-door meetings to arrange a 2000+ page bill that is going to drastically alter every facet of your life. Dive beneath the surface and the headlines, please.
You’ve probably heard about the “underpants bomber”, the “fruit of kaboom bomber”, or whatever else he’s been called. Everyone’s going back and forth about how the system didn’t catch him, the dots weren’t connected, people weren’t talking to another. Maybe the problem is the system is just too big to function properly. At your place of work, how many things are not well kept track of? I work in healthcare and stuff falls through the cracks all the time.
Why do we really need a huge overlaid bureaucracy like the Homeland Security Dept.? It really was just a reaction to make the government look like it was doing something. Has it turned out to have kept us safer or just spent a ton of money on unnecessary equipment and programs, like a bomb defusing device for some small town in the middle of nowhere?
Why not let the military, the FBI, the CIA, the police do their jobs and give them access to each other’s databases? These people are far more competent in general than some appointed bureaucrat just killing time for a paycheck. Better yet, put some of the fear into individual airports, the safer they prove to be, the more people will flock to that airport…the less safe, people will steer clear. If Midway airport had a stellar track record and O’hare was terrible, the private market would adjust itself.
One last thing, the potential head of the TSA is supposedly a big union advocate. That’s all we need is the public union mentality pervading the TSA, that will only make it harder to fire the incompetent, and reward those who excel.
No doubt that the Obama administration will hail the new jobless claim decrease of 22,000 this last week. The number of new jobless claims is 432, 000. Great news, huh? That still means that 432,000 new people filed unemployment for the first time!
One of the fallacies with this number is when an economy is suffering and businesses are laying off people, eventually they are going to run out of people to lay off, especially when the laying off has been going on for a year. We have lost 4 million jobs in 2009, how many people are there left to lay off? I will not be impressed with any stimulus, economic strategy, or administration until the layoffs are zero and the next month has job growth. This decrease could just be from the increase in government employees. Just what we need, more people working in government! The only sectors that have increased employees this year are healthcare and ….you guessed it –the federal government.
Don’t be deceived by these jobless claim triumphs, it still means 432,000 are scared, unemployed and wondering what this President and economy hold for them. If you are in the private sector, it’s not good.
You”ve probably heard one of the Democrats arguments against the Republicans, “It’s easy to be the party of No! and be against everything.” At first, this is easy to understand–the Republicans just want the status quo, they want the rich to stay rich…..but lets look a little deeper. The root of this difference between the two parties is a huge philosophical difference. Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, what ever they want to be called, believe in central planning, a huge federal government that regulates all parts of people lives–to make everything “fair”. Conservatives(Doesn’t include all Republicans), believe that the power of America rests in the individual and in a broader sense, the states. They know that the Constitution doesn’t guarantee fairness and equal results…only equal opportunity.
In regard to solving problems then, Progressives are the first to come forward with huge, sweeping 2000 page bills that create some huge federal bureaucracy to “deal” with any problem that exists. Conservatives on the other hand, believe it is up to the individual citizens and the states to decide how best to solve a problem, except in the case of issues that the Constitution demands that the Federal Government provide for, such as a common defense–the U.S. Armed Forces. So, in many cases, conservatives don’t want to offer up any bill, except to scale back the size and power of the Federal Government.
Given that contrast then, it is easy to see why the Conservatives are seen as the party of No. Conservative citizens, of which at least 40% of us consider ourselves, don’t look to the federal government to solve our problems. We only ask the feds to do that which is granted them in the U.S. Constitution. It is up to us to solve our problems, and individual states have to take that lead. The best reason is that we can have 50 different solutions to those problems and see which one works the best(and cheapest). It also allows for citizens to move to another state if they vehemently disagree with a particular state’s ideas. If everything were handled by the almighty Federal Government, where would you have to go? Most of us don’t want to leave everything and go to another country.
Don’t consider it a problemthat the Republicans don’t have their own 2000 page bill to offer, they shouldn’t because the Constitution doesn’t call for it. They actually did offer their own health care bill, it was less than 20 pages long and the Progressive/Liberal loving media laughed at it because it was so short. I guess they don’t realize the entire U.S. Constitution, one of the greatest documents ever produced, was about 19 pages….