Monday, January 24, 2011

State of the Union

Saint Paul...
A corporate leader who increases profits by slashing his work force is thought to be successful. Well, that’s more or less what has happened in America recently: employment is way down, but profits are hitting new records. Who, exactly, considers this economic success?
 I am wondering if we will ever again in this nation see a President stand up for the middle class. Will we hear the President call for an end to the tax laws that encourage sending our manufacturing jobs overseas? Will we hear the President call for encouraging "Buy American" policies? Will we hear the President call for policies that encourage entrepreneurship? Will we hear the President call for protecting American technologies that are crucial to new energy alternatives?

What is good for "We the People" is not necessarily good for the bonus check of the CEO's of multinational corporations. If we don't hear that fact being stated and a plan outlined that will promote small business growth, the policies that put America in the sorry state it is in will still be in place and next time there will be no borrowing power left to bring us out of the depression that will inevitably take place.

Update: From former Congressman, Alan Grayson,

"The Speech I'd Like to Hear"

“We are at a fork in the road.  The Republican House Leadership demonstrated last week that its highest legislative priority is to prevent 30 million Americans from seeing a doctor when they are sick.  We can let Republican control of the House of Representatives doom us to no progress, no change, for the next two years.  Or
I can exercise my powers under the Constitution and our laws to deliver the change we need.
“I choose the latter.  As for the Republican leaders, they can lead, follow, or just get out of the way.

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