President Barack Obama proved to America again last night that he’s every bit the speaker we had in Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.
Without a doubt, the dude has charisma.
And the idea of having Democrats and Republicans seated next to each other was interesting. It kinda worked.
Obama went into "investments" in research, clean energy, and of course, technology. The president talked about a five-year domestic spending freeze. A simplified tax code. He spent little time on the Middle East – as if the war was over or about to be. Not much on terror either. It was a feel good speech. America is doing much better, the economy is moving forward. The stock market has doubled since he came into office. He also hit hard on education and the needs to improve it.
Agreed on that one.
The president spent time early on letting us know that it is technology that in a way has brought us down – the Internet and online world.
" A few years ago a plant would hire 1,000 workers to get the job done," he said, "Now they only need 100 employees because of technology and the Internet."
Finally somebody said it!
I have felt for years that the world has changed much for the worse because of computers, iPhones, iPads, and so on. It’s made us all "typists" and not much more. You go into a shopping mall and everyone has stopped to check their cell phone for what usually is an unimportant message from FACE BOOK or wherever.
We are living now in a modern day prison of sending and receiving messages, that for the most part don’t matter, just waste our time.
More importantly, it’s taken away our lives, our jobs and reduced our talents. There are no more new journalists, except online. There’s very little to no money in writing for the most part (just ask Jason Whitlock). There’s very little new music that really matters and pretty much no record biz.
The music biz, its pretty much over for now.
TV and Film are fading in financial reward and everyone is on YouTube. For free. We download music and films for nothing. Sales folks are not needed because everything is online. Even new cars and homes. Need a loan? Do it online. Need legal hel?, Get it online.
The human touch is fading away.
The president hinted at this. That we need new ways to fight this onslaught with modern jobs and research. But I don’t see how. Do you?
There’s plenty of talent out there, just nowhere to put it anymore. Young people finish college and become, bartenders and servers. You can sit in a cube and work a computer all day for usually small to just OK dough. Rarely the big bucks..
Sure, once in a blue moon somebody finds a way to make it rich online, FACEBOOK,GOOGLE – not many though.
And that law degree is no guarantee anymore, is it?
As for war, its only important in the beginning. Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, the entire Middle East.
The first men or women killed are on the front page but after a 100 or so, the metro section and later, like now, nowhere to be found. That’s sad, because soldiers die every day but it doesn’t count unless it’s somebody in your family.
It’s always like that.
There’s always an enemy who wants to destroy us -. the Russians, the Chinese, North Korea, they all want to take us out.
Do they? Did they? We always need a "bad guy."
Life is about solving problems. But they never end. We’re always on the brink of some nightmare. It is never solved and when it drags to an end, it goes out with a whimper. Like the Berlin Wall or the fall of the USSR as we knew it. Very quiet.
The President gave a nice speech. He’ll likely be re-elected. Obama’s a smart guy. He stopped the bleeding.
Things have improved.They always do. Untll our next crisis – real or imagined.
When you are No. 1 – and the United States is in every way – you look for pretenders. We always have.
About China; come on man, they want to be like us. We make them move forward and are about the last thing they want to hurt right now. We’re the economy of the world. I don’t know of any real celebrities in film or sports coming out of Russia or China. Everything is here, in America. Our money is backed not with gold, but with WEAPONS and the world’s ONLY FULL MILITARY MIGHT. Our back-up, ISRAEL, is placed right in the middle of the trouble area, the Middle East.
So if we owe, who can collect? Nobody.
It was a great speech by a man who is trying hard to be well GREAT. That’s a tough job because it’s always TOUGH TIMES.