News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 12, 2013: So as I sat down to think about this week’s episode …
What appears before me on my computer screen but this headline from The New York Times: “Budget Embodies Obama’s Vision for Remaking Economy.” Could this be? President Obama finally doing something important and worthwhile as President and not just offer some fairly inconsequential programs to look good?
FINALLY Barack was going to be the Change Master he promised us back in 2008!
Then I read the article! All it is, is the same Old Obama BS. Sorry to disappoint you.
Here is the breathtaking way the Times article begins …“President Obama used the first budget of his second term to sketch out his vision for an economy with more lasting economic growth and less income inequality than the country has experienced in more than a decade.”
WOW. WOW. Let me repeat that …
“President Obama used the first budget of his second term to sketch out his vision for an economy with more lasting economic growth and less income inequality than the country has experienced in more than a decade.”
WOW. Holy Moses!!!! A VISION of lasting economic growth. FINALLY!!! And yes less income inequality! PRAISE THE LORD … Bring it on Barack!!!
Then they quote our President. Listen to this …. Are you ready …
“Our economy is adding jobs — but too many people still cannot find full-time employment. Corporate profits have skyrocketed to all-time highs — but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged,” Mr. Obama wrote in a message addressed to Congress. “It is our generation’s task to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class.”
You are The Man Barack. Say it again ..: “It is our generation’s task to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class.”
Barack! Barack!! Barack!! This is going to be one hell of a B-U-D-G-E-T!!!
So let’s dive into the particulars with the able assistance of this Times article.
For starters, Obama’s new budget calls for: “To pay for a series of programs he deemed crucial to the future and reduce the long-term budget deficit, Mr. Obama also called for cuts to Social Security and Medicare, putting him at odds with many other Democrats.”
What’s this? To end inequality Obama wants to “cut Social Security and Medicare.” Really … let’s read on: “The budget puts particular emphasis on education and manufacturing. In Mr. Obama’s view, both are critical to widespread economic growth.”
OK I guess Now comes the real big ideas that will change our lives, and something very, very different than he has ever proposed before … HERE IT IS …
“A program that would guarantee public pre-school for all 4-year-olds from families with low or moderate incomes. To pay for the plan, the administration has proposed an increase in federal cigarette taxes to $1.95 from $1.01 per pack.”
But Barack, you’ve been proposing and not delivering something similar every year since you were elected??
As good as that may be for 4-year-olds, is that going to change all our lives??? Maybe there is much more …. let me keep reading – often these reporters keep the good stuff until well into their articles .
“The budget also called for a total of $12.5 billion over the next two years to preserve teaching jobs and increase hiring as the economy recovers.”
OKAY again! That sounds good but what different here. It is a typical Obama proposal. Like the next one: “On manufacturing, Mr. Obama proposed some small-scale programs, including a $1 billion initiative to build manufacturing “hubs” where businesses would partner with universities and federal agencies, and a new tax credit to support communities with manufacturing bases.”
Yea, yea; OK again! but more of the same kind of stuff in the last budget to which The Times then adds these sanguine points to dampen it even more …
“Some economists question just how big a driver of job growth manufacturing can be. More companies are bringing jobs back to the United States, in no small part because of real declines in American wages. But even with the recent job growth, there are about two million fewer manufacturing jobs now than there were right before the economy tipped into recession. There are about seven million fewer manufacturing jobs than there were in the late 1970s, when employment in the sector peaked.”
And then this …
“Manufacturing simply requires fewer workers than it once did. Factories have become vastly more productive, as processes that were once done laboriously by hand are increasingly done by machine.”
THAT’S IT Dear Readers … above you have the highlights of THE budget which is Barack Obama’s plan to remake the American economy, end inequality which has increased every year since he has been President, and make all our lives better.
You think maybe the headline announcing Obama’s new budget as a little much: BUDGET EMBODIES OBAMA’S VISION FOR REMAKING ECONOMY.
You think? How about thinking this is more Obama nonsense?
At least he remains consistent. Give him that. Long story short!
This brief episode.
Barack Obama has been over promising us since the day he announced for President.
Actually long before since the day he was born!
Let me end on a lighter note rather than this article turn your attention to the very, very amusing story in the upcoming Sunday edition of The New York Times Magazine about the one and only Anthony Weiner of Twitter fame …
Very funny. Worth reading! Here is the link and why the cover is above ..,
About The Writer: Arthur Piccolo is a professional writer and commentator and often writes about Latin America for New Americas.