Praising Money Tonight in the House of the Lord
By David Glenn Cox
It was a red carpet and searchlight extravaganza playing to a full house. Millionaires, multi-millionaires and even mega-multi-millionaires filled every seat. Then the star of show burst through the doors and worked the crowd no differently than a diamond studded televangelist. Smiles and glad hands for all, we’re praising money tonight in the house of the lord.
Stalinist applause filled the room, two minutes, then four minutes, then finally, the extra had his walk-on moment, banging the over-sized novelty gavel and the crowd grew quiet. John Boehner announced the President to the room and the pandemonium returned. Screams and shouts of joy completely unfettered and unencumbered, it was as if the Beatles had reunited and were suddenly appearing unannounced.
With that many rich folks all together in one room and all so orgasmic-ally delighted by the appearance of the President one must ask as a poor man, what’s this mean to me? I mean, we’re talking rich and poor here. Not just my poverty but that of all of us, if you took the combined net income of the Capital house band and Obama and his Posse, seated in the Capitol building for the State of the Union speech, it would probably exceed the net income of a mid-sized country.
Hell, if they wanted to they could start their own army and take over the country. They could, if they wanted to and were clumsy about it. Consider this; the Party room says the unemployment rate stands at 7.9% (U-3) while the more exact number is 15.4% (U-6). To the studio audience that 7.9% is gospel, it is the Lord’s truth, when even the 15.4% number is horse apples. A completely dual reality, the wealthiest one percent of the one percent are having a party at their club house tonight and they’re happy as f*ck about it.
The President – “Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. (Applause.) After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in 20. (Applause.) Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.” (Applause.)
A grit and determination which could also be described as American’s suffering unnecessarily. After a decade of unnecessary war, some of our troops are coming home and some more will come home next year. These troops aren’t being demobilized, but will return home to prepare for the next conflict. After years of grueling recession we have only years of grueling recession to show for it. Corporations and oil companies are more profitable than ever. The Wall Street S&P is back over 14,000 again and that’s why this crowd in the honeycomb hide out are all so f*cking happy tonight.
Outside the Capitol where over 300 million Americans are playing along at home, over 24 million of those Americans are out of work. The unemployment numbers haven’t really changed much at all this year and little from the year before, just the categories these Americans are counted in change.
The President – “I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform will not be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans.”
It is beyond outrageous; will the politicians get 89% or 92% of what they want? The problem isn’t tax reform or entitlements, the problem is with runaway military spending. An issue this President wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. The one percent of the one percent already owns an army and a navy and an air force and you get to pay for it, instead of them. So when the President says “None of us will get 100 percent of what we want.” What do you think that you & I are likely going to get?
The President – “So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Department of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in America. We can get that done.” (Applause.)
These manufacturing hubs will partner with the Department of Defense? What in God’s name could they possibly be building with these high-tech jobs to turn regions left behind by globalization into the next manufacturing revolution? The plan is to take government money and to invest it with military contractors, who in turn will use students to generate products for a new industrial revolution, all sounds a little specious to me.
The President – “In fact, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together. So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good. If a nonpartisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea,”
So tonight, I propose we use public revenues to fund corporate research. Because if a nonpartisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, it’s probably pretty f*cked up. Considering the type of projects retired admirals, generals and CEOs could all come to a nonpartisan agreement on.
The President – “America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire — a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and Internet; high-tech schools, self-healing power grids. The CEO of Siemens America — a company that brought hundreds of new jobs to North Carolina — said that if we upgrade our infrastructure, they’ll bring even more jobs. And that’s the attitude of a lot of companies all around the world. And I know you want these job-creating projects in your district. I’ve seen all those ribbon-cuttings.” (Laughter.)
Hello? America’s energy sector infrastructure also goes by another oh, so funny name, it’s called…private property. Ask any CEO, it’s all about infrastructure and if you build it they will come and maybe they’ll play baseball in the cornfield in your back yard.
Chinese Industrial workers annual income $ 960
Mexican workers annual income $ 1,753
Haitian workers annual income $ 817
Tariffs collected to offset the loss of 12 million manufacturing jobs $ 0
There is this recurring theme throughout Obama’s State of the Union message; he speaks of programs that are all attached either to corporate America or the Defense Department. When Obama says jobs, it is a euphemism for tax cuts. When Obama says growth, he means Wall Street and when Obama says shared sacrifice, he means…you!
Right now, Corporate America holds over $1 trillion dollars in profits overseas. That is the tax reform corporate America seeks, a one time tax holiday. A chance to take the money and run one more time, but for you and I, playing along at home we get, “I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.” We get the Cat Food Commission; the same commission that couldn’t get its own report passed out of a house sub-committee. This is the basis for Obama’s plans for us the other 99.9% of the American public.
The President – “In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, and energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
Look what Obama named first, the military. Look what’s named last, jobs.
The President – “Right now, there’s a bill in this Congress that would give every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today’s rates. Democrats and Republicans have supported it before, so what are we waiting for? Take a vote, and send me that bill. (Applause.) Why would we be against that? (Applause.) Why would that be a partisan issue, helping folks refinance?”
Are you a responsible homeowner? A responsible homeowner is Obama speak for the still employed, a sub-culture strata of still haves and no longer haves. You’ll note that appellation is only applied to the American worker, as Obama does not mention responsible CEO’s or responsible banks or corporations. No, they are far above reproach only you, the struggling Americans who are put under that microscope.
Now look-see what a wave of irresponsibility we’re having in this country.
2008 – 3,019,482
2009 – 3,457,643
2010 – 3,843,548
2011 – 3,920,418
2012 – 3,916,000 (projected)
The message misses the mark; the numbers don’t match the message. The message is not for the masses, it’s only sugar-coated razor blades washed down with springtime fresh battery acid, thanks for playing along even without a Rice a Roni gift basket, the San Francisco treat. That is Obama’s message, all hail corporatism, all hail the one party military state. The will of the people be damned, the needs of a people ignored. 18 million home foreclosures 2008 – 2012. Wages flat, eroded by inflation and deflation. 24 million Americans unemployed, part timing it, temp jobbing it, food stamping it and barely scraping out a living and Obama tells us, Tonight, thanks to our “grit and determination”, there is much progress to report.” We’re praising money tonight in the house of the lord.