To The Daily Sun,
Last night our president gave the mandated State of the Union address. I did not watch. Personally I do not have the patience to listen to a few sentences and then people jumping up and clapping for a minute or two. Boring. I read it online in a short period of time.
No surprise, the president wants to raise taxes. He says on the rich. I just wish we would spend less.
He stated that our unemployment rate is lower than when the financial crisis started. Funny, I am still out of work and I know of no one who is better off than five years or one year ago. I see four new consignment shops in our area alone and they are doing very well. I do not think people have the money to spend that they used to have. The median salary has decreased — yes, decreased — in the past 15 years and some of that was with a Republican president. Middle America is getting poorer and poorer.
He said our job is done in Afghanistan. Troops are home from Iraq. Well, we all know how that worked out. Isis has control of a large part of Iraq and there are militants in many countries all over the Middle East. Libya which was controlled by a miserable dictator is now controlled by terrorists.
He said our economy is growing. Yes, we have lower gas prices, which are not a result of the president's energy policies. We are drilling more and we are not the No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas. He would not mention the Keystone Pipeline. My electric bill went up along with yours because the president put such restrictions on coal plants that many were shut down as it was not fiscally feasible for them to operate.
Green energy just does not cut it yet. Cape Wind in Massachusetts: the companies that were going to buy the electricity have declined now as the project has gone on too long with no results.
The president said that the warmest in the past 14 years. Yes the planet temperature is warmer. But it has plateaued. The earth's temperature has gone through many changes — warming and then cooling. We may be in one of those changes. The polar bear population is growing. The arctic surface ice grew 6 percent last winter. Do we hear about this? Let's compost. That is an easy fix to the problem and not so expensive. Let's use common sense.
The most troubling thing the president said was, "We gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure and the internet -—tools they needed to go as far as their effort will take them."
I beg your pardon, Mr. President. You gave me nothing. My mother paid for my college tuition and I had a loan. My son had scholarships and loans and I helped when I could.
I pay taxes on practically everything. I pay state and federal gas taxes and register my car to pay for highways and roads. I pay property taxes to pay for schools. My son also went to some private schools for part of his education and I paid for that, not you.
I pay a monthly bill for Internet. I pay a tax on my cell phone and land line. I pay a tax on cable and internet. I pay a tax if I eat at a restaurant.
I worked hard, Mr. President. And if I have anything, it is because my grandparents worked hard and my parents worked hard. And because I work hard. My dollar is worth less than when my parents or grandparents were living because you keep printing paper money and keep borrowing money.
Mr. President, you gave me nothing and I resent the fact that you said you gave me. This sounds like socialism to me. And I do not want socialism. My life is not better. But yours certainly is at the cost of we the taxpayer.