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Obama’s American Jobs Act

I’m just watching the recording of the President’s speech here.

Here’s a few of my own personal observations/comments, simply because I think it’s fun to critique politics, and try to offend people who think differently than you.

So here it goes. And just remember that most of what I say will probably be extremely under-informed, inaccurate, and overly biased. What more could you hope for, really?

  • I think that Biden and Boehner should try to meet somewhere in the middle of the applause¬†continuum. It would make both of them look a little less embarrassing. At least on national TV.
  • “You should pass this right away!” What? “You should pass this right away?” When should we pass it? “Right away! Isn’t anyone listening to me?” Sounds a bit like someone’s getting scolded. I’m not sure who, but it’s not me, so that’s cool.
  • “This will all be paid for.” Ahhh, now I see why we need to pass this right away. This is actually pretty smart. Pass it now, and then in a week he’ll let us know exactly how we’re going to pay for it. ¬†But since none of the Republicans are ever going to agree with that proposal, it’s wise to separate the two. Because really, once it’s passed, who cares how we end up paying for it. That’s someone else’s problem. In light of the fights over the debt ceiling, I can’t imagine this is going to go over smoothly.
  • You gotta love Warren Buffet… and feel sorry for his secretary. But then again, she IS making $60k. I think I’m going to become a secretary.
  • Switzerland, Singapore, Sweden, and Finland rank higher than us in their ability to compete for new jobs and businesses. Just read the names of those countries again. Why am I strangely unaffected by our low ranking on that list? I wish I got someone from Switzerland on the phone when I called Frontier tech support.

Here are some other random thoughts.

It’s going to take a lot more than $447 billion to actually turn our economy around. It seems to me like there’s really not much that can be done, in an organized sense, to do anything more than take the edge off here and there.

It’s an extremely complicated monster. It took a long long time to get into this mess. And it’s going to take a long time to get out of it.

With that said. I appreciate what Obama is trying to do. I wish he hadn’t blown so much equity on health care reform. Not that health care doesn’t need reform, but in the end, I think it was a battle that he won, but ultimately lost. Maybe we’ll see it differently in 50 years.

However, I appreciate his attempts to actually lead during this situation. I agree with a lot of what he has said. Much of it is simply common sense. It seems to me like we have to both cut spending AND raise taxes on somebody. It’s just got to happen. But, companies won’t hire… yada, yada, yada.

I work for a large company. And they’re making tons of money right now. And they’ll keep hiring as long as they’re making money. And if more of us are working, then more of us will be spending, and they’ll have more business and that will easily offset any increased taxes. But now I’m getting into details.

Anyway, it was a good speech, and I’m glad I’m a pastor and not a politician.

Anybody every think about voting for Jesus as a write-in candidate for the next presidential election? Wouldn’t it be great if we all did and he won?

I thought about doing it last time, but it seemed like poor stewardship. So I told him I would vote for him if he ever decided to run. He told me not to worry about it because he’s not going to do the whole election thing. He’s just going to come, and that will be that.

Can’t wait to hear his inaugural address.




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