I have just finished watching the President’s State of the Union Speech again and much of the coverage in the mainstream media. And, it clearly indicates why the majority of Americans are being disadvantaged by the mainstream media whose historic journalistic ethics and “speaking truth to power” characteristics can no longer be relied upon.
In spite of obvious lies, distortions, half-truths and misdirection – the mainstream media, once again, disregarded the facts and spun the speech as a “brilliant” work. It did not seem to matter that most of the speech was comprised of stale, shop-worn rhetoric from previous campaigns, that Obama was little more than an accomplished actor – reading the TelePrompTered spin-tested words written by others, or that the fact-checking results were not given the same attention as the speech itself.
But, beyond this, it appears that the spin-tested phrases which had the majority of Americans bobbing their heads in agreement meant little or nothing when compared to the executive branch power grab, nullification of congressional authority and the gross and unconstitutional manipulation of the law.
The idea of an increased minimum wage had the lowest end of the employment spectrum bobbing their heads in agreement. But, few – perhaps due to their poor understanding of the subject – did not realize the implications of what the President was saying.
We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.
Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. (Applause.) We should be able to get that done. (Applause.)
This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. And a whole lot of folks out there would probably need less help from government. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year -- let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on. (Applause.) <Source: White House>
But, how many of these head bobbers realize that minimum wage is not the whole story and that you must factor taxes, benefits and other costs into the equation? And, that if the cost of labor significantly increases, prices must also increase to maintain profit margins. And, if profit margins decline, there is less incentive for the employers to provides those goods and services; leading to the outsourcing of jobs or the cessation of businesses. Or, as a common reaction, the reduction of personnel with increased workloads to make up for the increased expenses.
How many of these head-bobbers realize that this will decimate the what little employment exists in the inner cities or kill summer jobs for high school students? Thus, providing additional funds to fewer people in a down economy?
But, the idea of higher wages “resonates” with those who are liberals or are in the lower socio-economic group. Even though it will exacerbate the employment situation and our gross domestic product.
These are the people who elected Barack Obama to the Presidency – believing that this historic elevation of a Black Man to the highest office was the beginning of “true hope and change” in a post-partisan president who would work for the people and not either political party. A resonance kept alive by the mainstream media even though it is demonstrably false and Obama’s actions mark him as an “affirmative action” president of stunning incompetence. An ignorant man who has learned to smile and use high-sounding words, but knows almost nothing other than to use resonance to convince the American people he is serving “We the People.”
A classic case of the Emperor’s New Clothes – officially sanctioned by the mainstream media to the detriment of America.
Bottom line …
The democrats are engaged in a continual campaign, to destroy the republican party and to place American in a dire economic and military position where there is little hope but to cede additional powers to an ever growing public. To accomplish their ends, they must disarm the American public – intellectually by dumbing down education and physically with gun control. They must create a cadre of citizens, perhaps former illegal aliens, who will join the military and have little or no qualms about disarming or firing on American citizens.
I would not be surprised if the republican party continues to cave – playing games with religious and social matters – while our nations economic viability and military prowess are nullified by those in the democrat party. Perhaps, the democrat party should now be denoted with the “Hammer and Sickle” as they go about creating their version of Amerika, a democratic socialist republic heading towards the communist nirvana. Perhaps they are being blackmailed by the democrats who know that the republicans are just as personally corrupt as they are – but make such as show about “family values” that the smallest peccadillos forces them out of the race or to resign their offices.
Did everyone see the misdirection and ridicule heaped on Marco Rubio when he delivered the republican response to Obama’s State of the Union Address. Right out of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – where ridicule is a most powerful and effective weapon. Deflecting the message of the speaker into a meaningless horse laugh for late night comedians.
2014 is closer than you think – and is a bulwark against adopting the most radical of the democrat socialist policies. And, if the democrats can keep the republicans talking about religion, abortion and other such nonsense in this time of peril – they will win over America.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS