Burnard: Obama on a rollWritten by Don Burnard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
President Obama has had a pretty good couple of weeks. First, he had the state of Hawaii release his “long form” birth certificate, which while not exactly silencing all of the birthers, it at least seems to have removed Donald Trump as a “serious” candidate in 2012. He followed it up with finally bringing Osama bin Laden to justice by ordering SEAL Team 6 to take him out, thus ending a decade-long search for the perpetrator of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and a number of other terrorist acts.
Many of the GOP talking heads were upset that W. didn’t get his proper due for his part in the hunt for bin Laden. I would remind them that the two times (that we know of) that the Bush administration had him in the proverbial crosshairs, it punted to the Afghans to do the job allowing him to escape, because the administration feared it would upset the Pakistani or the Afghan governments if it allowed our military to take him out. Later, when asked about the search for bin Laden, W. said that quite frankly, he didn’t lose a lot of sleep worrying about capturing bin Laden, and went so far as to dismantle the team tasked with capturing or killing him.
Well, a Democratic president that the GOP continually derided as weak on terror and a weak Commander in Chief, managed to do in two years what all the vaunted neocons couldn’t do in eight years. Well done, Mr. President. Well done, Special Forces.
If we are going to get our own country back on track, we need the President to pay attention to the economy and the attack on the middle class by the elite business interest billionaires that are trying to demonize even the concept of government.
Fortune magazine released the 2011 Fortune 500 rankings May 5. It surveyed the growth and profits of the top 500 American corporations.
“All told, the Fortune 500 generated nearly $10.8 trillion in total revenues last year, up 10.5 percent. Total profits soared 81 percent. But guess who didn’t benefit much from this giant wave of cash? Millions of U.S. workers stuck mired in a stagnant job market. Nevertheless, we’ve rarely seen such a stark gulf between the fortunes of the 500 and those of ordinary Americans,” Forbes reported.
These are many of the same corporations that we are supposed to feel sorry for, to the point that in Ohio, we need to attack police, firefighters, teachers, public employees, construction workers, and on and on, so they can make even more for the elite. We’re being sold a bill of goods on behalf of modern robber barons by the elected officials who are supposed to represent us. They tell us that taxes on these profits are bad and will kill jobs! It appears to me that they’re doing pretty well, so where are the jobs that they promised us in the campaigns? Most of these corporations paid less taxes than you did last year! Some even got millions of our tax dollars back in rebates.
But it still isn’t enough. Forget your family, they need more. Let’s talk about King John’s claim that we need to lower taxes so businesses will flock to Ohio. An April 21 article in The Blade said that two surveys found that Ohio had the third best tax rates on new business investments, behind only Maine and Oregon, and the ninth best business tax system in the nation, and the best in the Northeast quadrant. This hardly seems to be any kind of rationalization for the draconian measures that the Kasich administration is peddling. The truth of the matter is it all comes down to basic greed. The public and the public good be damned. This is what happens when we elect politicians who are in it for the money rather than the public good. Think of the revenues this state, and most the other states would have if we had the millions of unemployed working in decent paying jobs and paying taxes. Think of what our situation would be if these corporations and the elites paid their fair share of taxes. Forget the slogans. Where are the jobs?
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