The State of Chaos
President Obama’s State of the Union address might as well have been called the State of Chaos address. While he was busy patting himself on the back, the average American must have been sitting on their couch, if they still have one, cringing.
I don’t know how he could stand there and congratulate himself on an increase of jobs. The fact is that many people are underemployed or don’t have jobs at all. You can skew the numbers any way you want, but more people are unemployed than he claims. Many people have lost their jobs. But to be fair, it’s not all Obama’s fault.
Whoever came up with the H-1B work visa idea must have gotten a big campaign contribution that year. I suspect the contributions came from big tech companies. Somehow, an influential individual convinced someone in government that there aren’t enough tech people in the U.S. so we need to import them at lower than average hourly rates. Who wins in this scenario? Big business, of course. Who loses? The taxpayer and the American worker.
And Mr. Obama talked about the deficit. I care about how much money the country spends and borrows, but I don’t understand why we spend billions on wars and aid to other countries, yet many lower and middle-class Americans stand in line at food pantries each week. And veterans have to wait weeks for a doctor’s appointment.
I also don’t understand why the majority of people that want to work in State and Federal jobs need to have some kind of inside connection or know someone in order to qualify for those jobs. That’s cronyism not hiring the most qualified person. Along that same line, I don’t get why people in the military can retire after 20 years with access to base privileges and full medical insurance. And to add insult to injury, these retirees can bid for the same jobs they performed and work as a contractor at exorbitant hourly rates. But don’t ask me. I work in the private sector where people have to compete and scrabble for their jobs.
And don’t get me started on healthcare and the costs related to it. While it’s true that Americans with chronic diseases can’t be excluded from medical insurance anymore, it’s also true that Obamacare is unaffordable for the average person. Who in their right mind thinks that $600 a person per month is affordable? That’s what they wanted to charge me when I took an early retirement. And the coverage was poor. I’m lucky enough to be on generic prescriptions, but I know people that aren’t. The cost of a name brand medication can be astronomical. Maybe the insurance companies have to cover people with chronic illnesses, but they don’t have to pay for medicine. As a result, Insurance companies instituted large deductibles. That’s like having no coverage at all. Pharmaceutical companies have expensive lobbyists and few people in government care what it costs the average person for a prescription. After all, government workers get their healthcare free, especially if they serve in Congress.Then they get it free for the rest of their lives.
And I don’t really give a damn about carbon emissions. It’s great that there’s a group that wants to reduce smog and the like, but I’m more concerned about being able to walk about freely and not worrying about potential terrorists. Until now, I’ve never thought much about the second amendment, but I can understand why it’s important to be able to buy a gun. People need to feel safe. It’s starting to feel like the Wild West in some parts of this country. We don’t need new gun laws. Let’s enforce the ones we have, and give every purchaser a background check. And maybe a mental one too.
There’s also the pending nuclear deal and the closing of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Because President Obama has weakened the U.S. to such an extent, he feels inclined to give away billions of dollars to Iran. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see him give Guantanamo back to the Cubans after he releases the remaining terrorists on the unsuspecting free world. I don’t know what Obama studied at Columbia and Harvard, but he obviously didn’t take a class in negotiations.
And of course, there’s the potential influx of refugees. I’m all for giving people a fair shake. My family came here as immigrants. But for God’s sake, let’s vet these people thoroughly or refuse them entry into this country. I don’t care if they’re from Timbuktu, people with visas need to be thoroughly checked. Perhaps it’s time to close the borders for a bit and think carefully about our next move.
Along that line, I have a radical idea. The next time we elect a president, let’s pick someone that’s experienced enough to have some business sense and negotiation savvy. He or she doesn’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool politician. We don’t need someone that has devoted their life to public service. Rather, it should be someone that is honest and intelligent and has held a job in the private sector, at least for a few years. It should be someone that gives a damn what happens to the average American. I know that’s going to be hard to find, but let’s try.