You may not hear this tonight from either side of the isle, so I thought I would summarize the current state of the union.
Our economy still struggles, but is picking up steam, but unemployment remains unacceptably high. How can the economy pick up steam and yet unemployment is a serious laggard? The Obama administration simply does not no how or does not wish to address the issues keeping unemployment high. Once you take a hard look at this administration, you will see that no one in the power level has ever built a business and through growth hired people – not even the GE Chairman, Jeffrey Immelt.
The Obama administration has been heaping hurdles and regulations on small businesses for two years, and since the small business segment creates 70% of the jobs, they will not hire. No small business owner will hire if he or she is faced with hire unemployment costs – yes “unemployment” costs. Businesses pay into the unemployment fund based on their experience level with unemployment – they are rated on how many have left the business and are in or have been in the unemployment income collection system. Extend unemployment for a year or two and your increase the rating for the business and its expenses.
Require small businesses to provide health insurance and you again increase their costs, thus they do not hire. Their are countless regulations adding cost to small businesses and when the future bottom line inclusive of future expenses is forecast, they do not hire.
Congress, regardless of which party is in power in each house will not make government smaller and more limited. Ever since the seventeenth amendment was passed taking the appointment of senators from the states and giving the election of senators to the people of the various states, the states cannot control an out of control ever growing self perpetuating federal “central” government. A little over one hundred years ago, the states could vote down unconstitutional growth in Washington, D.C.
Today, the states just stand by and wish the federal government would follow the eighteen enumerated powers it has in the Constitution. Unless and until outside forces, such as the states are allowed to apply pressure on the Congress, it will just continue feeding on itself. We no longer have a free market system and we can no longer call what we have capitalism, because the federal government has intruded for one hundred years, inhibiting how the free market is supposed to operate.
The Supreme Court no longer considers issues based on the law and the written Constitution. Instead it relies on social interpretation of what is needed, believing itself to be a law making body. It considers laws of other nations when it decides our legal issues of the day. These are laws not made by any elected U.S. Senator or Congressman, but this is okay, since they believe that other nations are more enlightened. Maybe it is the Court that need to be enlightened! It has used the “Commerce Clause” to turn the limited federal government into an unlimited central planning socialist type of governance.
The Executive Branch now routinely writes regulations with the force of law. I believe we will have to rename the executive branch – “Congress Lite”.
I would go on, but the list of things gone wrong is too depressing to continue. You get the idea – the state of the union is dismal and in need of immediate repair by the citizens of this nation – who else will fix the problem?