As it happens this blog was conceived on the night our new President gave his first speech to a joint session of Congress. Although this is not intended to be a blog of political statements, ahem, I thought I would chime in on this momentous occasion.
I did not cast a vote for the current resident in the White House. Don’t get me wrong, I wish him well in his endeavors. Whether I voted for him or not he is my President. I listened to the broadcast to better understand his structure. A few things came to mind as his speech unfolded.
Nancy Pelosi was like a Charlie-in-the-box (from the island of misfit toys) her arms continually flapping in all directions. All she needed was a sweater with a giant O and pom-poms. She was up and down so much she couldn’t have had a better workout if she had a Thighmaster under her table. I thought our Vice-President at one point was ready to reach over and slap her.
His ease of speaking on a large stage is numbing. I have not seen anyone as personable in that environment since our beloved Mr. Reagan. I understand how listeners are engulfed in what he says. The teleprompter might as well not have been there, he was at such ease.
That being said, and remember I am not an economist, I hope his plan of spending upwards of one (I’ll bet two) trillion dollars to create jobs and stimulate the economy, save banks and our efficient auto industry actually works to some extent. I want this country to succeed. How he plans to spend this much and then halve the deficit by the end of his first term is beyond me. Spending is just as much a norcotic as anything else. Once you start another set of shoes is in the next window. This country has been the driving hope for those who wish to be free for the past two hundred years. I also hope of all the folk out in USA-land, there are few Cro-Magnons dumb enough to believe the government will pay their mortgages and heating bills for the rest of their lives. There again, I’m figuring 15%.
This is the home of those who put their ‘noses to the grindstone’, so to speak; it’s actually very hard to get any work done in that position. But, you don’t get anywhere by waiting for a handout. That doesn’t mean everything will always work out in your favor, but you stand a better than average chance if you trust in yourself, get your ass off the couch and go for it. I have family members who have opened their own businesses and begun studying for a new career in their thirties and forties all the while raising a family. It may not be easy, but it can be done.
And just remember, it’s the ‘experts’ that got us into this mess in the first place. How could we screw it up any worse?