We know the economy is a mess. In a way I feel lucky because I lost my job in April of 2007, lost everything, was out of work of 18 months, without any programs to help me. I’m now back to work making half of what I did before. I am still struggling to stay afloat after those 18 months, for most of which I did not receive unemployment compensation. And while I am working now, it is for a small business with 13 employees. So I can’t count on anything going forward.
Lucky? You ask quizzically. Yes, because I already went through what many people are going through now and will continue to go through. I don’t have a car payment anymore because I lost my car to the repo man. I don’t have a mortgage because even before all this happened I didn’t make enough to own a home. Some would say I did. Many tried to convince me that a single person like me making the kind of money I made, should be investing in a home. I’m glad I didn’t. Rent is just fine with me. And while I almost lost my apartment, the kindness of friends, family, and an understanding landlord have helped me hang on.
I watched President Obama (I still love writing that) last night in his non-State of the Union Address. Have you ever in your life heard a President be so bold to tell the truth? He told the truth about the current condition of our country and gave us hope that we can get through it. There is an awful lot to be said for having the right attitude. And Barack Obama has it. I get the sense he truly does believe we can turn this situation around.
The President is not letting the “party of NO” stop him from going forward. The American public spoke. They spoke in November of 2006 and in November of 2008. One party is in charge right now for a reason. Can you really imagine John McCain being the President right now. Really?! For Christ’s sake he’d still be talking about “the surge”. And while I have learned a new respect for Hillary Clinton, I don’t think she would have the same oratory skills required for the job. Not to mention that Bill Clinton would be an incredible distraction. The Clinton’s would have been skewered by the neo-cons and so much distraction and shell-gaming would be going on that the country wouldn’t have a chance.
When they call the GOP the “party of NO” they mean it. Republicans are so out of touch with the pulse of America right now that they should all be sued for malpractice”. And soon-to-be former-presidential-candidate Bobby Jindal with his insinuations last night that Barack Obama’s message included something about America ‘s best days are behind her. What is that all about? Did you, or he, hear something I didn’t? I watched the President and listened to what he said. THAT, my dear Jindal, is NOT what he said.
What I am about to write is not an original idea but it keeps popping into my head. Democrats will tell you what the are FOR, and Republicans will tell you what they are AGAINST. That is one of the major differences between the two parties right now. The GOP has no leaders, no platform, and has lost the trust of the American people. Average Americans are not even listening to what Republicans have to say, because all that comes out of their mouths is blame, finger pointing, the word “NO”, or nothing at all.
There’s no question that I am a Barack Obama supporter. I don’t agree with many things he has said or done. The one thing I have to hold on to is that I trust him. Unlike the Bush Administration, Barack Obama is in this for the American people, the Americahe loves. The Bush Administration was in it for their own egos, their own power, and in many cases, their own pocket books. (Can you say “Halliburton”?).
And one last thing. Karl Rove didn’t show up AGAIN for his testimony to Congress. It’s time to hold him in contempt and throw in him jail. That’s what we do to criminals, don’t we. Barack Obama said last night, unequivocally, “The United States does not torture”. But if Rove doesn’t want to play by our rules, let’s play by his. Anybody have an extra water board lying around?
So back to my original premise. Barack Obama is the right man for the job. There’s another Democrat (and certainly not a Republican) who has the balls to do what he is doing right now. And as for these Republican Governors who lambaste the stimulus package and then want some of the money, you can’t have it both ways. Grow a backbone already. And if you don’t know how, ask Obama.