Tuesday, December 06, 2016

One Promise President Obama Kept

During his initial 2008 campaign he offered vague sayings of "Hope and Change" to people - without any direct or detailed policy or regulations that he was going to put in place to go with his campaign slogan.  During the just completed past 2016 elections the Democrats constantly stated the President elect Trump, and the other Republican candidates, had no details at all - but they conveniently forgot that President Obama made vague statements and campaigned on in 2008, and to a large extent 2012, but since he was a Democrat that was okay by them and the National Press.

 

But one of the main themes that President Obama stated as a goal in 2008 was that he wanted to fundamentally transform the USA into a different nation. He did accomplish that.

 

The day after the 2016 polls closed we had protests and riots over the outcome of the election, like they do after most 3rd world country elections. The outgoing elected officials are pushing through rules and regulations that they want to put in place to benefit their supporters bypassing all the normal processes - issuing decrees in effect. Publishing rules in the Federal Register that the vast majority of people do not want knowing that it will take years to roll them back though the PROPER process. If President Trump uses the SAME process that President Obama has over the past 8 year. the press and the Democrats will scream and bring the government to a halt since he is not following the "proper" process - even through President Obama did not - but since he is a Democrat doing that for "the greater good" that is okay to break all constitutional rules - but not when someone else does it for the "greater good."

 

So, in effect, President Obama has taken us down to a nice 3rd world mentality of process and reward by teaching people that when you vote you can riot and protest since it did not turn out the way you expected it too. So of course you were "robbed" of the outcome you wanted.

 

They did that in 2000, now again in 2016. If Hillary Clinton had won the election the USA would certainly be, after at least 4 years, been downgraded to a true 3rd world nation in how we act and re-act on the world stage and we would be going to the UN for approval for everything as we would in effect become a vassal state to the UN.

 

The treaties that Hillary Rodham Clinton  would have been signed, and since treaties creates laws and rules that are above the Constitution, would have ensured that lots of our rights would be nullified because she, and President Obama, really do not like most of the rights we have since those rights are really against most Socialist ideas. Once a TREATY is signed, unless there is a clause allowing us out of the treaty, nothing could have been done about it.

 

The modern Democrat party likes the UN since anything done there, where most nations are not a republic, and where the UN is a “democratic” body where popular vote rules (unless vetoed by one the 7 on the security council), any popular vote can  take away citizen rights in the US or other nation by treaty. Treaties can eliminate laws and safeguards within our Constitution by forcing the Federal Government to wipe out all existing laws, which would ensure that the USA can become more like a socialist state controlling all aspects of a person life in the USA as a goal.

 

Don’t believe it? The DMCA – Digital Millennium Copyright Act    -  was passed by Congress due to the US signing a Treaty which FORCED us to change our laws to comply with the European’s idea of copyright rules and standards – The treaty was signed and approved done under President Clinton’s Democrat Congress.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A USA Future With President Hillary

What America would be like in 3 years if she wins the White House in 2016

 

President Obama stated that he wanted to Fundamentally Transform America - and he has. It more of a Socialist / Decree driven style of government that what the Constitution stated that the Republic is or what is allowed - since no one in any position of power was willing to call him out in public - or private - that what he was doing was illegal or just plain wrong - since if they did they were called by Democrats and all the newspapers as being racist to deflect the real issue. Ms. Hillary will follow the same path - people will not challenge her policy or Presidential directives at the risk of being called sexist and racist at the same time, and the newspapers will not report at all that what she tells her appointees to perform is actually against the rules of the Constitution. Of course, like President Obama, she will "interpret" the constitution the way SHE wants it to be - not the plain words that it is. She ascribes to the "evolving" and changeable nature of the Constitution based on whomever is in charge as to what the Constitution means - and then implements it.

 

The EPA will be directed to wipe out the coal industry by the simple expedient of publishing more rules. People fail to realize that for ANY rule to be "law" any Executive branch department (which is everything) just has to follow a few simple rules: hold public "show" meetings around the nation; take public comments (which can be ignored, law does state you have to answer them or address the issues, just take them); publish in the Federal Register the new rules; wait 90 days  and now it is "The Law." Congress grants TO departments the rights to make rules (laws) by design to implement the high level law Congress passes. In prior administrations the people in charge looked at the original intent of the law and followed it. President Obama, and certainly Hillary Clinton, don't care about intent. They have, and will, state that the law grants them the right to do anything they want and if you don't like it tough - sue the Government. And of course most people don't know you have to have "standing" in order to sue: i.e. be directly affected by the law.  The Government makes that determination if you have standing and you have to have at least 3 to 5 million dollars and 3 to 10 years to get a final decision. Now since President Obama appointed like-minded judges who make these decision, they believe that the Government knows best, getting the first hurdle to being allowed to even sue is hard. Now since in the last 8 years most of the appellate and the Supreme Courts are also filled with people who have been taught the Government knows best, everything will be "legally" blocked. Congress told the EPA to regulate and control or prevent contamination of the environment  - Hillary will just tell direct any agency that regulates anything to take what is a contaminate to the extreme limit so that the rules cannot be met and thus put any company they don't like out of business - impact be damned. There is NOTHING to stop them at all. There is NO appeal to a Federal Register rule. Congress HAS to pass a specific bill to overturn it - and of course even if it got past both houses, she would Veto it.

 

1st and 2nd Amendment

The "Bill of Rights" was passed as a set to limit what the GOVERNMENT can do - not the people. Under a Clinton Presidency that will change. She has stated that both the freedom of speech and gun rights decisions make in the last 6 years were wrong - so she will tell the agencies to write new rules restricting both - and then ensure that any lawsuits are steered to specific courts, like mentioned above, whose judges feel like she does and they will "uphold" those rules. Getting to the Supreme Court will take years and by then 2 to 4 new judges, appointed by her, will also side with her policy and philosophy - since they will only be appointed to the bench if she knows they secretly thinks the way she does.

This means that politically incorrect speech will be regulated, by pretending to prevent social injustice and description, by using fees and publication barriers, all "legal", being erected to stop any speech that goes against what she (Democrat) party wants to hear. They can force all cities  to have a new policy that any march must pay all the costs of police to "protect" them during the march. Then by having 100 to 4,000 assigned as police security and making them pay up front the  costs to, and assign more people to "controversial" marches,  they can make them so costly so as to prevent them (with 4,000 police on OT pay that would be $800,000 dollars; 4,000 for 4 hours at $50 hour). Marches they like they can assign 10 people and the cost is so low they can be held - for causes they like. They can create "non-subjective" rules that ensure the costs are up for causes they do not like easily  - we have already seen this in various parts of the USA.

The 2nd Amendment was created to ensure that people would always have a means to prevent a Government like the one that ran America before 1783. If you have no means of fighting back you don't - you can see that in any country that bans the ownership of weapons. Mexico has one of the most restrictive set of laws to owning weapons in the world - and many more people die of gun violence in Mexico than in the USA and they have only 1/3 the population. Mexico has 127 million people and they die at 7.64 people per 100,000 by purposeful gunfire. USA has 318 million and they die due to guns at a homicide rate 3.43 per 100,000 people. (2014 figures). 70% of those murdered in the USA are done by GANGS. http://jpfo.org/articles-assd03/gun-stats-perspective.htm Remember, the Democrats have been "helping" solve gang violence and poverty for over 60 years - see how well they have done. Now they want us to be like Mexico and restrict gun ownership and make it so unaffordable - except for the gang members. Remember they instituted, funded, ran and enabled "Fast and Furious" so they could get guns smuggled into Mexico in order  have them used to kill people in there, be "discovered" as the source to be from the USA so as to get more laws passed to stop ownership, and as a bonus come back across the border to kill Americans here - By Design - so they could then complain even more about gun violence. They ORDERED firearm dealers to sell guns to people to whom the gun dealers normally WOULD NOT SELL TO.

I can see Hillary using new regulations to make the cost of ownership of any firearm so prohibitive, and the purchase of ammunition (they already instituted some of this 4 years ago this by forcing an excise tax on manufacturers which in turn passed the cost along to end users), that most people will be economically blocked by buying them at all. President Obama did an executive order blocking the return of USA OWNED firearms given to foreign countries decades ago from being returned by those countries under the original loan agreement to the USA - since he does not like firearms - except when they are protecting him and his family - then it is allowed. All others - forget it. I can also see her creating new rules that would force states to set up gun registration - a state can set up a database whereas the Federal cannot - in order to bypass Federal law.

The Federal government cannot maintain a database, but it could force the states to set them up by creating ATF rules requiring a state to have a system in place in order to get Federal money - like as in a research project. Then the Federal Government would just look at each state's database effectively bypassing the existing restriction of maintaining database of all weapons and owners.  They actually have this now, in paper and some electronic form, by requiring all dealers to maintain a permanent record of EVERY transactions ever done FOREVER. This means right now the ATF can go to a manufacturer to get the original SN, what dealer (government) it was sent to, going there and getting the record who the end user was, and track from there. And if a dealer goes out of business all the records go to the ATF. And if a dealer does not have the record - they are fined, thrown in jail and put out of business. The goal, by design of the current President and certainly Hillary, would ensure that any small honest book-keeping mistake is punished so harshly to put people out of business and stop people from getting into the firearms business. Then, over time, there will be no way to purchase a firearm, then they can say there is no reason for people to have them, nor a reason to make ammo and then stop it completely, then take them away since there is no "use" for them.

With the ATF for an rule broken there really is no fair way to appeal or be judged - you appeal to the same people who are regulating you. This is like the FAA, you go in front of an FAA judge who judges you against the FAA rules, and he works for the FAA, to determine if the FAA rules he gets to interpret and enforce are enforced in the FAA favor or yours. 1 in 400 cases in front of an FAA judge is ever found in favor of the pilot. The ATF judges are no different.

This will be the standard that any Federal agency will soon have under the long term goals of a President Hillary -- internal judges to judge the rules of their own agency to avoid those pesky outside judge panels who are not "familiar" with the specific rules of that Agency from interfering and making "wrong" decision. She certainly wants the goal of the Federal Government to be controlling and providing what the people really need as envisioned by her (Democrats).

A President Hillary would certainly be for eliminating border controls and immigration restrictions - she has stated that every person has a "right" to be in the USA for any reason - and existing Americans must pay for those people coming here to live without requirement on the immigrate to pay or provide for themselves. They also do not have to assimilate and embrace our culture - they can maintain their own and we should certainly adjust our laws to conform to their culture and traditions so as not to isolate them from our culture - which is what those laws certainly would do by not having them embrace our American culture.

One reason there has been pogroms, discrimination, and genocide in the world is that people who WANT to maintain complete separate identities from the rest of the population that live around them are always looked upon as un-trustworthy since they do not embrace the culture they living in. Like people congregate alike, but if you are SO far different from the rest, and purposefully maintain distance from the dominate culture around you, then you have no commonality and are immediately suspect when it comes to any national cultural survival event. If you have to choose between us and them - people always choose "us". This is why there is no longer a Yugoslavia - but instead 5 different nations. None of the people there thought themselves as Yugoslavians - but as Serbs, Croats, Albanian, Bosnia & Macedonian  - none assimilated each kept their own unique culture and traditions - and once a strong willed leader was gone they started separating back into their own identities and land - and a few hundred thousand dead people later they are back to where they were in the basic land layout of the 1500s - thanks to the help of President Bill Clinton and "Sniper" Hillary.

Hillary Clinton says her years as being Secretary of State will help - but not necessarily the USA. The "reset" she executed under President Obama went well - Crimea is back under Russian control, Donets basin is nominally under Russian control (will likely be allied back into Russia as a separate nation in a few years), the Russian Naval base in Syria still is there, people allying with Russia knows that Russia will back them; Yemen is a success story of Hillary's foreign policy - not sure for whom thou - the "Arab Spring" encouraged by President Obama and SOS Hillary - has created at least three new north African states (only 1 as being recognized by the UN); the Foreign Policy / Military decisions lauded by Hillary that the smartest man in the room (President Obama) did gave us ISIL (ISIS, Islamic State depending on whom you are talking to) in Syria/ Iraq. The open hard line that Hillary gave to President Assad went well - for him.

The creation of islands from shallow coral reefs in the South China Sea by China was applauded by her and President for creating new islands that would have otherwise disappeared under global climate change that they state is occurring. China of course does is not bound to any climate treaty or was sanctioned for creating these military islands. The Pivot to China worked well - for China. Hilary will just pirouette around claiming success. And just early in October the President Durarte of the Philippines stated that what good is a military treaty with the US since the USA will not be there to help when needed based on what has happened with China and those islands - that are 500 miles from the nearest Chinese coast.

The US Military will be sharply cut back under a President Hillary. She has long sought to shift the money used to ensure the defense of the USA, and our allies, and be used instead for social programs. The goal of social programs may be nice, but after 70+ years of social programs we are much worse off than in the middle of the 1930s depression in terms of people actually living without government help. I would see the military cut way back in any overseas training funds so that training only occurs in the USA. Units from one coast would not be sent to the other coast for any training in order to save money. It would be back like in the 1930s where we fell behind everyone else in the world on military ability - it took us 3 years and full scale war to get even in technology of the Germans, British, USSR and Japan. She fought hard to ensure that no military aid was sent to the Ukrainian government when a Russian staged / created civil war started in the Donets basin. She is a real pacifist and just acts like she likes the military. She treats it like she treats the Secret Service - wish it did not have to be there. (Course with the Secret Service I suspect she does not like the possibility of her being heard about deals she is making with people she is talking to, they have to be close to her to protect her so they hear a lot - even with their NDAs they have to sign - they still know about it.) The military would have to be cut back to two carrier groups at sea and 1 refitting under her plans to shift money around, and of course the number of actual troops would be cut back - Korea will likely be left on its own with but a token Regiment there and a squadron of aircraft. There would be no rapid reaction force capable of getting there - no sealift and no way would it be safe to airlift in a combat zone with no air supremacy - Korea would be gone of the North invaded - and with nukes on their side - and they are willing to use it - and the USA obligated never to fire unless fired upon, thus a conventional military invasion of the south would succeed. After all, her (and President Obama) got Iran and Korea to sign pieces of paper - just like PM Chamberlain got Adolf Hitler to sign a paper guaranteeing that Czechoslovakia was not going to be invaded.

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

IP 27 turns into Initiative 97 - Different name same Falsehoods

The State of Oregon, under firm Democrat Control, has published the official and mis-leading and at times blatantly false summary of Initiative  97.

 

It states that the money raised WILL go to schools - and the State's lawyers have already stated that it cannot be forced to spend it on schools - the Legislature can spend it any way it wants to.

 

The people for it are telling people that each of the (initial) 1,000 corporations MUST be forced to pay for the services that Oregon wants to provide to the PEOPLE. WHEN did this idea occur that Corporations are OBLIGATED to support INDIVIDUALS in any state?  Are corporations going to get unemployment insurance when they go out of business? Do all the shareholders get paid based on past income for 3 years like people do? Do they now get disability insurance when a government shuts them down?

 

Our nation was founded on "We The People" not "You The East Indian Company" - people are taxed to support people under the idea those that make more will be taxed more to support the common good. But the State has now come to the conclusion that it will tax people more, then "means test" them to ensure that they cannot get any benefit for which they are taxed so that people who cannot, or will not, can be supported by those that can. Is that fair? This is a tax on companies that follow the rules and are successful and thus are being punished for it - and like any normal business will pass on the costs to consumers - or go out of business.

 

(Some businesses will become creative and create loads of shell companies that own items to create legal companies that fall below the $25 million income threshold, and so avoid the tax I am sure - I would. But if you could spent $10 million a year to avoid paying a billion you would - at least that expense can be easily passed on than a billion dollars.)

 

Think about it: if the State decided to tax each person an additional 20% surtax on your income would you just quietly say well those other people need the money more than me and I will just cut back on everything and also give up vacations, fancy dinners out, ever buying a new car again,  since others need my money more than I do? No, you would not. Which is why they are taxing companies that are EASILY outvoted in a "popular" referendum method where almost none of the owners have ANY say in the voting and the true cost is hidden within the total supply chain.

 

Look at why cities impose payroll taxes on companies - if they refuse to pay the city comes in with police, throw the owner(s) in jail, seize the business and all the money and assets for not paying a payroll tax - one person owning a company cannot fight the whole might and legal resources of a government - and the government knows it - when the rules are written FOR the government - we never had a say in how the rules were written.

 

A simple example: Car dealerships. Since there are very few small lots, 90% of the dealers will be taxed. They do not have that much profit margin on new cars right now, so you can be sure the price will go up at least 2.5% - so your current $18,000 low end car will go up no less than $450. But since they also have maintenance shops and other support, and they are lumped in together, all that too will go up. They are the most simple - factory to dealer. Gasoline though, goes through 3 hands and so it is COMPOUNDED increase, more like 8.5% - so per gallon will go up no less than 22 cents a gallon - so you get to spend $200 more a year on gas (most people use 1,000 gallons a year).

 

Governments ALWAYS try to tax business to pay for thing that an INDIVIDUAL would never want to pay - since businesses do not have enough people to outvote anything when the Government says it is taxing "someone else" and not you.

 

And if you think that corporations are NOT paying their share - please ask how much property tax, inventory tax, Social Security taxes, payroll taxes, and how much income taxes THEIR EMPLOYEEES are paying into the state - then how much income taxes the shareholders are paying. They ARE paying taxes - the State of Oregon just not want you to know that.

 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Oregon's IP-28 - Populist Taxing in a Democracy's is the Worse Abuse of Power

One reason why the United States is NOT a Democracy, but a Representative Republic, is that in a true Democracy the majority always wins - regardless if they are right or not. Some states, like Oregon, allows petitions to be voted on by all. Some petitions are good, some are bad, but some petitions work on the premise: punish those whose options are already limited to take even more things away. Imitative Petition 28 (IP-28 as it is called now) is such a petition that is a Gross Receipts tax (in Europe it would be called a VAT - Value Added Tax). The sole purpose is to "punish" large corporations who follow the rules to get even more money from them for following the rules that the State of Oregon & Federal Government have imposed on them to operate.

 

The theory goes that any large corporation never pays the cost of government services that they get - which in modern times is very little if at all. They get REGULATED and told what they can and cannot do all the time. States exist to provide services to PEOPLE - and every corporation HIRES people to run - and individual PEOPLE should be the ones who pay taxes to support OTHER PEOPLE who the state determines should get money from those who pay taxes. Though a corporation is treated like a single person under the law, it is routinely abused by government to pay for things that a regular REAL purpose would refuse to pay if they were ordered to. Routine taxes companies are forced to pay that most people never know about:

    • Federal Unemployment Insurance Tax
    • 2016 Social Security Payroll Tax (Employer Portion)
    • Medicare Withholding 2016 (Employer Portion)
    • Oregon Unemployment Insurance Tax
    • 2016 Social Security Payroll Tax (Employee Portion)
    • Medicare Withholding 2016 (Employee Portion)

       

All companies are forced to pay into these - and some taxes like Social Security is at a higher rate than a person pays. Then there are local business taxes, licenses, compliance regulations, and other hidden taxes. Some taxes, like workman's compensation, they have to pay for but NEVER get money, they pay into the fund to give to the worker! Think of workman compensation like mortgage insurance: the homeowner pays the insurance so that the bank that lent you the money will get all their money back if you default on the loan - they assume no risk and you pay EXTRA TO THEM for loaning you the money. Some taxes, like the Oregon payroll tax of 2.6%, is on the gross pay that they pay their employees yet the State of Oregon keeps repeating that corporations NEVER PAY THEIR SHARE OF TAXES.

 

IP-28 states that any corporation that has a gross income of over $25 million dollars (NOTE!! this does not mean they earn that much, it means they collected that much in gross income) is taxed an additional not waiverable 2.5% of any amount above $25 million.

 

So if a bottling plant sold $35 million worth of soft drinks to stores they would have to pay $250,000 in income taxes no matter what - the $10,000,000 gross income above the $25 million. Now since they sold it to grocery stores, THOSE stores in turn would have to AGAIN pay for those same cans at 2.5% if they also has gross sales above $25,000,000 - which of course they would (especially Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons and so on).  Now those recycled cans that are collected and are sold back to a smelter means the recycler would pay 2.5%. Now when the smelter sold those new cans back to the bottler they again would be taxed 2.5%. This means, in effect, a recycled can would be taxed at least 4 times under IP-28. And due to the miracle of compounding, which is also not really taught in Oregon schools, the actual increase in prices would be around 12% - not 4*2.5 percent the way the Democrat IP-28 Backers think, for a can of soft drink.

 

Now think about how gasoline prices for cars would go up. They have almost the same distribution model except they use pipelines, wholesalers, trucks, and then the retailers. Each one would have to pay that 2.5% since the dollar amount of gasoline will always have gross sales of over $25 million. Oregon vehicles consume around 1.980 BILLION gallons a year (36 million barrels a year at $2.75 a gallon) that means at least $136,718,656 (in MILLIONs) in taxes JUST on the RETAILER portion of gas. And of course NONE of that money in taxes has to go to fixing any roads or bridges at all.

The DOT of Oregon wants to force people to pay an additional $250 to $300 a year to put in a GPS tracker on each car so they can then charge people a per mile driven. This program will cost at a cost of some $40 to $50 million a year in to operate a data center, test center, support people, IT cost, communication costs and lots of extra people to tax people driving instead of just reading the odometer at the testing station every two years. At the testing station / license renewal they could do a simple math calculation on the spot to tax them on the actual miles driven when they renew the vehicle license! DOT is so dumb here in Oregon - and the Democrat State Legislature has no clue even when told about this stupid idea that it is the best way since DOT / State really want to track every vehicle in Oregon and the simple solution is NEVER what DOT wants to do.

Now IP-28 is supposed to raise 3 BILLION dollars in new taxes a year for Oregon - and the backers think that every one of those dollars are going to come from the profits that these corporations make and the owners will just not complain and let the state take their profits so they earn less. This proves that the education system in Oregon has reached a new low of brainwashing since polls keep showing that people actually believe it. Each company HAS to raise their prices to make up for the profits that they are EXEPECTED to be made as being owners of the corporation. Even regulated utilities are expected to make a profit - and NW Natural gas has stated that if it passed they HAVE to raise rates by AT LEAST 4% to make keep their REGULATED profit at the same level it is now.

 

"A middle-income family could see an increase in costs of about $613 per year for a middle-income family, according to the report."

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/312795-191362-northwest-natural-estimates-rate-hike-if-ip-28-passes

 

Now IP-28 FIXES the threshold to start taxing. Now look up the 1912 tax law when they passed it - it stated that less and 1/2 of 1 % of all people will ever pay income taxes when they campaigned to implement Federal Income tax - and look how many have to file now (even if 40% actually do not pay Federal income tax at all).

 

This means that inflation alone will push the "present value" of $25 million actually be less and more corporations over time will be paying. Instead of maybe a 1,000 forced to pay, after 10 years that will actually be more like 2,000 and then 10 years after that likely 5,000 will be paying. The Federal Reserve system WANTS inflation to be 2.5% a year - which means your dollar LOSES 2.5% a year - and to make up for that you have to get more dollars. And, again due to compounding, that means after 4 years $100 bill has the buying power then, of what $88 has now. Another way to look at that is that a company has to have an income of $112 in 4 years to have the same profit as they do now with $100. So that in time more and more companies HAVE to pay into IP-28.

 

The last thing the backers of IP-28 state that all the money collected will be spent on schools, medical care, the "poor" and other worthy items. NONE OF THAT is really true. Due to the way it had to be written, all money goes into the "General Fund" and can be spent any way that the legislature wants to. They could spend every dollar buying up all the dams on the Snake River from the Federal Government and tear them out if they wanted to. They could spend all of it building bike paths along every road in Oregon. There is nothing to stop them from spending the windfall every year on feel good but meaningless projects. And since Oregon is a wholly owned Democrat state with super majorities - they can pass anything they want regardless of who objects and regardless that the facts support the objectors.

 

IP-28 will look good on paper in the Voters’ Guide and in all online and physical papers, but every person in Oregon, or just visiting, will pay for that "extra" 3 Billion dollars a year that will be spent by the Legislature (and you can be sure not one cent will go to pay off accumulated State debt, they will always spend it on new stuff since that gets better press than paying off any long term debt); and, they will AGAIN ask for more since it is now all gone - every year.

 

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Federal Employees and the Improving Economy ? How to Leave out facts in Reporting Statistics

I really like statistics. If was one of the most fun courses that I took in college – they taught not only practical statistics but they also taught how to create surveys to “push poll” questions and how to report accurately but present false conclusions truthfully. The professor taught how all of us to look at the data gathered, how it was gathered, then analyzed in order to ensure what was reported is indeed accurate and not manipulated to create what was wanted. He taught us to always question statistics.

 

This critical thinking about statistics is no longer taught.

 

It is certainly NOT taught to “reporters” who never question statistics when presented to them – except when it conflicts with their OWN ideas. This is a common problem to all reporters – they only report what they like and never report items that conflict with their own pre-conceived ideas.

 

Every time I see an article about how the economy is improving, or that NEW unemployment claims are down – I question how those facts are reported – by what every reporter ALWAYS leaves of out the report in order to ensure that the date is NOT put in perspective.

 

If less people are applying for unemployment does that REALLY mean people are being hired or that all the people who could be easily fired have already been fired and now they are removing people who they tried to keep?

 

If 280,000 people applied THIS WEEK for 1st TIME unemployment – is that the “normal” churn for a workforce of 105 million people? This translates to a stat that 14 and half million people are normally fired ever year.

 

When they report total unemployment claims are down – how much of that is because people have run out of their 2 ½ years of being on unemployment?

 

It’s like being a Federal Employee – yet not. The total OFFICAL FEDERAL employment is around 2.1 million people (not counting military). But there are 4 ½ MILLION people who work under contract to the Federal Government – yet they are NOT counted as employees – they are CONTRACTED through service agreements so they never show up as part of the Federal Workforce that is reported – ever. And some of those 4 ½ million are dedicated to building things – like aircraft and tanks – through a service contract to get them built but do not show up as part of any workforce report. Reporters NEVER mention or even question these facts when talking about the size of the Federal Government – purposely distorting  the facts to present a false picture.

 

It’s like when any President states that to cut the size of the Federal Deficit they will not be giving a pay raise to the real Federal Employees – saving $50 billion a year. But then spends 700,000,000 BILLION a year extra for 5 years to stimulate the economy – to companies and people he likes – just not to the Federal Employees (and both Republican and Democrat presidents have done this).

 

Way back in 2009 my own Federal taxes that was taken out of my paycheck, every two weeks,  was $516.00. In 2015 with the same paycheck the taxes are $662 a paycheck. Up $3,796 a year.

 

My health insurance in 2009 was $178 a paycheck. Now it is  $252  a paycheck. Up $1,924 a year since 2009.

 

My property taxes in 2009 was $2,200, today $4,600 a year. Up $2,400 a year.


And yet every speech presented by the President and others in the administration state inflation is in check prices have not gone up.

 

Those few basic expenses means that I have to spend $8,120 more a year now than in 2009.

 

My Federal pay had an increase of $3,364 since 2009. There were three years in which all Federal employees got no raise (contractors did get raises via the “services” contracts they are under of 2 to 3%).

 

This means that I, a typical Federal Employee, am down $4,756 in income BELOW what inflation REALLY IS – and I have not accounted for the price increases in everything else. Overall I am likely taking home $14,000 less in “earning power” than before this President got into office.

 

And yet reporters and dutifully report that all Americans are better off today than before he was in the White House.

 

Reporters never report facts that conflict with this administration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, January 23, 2015

President Obama's State of The Union Speech for 2015

President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) Speech of January 20, 2015

 

*** My comments and observations are shown between the asterisks ***

 

 

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

 

We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

 

*** Just think if President Obama was in office when the Revolution started in 1776 he would have surrendered to the British. He cut and ran from both Afghanistan and Iraq in less than 6 years, and when did we sign the Peace Treaty with England that won us the Revolution?  ***

 

But tonight, we turn the page.

 

Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids are graduating than ever before; more of our people are insured than ever before; we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years.

 

Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over. Six years ago, nearly 180,000 American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, fewer than 15,000 remain. And we salute the courage and sacrifice of every man and woman in this 9/11 Generation who has served to keep us safe. We are humbled and grateful for your service.

 

America, for all that we've endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this:

 

The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.

 

At this moment -- with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production -- we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.

 

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?

 

Will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing? Or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet?

 

Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another -- or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?

 

In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan. And in the months ahead, I'll crisscross the country making a case for those ideas.

 

So tonight, I want to focus less on a checklist of proposals, and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us.

 

It begins with our economy.

 

Seven years ago, Rebekah and Ben Erler of Minneapolis were newlyweds. She waited tables. He worked construction. Their first child, Jack, was on the way.

 

They were young and in love in America, and it doesn't get much better than that.

 

"If only we had known," Rebekah wrote to me last spring, "what was about to happen to the housing and construction market."

 

As the crisis worsened, Ben's business dried up, so he took what jobs he could find, even if they kept him on the road for long stretches of time. Rebekah took out student loans, enrolled in community college, and retrained for a new career. They sacrificed for each other. And slowly, it paid off. They bought their first home. They had a second son, Henry. Rebekah got a better job, and then a raise. Ben is back in construction -- and home for dinner every night.

 

"It is amazing," Rebekah wrote, "what you can bounce back from when you have to...we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times."

 

We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.

 

America, Rebekah and Ben's story is our story. They represent the millions who have worked hard, and scrimped, and sacrificed, and retooled. You are the reason I ran for this office. You're the people I was thinking of six years ago today, in the darkest months of the crisis, when I stood on the steps of this Capitol and promised we would rebuild our economy on a new foundation. And it's been your effort and resilience that has made it possible for our country to emerge stronger.

 

We believed we could reverse the tide of outsourcing, and draw new jobs to our shores. And over the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.

 

*** BLS stats state only 9,993,000 new jobs created ***

 

We believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet. And today, America is number one in oil and gas.

 

 

*** Only because production on PRIVATE lands jumped 60% - production on Federal lands jumped 6% ***

 

America is number one in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save $750 at the pump.

 

We believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world. And today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high. And more Americans finish college than ever before.

 

*** there are more AMERICANS - as a percentage finishing it is down, in raw numbers it is up since there are more people ***

 

We believed that sensible regulations could prevent another crisis, shield families from ruin, and encourage fair competition. Today, we have new tools to stop taxpayer-funded bailouts, and a new consumer watchdog to protect us from predatory lending and abusive credit card practices. And in the past year alone, about ten million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.

 

*** hat other Americans are paying for ***

 

At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious; that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. Instead, we've seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in fifty years.

 

*** Math games: Going from 13,000 to 6,500 is a 50% drop - going back up to to same level is a 110% (approximate) increase - playing with the math ***

 

So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don't get in the way. We can't slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal showdowns. We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.

 

*** Heath "Benefits" were introduced by BUSINESS in WW II since they could not raise the hourly wages of workers  - wage price controls were imposed by the Government -- giving workers health benefits - which were not under price control - gave a worker an effective pay raise and was one of the way companies competed for needed workers in plants.  ***

 

Today, thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives. Wages are finally starting to rise again. We know that more small business owners plan to raise their employees' pay than at any time since 2007.

 

*** Since states forced minimum wage increases on those businesses ***

 

But here's the thing -- those of us here tonight, we need to set our sights higher than just making sure government doesn't halt the progress we're making. We need to do more than just do no harm. Tonight, together, let's do more to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every American.

 

Because families like Rebekah's still need our help. She and Ben are working as hard as ever, but have to forego vacations and a new car so they can pay off student loans and save for retirement. Basic childcare for Jack and Henry costs more than their mortgage, and almost as much as a year at the University of Minnesota. Like millions of hardworking Americans, Rebekah isn't asking for a handout, but she is asking that we look for more ways to help families get ahead.

 

*** No, they are now expecting that government force someone else pay forever for those things and not themselves - a benefit "right" imposed by the Government without the beneficiaries paying for it ***

 

In fact, at every moment of economic change throughout our history, this country has taken bold action to adapt to new circumstances, and to make sure everyone gets a fair shot. We set up worker protections, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to protect ourselves from the harshest adversity. We gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure and the internet -- tools they needed to go as far as their effort will take them.

 

That's what middle-class economics is -- the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. We don't just want everyone to share in America's success -- we want everyone to contribute to our success.

 

*** Then why are they ONLY passing taxes to increase the tax burden on people above a certain threshold income level? ***

 

So what does middle-class economics require in our time?

 

First -- middle-class economics means helping working families feel more secure in a world of constant change. That means helping folks afford childcare, college, health care, a home, retirement -- and my budget will address each of these issues, lowering the taxes of working families and putting thousands of dollars back into their pockets each year.

 

*** Again, extra taxes above a certain income level to pay for those below that level -- forever **

 

Here's one example. During World War II, when men like my grandfather went off to war, having women like my grandmother in the workforce was a national security priority -- so this country provided universal childcare.

 

*** False - NO Government agency set up child care centers at all for Government workers. They encouraged private companies, and gave them monies via the Lanham Act,  to support day care so that women could raise their kids AND work while at the factory .

http://futureofchildren.org/publications/journals/article/index.xml?journalid=56&articleid=326&sectionid=2180  ***

 

In today's economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever. It's not a nice-to-have -- it's a must-have. It's time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or a women's issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us. And that's why my plan will make quality childcare more available and more affordable, for every middle-class and low-income family with young children in America -- by creating more slots and a new tax cut of up to $3,000 per child, per year.

 

*** Sounds good, but the math does not WORK. To put a kid into child care is $100 a day MINIMUM (remember, The President mandated a minimum wage of $10 for all Federal workers / contractors so a 10 hour day watching a SNINGLE child will cost your $100!). So a person working 200 days a year needs to spend $20,000 a year to have someone watch their child. And yet they could potentially earn only $20,000 at the same minimum wage!  ***

 

Here's another example. Today, we're the only advanced country on Earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave. Forty-three million. Think about that. And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. So I'll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own. And since paid sick leave won where it was on the ballot last November, let's put it to a vote right here in Washington. Send me a bill that gives every worker in America the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave. It's the right thing to do.

 

*** And that means every employer will have to make up the cost of at least $1,400 a year to have those people do nothing. Lower raises, raise their prices of the services they provide, HIRE ANOTHER PERSON to cover for the ones off (and if you "earn" 7 days people will TAKE 7 days sick or not - since you cannot save it). ***

 

Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. That's why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work.

 

*** Law is already there, it’s a matter of enforcing existing law. ***

 

 

Really. It's 2015. It's time. We still need to make sure employees get the overtime they've earned. And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.

 

*** The minimum wage concept is that it is a STEPPING STONE for higher income once you get experience - it is NOT the idea that people live their whole life at the minimum wage. ***

 

These ideas won't make everybody rich, or relieve every hardship. That's not the job of government.

 

*** All his, and Democrat proposals, are doing exactly that – relieve every possible hardship by taxing other people and giving it to others – it sounds good by calling it Tax Credits, exemptions, assistance, Free Education etc. ***

 

To give working families a fair shot, we'll still need more employers to see beyond next quarter's earnings and recognize that investing in their workforce is in their company's long-term interest. We still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions, and give American workers a voice. But things like child care and sick leave and equal pay; things like lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage -- these ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families. That is a fact. And that's what all of us -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- were sent here to do.

 

Second, to make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills.

 

America thrived in the 20th century because we made high school free, sent a generation of GIs to college, and trained the best workforce in the world.

 

*** The WW II GI Bill was created to ensure that millions of people do not come back from the war and become un-employed. It was really to get millions of people to spend 2 to 8 years OUT of the workforce and then slowly let them be reabsorbed back into the workforce over those years without causing a severe recession. It worked. ***

 

 

But in a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to do more.

 

By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. Two in three. And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It's not fair to them, and it's not smart for our future.

 

That's why I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college -- to zero.

 

*** And in 10 years we will have a booming budget surplus JUST like California has with their free college education system, free health care, generous retirement systems for all government workers. ***

 

Forty percent of our college students choose community college. Some are young and starting out. Some are older and looking for a better job. Some are veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market. Whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy, without a load of debt. Understand, you've got to earn it -- you've got to keep your grades up and graduate on time. Tennessee, a state with Republican leadership, and Chicago, a city with Democratic leadership, are showing that free community college is possible. I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today. And I want to work with this Congress, to make sure Americans already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so that student debt doesn't derail anyone's dreams.

 

*** Giving away education often means people don't care about what they learn - most K-12 education systems are proving that now. We will have lots of "Liberal Arts" major who work as waiters after they graduate. ***

 

Thanks to Vice President Biden's great work to update our job training system, we're connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding, and nursing, and robotics. Tonight, I'm also asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like CVS and UPS, and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships -- opportunities that give workers the chance to earn higher-paying jobs even if they don't have a higher education.

 

And as a new generation of veterans comes home, we owe them every opportunity to live the American Dream they helped defend. Already, we've made strides towards ensuring that every veteran has access to the highest quality care. We're slashing the backlog that had too many veterans waiting years to get the benefits they need, and we're making it easier for vets to translate their training and experience into civilian jobs. Joining Forces, the national campaign launched by Michelle and Jill Biden, has helped nearly 700,000 veterans and military spouses get new jobs. So to every CEO in America, let me repeat: If you want somebody who's going to get the job done, hire a veteran.

 

Finally, as we better train our workers, we need the new economy to keep churning out high-wage jobs for our workers to fill.

 

Since 2010, America has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all advanced economies combined. Our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs. Some of our bedrock sectors, like our auto industry, are booming. But there are also millions of Americans who work in jobs that didn't even exist ten or twenty years ago -- jobs at companies like Google, and eBay, and Tesla.

 

*** In the same 6 years 18.5 million people graduated from high school.  8 million people lost their jobs, and 4 million dropped completely out of the work force and no longer try to find work. The real unemployment rate, via BLS, is 16%. Where are the jobs? ***

 

So no one knows for certain which industries will generate the jobs of the future. But we do know we want them here in America. That's why the third part of middle-class economics is about building the most competitive economy anywhere, the place where businesses want to locate and hire.

 

21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure -- modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let's set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. Let's pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than thirty times as many jobs per year, and make this country stronger for decades to come.

 

*** And the money to do all is going to come from who? ***

 

*** ALL construction jobs are TEMPORARY. The operating and maintenance personnel - and all the government inspectors & regulators - are the only jobs that last long term.  A “False Flag” message. ***

 

21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas. Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages. But as we speak, China wants to write the rules for the world's fastest-growing region. That would put our workers and businesses at a disadvantage. Why would we let that happen? We should write those rules. We should level the playing field. That's why I'm asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren't just free, but fair.

 

*** Remember that the Democrat phrase and philosophy on compromise: "Be reasonable, do it my way." ***

 

Look, I'm the first one to admit that past trade deals haven't always lived up to the hype, and that's why we've gone after countries that break the rules at our expense. But ninety-five percent of the world's customers live outside our borders, and we can't close ourselves off from those opportunities. More than half of manufacturing executives have said they're actively looking at bringing jobs back from China. Let's give them one more reason to get it done.

 

21st century businesses will rely on American science, technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine -- one that delivers the right treatment at the right time. In some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. Tonight, I'm launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes -- and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.

 

I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.

 

*** Start with a Free and Open highway system. Get rid of HOV lanes, toll roads, and other restrictions on people using roads that they paid for. ***

 

I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs -- converting sunlight into liquid fuel; creating revolutionary prosthetics, so that a veteran who gave his arms for his country can play catch with his kid; pushing out into the Solar System not just to visit, but to stay. Last month, we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space program that will send American astronauts to Mars. In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain -- and make sure to Instagram it.

 

Now, the truth is, when it comes to issues like infrastructure and basic research, I know there's bipartisan support in this chamber. Members of both parties have told me so. Where we too often run onto the rocks is how to pay for these investments. As Americans, we don't mind paying our fair share of taxes, as long as everybody else does, too. But for far too long, lobbyists have rigged the tax code with loopholes that let some corporations pay nothing while others pay full freight. They've riddled it with giveaways the superrich don't need, denying a break to middle class families who do.

 

*** There are NO tax loopholes. The rules were written BY the Government to encourage certain companies to take certain actions that the Government WANTED them to take. It is when so MANY take advantage of what was encouraged does the Government state they are loopholes. Look at the original IRAs of the 1980s. The people who were wealthy had spare money to put into it so THEY DID. The Government wanted people at the other end, who had NO SPARE money, to invest in IRAs. So after 4 years Congress changed the rules because too many people who they DID NOT WANT to use it were using IRAs! ***

 

This year, we have an opportunity to change that. Let's close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad, and reward those that invest in America. Let's use those savings to rebuild our infrastructure and make it more attractive for companies to bring jobs home. Let's simplify the system and let a small business owner file based on her actual bank statement, instead of the number of accountants she can afford. And let's close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the top one percent to avoid paying taxes on their accumulated wealth. We can use that money to help more families pay for childcare and send their kids to college. We need a tax code that truly helps working Americans trying to get a leg up in the new economy, and we can achieve that together.

 

Helping hardworking families make ends meet. Giving them the tools they need for good-paying jobs in this new economy. Maintaining the conditions for growth and competitiveness. This is where America needs to go. I believe it's where the American people want to go. It will make our economy stronger a year from now, fifteen years from now, and deep into the century ahead.

 

Of course, if there's one thing this new century has taught us, it's that we cannot separate our work at home from challenges beyond our shores.

 

My first duty as Commander-in-Chief is to defend the United States of America. In doing so, the question is not whether America leads in the world, but how. When we make rash decisions, reacting to the headlines instead of using our heads; when the first response to a challenge is to send in our military -- then we risk getting drawn into unnecessary conflicts, and neglect the broader strategy we need for a safer, more prosperous world. That's what our enemies want us to do.

 

*** Yes, the first rule now to "Run Away!" and let our "allies" come up with an idea while the USA leads from behind. ***

 

I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership. We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; (*** Did he just say that he will never send in the Military as a first option - only after a few months or years???? *** ) when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we don't let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents. That's exactly what we're doing right now -- and around the globe, it is making a difference.

 

First, we stand united with people around the world who've been targeted by terrorists -- from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris. We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks, and we reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we've done relentlessly since I took office to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies.

 

At the same time, we've learned some costly lessons over the last thirteen years.

 

Instead of Americans patrolling the valleys of Afghanistan, we've trained their security forces, who've now taken the lead, and we've honored our troops' sacrifice by supporting that country's first democratic transition. Instead of sending large ground forces overseas, we're partnering with nations from South Asia to North Africa to deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten America. In Iraq and Syria, American leadership -- including our military power -- is stopping ISIL's advance. Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group. We're also supporting a moderate opposition in Syria that can help us in this effort, and assisting people everywhere who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremism. This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed. And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.

 

Second, we are demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. We're upholding the principle that bigger nations can't bully the small -- by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine's democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies. Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, some suggested that Mr. Putin's aggression was a masterful display of strategy and strength. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters.

 

That's how America leads -- not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve. *** After consulting the research polling of Democrats to see if it is popular with his base. ***

 

In Cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. When what you're doing doesn't work for fifty years, it's time to try something new. Our shift in Cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere; removes a phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba; stands up for democratic values; and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. And this year, Congress should begin the work of ending the embargo. As His Holiness, Pope Francis, has said, diplomacy is the work of "small steps." These small steps have added up to new hope for the future in Cuba. And after years in prison, we're overjoyed that Alan Gross is back where he belongs. Welcome home, Alan.

 

*** You negotiate with the GOVERNMENT of CUBA, not the PEOPLE. The people ELECTED THEIR GOVERNMENT so they are content with it.  Except, overthrow a government when you determine that the US military can overthrow a legitimate government without worry. See Libya. ***

 

Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we've halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. *** Unable to prove anything what Iran does. *** Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran; secures America and our allies -- including Israel; while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict. There are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails -- alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn't make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress. The American people expect us to only go to war as a last resort, and I intend to stay true to that wisdom.

 

Third, we're looking beyond the issues that have consumed us in the past to shape the coming century.

 

No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children's information. If we don't act, we'll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.

 

*** If a control network is NEVER connected to the Internet at all - and no way for the overall internet to connect to it - then ability to hack INTO it from the Internet is 0. Then it becomes a strictly internal control matter over who and what can connect to it and how.  This at the same time the Federal and State Governments wants everyone and everything to be on a smart grid where everything can be controlled and shut off via an Internet connection. ***

 

In West Africa, our troops, our scientists, our doctors, our nurses and healthcare workers are rolling back Ebola -- saving countless lives and stopping the spread of disease. I couldn't be prouder of them, and I thank this Congress for your bipartisan support of their efforts. But the job is not yet done -- and the world needs to use this lesson to build a more effective global effort to prevent the spread of future pandemics, invest in smart development, and eradicate extreme poverty.

 

In the Asia Pacific, we are modernizing alliances while making sure that other nations play by the rules -- in how they trade, how they resolve maritime disputes, and how they participate in meeting common international challenges like nonproliferation and disaster relief. And no challenge -- no challenge -- poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

 

** And NONE of those Asian nations who are the worst offenders, which the President is unwilling to call out, are planning to anything about it for the next 30 years. ***

 

2014 was the planet's warmest year on record.

 

*** by  .03 Degrees Centigrade -- subject to a 37% rounding error. ***  

 

Now, one year doesn't make a trend, but this does -- 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.

 

*** And HOW MANY MORE reporting points do we have now vs 150 years ago?  How does the temp get "normalized" for being in the middle of a city in winter where everyone is heating their buildings? Or summer when concrete is heating up more than a forest did in the same place 100 years ago?? ***

 

I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists; that we don't have enough information to act. Well, I'm not a scientist, either. But you know what -- I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world *** which are selected based on the fact that they are the ones who are funded by the Government to do specific studies to support the premise and just happen to find all the data filtered to agree with the premise in their findings. If they could go back and find out the causes of the “Little Ice Age” during the Middle Ages, then I would believe them. If you can determine what caused it to be cold, then you can use same method to find out what makes it warm. ***  are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we'll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.

 

That's why, over the past six years, we've done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That's why we've set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that's why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action. In Beijing, we made an historic announcement -- the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions.

 

 

*** When it suits them and not before - no commitment to any timeline. Thus, everything the USA produces will cost a whole lot more and China will do nothing. ***

 

And because the world's two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we've got.

 

There's one last pillar to our leadership -- and that's the example of our values.

 

As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened, which is why I've prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It's why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It's why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims -- the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That's why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they're right, but because they make us safer.

 

*** A strongly worded Diplomatic Note to ISIL has put fear into them. ***

 

As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice -- so it makes no sense to spend three million dollars per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit. Since I've been President, we've worked responsibly to cut the population of GTMO in half. Now it's time to finish the job. And I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It's not who we are.

 

As Americans, we cherish our civil liberties -- and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from other countries and industry in our fight against terrorist networks. So while some have moved on from the debates over our surveillance programs, I haven't. As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard, with the recommendations of privacy advocates, to increase transparency and build more safeguards against potential abuse. And next month, we'll issue a report on how we're keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy.

 

Looking to the future instead of the past. Making sure we match our power with diplomacy, and use force wisely. Building coalitions to meet new challenges and opportunities. Leading -- always -- with the example of our values. That's what makes us exceptional. That's what keeps us strong. And that's why we must keep striving to hold ourselves to the highest of standards -- our own.

 

*** Which is why he sent the bust of Winston Churchill back to England - too much of a good example to live up to; so get rid of the example. ***

 

You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn't a liberal America, or a conservative America; a black America or a white America -- but a United States of America. I said this because I had seen it in my own life, in a nation that gave someone like me a chance; because I grew up in Hawaii,

 

*** He grew up overseas getting a basic education and his basic value system completely out outside of the UA set of values  in Indonesia. Then he went to a private school, unaffordable to most everyone,  from some unknown income source, where no US values are taught because they were already expected to have been taught before going there - which is normal. ***

 

a melting pot of races and customs; because I made Illinois my home -- a state of small towns, rich farmland, and one of the world's great cities; a microcosm of the country where Democrats and Republicans and Independents, good people of every ethnicity and every faith, share certain bedrock values. 

 

*** But not his - see above.  ***

 

Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn't delivered on this vision. How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever. It's held up as proof not just of my own flaws -- of which there are many -- but also as proof that the vision itself is misguided, and naïve, and that there are too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock for us to ever do anything about it.

 

I know how tempting such cynicism may be. But I still think the cynics are wrong.

 

I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long. I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I've seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California; and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, and New London. I've mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown; in Boston, West, Texas, and West Virginia. I've watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains; from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. I've seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home.

 

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who, every day, live the idea that we are our brother's keeper, and our sister's keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

 

*** And he is going to tax them till they know he is right. ***

 

So the question for those of us here tonight is how we, all of us, can better reflect America's hopes. I've served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. And many of you have told me that this isn't what you signed up for -- arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.

 

Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.

 

Understand -- a better politics isn't one where Democrats abandon their agenda or Republicans simply embrace mine.

 

*** There is that Democrat idea again, "compromise, do it my way". ***

 

A better politics is one where we appeal to each other's basic decency instead of our basest fears.

 

A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other; where we talk issues, and values, and principles, and facts, rather than "gotcha" moments, or trivial gaffes, or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people's daily lives.

 

A better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up, with a sense of purpose and possibility, and asking them to join in the great mission of building America.

 

If we're going to have arguments, let's have arguments -- but let's make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country.

 

*** Paraphrased: And then i am going to do what I want anyway by using memos and bypass Congress when they do not want to do what I want done. By using memos and Executive orders - all 200 of them of January 2015. He has issued 198 Executive memorandums as of December 2014 – which have the same legal weight as an Executive Order. ***

 

We still may not agree on a woman's right to choose, but surely we can agree it's a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care she needs.

 

Yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is taken from her child, and that it's possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

 

We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred; that it's being denied to too many; and that, on this 50th anniversary of the great march from Selma to Montgomery and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we can come together, Democrats and Republicans, to make voting easier for every single American.

 

*** Don't forget their right to travel on airlines, ships and to Mexico and Canada by being blocked by requiring valid photo IDs (except illegals, they are exempt.).  No Photo ID you cannot fly on a plane - yet without any Photo ID to prove who you are and you can vote?  Like the old Chicago Democrat voting slogan - Vote early, vote often, but vote! ***

 

We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can't walk home without being harassed. Surely we can understand the wife who won't rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift. Surely we can agree it's a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America's criminal justice system so that it protects and serves us all.

 

That's a better politics. That's how we start rebuilding trust. That's how we move this country forward. That's what the American people want. That's what they deserve.

 

I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I've had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol -- to do what I believe is best for America. If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, join me in the work at hand. If you disagree with parts of it, I hope you'll at least work with me where you do agree. And I commit to every Republican here tonight that I will not only seek out your ideas,  I will seek to work with you to make this country stronger.

 

Because I want this chamber, this city, to reflect the truth -- that for all our blind spots and shortcomings, we are a people with the strength and generosity of spirit to bridge divides, to unite in common effort, and help our neighbors, whether down the street or on the other side of the world.

 

I want our actions to tell every child, in every neighborhood: your life matters, and we are as committed to improving your life chances as we are for our own kids.

 

I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen -- man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino and Asian, immigrant and Native American, gay and straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability.

 

I want them to grow up in a country that shows the world what we still know to be true: that we are still more than a collection of red states and blue states; that we are the United States of America.

 

I want them to grow up in a country where a young mom like Rebekah can sit down and write a letter to her President with a story to sum up these past six years:

 

"It is amazing what you can bounce back from when you have to . . . we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times."

 

My fellow Americans, we too are a strong, tight-knit family. We, too, have made it through some hard times. Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and begun again the work of remaking America. We've laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write. Let's begin this new chapter -- together -- and let's start the work right now.

 

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless this country we love.