Tonight, for the third time in his presidency, Barack Obama will visit the combined houses of Congress to offer his assessment of the State of the Union. It will be colorful, flashy, optimistic, and slick. He will fulfill the obligations of the Constitution this evening, but he won’t give us much of an honest report on how we actually fare these days as a nation of sovereign States.
For one, those States are no longer sovereign. Their federal overlord is sovereign and they are much like medieval serfs working the land that benefits their master. As long as they go along with the system they are rewarded with funds from the federal coffers. This certainly didn’t start with Mr. Obama, but he has taken full advantage of the situation and worsened it.
The White House is telling us that the topic tonight will include emphasis on jobs, taxes, and housing. I’m sure we’ll hear a great deal of bluster about how the economy is improving. Yet unemployment remains staggering high (higher than reported), and more citizens than ever are availing themselves of federal money to meet their daily needs. By guaranteeing ninety-nine weeks of unemployment assistance, the feds are assuring us that the economy won’t be seeing an influx of workers until those benefits are exhausted.
Our union is poor. Our electorate is more divided than ever. It’s no longer a question of “the haves” and the “the have nots.” It’s a question of the producers and the consumers. Nearly half of us are paying absolutely no federal income tax at all, yet many of those same persons demand that their economic needs be met. Economic success is no longer something to be proud of. It’s a mark of selfishness. “The rich” are hated for the fact that they can afford to invest their money rather than work for a salary; all the while those who use this fact for their own political gain never mention that financial investment is the backbone of the economic engine. Money that is invested helps us all.
Economically, racially, and politically, we are more divided than anytime previously in my life. And Barack Obama seems to prefer it this way.
If it weren’t required by our beloved Constitution, I’d say that we should just forget the dog-and-pony show for tonight. The Democrats will do everything they can to spin it to their advantage and to convince us that they’ve got our backs. The Republicans will do everything they can to make Mr. Obama and the Democrats look bad. We’ll hear a great deal from DC tonight, but very little of it will be accurate.
What is the State of this Union we call the United States of America? Disjointed, tattered, abused, robbed, and neglected. Poor Americans are getting poorer. Middle-class Americans are getting poorer. The wealthy have less money and incentive for investment to start and to expand businesses. Inflation is mounting and the government hides the fact by changing the way statistics are presented. Corporations–employers–are fleeing overseas to avoid excessive taxation.
Is anybody doing well these days? Oh, yes, I assure you. Our federal politicians are doing quite well. They have generous benefits and salaries that are unimaginable for the vast majority of our nation’s citizens, on whose backs they enjoy their perks. They are the political elite and we are the working people who are being divided and conquered so they can enjoy their above-average lifestyles.
In the meantime, spending remains at unholy levels, waste and fraud are rampant, and the printing presses at the Federal Reserve continue to pump out money that just comes into being because powerful people want it to do so. Gentle readers, consider this fantasy with terror: when you and I need money, we must work for it. We must exchange our effort or a good that we produce in order to convince someone else to share with us the wealth they have earned. When the federal government needs money, it simply prints more. With slips of printed paper our leaders purchase political support and guarantee themselves a lavish lifestyle.
Tonight’s State of the Union address is not about bettering our society or strengthening our union. I wish it were. It’s about power, plain and simple. It’s about holding on to power.
As Barack Obama mounts the podium tonight he should wag his finger at the Senate and ask why that Democrat-controlled body has not even passed a budget in over a thousand days. He should apologize to the nation. Then he should exit the halls of the capital building in shame.