Greatness As Measured By Obama

The Headline Caught My Attention

A good headline usually attracts readership. That was the case when I read this one: Obama: Government Made This Country Great. A statement like that definitely reaches out to you and starts smacking you around. Being the curious frog that I am, I had to take a look at the hypocrisy behind such a statement and wondered about the sanity of the individual making such a statement. I can guarantee you that our Founding Fathers just flipped over in their graves at that proclamation. They saw the government as a hindrance to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not the guarantor of greatness.

As Ronald Reagan so aptly stated, "Government isn't the solution to our problem, government is the problem." This nation is in a crisis and government again is the problem and not the solution. What has happened to make people think that a small group of government elites are needed in order to insure that we can make our way, as individuals, through life? What makes Obama think that greatness is derived from the government and excessive government spending? The majority of government spending is now being spent to entitle people. Using his logic "entitlements" are what makes you and this nation great?

What Reagan said in that speech rings loud and clear these days. Has society become so complex that "We, the People..." must give up our right to self-government and self-reliance to that small group of elites who think that we are dunces? The main problem with Obama's thinkin' is it seems to be continually stinkin' as Zig Zigler terms it. Now this is the man who said he was going to bring a new "bi-partisanship" to Washington DC and he has done nothing of the sort since assuming office. He has constantly attacked and belittled those who don't buy into his big government, socialistic agenda that we need to be controlled and spoon fed. I prefer to eat with my own fork truth be known.

You see the "other side of the aisle" wants to cut government spending and he sees that as a flaw even though the very commission he appointed, then ignored the findings of, stated the same thing. All this excessive spending needs to have an ax taken to it. But according to our President that type of spending is what has made our nation great. He's added about 6 trillion dollars to be national debt which you can see at the link below. Is that how "greatness" is measured? Doing what all the other Presidents combined couldn't achieve during the course of history is his measure of greatness?

Looking at the debt clock, isn't it great that every man, woman and child who is a citizen of our nation is now in hock to the tune of almost $50K and counting? Isn't it just so great that we're saddling our children, grand children and their children's children with a load of debt from the very day they are born? Obama went further in his speech to fault the Republican Party for wanting to balance the budget. Really? Those of us who run a sound fiscal household are required to do just that so we're not "great" for doing so. Is anyone really buying Obama's rhetoric? Government isn't what makes this country great - it is the people of this nation who have made this nation great.

Here's exactly the type of twisted logic Obama uses to display his totasl ignorance of economic principles and a quote the man: “The Republicans have one message and that is, we’re going to make sure that we cut people’s taxes even more — so that by every objective measure our deficit is worse and we will slash government investments that have made this country great, not because it’s going to balance the budget, but because it’s driven by our ideological vision about how government should be. That’s their agenda, pure and simple.” How preposterous that the biggest ideologue ever to sit in The People's House launches such an attack when he should be pointing that bony finger back at himself.

Talk About The Pot Calling The Kettle Black

I would suggest to Obama that he refrain from attacking budgets or anything about balancing them. His democratically controlled Senate has failed to even propose, much less pass, a budget, in over three years. Every budget he has proposed has been unanimously voted down due to his ideology of wanting more excessive spending and not less. His answer is to raise taxes which throws a wet blanket on an economy. That's a known basic principle of economics. He continually ignores the known and wants to gamble with our tax dollars dabbling with the unknown. Excessive spending has not made any nation great. Bankrupt - yes, great - no.

Just Obama's proposed budget this year, which went down in flames, proposed an additional $3.6 trillion in new spending with no corresponding cuts. One must admit that Obama is no economic genius by any stretch of the imagination. Of course, what should one expect from one who's claim to fame is being a Community Organizer form the south side of Chicago? He seems to be in a pout that Congress, including his own Democratic pals, weren't stepping out on that limb again. He failed to get the message that the majority of voters sent to Washington DC in November of 2010. Obama seems to only hear those little voices inside his head.

Oh Really? Just Remember That None Of This Happened Either

For over three years now Obama has failed to address the issues underlying the economic crisis this nation is facing. Those have been three long years, eighteen months of which he spent forcing Obamacare down the throats of the American people. Someone failed to tell him, "It's the economy stupid." Where was Bill Clinton when we needed for him to utter those words to Obama? The problem with Obama is that he sees himself as blameless. I see him as being unqualified, inexperienced and on an ego trip beyond comparison. Those are not the qualities of a leader. Those are the qualities of being a failure and many of us saw it coming.

Just do this: "Remember In November" and take five voters to the polls with you when you head that way.

As Always,

The Frog Prince

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Let's face it. The people of this country (not us) got the kind of president they deserved. They didn't care about his questionable past, his ugly present (Rev. Wright) his pals ( and his love of every county other than ours. They didn't ask a question or give a damn about the truth. They liked his look and his voice and boom, they voted. Like I said the American people (not us) got the kind of president they deserved. Up and awesome


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

BPOP - There are still many sheeple who fall for his empty rhetoric. So lets just ignore the truth and facts because they got fooled by a fraud. Whatever they get they deserve.

The Frog


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Sadly, those people think he's still great and just needs another chance because of the mean tea party and republicans stifling all his awesome ideas. They conveniently overlook that he had both senate and house and even the dems weren't in complete lockstep. This is your best hub yet.


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TheFewTheProud 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

It is also sad that anyone who votes for this turkey a second time is either blind to reality or just does not care too much about this country and the debt THEY will be responsible for.

When you are deceitful, lie, commit fraud, and steal your way through life, it becomes the norm; so Obama fits the agenda for a lot of folks. I keep asking myself how can that many people drink the poisoned kool-aid and not know it's affecting their lives and their future; unless of course they just don't care about themselves or this country, which is what I am led to believe is the true reason for such loyalty to a fraudulent Presidency and administration.


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tom hellert 4 years ago from home

TFP,

I forwarded you an email use it if you want you could create a better hub than I with them. I gotta say I knew this guy was trouble...Not cause he is black but because he is a socialist I'm not anti-black

I'm anti commy.

TH


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Twilightzones 4 years ago

Reagan was the best. He had it all figured out. I think mitt Romeny is our only hope


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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

I love this hub. FOLLOW... thumbs up, ect. My hope is that we eventually have another Ronald Reagan. I guess you can say its a dream. I love the anti commy comment too. I live in commy California and the disgusting things I hear all day are down right depressing. I am European and spent a little time in Cuba. I would rather be dead that red! When I was coming back to the U.S. after Cuba, I vowed that I would love this country, its freedom, and do all I can to live the American dream. God Bless America, no apology.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

no one person... democrat or republican, liberal or conservative is going to solve the problems this nations faces. It is long past the time when we needed to lower the party fences and look closely at candidates as employees and determine if we would hire them to run our own affairs before we turn them lose on the nations affair. I think it would be interesting to see if Mitt Romeny or any other candidate could mediate peace between two rival AMERICAN gangs, who in many ways are similar to say Iran and Afghanistan or Israel and Iran, etc. Or if they could bring 10 small businesses up to profitability in less then a year... all located on the same block and working without government resources. I would like to see them teach a child with ADHD to read. These are the kinds of things I am looking for in candidates. While I do not like OBAMA at all, change must come from you and me. It was not Obama who created the mess we are in now. It is not realistic nor is it fair to pin that on him. Our problems started decades ago and have continually been impacted by American greed. Talk about the housing crisis... nobody cared when money was floating around and almost everyone could get their hands on it... when that money dried up... rivers of tears and hardship... and woe is me... if you take out a loan, do the math and figure out if you can afford the loan at its worst. Blame... that belongs to you and me. We after all elected each of the idiots leading the country and as the saying goes... history repeats itself. You can change that in 2012...but will you?

The Frog Prince... great hub... always love your stuff... just my thoughts.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

OMG--I cannot believe anyone is wishing for another Regan, or anyone remotely like him. He and his so-called "trickle-down" economics, that in point of fact 'trickled' nowhere but sideways and upwards to the already overpaid CEO's and politicians was the beginning of all the problems we are now facing!

It is also true that party lines have ceased to matter. You may pretty much rest assured that if a politician's mouth is moving, they are lying to you. Party is irrelevant. Their only job anymore, as they perceive it, is NOT to serve those who elected them to office, but to perpetuate their own jobs, and see that the rich continue to get richer, as they strive to eliminate the middle class. In the latter, they have nearly succeeded. All they ha ve done is disproportionately enlarge the class of those living in poverty or below the poverty line. They've shipped our jobs offshore to ensure this: at the expense of our citizens, they've fattened their own bank accounts.

If you don't think so, you have your head in the proverbial sand.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

DzyMsLizzy - First of all you need to maybe learn how to spell one of the best Presidents this nation has ever had. If you're an economics expert then please expound on how you would fix the crisis. We'll wait.

Politicians are a bit below used car sales people. No offense to those folks. The ones that have sat up there for decades need to be voted out. It is all about them and has very little to do with "We, the People."

Back to President Reagan. It took him a while to straighten out the mess that Carter, the progressive idiot, left this nation in. He didn't keep blaming anyone but got to work and his policies worked. Maybe do a little study of the history and less rendering an opinion upon his economic policies. They seemed to have worked just like they are designed to do.

The Frog


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches

I lived through the Carter years... 2nd. worst president in American history. The worst American president is in office now, and if re-elected, this once-greatest country in history will be reduced to a pathetic shadow of past greatness.

I do not understand how one man can take an entire country down so low; so fast. Owe-bama bypasses Congress to do ANYTHING his heart desires, and his socialist agenda is SO obvious... But the majority of the uneducated American population will vote him in to office again come November.

That event will signal the beginning of the end for the once-greatest nation that ever existed. Sad? No; it's scary beyond comprehension. Be afraid - be VERY afraid!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

I was angry and typing in a hurry, so I apparently "typoed" "Reagan." So shoot me. My opinion holds, and by the way, my information comes through my husband, who holds an assortment of advanced degrees in the field, including an MBA. He also studies history and economics as a hobby.


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tom hellert 4 years ago from home

hey Frog,

Tell us what your wife says as a source some time- my wife a buisness owner a registered democrat- but Ive talked some sense into her and she votes "the right way"

she has observed the enrollment in professional societies decrease-over the past 3 years and they all blame the economy and lack of growth for dropping their professional affiliations- and I have seen the hiring of people in environmental firms shrink up especially those who service the oil business-so thats my personal testimonial . As opposed to heresay by someones allegedly brilliant spouses hobbies. I am willing to bet you will get no response supporting the crredible unassailable "opinion" of her husband. Just keep believe in the the hapless change of the "great divider man" in the White House.

TH


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jaybird22 4 years ago from New York

Another good hub! I couldn't agree with you more. Keep em coming! Loving it!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

DzyMsLizzy - Don't be in such a hurry that your fingers go faster than your brain matter. Degrees are worth the paper they are printed on, opinions are worth less. Many of us had to live through the Carter years. Then President Reagan was elected and for a very good reason.

Economics isn't exactly a hobby, nor is it really a science. Colleges tout it as a science but the art of understanding what works and what doesn't is the key. Obama knows nothing of the subject and he admits it. He surrounded himself with Keynesian economists. That is a known failure and we are seeing the results right now.

I don't know economics as a hobby myself. I have studied it all my life. I also have a good background studying history. I write to inform and my point of bringing up President Reagan was "government isn't the answer, it is the problem."

The Frog


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

What is interesting to me about hubs like this one is this little fact that does not come up often. The wheels of government move so slowly and once they start in one direction it is almost impossible to steer then in another directly quickly. Four years is not always enough time to cause much of a "re-direction" in government and especially not in changes in the economy, or the creation of jobs. When we talk about Carter as a president most of the economic problems including inflation had already begun under Nixon, continued under Agnew and then Ford. So you have a period of time prior to Carter where there were three sitting presidents in less then three year. Maybe Carters policies were whacked... doesn't matter much because the movement of the economy is not going to be reflected much in the time he was president. This is why it took Reagan eight years and why George Bush Sr looked so good. Then you have Clinton, who I think did a great job managing the economy but helped to create the current unemployment issues we face now. Follow Clinton by Bush Jr, who was ill equipped to manage a company let along a nation and you suddenly see we have two wars, Iran, and other issues that are probably beyond our control to "fix" in conjunction with a failed economy, a failed housing market, High unemployment rates, and no jobs. Enter Obama... who I also think is not qualified to lead this country right now. The truth of the matter... is that nobody is currently qualified to deal with the pile of crap that now sits before the U. S. Government.

The question is not who was the best president... or even the measurement of greatness by "anyone"... the question is how do we fix these issues and this nation... and the problems that we will face not only today, but tomorrow because short term answers are not going to fix the long term movement of the economy, unemployment, or ... well the crappy representatives we have across the houses of government... including the supreme court.

Rather then attack each other... we need to stand together... because that is the very first part of the first line of the pledge of allegiance .... One Nation....


Ghost32 4 years ago

Standing together as "One Nation" COULD be a good thing...IF we kept that in context. That is, "...one nation UNDER GOD...."

NOT, "...one Obamanation...led by the fellow who sat in the pew for 20 years listening to to Rev. Jeremiah Wright bellow GOD DAMN AMERICA!"

Kind of hard to get a whole lot of togetherness wrapped around policies steeped in that sort of ideology.

But things CAN, at times, "turn on a dime"--or at least a lot faster than one might think. Will they, come November?

Only the polling station knows.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Let me assure you, my husband worked and studied hard for his degrees. They are worth more than just the paper. We are both probably old enough to at least be your peers, more likely your parents or grandparents, so don't be so quick to make assumptions.

As far as hobby vs. study--yes, my husband studies these things as a hobby...in a continuing education sense, because they are, in fact, areas in which he holds degrees, and yes, has also studied in these fields all of his life. He has a wealth of practical experience, having also been a business owner and employer, compared to people who only have book-learning and no practical experience. He was also involved in politics for many years, so yes, we are very aware that government is very much dysfunctional, and yes, the people there are not serving "we the people."

From our perspective, meaning the experiences through which we've lived with a good number of presidents and legislators for comparison, the Republicans are for the rich and well-to-do; the Democrats are for the working man. (At least, that's how it USED to be.) ... Yet, we see time and time again, the economy go downhill under Republican "leadership," so the country turns, and elects a Democrat, and the right-wing faction wants to immediately blame the incoming Dem for the problems he INHERITED from the Rep. predecessor.

Reagan began the slide toward the mess in which we now find ourselves with financial institutions failing right and left, needing bailouts, which in turn has led to a record number of foreclosures. How did he do this? By DEREGULATING the banking industry. What has 'trickled down' is the current mess!

If you want the REAL truth about your beloved Reagan, read the book "October Surprise." IF you can find a copy, because the Republican party has suceeded in banning it...this in a country with so-called "freedom of the press and free speech."

Because of his prior involvment in politics, my husband saw the rot at the core, and actually turned down a position in the Reagan cabinet. That's when he left politics for good.

(We will be the first to admit that Obama is not the greatest president we could have, but he did INHERIT the economic mess...it was not of his creation.. We had Bush Sr. for 8 years, then Clinton--who, by the way, left us with a SURPLUS...then President Cheney and his puppet figurehead president Bush Jr. wiped out that surplus in his 1st year in office...and sadly, he had 7 more years to really foul things up.)


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

davenmidtown's thinking, attitude, truth, decency, and wise suggestions are some main ingredients that gain people's trust and respect and help to solve problems. He is composed and focused on the right road. Angry people are impulsive and are prone to making mistakes.

"The truth of the matter... is that nobody is currently qualified to deal with the pile of crap that now sits before the U. S. Government."

I agree! We need a hand mightier than any of the Democrat and Republican possibilities I have seen. There is too much blinding anger to recognize that.

DzyMSLizzy: I like most of your points. I like the truth. No one President concocted all of the messes.


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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

Democrats loop people into thinking that they are for the working man. My husband was self employed during the Reagan years, and he did better at that time than he ever has, my father who is an a foreigner managed to support his family of four without my mother having to go to work ,and my neighbor started his business during the Reagan years, and has never done better. Reagan and the Republicans are for the working man. Every time a Democrat gets in office we fire our employees and wait it out. My sister -in -law employs over 100 teenagers in her modest diner and is being served with a permit for an outdoor diners hike from $50 to $650 per month to fund government employees pensions. Democrats are NOT for the working man. Here is my question, if the democrats are for the working man, why is California so messed up? We used to be the rated 1st or 2nd best economy in the U.S. and if CA would have been its own country, it would have been rated the 7th best economy in the world. (That was Once upon a time, when Reagan was governor,) after 3 decades of a democratic majority running the CA. economy, we are now ranked 47th or 48th. All the visionaries are leaving this state to set up shop in other states and countries.

When business is taxed so heavily to fund the pension accounts of government employees, business no longer have the money or incentive to expand, which means they can't afford to hire more employees, therefore unemployment goes up, and the working man suffers.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Thank you Levertis... Skarlet... It may seem that way... but California is not a good example of blaming the leader... yes, we have had some pathetic govenors... California is not controlled by its govenor, it is controlled by its houses of government. California is messed up because it is divided in such a way that neigher the demorcrats nor the Republicans have the power to make change...so we stagnate... Business leave because of the workers compensation laws, etc. that were passed into law by the people... not the govenor. The PG&E debacle was caused by the voters who de-regulated one half of a regulated industry... they voted out the half that empowered energy companies to raise energy rates that they charged consumers...and at the same time they removed the barriers to what energy producers could charge so the price of energy went sky high and the PG&E, etc could not raise the rates. Consumers demand energy but do not want to pay for it. Who is to blame... the voters. Your sister in law is looking at highere tax because the voters do not want to raise local taxes such as the sales tax. I agree with you that government benefits are out of control but those are not controlled by the governor either... they are controlled by Unions... The bottom line in California is that the voters need to pull their heads out of their wallets and actually vote in laws that get the job done. The high unemployment rate in California, and in other states is mostly due to the fact that jobs that were once here are gone...and not gone to other states, but gone to other countries... You can not create jobs where there is no longer any infastructure for jobs. The first step there is to create industry and what right-minded (not polically) company would want to start a business here? We have higher minimum wages ( voted in by the voters,) we have insane workers compensation laws, we have insane government compliance laws,and those are just some of our issues. These were not created by the governor, they were created by the voters... who listened to the lobbiests and the nicely created polical ads that spread fear. The problems of governement are not tied to being democrat or republican... they are tied to way that people vote. We afterall, vote the idiots into office, we vote in changes to laws that make no sense, etc. Again... I say California has had some of the most ill-equipped governors in history... it is really the people of the state who... sadly... are lacking.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Ghost32... It is one nation under god... and that was how I was taught to say it... that is how I say it. We can as people choose to look past our difference and find the common ground that we all have as Americans. There is no reason that republicans must hate demorcrat or that democrats must hate republicans... But there is plenty of reason to stand together despite superficial differences. The policies that need to be created in government need to encompass all people... you, me, the frog, and that is one of the biggest problems... it is not tied to being republican nor is it tied to being a democrat... it is tied to the fact that politicians in general do not care for their people... they care for themselves. So long as those kinds of politicians are elected to office the people will suffer.

There can be togetherness... but it will take strong people to look past their differences and come together to make positive changes that address CORE deficites. That is not republican... that is not democrat... that is just being American...


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

davenmidtown - Often it seems that some misguided soul will jump on a Hub and start a rant about a subject that has very little to do with the subject. I used the Reagan video to state what I also believe - Government is the problem, not the solution.

I also understand how long it takes for a major economic policy to take effect on an economy as large as ours. We've been using what one of my econ profs called "the band aid approach" to addressing problems. Lip service is given to our major debt drivers (entitlements) becuase of the political implications of actually having to fix the problems that have been created, then compounded, since LBJ's advent of The Great Society which has really been an abject failure.

Getting some good comments here.

TFP


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

The Frog Prince: Did you just call me a ranter? I ask with a smile...Government has always been the problems even before Betsy Ross sewed those stars on the flag. It was a problem when my ancestors were thrown out of England for not putting up with non-sense government. We have had We have had 236 years to fix the problems and instead we create new problems...well maybe not new problems...I think about the "conquest of the new world" which was a drive by European Monarchies to find new resources, mostly gold...which really can be broken down into trade issues. How different were those ambitions from say creating a global economy? I think one of the fundamental problems is that government is very much out of touch with the American people. That government moves so slowly and changes in industries like technology moves at light-speed, that government can not comprehend issues. This could be why we consolidation of businesses such as banking, automobile, and oil. Bigger businesses are easier to control/negotiate with, etc, than are smaller businesses. The more people argue back and forth over what Obama is or is not doing have significantly missed the boat. It does not matter what he does or what he has not done, because he can not fix the problem. Neither could Ronald Reagan. The problem does not rest solely upon the shoulders of the presidency. It rests upon the voters...which is why movements like Occupy Wall Street (not a fan) or the Tea Party (not a fan) are so important. They represent the seeds of change. Whether or not those seeds grow is really up to We The People... So as long as people continue to be against good ideas simply because they are penned by a republican or a democrat then there will be no change. Ideas must be evaluated on merit and functionality. Ideas must be future based to be effective because government moves so slowly. These are the things that the people of America need to be thinking about. It is not easy, because the government has done such a great job of dividing the nation. If there was an overwhelming majority in voter opinion, government could not stand in the way of the people... conquer and divide... One nation, under God, Indivisible...not so much anymore...


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I just thought you should know I found this hub over on bigezines.com verbatim, photos and all and it is not attributed to you. Here is the link: society.bigezine.com/greatness-as-measured-by-obama-142259.html


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tom hellert 4 years ago from home

Dave of midtown,

i have NO sympathy for you in California- you live in a purple state compared to NY where I live all the idiots in NYc and the other big cities absolutely smother any spark of hope we upstate and not in the cities have any chance/hope/glimmer of making this state better... So i take your purple state and raise you a bassackwards stuck on stupid state from the east coast- but just to show i can recognize potential our current gov- Not sosuper mario i mean andrew.. has not been a total Leftist piece of garbage... so maybe there is hope-unlike the delusional leftist commy currently in the whitehouse.

TH


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

dave - I always enjoy a good, thought out rant actually. You have a tendency to use reason and research rather than raw emotion. It's all good my friend.

Daughter of Maat - Thanks for the heads up. I have sent the blog in question notification about the plagiarism because that is exactly what it is. I write my own material after much research and thought. I appreciate you being astute enough to recognize that attribution was absent.

tom - The problem in California is what Dave pointed out. The Governor lacks the power and it has been given to the loony toons that people elect in the state's legislative bodies and judiciary.

The Frog


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Hello Tom: I need no sympathy. I separated myself from California years ago. I am not longer tied to the California job market, or its crappy economy. I grow 60% of what I consume. I buy a quarter beef or hog twice per year. Up-State NY is such a beautiful spot. I think small farms should be nationally recognized and protected. While people hope for changes in November, I don't really see anyone nor can I think of anyone who is remotely qualified to become president. From the current lot of candidates, it really does not matter, who wins because it will be more of the same. By the same, I mean, little to no economic recovery, little to no new jobs, Increased spending, creative and increased taxation, and a war or two that will just linger. Do not expect the housing market to rebound. Do not expect that products produced in the USA to increase in numbers. Do not expect much of anything. The problem is not just the president of the United States... It is also both houses of congress and that whacked out supreme court. It is the people too... Every four years we fail to impart change. We just sit there and listen but few of us think. We just take the medicine that is handed to us and vote our party lines. That set of actions has not imparted change for the last 100 or more years. It is sad and despicable that people care so little for this country now that they do not stand up for their own basic rights. Most people probably do not even know their basic rights. Some yell, some cuss, some point the fingers...but the action is just robotic. The same arguments from one party against the next have been going for decades. It does nothing to impart change. In fact, it has been going so long... it is routine. Anyways... don't expect too much to change...unless you (plural) wish to change yourselves.


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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

Thank you davenmidtown. I mean we have Boxer and Feinstein, not to mention Brown, and they appoint. We are punished for being entrepreneurs in every way, and believe me, the people here are so liberal, they look for ways to do it.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Skarlet... you forgot Polosi. Yeah I feel what you mean. I see it everyday when I walk about town. I am not a Feinstein fan...And you are correct... businesses will suffer many of the ilks government can think up. Local economy is all about filling coffers. Middle government seems to be all about making connections and campaign donations. The top layer of California government is like the mafia...make sure you lock your door.


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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

Hehe. I could I leave Pelosi out of that statement? Thank you davenmidtown. I always lock the door:)


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Crap! I could have written a whole hub about this...


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Dave - Go for it!


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tom hellert 4 years ago from home

Dave wasnt baggin on you as much as I was NY, We have alot of semiknown dead weight as well Byron brown-Buffalos mayor

louise Slaughter,Weinerwas herebloomberg and pretty much anyone from NY City your democratic dolts are more known luckily we have a Rep legislature right now... but ya its a totally messed up place just like your home.

hopefully it all starts with getting rid of the snake at the yapping biting venemous mouthy head front end...

TH


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tsadjatko 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Some say a picture is worth a thousand words! :-)

http://www.freakingnews.com/Barack-Obama-s-New-Bil...


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

The Frog Prince... HRH! I have totally taken over your hub.... Tom, I may start writing political hubs, I have enjoyed all of the comments here and the interaction. You (plural) know NY and CA are just two examples out of 51 ( I include Puerto Rico)that are in the same boat. Poor leadership, regardless of party affiliation, is breaking the back of this country. Truly to get a good example of how deep the issue goes, watch a local school board election. It is insane... and yet... it speaks volumes about how complacent voters are. Voters will re-elect someone simply because they have already held that seat...without knowing anything about how they do their job, if they do their job, etc. In California, voters are lazy. They could care less about core values, family values, or any other value so long as it does not affect them financially. Ronald Reagan may have been the last Governor here in California who actually had power. Arnold certainly did nothing for the state. The whole Grey Davis episode should also speak volumes. He was basically removed from office because of voter stupidity. i.e. voters caused the rolling black outs, etc... not the Governor. That is not to say he was great, mind you. Pete Wilson...was here so short a time I don't think anyone could honestly judge his performance. But the point is...the stupidity of government is spread equally across this country.

The other side of this coin is not just government, it is also the poor quality of new organizations. Americans are so ill equipped to think for themselves that they flock to news channels that hand feed them their thoughts. This is how I want you to think today, so I am going to broadcast stories that are biased. News should be unbiased and less sensational. The American public is more concerned with Kim Kardashian then they are with foreign policy or even national policy.

We can scream family values but have you been to a mall recently? What is up ( no pun intended) with boys pants hanging down to their thighs? I don't care what your underwear looks like. I don't want to see it. And little girls in provocative outfits that make them look like hookers. I think not! I thought the core of family value was the organizations of neighborhood churches? The only people who come to my door are the Jehovah Witness, and while I not a Jehovah Witness, I do thank them for spreading the concept of God to the neighborhood.

Economics: OK, IA, MT, RI, AL, the housing market in these states just crashed on the same level as it did in CA, AZ, NV, FL six years ago. They say that the high unemployment rate is directly tied to economic recovery and still large corporations are sending jobs overseas. There can be no economic recovery until America invests in the infrastructure that creates industry and jobs. Political candidates who say they can fix the economy are lying or so far out of touch with reality that they actually think they can. If you want to fix the economy, rebuild Flint Michigan. Explain to me why a Ford Pickup Truck costs $45,000 when the parts are manufactured in China, Built in Mexico, and Assembled by robotic machines... Cost analysis is not tied to labor...it is tied to foreign and domestic policy and corporate profits. We can talk about the high price of oil or the cost of Gasoline all we want but as a nation we consume. Look at the cars on the road. There is no reason that Sacramento Ca needs five freeways (I-5, Interstate 80, Business loop 80, Hwy 99, Hwy 50) They need better public transportation. Cost alone in developing better public transportation would save the State Billions in just freeway maintenance, would save consumers thousands of dollars in fuel costs, and actually help the environment.

Historically, great American presidents, or those remembered have had a huge foreign foe to face. FDR, Kennedy, etc.... but when the foe is the American people, leadership fails to become the strong beacon of hope that people cling to. Instead the weapons of choice are changes in policy, restriction of rights, and economic hardship. We can blame Obama, we can cheer Reagan, we can sneer at Clinton, but the bottom line is that the fault lies with you and me. Party lines aside, we have no leadership. We don't even have the prospect of leadership come Nov, 2012. The best of the lot (whomever that is) is not capable. Why? Because this is what we the people have allowed to happen. You are looking at OUR highest expectations... and sadly... they suck.


Stu 4 years ago

First time I ever heard "greatness" and "Obama" in the same sentence. We are really doomed if he gets reelected, because he won't have to worry about a third term (unless he plans to declare marshal law and suspend elections).

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