Monday, January 18, 2016

President Obama's LAST state of the Union.

I was spending some time reviewing President Obama's LAST state of the (**)>>Union address . Personally I am just going to give my over view of him . For the last 8 years Mr. Obama , from the first day in office , he was the subject of political racism . Conspiracy theorists , right wing Tea Party extremists have tried to place a Marxist label on him . I never viewed Obama's Progressive attempts in any way communistic . On the (1)>>Progressive front Obama  was a  failure , he would not make a good Marxist if he tried . I am just trying to be fair . Obama tried to be a radical for change & Hope .....but what happened ? His last State of Union speed although superb , really honest , his 8 years were producing few benefits to Americans . Obama ran for office promising to bridge the divides that separated the United States during George W. Bush’s presidency. While Obama’s advocates point to a massive, underappreciated policy resume, his failure to deliver on that likely unrealistic promise has haunted him, as he noted with uncharacteristic humility. Yet he can't take all the blame Why is it that when Obama ran for president he criticized the state of the country because of Bush's leadership. He promised hope and change and ask you to help him change the country as we knew it. Now when a GOP presidential candidate criticizes the direction of the country and says he/she wants to change it, they are evil, unAmeiican right wingers? He should have just said, "Are you better off today than you were when I first took office?"  The goal of the speech, aides said in previews, would be for Obama to begin to frame his own legacy for the historians.The top people and what's left of the middle class are for sure. Congress has prevented doing anything for the people below. There is still tremendous income  inequality , that no elected official has yet to fix .One of the classiest presidents we've ever had, will go down as one of the top 10 presidents of all time. Funny not one mention about taking money out of politics or income inequality... This president has had the best opportunity of any president in recent history to change America for the good. He squandered it. He has clearly shown lack of leadership and will be remembered for his failures. Never in America have we been so divided, dis-jointed and on the "wrong track", all because of his lack of leadership. He has divided this nation more than ever.If there were any doubt about how tuned into the 2016 race Obama is, Tuesday night ended that. No, he didn't call them out by name, but the two current leaders in the race for the Republican nomination — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — were not far from the president's mind.  I sat and listened carefully at the president's State of the Union speech and to the remarks made by the commentators afterwards and I must say the American Media tries to put the blame of this countries down turn on his shoulders and dismiss the fact that the responsibly rest on the shoulders of Congressmen and Senators that were voted for and put in office by the citizens of this country.  The fact is, members of congress have more to do with our freedom or lack there of. The sad fact is that they can make it a career and retire with better benefits than "WE THE PEOPLE". That's right. They have a golden parachute. They have benefits and a retirement package that makes Social Security look like chump change. Sadly we are the chumps, the American people that go to the booth and elect the same person, be it right or wrong and mostly following party line. 

The Obama legacy:
The Un-Affordable Care Act.

In 2008 many Americans who voted for Obama may have done so with the ideas that we all were going to get some kind of   (2)>>"Universal Healthcare " . Now in 2016 we are seeing that Obama-care is not affordable , and it's not any way near socialized medicine . It nothing more than a new bureaucratic capitalism bait and switch tactic . It has heavy fines if you don't get their  healthcare , it also had negative effect on current policy holders who had their own old insurance rate go up as high at 40 % in two years .The plan was obviously written by the blind who did not care to read the 3000 page document on new regulations . A matter of fact Obama-care is good business for the greedy healthcare bureaucrats who are now lined their coffers with a new influx of enrollees . It's a shame that the GOP did not present a alternative  to this monster that soon is going squeeze taxpayers to dish out more money to cover everyone else except Americans. President Obama promised, "If you like your health insurance, you can keep it." It was a more ambiguous promise than it sounded. Who likes his or her health insurance?  Blah ah !!!! Not cheap , I always thought we were all be scammed by our government , but NEVER like this, luckily I have insurance through my employer , though still going up every year , but Obama's plan if look with careful examination and compare rates , it's basically no different what it will cost you if you got Kaiser on your own had to dish out over 500 dollars a month for s single person at 48 years of age . What a total "rip off". The President deceived the public on his plan without even explaining it to the American people . When the media started to question it (him on occasions on CNN) he President flubbed over and over again . He did not even know what he was talking about , even along the lines of Nancy Pelosi ( senile congress women) defended the plan with out knowing its contents when signed into law . So WHO WROTE THE DUMB ASS LAW ? It's not President Obama , he could not write 3000 pages of new regulations , he did not understand. So the Affordable Care Act may have been precisely penned by the big Healthcare lobby who certainly , and lucratively  benefited for this law . Bait & Switch .

Trayvon Martin
did NOT deserve what happened to him.
The Media made a martyr  of him ,
while Obama jumped in only
bungle the situation.
Race relations in America have never been any better , we would think with a African -American President who be the light , cross the bridge that still divides the nation  . Contrary. On the night of February 26, 2012, in SanfordFlorida, United States, George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American high school student. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed-race Hispanic man. The  (3)>>Trayvon Martin story was so overblown at the beginning that the first reports from the news media reported that a  " white police officer just shot and unarmed black teen age male " ( Cop shootings see below) . Well the media overreacted , it was not a white officer who killed Trayvon , but a wannabe nut case  who thought he was protecting the neighborhood , who claimed that Trayvon was peering threw windows . What is interesting about this how people took sides ( I did two on occasions. flip flopping ) I wrote before that Zimmerman had no business to take the law into his own hands . The Zimmerman acquittal was to lead the nation into the worst decade of gun violence . Zimmerman's self defense was an obvious ruse , he antagonized , ran after Trayvon , who was probably defending himself , and bashed Zimmerman's head to the ground when Zimmerman pulled his gun and shot Trayvon Martin .Now how this simple tragedy gripped the nation is vary suspicious , if you look  do research on black on black shootings , white on black shootings. Trayvon was another black that was killed that year . Many black youths who died that year never had a peep in the news media until President Obama some how got involved , spoke out on Martin's behalf. President Barack Obama weighed inon the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, calling it a national tragedy — and saying that the young man reminded him of his own children."When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids," Obama said in the Rose Garden. "I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. And that everybody pull together." How this tragedy was turned into a morass , first by the media moguls who on the right wing media FOX news sided with Zimmerman ( who was guilty of murder ). Then the stupid left wing hawks threw in the race card , and called it a hate crime . It lead to nation wide protests , the first in a series . So the Obama administration was looking to charge Zimmerman with a hate crime , Federal investigators spent millions of tax payer dollars trying to make it a hate crime. With the Fed's investigating nothing came out of it .  Federal prosecutors then  decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, with a hate crime for killing Martin in Florida. They blundered it by calling it a hate crime , so they over looked a murder charge . It turned out to be a but of jokes to the Obama administration by over sensationalizing "race" as the issue instead of charging for murder .The boy’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said she believes Mr. Zimmerman got away with murder.“He took a life, carelessly and recklessly, and he shouldn’t deserve to have his entire life walking around on the street free. I just believe that he should be held accountable for what he’s done,” she told The Associated Press Mr. Obama said civil rights progress in America “happens only because seemingly ordinary people find the courage to stand up for what is right, not just when it’s easy but when it’s hard.”.  Howver , President Obama misapplied it for this case . So the Prosecutors threw it out , a murder got away into a almost celebrity status . Thank You Obama!


The Trayvon Martin shooting was just the beginning , perhaps a significant exposure of a serious problem with enforcement .  In the fist year of the Obama presidency in 2009. Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, CaliforniaOfficer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and handcuffed. Officer Mehserle stood and, according to his attorney, said, "Get back, I'm gonna Tase him." Then, Mehserle drew his pistol and shot Grant once in the back. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, "You shot me!" Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Though story barely caught the attention of the national media , this was catalyst to what was going to be a national epidemic of officer misconduct , which was going to boil over the race issue , setting the state for BLACK LIVES MATTER. Johannes Mehserle  defently ANTECEDENTLY shot Grant , he did mistook his "gun" for his "taser" , it was clearly shown in the cell phone video. Never the less no Cop should be above the law , Cops should use caution with dealing with sensitive issues in the public . Since 2009 there was an increase of Police officers using excessive force that we never would known had it been  thanks to the cell phone , people just started recording off beat aggressive acts of violence by the people we are supposed to trust . There were obvious signs of militarization of local police departments  .  Then came Michael Brown, 18, is shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. According to reports, Mr. Brown was walking down the middle of Canfield Drive with a friend, Dorian Johnson, when the officer stopped his Chevy Tahoe to order them to the sidewalk. Within seconds, the encounter turned into a physical struggle, as the officer and Mr. Brown became entangled through the open driver-side window of the police vehicle/ Yes he robbed a moms and pops liquor store for a few cigars , there is  no denying that. We will never really know what transpired within seconds of Officer Wilson's encounter with Brown . It was still hard to prove otherwise without recording the events . I think Officer Wilson should have called for back up , if he did , just maybe we would have had a different out come , Micheal Brown would still alive facing charges for strong armed robbery . Yet, I personally believe that Wilson shot Brown not out self defense , but the fact that Ferguson police department was full of racist idiots , Wilson was just one of them who happens  to shoot Brown in hopes that he would get away with it just by citing what happened in the Zimmerman case. The media storm followed . More police shootings would not be enough to start the Federal Government intervention , but this one the Obama administration was slow. A video surfaced that showed Officer Michael Slager, who is white, firing eight shots at 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott has his back to him and is running away. Scott, who was unarmed, was struck five times. The whole thing was crazy, a cop shooting an unarmed man in the back , but with the cell phone revolution nothing escapes . In the nitty gritty of it all , we have seen more police brutality exposed under President Obama two terms . It has lead to some  reform (wake up call )  , as people took to the streets protesting nation wide , perhaps these people killed by police brutality did not die in vain .
No, there haven’t always been so many mass shootings. It hasn’talways been this way. Mass shootings have skyrocketed in this country just in the last seven years under President Obama. Along the lines of police brutality which made public headlines . The gun violence has reached its peak , our nation has never been so gripped with fear , that trying to challenge the gun lobby (NRA) had put the President in a difficult position , so we have become to accustom to violence ,  now that it is time to put the trigger down . Pres. Obama pretty much even with executive orders can't do much , but thanks for trying . I can't be critical here . The gun enthusiasts fearing the Obama ruling have in record numbers purchased weapons ( for self defense? ) in record sales with in the last year . On TV I saw a Hispanic looking man with a beard with a cart at a Gun show loading boxes and boxes of ammo , carrying what looked like two semi -automatic military style rifles . Funny the news reporter was trying to question  "Hay do you really need this....?" obviously dogging the question . I am sure that at gun shows there are "law abiding" citizens who just do want to buy a pistol , PROBABLY have a legal license to own a gun , others look suspicious,  that gun shows are unregulated . WE as nation need a reality check , screw NRA.

So here is a rundown :

Mass Shootings under the Last Five Presidents

Ronald Reagan: 1981-1989 (8 years) 11 mass shootings

Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 5
George H. W. Bush: 1989-1993 (4 years) 12 mass murders

Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 3

Bill Clinton: 1993-2001 (8 years) 23 mass murders
Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 4

George W. Bush: 2001-2009 (8 years) 20 mass murders

Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 5

Barrack H. Obama: 2009-2015 (in 7th year) 162 mass murders
Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 18

I think that since Ronald Reagan the nation had become more "liberal" about guns . The statistics show that if we did have "conservative" gun laws , the mass shooting would on the reverse with proper gun checks , if the GOVERNMENT did it's job by enforcing the laws it already has we would have a different picture. Notice anything here? We’re talking about a more than six-fold increase from the number of mass shootings in the eight years Bush Jr. was president compared to the last seven years under Obama, and his 2nd term isn’t even up yet! Not only that, but the number of mass shootings where the shooter killed eight or more people has also increased rather significantly. Obviously this isn’t so easily simplified as more guns in the hands of more crazy people, the way the media likes to spin it. We have more gun laws now than ever before. Less types of guns are legally available to the average citizen than ever before. We also have more “gun-free zones,” zones where, just by the way, most of these shootings happen (because mass shooters do not follow laws or care about zones, obviously).Not to mention that five out of the 12 deadliest mass shootings in American history have happened not just since Barack Obama became president, but just under his first term as president alone. That’s nearly half.After the controversial Sandy Hook shooting, Obama passed 23 gun control executive orders. He continually says wants to do more and he’s frustrated with how limited his powers as mere president are. 
I had to agree with Obama on this one , the decades old Cuban sanctions have no reason to have continued. Since President John F. Kennedy imposed it in 1961, the embargo has been the centerpiece of Washington's policy of hostility, and remains today the oldest and most comprehensive set of U.S. economic sanctions against any country in the world.The embargo's original purpose was straightforward: to make the Cuban economy scream--to use Cuba's economic dependence on the United States to plunge it into a crisis so severe that the Cuban people would rise up and overthrow Fidel Castro's revolutionary government. "If they are hungry, they will throw Castro out," President Eisenhower surmised when first contemplating economic sanctions.. . . Thirty years later, when the collapse of the Soviet Union revived hopes in Washington that Fidel Castro's government could be overthrown, Congressman Robert Torricelli sponsored the Cuban Democracy Act to tighten the embargo in order to "wreak havoc on that island." But regime change remained beyond the horizon of the possible, leaving punishment for punishment's sake as the only real rationale for the embargo.

The major aspect of the deal is a major flip flop in the Obama administration dealings with Syria , a major part of the  "deal" not so reported ( by our news media of course ). Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the country's ultimate decision-maker, banned further talks between the United States and Iran beyond the nuclear deal – thus undercutting not only Obama but also Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had expressed interest in such U.S.-Iranian discussions. Also mocking Washington's hopes of warmer U.S.-Iranian ties, a majority of Iranian lawmakers voted this week not to abandon the nation's "Death to America" slogan, which is chanted at Friday prayers and public protests, terming it a "symbol of the Islamic Republic and all struggling nations." Khamenei echoed the sentiment, asserting, "America is the main part of the problem in the region, not part of the solution."Thus, rather than accept Obama's invitation to build on the nuclear agreement and nourish warmer U.S.-Iranian relations, Tehran is preparing to pocket the sanctions relief that the deal will bring – thank you very much – while doubling down on all of its other points of conflict with the U.S.-led West.

 Here are two major political blunders . Obama's other two foreign policy mistakes include his Middle Eastern policies, namely the  (4)>>Syrian crisis and a possible failure to secure a nuclear agreement with Iran. The peculiar thing is that by establishing warmer relations with Russia from the get go, the Obama Administration could have probably avoided foreign policy failures in the Middle East; or at least made them less grim than they currently are. By needlessly provoking Russia, the Obama Administration "missed opportunities for cooperative action with Russia on everything from terror to global warming,"  Obama's inability and unwillingness to find common ground with Moscow will stand as the single worst feature in his foreign policy legacy,Relations between Russia and the United States have been strained over the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine. The United States and the European Union also have imposed economic sanctions against Russian officials and entities, which Moscow has called counterproductive. Missteps and indecision concerning the Middle East on the part of President Barack Obama have thrown away more than four decades of U.S. foreign policy achievements in the region. Moscow's stated purpose in its 2-week-old air campaign in Syria is to fight the Islamic State group, which has strengthened its ranks there. But along with strikes against Islamic State fighters, Russia also hasreportedly targeted other resistance groups in Syria's multifaction civil war that began in 2011. The U.S. and its allies also have been waging a yearlong bombing effort against Islamic State militants, while trying to diplomatically edge President Bashar Assad from power.Obama has "essentially left Putin to take the initiative ... while we try to figure out what to do next," Ferguson said. "The president dragged his feet since this civil war began."What’s really going on is that Putin despises Obama. “Despising” someone isn’t the same as disliking them. It means that you dislike them because you think they’re unworthy of being liked. Indeed, they are so unworthy, because they are weak or morally flawed, that you “despise” them.Pravda, which is Russia’s “official” newspaper – meaning that it spouts the government line – Relations between Russia and the United States are currently at their worst point in 20 years. The specter of a nuclear war between these two global super powers is actually greater today than it was during the Cold War. At least during the Cold War there were security mechanisms put into place in an effort to prevent such a disaster, and the possibility of said disaster was discussed quite openly unlike today.Can the United States afford to continue with its current aggressive stance towards Russia over the conflict in Ukraine? Do we really want to destroy our hard earned peace with Russia, especially at a time when America is digging its way out of a financial crisis and is already involved in several wars around the globe? Ah yes, our long standing friendship with Russia, starting with the end of WW2, culminating in Regan and Gorbachev's secret one night stand, and then being promptly destroyed by Obama.

I think it’s fair to say that Obama’s legacy will include memories of him as America’s first African-American president, who in the final months of his term forcefully addressed the enduring issue of race and anti-black prejudice in America, or, as the Washington Post put it in a July 15 story, “The Black President Some Worried about Has Arrived.”. Obama will be remembered, first and foremost, for his incompetence in the Middle East chaos and the resulting humanitarian crisis. His "red line" in Syria and the failure to act once it was crossed allowed for years of tragic suffering in that country, the rise of IS, and the current migrant crisis in Europe. Add to that his over-eagerness to pull all troops out of Iraq and ignore his generals' advice to leave a residual force behind and thereby losing the peace there after Bush won the war with "the surge" and allowing the newly formed IS to take over northern Iraq has been a double-whammy of unprecedented foreign policy incompetence and an historic blunder the likes of which we haven't seen since Vietnam. If the Iran deal leads to the destruction of Israel, I am pretty sure Obama won't be remembered fondly for that, either, but it is too early to tell on that one--we will have to wait ~8 years to see if what they decide to do with all their nuclear material (I hope they don't sell it to terrorist groups for use in dirty bombs here on our home soil). We will also have to see if this re-surgent USSR style Russia leads to a new cold war, also (this Russia/Iran alliance is quite unnerving). And as for the cited 'accomplishments' in this artcile, many are due to the Supreme Court ruling with little to no influence by the President (for example, he campaigned on "marriage is between a man and a woman" during both of his elections and only took credit after the court decision when he lit up the white house in rainbow colors). And this article also makes zero mention of the unprecedented levels of debt he has racked up for this country through hand-outs to special interest groups, corporate welfare and bailouts to whomever they subjectively decided should get them, and huge subsidies for the ironically named Affordable Care Act which it turns out we can't actually afford. And to praise this president for race relations during one of the most turbulent times in modern history with spiking violence in major cities across the country is beyond farcical--Obama has obvioulsy increased the racial divide in this country, not improved it. The list of failures is a mile long, but as long as history professors like this are writing the books and teaching our children, I guess it doesn't really matter what the truth is--he might go down in history as a great president despite the actual results of his presidency.


(1)>>Progressive front He has not been nearly progressive enough for me, but he was the exact right man at the exact right time to pull us back from the precipice that Bush left us teetering on. He is a man of careful consideration, strong moral fiber, and high intellect; he arrived just in time. His very presence has exposed the right for the hatred driven, racist… (**)>>Union address  State of the Union ratings have been in steady decline over the past two decades, gathering less than half the audience they once did. In 1993, 66.9 million people watched President Clinton's first address to a joint session of Congress. The previous record low was 31.7 viewers last year. The problems we have now with out  being too specific.  (2)>>"Universal Healthcare " .President Obama used a campaign-style, rally liberals on his sputtering health care law, calling it a system of “universal health care” and calling out Texas Republicans for, he said, denying health insurance to 1 million state residents.For decades, liberals have dreamed of a “universal health care” system in America and Mr. Obama used that phrase, which he rarely does, in telling a group of volunteers that, under his leadership, it has become a reality. Single payer health care is a universal health care system where a “single payer” fund, rather than private insurers, pays for health care costs. The “single payer” part refers to funding, not delivery. A single payer fund can have a private healthcare delivery system, a public delivery system, or a mix of the two. A fund can be controlled by any agency, but is typically organized and overseen by the government. Although Mr. Obama’s health care law requires all Americans to buy insurance or face fines, the system is built on private companies offering coverage to individuals or groups of consumers and thus is far from the kind of Canadian or European system the phrase “universal health care” connotes. Such systems — also called “single payer” — usually consist of one national government entity paying for and providing care for all citizens. With almost 50 million people lacking health care in the America, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, millions still won’t have coverage after Obamacare is established. And we will still continue to spend about twice as much per capita than other countries on health care, despite sometimes having worse health outcomes.Let’s follow the money: most insurance stocks went up after Obamacare’s passage and the health insurance giants’ profits continue to climb, while Americans will be forced to buy their crappy product or pay a fine. Opponents of Obamacare want to get rid of what is good in the law by way of exemptions and repeal, eventually paying meager fines for violating it, which will be covered by their corporate profits. All this in order to fulfill the sociopathic pursuit of corporate profits without any compromise.(3)>>Trayvon Martin storyA combination of pressure through social media and poor journalism led to the trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of second-degree murder in last year’s shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.Immediately after the shooting in Sanford, Fla., which is 20
miles northeast of Orlando, the media described Mr. Zimmerman as white, setting up the racially divisive meme of a white man killing a black teenager — a characterization that proved to be wrong. Meanwhile, George Zimmerman was arrested  since being freed over and over again  for aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon, marking the third time in as many years that he’s been arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident. This time around, he is alleged to have thrown a wine bottle “in the direction” of his girlfriend, who reported the incident after being pulled over by police. During a Saturday court appearance, Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault and ordered to surrender his guns. Zimmerman also headed to a place called Na coincidental Ferguson Missouri, here Zimmerman was again   arrested   after an altercation outside of a Dunkin’ Donuts, where Zimmerman allegedly aimed a handgun at two black teenagers who confronted him. Zimmerman is heard yelling something again, and finally the teens stop. One of the teens rather articulately asks Zimmerman to leave him, his friend, and his town, alone. “Sir, sir, we don’t… we don’t have an issue with you, sir. Please leave us alone,” the younger teenager says in the video, while Zimmerman continues to rant about something in the background. “Mr. Zimmerman, I don’t know why you’re here in Ferguson, but It’s pretty damn insensitive, you showing up here. This town’s been through enough already, we don’t need you here intensifying things, okay? And my friend and I didn’t say anything to you.” Police found two handguns, a shotgun, and several knives inside Zimmerman’s car at the time of his arrest. It is unclear why Zimmerman was visiting Ferguson, when he arrived, or where in town he was staying. Police say the teens will be allowed to release the full video to the public after their investigation is complete.  (4)>>Syrian crisis.  Letting Russia take the lead in Syria is a very smart move. My guess is that Russia gets mired down, will become hated and distrusted by all, and will spend a trillion dollars of money it doesn't have over the next ten years, just like we spent during the last ten. Obama's greatest achievement will be having ratcheted down our involvement in the middle east. (If Hillary was really astute, she would publicly buy into that concept as well). We need to solve things at home and let the middle east stay in a perpetual state of war soaking up the tax revenues and lives of young soldiers of anyone that wades in - with no return on the investment. Whether you are right or left, we need to start living within our means and one aspect of that is staying out of foreign wars.

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