The first issue of Reflections Newsletter was September, 2009. This was the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency. He was supported by a Democratic House and Senate.
Let’s go down Memory Lane and review some of the highs and lows from 2009 – 2015. But first, I want to thank our readers for your comments and suggestions over the years. Your feedback has been critical to the success of Reflections.
The Skills of Communication was the subject of the first issue. From issue one; “When we think of communication we think of speaking and writing. However, there is another side of communications and that is listening.”
Has our government been listening to the people these last six years? The answer is NO! They have “cement ears” when it comes to listening to “we the people.” Their agenda is driven by special interests. The peoples’ anger is displayed in our current political campaign. “Throw the bums out” is an overwhelming sentiment.
Great progress has been achieved on the energy front. We have moved from an energy dependent to an energy independent nation, in spite of Washington and state governments fighting fracking.
Natural gas and gasoline prices have dropped. Switching from coal to natural gas to generate electricity has had a positive impact on “clean air.” A word of caution…coal still produces over 40% of our electrical power. We still need it.
Even with all the progress in wind and solar technology, they still only provide 2 to 3% of our power needs.
This has been a disaster!!! Our President told us, “you can keep your doctor and health plan, and your costs will go down.” Just the opposite has happened.
Republicans shout their opposition to Obamacare but they still don’t have a plan to replace it.
This is still a major problem. The government refuses to close the borders while over 200 U.S. cities provide sanctuary, refusing to arrest illegal residents.
We have laws that governments should enforce. They can’t pick and choose. Washington’s job is to close the borders, prevent illegal immigration and enforce the visa program.
America is not anti-immigrant. We permit roughly a
million people a year to enter our country…legally!
Our national debt has soared to $19 trillion and climbing. Annual deficits continue unabated: $161 billion in 2007, $1.416 trillion in 2009. This is madness!!!
Government agencies continue to spew out new regulations like a Midwest hail storm. They ignore the costs and impact on our daily lives.
Americans are tired of state and federal bureaucrats telling us what we can eat and drink, what kind of toilets we must buy and what kind of light bulbs we must use.
The EPA and other government agencies will come into your private property and tell you what you can or cannot do with it. If you fail to follow the latest government mandate, you will be fined and/or sent to jail. Ignorance of these rapidly changing regulations is no excuse.
We need new rational leadership in Washington that listens to the people. All of our challenges are solvable. We want less “hot air” from our leaders and more action. We implore Washington to do the right things NOW!!!
As we look to the future I am reminded of President Ronald Reagan’s comments in 1985: “My fellow citizens, our Nation is poised for greatness. We must do what we know is right and do it with all our might. Let history say of us, “These were golden years—when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best.”
America is a great country. Let’s keep it that way!