Did you watch the President’s state of the union address? Well, what did he say? There is no doubt that Mr. Obama is a salesman. In fact his speech reminded me of a story. A young milking machine salesman stopped at a dairy farm and presented his sales speech. The farmer, who had only one cow, was so impressed he bought the milking machine and the salesman took the cow on trade. All of his sales ability may not be received as enthusiastically as the farmer. Mr. Obama was facing a Republican-controlled Congress in his sixth State of the Union speech. President Obama took credit Tuesday for an improving economy and focused on proposals aimed at advancing the middle class. But at whose expense? He said “the shadow of crisis has passed.” His extreme vision of “a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production” is not shared by most who heard him. And I am not anti-Obama. He appears to be a rather congenial person. But he is no political force.
Now do not get the idea that I am a right-winged Republican; in fact, I am a staunch independent. I support conservatism and realistic policies to enhance the growth of the economy, trade, national security, cybersecurity, obliteration of terrorist threats and a reasonable approach to tax reform.
Regarding the Economy, Mr. Obama has been talking about the nation’s economic recovery. Are you more financially secure now than six years ago? My study of business cycles and forecasting reveals a cyclical pattern in the economy. We have been down before. But remember, what goes up, must come down. Mr. Obama is throwing caution to the wind and calling our modest recovery a “breakthrough year.” The statistical evidence of a reduction in unemployment can actually be the result of people deciding not to search for a job. And to take credit for a reduction in gas prices is just plain humorous.
Regarding Middle-Class Economics the President proposed paid sick leave, and a lofty goal of two years of post secondary education without cost to the students. Well, he called it “free” education, NOTHING is really free. All taxpayers must bear the brunt of give-a-way programs. To fund his ideas, he suggests increasing the tax burdens on the wealthy. So people who have invested, worked hard and reaped the rewards are to pay for those without the gumption to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and get into the grind.
Regarding the Infrastructure, new roads are in the offering and the Keystone XL oil pipeline, carrying oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf Coast of the United States. Obama has threatened to veto the measure, saying his administration needs more time to decide whether building the pipeline is in the national interest. While Rome burned Nero fiddled. Most of his proposals sound too good to be true—they are.
Regarding the expansion of trade, deals must be made to draw business to us and sell our products to them—whoever them is. He said 95 percent of the world’s customers live outside our borders, and we can’t close ourselves off from those opportunities.”
Well that is the soundest proposal he expressed.
Regarding National Security he recognized that “Stopping ISIL’s advance” is a must. If we do not end the violence, it will come here.
Reduction of our military might is not acceptable. Escalation of the ISIS irradiation is primary. So why disburse GITMO? The inmates will just return to their own people and fortify more opposition. Treat the guilty as guilty. Why should they continue to live and take lives of others?
Regarding Foreign Policy the President is defending his new approach to Cuba. Why? From what have we been deprived as a result of the embargo on Cuba—cigars? Who needs them? Communism is already present in this country, why invite more?
Regarding Cybersecurity and Technology Obama called on Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation — something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he’s open to moving on (unlike immigration). We must protect our freedom of expression, freedom from the inquisitive and malicious hackers who destroy data and corrupt computers at every level of business and personal life.
Regarding Justice and equality a brief reference to swelling problems between the races gave lip service to the problems. But there is only one way to stop such in justice. Learn to life together with respect and acceptance. After all, can you change your heritage? No. Look at others with the same compassion you would expect from them.