Though a supporter of the President, I am not an apologist for Barack Obama. As is the case with most of our Presidents, he came into office with bold ideas. He still has them. His plans were to make America better by stimulating our faltering economy and bring about greater equality in our society by the creation of greater opportunity, using the resources of government to accomplish these goals where necessary.
His determination to continue to strive for what he believes in was made clear by what he said in Tuesday evening's State of the Union address. He will not tolerate attempts to retreat from the improvements in health care brought about by the Affordable Care Act, but he still managed to maintain a conciliatory tone toward Republicans, saying that if they can come up with something better than it (as opposed to mere criticism), he would want to see if their numbers "add up." He also said that he would veto threatened Congressional attempts to derail the discussions going on with Iran by restoring some of the economic sanctions which have been removed in exchange for some curtailment in Iran's nuclear program. Certainly, Obama did not retreat from his convictions.
It’s a rare President who has reliable support from Congress and the Court. Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, but only because of the depth of the crisis brought about by the Great Depression, and even then, he met with some opposition in the Supreme Court. Barack Obama’s presidency lacks such a rare confluence of favorable factors, and that, despite his ideals and his upbeat determination to do what is right for America, assures that his two terms in office will not be considered great ones.
In such an environment, if a President fights tenaciously for something in which he deeply believes, as he Barack Obama did for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it results in other areas not being given as much energy and attention as they might deserve.
Sunset over the White House.
Dealing with Chronic Unemployment
Meanwhile, some of them have settled on the alternatives of going back to school, becoming “stay-at-home” dads or applying for disability benefits. But in all cases, their money is running out, they are disillusioned and desperately want a real job with a future. The lucky ones have a working spouse or family resources to which they can turn, including moving their family back with their parents.
Unemployed Stay at Home Dad
FedEx delivers what you bought on line
New jobs have been created in the operations of Amazon.com, for example, and in Fedex’s and UPS’s delivery systems, but not in sufficient numbers to replace those one in six missing jobs. And it will not get better. It will get worse, as the number of employees needed to run our economy becomes less and less. Even the salesman doesn’t have to travel his territory any more because computer systems handle the dissemination of the products he used to have to sell. There are fewer and fewer "Willie Lomans" around because Apple and Microsoft have made obsolete that wonderful song sung by a chorus of traveling salesmen in "The Music Man," "You gotta know the territory!"
Lee J. Cobb played Willie Loman in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." He "knew the territory" and was "well-liked" but it didn't make any difference for him then and wouldn't today if he were still around.
You can invest, purchase insurance, do your banking, and never ever see or talk to an employe of the firm with which you are dealing. And if you insist on doing so, there are fewer of them than there used to be. So prepare to wait, or stand on line.
Sure, you can still speak to a person in a bank, but you'll have to wait on line.
Watching to clock to make sure your work-week doesn't exceed 30 hours, which would subject you to prosecution for the crime of stealing an employment opportunity from someone else.
Would such Federal “intervention” be less in dollars than is presently being paid out in unemployment compensation and other “safety net” benefits? Would taxes have to go up to support such a plan? I wonder if an economist on a campus somewhere is working on how a “model” of this would work. We need to know and we need to know it quickly because that 16% of our male population between ages 25 and 54 cannot wait very much longer for an answer.
A CHANCE MEETING
You can’t yell or move. You can only suffer through in horrific silence just as she did. Goodbye, Brad. By the time people realize that you’re dead, I’ll be back at the casino in Wyoming. Complete revenge is so, so sweet, Bro.”