Reagan’s Ghost

Reagan’s Ghost
by David Glenn Cox

The President gave his State of the Union speech last night, but I don’t know who he was giving it to exactly, but it wasn’t me. As an unemployed and formerly homeless person, the speech described more about America by what he didn’t say. The unemployed, the struggling and the suffering were excluded, as the President declared the Depression over. He based that belief on Wall Street averages and corporate profits and then he said, we don’t base success in America on Wall Street and corporate profits. That seems to be Obama’s modus operandi, to say something for emphasis and then to say, but that’s not to say.

The theme last night was, let’s all make nice here in the sand box, after all, we’re all Republican’s here. It greatly reminded me of a Soviet People’s Party Congress. Everyone applauds at the appropriate time, everyone stands and cheers for the new five year plan. Everyone pretends that this actually means something or will actually count for something. Everyone cheers or frowns according to their bosses desires.

“We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.” Barack Obama

God bless Vespucci land! Where any small corporation growing up and a log cabin headquarters can someday buy its own government.

“At stake right now is not who wins the next election -– after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but the light to the world.” Barack Obama

This was our Maalox moment, a testing of the collective gag reflex that is in all of us.

“We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.” Barack Obama

Bureau of Labor Statistics – In December 2010, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 35 states and the District of Columbia and increased in 15 states. The largest over-the-month employment decreases were in New York (-22,800) , Minnesota (-22,400) , Florida (-17,900) , and Georgia (-17,500) . These numbers are for December, a traditional time of an employment uptick and yet the employment numbers are bad and so, the President chooses to ignore them. Unemployment for the year averages 9.63 percent and the President Declares the Recession (Depression) over!

The civilian labor force somehow shrank by 260,000 between October 2010 and December 2010! The number of employed rose by 297,000 while the number of persons listed as unemployed fell by 556,000 but stranger still, the number of persons dropped from the system as “Not in Labor Force” rose by 434,000. These numbers would embarrass the even Nevada state boxing commission.

“We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans’ paychecks are a little bigger today. Every business can write off the full cost of new investments that they make this year. And these steps, taken by Democrats and Republicans, will grow the economy and add to the more than one million private sector jobs created last year.”
Barack Obama

God bless tax cuts, I had the distinct impression that I was watching the ghost of Ronald Reagan last night. A man of whom it can be said, never saw a tax cut he didn’t like.

“I’ve seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts on once busy Main Streets. I’ve heard it in the frustrations of Americans who’ve seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear -– proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.

They’re right. The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work with 100. Today, just about any company can set up shop, hire workers, and sell their products wherever there’s an Internet connection.”
Barack Obama

The President, while smiling, is telling the middle class to F*ck off and deal with it. Corporate America is in charge here. Ronald Reagan got government off your back and Mr. Obama has no intention of changing that, there is no help coming for you! It was really the most honest paragraphs of the entire speech. Screw you little people! And your little dogs too!

“Meanwhile, nations like China and India realized that with some changes of their own, they could compete in this new world. And so they started educating their children earlier and longer, with greater emphasis on math and science. They’re investing in research and new technologies.” Barack Obama

China and India started to educate their children how to make running shoes and wire up TV sets and to work for less than $5 per day, are these the changes we must make as well? Wages in this country rose less than a third of the cost of the consumer price index last year. For many professions wages fell because of the huge oversupply of unemployed workers.

“And now it’s our turn. We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. (Applause.) We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future. (Applause.) And tonight, I’d like to talk about how we get there.” Barack Obama

Yes, we need to make America the best place on earth to do business, even better than Communist China or India where a workers human life is held to a lower esteem than a cow! We need to take responsibility for our war deficit and cut,cut,cut!

“Let’s also remember that after parents, the biggest impact on a child’s success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom. In South Korea, teachers are known as “nation builders.” Here in America, it’s time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect. (Applause.) We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones. (Applause.) And over the next 10 years, with so many baby boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering and math.” Barack Obama

Insert Blame here for public schools and public school teachers! Then claim that we need to train 100,000 new teachers just months after massive teachers lay offs! Teacher layoffs from 2010- New York 15,000 , Illinois 17,000 , California 22,000 ,Washington D.C. 400,  Broward County Florida 568 and this on top of 60,000 teachers laid off in 2009. What is the President talking about? What kind of fool would spend four years in college to work for low pay and then to be used as a political football? Demonizing the innocent with broad brush generalizations, Ronald Reagan would be so proud!

“In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child — become a teacher. Your country needs you.” Barack Obama

“So tonight, I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the system. Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years –- without adding to our deficit. It can be done.” Barack Obama

This proposal is directly out of the 2008 Republican National Platform.

“Now, before I took office, I made it clear that we would enforce our trade agreements, and that I would only sign deals that keep faith with American workers and promote American jobs. That’s what we did with Korea, and that’s what I intend to do as we pursue agreements with Panama and Colombia and continue our Asia Pacific and global trade talks.” Barack Obama

Free trade deals with Panama and Colombia are also directly out of the 2008 Republican National Platform.

“To reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve ordered a review of government regulations. When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them.” Barack Obama

Again directly, from the 2008 Republican National Platform.

“So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.” Barack Obama

This exceeds the three year freeze called for in the 2008 Republican National Platform.

“This freeze will require painful cuts. Already, we’ve frozen the salaries of hardworking federal employees for the next two years. I’ve proposed cuts to things I care deeply about, like community action programs. The Secretary of Defense has also agreed to cut tens of billions of dollars in spending that he and his generals believe our military can do without.” Barack Obama

The $100 billion in defense cuts called for is less than one quarter of the defense budget growth during the Bush years.

“The bipartisan fiscal commission I created last year made this crystal clear. I don’t agree with all their proposals, but they made important progress.” Barack Obama

Cut and destroy Social Security, a Republican’s wet dream for generations and a fine monument to the ghost of Ronald Reagan.

“I’m willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year — medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits.” Barack Obama

Also from the 2008 Republican National Platform.

“We’ve also taken the fight to al Qaeda and their allies abroad. In Afghanistan, our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan security forces. Our purpose is clear: By preventing the Taliban from reestablishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.” Barack Obama

You just can’t have a State of the Union speech anymore without a reference to al Qaeda and 9-11! We wouldn’t have needed to cut and cut again if it wasn’t for the money squandered on two, count em, two illegitimate wars.

Then a fawning display over the military and the madness. For if the military is just and true, then the cause must be just and true as well. What Obama calls “our civilians” in Iraq are in fact, mercenaries and contractors. The Iraqi government is so weak that it took them months just to decide on a Prime Minister and so the President again declares bad as good, insert cod piece and hoist mission accomplished banner.

I shook my head through out, pusillanimous platitudes and banal generalities. Promises of pie in the sky while totally ignoring stark truths. The U-6 unemployment figure in the United States is 16.7 percent last month down from a high of 17.1, high speed internet and high speed rail isn’t going to fix that fact. Calling the same tired free trade deals, global trade deals won’t fix it either.

Advocating Republican policies while citing America’s rural electrification is not only absurd but insulting. Rural America was electrified by direct government intervention of a Democratic administration, it was a project seen as, not cost being effective by big business. A truly Democratic administration saw the project as just and needed by the people. It was an administration that saw need first and profit second, and if necessary no profit at all. After big government had built that rural electric infrastructure then big business wanted to buy it.

That administration was headed by a Democrat who told Americans, “the key to the front door of the White House is here in my pocket, and it will stay in my pocket.”

Mr. Obama has made it clear by word and deed that corporate America now owns the White House lock, stock and barrel and he is but their lackey. He is the heir to Ronald Reagan’s legacy, A poor tenant carrying water for the big boss man. It was a shameful display last night, it was all I could do to keep from turning it off. The abandonment of millions, the Captain of the Titanic praising the shuffleboard tournaments. All Hail the One Party System! All Hail the Ghost of Ronald Reagan!

“We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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