Dissecting The State Of The Union
I watched a video of The State Of the Union Address by President Trump the other day. Granted, a lot of what he says in the way that he says it sounds good, but the truth of it all is radically different than how he proposes it in his speech.
For instance, he talks about a spending bill of 1.5 trillion dollars for infrastructure. On the surface that sounds good with how it’s laid out in his speech. But the truth is he only wants the government to spend 1.5 trillion dollars to get more investments in infrastructure from the private sector, as noted by TIME Magazine, which will privatize all transportation according to his plans. The government does need to invest about 1.5 trillion dollars or more to upgrade the public plumbing, electrical lines, roads, and railways, but not by doing it his way.
We could do it Trump’s way and then pay tolls to private groups anytime we wanted to use a road or get water or electricity or even take a train. However, the fact remains that public funding is needed in all these areas to keep prices down and to make it so that we can travel anywhere we want to at any given time, freely, and without charge.
President Trump then goes on to talk about immigration as a merit-based system of getting into the country. The one big problem in immigration is there are not enough workers taking care of applications and other issues surrounding immigration. According to POLITIFACT, it can take an average of over 13 years to get into this country with the way the system works now. And we wonder why most people are just crossing the border without paperwork. His proposal also cuts the number of immigrants coming into the country, which would hurt the economy.
We need more immigration workers on top of dealing with those that came here illegally and are already here. The way the President has been dealing with it so far is causing families to be torn apart, and valued members of the community to be traumatized. I’m not saying give them amnesty, but look at the whole picture of what they have done since they have been here, and then unless there is a major red flag give them a path to citizenship that includes paying back taxes and some sort of penalty.
President Trump was, of course, trumpeting his tax package that got passed. Never mind it adds 1.5 trillion dollars to the deficit. On top of that, he wants more spending not for American citizens to be better off in general, but rather for the military.
We are already spending more than any country on the military and have been for years, according to NBC News. But we are not doing it efficiently. We could cut some military spending and then put some of it into new weapons where it needs to be. The problem is that Congress keeps preserving jobs for their individual states to produce weapons we have enough of or don’t need while increasing spending for the military in general. And, of course, they want more nuclear options on the table to further poison this world when everything goes bad.
How about someone that knows what they are talking about with no interest in making a profit from it takes a look at military spending and takes money where it shouldn’t be spent and put it to where it should be being spent? Then we can spend more money on the country’s actual needs instead of galloping all over the world, acting as the world’s police force. Obama was not trying to cripple the military, but rather he was trying to get it to use their funds accordingly and asking our allies to start stepping up to the plate more when it comes to military action.
The State Of the Union sounded good, don’t get me wrong. The problem is that it was so full of lies that it broke fact-checking sites with how many statements they had to fact check and issue false labels on. It is time to take the ball out of Republicans’ hands since they have let their party walk away from all they were supposed to stand for. They are just lining their pockets and spreading hate now. It is time to say enough is enough.
*Tips his hat and breaks down the door walking through it carrying what is left of the door*