@USAloverWhat do you mean socialism does not work.Are
you saying government funded education, highways, police, fire protection,
military, and medically research does not work. Or are you saying you do not
want to add medicare for all when the federal government is already paying for
most of the health care.Look at the big picture. Based my
understanding medicare-for-all may actually provide a more cost effective
@marxistMy dear friend, socialist doesn't work. It
doesn't. IT DOES NOT WORK.And why a staunch believer in
socialism would not move to Greece or France or anywhere in Europe (where they
have run out of money) is beyond me. Au Revoir mon ami!
I think Bernie Sanders could give a more honest Report. "People are
dying or getting sicker because they can’t afford their insulin, just so
pharmaceutical companies can make outrageous profits.""You would
think that everyone would agree that all Americans have a right to breathe clean
air and drink clean water. And yet Andrew Wheeler, Trump's nominee to lead
the EPA, won't commit to regulating a family of toxic chemicals found in
our drinking water.""We must honor (Rosa Parks) by working to
fulfill her vision of racial, economic and social justice.""Trump
and Republican leaders would have you believe that the estate tax is a burden on
ordinary Americans and it should be repealed. The reality: it only affects the
richest top 0.2%.""If Walmart can afford $20 billion for stock
buybacks to enrich wealthy shareholders, it can afford to raise the pay of all
its workers to a living wage.""Republicans don't push the
myth of voter fraud because it is an actual problem. They push it to maintain
the racist voting laws that have kept them in power for generations.""40% of Americans don't have $400 in their bank account."
@utefan"... Trump will tout his awesome accomplishments. .Name one!Really tell us what accomplishment he has done.
Back it up with real honest facts. "*******I'm
so tired of this kind of stuff...Get yourself a pencil and a paper
because here we go...*- The Economy has dramatically improved under
Trump's watch... What was less than a 2% annual GDP is now in the 4% range
(and this after Obama declared that 2% was the new norm).* Wage
increases have finally started going up (+3% last report). Under Obama it was
flat to negative.*Unemployment is the lowest it has been in 50
years... (Minority Unemployment levels are at record low levels).*
The number of America Workers contributing to GDP are at there highest levels
since 2006.* Poverty levels and food stamp participants have shrunk.
* The growth of federal regulations slowed, and has lately
reversed.* Crime rates declined. * Manufacturing jobs
have increased.* Corporate profits, stock prices and home values set
record highs.* Table set for more and equal trade with foreign
entities that we have had problems with.* Red lines with foreign
adversaries actually mean something.* Etc., etc.
@williewiseguy"...Though of course, the current WH occupant
makes me not want to tune in and in many ways, ashamed to be from a country who
could elect such a man as its leader"...****I too have shame...
Only my shame comes from the fact that we have citizens such as yourself in
this country who feel it is okay to bash a President that this Democracy elected
as their leader... I personally hope that if you in fact feel this way about
this President that you don't listen to the State of the Union... We need
positive views towards are future... not antagonists who hate all things
involved with President Trump. If you don't like him, beat him at the polls
but stop the obstruction and negativism.
@jamchild"... I suggest you look to the Book of Mormon for
evidence of just how precarious societies become when inequality is as great as
it is in America now. "***********Perhaps it would benefit
us all if you could identify specifically what "inequality" you speak
of? I know of no citations in the BOM that say that those who work hard should
not be allowed to enjoy the fruits of their labors... or that those who want to
complain instead of educate themselves and work hard at creating their own
individual successes and wealth should be entitled to the benefits created by
others who do in fact educate and work for that success.Also, I love
it when those who may not be invested in religion attempt to chastise those who
are by using fake scriptural references and invented religious ideals as their
tools for doing so.
The free-market works. The problem is government induced crony capitalism that
the federal government subsidizes. One of the greatest lies is the “to
big to fail” subsidies of the Bush and Obama Administration. The free-market would have let them fail like obsolete dinosaurs. Smaller and
more effective and efficient financial institutions would have replaced the
failure. Smaller banks were forced to fail to save the incompetent huge
banks.Profit and failure drives the free market. The same is
demonstrated by defense contractors. If they have a bad-quarter the services
find a new need to sustain the contractor. Current cronyism only lets large
corporations avoid any risk of failure.At the very least, the big
banks should have been broken up. Give a choice, Government will usually choose
Though of course, the current WH occupant makes me not want to tune in and in
many ways, ashamed to be from a country who could elect such a man as its
leader—this too shall pass. If our nations leaders find it hard to stand,
applaud and put on “I just ate a moon pie” smiles—during the
upcoming “look at me” fest, they might want to stand for the fact
that we are well past the halfway point.
The State of the Union is much stronger now than it has been in decades because
of the number of federal judges President Trump has appointed, including the
last two Supreme Court justices, who believe they are bound by the text of the
US Constitution. Once Justice Ginsburg is replaced, President Trump may have
saved our Constitution for another century unless voters are naive enough to
give Democrats a chance to "pack the court." No matter what else
President Trump accomplishes during his tenure, his legacy will be his efforts
to preserve the text of our US Constitution. These efforts should be seen as
honorable because judges who are bound by the US Constitution will indeed, at
some point, confirm in their opinions, that there are limits on presidential
power and authority just as there are limits on the powers of other branches of
federal, state and local government.
Herbert Gravy - Salinas, CA, you said Trump will tout his awesome
accomplishments. .Name one!Really tell us what
accomplishment he has done. Back it up with real honest facts. I
would bet you can not name a single thing with real facts and honest evaluations
that Trump has done since he took office. Get Educated.
a lot of points well made we will have to wait until Feb5&6th to see what is
said and the nations reaction to sad items thank you for your efforts
You do have a number of applause lines. The best might be, "Who leads us is
less important than what leads us." A nation led by principles will endure
even when its elected leaders fail it.
@pragmatistferlife "Mr. Matheson carefully slipped in a couple of personal
views into his otherwise optimistic and hopeful view of America's future.
...What's wrong with that is they are disguised as American principles. Of
course both are economic views. The first is his love of the "free market
system". ...Secondly is his desire for appropriations to come in "under
budget". "Yep, Matheson serves up the predominant LDS point
of view, which will admit nothing else. This makes discussion difficult to
t@marxist - Salt Lake City, UTJan. 31, 2019 11:49 p.m.I very much
agree with your emphasis on confidence in securing our nation's future.
Such confidence requires a solid economic database we all can believe in.
Let's work at this.-----Sadly for the nation, that would
require working to protect the country against the vagarities, lies and
corruption of its nominal head so that head doesn't destroy what is good
and decent about our country.=====@Herbert Gravy - Jan. 31, 2019
3:55 p.m.@Impartial 7Exactly. If Obama had done 1/10 of what
President Trump has done for this country...
everything good or even half-way decent that trump has done was built on
programs and plans President Obama put in place. While trump may have done a
bad job fine-tuning things President Obama created, he has done nothing good by
himself. Nothing trump initiated has been beneficial. trump hurt a lot of
people with his temper tantrum shutdown, and there are a lot of ways better than
his wall to handle border security. He's a disaster that sadly has found a
way to happen.trump makes me said that I'm a Republican, but
I'm staying with the party to try to make it better.
Mr. Matheson carefully slipped in a couple of personal views into his otherwise
optimistic and hopeful view of America's future. What's
wrong with that is they are disguised as American principles. Of course both
are economic views. The first is his love of the "free market system".
Free markets are not the same as capitalism itself. America has worked within a
regulated capitalist system for over 120 years and history has repeatedly showed
us that it works best for all when markets are not "free". Secondly is his desire for appropriations to come in "under budget".
Simply put you can't have a society, or economy that constantly is seeking
to reduce revenue. There is a robust discussion to have about expenditures, but
the rights obsession with less, and less revenue is existential.
Impartial7 - DRAPER, UTJan. 31, 2019 2:40 p.m.Wow. That's a lot
of words to say, "Ignore what Trump and a GOP Congress has done to America
in 2 years". If Obama did 1/10th of what Trump and his administration have
done, Matheson would be yelling from the roof tops. Stay vigilant and very
vocal, America.====Dear Impartial, may I take the
liberty of saying "Thank you for a wise comment."It's
going to require a very long, long, long time to reverse the damage.I hope we will survive the Putin / trump administration.
I very much agree with your emphasis on confidence in securing our nation's
future. Such confidence requires a solid economic database we all can believe
in. Let's work at this.
Mr. Matheson, I admire your optimism that Americans still value the principles
that undergird the nation's founding, including that we are all created
Boyd, platitudes like this that continue to ignore the giant societal threat of
wealth inequality will only allow the issue to grow. If you're a Latter-Day
Saint, I suggest you look to the Book of Mormon for evidence of just how
precarious societies become when inequality is as great as it is in America now.
Or go spend some time in Appalachia or East Oakland.
It’s supposed to be a report, not an address.
You cite a loss of confidence in the market system a difficiency. This is not
so. The great working class is under duress as never before because the market
system doesn't work for them. You offer no solution.
"Every American should live with confidence... We cannot, and must not ,
cast away our confidence."I have spent the last six months
visiting the great states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Hawaii and I have
come away with the very strong impression that most individuals who reside in
this great country of ours have a strong confidence in our country and our
ability to solve problems. I could see it the simple way I was treated over and
over by complete strangers. Many were so willing to give me information or help
along the way and they did it cheerfully and I am grateful to all those I came
into contact with who belong to such a powerful and good country. This country
will survive and it's the people that will make it happen.
@Impartial 7Exactly. If Obama had done 1/10 of what President Trump
has done for this country......Record employment numbers. People
getting off food stamps and getting jobs.Trying to keep folks from
illegally entering our country. But I digress.This is about the
SOTU address. Still wish he would give it from the Oval Office directly to us,
the American people.Do not want to spend the evening watching the
pained expressions of the opposition as President Trump reviews the awesome
accomplishments of this administration.🤗Guess I
will turn up the audio and sit in an adjoining room.
Wow. That's a lot of words to say, "Ignore what Trump and a GOP
Congress has done to America in 2 years". If Obama did 1/10th of what Trump
and his administration have done, Matheson would be yelling from the roof tops.
Stay vigilant and very vocal, America.