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Updated on April 1, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

While eating my lunch today, I noticed that the local café had CNN on the television located on the wall nearby. The commentator was talking with a guest who was some purported expert in economics and the conversation was following the lines as to the many indicators out there at the present that point to economic improvement. I had to remind myself that this was CNN and likely some of the latest media propaganda spouted to convince the public that Obama has indeed saved the world. As a part of this hogwash, the commentator pointed out that the average American now has an “extra” $40 in their pocket courtesy of President Obama and his efforts to keep the payroll tax cut in place. Now the light was starting to come on.

If my memory serves me correctly, the payroll tax cut was put in place by George Bush who has received very little praise for it. I will give Obama his due in his effort to continue it all though the whole thing appears to be nothing more than a “bargaining chip” to grab the things he really wants out of Republicans. At any rate and regardless of where it stands today, it all began during the Bush Administration…the payroll tax cut was enacted and folks saw a reduced amount taken from their check each pay period.

Now, a bit of time has passed since that payroll tax cut was enacted. In that time, it is apparent to me that most Americans have likely found a way to spend or save or in some fashion dispose of their “average $40 savings” or to use a term coined by blues musician, B.B. King, “The Thrill is Gone”. That seems the logical conclusion so why would the commentator allude to someone being happy because they now have an extra $40 in their jeans? This is so typical of the distortions of the media in this country.

If I had a $40 improvement in my pay five years ago, I am not still celebrating that fact today. That is old news to me and the only thing that would be “new” news is the fact that someone wants to do away with that cut and increase my withholding by $40 or more. Obama didn’t give me $40 but he let me keep the $40 that I already spent. That is the truth of the matter yet this commentator wants to use the fact that folks have “an extra $40” to spend as a lever to economic improvement??? Please…that money was spent before the housing bubble crashed in 2008.

Average gasoline prices are headed over the $4 per gallon mark in most places and probably will exceed $5 in some regions. Could this be yet another sign of economic improvement? That translates to higher transportation costs in the trucking industry and for the railroads which move most of the commodities that we consume. Could that be yet another sign of economic improvement? Consumer confidence is still quite frail as some folks still worry whether their jobs will hold out or if the money they earn from their jobs will be enough to cover the basic needs of the family and still buy gasoline to go to and from work. Could that too be yet another sign of economic improvement?

The president is not worried for he has already outlined his plan to Congress for a new American economy that will stand the test of time. He scoffs at fuel prices and readily fires up his Boeing 747 to run off to Florida to deliver a speech on his energy plans while raising campaign funds on the side…all at taxpayer expense. The same speech could have been made in Washington using pictures from Florida. Of course the reason the president is not worried is because he is anticipating how much cheaper Air Force One will fly when powered by converted pond scum.

When will that be you ask? According to Obama, it will happen just as soon as we figure out how to do it. In the meantime, don’t let the need for fossil fuels bother you one little bit. After all, all you have to do is get in your car drive to work. As soon as more borrowed or printed funds become available, they will go into the “green hopper” for campaign fund processing at which time companies that process pond scum will emerge from the woodwork to grab those bundles of cash in anticipation of their upcoming and impending bankruptcy. But, for the moment, could you consider that as a positive sign that our economy is indeed on the mend?

The federal government is in the process of defining those military installations which will be either shutdown or combined into other operations. In some communities associated with those sites, the local military is a key element of their economic well-being. Those communities will need to find other alternatives to fire their economy because the military no longer has the budget to support such operations. While the rest of the government continues to grow and expand, our military bites the bullet and begins to collapse in the name of spending-cuts. Of course, one should not despair for this is surely a positive sign that our economy is certainly on the rise.

The president wants to selectively offer Corporate America a new lower tax rate all the way down to 28%. This sounds good on the surface until one finds out that he also intends to do away with the loop holes benefitting some aspects of corporate investment which in the past have been written off against taxes. Ultimately, Corporate America will end up paying more in taxes under Obama’s plan and also will end up investing fewer dollars in capital improvements due to changes in the tax laws. But, here again, all of this points to an economic upturn with companies flourishing and new jobs, is that not the case?

America needs to remember that the Democrats took control of the government in large part in January 2007 after the mid-term elections with a majority position in both houses of Congress. Obama completed the “hat-trick” in January 2008 and things headed south from that point forward as “The Stimulus Package” was unleashed on taxpayers followed shortly by the dreaded “Obama-Care” legislation that hangs above our heads now like a black cloud ready to unleash its financial wrath upon us in the near future. Pelosi orchestrated that move in the dead of night and on a weekend putting together the needed votes without so much as a discussion of the bill. Even Pelosi was smart enough to know that the contents of that bill could not be discussed until after it was passed.

Harry Reid maintained his choke-hold on the Senate trashing any bills that did not suit his needs and keeping them from ever coming to the floor for debate or consideration. He has blockaded all attempts of the Congress to meet its Constitutional obligation in creating a workable annual budget. Instead, he and Obama agree that temporary spending measures are all that is necessary to keep an out-of-control government in the money. This allows the system to be held hostage every 90 days or so while more spending is leveraged. Wow! With folks like this in elected office, how could America be in better hands? But, the media says that all of this insanity is resulting in an upturn in the economy which will likely mature in close proximity to Election Day. Will wonders never cease?

No President or Congress in our history has created such a train-wreck of a federal government in such a short period of time nor have any of them been so successful in sustaining that momentum. That success seems to come from an overwhelmingly large portion of the public that is so bathed in apathetic materialism that they cannot see the signs that their country is on a high-speed rail to hell with Obama at the throttle and his minions shoveling the coal. In fact, many of them are standing by the track cheering his efforts on as if to think that accomplishing his task will actually benefit them in the end. I sure hope they enjoy wearing drab colored uniforms and caps with red stars sewn on the front. This crowd is probably sitting in front of their televisions right now listening to the talking heads expressing awe as to our impressive economic turnaround…no reason to doubt it, after all, the liberal media reported it.

Dwight Eisenhower recognized the dangers of an overgrown, all powerful government and warned the American public of it as he departed the office of President. Ronald Reagan said it best in my opinion when he observed, “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last--but eat you he will.” The events which have taken place in this country since January 2007 have steadily driven us down this road where far too many of us “hope” that the crocodile will not eat us, but deep down inside we know the fearful truth that a government large enough to grant our wishes is also large enough to take away what we have. As governments expand; liberty and freedom shrink. Then one day you look up from your lunch and the newscaster is telling you what the government wants you to hear, “the economy is improving”. It must be true for it was reported by the media.

Over the course of the history of this country, two things have fallen from places of high esteem to a place lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon wheel rut. That would be the American media and those who call themselves “politicians”. One of them is willing to look you in the eye and distort the truth while the other is just plain out lying. One pumps the water and the other totes it. Our Founding Fathers intended for a free press to protect the citizens of this country from the politicians; not commiserate with them. But that is where we are today, most of the media has traded its soul to the devil for a seat up front near the power with all the promise of having the inside track so that through the process they scoop the competition and earn more advertising dollars. Sadly, it would be laughable if that were the extent of it. In truth, the media has a highly liberal bias and is driven to twist anything in the public eye to fit that inclination. That reaches way past greed and hinges on destruction.

So, while you are having dinner tonight, do not be surprised if you hear the commentator report, “the economy is on the upswing”. Even if you don’t feel that way, understand that they want and need to you to swallow that rationale hook, line, and sinker in the hope that you will run out to the polls in November and give this administration another liberal term in office.

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @J Elaine...I hope that we can elect someone to office who has enough backbone to do the right things. Giving people money might buy votes but it does nothing to address the problem of over-spending which is a disease that plagues Washington. Thanks much! WB glad you liked it and glad that I could reconnect you with that old phrase. WB

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      6 years ago from upstate, NY

      "two things have fallen from places of high esteem to a place lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon wheel rut. That would be the American media and those who call themselves “politicians”"

      This is definately true, the media and the politicians seem to have sold thier souls for power and are willing to sacrifice all to get it! Its strange that what they accuse others of is exactly what their about! I guess it shouldn't surprise me, poeple of low character have been doing that from the beginning of time. I like your phrase, "LOWER THAN A SNAKES BELLY IN A WAGON RUT", I used to say that as a kid.

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      J Elaine 

      6 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Wayne, I enjoyed your hub, but I think your opening about the $40 is not quite right. I didn't see the CNN program but I think they were talking about the "payroll tax holiday" that was started by Obama a couple years ago. It was his concession to NOT letting the Bush tax cuts expire. The ironic thing about it is that most people didn't even know they were getting the extra take-home pay, but they sure will notice if their paycheck goes down!

      There's 2 problems with this scheme. It under-funds our already bankrupt social security and it's going to be a perpetual threat by liberals. Every year when it comes time to let the "holiday" expire, the complicit media will tell everyone their paychecks are going to be less and blame any responsible congressman who tries to let it expire.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...Yes, it was particularly bad yesterday as Obama spouted his claims on all he has done for oil. How far can one man stretch the truth. I thought Clinton was good but this guy has no limits on lying. Thanks much, Poppy. WB

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      6 years ago

      I hear this spin every other day and I want to blow a hole through my TV! The media allows the administration to spin their web and the administration tells the media spiders how to report it efficiently. Up and awesome.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Becky Katz...That is characteristic of the utopian liberal world...they don't want any differing opinions and they don't want anyone telling them to stop...even when it is unaffordable to carry out their plan. They subscribe to a world where everyone works to support the mass...the utopian flaw. They subcribe to a system of mediocrity in which no one is a failure and no one is cream only comes in one flavor...vanilla. They long for a world in which the government is the center of the universe and the all-knowing guide and protector of the know, like the Wizard of Oz. There is no reality in it no more than there is that reality that in our own households we can do as we please, spend what we want, and have all that we desire. That is the crap that Obama has been selling since day one and he calls it the American Dream. He has no concept of the American Dream nor any sense of American values. He is a sheepherder looking to grow his flock. Sorry, I don't care for the herd mentality. Thanks Becky. WB

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I just read a hub by rickzimmerman that almost made me sick all about how great Obama is doing. Then all of the incredulous comments, he did not bother answering, he just deleted them. Mine was one of them. "Is this a joke?" is the common comment that ends up on it.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...So true, Will and I am sure the media will do all in its power to attempt to make that nightmare come true. You know, it sure is a good thing that the communist effort run against us is not organized in any fashion...LOL! WB

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      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Obama promised to 'fundamentally transform' the America of Norman Rockwell into something we will scarcely recognize, and he is keeping that promise. If we stupidly re-elect him, we'll deserve what we get.

    • Amy Becherer profile image

      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      The facts are that I have experience, well honed skills and a "can do" attitude. I am not shy about letting employers know to no avail. I am thinking about starting a trial run for offering a "senior errand service" locally before I would consider the expenses of relocating. It would have to be a sure thing, and there are no absolutes.

      I will keep the cost low driving locally and not transporting people, but rather, running errands that the high population of seniors can no longer accomplish on their own. I saw the need while helping my 89-year old, ex mother-in-law who is nearly blind and suffered polio as a child. She lives independently in gov't subsidized housing (well-managed, on a sliding fee scale, but nicely renovated duplexes in Granite City, IL). I was amazed to find her place has brand new windows, new appliances, washer/dryer hookups, a little patio outback and they allow 2 pets! She pays $188/month. My apt is nicer in some ways, but has old, drafty windows and a lazy maintenance staff and costs me $650/month. I keep the thermostat at 62 degrees and my electric bill has gone from $45 to $81/month. Although I wouldn't want to live in Granite City, IL, there is subsidized housing in every city. Thank you, Wayne, for your kindness.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Amy Becherer...Funny, my wife has found that older women make much better employees and often have far less problems that interfere with their focus at work. It is difficult to know what to believe now days...employers are saying that the younger generation has no committment to a job or career but will move about. On the other hand, older works do have those qualities...I am not sure what to believe. One thing I will recommend to you is to sell yourself on the basis of the "positive traits" which you possess and employ. When I hire a technician, I do not look for skillset that much...I look for aptitude, disposition, drive, and mindset. I can teach the rest but I have to have the right platform to start. You are correct in your assessment. The best that the government can do for you is get out of the way and let the private sector lead an economic recovery. There is plenty of desire there and financial ability but the government is choking or restraining it..purposely I believe. Have you considered leaving St. Louis to improve your opportunities? WB

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you, Wayne, for your confidence boosting words. Its uncanny, really, as I have gotten the same response to my story in person, while out in the world. One man expressed incredulous surprise that I was out of work for this length of time. Competition is so high, jobs still few, comparitively speaking, and employers don't want those unemployed for awhile if they can select someone still in the workforce. Age factors in. A 25-yr old will be hired before a 55 year old. Ultimately, the employer has the right to choose who they will pay to do a job. There isn't a candidate in the whole mess I like, much less admire. The only one that can help me. America now is the land of "I", "me" and "mine". "Get your hands off of my stack" could be the motto of what I see at the podium. Losers, lecherers, louts and lowlifes define lackluster politicians today. And, what we don't know, I suspect, is worse. God willing, I will continue to have a roof over my head, but it will be by my own ingenuity and determination. As a member now of the discarded poor, government could care less.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Amy Becherer...Gee Amy, you seem to be the type of person who would have long since found another job in this economic upswing the media reports. It is so sad that capable people are out there who cannot find the opportunities and also sad that the private sector is so bridled by economic and regulatory decisions by our government. Obviously, Obama has done nothing for you. Thanks much! WB

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      When I was laid off two-years ago, as of the end of May 2012, I was making close to $20 an hour. The last non-productive interview I went on a few weeks ago paid $22,000/year. Even at that, applicants were crawling out of the woodwork, and I would guess a 25-year old got the privilege of running the boss lady's dog to the groomer or fetching her Rx from the pharmacy. The friends I've made in my circumstances are still without a job, including one man now unemployed over 3-years. The only certainty I know is each candidate is self-serving. The only way I can save myself is through my own ingenuity. And, all the verbiage, from the ridiculous to the lofty, are tactical strategies, limited by the IQ of the speakers, designed by the 2012 campaign, and as such, carry no weight or validity for me. From the candidates to the media, its all and only about the bucks.

      Great article, Wayne.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Pamela99...I agree with you and he must be a one term president just as many of those in the Congress need to go home and stay there. We are not blessed at this point in time with any significant level of wisdom in our leadership for the country. Thanks, Pam. WB

      @Mary Wanders...No doubt, I agree with you. The steps that are taken are deliberate and the outcome is known. Obama is the puppet willing to get it done because he resides in the land of socialism and marxism. Thanks much. WB

      @drbj...Those protesters and their like are just the sheep Obama needs to convince others to join the flock. It is funny how the suggestion of utopia blinds people to the facts and what is going on around them. It is understandable in this country...we have always been free, therefore, far too many would not recognize a socialist or their utopian ideas on their own. They do not fear a shift because they don't understand their own freedom and liberty and how much was paid for it over time. I suppose that is the danger of being free to make your own choices in life. Unfortunately, most of those folks are "victims" and they will continue to be victims for the rest of their days. Thanks, Doc! WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      That creative metaphor you used, Wayne, perfectly describes the state of our economy: it is in "a place lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon wheel rut!"

      What's with these apathetic protesters and deluded liberal voters? Are they not aware that the change Obummy promised is already here: $5.00 gas in some states, a rising unemployment rate higher than when he took office, and promises that all our problems will be solved as soon as a process is developed to convert pond scum (OMG) into fuel. Right? If those deluded voters do not wake up before November, we are all in for a heap of trouble spelled with a capital T.

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      6 years ago from minnesota

      I have to say I have been telling people for years that we are going straight down that same destructive path Russia did, socialism and all that trash does not work. The one little thing you said that I disagree with is that is goes past greed and hinges on destruction... I think its more like willful annihilation of our system, by certain people who understand what they are doing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Excellent hub. I have gotten to the point where I hate to watch the news. Upswing??? I think not. Gas and food prices continue to climb. For example, beef will continue to climb as there are less cattle in America since the 1950's. Obama is incapable of running this country and you hub was spot on in my opinion.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Becky Katz...I find it ironic that you and your husband are just the people that Obama and the media say they are helping. As you are well aware, Obama loathes the military as does much of the press so it is no wonder that our folks who have sacrificed their health and well-being (and sometimes their lives) are being thrown to the streets in the name of transforming America into a better place. I hope things can make a turn for the better for your sake. Thanks much for the comment. WB

      @Winsome...Thank you. I shudder to think how many there are out there who see things very opposite of the way you and I view it. Socialism is being sold to the American public under the guise of "liberalism" and far too many are so willing to grab on to its utopian promises which are empty. Given time, this direction will eradicate the middle class of America for they will be taxed into oblivion in order to feed this monster of a government that will increase in size by 50% or more if Obama continues through a second term. No doubt, we really need to gain control of the crocodile before he gets us. WB

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      6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Wayne thank you for paying attention and calling it like it is rather than what the spin wants you to think it is. I think it is time to kill the crocodile and use that food or the money it represents to help real people. You call out the hunting party and I promise to be first in line. =:)

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I find it interesting that while our country is doing so much better, I am sitting here with out a vehicle for the first time since I turned 18, wondering if we are going to have enough money for food for the month. My husband is a disabled veteran who did not get a raise for two years.

      Congress wanted a raise so they finally gave him a cost of living raise. Of course, they do not figure the rise in food into the equation when they figure cost of living. Their raise was more than they give him for ruining his health for his country. Food has gone up considerably in this time.

      Every couple of months, Obama threatens to take his money away if Congress does not pass the short continuation of the budget. This has the effect of turning my husband, who has PTSD, into a blithering fool who is terrified at the thought of losing the money that we fought for 18 years to get. Yes, it took 18 years after they told him that he would never work again, for them to give him money to live on. I supported us at the cost of my own health. They will not give me disability.

      This is called helping us. Into an early grave, I presume. No wonder so many PTSD veterans commit suicide.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @ziyena...Thank you! You sum it up well. WB

      @ibidd54...Thank you...just remember, in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. WB

      @Davesworld...You are right on, Dave...multiplying like jackrabbits too. Turns out that most "journalist" are really bleeding hearts who are not so interested in writing as they are being recognized for curing world hunger. It is no longer about reporting the facts as it is about twisting the outcome. Meanwhile, right leaning, silent majority America remains mute and lets it all go down fearing that they might be viewed as "politically incorrect" or label as some type of conservative zealot. It is funny how the media views things...liberals are caring visionaries while conservatives are threatening, evil, conspirators. If you paint that picture long enough, some folks start to buy it. Journalism has fallen short of expectations in this country. WB

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      6 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      The medias leftward tilt is not necessarily sinister. People whose inclination is to "save the world" (liberals) tend to gravitate towards certain professions, one of which is the media. They hung around with like-minded folks in college and find that their co-workers in the media share the same ideals and beliefs. They come to believe that they are "normal" and the rest of us are the extremists. Altogether too many of them honestly think that they are middle of the road.

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      6 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

      Another great hub! It's so true that "none is as blind as those who choose not to see."

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      Ziyena Brazos 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in Time ...

      Here! Here! Spot on ... sick of the media and I turn that tube off as much as I can ... they think we're all a bunch of cattle, jammed in a stock pen and waiting to be herded to the slaughter.


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