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State Of The Union Address

Updated on February 5, 2014

America and the hope a new day brings.

We are not fixing blame.
We are not fixing blame. | Source

This is not partisan no matter how much somebody wants to make it that way.

I have generally liberal college educated young people around me. I did not say democrats. What I mean is that we do not speak of names of folks in our federal government. We now just call it the government. And let it be known I speak equally of California as it is the 7th largest economy in the world. So we are agreeing that the government is not fixing things. Even the things we wanted them to fix, and certainly not things we all agree they should not even try to fix.

Health care and insurance and energy matters and wars and paying our bills are not getting fixed. We are even looking sideways at each other about civil rights and the environment. And nobody is smiling about the lack of real jobs.

I am sorry but somebody induced these young people to take our federal loans to go to school so they could get a good job. And that was a complete lie. And they are kind of mad. And what I like is that it is an educated mad and a directed mad at an institution. Nobody in 1770's cried death to the King and Queen but yes they did chant death to taxes.

What would they think?

Our grandparents did not do it this way.
Our grandparents did not do it this way. | Source

We are not blaming anyone. We want fixes and not from a broken system.

Sometimes things are just messed up enough to where blaming someone does not help. Someone murders someone we want blame. Someone steals something then we want blame. Our favorite team loses, we want someone to blame and pay.

But sometimes things are just plain broke and need fixing and blame will not help one bit in fixing it. Yes sometimes you want to know what caused it to be broke and so you can prevent it from recurring but even then it is no good until we get it back up and running again, then we can study and prevent.

Now is a time of looking and seeing broken. It can be fixed but right now it is broken.

If you were treading water in the ocean after a shipwreck and someone in a leaky boat came along to offer help you would take it. But even if your boat is leaky and doing badly, you do not want another leaky ship to jump to. If you are sick and at the doctor you do not want a sneezing feverish nurse to come help you. And if your parents cannot get along you do not invite them to an evening with friends even if they will pay the bill.

I do not see these young liberals as wanting our broken government to come to their rescue any more. They cannot run their own lives or the jobs they were given and so we want them to stay home and out of the way so as not to harm or embarrass any further.

Does it matter who is in the picture? Do they change.

Which party began the escalation of our presence in Vietnam or Afghanistan?

I am not sure on that, for either war. You see it does not matter one bit. They rotate with or without stars on their jackets.

We just tried to fix a very bad health care financial system by using a government that cannot balance their books. That is insanity. We are trying to put people to work by a government program that had to lay off over million because they could not fix the budget. And we are fighting wars through a government that cannot even protect and embassy. This is crazy.

Is someone really to blame?

Do you believe that the blame lies on us citizens' shoulders.

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What can we do to fix it?

Most of you would say nothing of or at an individual level can help to fix this mess. Well you would be wrong and there is awesome precedent.

Once upon a time the interests of those of us who live in America were not being represented by anyone in our colonial parent country England. The first thing they did was stop paying for that lack of representation. Oh sure they through a symbolic tea party and that was radical and even so frowned upon that they faked it and pretended to be Native Americans. We just had a group called that and it did not work either by itself and was basically frowned upon.

But what most people do not know is that at the risk of penalties and imprisonment, most Americans just plain and simple stopped paying taxes to the Monarchy of England. It was devastating to England and with the saved revenues the Americans could stand on their financially.

It sounds just crazy. People just stopped paying for the government to provide anything including security and even tea and even financing.

Out West we tell the revenuers to come get us.

I bought those sunglasses and that hat and the house I am standing in and food for those who live with me. I have problems but none my government can fix.
I bought those sunglasses and that hat and the house I am standing in and food for those who live with me. I have problems but none my government can fix. | Source

Here is a funny part!

Liberal recent grads from college are not paying back their student "loans" and they are not buying the health insurance and they are working "off the books". The same Tea Party they rallied against is exactly what they are doing quietly. Almost passive aggressively. Near like Ghandi and Plato and Christ and Buddha and George Washington and Chang Ki Check and Martin Luther King Jr.

I do not know what tomorrow will be like and my family in my home pay all our taxes and do not even slide thereon.

But I am afraid my young radical once liberals will soon persuade me to stop paying our monarchy and that will only happen when it makes me more proud to stand against than for.

But it is my right as long as I am prepared to pay the consequence of my civil disobedience. I think when I get much older I look back and be glad I paid my share, but if it ever hits me that I think I will look back and be ashamed that I did, then I will stop.

Meanwhile I will head over to the County to pay them money to permit me to begin an organic farm operation. One that will bring healthy food and jobs to the county. If it is too much we will not move forward with the project.


They pass about 1,000 pages of federal regulations a day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that should draw some remarks. :) I'm with you. We need a revolution in this country, the type of which you mention. Only when the people stand together will there be change; as long as we are fighting each other nothing will happen.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am in the true middle and my life is great and even if I do not get new roads or schools or police, I pay my fair share. But our base is really disillusioned and we will start a pinch real hard.

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      cathylynn99 3 years ago from northeastern US

      e. i.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like that cathylynn99 but I am shy.

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      Of course the system is broken. America believes that individuals should look after themselves so it is no surprise that the wealthiest who finance the politicians use their positions to ensure the policies are great for the wealthy. "Rent seeking", to steal a term from economics, is rife in the US and in most liberal democracies and it will continue to put strain on the 99% until a government has the gumption to do something about it.

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      The government, as elected by the people, but run by the elected and the bureaucrats for the elected and the bureaucrats IS the problem. They have grown so large and insulated from those they are supposed to serve that they no longer care about their constituents.

      GOVERNMENT is the problem. Mark Lees, your comments are straight out of Marxist Socialism. Wealth envy, government control. Forget it!

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      Pretty close Jayfort, but it isn't wealth envy. It is recognising that the system is designed, increasingly, to protect the wealthy and to increase their wealth without trickling down.

      In the years before the recession in the US (2002-2007) the top one percent gained over 65% of the total gain in national income. At the same time the income of full time male worker has been stagnant for over thirty years.

      Once the crisis started this became worse, in 2012 the top one percent gained 93% of the additional income.

      This has all become worse over the last thirty or so years. When Reagan took office the top one percent recieved around 12% of the nations income. Since then the bottom 90% have seen incomes increase by around 15% while the top one percent have seen income increase by 150%.

      The US is fast on the path to becoming one of the most inequal countries economically on Earth.

      I don't believe in government control, nor did Marx, but I believe that while there is a government they have a duty to protect those that need protecting most - not the interests of those that need protecting the least.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I stand with you on these sentiments. We are all affected by these broken promises. We all should participate in fixing the situation. Each has to discover what each can do. Good article!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, times are tough for so many. On an individual basis I suppose the very least we can do is pray. No matter what that will not make the situation worse.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I find it odd when people say "America believes". So kind of makes the rest of the comment,,, well less than sterling.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jayfort perhaps we should have term limits on all government workers.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really do not see or care what the very top percentage make. And I would fail to see how making them less wealthy anywhere at any time has ever helped the common man, they simply are replaced.

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      Eric, the American Dream is all about the individual. While obviously not every American believes in individualism (in fact I speak to many who don't) it is still the central tenent in the American political and economic system. In a short comment on here it is much easier to use the plural than explore the complex issues and different positions that make up the system.

      And in fact I was supporting your hub in the fact that the system is not working, I was just adding that it is to be expected when the money and the politicians are the same people. The same thing is happening in many countries and as income and wealth inequality grow so does political inequality.

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      Eric, the point is that "Rent Seeking" is when those already rich take an increasing share leaving less for everybody else. So rather than the money trickling down, as those in favour of neo-liberal economic policy say will happen, what actually happens is the money trickles up making those at the bottom poorer.

      So while you may not care if they get wealthier by creating more wealth maybe you should care when they get wealthier by taking more from those underneath them, making everybody else poorer.

      It is not about taking away what they have, it is about stopping them from taking more from those with less.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much for that Mark. Yes I think that we are on the same page that we in fact have a problem. But thought I was supporting a look it without blaming someone for it.

      This term "income inequality" sounds like "global warming" to me. Of course our incomes are unequal and of course climate changes. Hey I spend more time hiking and being with my son and writing for pleasure than I do in bored meetings and punching in a time Glock. I do not want someone who works 24/7 to be paid the same as me. What would I have to give up some of my love of life in exchange?

      I think we are doing great getting our positions across to each other and I hope some folks are listening.

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      Mark Lees 3 years ago

      I always enjoy talking to you Eric, even if we do disagree on many points.

      Income equality is actually referring to the difference in income to labour in relation to the value of that labour. If two people labour and create different value than the renumeration should be different, but ratio of labour/value to renumeration should be reasonably equal (total equality is impossible but it should be the target).

      The issue I have is when people are rewarded when their labour produces no value. The banking sector is a good example. During the banking crisis many high ranking bankers created a negative value but were still rewarded with high wages and huge bonuses. At the same time many people lower down the economic chain were providing good value for their employers but were suddenly either made redundant or were made poorer in real terms. That is what I mean by income equality.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great read Eric and voted up.

      Thanks for sharing and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      thanks Eddy, I just brewed some great tea and will over shortly to sit with you awhile I saw you wrote a treat for me.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mark, you probably just hit on a hypocrisy of mine. I take everything you say and apply it to a mega corp and agree fully. But somehow I do not see it as human.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Cliché statements and phrases such as "income inequality" are words you hear from politicians .. people.. (if you can call them that ?) who are only out to feather their own nest..

      To blame the system of rich vs poor is what they do.. what other excuse could they have to run for office , other than lying to our faces by saying they will fix everything..!

      America is a capitalistic society.. It is the only place in the world where you have the chance to become a millionaire or a bum... it is up to you ...you take a chance.. you work hard.. you succeed or you don't...

      that being said ... if you don't succeed the first time ... you get up and try again.. that is the difference in America..

      You do not sit back and wait for others to give you their money to succeed... they might invest THEIR money with you ..i.e (take a chance) and lose it, if you don't succeed or they might millions off of you if you do along with you..

      That is what made America..

      So if you blame society on your own problems .. get off your whiney butt and get a job .. whether it is flipping burgers or starting your own business .. there are people (millionaires) who will invest ..if they think you will work hard and be successful..(just like they did).

      God Bless America and Capitalism.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pursuit of excellence and accomplishment, are virtues. When we take from ourselves to give to another it is charity and another virtue.

      When we take from another to give to an other it is not a virtue. Neither is it virtuous to receive such.

      There is no more salient point that the establishment of this country makes than: Taxation without representation should not be tolerated.

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