AMERICAN SHAME

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By: Wayne Brown


So President Obama ran out of something to do and decided to head on up to Osawatomie, Kansas and emulate the likes of Teddy Roosevelt this week. In his speech he talked of his deep Kansas roots on his mother’s side. Of course, he stopped short of testifying as to how those roots affect him personally as an American. I guess he just couldn’t find the words.


In reviewing the contributions of his grandparent’s generation, Obama pointed out that the World War II contributions of a generation which had triumphed over the Great Depression and stopped the march of fascism on the world. He stated that these were Americans who “believed in an America where hard work paid off, and responsibility was rewarded, and anyone could make it if they tried, no matter who you were, no matter where you came from, no matter how you started out.” The President made this point as if to say that opportunity is no longer there in America, not from his perspective anyway and that is quite understandable in light of his policies.


In the speech, the President reminisces about the economic glory of post-WWII America and how all shared in the fruits of a growing and prosperous economy. He even went so far as to allude that not only did the average American earn a paycheck within expectations but had enough money to raise a family, pay for healthcare coverage, and save money. To say the President overstated the situation would be an understatement in this case.


The President went on to say that the thriving economy and the successes of Americans were soon overshadowed by burdensome mortgages and credit card debt. He pointed out how all of that fell apart in 2008 after far too many Americans had been sold houses they could not afford yet the banks and lending institutions which financed them continued to pedal the sub-prime paper associated with these mortgages in the marketplace. He stopped short of mentioning that the situation which allowed this circumstance was legislated by a Democratic President in the form of Bill Clinton and then further engineered by Democrat Congressmen. He stopped short of mentioning that the Bush Administration had warned Congress no less than 21 times to do something about the mortgage situation only to have the pleas fall on the deaf ears of a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress which took no action. He stopped short of mentioning that fact.


He stopped short of pointing out that the entire debacle with regard to the failing mortgage industry was the brainchild and the engineering of the federal government as elected politicians attempted to put a chicken in every pot and buy campaign votes along the way. He stopped short of pointing out that the government has no business attempting to engineer the rights of home ownership when there is nor ever has been such a guarantee in this country. As citizens, we have the “opportunity” to earn a living and work to purchase a home, that’s all. He stopped short of pointing out that government meddling created a false inflated bubble in the housing and mortgage business which was destined to explode sooner or later. Instead, he left the blame with the financial institution who had literally been mandated by the federal government to provide high risk loans to home buyers.


The President then took this disaster and framed it as the issue blocking the economic recovery of America. Never mind that he and his legislative cronies expended over $800 billion in mostly borrowed dollars as a “stimulus” to get the economy back on track. Never mind that far too much of that money went to the wrong places to ever stimulate the economy of mainstream America. The mainstream economy of America is not built on green jobs or green industries as the President would wish and in the middle of an economic disaster is not the best timing to go investing in them. The President pointed out that Congress is virtually gridlocked but stopped short of explaining that the major basis for such gridlock is a democrat-dominated Senate unwilling to pass a fiscal budget and an Administration which refuses to quit spending money like drunken sailors just arrived into port. He stopped short of pointing out the failure of his Super Commission to find any viable spending which could be reduced though the books of the federal government are loaded with pork and fat.


Obama spoke of “fair shoots” and “fair opportunity” without mentioning much as to what that means but alluding that the lack of fairness was a consequence of the top 1% in America not paying their fair share. He pointed out that Warren Buffet agrees with him yet, to date, Mr. Buffet has failed to come forward and voluntarily pay more taxes which he is free to do. He stopped short of pointing out that Mr. Buffet is in constant litigation with the federal government over his taxes owed. In effect, the President left the impression of what a “fair shoot” is to mean “something provided to you through government means at taxpayer costs”.


Obama cited Teddy Roosevelt and his belief in the strength of a “free market”, stating, “He (Roosevelt) believed then what we know to be true today, that the free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history.” Teddy Roosevelt might have believed that statement but Barack Obama does not and it shows in everything that he has done since taking office. His actions have stymied the free market at every turn and he continues to executive order regulations and restrictions which grow that resistance. He has left the American businessman totally unsure of his tax position and unable to evaluate the impact of government mandated healthcare on the very survival of the business.


The President points out that the huge advances in technology have made it much easier for today’s businesses to set up shop and hire workers anywhere in the world. He points out the fact that businesses have taken advantage of that ability stopping short of giving any reasons why but leaving the listener to conclude that the current state of unemployment in this country is the fault of business. He stops short of raising the question that “maybe American labor has priced itself out of the market”. He stops short of considering that a company cannot sell goods and services in Mexico or China competitively if they rely on American labor resources. In the interest of survival, these companies have to make choices based on what is available. This is not voluntary, it is mandatory if the business is to survive in the global market.


Obama pointed to the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 as the source which undermined the economy, piled up massive debt, and leveraged the middle class. He blamed those cuts for higher education costs, crumbling infrastructure and the problems with Medicare and Social Security. He stopped short of pointing out that he is in favor of continuing payroll tax cuts which undermine both Medicare and Social Security at the present. He stopped short of pointing out that Social Security is in trouble because those in Washington cannot stop spending money that America does not have in its revenue streams.


The President will have you believe that he is the new “Teddy Roosevelt” with his “progressive nationalism” which is rooted in the promise that, “if any of us succeeds, we all have to succeed”. His approach to success is like playing golf with a dead man…hit the ball and drag Charlie, hit the ball and drag Charlie. His approach is like buying a group healthcare plan in which the whole dang group has to get sick before there is any coverage. His approach is one that says that the bulk of American accomplishment can and should be based in mediocrity. The President wants to label “individual liberty” as a negative calling it an “on your own” mentality. Well, the reality of the life is that we are on our own in many walks of it. We are also free to make our own way and many of us do it better than others not because we are so smart or so rich but because we are responsible, accountable people who believe in making some sacrifice in the name of preparedness. The President wants to penalize that individualism by hanging the weight of your fellowman around your own neck so you too can play golf with a dead man in your ventures of life.


In the speech, Obama points out that the success of individuals does not mesh with the growth in the economy. He ignores the efforts of Bill Gates and the growth of Microsoft; the initiative of Steven Jobs and the prosperity of Apple not only for its employees but also its investors. He ignores the millions of small business throughout America which are poised on the brink of success if they can just get a market recovery. That success would bring growth, expansion, jobs, more income, to communities across America. Instead, the President is more interested in making sure that individual remains unclear on his/her future tax liability and healthcare compliance status. No, he ignores all of this and declares that the private sector growth and success just doesn’t cut it in providing for Americans. He makes this connection after openly stating earlier in the speech that hard work, effort, and responsibility were the mainstay values of the growth in the American economy after WWII and by holding up Teddy Roosevelt’s quote that “a free market is the greatest force for progress in human history.”


Obama notes that those who have money in America continue to make money. If that analysis is a surprise to anyone, I am shocked. In general, most people who have money make more money on a relative basis if they apply themselves to the task. That may mean taking some risks; or even taking greater risks than might be comfortable. It may mean having a vision and the means to put that vision into action and gain a net result. The President would insinuate that these are “bad people” and that they are not paying their share though 50% of the American public pays no taxes at all. A fact he continues to ignore when he is preaching class envy on the streets in his “community instigator” role.


The President wants to blame “inequality” for the lack of growth in American paychecks. He compares growth in household payrolls to the growth of income of the top one-tenth of 1% of the population and insinuates there should be some level of parity in the comparison. Sorry Charlie, but where is the risk factor associated with going to work every day versus investing a couple of million dollars in a venture that might go belly up before there is any return on the investment? The President says that his remarks are not aimed toward class envy but clearly this distortion in terms of a comparison of numbers is a fair indication of such efforts. Has there ever been a time in America in which the growth in wages was on par with the growth of investments?


Equality cannot be legislated by government with any effective means. Mandating minimum wage laws did not yield equality. Providing government-guaranteed home mortgages did not yield equality. Offering government-sponsored college tuition programs did not bring equality. The insinuation here is that, given the chance, your federal government can bring equality to the doorsteps of every household in America that desires it. The President wants to claim that we cannot live on the false promises of the past yet insinuates that “equality of life” is within the grasp of the government to offer to all Americans if we can simply to the top 1% in America to “contribute” more. Of course the term “contribute” is not that used by Webster but in this case the official federal government interpretation….tax increase. In reality, equality, like perfection, is not attainable and no amount of legislation will change that fact. On any given day in America or any other country of the world, one can look out the window and see some relative inequality somewhere.


Equality comes from the values cited early on in the speech. It comes from a commitment to hard work, initiative, focus, and maybe years of sweat equity investment to gain the return. Equality in every sense of the word is earned. America is called “The Land of Opportunity” for a reason. We do not hand out equality as a nation; we simply allow the opportunity to attain success. Many may try and fail but at least they tried. If everyone was guaranteed success, what would success actually mean in the end? Equality, like respect, is an earned situation in our society and also a state of mind. Those who look upon others from a perspective of greed and envy will not have an awareness of equality regardless of how much the government brings to their doorsteps.


When one boils it down to simplicity, the President is really saying that he can fix all this if he just increases the tax revenue. In doing so, he insinuates that the rich will pay, the middle class will grow, and equality will be the rule of the day. He offers this while continuing to search for ways to spend revenue, while continuing to expand and grow the physical size and reach of the federal government, and while blaming one sector of our society for our ills while ignoring that portion which looks for the free ride all the time. He suggests that deficits will be reduced but does not address the reduction of debt. That is not an oversight but intentional. He has no plans to reduce the debt because he has no plans to stop spending. It really does not sound like much of a solution, does it?


Ultimately, this focus of the President’s is aimed at one thing and one thing only. That focus is to break the financial backs of middle-income Americans and the spirit that goes with it. America’s strength and resolve as a nation comes from the spirit of the middle class working Americans. It is a large force and sustaining force not easily deterred. Obama recognizes that fact and he recognizes that America will never be ripe for socialist transition to the future until that spirit is broken and destroyed. That destruction will come through the continued suppression of economic growth, expansion of government regulation and intervention, mandated healthcare, and growing unemployment. The stagnation in our economy will eventually be the culprit which destroys the heart of America.


The conservative, Republican voice is a lost sound in America today. There are few if any wearing the Republican moniker in Washington today willing to step up and speak out against what is going on in America at the highest levels of office. They are unwilling to speak out because they are afraid of endangering their own security in Washington in their cushy offices with their fat paychecks. They are afraid to speak out because they know the mainstream media will ignore or misinterpret what is being said. They will not take that chance. Instead, they will sit back mute and silent and allow this Administration to run this country over the cliff right in front of our faces. What a shame, what a shame.



© Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved.


12/7/2011


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Keith Engel 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Don't worry, there are still some of us willing to expose and stand up the for the Truth. You can see my own article on this matter.


Longhunter 4 years ago

There's nothing left to say except excellent hub, Mr. Brown, excellent hub!!!


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Great hub. Very informative.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

You sum it up pretty well.It is odd that Obama would choose Teddy Roosevelt who is about opposite.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Keith Engel...I did get over and read that hub of yours on the New Nationalism...very informative and confirms my suspicions. Thanks much. WB

@Longhunter...Thank you sir! I appreciate the good words. WB

@mljdgulley354...Thanks much! WB

@dahoglund...I believe he leaned toward Teddy because of his stance on "New Nationalism" pushing concepts that were to be broadly embraced by the American public...defined work days, equal pay for men and women, etc. These were controversial concepts at the time but it worked out. That's the message that runs underneath here..."don't worry, it'll work out if you keep me in office and give me what I want." Roosevelt's intent was far less focused on transforming the basis for America than Obama's will ever be. Obama did not reiterate the values of his grandparents to say that he learned them and holds them dear, he used them to create a false expectation that those values would be upheld in a "new America". America has never been on more unstable ground and never with a leadership committed to taking us further into the dark. WB


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vrajavala 4 years ago from Port St. Lucie

Obama: Change you can step in.

Does anyone take Bummer seriously anymore? Even Chris Mtthews threw in the towel.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@vrajavala...We have to take this man serious right down to his last minute in office. This "George Soros" muppet is more than willing to steer this country into economic ruin and then grab the reins of State for a new Socialism. He is out there in the midwest throwing around terms to endear him to working class folks who think he wants to restore the American spirit of the early 50's...that's the last thing on his mind. The only purpose here is to break the back of the middle-class, dampen the spirit and insert a strong centralized government which is all things to all people. Then and only then will his task be nearing completion. WB


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I cannot stand to look at that man any longer, much less listen to any more of his lies. Great hub. Voted up.


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

What are his opportunities to apply his policy with an obstructive congress?

Let's be realistic, which opportunities do you see with such degradation of the economy?

Apparently the president doesn't speak to you since you don't understand his language. How can someone understand suffering if she/he is not?

You are always pointing the errors of the Bush administration without acknowledging them. And, above all without bringing practical solutions. You seem to enjoy evolving in a fictive world with your followers who understand nothing or aren't able to bring solutions.


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cheaptrick 4 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Superb hub,one of the best I've read on this subject.

I had a chilling conversation the other day.I was on my soap box ranting to a friend about how blind Obama must be to not see that every country that's tried socialism has failed.My friend stayed silent until I had spent my self,then said this

"The difference is that Obama thinks he can get it Right"

....I was stunned;stunned that this president would wager the greatest country in the world on something resembling"Grasping Smoke".

I've taken a hell of a beating with the projects my partner and I own...I'm finally off the fence...and very nerves.Thanks for this.

Dean


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

NO COUNTRY EVER TRIED SOCIALISM Fully. Northern Europe are successful models. Don't lie to people! Cheaptrick. The only one that is experiencing it and successfully so far is Australia by privileging spending. But what do you know, you prefer listening to nonsense.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Jackie Lynnley...I think I share your sentiments! Thank you. WB

@maxoxam41...You really like to stir paint don't you? I could care less about what you think of George Bush. Bush inherited issue created by the Clinton Administration which a Democratic Congress elected to do nothing about after numerous warnings of the potential out come. As for solutions, I can offer plenty and all of them start with the same action...get Barack Obama out of the White House. From there, you can add get control of the EPA, give American business some concrete indication of the tax process for the next five years, eliminate ObamaCare, Establish a federal government budget, reduce spending and place an moratorium on all new spending ideas, apply any deficit reductions to the national debt, get Social Security on a solvent path as well as Medicare, and get the socialists and the commies out of official positions in Washigton...how's that for a start? WB


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

What are your solutions Maxoxam41? We all have our opinions and we are entitled to them. If you have your own perspective, then write your own hub and point out your solutions so the rest of us can be enlightened. Tell us from your suffering point of view.

This is supposed to be a free country to earn as hard as we work. Socialism is not free, it is controlling.

Great hub W.B. as usual. Voted up.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@cheaptrick...I am afraid your friend is correct...very correct in his assessment of the situation. Thanks for the comment. WB

@maxoxam41...You really thing Great Britain, France and the like are better off than the USA economically living under the shadow of a failing Euro drug down by socialistic failures in other countries that only visit them in the near future? No country ever tried it totally? Have you been asleep? You don't the Russians gave it a good enough shot under the Bolsheviks? Do you just want to argue for the sake of argument? Socialism is flawed to the teeth. People will not continue to be "producers" in a system that eventually takes away what they produce and divides it with others who have contributed nothing. Maybe that seems cruel and inhumane to you but it is the reality of human nature. It is the reality of a parasite living off of a host and slowly sucking the life out of it in the process. The fate of the host is known the day the parasite attaches itself. I do not know where you have gained your understanding of human nature but it is not in a world that I know. WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@My Minds Eye53...The insinuation here is that I have "followers". I have no "followers", there are just so many, many people in America who happen to think in the same way that I do. They may not have a voice right now but we will get one...you can count on that. Thanks much MMe53 for your comments! @B


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

I don't care for people who condescend others because they have a different point of view and they think it is the only right view. We can have political and religious discussions without getting mean spirited. If max really has a viable solution, then lets hear it. Discussions are how we learn things.

You are welcome W.B.


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Keith Engel 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mr. Brown,

Thank you for your comments.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@My Minds Eye53...Thank you! The majority of Americans know what needs to happen...we just need to speak up and vote. WB

@Keith Engel...I think you should add a "comment" box to that hub of yours. I would have left one! WB


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Keith Engel 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aye, I have had some comments made about lack of comments available on my hubs. I do this for the basic reason that it should be easy to imagine how long it took me to work on that piece and many of the other pieces I am working on that approving comments is a hassle that I don't feel like doing. You can read my bio, where I have a note about such matters.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Wayne - Your assessment and conclusions regarding Obama and his aspirations are chilling, frightening and unfortuantely realistic. In his recent speech he kept preaching (and preaching is exactly the correct word) something called 'economic fairness.' There is no such thing. It is just a euphemism for socialism. So that citizens who do not wish to earn a living can still live off the largesse of the government (read other people's tax payments).

I have to laugh when uninformed people laud the socialistic country of Sweden. Don't they realize that personal income tax can be as much as 61% of your income (compared to 0 to 35% in the U.S.?) And the suicide rate is one of the world's highest at 26 deaths per 100,000 compared to the U.S. 17.7?

We cannot afford to let emotional, uninformed, unwilling to work-for-a-living voters allow Obama another term. It will take more years than I can calculate to undo what he has already done.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I'm no huge fan of Obama, but I don't think the comparison to Sweden is fair, especially with that suicide comment...

Obviously, The Swedes get a bit less sunlight than most Americans, and suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

It was a mystery to me how Dubya and Perry were ever elected governor of Texas before reading this hub.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Myself, I was younger....and busy working and going to school...and not thinking about the kinds of things that I think about now.

I never voted for either of them - but when I was younger, and when "W" owned the Texas Rangers...I'd see him all the time at the old Arlington stadium.

It's stupid, but I felt like I actually knew the guy...or something.

My mother says that women vote for Perry because a lot of them think he's attractive. Oh my.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Wayne, well written and laid out for an easy read. I only wish that I could have heard first hand, the speech you refer to, it puts me at odds of am informed comment. That said I went over and read Engle's hub of no comments allowed and again I would have been uninformed, to agree or disagree.

Interesting write nonetheless, it leaves me with some thoughts to ponder.

Peace,

Dusty


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Doc Snow 4 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

Can't agree. This Hub strikes me as little more than rehashed Rush.

To take just one point, you say "The President wants to blame “inequality” for the lack of growth in American paychecks. He compares growth in household payrolls to the growth of income of the top one-tenth of 1% of the population and insinuates there should be some level of parity in the comparison."

This comment attempts to address the question as to why the share of the top 1% should be continually growing by claiming that the 1% take on more risk, and thus deserve more compensation.

Really? What about small business, which is said to be the greatest force for job creation, and which has an enormous failure rate, and thus risk? Does Warren Buffet really take on more risk than the guy on the corner who scraped up $40,000 for a pizza franchise?

And regardless of the justification, is there any way that the "lack of growth in American paychecks" can, if continued, fail to "break the financial backs of middle-income Americans and the spirit that goes with it?"

I agree that the middle class is in trouble in this country, but it's not due to Obama, particularly. All politicians are "1%ers," but it's the GOP that seems to be most deeply stuffed into the pockets of the ultra-rich.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Doc, I can always count on you for some good feedback. Please keep bringing us these exceptional socialist success stories! Thanks much! WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Randy Goodwin...Come on down to Texas, we might appear to be stupid down here but we're not buying or selling socialism, you can count on that! WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@50 Caliber....Thanks Dusty. We sure need a different direction and soon. WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Doc Snow...I don't know that we disagree that much. I focused on that perspective because Obama did. I don't disagree on the small business man at all...plenty of risk there...been there and done it. I am also not the one to determine what a decent ROI is for a given individual with money...that is a personal decision but I think you would agree that everyone at least expects a return when they take risks. Lastly, I don't think the current plight of the small businessman has anything to do with the ultra-rich, on the contrary, it has everything to do with consumer confidence and consumer spending at that level. That in turn has everything to do with the price of fuel, the high unemployment rate, uncertain futures, uncertainty on taxes, and uncertainty on healthcare programs run by the government. All of those at this point are extremely influenced by the Obama Administration. So, I think you have a lot of beef with him from my perspective. WB


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claptona 4 years ago from Earth

Hi Wayne,

Good Hub.

It is Americas shame when the citizens act like sheep being led to slaughter.

Whether it be Democrat or Republican, they are all puppets on a string to the banks and multi national corporations.

American citizens need to decide that their freedoms are worth more than plasma TV's and the bread crumbs that drop from the 1%.

Good read.

Cheers


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

I remember when Reagan was President and he said there were jobs for everyone. Then I got laid off. I tried to get a job working at the grocery store and other places, I was over qualified. I was not allowed to support myself and my daughter because I knew too much. I wasn't too proud to work these jobs, I just couldn't get them. Also I think the way the world is going, the lower "IQed" people won't be able to get a job. The average IQ is 100 and that is not smart enough for many jobs out there. Not everyone is cut out for technology or college. A lot of factory people have lost jobs because of technology. There used to be a place for everyone.

I am on disability and I worry about that. I paid into that pot most of my life and the government keeps spending it in ways other than what it was intended for. If Social Security fails, I won't be able to get a job. I have earned my right to that money, but I do agree, there are a lot of people out there who simply refuse to work and think they are owed. I would hate to be coming out of school now and hit the brick wall of jobs. I also believe a lot of graduates believe they should start their job lives making as much as a seasoned worker, I have seen it. I am also feeling the pressure of seniors as being throw a ways.


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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

W B

Enjoyed the hub and the lively debate.may I add to the debate.

THE WASTE IS IN THE GOVERNMENT, the money to pay needs to come out of the government not the taxpayers. Today it was reported that for the past 5 years, the Social Security Trust fund has paid $400 billion to dead federal employees. Forging one’s name is a crime, the taxpayers need to demand repayment and prosecution.

According to a September 2010 report from the Small Business Administration, total regulatory costs amount to $1.75 trillion annually—enough money for businesses to provide 17.5 million private sector jobs with an average salary of $100,000. As of 2008, small businesses—which have created 64 percent of all new jobs in the past 15 years—face an annual regulatory cost of $10,585 per employee, which is 36 percent higher than the regulatory cost facing large firms.

some backround in extending the payroll tax holiday.

2/13/10 2:04 PM EST President Barack Obama is hailing pay-as-you-go BUDGET legislation he

signed Friday night as one in a series of crucial steps needed to snap Washington out of a destructive pattern of overspending.

“Now, Congress will have TO PAY for what it spends, just like everybody

else,” Obama said in his radio and Internet address released Saturday

Somehow the Dems and Obama forgot the pay go law.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia

Great take on Obama's speech, Wayne! I agree with just about everything you said in your hub. I often wonder if paying taxes shouldn't be a requirement for voting. I know that sounds "un-American," but when people on government assistance who've never worked a day in their lives vote, they're always going to vote for more handouts, right? Like most Americans, I have no problem with my tax dollars helping those in need on a TEMPORARY basis. It's when it turns into a way of life that it becomes a problem.

Voted up!


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

And you think you are not controlled. France was "socialist". The French socialism has always had a market economy. It is the reason why most European cpuntries failed applying this model.

Scary, they were all in goulags. Denmark as a large welfare state is one of the richest European country. Be careful, the east German stasi is spying on everybody still... Boo...

Most of you, probably sedentary, live with the prejudices of the cold war era!

Lack of culture, lack of open-mindedness. France under Republican like ideology with Sarkozy is a failure. England, are you joking?

What about Australia? Here is a concrete example to debate.


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mslizzee 4 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

Great Hub.

The liar in chief gave his most insightful speech in which he candidly admits he thinks America is a failure and he is here to save it by ripping out its guts, rewriting its history, changing its language, and generally making it a welfare state wherein he and madam Obama and the the likes of Pelosi continue stompimg out the breath of innovation, ambition and hard work.

Socialism was tried and failed in the early settlement days of our own country. It was discovered, (my o my what a surpirse) that some farmers would work really hard and grow crops, while others sat and watched and when they all received the same rewards, well golly gee, it didn't seem quite fair to the guy that worked.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@claptona...I think that is the point. We must clean out the crooks in our government before we can clean up the rest of the system. The imbalance which might exist in the U.S. economy on a global scale relative to market access is certainly directly related to Washington politics. WB


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

excellent read and spot-on analysis. The best part was your point-by-point counter-arguments - without labels and hyperbole.

Well done, look forward to reading more

GA


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@My Minds Eye53...I remember the post-Jimmy Carter era. Many companies were drowning in the double digit inflation and high cost of money. Many gave up at the time and it sounds like you were caught up in that. I got out of the military about that time was took a $9,000 pay cut to land a job...it was tough going for a long while. You are correct...you have paid your dues and you have every right to the money that you are receiving in your circumstance. I don't think you will get any argument there. The danger I see here is that we have too many in government who want to promise those capable of producing in our society a free ride in exchange for power and control. WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@habee...Thanks so much for the comment. We all differ some in our views but I think the average American has seen the light in terms of politicians using taxpayer money attempting to buy votes. We have reached the point of taking from the "haves" to court the "have-nots" for a vote. That is too near the socialist model for me. We certainly need to take care of our own but we don't need to do it on the basis of who gets a vote out of it. Thanks again. WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@maxoxam41....I don't view myself as "controlled" but more like governed by the "Rule of Law" in a free society. You might want to check but East Germany has not been a "socialist" entity since 1990 when it rejoined the Republic of Germany and depart communist control by the USSR. I don't think that one holds up very well as an example of socialist progress. In fact, I remember reports of the varying contrasts of poverty beginning on the east side of a wall. France is in its fifth republic now and struggling to hold on to it. Zarcovzy is attempting to raise the retirement age to 62 and whittle some of the $15 billion dollar annual shortfall out of the national pension plan. That shortfall is projected to increase by a factor of ten on the long-term if the age remains at 60. The Socialist are fighting the move tooth and nail...continuing to mire the country in debt. Australia has done a better job of fighting off the Socialist impact in government but is still a country overloaded with unions attempting to wring money out of the workers and stagnating productivity. When you boil it down, there are no "Socialist Success Stories" and those countries dealing with the impact of it that continue to survive only do so by fighting by the onslaught of the philosophy over time. There is no productive element within the socialized approach to government which brings any significant form of security or welfare to the people living under it. It is all a false political promise based on ever increasing debt and upward taxation of the producing masses. You might note that the top tax rate is France is 41% and in Australia it is 45%. The disposable personal income on average in both countries lags that of the average in the USA by more than $9,000 dollars yet the gap in gross income is roughly half that amount....TAXES! WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@mslizee...Very true...he wants to keep the shell and throw away the insides. He wants to cite all that "was great" about America in the past and now claim that it does not work anymore because the "rich" are not paying their fair share. He dangles the carrot of class envy to incite the anger that he needs to divide the masses...totally the work of a "community instigator". WB

@GA Anderson...Thank you very. Glad you found the read worthwhile. WB


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Keith Engel 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mr. Brown:

I wish to thank you and the 15 others, besides maybe myself, who got the chance to look at my comparison of quotes of Obama's speech with other Socialist people. Unfortunately, it was flagged for Duplicity and with the manner in which the article was done, it would have been impossible to go ahead and rework the hub at all to get it republished. Not sure if this was an automatic flag that occurs or if somebody flagged it themselves due to the content contained there in, either way, I just decided to delete the hub entirely instead fight the Duplicity charged against it.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Keith Engel...Yes, I get quite frustrated with HP at times. It seems their system latches on to anything you quote directly as if you copied without proper credit. This is the result of allowing computers to make decisions. It was a dang good hub...hate to see it go. Keep on writing! WB


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Keith Engel 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aye, I intend to do, I have to some editing on one article, the power grab of 1913.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

By your leave, Wayne, I would like to comment to Mr. Engel and feel free to delete, Dusty

@Kieth Engle, I did read your hub of comparisons and found it a great match up of back and forth. I did read that Obama studied what you put forth in his time at Columbia and did a paper along these lines. It seems he is carrying many actions out in the case of a fellow student who remembers him and this work. I will attempt to find it and email it to you as I think you will find it of interest. I found that in a storm of no one remembering him attending Columbia but this one person claims that he did [remember] and as well, remembered a thesis by Obama on how to take a country down from with in. I just question it because he is one that remembers Obama even being on campus out of the should be at least, one person per class that would remember Obama's presence over a semester of study. Thanks Dusty


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Keith Engel 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

@Mr. 50 Caliber,

Thank you for reading the comparisons. I have the scary ability of being able to analyze with great skill and make certain connections. I fear the for the future of this Country greatly, and the World, because everything is about to implode. I see that once Europe finally collapses and that economic impact hits here and we collapse that the Rioting in the streets, already Started with OWS, will only be more severe during the summer months, with even the possibility of some killings of political leaders and the like taking place. This gives Obama the opportunity to declare Martial Law to try to bring stability back to the nation, in order to keep this Stability, Elections in 2012 are suspended due to the mess the country is in. This then causes others to become angry and as such the Country slips into a Civil War, divided. While this takes place the Radical Muslims attack Israel and also begin to surge into Europe, backed by Russia and China. The world will change very drastically.

Of course this is all only a possibility , the frightening aspects of the scenario is that it is also very very probable as well.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

Fantastic hub. Thank you. l have gradually over the years come to distrust most politicians.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Dim Flaxemwick...Thank you, glad you liked it. It is true sadly...there are not very many politicians of value when it comes to real trust. WB


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Super Hub, Wayne and right on the money. If Americans aren't "afraid" of this man then perhaps they aren't really paying attention to him -- which is a huge mistake. Thanks for helping me gain deeper insight and perspective into the situation -- it's frightening and becoming more so daily. Best, Sis


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Angela Blair...Far too many of them believe that America is an untouchable society that does not produce people who would do anything to harm the country, especially if they want to be president. Nothing in our history has so damaged this country as this first term of Obama's...the country cannot bear a second one. WB


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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

Wayne Brown

A GREAT HUB

May I wish you and yours a merry christmas and a happy new year.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@JON EWALL...Thanks Jon, I took your advice and posted this hub and "American Transformation" to Twitter. Merry Christmas/Happy New Year to you and family as well. WB


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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

Wayne Brown

AMERICAN SHAME

The Bush Tax Cuts?

If Obama and the Congress DECIDES TO RAISE TAXES for every one, consider the tax increase as an Obama tax increase. After 3 years in charge , Obama needs to be held accountable. REALLY, the mainstream media hasn’t seen it or reported that way. One must try to get around the propaganda.

The Senate recently passed a payroll tax holiday for 2 months and extended the delay of a 20,000 job project ( keystone pipe line ).Obama and the Dems are fighting for a 2 month extension and leaving the keystone project (20000 jobs ) without approving the project. Obama wants jobs ( really, ready start jobs) so why isn’t he supporting the House passed a 1 year bill that had everything in the bill, tax holiday and keystone jobs, and was paid for as required by Pay-Go legislation/law signed by the President on 2/13/10.

New EPA regulations on power plants will shut down 30 coal fired plants. In these troubled times, to do so will cost many thousands of jobs and raise your electric costs. The keystone pipe line project after over 2 years and millions of spent dollars to develop the project, a shovel ready project, has been delayed by the President and other agencies. The House Republican bill that was passed includes a 1 year extension of what was agreed to by the President. Today President Obama is fighting for a Senate passed bill for only 2 months. An idiot could see that the best move is by the House.

PS The mainstream media is reporting something a little different as are the internet blogs.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@JON EWALL...Thanks much, Jon...lots of good talking points in your comments here. WB


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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

Wayne Brown

Today, Dec. 22,2011,President Obama and the dysfunctional Senate won the battle. The House will agree to the Senate bill. The President held a PRESS CONFERENCE ( no questions allowed ) and remarked that working citizens will save $40 dollars for the 2 month extension. Another crisis and smoke and mirrors. It is obvious that delaying actions to pass legislation continues to allow the President to keep spending. A two month delay will take the nation into the second quarter of the 2012 budget. There is no approved 2012 budget, the country operates on continuing resolutions.

The media and congress needs to report the truth sad to say. The House bill was paid for as required by pay-go law. The Senate 2 month bill was passed for only 2 months because the Senate could only find enough cuts in government to meet pay-go law and be deficit neutral. Senators wanted to be home for Christmas and were willing to accept a do nothing plan. Sorry group of public servants working for the people. REALLY


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HowardBThiname 4 years ago from Midwest

Very interesting Hub, Wayne. Thanks for sharing your point of view. You brought out an entire side to Obama that I had not previously entertained, but you're spot-on. Actions really do speak louder than words, but I'm afraid we've become a society that is so wrapped up in our own lives, we take the promises and speeches of politicians at face value, which we should never do.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@HowardBThiname...You are correct, Howard. Americans are too easily thrown off focus and too many on the left side of the aisle seem to have a Teflon coating which does not allow things to stick. I blame this partly on the media and heavily on the right side of the aisle which does not seem to have the ability to delivery the message and keep delivering it until it is heard...that will be a huge factor in the next election regardless of who the standard bearer is for the right. Thanks much. WB

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