By Jack Hoffman
It didn’t take long, when I went to the local breakfast hangout, to be asked, “So, Jack, what did you think of the President’s State of the Union speech?”
Well, to be honest, I didn’t catch the first few minutes since I got deeply engrossed in one of my favorite action movies of the week, Transporter 3. … Instead of waiting for Bourne Identity to come on the telly, I said. Let me give our leader another shot at trying to make me believe there is still some hope. After all, some of the promises President Obama made to lots of us progressives he just hasn’t lived up to. So I decided to look at the new majority and what they are offering.
Take, for instance, all the cuts in spending. So what do you want to do? How about cutting, or even eliminating, discretionary spending? That’s less than 16% of the budget. This country is $14 trillion in debt – 18 % is for past military, or veterans benefits, plus the 80% interest on debt. The budget was $3 trillion in Fiscal Year 2009. You do the math … .
Neat: The President fell into that trap of cutting discretionary spending in any bill that comes before him. What the hell did we send our reps to Washington for? Bring some of that bacon home! Where are the states going to get the extra money for schools, roads and more?
So, Obama, you are full of it on that score. I dare you — that’s of course if you get any bills on your desk. So let’s privatize social security like some suggest. I love my $1,300 per month (ss check). You give that money to Halliburton to invest and to ruin Social Security, and I’ll be in Washington with my pitchfork!
Want to cut Medicare? I’ll be in Washington with my 2nd amendment weapon and the lined up wheelchairs.
Here’s an idea: Why not cut $100 billion from the US Defense Budget? We have more than 600 bases overseas. Do we really need so many? And never mind all the wasted military toys.
The great protagonists of our time argued against the corporate bailouts. I must admit I fell in line on this. The truth is all that money has been repaid with a minimal interest. Now the treasury has a surplus in that account.
How about Obama’s $900 billion stimuli? More than 30% of that money came back in corporate and personal tax reductions. Less than 1/3 has actually gone into infrastructure, and believe it or not, almost 1/3 hasn’t even been spent.
What we need is a giant stimuli program – that would certainly bring un-employment down.
So let’s get serious about the deficit and necessary cuts and the necessities in this once great society. Let’s give industry some tax benefits to invest that estimated $10 trillion in cash just sitting to be invested, and not invested abroad like we have allowed in the past. Now isn’t that simple?
This country is run by an oligarchy of lobbyists that has more to say about legislature than Joe American! Leading the lobbying pack is the US Chamber of Commerce – the mother’s milk of the Republican Party. For the past 20 years it’s been telling corporate America to send jobs abroad. Now they, along with their fellow nitwits, advocate jobs jobs jobs.
Wall Street and the banks will keep up their screwing of the public.
Who is going to stop these frenzied alligators in the swamps on Wall Street?
The energy companies will control the flow of energy. Now for the pisser of the day: Guess where we get all that salt that is used to melt the ice on our roads and streets? Well, by some accounts at least 90% of it comes from Mexico, the country we just love to hate. Surprise! The salt comes from the ocean. Why can’t we do that?
The best comment on Obama’s speech: Jake Tapper describing Congress as “two countries.” Bring back Keith!!! Maybe Comcast, which now owns MSNBC and more, another big Republican donor, had something to do with that? You think?
Now how long do you think this Kabuki dance can last? I do like the ribbons!
In the meantime I’m getting some real entertainment on the tube. Jason Bourne, don’t worry! You are still my favorite.