Wow! I looked back at my blog and it’s been almost 3 years since I have posted. In fact my last post was January 21, 2009! My how times have changed since then. Looking back at that post was eye opening! It was a only few days after President Obama was sworn in. There was a certain charge in the air…the sense around the country was that of Hope and of Change! The grassroots campaign had paid off. Young people and minorities and obviously the majority of America of the Electoral College was ecstatic about what was going to happen. Finally, there was a President that was listening to the people, someone who could relate to so many people and on so many different levels. So much was expected from the newly elected President
Boy were we duped! Hope and Change did happen, but not in the way everyone had thought. The feeling of “Hope” turned into a feeling of “Hopelessness”. The “Change” that many people were hoping for turned out to be “More of the same”…the same politics, the same people in the same seats making the same decisions.
One of the areas that has been under constant scrutiny is unemployment. Unemployment was reported at8.6 % in November 2011 (http://tinyurl.com/t68g) compare that to 5.8% for all of 2008! In the two years and eleven months that President Obama has been in office unemployment has been 9.3% (2009 Average), 9.6% (2010 Average) and 9.0% (Average January – November 2011) respectfully. (http://tinyurl.com/3gss8qd) These numbers just add to the feeling of hopelessness around the nation.
I also look at the National Debt as a another factor that has lead to the feeling of hopelessness. As of December 28, 2011 the National Debt is at a staggering $15.1 TRILLION Dollars! (http://tinyurl.com/yrxrsh) That equates to roughly $30,000 of debt tied to every man, woman and child. A family of four has a weight or debt of $120,000 saddled upon them and it’s growing larger by the minute. With that much debt and sky high unemployment it’s no wonder people are once again looking for a NEW Hope and Change! The elixir that many people bought into in November 2008 seems to just be a placebo!
So where does that leave us now? I believe we stand at a crossroad. As George Santayana once said,
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
We as Americans must learn from our past, we must learn to elect people to office that not only talk the talk but that have real and actionable plans. We must not fall for smooth talking politicians whether they be Democrat, Republican, Independent, etc. We need to hold all our politicians and ourselves accountable for the actions taken or not taken.
I believe that the best days for America are ahead, but we have some hard decisions to make. We need to look inside and find the tenacity and resiliency that has made America great in the past. We need to dig deep and decide if we are willing to let another nation (China) take over OUR title of the #1 Economy in the world. Are we willing to continue sending aid to other countries at the expense of our own citizens?
Over the next few days and weeks my goal is to put down some of my thoughts and ideas of what we can do to keep America #1. Some of the ideas will come from others in which I will give full credit to, and some of the ideas will be mine. I will touch on things like unemployment, our National Debit and Deficit, foreign policy and our National Defense and a whole host of other topics. I look forward to any and all feedback both positive and negative.
Thanks in advance for your time!