American Charmer

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By: Wayne Brown


The State of the Union address for 2012 is now a matter of record for the nation and for President Obama. If you can believe the words of Hilary Clinton, “it was a fine speech, Mr. President”. If we are talking about the elements of speech-making, she may have a point. But, if we are talking about an honest look at the condition of this nation and a plan for going forward, I must say that Ms. Clinton might have stretched the truth a wee bit.


I cringed as the cameras panned the chamber of the Congress stopping to rest on the various faces that make up the current leadership of our country. Sadly, I did not see a lot of “statesmen” but rather a bunch of tired old drunks bent on keeping what they have stolen from the American people. Their self-interest appeared to be dripping off their cheeks as they sat in anticipation of the president’s next line in the speech. This was not a room that spoke to the concept of “leadership” of the American people. I could not help thinking how much this body of people was costing the American taxpayer on an annual basis and for what?


One might notice in this speech more than others made by Obama that he went out of his way to employ the concept of patriotism; to show that he believed in America; that he was proud of America and proud to be a part of it. Here again, his words outshine his past actions as he has made a habit of apologizing for the actions of America around the globe and bowing to leaders of other countries while acting as President of the United States. Many, many observers point out this fact…Obama’s action speaks the truth far louder and more accurately than his words with regard to his intent.


After insinuating that America is home from Iraq having successfully completed its mission there, the president went so far as to say that “there were no Americans now fighting in Iraq”. He stopped short of mentioning that we now have an embassy in that country with 16,000 staffers, most of which are military personnel. We may not be firing bullets but we certainly are not yet home from the war. One might also note that there was no real assessment on his part of the success of our effort in Iraq and the basis for our departure other than it was a promise of his previous campaign.


The President then moved into the meat of his “blueprint for an American economy” and it did so assuming that everything that is pivotal about the American economy spins around the center…the federal government. He missed that evaluation in that a truer picture would be to say that everything that is wrong with the American economy centers around the entanglement of the federal government. There was no mention of the enormous federal debt which has now matched our annual GDP. There was no mention of the cost of gasoline and how rapidly it has risen in price over the past three years along with the various retail staples required by the average citizen. In that chamber, the assumption is that inflation is not a problem in America today…we have the facts and figures generated by our own government to prove it.


The president says that he wants an America where the field is more level; where all Americans have the opportunity to achieve success; find jobs, and generally improve their lot in life. I think that it is fair to say that just about anyone who ever led this country wished for those things but not a single one of them has done more in such a short period of time to make them less and less a reality for the average American. Here again, we have a president who employs the skills of Lyndon Johnson who cried on television over all the young American boys dying on the battlefields of Vietnam while he looked for ways to grow the war. Actions speak louder than words and that fact has never been truer than with this president.


The president wants to bring industry which has located off-shore back to America in order to create jobs. He is ready to begin with the manufacturing sector. He pointed out that the cost of doing business in China has gone up therefore the lure of America is greatly improved. He suggested that Congress create programs to provide incentives to companies to come home to America and offer their jobs here rather than abroad. He suggested that effort be financed with American taxpayer dollars which we will have to borrow to have thereby growing our debt burden even higher. He further suggested that these entities receive relief in the form of tax favors for their investment in America. In later portions of the speech, he reversed himself and asked Congress to enact a tax code that had all entities paying their fair share of the burden. Which way will it be, Mr. President? Those who invest their capital will want to know so that can decide whether the bottom line will be red or black ink.


It did not take long for the speech to get around to taxing the wealthy of the country. The president expressed his desire to see a nation where all parties pay their fair share of the burden. He stated that anyone making one million dollars in America today should be paying one-third of that amount to the government in the form of taxes. At the same time, he was asking Congress to give him legislation which would entice those with money to invest in America for jobs and economic growth. Which way is it, Mr. President?


Obviously the president wanted to appear to be honest and sincere in his address. His cause in this case was not helped when he employed the claim that Warren Buffet’s secretary pays taxes at a higher rate than he does. This is one tired and twisted base logic designed to do nothing more than create and sustain class envy. Buffet’s secretary is taxed on the basis of payroll income tax tables structured according to income levels. Warren Buffet, on the other hand, is likely taxed mainly on the growth of his investments which is a “capital gains” tax and is currently established around a 15% rate. The payroll tax rate paid by the secretary may be higher but she certainly is not paying out more dollars in taxes on an annual basis than her boss. This is simply a calculated deception designed to play on the envy of far too many Americans. In effect, when the truth is known and everyone in that chamber knew it last night, America has to tax the middle class wage earner in order to get the revenue it receives. After all, the reality of our country is that it is made of mainly of middle-class wage earners. Of course the topper on this cake was seeing Buffet’s secretary sitting in the audience having arrived there at taxpayer expense for this all important outing. I really hope this woman enjoys being used.


The president really only acknowledged the debt problem in this country once in his speech and that was a vague once. He told Congress to take the money which had been used to fight the war in Iraq, place half of it toward debt reduction, and the other half toward getting America working. He ignored the fact that we were fighting the war on “borrowed money”. In effect, he was telling Congress to continue borrowing as the same rate so we can use half of the borrowed money to pay back the money that we have borrowed. The president wanted to insinuate that he had ended the war in Iraq and handed Congress a new revenue stream to pay the bills when in effect his call had no room for action, only empty promises.


The president was all over the board with his desires. On the one hand he was ready to provide incentives right and left to get jobs back to America through the use of tax breaks and downstream incentives. On the other hand, he was calling for a new fairness in which these same investors (known as the wealthy) need to be taxed a higher rates in order to should their part of the burden. His desires, while sounding noble, are at opposite ends of the spectrum from each other and create opposing forces which leaves the current financial situation at its same miserable level and leaves those who would desire to invest in America at a loss for whether or not it is worthwhile. It is the same old story that has been in place since Obama took office.


Note that while the president was chiding all of the corporations who paid no taxes to America in the past, he did not feel that it was important enough to bring his good friend, the CEO of General Electric, to the address and have him stand up to accept some applause for not only avoiding all corporate taxes but also walking away with billions of dollars in government “green” incentive money. I guess the money needed to bring him in was used to fly Warren Buffet’s secretary from Omaha. These are tough times you know. We have to make choices.


The president spoke of a community college program in North Carolina which was teamed with private industry to provide trained workers for jobs in their plants. He spoke of it as if this concept were something new that had come about through his efforts. In actuality, those programs are in existence and have been throughout America for ages now. The private sector has teamed with many colleges and universities to provide a local workforce that is better trained. Let’s not sell this as some new idea with a lot of bang for the buck. The concept is very mature and still comes with its own problems in terms of matching capable and qualified people up to the requirements of the program.


Then, we hit the point where the president asked Congress to send him a bill making “insider trading” illegal for those who serve in our Congress. I was bowled over. I thought insider trading was illegal in this country period stop. I had no idea that you could execute legal inside trades if you were a senator or a representative serving in Washington. Will the perks never end? Do not hold your breathe on that piece of legislation ever reaching the president’s desk. If indeed it does, there will not be any provisions for prosecution prior to implementation. Watch Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi go to work on this one.


The president made his gesture to justify the taxpayer money thrown down the drain with solar energy companies like Solyndra. He painted a picture of a brave president not willing to back away from clean energy concepts which will set America free and provide more job opportunities to the people of America. He made sure that you, the taxpayer, understood that a half billion dollars thrown around here or there in the name of a green America is the right thing to do no matter where the money ends up or what it eventually costs the American people. He pointed out that America has imported less foreign oil in the past year than in the past ten years yet he did not speak to the high price of gasoline at the pump. He did not speak to his turning his back on the Keystone Pipeline and denying jobs to tens of thousands of Americans who are standing up waiting for “shovel-ready” jobs.


Let’s not forget the somewhat apologetic approach the president took in overly involving environmental regulation in the private sector mainly by his ever growing EPA. For all the nonsense this organization has played on American business and continues to do so, he managed to find regulations that were forty years old which were deem overzealous in their controls of milk spills by dairy farmers. In other words, you can count on me to knock down these barriers but I will do so while increasing the budget of the EPA by 125%.


Finally, the president managed to lay the collapsing financial bubble of 2008 at the feet of the banking industry observing that the American public had been duped while being sold mortgages that they could not afford nor could they understand. He hung that around the financial sectors neck on the basis of the actions of a few in the industry while at the same time ignoring the fact that the federal government was at the heart of the legislation that made it all possible and that the federal government pushed and pushed most of these financial institutions to abandon their calculated risk lending practices and go with government-backed mortgage guarantees. He ignored those facts because they offer proof that big government has no place in private sector markets or the decisions we make as individuals in terms of buying a home. He ignored the fact that far more “deadbeats” and bad-credit risk looked up and decided that it was their lucky day yet when they failed in their venture wanted to cry “foul” and label themselves “victims”.


There was no real mention of those nasty entitlements (as they have come to be called) such as Social Security and Medicare. There was no mention of the total mismanagement of those funds by our past and current leaders. There was not mention that the squandering of those funds have bankrupted both of the programs and left millions and millions of senior Americans wondering about their future. There was not real commitment to enter the fray to fix the programs, just silence and the sound of relief from a room that is too cowardly to accept the blame for such a deception of the American people.


When the speech was done, I found myself lacking the information that I needed to form a real opinion as an American taxpayer about the “state of our union”. I found myself wondering if we had a leadership that was at all worried about our debt, our deficits, operating ratios, our spending, and the ever-growing involvement of the federal government in our daily lives. This was not a “state of the union” speech. This was a campaign address designed simply to detract from what is the real record of achievement by this administration (which is nothing) and focus as many Americans as possible on the warm fuzzy possibilities of the future. It was designed to make it appear that we have a man in the office of the president who is capable yet cannot get any support from a do-nothing Congress. This was a speech that threw everyone in the boat overboard except the captain.


America does not have four more years to give to the Obama Administration. The country cannot sustain the continued onslaught of deficit spending and the lack of discipline on the part of those who populate high office in the federal government. 2012 must be an election year in which the vast majority of Americans see the light and realize that nothing changes until we realistically reduce the out-of-control spending…a call that the president should have had on the top of his list last night. Nothing will happen of substance in the economy until those investors and job creators in the private sector see their way through the fog of the Obama Administration regulations and double-speak in terms of tax issues. 2012 offers the opportunity for the American taxpayer and voter to step forward and emphatically state to the world, “No More!” Our survival as a nation depends on it.






©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.


25 January 2012


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Wayne you have summarized the President's address quite well. I wish America would wake up and vote all of the present Congress out of office. why should they worry about Social Security and Medicaire? They are set up for life with salary and health benefits whether they are in office or not.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

That Obama sure can do some talking. I mean, you gotta give it to the guy, the last POTUS that could speak so well got shot in the head when he tried to do things that haven't been done since...bucking the oligarchs and printing money without asking the fed.

I'll know Obama is doing what's right when he's assassinated, if that doesn't happen, then I'll know he's just a international banker and corporation figurehead.

The republican response afterwards was pretty pathetic, I thought....I've sure seen no GOP policy that accomplished much, unless, of course - you were already a multi millionaire or billionaire who only wanted to fill the ratt hole of ego more (which really can't be done - greed is no different than crack addiction, but the greed addict is more deadly).


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Wayne, your words are those of many I'm sure of your countrymen who think along the same lines as you outline here. Without going into detail of your excellent rant, what concerns and outsider like myself looking into your country from mine were these very last words of yours.

“No More!” Our survival as a nation depends on it."

Yes indeed they do. And if there is any truth in what has appeared on the net about your President having signed a bill that is now law. Your government has the total authority to arrest, confine and without any trial any person(s) they deem a threat to your society. Than includes every American citizen?

THE POLICE STATE is at hand. They want to take over the FREEDOM of information and be able to arrest. They want to halt FREEDOM of information. Journalist and the news will be spied upon. If there is truth that camps are being built in your Nation to harbour and keep buried away citizens who go speak against their Government innocently yet with open minds like yourself, then my friend revolt will be around the corner.

One could find themselves spirited away in the dark of night and taken away. Don't think for a minute that the Government is your friend, they will tax the middle class till they bleed and be left with nothing. Count the many of unemployed and homeless there are living in the streets. They are growing in numbers. Will they to be taken off the streets and placed in these camps that have the barbedwire facing in to restrain any attempts to escape?

It's a scary and Mad mad world we are in Wayne. You keep saying it as it is and people are listening, but watch your back my friend. BIG BROTHER is watching our every move and our words. Suppression has always been the power of governments, when the hoards get out of hand they take over, suppress and put away and take away the power of the people to be squashed. Peace and blessings to you my friend and thank you for standing out and standing up for your people.


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Rhonda Waits 4 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Wayne you summed this speech up well. A lot of horse pocky, thats what I believe the speech was about. I listened and waited for some sort of good news, there was none. This President needs to be gone out of office, thats for sure. I love your flare with words. Keep on writing. Great job. Voted up and out of site. Well, atleast as far as I am concerned.

Sweet wishes Rhonda.


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bizzymom 4 years ago from New York

I pretty much agree with everything you have written. The president's speech was all rhetoric. People expect to hear the State of the Union address and get some answers. I don't think we got them. How can he stand there and tell us he wants a level playing field for all Americans when the members of Congress (who make the laws) are not playing fair? Why is it that they get health insurance for life whether they are in office or not? Why is it that the children of members of Congress do not have to pay back student loans? I don't think anyone in the Legislative or Executive Branches of government deserve to be in office any more. Our president was proud to tell us that he found the economy in the condition that it is in when he came in to office. Yes, we know that; however what has he or Congress done in the last three years to make it any better? We need a congress and president that will make things happen not people who sit on a law waiting to attach something that benefits them before passing it. State of the Union is just stating the obvious. If you are a good speaker, you can make anything sound good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

As I watched and listened to our (?) leader during his SOTU speech, I couldn't stop hearing in my mind that old hoary vaudeville line: "That was no lady, that was my wife."

Only what I was hearing was: "that was no state of the union address; that was an all-out, better believe it, campaign speech. No cold, hard facts about the situation our president has put us in; just empty rhetoric with no substance.

November cannot come soon enough for me. Out with the old and in with the new. You nust keep telling it like it is, my friend. Voted way UP!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - Blueprint? for continued economic disaster. Being an ideologue Obama won'.[t ever back off his failed policies. His view of the way things are supposed to work doesn't mesh with capitalism which he seems to despise. I had a little different take, which I penned today, when he kept asking for Congress to work with him. He has already stated that he doesn't need Congress to exercise his agenda. We'll see.

The Frog


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Your analysis of the speech is spot on. The words were empty and false. Obama the patriot...hard to accept considering his reluctance to spend time with the troops. Obama the business leader..not in this lifetime. He just doesn't get the fact that we are in serious trouble. For him the answer is always the same, raise taxes, grow government and spend, spend, spend our way into prosperity. Great writing. Up and awesome.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I don't think you missed a single thing. I appreciate how you made a point of highlighting what he did not say is every bit as important as what he did, possibly more so. He is recycling his old speeches and ideas that have been proven not to work. This was very detailed and this one subject, more than most really needs that. Thank you for paying such close attention and passing on all you noticed to those of us who had to turn off the TV several times because it was making us ill!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@mljdgulley354...So true. Looking around that chamber, it is not wonder that Congress is a wreck. There are way too many old guys just there to protect what they have and want. WB

@Wesman Todd Shaw...Personally, I find the whole bunch disgusting. They double-talk the American people and so many of the ones sitting there now have been responsible for squandering our wealth on pork and earmarks. Now they want us to think that they have a difficult job???? Thanks much, Wes. WB

@Vincent Moore...I am afraid Washington is the home of our most dangerous enemy as a country at the present. Only the people can change what is going on here but we have to get our minds together to do it otherwise its the same-o, same-o. Thanks, Ken. WB

@Rhonda Waits...Nothing but a "rah-rah" speech I am afraid designed to distract and shed the blame everywhere but at his feet. Thanks much. WB

@bizzymom...Well, we certainly agree on everything you just mentioned...very much so. Congress needs a major overhaul both in terms of its membership and the makeup of the benefits it has so generously voted to itself. As Rick Perry mentioned...it needs to be a part-time job as it was intended. Thanks much! WB

@drbj...Thank you as well, Doc. You see things here as I do that are way out of scale with what the American public deserves from Washington in terms of honest and forthright behavior. These folks are thumbing their nose at us thinking we have no choices. I, for one, believe they are wrong. WB

@The Frog Prince...Very true, Jim...that is the reason that he is asking for the power to restructure the executive branch of the government...to circumvent the legislative process as much as he can. This is one dangerous politician if there ever was one. Thanks much! WB

@breakfastpop...I couldn't believe he actually made reference to already committing to cut over three trillion from downstream spending as promise...not happening with him or with Congress. Sadly, if this guy does gain momentum for re-election he may well take all of Congress in with him and really grease the skids for a runaway government. Thanks, Poppy. WB

@poetvix...I watched the whole thing with an airline barf bag beside my chair! I remember the feeling that I had when Ronald Reagan had such a landslide victory on election night...I want that experience again and I want it in 2012. Let's hope the Republicans can keep from messing this chance up. Four more years of Obama will be beyond our ability to sustain. Thanks much. WB


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I did not watch the speech but read it later. I couldn’t look about the congressional chamber for so many reasons expressed here. And the recent frenzied attacks by GOP candidates against each other leave me stunned. What is happening to us? Where are reason, honesty, character and integrity? I love my country; to watch what is transpiring frightens and deeply saddens me.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Genna East...Sorry to take so long to reply, Genna. I have been on a project and out of circulation. We have a bunch of crusty, tired old drunken leaders in Washington on both sides of the aisle incapable of doing anything other than protecting their own selfish interests. We created this as a public, now we need to clean it up. It has gone on for much too long now. Thanks for the great comment! To answer your question, I think it is as much a question of morality as it is character and integrity. The character and integrity were always a little flawed but now the morality is gone and they could care less what we really think as a public. WB


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

Hang 'em all but 6 and save 'em for pall bearers! I think everybody is sick of the whole bunch, not just Obama. I'm not sure, however, that replacing him will make things any better. It was the previous regime that handed him the pile of dog poop he had to deal with, and who have fought him every inch of the way in getting things done. If Gingrich wins the Republican nomination, the choice of whom to vote for will be nil. He's just another perverted, corrupt old guy who has gotten rich on the backs of Americans. I do believe our only hope is Romney, but I'm not even sure about him. God help all of us!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@TIMETRAVELER2...Our only real hope is a return to Constitution governing and an economy driven by the private sector. That will never be a reality under Obama. His headaches were a direct by-product of Clinton's allowing Barney Frank and Chris Dodd to amend the fair housing act during his administration. The banks and financial institutions were then directed by the government to ignore their calculated risk assessments and embrace government-backed high risk lending practices. Eventually it became apparent that this was a real mistake as the Bush Administration asked Congress on seven different occasions to take action after 2007 when it was apparent that problems were developing. The democrat-dominated Congress elected not to act. Those financial institutions backs by the FDIC such as banks quickly saw that the default rate on the loans would eventually pull their asset ratios out of proper proportion and the FDIC would take them over. They packaged the mortgages and sold them off at sub-prime rates in order to unload the liabilities. Of course the default rate continued as too many people unqualified for their mortgages failed to make their payments. Obama wants to hang this problem on th banks of the financial institutions and Wall Street but it is really owned by the government and is representative of the fact that government needs to get out of the markets and quit trying to create false economies. Obama wants the America financial system to fail so that he will have a basis to push the USA into the global banking markets...one that is much more easily manipulated by the likes of George Soros and his socialist minnions.

We have to return to Constitution and democratic values if we are to survive as a nation. If Obama captures four more years in office, at the current rate of growth, the federal government will be 50% larger in size than it was when he took office and our national debt will have more than doubled in the process. America never swallowed a more poisonous pill that the one that is in the White House today. Thanks much! WB

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