President Barack Obama: What’s Your Take?


President Barack Obama: What’s Your Take?

M.D. Wright

8.18.2011

 

Okay we are basically three years into President Obama’s administration and it’s time to take a tally on what he’s done since taking his oath of office back in January 2009. No one is going to ever say they agree with everything he’s said and done, and no one can truly say with a clear conscience that everything he’s done has been detrimental to us as United States citizens. However, in light of the fact that his approval ratings have been sliding more than Brett Gardner into second base of late, it warrants mentioning:

 

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR COUNTRY, MR. OBAMA?

 

There are people who do not agree with his stance on healthcare, LGBT issues, how he’s rarely in Washington (apparently), how his focus (especially in the eyes of his detractors — many of whom are solely detractors due to party line affiliations) is more so on his involvement and love of sports (as if he’s the first and only?) rather than the pressing issues at hand.

 

We are at a crossroads nationally, and quite frankly, we’ve already been sold up the river by the Washington contingent, in my opinion. There are some frightening things coming down the pike in the next 2-3 years, regardless of who is in office. Nevertheless, some of the programs and policies that have been put into action under the current administration really make me extremely nervous.

 

THE HOUSING CRISIS

 

We get news today that Obama believes it will be at least another year before we see any real recovery in the aftermath of the housing bubble. Realistically speaking, there were so many people who lost their homes due to foreclosure — already a by-product of job loss, illnesses and other catastrophic life trials — and many others are on the brink of losing theirs in the near future. There does not appear to be any help in sight. There were tax breaks available for new homeowners in 2009, as part of the stimulus plan that Obama’s Administration passed earlier that year, but many people were clueless about it, and therefore could not take advantage. The intent was to stimulate the economy, but other than a couple of faux statistical blips that produced short-term encouragement, this has not taken place.

 

EDUCATION

 

We seem to see schools closing at an otherworldly pace since the middle of 2008. Especially here in New York City, where budget cuts are reaching epic levels. Teachers are being laid off left and right, programs are being cut, the budget on the state and national level does not produce much in the way of optimism in the near future, either. Many teachers are handcuffed by bureaucracy, which makes you just stop and ask: “What are we doing here?”

 

Meanwhile, prisons are being erected at nearly the same pace that education budgets are being slashed and schools are closing.

 

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

 

States nationwide are cutting their civil service jobs budgets, municipal agencies such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which has more money than people will ever be privy to, always seems to cry broke in the 4th Quarter annually. Expect the rhetoric to begin in oh, let’s say, 3-4 weeks. Before you know it, they’ll have us convinced that we need more signs telling us when the next train is coming, or the need for some useless mural that costs $5.5M, but no one even knows that it exists. Next thing you know, fares will be $3 per ride on subways and buses, and the monthly car fare will be over $120.

 

And this is just New York City.

 

The cost of living is skyrocketing, but wages are not. In fact, here in New York City, wages actually DROPPED OFF the past several quarters. We’re going to be paying 10% taxes on everything we purchase, and, in some cases, almost 40% of our wages are cut in favor of taxes.

 

MEANWHILE, YOU MUST MAKE 40 TIMES THE RENT (which goes up 7% annually, AT LEAST) IN ORDER TO EVEN BE ABLE TO SIGN A LEASE.

 

You cannot live by yourself in this city, unless you are making at least $75K.

 

Nevertheless, job creation on a national scale is in dire straits. National unemployment is at about 9.5% (truly about 12%, as work-at-home mothers, the self-employed, those who have ceased their search for unemployment, the incarcerated and full-time college students are not included in those statistics). Unemployment for Whites on the average is about 1.5% lower than that, unemployment for Hispanics is about 4-5% higher than the national average, unemployment for Blacks is double the national average.

 

And in places like Milwaukee, Wisconsin, EVERY. OTHER. BLACK. MAN that you see is literally unemployed. Over 52% of Milwaukee’s black population is unemployed.

 

THINK ABOUT THAT.

 

In Harlem, 1 in 3 people is on public assistance of some sort — and that’s the NYC statistic, which is typically a good 8-10% lower than what the reality entails. Unemployment among Black men in Uptown Harlem and the Bronx is over 25%.

 

MANY OF THESE VERY MEN CLAIM THEY WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA IN 2012.

 

Now explain this madness to me…

 

I have no problem with Obama personally, and as a man, but enough with the blaming Bush (who did put this nation in a colossal hole — one that many people didn’t even realize was being dug for us until we saw tangible evidence with the Great Depr… uhhh… Recession).  

 

Yes, I just wrote this in about 15 minutes whimsically. I have been inundated with reports this week and I have to get it off my chest.

 

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