Put Your Pen Down, Mr. President and Get to Work!

by Jayne D. Frank

I thought Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was contrived and full of grandiose rhetoric in 2013; however, that will pale in comparison to what we hear in this month’s SOTU address. Why? Quite simply, nothing the President ever says or promises becomes a reality. He had now prefaced his upcoming speech with “I have a pen and I have a phone” in which to get things done [because Congress is the problem].

Here are your words and promises from 2013:

1) “Together we have cleared away the rubble of crisis and … the state of our union is stronger.” Really! We have the highest level of poverty, higher number of people out of the job market, and highest number of people on food stamps than ever before. Is this your idea of a strong economy?

2) You said “We should ask ourselves as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores.” One answer would be to resolve the problem of the millions of good-paying jobs that have been lost during your Administration. Your have used your pen, your failed Obamacare law and your thousands of EPA regulations to completely eviscerate any gains that might have come about as a result of spending billions of dollars on “stimulating” the economy. If you truly meant what you said, you would use your pen and the power of your office to approve the XL pipeline from Canada, which has the approval of 69% of our Senators and every Governor along its proposed path, putting thousands of people to work in good-paying energy jobs and you would lift the strangehold of those EPA regulations which are keeping companies cash-strapped and unable to produce any new jobs in their industry. Get your foot off the throats of energy companies!

3) You were going to create three more urban manufacturing hubs and ask Congress to create a network of 15 of these hubs for the “next revolution in manufacturing right here in America.” How’s that working out for you since more and more urban cities in America are in or approaching bankruptcy? We have the highest corporate tax rate at present and coupled with these regulations I’ve mentioned, there will be no additional manufacturing until you stop your insanity.

4) How do we equip our people with the skills to get… jobs?” One method might be to stop “giving” welfare and other entitlements to people in exchange for staying home and not looking for work. Require drug tests and require completing additional schooling as a requirement of getting entitlements.

5) We need to “reinvigorate the middle class.” Well, Mr. President, the middle class HAS lost 40% of its wealth under your Presidency and I think that your “words” remain another promise unfulfilled. You cannot invigorate the middle class if Obamacare remains the law of the land and takes more wealth out of the middle class. You cannot invigorate the middle class if you keep “giving” their tax money to others that don’t want to work. And you can’t invigorate the middle class if your message is not one of hope and declaration that America is one of the greatest producing countries in the world. You cannot invigorate the middle class when you have declared your intentions time and time again to “redistribute the wealth.”

Missing from the 2013 State of the Union and most assuredly the 2014 SOTU speech will be any mention of the many failures of this Administration in the foreign policy arena that have put America’s state of the union in jeopardy. The reason is quite simple. You do not have a record of accomplishment in this area and in fact your apologetic and appeasement policies concerning America’s power and standing in the world have made you look like a bafoon in this area. You are also afraid that should you mention foreign policy, Americans will continue to bring up the fact that you and the Secretary of State were directly responsible for the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi because you failed to provide security to them as requested. Your positions on defending Israel, taking away Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon and helping the millions of people suffering in Syria, are also deplorable.

Frankly, millions of Americans are poised to watch the 2014 State of the Union not to hear “hope” from you any longer. They will be watching you make a fool out of yourself once more. They will be counting and pronouncing your failures and lies once again. They will be hoping that the Supreme Court Justices and military commanders that usually witness this speech don’t come this year and bear witness to your criticisms, lies and disdain for them. You are a failure as a President and a Commander-in-Chief and it would behoove you to be humble, contrite and truthful to the America people in the 2014 State of the Union, but you won’t–you can’t help yourself!

We Are Now What We Were Then!

by Jayne D. Frank

I have spent the last several months researching my family genealogy and it has been gruesome, exciting and a pain-staking effort.  I started this effort to find more about my elusive dad but ended up intrigued about my mother’s side of the family.  The result is that I have learned more in these few months than a lifetime of having questioned my parents and the life lessons learned are priceless.

What we are going through today in 2012, I have learned, as a middle class, is not much different than my grandparents went through.  In the 1800s they were both peasants in the fields of richer landlords and owners in Austria-Hungary, Vysoka and Dacov to be exact.  They had no choice but to be farmers as there were no opportunities for advancement and putting food on the table for their families.  Adding this to the political strife these people were feeling, they yearned for the American Dream – prospects for a better life, of earning your own way and more importantly achieving personal liberty for themselves.

My grandfather and grandmother made their way to America in 1900 in cramped, unsanitary quarters for many days and some of those sharing their Dream never made it. All of my people of Slovakian ethnicity found jobs immediately, but because they were Slovakian, had to settle for the lowest-paying  jobs in the mines and railroads, often working 7 days a week for 14-16 hours a day, and of course their wages were not the same as other immigrants.  The single women who immigrated from this region were able to get work as servants or maids only. When they married, they most often did not work outside of the home or else ran boarding houses for others like them.   My grandparents slaved for some 60 some years in often low-paying jobs, but still they put food on the table for all 11 of their children without Government handouts.  Eventually they owned their own home, and were able to do their own farming, a reality that would never have been had they stayed in Czechoslovakia as it was later called after the War. Additionally, they unquestionably were able to have the religious freedom they would not have had in Europe, to worship when and how they wanted.   To them, the American Dream had been achieved.  They provided an opportunity for their children and grandchildren to do better, to prosper, and to “never go back” to the subservience they had experienced in their early years.

Indeed, my parent’s generation did do much better.  They started businesses, attended college and many became professionals, both male and female.  Even though they went through the depression, real life lessons were learned of thrift, of saving, of planning for retirement.  And in large majorities, they did not plan on and did not rely on the Government as taught to them by their parents’ generation.

Now we come to my generation.  We worked hard all our lives and prospered, providing many more opportunities for our children to choose the life they wanted to lead, continually blessed with the personal and economic liberty in America so hard-fought for by their ancestors.   We worked just as hard as our previous generations, trying to save, taking care of all of  our own needs, and instilling those morals in our children.

That is where the American Dream ends!  The secular Progressives in this Country and abroad have been planning and scheming for years on how to fundamentally change America into their vision.  One of economic equality for all (no matter how low that equally would push people), having no public acknowledgement or worship of God permitted, and having all Americans rely on the Government for their subsistence.   And how these Progressives have accomplished many of their goals! The younger generation in overwhelming numbers no longer sees the needs to acknowledge  any “god,” record millions of people have no prospects of an economic future of prosperity and freedom, and even more millions are permanently dependent on the government to put food on the table and obtain an education.  Workers in America that are doing well by their own hard work are encouraged, if not forced by excessive taxation and regulation by the Government, to give up their earnings for redistribution for the “good of all.” And my generation has seen any accumulated retirement wealth in the form of investments and home equity  virtually eliminated as a result of Government intervention and regulation.

If my grandparents were alive today, they would be turning in their graves!  How hard they fought to flee from the political and economic oppression of Europe and how much they gave up to see future generations not have to be faced with the same glum prospects for their futures.

We are Now What We Were Then!

Obama’s Agenda IS on the Backs of the Middle Class and Elderly

by Jayne D. Frank

Listening to President Obama’s lies once again today in the Rose Garden, I cannot help but wonder how many elderly people in this Country still buy his “crap!”  Having worked all my life in the corporate world and owning a small business during my semi-retired years, I have seen first-hand the affect of his policies on my family and my neighbors.  We lost our small business in the wake of the mistrust and economy downturn following the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and since that time have seen our own standard of living, as senior citizens, as well as that of our children, decline to a point approaching poverty.  We might as well not have worked and paid taxes all of these years ; perhaps the hippies had it right in the 60’s – “If it feels good – do it!”  We could have enjoyed not working, searching the world over for our “other selves” and just had a good time, instead of being productive Americans, taking care of our parents along the way, and hoping to finally have that “good time” during our retirements.

Now that we have arrived at our Golden Years, we find ourselves, like millions of senior citizens, in 2011:

1)  Paying 3.66/gallon average price of gasoline over the $1.67 in 2008; we can’t afford to take trips anywhere.

2)  Looking at another 3.5% increase in cost of our stay-at-home grocery bill, caused almost entirely by crops diverted to biofuels and smaller yields caused by EPA regulations on farmers; that leaves us nothing to ever go out to dinner with each other.

3)  Looking at a future where doctors are to be rewarded for their cost-saving, performance-based, rationing of our medical care, as most recently repeated by President Obama in his speech today;

4) Incurring Medicare premium increases in 2012 through 2014 which will offset any COLA increases seniors may get, caused singularly by Obamacare; again keeping seniors locked in their homes unable to spend any money and help spur the economy.

5) Investigating ways to pay for our prescriptions in 2012 and future years as Obamacare and the Obama administration make it harder for us to pay higher increases in our insurance plans.  Perhaps, somewhere in Obama’s vision is a “Soylent Green” kind of world where we can all peacefully get out of the way to make room for younger generations;

6)  Worrying about our children and grandchildren losing their jobs without any future for rehiring, losing their real estate investments and not having a committed Congress who will ensure that our children will not be paying off our governmental debts forever.

I wanted to travel with my husband, to pay my way in life, to not have to worry about my children and their futures, and to be able to stay well.  I fear that unless seniors wake up in this country, get their voices back and resist President Obama’s efforts to reshape our beautiful Country in HIS vision, that this will only be a memory we once had.

What I want is for the class warfare and the lies of this Administration to end so that we can get about healing the divisions in our country and make America better for all Americans.  43% of Americans pay nothing in this country, not counting all the millions we are spending on people that have never paid into our system and are not citizens.  But instead of addressing the real problems that are facing this country, such as the true cost of immigration (legal and illegal), a true “welfare class” that has never worked and don’t want to work, and an obsolete and ineffective tax system, as well as Government spending, the Administration is now targeting seniors, who are the real victims in this scenario playing out in Washington.