This is, of course, just an expression. I am not one who would be in a position to start a career in an office, neither local nor national. However, it is within my means to give some insightful commentary (and unfortunately, perhaps a bit of biased opinion,) Make no mistake, though: I am by far and wide no Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck – or Bill O’Reilly for that matter, though mentioning him is a bit of a stretch for me.
Simply put, financial and economic matters in our country are in dire straights now, perhaps worse than they were in the 90’s. The recession we suffered through then was a bad situation, with production, exporting and our overall GNP severely sloped. The unemployment rate in the 90’s, particularly July of 1992, was spiked to a tremendous 7.8-8%. This was a debilitating time in our country, one which was unfortunately placed on the shoulders of an incompetent yet somehow extremely, overly fortunate President who was blessed enough to be surrounded by sufficient cabinet members who knew a little about what they were doing. They gave enough optimum advice to Clinton, who, might I add so we never forget, was busier and more interested in getting hummers in the Oval Office than actually paying attention to our country, and he was able to take credit for pulling all of us out of a fearsome recession. In truth, it was really in the later 90’s that the [.com] explosion in the DOW and NASDAQ which gave wings to the national economy once again, even though there were many internet companies which went bust shortly after that (if they weren’t bought out by stable companies first.)
Now it is a known fact that the U.S. market goes a little unstable altogether whenever the executive office exchanges hands with a new President-elect. This activity can trigger such a reaction in many phases of our economy, and that gives the potential for a downslide within that year or so. Regardless, this reaction within the economy is almost always blamed on the former administration. I’ll admit there are times when this is somewhat true. I don’t believe the nineties was a time handled best in the hands of George Herbert Walker Bush, though he and his administration tried. His approach was still a little bit too left-wing and spend-thrift. His ideology of politics was one of a Liberal Republican, and such a thing can be dangerous amongst the GOP. After some time, he began to turn around and travel along the path of a Conservative, changing a lot in his administration and so his economic policies also changed. But it was a little late since his four-year term was near an end, and his performance was not favorable. Bill Clinton took office in the nineties, and the market went shaky once more. So then the U.S. economy began it’s downslide and the blame fell on the former administration, even though there have been several pitfalls with the Clintons, and I am sticking with the Clintons’ political platform, not their personal behaviors. This is strictly a Socio-Political commentary site, not a gossip column.
All of this aside, there now lies a challenge ahead of us all here in the United States. We are on the verge of yet another major recession, and this time, it does lie squarely on the shoulders of this current administration. Barak Obama, in all his (absent) wisdom, is about to unleash hell upon us all; It is a hell in the form of an Executive Act that “claims” to be able to promote job growth in our troubled economy. The problem is, it is yet another Liberal spending idea which will only pull more money out of the pockets of the majority of our populace in the form of increased taxes. In other words, Obama plans to take from one hand only to place it in another, and so in reality giving us nothing. Nothing but meaningless toil, that is.
As usual, Obama claims the taxes will be “across the board”, but if history is any indicator, and it usually is, then the taxes will be from the pockets of our middle-class citizens and not those of our more “upper-class” and (don’t forget) the big interests. As always, lobbyists are a powerful tool in the Liberal agenda. This “jobs Stimulus Package” of Obama’s will critically injure our country. Yes, we do have a tremendous need to create new jobs for our citizens, not the illegal immigrants, but this is definitely not the method we should use. It is a bandage this administration is trying to place over our problems, not actually getting into the wound and making a solid, healing repair.
May I also add that President Obama has raised the issue of raising additional taxes on gasoline, making matters even worse. Also, he has admitted interest in the administration’s proposal of somehow “taxing mileage” on our vehicles. This could only be achieved by mandating the integration of a device in each newly-manufactured auto in the country which can keep track of the autos’ mileage. And for the vehicles already on the road and older ones, a similarly effective device may be retro-fitted on these vehicles as well. This would be a massive undertaking, occupying many years to complete… perhaps more years than Obama will last in office.
Okay, for the first issue – the possible gasoline tax increase: Gasoline prices are literally the backbone of the U.S. economy. As it is, the current prices of crude barrels, dictating how much U.S. gasoline will cost, have been turning down economic trends for the better part of a decade now. Things like this tend to only get worse as time goes by and it is a trend. This trend is similar to the newer mathematics of Chaos Theory. A butterfly flaps it’s wings in a province of South Africa, and as a chaotic chain of events, it unexpectedly rains in New Mexico in the United States. So a trend tends to follow a similar behavior as Chaos Theory does. Gasoline prices take a rise, so merchants who transport their goods and products across land by cargo vehicles will have to raise the prices of that which they sell. In turn, to make up the cost due to their wholesalers, the retailers also have to increase what they sell – both to “break even” and to make their own profit. In result, the entire chain of events falls down to the consumer, who has no choice but to pay the heavily increased prices. It is like this all over the U.S. in many different ways, and in all cases, the driving force is determined by our gasoline prices. If he had competent advisors and cabinet members, President Obama would be informed of this since I seriously doubt he can do little more than deliver a slight polish on a well-written speech. Sorry Dems.
For the next issue I mentioned, the “mileage tax” proposal, I highly doubt that will get far off the ground. There will be little to no support for it at all, since virtually everyone drives a car. Such a tax is ludicrous and wildly offensive, as it politically and socially borders on Communism. But it is very much like the far-leftist Liberal Democrats to make such a proposal.
Okay! That’s it for this time around. I believe I’ve said enough, and I’ve given enough for readers to think about. Please feel more than free to post me some comments. I would love to hear from anyone, regardless of your stand-point in this arena.