Saturday, December 10, 2011


It is great to be back in the state of Kansas.  As many of you know, I've got roots here.  I'm sure you're all familiar with the obamas of Oswatomie.  Actually, I like to say that I got my name from my father, but I got my accent--and my values--from my mother.  She was born in Wichita.  Her mother grew up in Augusta.  And her father was from El Dorado.  So my Kansas roots run deep.
   We know about Uncle Oyango Obama from Framingham, Mass., who was arrested for drunk driving on August 30, 2011.  President Obama talks about his "Uncle Omar" in his memoir "Dreams from My Father," about retracing his roots and his 1988 trip to Kenya, to an Uncle Omar, who matches Oyango's background and has the same date of birth.  
   We also know about Aunt Zeituni Obama, also from Framingham, who was arrested for being in this country illegally.  Zeituni Oyango came to the U.S. from Kenya in 2000 and was denied asylum by an immigration judge in 2004. She stayed in the country illegally and was granted asylum last year by a judge who found she could be a target in Kenya not only for those who oppose the U.S. and the president but also for members of the Kenyan government.
   Oh, but enough about our President's family.

 My grandparents served during World War II--he as a soldier in Patton's Army, she as a worker on a bomber assembly line.  Together, they shared the optimism of a nation that triumphed over a Depression and  fascism.  They believed in an America where hard work paid off, responsibility was rewarded, and anyone could make it if they tried--no matter who you were, where you came from, or how you started out.
These values gave rise to the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known.  It was here, in America, that the most productive workers and innovative companies turned out the best products on Earth, and every American shared in that pride and success--from those in executive suites to middle management to those on the factory floor.  If you gave it your all, you'd take enough home to raise your family, send your kids to shcool, have your health care covered, and put a little away for retirement.
   I don't know about your family, but that was not true of mine.  We had no health insurance and there were five of us kids.  We got no school lunches-we brought sandwiches from home.  There was surely no savings for retirement.  Who is he talking about...the Henry Fords?
   Besides, when did President Obama decide he was proud of America?  In February of 2009, his wife was proud of America FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER ADULT LIFE.  He is married to her.  One has to assume he felt the same, which means he was ashamed of America.  So, why is he talking about "American pride"?

Today, we are still home to the world's most productive workers and innovative companies.  But for most Americans, the basic bargain that made this country great has eroded.  Long before the recession hit, hard work stopped paying off for too many people.  fewer and fewer of the folks who contributed to the success of our economy actually benefitted from that success.  Those at the very top grew wealthier from their incomes and investments than ever before.  But everyone else struggled with costs that were growing and paychecks that weren't--and too many families found themselves racking up more and more debt just to keep up.
   Of course, there are also those who have never put in any hard work.  And those who snuck into this country and have been living off the hard work of others for far too long.  Just look at President Obama's Aunt.  She has been living off welfare since she came here, and was illegal.  But our government just keeps taking from us and giving to them.
   Besides, today we are not home to the worls;'s most productive workers.  I posted on this subject back on September 7, 2011 titled "Loss of Global Standing".  So, as you have been with me, you are aware that when our President said this, it was untrue.


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