State of the Union Speech 2012

January 25, 2012

This year the speech started with a huge round of applause from both sides of the aisle as Representative Giffords name was called out. The applause lasted for several minutes as members showed admiration for her strength and courage as she fights back from a near fatal shooting at one of her campaign rallies last year.

The President started with a soft “Thank you” as he received several minutes of recognition clapping and cheering his arrival. Speaker Boehner introduced the President as all others have in the past.  He stated last month he greeted many soldiers as they returned from war zones across the ocean signifying the end of the wars.

“For the first time in 9 years there are no American’s fighting in Iraq.” He continued stating the achievements of our military personal and extended a thought “Imagine what we could accomplish if we” worked like them.  He discussed how hard work pays off in any economy.  He talked about his relatives who were part of the America success story during the greatest days of this nation.

He discussed how everyone needs to get a shot and a fair shake and plays by the same set of rules. “What’s at stake are not Democrat values, Republican values, but American values.”  Hard working Americans struggled as the top members of organizations prospered with huge bonuses and payroll. “It was wrong” our President stated.

“In the last twenty-two months businesses have created more than 3 million jobs.” American manufacturers are hiring once again and his administration has placed in effect new rules so the greed of those CEO’s will never bring about another economic crisis again. He goes on to lay out a blue print for the future of America.

It beings with “American Manufacturing” and having the strength to set standards to help those businesses that were nearly bankrupt just a few years ago. “We bet on American Workers” and now the industry is back  because of the policies he initiated. A few weeks ago the President stated the CEO of Masterlock told him it makes sense to bring jobs back home now and they are at full capacity for the first time since 2005.

The President segued into the tax codes and policies for companies that outsource jobs. He also mentioned no company should have less of a tax burden for relocating out of the country. Business need to be rewarded for remaining here in the United States and those who leave must pay higher taxes.

Competitors must play by the rules and his administration has helped stop China and other nations from cheating the system. Tonight the President announced his plan to bring on a new agency that will monitor foreign countries and the products they ship into our country.  This ” Trade Enforcement Unit”  will inspect for counterfeit products being imported to level the playing field.

President Obama talked about our Education system and how we as a Nation must increase resources to keep the best teachers on the job and teach to learn not to test. He went on to say we need to get rid of those instructors who are not fit to teach the students. The President went on to insist every state keep students in school through graduation or until 18 without the ability to dropout.

Student aid was addressed next by insisting higher education do their part to keep costs down. Higher is an “economic imperative” that every American deserves to have.  “I believe as strongly as ever we need to take on illegal immigration”.  “We need comprehensive immigration reform right now.”   At this point he received a huge round of applause as he continued to address this issue.

“Women should earn equal pay for equal work” in our economy. Every individual should be supported for innovation and inventiveness. He now wants to tear down regulations that create problems for entrepreneurs. The President wants a bill on his desk so he can sign it.  American made energy is where our future is and according to the President we need to open more land to increase production and develop “Every available source of energy” with government help where needed.

Clean energy is the energy of the future. The President will not stop working towards this sector of energy regardless of the feelings of America.  He wants to give incentives to businesses to stop wasteful use of energy and subsidies for building the clean energy future.

Next, with the money we no longer a spending on war he wants to take half and pay down our debt and the other half to rebuild the infrastructure of our country.  This will create jobs for all Americans.

With the housing crisis the President wants to offer lower interest loans to homeowners in need. No more irresponsible behavior, rules will be enacted to prevent the problems elevated in the mortgage industry that created this crisis. He wants to take away incentives that make the playing field advantageous for one member of society and not another.

Anti-fraud laws will be adhered to and he wants new and sweeping legislation passed holding business entities accountable for fraudulent activity against society.  No longer should predatory lending practices be condoned.

Our tax policies need reform so millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes. 25% of millionaires pay less taxes than a million middle class members of this society. Those struggling in this economy do not need increases, they need relief.  Those fortunate enough to make millions should pay their fair share, that is all the President is asking. With this tax policy we can reduce our deficit according to President Obama.

Finally the President stated none of these issues can be worked on unless both parties work together to do what is good for the people and not just those in Congress or any other Federal employee.  The government needs to be reduced in size and the President wants freedom from Congress to enact these sweeping reforms without having Congress meddling.

“America is back” is the message from leaders from all around the world. As President, Obama intends to continue to work with all nations helping to secure our country and those of our allies.  Our armed Force Members are to be taken care of better than they had been in the past. As President funding for military has increased each year and will continue to do so as those members serve our Nation.

This was a much different State of the Union speech than any of his previous ones.  The President offered solutions, addressing the problems facing America today.  This was a Clinton moment as he moved away from his far left visions for this nation and came to the middle.

Many of the problems we have are because Congress is broken and both parties continually vote on issues good for their personal agenda or that of campaign contributors.  The United States can succeed with citizens working together with their representatives to pass legislation that is good for the Nation. This was one of the Presidents better speeches due to the fact he finally stopped placing blame on everyone but him for the State of the Union.

What he failed to mention was the trillions of dollars spent that we don’t have. What he failed to mention was the fact Congress and Harry Reid have not passed a budget in 1000 days which is required by law.  What he failed to mention was how we were going to pay for all these new and exciting programs to help lead us down this path of productivity.


American Jobs Act

September 14, 2011

Today the President sent his jobs bill to Congress.  This is a 447 billion dollar package that according to Jack Lew his Budget Director is completely paid for.  It appears all Democrats are on board and agree this bill must be passed so we can get the job market going once again.

How they will pay for this jobs bill is simple if put in layman terms, raising your taxes.  If you are single earning 200 thousand or married earning 250 thousand each year you will feel the American Jobs Act with provisions to reduce your itemized deductions currently allowed.  By raising the target of the Joint Committee the President feels the american public will agree with the spending.

What is of concern is the first 897 billion dollar spending bill created 100 thousand jobs in the federal government but nothing in the private sector.  We have 14 million Americans looking for work and if this jobs bill addressed our deficit spending problems and actually was paid for with funding that doesn’t come from increases in taxes possibly there could be bipartisan support.

However we have been down this road before as Jack Lew stated  when discussing the provisions of this bill, ““Will be familiar to most of you because they are ideas we have talked about for the most part for some time.  That is the red flag that makes us leery as the administration has been down this path with a Democratic majority and could not get support.  Why do they think the support is there now?


The Challenge Ahead!

July 25, 2011

We start another week with Washington at a stand still concerning the debt limit negotiations between the two parties.  Interestingly on Sundays talk shows both sides talked about what they want to do. Speaker Boehner still wants a plan that holds the lines of the “Cap, Cut and Balance Act” that wasn’t ever put on the floor of the Senate for a vote.  Treasury Secretary Geithner  believes we are on the right path creating jobs, building the economy and spending dollars needed to keep the country prosperous.

The challenge ahead is not which side gets what they want in these discussions, the challenge ahead is which side gets a sound fiscal policy that will rebuild our nation by cutting the out of control spending and reining in the fraud and waste that created this monstrosity of a debt which is bankrupting our nation and eroding the quality of life for every citizen in the nation.

With a 14.5 trillion  dollar national debt hanging over each taxpaying citizen along with 115 trillion dollars in unfunded mandates, which by the way our Congress have no plans in place to pay any of the debt down. Their plans each year are to spend more so they can give those special interest groups what they want just so they can get re-elected.

Mind you not all individuals in Washington or across the nation are all about their re-elections or personal agendas, some actually want to do what is right for America.  Recently several members have shown were they stand as they attempt to work for the people who elected them and do what is right for the nation and not just their political careers.

Our time-table is a short one if we are to remain the greatest nation in the World. What our elected officials need to be working on is simple, the message is clear,  “Stop spending what you don’t have!”  Release a budget that is balanced with no new debt attached to it.

Our Congress, those the American People elected to work for them are in Congress now  for over 815 days without passing a budget. Do you know of any business that can operate without having a budget in place as they strive to maintain a viable business?  Not one comes to mind as business CEO’s realize in order to make money there has to be more revenue than expenses, as a matter of fact a 14-year-old can grasp that concept.

So, Congress roll up your sleeves and continue to work together to finally do what is right for the country you took an oath to abide by the Constitution to protect and serve. The American People expect no less.


80% of Americans Believe Congress Has A Spending Problem

July 16, 2011

Finally, Americans are speaking out and letting Congressional members know they have a spending problem.  The latest poll out suggests 80% of Americans Believe Congress has a spending problem and want them to rein in the spending and finally do what is right for America and not their re-election campaigns.

This poll was done in the confines of a local restaurant here in Las Vegas.  As we were eating and enjoying pleasant conversation the subject came up “Does Congress Spend More Than They Should?’ Out of the 5 people at the table 4 exclaimed yes to the question. The only one who thought Congress didn’t have the spending problem was a union member for the local school district.  With that said imagine what the real statistics would be if I were to poll say 500 or 1000 individuals all across the Nation?

I would venture to say the results would be close if not exactly the same as my small sample poll.  14.5 trillion dollars in debt with 110 trillion in unfunded mandates due with Congress having no idea how to pay them at this point in time. Yes I would agree with those 80%, Congress has a spending problem that needs to be addressed immediately if not sooner.


How Long Will This Nation Last?

July 7, 2011

Where are the jobs?  According to President Obama when he pushed for the 878 billion dollar stimulus package after the election he stated we needed the funding so unemployment wouldn’t go over 8%, so he got it. Now with the new numbers out from the Labor Department the outlook is still bleak. Unemployment is at 9.2% nationally with 29 straight months over that magic number of 8%.

In Nevada the Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)  pushed the bill so we could get millions of dollars for those “shovel ready” jobs that was to stimulate the economy.  The roads across the state were torn up and expanded on with Federal Funds from that stimulus package.  Stimulus funds went to Northern Nevada to help fund a solar energy company which stated they will create 269 new jobs using green energy.  Money was spent all across the country to stimulate the economy. But we have to ask once again, Where are the jobs?

Both the House and Senate were to forego the 4th of July holiday to address the spending problems Congress has with the Americans tax dollars.  They talked all week to news reported detailing what their parties were going to do to reduce the deficit and create jobs. Our National debt will be 14.5 trillion dollars by the time this article is written and rising approximately 14 thousand dollars a second.

The Republicans will not raise taxes according to Eric Cantor (R) Virginia.  During a news conference held earlier today he stated ” Democrats insist on tax increases, there is no way!”  Those Republicans talking to reporters all agreed the stimulus didn’t work and we can not continue traveling down this path which is killing our economy.

Representative McCarthy (R) California suggested last week the President get off the golf course and into the debate to show some leadership. Today he stated “Not a time to talk about raising taxes, it is a time to talk about reforming taxes.  All the Republicans gathered on stage vocalized the same message.  Everyone believes our government needs to stop spending what isn’t there just as the citizens of this country do.

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D) California also held a news conference to discuss the talks concerning where we are as a nation.  She wanted to make the question and answer session short because she “Wanted to make every second count” as she deals with the debt crisis.

Representative Becerra (D) California stated Medicare and Social Security shouldn’t be reduced as they do not add one cent to the National Debt.  He hoped the other side will work through the weekend and realize we can find ways to work through the debt problem in other areas.

Representative Larsen (D) Connecticut went on a rampage insisting “You can’t cut your way to prosperity.” Then went on to say “They (Republicans) can’t see the time of day in a watch factory” referring to their stance on tax cuts and economic growth philosophies.

President Obama went on the news to say they are making progress and would work through the weekend to find a resolution and meet back with him on Sunday.  He stated again there were tough choices to make and both sides must be flexible for talks to achieve the outcome desired.  Stay tuned as we learn more in the next few weeks.


Is Social Security Broke?

May 13, 2011

Today the Social Security and Medicare trustees Report was released in Washington D.C at the Treasury Department.  The 6 trustees all discussed where Social Security and Medicare benefits were heading and the information is not good. We have to ask the question, “Is social security broke?

According to the report since the economic recession hit this country there is less money in the fund with more individuals receiving funds as they retire.  Charles Blahous one of the public trustees stated deficits in Social Security will continue to eradicate the funds as revenues continue to decline.  The insurance funds will exhaust  themselves by 2018 if there is no increase in taxes or cuts in benefits.

Our representatives on Capital Hill continue to say there is nothing wrong with Social Security at this time. They continue to tell the citizens there is nothing to worry about, but according to this report we need to address this problem just as we must address the national debt problem which had been swept under the rug for so many years while Congress continued to spend what they didn’t have.

Many citizens have and will rely on this fund as their only source of income upon retirement, we must not ignore the reality that the fund is broke and needs to be fixed. Billions of dollars have been paid into these funds and the citizens deserve their benefits once they do retire.


Anyone Is Better Than What We Have Now!

April 12, 2011

Yes folks, “Anyone is better than what we have now”  is the response I am receiving from individuals all across this great land we call America. With the 2012 election cycle moving into gear many individuals are dissatisfied with the President and his policies.

Since Obama has been elected our country has spiraled out of control with expansive increases in government spending, the apology tour and the continuation of wars in the Middle East of which he campaign to stop the wars over there not extenuate them with complacency.

Remember he received a Noble Peace Prize for his prolific thoughts on a war free world or just the fact that those on the panel that hands out these prizes hated Bush so much they just wanted to show him a thing or two about just how powerful they were. Thus a million dollar bounty just for thinking about peace.

Now two years later we have amassed 5 trillion more dollars in debt with a 4 trillion-dollar budget being proposed by the White House.  I don’t want to beat this thing to death but I have to say we borrow 43 cents out of every dollar we spend so the individuals across the country want someone new that will reduce the spending and size of the bureaucracy.