Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the starry, cold and calm island of Nantucket! Great to be with you very early on a Wednesday morning, the 21st day of January, 2015, stars still shining here at the Hyannis/Hyannis Port Waterfront. A good day to be alive on this little sand bar created 11,500 years ago by “The Last Great Ice Age”…
“At every step, we were told our goals are misguided, or too ambitious. That we would crush jobs and explode deficits. Instead, we have seen the fastest economic growth in a decade, our deficits cut by two thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at it’s lowest rate in 50 years. This in good news people. So the verdict is clear, middle class economics works.”
U.S. President Barack Obama
“State of the Union”, January 20th, 2015
The Capitol Building
Our very fine 44th United States President Barack Obama delivered what many considered to be a speech that turned the page on the past, forever. Wars, stock market/U.S. economic collapse, and the general unease after 9/11; all events that are finally over. The ‘theory’, or voodoo economic potion of ‘trickle down’ economics has failed to fool everyone, as Abraham Lincoln once said, and by failing to do so has exposed ‘it’ for the crock of horse-hockey it really is–a vehicle to widen that Grand Canyon gap between the haves and the have-nots. The joke, I mean trickle from these so called ‘job creators’ results in more money for those fortunate enough to have made it to the top, but does it really? Most economist would argue conversely that trickle down economics and stagnant wages is unhealthy when looking at the big picture, you know, the long haul.
Proving that ‘trickle down’, outdated Reaganomics of the 1980’s failed miserably and creates less wealth overall, all while making a society that is more unstable. Therefore life in said country not richer, but poorer in both gold and spirit alike. The President outlined ways to accomplish this new goal for any politician who wishes a future in such an industry as it were, for the future of American politics will not be so much about how we can continue short changing the mass majority of ‘the American people’, rather finding avenues to support and nurture that middle class, protecting the poorest among us, recreating what was once the back bone and glory of this great land. The proud, independent and middle of the road American citizenry, who will, if armed with intelligent, fact based information, come to the correct conclusions when it comes to critical issues WE all will face in the future–issues such as global warming.
The President will propose, over the next few weeks, some ideas….. First, he plans to lower taxes on working families, second, create better child care. Third, improved sick leave. Four, closing gender gap in wages. Five, free community college. Six, national minimum wage increase.
To do all of that, he will ask the Congress to boost the capital gains rate from 24 to 28 percent, while closing the ‘trust fund’ loophole on inheritance taxes, as well as charging fees to big banks (those with more than 50 billion in assets under management), creating a middle class stimulus of roughly 320 billion dollars, monies that will improve the lives of millions from sea to shining sea. We tend to forget in this nation, remembering it for only a brief moment around this time of year, just how big and how many people are actually living here and depending upon OUR elected officials to do the right thing. Stop playing political football and actually get something DONE for that vast majority of mostly faceless, nameless souls whose voices are never really heard. Hard to hear them over all the noise created by pundits, bloggers, cable news talk shows (MSNBC excluded of course, not a paid Ad by the way!), and politicians counting their money from the countless lobbyists going through those revolving doors of Congress and K street. Whose goals could not be more juxtaposed to one another; never jiving with said, ad naseum, ‘the American People’.
Only with the plutocrats who hired them in the dark. No, that game is over and well it should be so. Exposure therapy Bob! It’s a guaranteed cure!
“…if Congress refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this. If you truly believe you can work full time and raise a family on less than 15,000 dollars a year, try it! If not, vote to give a raise to the hardest working people in America!”
The GOP response to the State of the Union–and the Tea Party response, and the “Ted Cruz” response? (only in email I am told), not to mention a Rand Paul response? (and a Spanish translator, male, giving the sad GOP story of Joni and the pigs, kinda creepy if you ask me…)–was given by newly elected U.S. Senator & hog castration expert Joni Ernst of Iowa, who told US all ’bout her times on the hog farm! Telling US all kinds of folksy stuff that sounded real good and all, but lacked any credible details, providing US a clue as to what the hell she is talking about.
Translation? The GOP lacks any vision for this new, dynamic and multicultural, rapidly changing demographic called the United States of America. A land where it is sewn into our collective DNA that if we work hard, study harder and do the right things, we can and WILL get ahead. That would stand to reason, and would be true if we did not live in a society that is rigged to help those at the top, while laughing at this naive and gentle push towards a brighter future for all in a land that deserves to be brave and free.
We have turned the page Mr. Speaker, have you?
Have a nice day everybody! Thank you Mr. President! Thanks for that ray of sunshine!
May the Force be with You!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M