Monday, September 26, 2011

Let's Hope We Change

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.
I promise you, we as a people will get there.

In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.”
-Barack Obama

The nation was captivated as we listened to the words spoken by our newly elected 44th president Barack Obama. He campaigned on the premise of hope and change for a new America. The nation fell in love with the idea and concept of this utopian society void of its past failures and flaws. Yes Barack Obama made the world believe in change and then we hoped…

We hoped there would be this systematic change to take place magically as soon as he stepped into the White House. We believed that we were on the brink of this new understanding, and then…nothing. That’s right, nothing. Because the one fundamental part of the Obama equation never happened. WE never changed! We hoped he would fix everything instead of sacking up and digging a little deeper to help this country bounce back. City to city, town hall meeting after another, President Obama campaigned telling the people that “we” need to do more and we only heard “he”. So where does that leave us now?

We are now staring down the barrel of a situation no one wants to be in. Since the people of this nation didn't hold up its end of the bargain the government is going to try to force their hand. After being elected Barack Obama bailed out the auto industry and put things in place to cushion the real estate collapse. Along with the war and quest for Bin Ladin, President Obama has spent more money in two years than any other president in US history.

Our economy is in a state of intensive care and now this… There is a proposal for universal health care as well as a heavy tax increase for anyone making over $250,000 a year. That increase would all but kill small business owners, forcing them to either layoff employees or downgrade their own personal living situation. Why? Why do we feel this need to punish the achievers of our society to take care of the less fortunate? Charity should be a gift not a requirement. Why should we penalize those who accomplish and excel and then do it under the guise of “helping out”? Where is the call for personal responsibility from those with their hands out? Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

Here’s the cold reality of it all, sip slow; people are stupid, lazy, un-ambitious and have massive feelings of entitlement. We have been coddling them as a nation for too long and if we don’t get this under control now, we may never.

Our government has become nothing more than an overprotective parent for its citizens and is no longer taking the steps to really prepare its people for the real world. We spend billions of dollars a year on social programs to allow people not to work and enable their bad decisions. A quick history lesson; the basic duties of the government are to protect the natural territory & preserve peace within its boundaries. The government is to maintain the infrastructure (i.e. roads, schools, law enforcement, fire dept) it was never designed or intended to cover the costs for programs like welfare, unemployment etc.

Year after year we continue to raise taxes on those who achieve in this country. We demand more of their income and work under the premise that it’s their duty. Why? Why should someone who works hard, pushes themselves and reaches their goals be punished and forced to pay out more than their share for someone who may never have even tried? This isn’t just a “woe is me” for the rich, it’s about what that kind of thinking does to everyone.

When people know that there will always be a safety net it alters their decision making; it gives them an out for ambition. So many men & woman now believe they are entitled to being taken care of and our society has reached an insane level of dependency. So what would happen if that changed? News flash, we never voted on the social programs put into place now. Our representatives at the time merely made the decision and gradually we have expanded on it. But what if we took it to the polls? How would this nation respond to having the choice to help its fellow man instead of being obligated?

If the government stopped spending its resources on social programs it would have the money to lower taxes and rebuild its infrastructure. There would be an instant surplus of funds to go into the building of bridges, roads, and schools as well as money for law enforcement, fire fighters and the military. Employed people would keep more of their paycheck and there would be an instant spike in consumer spending. The government would still take care of its veterans and we would continue to have programs for the people funded by the private sector.

So why aren’t we doing this? The sad part is because of the initial shock to our dependent society. Imagine everyone being given a deadline to get their act together before the government shut their water off. How many Americans would step up? How many would truly take advantage of their free education and study while in public school? How many would be true parents and raise the children they brought into this world? How many would do all they could (the right way) whether it’s going to college, working labor jobs, even joining the military to not be burdens on the system?

If this new tax plan and universal health care go through I fear it will be the beginning of the end. Ambition will be done away with. The more we condemn those that have achieved, hinder those that are trying and reward those who have failed, the more we are setting the table for one of two outcomes; failure or revolution.

Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States of America because he made the people believe. It’s time for us to follow up his words with action, because it’s not about the statement of “Yes We Can” but rather the action of “YES WE WILL.”

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