Barack Obama’s address to Congress 02/24/09

February 26, 2009
Barack Obama’s address to Congress

While President Barack Obama was addressing Congress he was talking to three sets of different chambers of Congress. Not the House and the Senate but rather the Republicans and the Democrats and the American people.

If the wording of what he said does eventually come true, and I believe parts of it will come true, then the other parts will have profound implications for generations to come. However, if other parts do not come through and the continuation of political differences continue, then our economy will eventually stagnate back to its normal course and take its place in a continuing history of events.

President Nixon proposed an Earned Income Tax Credit in one of his State of the Union addresses. The proposed items had been adopted by Congress and signed into law. However, does anyone realize this was presented by President Nixon in an effort to diminish the disparity between the haves and the have not. Or really should I say to diminish the distance between the racial divide which plagued the nation at that time and going back to the Civil War and to the Declaration of Independence. Social issues still seem to be an overriding attribute of equalization which past presidents have tried to address. Some take a radical approach and some have taken a progressive approach.

Energy is one of the items on Obama’s list of needs. This list was first placed on our national agenda in the 1970’s with the oil embargo and President Nixon’s administration. Congress could not find an equilibrium and still has not been able to find an equilibrium which would bring our country out of economic disadvantage from the rest of the oil producing countries. President Obama puts this in another fashion: ”

“In other words, we have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election. A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future. Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market. People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.”

The finding of new sources of energy should be of a paramount goal for other goals may lead to other less savory short-term goals which only can bring on lesser achievements and lower profits in the long-run. Short-term profits always will remain short-term profits unless the long-term profits are first met.

The Pilgrims suffered for the long-term profit of establishing a settlement where they could worship God as they wanted to. The short-term profit of going south for warmth was not achieved and numerous settler passed away. But yet today their long-term goals are still being strived for as our country continues to worship God in an independent and respectful fashion. The reasoning behind “In God We Trust” becomes stronger as each generation passes the torch. A strong energy independent economy will help in the worshipping of God. Sources of oil in the Gulf and in the upper northern states need to be explored and come to fruitfulness for our continuing independence and for the joy of worshipping God.

God is still in control. From the time China unites with the United States over a common enemy to the United States once again becoming the salt of the earth our energy independence and non-reliance upon other countries would help in transforming the world once again to a vision which would be a full respecter of God and His wishes.

I read in the paper today that North Korea will be testing a rocket which could reach the United States. I believe this will be a uniting factor between the United States and China. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. The small sayings can become true statements in the joining of forces.

“Now is the time to act boldly and wisely…”

When acting boldly and wisely the writers and signers of the Declaration knew that boldness and only boldness would unite the country. A single man helped in that endeavor, Thomas Payne, by writing a pamphlet called “Common Sense”. Is our country past common sense. I dare to say ‘No’. Do we need to act boldly now, ‘Yes’. But reacting wisely is also of importance. Thomas Jefferson was bold in his writing of the original draft of the Declaration of Independence. Others thought it not wise to include the freeing of slaves. The wisdom was thought we would not have a United States but a North and a South. The slave issue finally was arrested in the fighting of the Civil War. In times of unrest our Country has surrounded the independent spirit and the respect of everyone to worship God in their own way. A few people demanding that we respect the earth while not allowing others to respect the earth by drilling to uncovers its riches is a hindrance to our independence and of our founding father’s desire to worship God in their own fashion.

“As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President’s Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets. Not because I believe in bigger government–I don’t.”

This is a revelation to both sides of the aisle. A democrat not wanting bigger government is like saying one is a Republican. Maybe the Republicans should listen and if this comes true they should adopt President Obama as a Republican. Not just yet though.

“Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs.

More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector — jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit.”

Mr. President, these may be from the private sector as in construction jobs but the money and the reasoning would be for the benefit of the government bureaucracy. Roads and bridges and mass transit are objectives of government. Turbines and solar panels would be the exception only to this. But some of this may become sources of ownership by big government. Please excuse my skepticism but this still sounds like big government. If the government would get out of the way then private citizens could build their own solar panels on their property and take the funds out of their IRA or ROTH/IRA and without a penalty or taxing the retirement fund then true individuals could build their own wealth by eliminating the need for government intervention. Government has a few roles but the creation of jobs can never be the result of government except when they get out of the way so the citizens can create.

“Because of this plan, there are teachers who can now keep their jobs and educate our kids.”

Building roads and bridges, constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit does not create jobs for teachers and educate our kids. Sorry but the logic does not flow.

“Because of this plan, 95% of the working households in America will receive a tax cut…” It would seem to me if our real estate taxes were cut to the level in which the value of the house is then a bigger tax cut would be coming to 100% of the working households in America. The smaller the government the bigger the tax cut.

Education has always been of concern to Thomas Jefferson. He even had one slave cook for him in a French Cooking style for five years and then let the slave go. I never have heard if the former slave opened up a restaurant in Washington, D.C. or not. Sometimes holding onto an asset is for the betterment of one. Letting it go could be for the benefit of many. Ditto with Oil. Ditto with letting the citizens develop their own source of energy independence. The collection of the many can be for the benefit of the whole and stronger than the whole also.

Government by mandate is not the solution to our economy woes but in reality the letting go of government will be the releasing of our independence. Government pressure and trying to be helpful is what got us into this mess in the first place. But placing this issue as a national project is what might save us. Stop right there. If government got us into this mess then government should get out of the way so the independent thinking can voice victory and victory should not be that of the government.

“I have appointed a proven and aggressive Inspector General to ferret out any and all cases of waste and fraud.” This is merely an endeavor to express your concern of resolving big government while really not proving your case. Only if waste and fraud are truly eliminated will anyone be able to respect this statement. Past Presidents have stood fast to this principle but only one has achieved this as a goal. Instead of cleaning up the government I say that not the yearly debt to be reduced in half by four years but rather the debt of the United States needs to be nullified in four years period of time. Being independent and the size of government being small can accomplish this feat. With $700 billion in oil imports costing us each year the multiplier of current money flow being 12X if independence of energy can be achieved then the complete budget deficit can be erased.

“…we clean up the credit crisis…”

If I see legislation which restricts the usage of credit card debt which must be paid within three months then I will believe this is a solution to the credit crisis. Forgiveness of all credit card debt longer than six months would greatly increase the capacity of independence and reduce high interest rates. The credit card industry has severely weakened our financial system and needs a reminder of constraint. Reducing the need for and access to credit card indebtedness is the only way to”…swiftly and aggressively to break this destructive cycle, restore confidence, and restart lending.”

If you are really trying to “reform our out-dated regulatory system” then you will indeed need to adopt a tough credit card policy which would bring a “…tough, new common-sense rules of the road so that our financial market rewards drive and innovation, and punishes shortcuts and abuse.”

“The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at least the price of our dependence on oil and the high cost of health care: the schools that aren’t preparing our children and the mountain of debt they stand to inherit. That is our responsibility.” …. “I see it as a vision for America – as a blueprint for our future.”

“I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity.”

But I would rather say that the problem is with government and the solution is really instructing the spirit of independence to squash the lack of enthusiasm and embrace the need for independence.

Again, government has laid the foundation for independence through the forming of IRA and ROTH/IRAs. Now is the time for government to allow the independent spirit of being able to use these funds for solar cells and wind power generation in ones own home. No tax penalty and no income tax upon withdrawal. Take the roadblocks to financial success out of the independent thinkers. The collection of IRAs and ROTH/IRAs is greater than the communistic collective governments of China’s government.

A recent wave power project for the Neah Bay Tribe in the Northwest corner of the State of Washington by a Canadian firm in Vancouver, B.C. was recently discontinued and another project picked up for construction in Ireland instead was started. Was this because big government was the solution or because the company did not know if they would be paid. Washington State is in financially dyre straight and the company also discontinued a like project in California in favor of Ireland. Noting that a 10 miles by 10 mile area in the ocean can produce a great amount of electric energy for the state. Also, on the Washington coast south of Neah Bay is where no human lives for 23 miles. Neah Bay project was projected to create electricity for 150 homes. A rather small project but a start for the state.

All sources of energy need to be explored. Did the Spanish explorers stop at the east coast.

Putting a “market-based cap on carbon pollution” will only drive our existing infrastructure into a tailspin. This is like saying to depression era unemployed citizens that they need to pay a higher tax so the workers can get jobs.

There are three things which economists say create economies.

1) Land

2) Labor

3) Capital

But I say there is a different method to economies. There are three things which can create a new economy.

1) Farming

2) Extracting Minerals

and the last one is

3) Innovation.

In no way is government in this mix. If government wants to be the one contributing capital then the solution is still there. But the locomotive was an innovation. The other five items were needed. Our country expanded. When the innovation of the auto assembly line was constructed by Henry Ford the others were used and increased. With President Eisenhower’s use of innovation and the highway system the other forces came in usage and created wealth. A more efficient farming system was one of the major benefactors.

But if the extracting of oil is not continued but rather punished then the objective of developing “our recovery plan, we will double this nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years” then in fact this could stall this three year plan as well. To decrease an existing innovation with a tax is essentially saying to the economy to slow-down.

Eisenhower did not eliminate all new or existing roads.

The train system did not replace the road.

The assembly line did not mandate all older systems to terminate.

If something is better than a prior technology then the prior technology will soon have a modified usage. Taxing it was not done in the past nor was it necessary or useful. The free market took over. Taxing a drill, baby, drill philosophy will not create the oppressors objectives of immediately depressing the older technology but will suppress the economy so the funds for the new segment will take longer and thus require the continuation of the older system.

If you are trying to not believe in “Big Government” but you “make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy” then you are in-fact creating “Big-Government”. Big Government is the problem and not the solution.

Asking “Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America.” If Congress tries to create a market-based cap then this is not a market-based cap. It is a government-based cap. The devil is in the interpretation. Market vs. Government. If government invests “fifteen billion dollars a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power, advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America” then the government does not need to create a market-based cap. The innovation will create this and the market would be the solution. The auto industry will then by itself be required to be self “retooled, re-imagined auto industry that can compete and win. Millions of jobs depend on it.”

“…We must also address the crushing cost of health care.”

 

I am not seeing any new solutions for or from government here. Neither do I expect a real solution from government here. I think that only a natural solution is possible. The adherence to God’s principles can truly increase the need and longevity of life. The suppression via drugs which mask symptoms is at best artificial. Creative yes, but artificial.

“Promise of education in America.”

“Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma.” The definition of Labor from above needs to include education. If an adequate labor force is not available then the efficient usage of capital will not be needed. A competitive cradle to college objective has already been the prior government objective and a new system of education needs to be explored. Trying and throwing funds at the old style or old system will not improve the system. But if the system has been tried then by all means “expand our commitment to charter schools”.

I think about the innovation of the pencil when it comes to schools. The lead attachment was used and then a separate eraser was picked up and used if needed. Well, our education system does to have an eraser attached to it so the immediate extra steps of picking up the eraser do need to be exercised.

The education system needs to adopt the non-public system as an attachment to the public school system. With innovation some students parents could actually pay for the cost of the salary of a teacher. But in the non-public school system they can charge a higher price and get highly skilled professional teachers. To see a teacher without a doctoral degree in some private schools is rare. Only the exceptional masters degree teachers could apply. The eraser part of this would be the invitation of one or two students from the main school populace to be invited for one semester into the class of 8 or 10 students for a recognition of other accomplishments and achievements which the parents have voted in. This would instill a higher achievement level in the other students to achieve so they possibly could be selected as fellow high achiever students. Those parents willing to expend extra funds for the professor teacher would be rewarded with a higher capacity of learning available in a public school setting and the school system would get a better general student. The higher cost of private education would be mitigated modestly.

“And we must also begin a conversation on how to do the same for Social Security, while creating tax-free universal savings accounts for all Americans.” I thought this was tried in the Bush administration era. An immediate introduction of this and not even out of the batters box or the racing gate.

The military is still the backbone of all types and styles of economies. The foundation blocks of Land, Labor and Capital and the building blocks of Farming, Extracting Minerals and Innovation could not exist without any pre-existing strength from a well-qualified military force. The defending of the strength of these foundation blocks begins with the steady hand of the military.

A child who can utter the words of “we are not quitters” with conviction and steadfastness is showing off her strength as a David, as a Ruth as a Daniel or as a Mary. Her conviction should motivate the rest of us.

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HB 1100 – No petroleum exploration on coastal waters

February 9, 2009
HB 1100 – no petroleum exploration on coastal waters or inlets.

Relating to protecting the natural marine ecosystem from the potential risks of petroleum extraction.

Who is running scared here. Am looking at the sponsors list and noticing very few signators.

The bill title mentions “potential risk”. No real assessment of potential risks has been addressed in this bill. The potential risk portion is just being assumed without any scientific verification or acknowledgement of studies of any kind let alone scientific studies. Scientific studies by federal law need to address the needs of humans in a study also. No addressing of human needs in this bill are addressed.

The State is $6 Billion or possibly $8 Billion in debt. The simple task of exploring for natural gas or for oil or petroleum of some type would be a boom for the state. The simple exploration would also help in disenfranchising coastal waters and coastal Indian Tribes as well. The Pacific Waters off of the coast or violant and churning. The U.S. EPA came to a conclusion in a bay in Alaska that the need to a waste and sewage disposal system of a man-made variety was unnecessary due to the harsh and constant wave action on a bay in Alaska. A former co-worker who was the head of the EPA in the Pacific Northwest told me this story about 15 years ago. The threat of a “potential risk” of oil pollution may be zero in some part of the coastal areas of Washington State. South of the Macah Indian Tribe for about 22 miles no human dwelling exists. The potential risk here may be zero also. No humans travel by so is there a need to secure seabeds adn shorelines. The “fragile” area may in-fact be violant.

A few days ago the Macah Indian Tribe learned of a Coastal Wave Power manufacturer giving back a contract for development of wave power which would have initially produced 1MW or enough to power electricity for 150 homes. Did the state not cooperate or did the Macah Tribe not have the funds or did the State spend too much money and the company was expecting a grant of some sort to develop the initial phase money for the project. Whatever the case is here the “Green” machine which was going to start of the coastal waters of Washington I blame on the direct responsibility of the neglect of the progressives by not adhering to fiscal restraint when it comes to the budget. No budget, equals no funds for innovation. No budget, no green projects. No budget, means a higher reliance upon innovation and entrepreneurs. This is an example of the government wanting is cake and eating it too. Taxes do not come out of mid-air. Making energy creates taxes in more ways than one. Innovation is the KEY to overcoming a recession. Government is not the key to dissolving a recession. Exploring for new resources, developing of innovation, striving for the next frontier is what will and only will let the state get to the other side of the mountain. Boeing has been struggling with the 787 and the state seems to be relying only on the 787 rescueing the state from complete foreclosure. When Bill Gates and Paul Allen started their project they had no success outside of their family until a friend lent them the last bit of money for printing so their could have a completed retail product. Otherwise they would have sold the Microsoft to probably a guy in Texas or someone else. Innovation has to be a complete package. No half way projects ever get off of the floor. The Ocean Shores area is perported to have gas under its soil. Geologists look at the surrounding structure and confirm this. The next step needs to be to ask the printer to complete the project and do seimic tests and then actually drill. The phrase “drill baby drill” is not just a moto but a radical idea of future fortunes for the state. Get Ocean Shores out of the stone age and into the modern age. Let’s build an internation airport in Ocean Shores instead of leaving gas in the ground. More tourists in the area will bring more dollars to the state. Ocean Shores is a diamond in the rough.

 


HB 1594 – Environmental Cleanup Grants

February 9, 2009

HB 1594 Environmental cleanup grants. This legislation would not allow for a graduated student to be able to take advantage of the student loan interest adjustment on an individuals income tax return. Also, if in the form of a grant then student education expenses would not be taken also. A grant would be given at the time of education and it must be current. If a repayment of the amount is owing after the education then since the amount was paid in a prior year the unreimbursed and now required to be reimbursed amount due to default would have to be paid back. This would be doubling punitive to the student. There is no recognition of “Conditional scholarship” in the IRS tax code. A better way would be to require work during the summer months in order to be eligible for the scholarship or grant in the next year’s timeframe. This would make more sense and conditioning upon completion of academic quarters would be based upon a quarter by quarter basis. Thus no “Equalization Fee” would be required. the process of the interest rate being established by the Board could be punitive for individual students. The rate should be established by the Student Loan Program rate in effect for a given period of time. This should not be determined directly by a Board which could arbitrarily increase or decrease the amount. Selected individuals thus could be punished or rewarded with this type of system. Annual consideration of the interest rate is unrealistic. Interest rates currently are fluctuating daily. Forgiveness of fees and penalties and interests rates which are established by the board could be adjusted to reward some and punish others in the same way as interest rates could be adjusted. What this would come about to is graduated students would be working for a two to five year period for minimum wage and after completion of their projects they would still continue under minimum wage in the industry because another crop of graduating students need to work for minimum wage. Thus the summer work program which is limited in time would be a better method of building a “green” career. Minimum wage sucks.