Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the once again sunny, cool and calm island of Nantucket! Great to be with you and yours on this Tuesday morning, seven a.m. on the eastern coast of America, January the twentieth, 2015. I am sure anyone in the news/political/lobbying/pundit/writing/movie and/or photography business is already up and at ‘em this morning, readying themselves for yet another U.S. Presidential “State of the Union” address to the nation, airing LIVE tonight only on MSNBC. Admittedly, they will also be airing it on FOX, but be warned ‘ye fellow Englishman! Reason, logic, compassion–as well as a clear and true VISION for the future of ALL American citizen–is not this 21st Century GOP mouth piece’s strong suit. In fact, it is usually a “no go zone” for that motley crew. Opting for fiction via Sharia enriched “no go zones” that don’t actually exist in reality–only in the mind of that fiesty scallywag from down under! Arrgghh matey!
“The richest 1% will own half of the world’s wealth by 2016.”
Quite a statement made by a number of credible economists across the planet as of late and could not come at a better time for President Obama’s speech tonight at 8 p.m. eastern. Income inequality will be the hot topic of the night (a glaringly stark Grand Canyon gap between the haves and the have nots as the stock market surges, corporate profitability way up, top .1 percent gaining 278 percent increase in ‘earnings’, while bottom 90 percent wages remain stagnant), with the President announcing plans to raise taxes on that 1 percent by increasing the capital gains tax from 25 to 28 percent (rate it was when former President Ronald Reagan was in office), while closing the loophole on inheritance taxes (trust funds). The Obama administration will also introduce the concept of charging a fee to big banks (those with more than 50 billion in assets under management), who have been borrowing all that free money from the FED for years now.
Yes, all of that and a few other bells and whistles will amount to around 320 billion that will be directly, or indirectly as it were, pumped into Main Street, into the middle class. Infused into the already jumping and ever growing, robust (5 percent GDP), economy (5.6 percent unemployment), that has not even seen it’s better day yet. Why? Because so many people out there on Main Street have not FELT the recovery as of this moment, for most of the gains have gone to that top .001 percent, perhaps ‘trickling down’ to the lowly top 2 percent, but not that much farther down the food chain. You know, to the ‘little people’ the Republicans’ call “The American People”…
The shift is on, as this ‘State of the Union’ will prove. The days of Republicans pulling the proverbial wool over the eyes of an unsuspecting and rather naive American electorate are coming to an close. For with the age of powerful politicians like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren fighting the GOOD fight for said American people–with no hidden agenda behind her, draped in the woolen suit cloth of a thousand lobbyists in Washington D.C.–we are going to see a giant AWAKENING of those 330 million or so people. Waking up to realities on the ground in our nations’ Capitol such as all of that dirty, dark money in our political process (2010 “Citizens United”/and other tragic SCOTUS decisions), so much so that the concept of ‘one man/woman equaling one vote’ has become a punch line for late night comics world wide. Couple that with the gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, championed by the man we just celebrated yesterday, and I would say you might just have a problem Houston! At least if you are a Republican in this increasingly plutocrat driven horse race culminating once again in the year 2016.
The state of OUR union–namely the United States of America–is a whole lot better than it was in 2008 when the last Republican president was leaving office. The sky was falling back in those dark days surrounding Wall Street and it was this current U.S. President, Barack Obama, who brought this country not only back from the edge of a cliff, but inspired it to begin the climb to the summit once again, with record setting job growth, millions with health insurance and a relatively peaceful U.S. on the world’s increasingly dangerous stage. Only getting better by the day as we continue to strengthen our economy, i.e. bringing college to kids that need it, increase infrastructure spending and get a grip on this little phenomenon called GLOBAL WARMING. Yes, things are getting better because of the man in the White House and for that, this reporter is ever grateful.
So take heart America! “No go zones?” Nonsense! You can go anywhere you desire, the ‘hell no’ Congress of yesteryear has seen it’s better day, for they can no longer use ‘Obama’ and the word ‘care’ as an excuse for not getting anything done in Washington. They have been elected into office by the American people to govern, not to bitch and whine. To bring equality back into the realm of possibility on a global stage where MONEY is the only thing that seems to matter anymore. Money equaling speech does not equal democracy with a small letter ‘d’ the way our founding fathers intended. The right to vote in this country is just as important as the right to free speech and that fundamental cornerstone of this 238 year old experiment called “The United States of America” should not be toyed with– no matter how much money one of these plutocrats is flashing at you! I’m looking at you Scott Walker of Wisconsin! The Koch fortune does not trickle down to lowly governors from the great state of Wisconsin. At least not down to your constituents who simply want “a fair shake”…
Good Luck Mr. President and Good Luck America, this Union is worth saving!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M