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American Solution

Updated on February 19, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

It has been almost one month now since the President addressed a joint session of Congress and presented the framework of his “American Jobs Act” to its members. This framework came with the promise that it would be followed up with more specific information including information as to how elements of the bill would be paid for without increasing the current debt load. That information was forthcoming and basically amounted to a shift in taxation which came down to the level of the small business producer. In the end, the “Act” was nothing more than another load of stimulus spending on the backs of American taxpayers.

To quote the President in his joint-session speech, “Those of us here tonight can’t solve all our nation’s woes. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives.” In making that observation, the President was both right and wrong at the same time. Washington, indeed, does not create the economy nor does it create jobs in America. Jobs are a function of business need not governmental action. Washington does have the power to create an economic and regulatory climate which is conducive to business thus can inspire businesses to take risk and in turn heal the economy. Unfortunately, the President recognized the point but made no suggestions in-line with this type of thinking.

The message was delivered with all out urgency…Congress must act. You must pass this bill was the mantra on which the information was delivered. The President then proceeded to hit the campaign trail and repeat his requests that the legislation be passed so the country could be saved. Still no action by Congress. Instead, nothing is happening except President Obama is continuing to campaign on the back of a legislative bill which does not exist at the present.

Naturally, one could be led to think that the reason such a bill has not been raised is because there is no Republican support for the measure. While that point might be in question, a much more pressing question arises, “why has no one of the Democrat side of the House proposed and sponsored the legislation?” Certainly the challenge is to get a bill on the floor for debate and get it passed through some form of compromise with the Republican majority. In the past, this method has always worked one way or the other, so why not now? Why is there no Democratic support for this legislation in the House?

I don’t know the answer to that question but I have my suspicions. Basically, there are fewer and fewer Democrats willing to throw themselves in front of the bus for this President. Sponsoring such legislation on the backs of the first failed stimulus along with the controversy of ObamaCare could certainly be a career-ending move for a politician. I also believed that once the President played his hand as to how this bill would be paid for without any additional debt support dropped quietly even in his own ranks.

The President and the Congress have opportunities here to get the government off the backs of American business. Healthcare reform needs to be scrapped and properly addressed. Taxation measures need modification to stimulate risk and investment in order to create jobs. Financial reins need to be adjusted in order that lower level lending institutions can function without the collar of government at every turn. Lastly, governmental watchdogs like the ULRB, EPA, and the FCC need to be put back in their yard instead of roaming the streets and threatening the citizens of this country.

The President’s plan addresses a portion of the taxation issue but no one is sure for how long. The other aspects of the stalled economy were apparently not on the table for this discussion. Small business will not move off the dime without a five year plan and so far there does not seem to be the basis for one here in this proposal. What will be received in one time benefits will not get a business on its feet and keep it going even when there is some demand for the product.

Don’t look for the Obama Administration to propose any of the above measures in order to get the economy going in terms of job creation. While it would be refreshing to hear, it does not fit into his political agenda now or at any time he is in office. His agenda is based on growing “big government” and making it the center of the universe with all powers controlled by it. Under his direction, every avenue of American life will be controlled in some manner by the federal government. Taxpayer money will be used to control the lives of taxpayers.

So, here we have a President pushing Congress to pass his plan. Do we see him pushing anyone inside his own party to sponsor such a bill in the House? If indeed this is the case, it is certainly going on behind closed doors. Surely, Ms. Pelosi would love to step to the forefront once again and carry the water for the President as she so boldly did with healthcare reform. Still, the President continues to blame the Republicans for the situation. He points the finger of blame after stating in his joint-session speech, that Americans were sick and tired of the “politics” coming out of Washington.

Could it be that the Democratic side of the aisle does not have the stomach for raising taxes on the “so-called” rich of America. Could it be that far too many on that side of the aisle are enjoying the very loopholes which the President seems so willing to close? Could it be that the President is simply “running the bluff” knowing full well that Washington is worn out with the political damage both healthcare and stimulus has brought down upon it and dares not pass anything which he proposes. I, for one, certainly believe that such a likelihood exists.

From the President’s perspective, he has everything to gain and nothing to really lose regardless of which way this proposal goes. If Congress does not act, then he simply goes out on the road and claims that he had a plan but Congress refused to pass it. He runs against the Congress and especially blames the Republicans. If he gets his bill sponsored and passed, then he can chide the success and claim that all Americans must now have patience and wait for the effects of the legislation to show up in the economy. Either way, the President comes out in a winning position which is a far better proposition than having to run for re-election on the merits of his performance while in his first term.

This same strategy will be applied with healthcare reform as the Administration pushes to get the legislation in front of the Supreme Court as soon as possible for a ruling. If the Supreme Court rules against the legislation, the President will simply say that we need to go back to the drawing board and adjust the legislation to fit the needs of the Court. The Supreme Court will have to declare the entire bill unconstitutional lest he will stay with the idea. The President has every intention of the federal government controlling healthcare in this country regardless of what legislation is used to achieve that goal. If the Court rules in favor of the bill, then the President has another hammer in his arsenal to campaign with calling healthcare reform a merit of his first-term. Either way, the President has a plan to proceed with his campaign politics even though he criticizes those who would employ theirs.

We are at a juncture in future of America which requires real solutions to real and growing problems and we have a President who is willing to play politics with the outcome no matter what direction it turns. The American economy cannot get up off its knees due, in large part, to the actions of the federal government as it weaves its way into the lives of small business and individuals through ever-growing legislation and a growing debt basis which will drive taxes on all of us. Yet here we have a President who by executive order approved more than 9 billion dollars in regulatory costs to business in July 2011 alone. The President may have delivered a plea to the Congress to spend more money to save this country but unfortunately that is not a solution as long as spending in the forefront of the strategy.

It is time for the American taxpayers and voters to open their eyes and see the truth of what our government in Washington has created not only under the Obama Administration but over decades and decades of ill-conceived spending which way done only to buy votes for the re-election process. Debt which has piled up like sand on a beach is all we have to show for that spending behavior yet the Obama Administration wants to spend even more. Enough is enough!

So, it is no wonder that the President’s plan cannot gain any “political traction” in the House…even with his own party. Most of those in Congress are scurrying for cover to save their political future and certainly not willing to risk it for the President’s own political gain. This is truly the litmus test as to whether one has proposed a real solution the a real problem.

The American federal government is suffering with a great infestation of political cockroaches who are seemingly immune to the solutions we have attempted. Washington is suffering from the same issues that confront the drug-addict. The whole bunch is addicted to spending and the power and wealth that it brings them. They cannot make a decision if indeed that decision deprives them of anything of immediate value in their future. It is our responsibility as American voters to identify these people and send them home to other means of support. We can all be sure that only two species will survive nuclear attack…the cockroach and the American politician.

The “so-called” plan which is in front of Congress at this moment is nothing more than a product of this ilk and an obvious one no doubt. It is so obvious that most experience politicians are running from it before the ink is dry having already experienced the failure of the Stimulus Package. Let the President continue to blame Republicans for his inability to react and present a viable solution but the truth is that America is learning very quickly what the solution actually should be.


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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Old Poolman...We need a leader who subscribes to principles other than those cloaked in socialism. One who does not surround himself with communist and socialist under the guise of promoting capitalism and democracy. The nation is suffering at the present with what "we", the voters, have elected to do to ourselves. We can right this wrong in time but the damage will continue on its current path...there is no cause and effect analysis going's all about "fundamental transformation" which cannot happen until the backbone of the country is broken. Thanks, Mike.WB

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      For the most part, problem solving is nothing more than cause and effect analysis. For the majority of the ill's plaguing this country, we know both the cause, and we know the effect, thus we could arrive at a solution. In some cases the cause is a person or persons failing to do their jobs who need to be replaced. In others, it is a policy, procedure, regulation, or law that needs to be reviewed and revised. The problems are clear, the solutions are apparent, but yet nothing changes. The problems just get bigger and bigger while the citizens of this country pay the price. We need a leader who will roll up his sleeves and go to work solving these problems and putting them behind us.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Will Starr...I honestly do not believe there are very many in Washington who truly want to solve America's ills because it will mean they have to give up power and spending in the process. The egos, greed, and look down the nose mentality pervades any sense of ethics and honesty in that arena. Now we come down to some faux-debate over tax revenue issues when the basis of our problem is rooted in "over-spending" and has been for since 2007. The Democrats have had not only the power but the opportunity on their side to right the ship and they have taken all wrong actions. The Republicans have sat by on their thumbs waiting to govern by default as opposed to exercising any leadership or communicating issues to the public. This is a sorry lot we have in elected office today. Thanks, Will. WB

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      If Washington really wants to help, they will lower capital gains taxes, allow us to freely develop fossil fuels, ease onerous regulations, and generally get the hell out of the way!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @50 Caliber...Thanks Dusty...many of these folks need to replace others in the unemployment line. Of course most of them will simply go back to their sleazy law practice. WB

      @maven101...Larry, you can look for this situation evolving in the Occupy Wall Stree Demonstration to expand into enough street demonstrations and violence to suppress turn-out at the polls. There are all kinds of voter intimidation and this will be one of them before they are through. This also rounds up some of the young vote which had turned its back on Obama...most of the youth in that demonstration actually believes that the Tea Party is responsible for the fact that they cannot find a job. Seems they still have money to buy tattoos though! We have to cotinue to emphasis Obama's faulty logic because the Republicans are sitting on their hands at the present. We have to change the perspective in America. Obama and the Congress of 2007 have done great financial damage to this country. We have to sustain that focus. WB

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @JON EWALL...Jon, I just posted a Hub a few minutes ago on the Occupty Wall Street subject called "American Sensibility". I don't see this jobs bill getting through the House now that Reid's Senate version is proposing additional taxes on wealth, etc. He claims it will shore up support on the Democratic side...I disagree. I believe the Democrats have just as much if not more wealth to consider as the Republicans. I think this is all a dog and pony show designed to feed the fires which Obama and company are building with the youth of America...basically turning them against the hand that feeds them. WB

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wayne...Thank you for this well-reasoned and lucid synopsis of the present political scene...Hope and Change..? I hope Obama is a one-term president and that our new president ( whoever he or she may be ) will change the direction America is moving in now...

      With all the crap Obama has thrown on the wall some is sure to stick...We will need to scrutinize and debug every root and branch in every department in this bloated incompetent bureaucracy...

      Will asks how do we get their attention..? Barring hitting the barricades, the voting booth is our only might be slow, and in some cases, corrupted by the likes of ACORN and others, but it is the only way for peaceful transition of power...

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and powerful...Thanks, Larry

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne a great summation of current members of congress sitting frozen in time running out the clock to evade their own job loss and falling back to the world where it could be them who are taxed into poverty. I doubt many have laid plans to insure a soft landing after a boot into the streets of our world.

      Out standing,



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      JON EWALL 6 years ago

      Wayne Brown

      YOU SAID ''His minnions are starting to work the crowds ....who populated Wall St on Sunday. We can expect more and more unrest....right in line with socialist teachings.

      President Obama once remarked shortly after taking office in 2009,’’ you must see who I have surrounded myself with.’’ regarding his administration.. Does one remember a Czar, Van Jones, who resigned after being exposed by Glen Beck as a communist sympathizer, George Soros of Move On .org and the AFL-CIO Unions . It was revealed today the Van Jones is the organizer of ‘’occupy wall street’’ with support from SEIU Unions and backed by the George Soros groups. The movement is organized to ’’ Take Back the American Dream’ ’and create havoc on the streets of major cities.

      The protests have drawn an assortment of anarchists, anti globalization activists and disaffected radicals from Wisconsin, Minnesota and other parts of the country including members of the New York Transportation workers union who have also assisted the ’’mob’’.The use of FACEBOOK AND TWEETER are assisting the group.


      Wake up America, be alert and speak out against anarchy and revolution.

      The mainstream media and the press are not reporting the truth about the movement. The president’s propaganda machine is in high gears.

      The Republican house is working diligently on the ‘’ American Jobs Act ‘’. HR12 bill is in at least 8 committees.

      Senator Mc Connell , Republican minority leader requested and challenged Senator Reid to put the American Jobs Act on the floor for a vote. The President today said that the Republicans are holding up passage of his bill ( ALL propaganda).Senator Reid is again delaying the process so that another crisis will be coming up soon.

      So how exactly does a bill become a law? While not all bills are the same

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Pamela99...I think you are correct. As I stated in the piece, he has a winning scenario worked out either way. His minnions are starting to work the crowds like those who populated Wall St on Sunday. We can expect more and more unrest on our streets and demands which fall right in line with socialist teachings. Its funny how the people who need democracy the most always seem to be the ones who are so quick to turn their back on it at the first chance to jump on some entitlement wagon. I am sure there was a "community organizer" close by monitoring the chaos. Thanks, Pam. WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a great review of the current situation. I think Obama is unconcerned that no one on the Dem side has pushed his bill. I doubt he has a good plan anyway. He is doing what he does best which is give speeches, collect campaign money and lie. Awesome hub.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      There will NEVER be a solution from a democrat or republican or a teafarter. It's bu$ine$$ a$ u$ual. There is no God on Wall Street and there is NO God in Congress and there is NEVER a God in our White House. The ability to rise through the muck of this political farce would eliminate all honesty and morality.

      I will continue my tired worn-out spiel about "there will NEVER - EVER upon a NEVER be a lwayer who will be honest. To look in Harvard and Yale for a leader is lunacy.

      America has NEVER - nope - not ever - in the ENTIRE American history EVER run a courtroom with honesty.

      Now what? Vote for another change? KEEP AMERICA IN TURMOIL! KEEP AMERICA OFF BALANCE. KEEP America linked to bu$ine$$ a$ Usual to deprive Americans to jobs like MAKING OUR OWN CLOTHES. Where are the textiles? My God have mercy!

      People SWEAR they want change! WANT CHANGE!

      Vote for the next lawyer. You'll get some change.

      Our children will go to some HELL ofd a war for some hellish bu$ine$$ for the FEW.

      Meanwhile - when the Veterans return - the Veterans will be war Veterans with PTSD. They will be labeled as crazy. They will NOT receive adequate medical treatment but 0- those neoconservatives who start wars and those democrats who promise no wars will have their medical treatment. Oh sure dems will talk a good talk about the environment. The Neoconservatives will praise "jobs in America" while sending manufacturing to third world sweatshops because these NeoCONS will not live up to being an American. They swirl around the world making a buck off everyone and anyone and God has NEVER stepped into Wall Street. These lawyers you folks keep electing will KEEP ON KILLING OUR CHILDREN AND THEY WILL NEVER BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OUR NATION TO SURVIVE WITHOUT WAR AND MURDER. NEVER. To keep looking for a lawyer to step in to help America or ANYONE is FOOLISH. It's so stupid it's off the charts. AND THAT IS WHERE AMERICA IS. Stupid and off the charts stupid. It is the MURDER of OUR CHILDREN AND THIS MURDER WILL NEVER END. Now America - go elect another jackwad lawyer.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Yes, what a shame that they don't grow legs and look more like themselves...we might catch on better if that were the case. WB

      @breakfastpop...Yes, now you are speaking of the truly profession Congress that we are accustomed to...never do anything that will hurt your own well-being. They say that lawyers only exist because there are some things that white rats will not do. I am thinking that is likely true. WB

      @Dim Flaxenwick...Well, thank you...glad you got your morning dose of poltics and laughter in the same place for a change. I don't often get to pull that off! WB

      @drbj...You know, Doc, he's counting on the ignorance of the American public to miss the point that is made here...there's no support on his side of the aisle. Now, he will run against the whole Congress and throw all his cronies under the bus...a true blue-ribbon politician of the dangerous ilk...anything to survive. We are seeing his finest ability...that of community organizer at work! WB

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Obama is running around the country making re-election campaign speeches touting his Jobs bill because that is a critical issue for most voters. As you poined out, the fact that it is not supported by representatives on both sides of the aisle does not faze him in the least. It can be an asset because it gives him one more reason to place the blame on Congress - it's their fault. He's skilled at blame-placing. Would that he were as skilled in good sense and leadership.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      A few minutes before reading this, l had said to myelf, l realy must read something funny, . l need to laugh, but l´ll just see what Wayne has to say on the political front 1st........ Then l got to the cocroach song and my day is complete. l am still laughing as l type.

      When l lived in a hot country l actually had the awful experience of a family of roaches trying to make themselves at home in my toaster. So when they popped up l was absolutely creased.

      Now l live in a cooler climate we just have the 2 legged variety.

      Great hub. Thank you

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      This morning I read an article about tax ;loopholes and how the Dems feel bout closing them. Well, they are okay with doing so so long as it doesn't affect their constituents. It's business as usual in Washington.Up and useful, interesting and awesome, but definitely not funny!

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Don't forget the ever popular Koch Brothers, who have also profitted greatly with the eunichs in Congress. Money and Politicians are two peas in a pod, time to shuck those peas.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Your analogy of politicians to drug addicts and roaches is spot-on. The video is creepy, but good. If I have nightmares tonight, I am blaming you. Ha!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Peter Lometa...Thank you Peter. One I can guess who is benefitting is George Soros. The financial system has been turned upside down and he is wanting a global banking system so that he will only have one operation to manipulate. I understand the SEC would like to talk with him about his hedge fund deals but he seems to be unavailable. Obama is too interested in socialism to enact anything which might assist America back on its feet and Congress is basically asleep at the swith thanks to the likes of Reed and Pelosi. We need big time change in Washington or else we face a dismal future. WB

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Wayne a very good analysis of what is happening, I think that there is an even deeper cause, The Banks and Wall Street. The puppets in Washington do what their money supporters want and the ones who have benefitted the most from this meltdown got huge amounts of money and made even more after they were "bailed out". Instead of passing laws against Gay marriages how about laws against Money and Politics? Some day Wayne and Mike it will happen,


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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Old Poolman...Even if you tell them, they will rationalize to something else. When the country is on the line, some sacrifices have to be made and we should not have to tell them that...they should be telling us. WB

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      Wayne, we will have to let them know we are ready to fire and replace them if they don't start doing their job. The only thing they really fear is losing their cushy jobs. I have no idea how we can deliver this message in a manner they will hear it, but it must happen.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Old Poolman...Mike, I think we are all said best by what Jon Ewall said to me...his block at the present is not the Republicans, he cannot even find someone in his own party to sponsor the bill. Two years ago they could not have rushed forward fast enough to volunteer. I think that is an indication that his troubles with the American voter are deeper than any polls may show (which the public sees). No doubt, he is going to need to buy some additional voting base. I can only see that coming from the Hispanic-Latino side with the promise of getting the Dream Act legislation through in his second term. As ususal, the Republicans are sitting on their thumbs in a reactive mode. I wonder what we have to do to get some leadership on the conservative side? WB

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      Wayne, outstanding job as usual. We all know there was never any real plan behind this carefully crafted campaign speech by Obama. Most of us were smart enough to know there would be no plan or new information coming forth in a week or two as promised. He was merely positioning himself into a political position where he can't lose. This was actually a brilliant strategy, and I would love to know who really came up with this idea. The sad thing is there will be no new jobs from this promise, and it would be impossible to have it all paid for as he stated in his speech. Yet there are still many who believe every word he said, and can't wait to start the blame game against those who are supposedly blocking his plan to save America. Many are now starting to put some distance between themselves and Obama as they don't want any part of the blame for his failures. This is most likely a very smart move on their part, but it may be too late in the game for them to escape unharmed.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @vrajavala...Thanks for the read and the comments. WB

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      vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Historically, when it was found that. A person did not have the eligibilty to assume a particular governmental position, due to citizenship requirements, a "quo warranto" was passed thru the court and the person was simply reMoved from office.

      The problem here is that both parties cooperated I'n this fiasco, knowing full well that Barry eas born a British subject.

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