HOPE AND THE HOLIDAYS
Although the FLOTUS claims that Americans now feel that they have no hope, it is not evident in the traffic at retailers and on the road.
It appears that people are willing, for the first time in a long time, to get out and spend money on the Christmas holiday. They aren’t afraid that they must hold onto what cash they have for the difficult times as they have had in the last 10 years. There is joy in the air that hasn’t made itself evident in many a year.
Stores are proudly touting signs of “Merry Christmas”, “Peace and Rejoice!” Nativity scenes are displayed prominently in front yards and church yards without fear of “offending”.
This is a turnaround for ghosts of Christmas past.
What could be the reason?
For the first time in a very long time, the American worker, the middle class citizen, believes they have a chance to increase their wealth and become productive and prosperous again.
Trump has not even been sworn in, but he has already saved manufacturing jobs here in the United States.
IBM has laid out a plan to bring 25,000 jobs and invest one billion dollars in the United States in the next four years.
Japanese businessman Masayoshi Son has pledged to bring 50,000 jobs and has already begun with a 1.2 billion dollar investment in his company in the United States.
This seems like a pretty good start on 2017 and prospects for more prosperity. All of these investments will be a real shot in the arm of the American Middle Class.
The last three administrations have almost squeezed the life from the Middle Class, with Clinton’s relaxed mortgage guidelines, the wars in the Middle East, and the lack of viable job growth in the last eight years.
What was once a large economic demographic of middle to upper echelon household breadwinners has dwindled down to just a step above working poor.
The press and the current administration can boast of economic growth and created jobs, but the reality is that less than 3% growth annually and mostly service industry jobs are really not much of an accomplishment.
By 2013, it was obvious that most jobs created were low paying jobs.
Other fields of employment such as professional, healthcare, construction jobs etc. have realized growth in November of 2016.
Hope is being felt by those who historically pay the tax bill for the United States, the middle class. The poor cannot pay and the wealthy have options on their tax obligations.
Hope for those who have benefitted from the system dole, i.e. food stamps, WIC, welfare, rent and utility assistance etc. might be in short supply because the change in administration will bring a change in benefit opportunity. These same takers, may have to face the ugliness of that four letter word, W O R K, in order to eat and survive.
For those who loved the downward slide into socialism/communism, and Godlessness that the country has experienced for the last eight years, they might be lacking hope that their agenda will be realized.
Of course the fact that socialism and communism have traditionally failed, is irrelevant to these followers. They want everyone to have an equal share, but most don’t understand exactly how this is to be accomplished. They just enjoy the rhetoric and imagine it will be peace, love and kum-ba-ya good times all around.
2017 offers hope for a prosperous economy, as well as for those who practice Christianity. Merry Christmas is the greeting heard in stores and on the street.
The November election proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that the majority of voters were fed up with political correctness and tolerance for all, unless one disagreed with the intolerant left, then it created hue and cry of, “Not fair!”
It is time!
“May God Bless Us Everyone!”
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