[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
56°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
March 26
1821 - SCV (with the rest of Alta Calif.) becomes territory of Mexico during war for Mexican independence from Spain [story]


The Real Side | Commentary by Joe Messina
| Monday, Jan 18, 2016

joemessinamugUnfortunately, I couldn’t listen to the State of the Union speech live, because my national radio show (self-plug there) started when he did. I did, however, go back and listen several times – I couldn’t believe what I was hearing – and found little truth or fact in his speech. At times, it even sounded like he was running for office again.

For those of you who haven’t been listeners or readers for long, don’t start spewing “it’s because he’s … ” a Democrat or black or whatever. It’ll just fall on deaf ears. I took, and continue to take, equal shots at Republicans, Libertarians, Green Party and the others alike.

Now to the speech. “Anyone claiming America’s economy is in decline is pedaling fiction. What is true and the reason Americans are so apprehensive is that the economy is changing in profound ways.” The secret word is “profound.” It should scare you to death like “fundamentally change,” “hope and change” and “forward.”

“Profound” is an understatement. First of all, 2015 ended its worst ride since 2008. The DOW and S&P finished down, and even though the NASDAQ finished up 5.7, it had finished in double digits the prior three years.

Jump ahead to the first few weeks of 2016. Strap yourself in. It’s going to be a rough ride. The markets opened the year with the worst start since the Great Depression. I am sure Oblamo will take no responsibility for any of this, and his Kool-Aid drinking, low-IQ followers will blame it on Bush and the Republicans … Just wait for it. You will see them in the comments later.

Well, Mr. OZbama must live in the Emerald City, because back in the real world, the median household income while Mr. O has been in charge has flatlined. (Quick, get the paddles.) It was $56,957 in 2009. As of December 2015, it was at a whopping $56,746. Simple math. You lose.

The labor participation rate hasn’t been this low in 40 years. In January 2009 it was 65.7 percent. As of December 2015 it stands at 62.6 percent. Sounds like a no-winner to me. It’s been holding at just under 63 percent for almost two years.

The number of Americans needing government assistance under Obama has been surging. A record 45 million-plus Americans are receiving food stamps as of December 2015. Compare this with just under 32 million in January 2009. This is better how? That’s an increase of over 42 percent.

The 14 million jobs he said he created were mostly part-time jobs. Yes, almost 68 percent of them were part-time. How exactly does a part-time job feed a family? Now households that might have been doing well on one full-time and one part-time job per household are having to get by with sometimes three or four part-time jobs per household.

To top it off, it skews the unemployment and jobs numbers being reported. I guess when it comes to jobs, “profound” must take in the 150-plus stores Walmart will be closing and the loss of about 10,000 jobs. Then there is Macy’s laying off 4,800; BP laying off 4000-plus; and many more.

But let’s remember: Government doesn’t create jobs. It can either get out of the way and let the private sector create them, or continue to hinder job creation.

El Prez has talked about equality, everyone having a job, making more money, feeding their kids, and having insurance … but in 2008, 39.8 million Americans were living in poverty. In seven years, Mr. Obama has helped a record number of … well, no one. That’s right. His policies have helped ensure that more than 46 million Americans in 2014 lived below the federal poverty level. Sound better to you? That’s a 17-percent increase. All hail Obama.

Obama keeps saying the American dream of owning a home should be available to everyone – sounds like a Barney Frank tickle coming on – but according to the government, in 2008 the home ownership rate was over 67 percent. By the end of 2015, it was just over 63 percent. My less educated mind tells me that means fewer people owned or could own homes under Mr. Oblameless. And according to the Builders Association, 2011 was the worst year for home sales.

I always hear that Obama hasn’t raised the debt any more than any other president and less than Reagan. Really? In January 2009, our national debt was just under $11 trillion. Jump ahead to today, when it sits just under $19 trillion. That’s over a 17-percent increase and is more money than all of the presidents before him, combined. It will be over $20 trillion when he leaves office.

What a great parting gift. Not to mention that in 2011, he allowed America’s credit rating to be downgraded. Ugh.

Obama stated in his State of the Union speech that it’s just wrong to burn down mosques (because it happens every day here?) or to speak ill of, or to, Muslims, saying, “that doesn’t make us safer.” Why didn’t he say, “When you vandalize or burn down mosques, churches or synagogues, or when you speak ill of Muslims, Christians or Jews, it doesn’t make us safer?” Why? Because he has an agenda. If that’s not the reason, then what is?

There have been more than 5,000 church fires in the U.S. in the last 20 years. Fifty-one percent of those have been ruled arson, and many others are undetermined. As if that weren’t bad enough, over the last decade there’s actually been an increase in the number of black churches burned. Why didn’t the president mention these? (Check out the National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA, for more relevant statistics.)

From 2007 to 2011, almost 400 synagogues fell to fire with over 40 percent considered to be “intentionally set.” No mention of them in the president’s speech. What happened to equality for all?

And then there is healthcare. “Almost 19 million Americans now have healthcare through the exchanges” (or what’s left of them, because several have gone belly-up). Really? Quick, get the fire extinguisher. His pants must be ablaze right now. But let’s just go with the 19 million for conversation’s sake. Over 6 million forced off of their company’s healthcare because it was (supposedly) “inadequate” and had to sign up through exchanges online. Roughly another 7 million became ineligible for regular medical and had to sign up for Medicare online through the exchanges. Notice they “had to.” There was no choice. Up to 5 percxent applied for healthcare but never paid for or followed through to complete the process, but they’re included in his count. So we are looking at nearly 15 million of the 19 million being forced on or who already had insurance. A far cry from – and I quote – “42 million Americans will now have access to medical coverage who didn’t have or couldn’t afford it before.” Must be common core math again.

And the best one of all: “Our relationships with our allies has never been better.” My only comment is: Someone please check his meds. He has access to our nukes. Thank God he doesn’t have the spine to use them.

 

Joe Messina is host of The Real Side (TheRealSide.com), a nationally syndicated talk show that runs on AM-1220 KHTS radio and SCVTV [here]. He is also an elected member of the Hart School Board. His commentary publishes Mondays.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

6 Comments

  1. Delusional POS, you should have watched it, you may have learned something! What a sad little world you live in Joe. Your mind is too small to know the truth. Im sure you do these opinion pieces to get some sort of attention to feed your ego since no one bothers to comment or care about your little radio show page.

    • Kelly Lundie Kelly Lundie says:

      This is the first “opinion piece” I have read by this man, and I know nothing of his political background, but I found it to be mostly an article of fact stating (with yes, some satirical jabs at President Obama in it as well) He disputed President Obama’s claims in the State of the Union with actual economic numbers.

      The day after the State of the Union I heard countless people question the validity of the President’s statements and I am positive they weren’t doing it to “feed their ego”. I do have an open mind Julie and would love to hear an actual opinion on why you think the article is false. Maybe you can provide some facts that dispute the numbers and claims in the article as opposed to just calling the writer names?

      • Dalin Rowe says:

        Kelly – This is the first time I have read this column too, and my advice to you is to not ask Julie to provide any facts to support her tirade of insults because she won’t provide any. She is obviously a liberal, and to her, the truth is in the Kool-Aid, no facts necessary. As Americans, we all have to live in Joe’s “sad little world” because it is run by Oblameless. If we can just hang in there for 11 more months . . .

  2. I fell asleep to it Joe, it’s like watching a bad movie, despicable how these politicians keep acting, I’m not impressed, objectively alarming how this country is going in Obsmax hands and all! Usually I don’t comment, wish some like more mature were available, just appears either a really bad movie or a comedy, better things to do with my time!

  3. Hardin Rich says:

    Usually I feel about 50-50 as to the matters Mr. Messina speaks of. Although and unfortunately for us all, in this he is spot on.

Leave a Comment


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Friday, Mar 15, 2019
Medicare covers a wide variety of shots to help you stay healthy. It also covers numerous tests to help detect diseases early, when they’re in their most treatable stages.
Monday, Mar 4, 2019
This month marks the beginning of the next exciting phase of progress toward the completion of the new Canyon Country Community Center.
Friday, Mar 1, 2019
In her message for March, Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean invites residents to read Lisa See's book “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” and participate in the Santa Clarita Library's One Story One City reading event.
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
The app displays general cost, coverage and eligibility details for medical items and services covered by Medicare Part A and Part B. You can search or browse to learn what’s covered and not covered; how and when to get covered benefits; and basic cost information.
Friday, Feb 8, 2019
On January 30, 2019, I conducted a press conference to discuss the current state of the Department. During this press conference, I presented statistical data compiled by the previous administration related to violence within the Los Angeles County jail system.
Monday, Feb 4, 2019
We are a month into 2019 and your City is already hard at work taking plans and projects and turning them into reality.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Circle of Hope, Inc. announced Monday its Executive Director, Pam Ripling, is retiring and the organization is currently seeking her replacement.
Circle of Hope Executive Director to Retire
1821 - SCV (with the rest of Alta Calif.) becomes territory of Mexico during war for Mexican independence from Spain [story]
The internationally acclaimed exhibition "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983" made its West Coast debut at The Broad in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.
Chouinard Alums Featured in ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983’
Earlier this month, Library Journal named CalArts Reference & Instruction Librarian Marisa Méndez-Brady a 2019 "Mover & Shaker, "the trade publication’s annual award for “people shaping the future of libraries.”
CalArts Librarian Named 2019 ‘Mover & Shaker’ by Library Journal
The Mustangs beat San Diego Christian 4-1 and 3-2 in Lakeside on Saturday to complete a four-game sweep of the Hawks and move into a share of first place in GSAC standings.
Brooks Earns 700th Win in Mustang Sweep of San Diego
In light of how far the group has already come, TMU track and field coach Zach Schroeder is confident his 4x800-meter relay can go a little faster.
TMU Track & Field Shines at Westmont Collegiate Classic
The Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 28, starting at 8:30 a.m.
March 28: Parks, Recreation, Community Services Special Meeting
The Santa Clarita Community College District's Board of Trustees will hold a joint business meeting with representatives of the Associated Student Government at College of the Canyons' Valencia Campus on Wednesday, March 27.
March 27: COC Board of Trustees, ASG Joint Business Meeting
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold its next regular and special meetings on Tuesday, March 26.
March 26: City Council Legislative, Special, Regular Meetings
On Friday in Lakeside, right-handed hitting senior Anthony Lepre's entire repertoire was on display in a doubleheader against San Diego Christian.
Lepre’s Big Day Powers Mustangs to Wins Over Hawks
A motorcyclist hurt and taken to the hospital Monday morning narrowly missed being run over by a big rig, one of the rescuing paramedics said.
Motorcyclist Hurt in Crash, Narrowly Misses Big-Rig Collision
California 38th District Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) authored and submitted 14 bills prior to the Feb. 22 legislative submission deadline, tackling issues like education, human trafficking, and public safety.
Smith Introduces 14 Bills for Current Sacramento Session
This year’s annual Castaic Dam Run at Castaic Lake on Saturday, April 13 will offer more fun for families as the event will also include the community’s first-ever Gnome Festival, featuring a Kids’ Gnome Parade.
April 13: Annual Castaic Dam Run, First Gnome Festival, Kids’ Parade
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Captain Timothy K. Murakami has been promoted to Undersheriff, according to a news release from the LASD's Information Bureau.
Murakami Promoted to LASD Undersheriff
After weeks of informational picketing and mediation, College of the Canyons and its full-time faculty members have reached a tentative agreement that would end an ongoing dispute between the two sides.
COC, Full-Time Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement
SCV Water’s FY 2018/19 Budget has been recognized, locally by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, and nationally by the Government Finance Officers Association, for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
SCV Water Wins 2 Prestigious Awards for Inaugural Budget
Predicting that the public will not see the full report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, Senator Lindsey Graham noted Monday that material covered by executive privilege will likely be kept under wraps.
Graham Expects Some of Mueller Report to Stay Secret
A pedestrian is in stable condition after a man accused of drunken driving drove over a man’s leg on the 23000 block of Drayton Street in Santa Clarita on Sunday.
Deputies Hold Suspect After Man’s Leg is Run Over Outside Homeless Shelter
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Court Services Division Chief Robin Limon has been promoted to Assistant Sheriff for LASD, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau.
LASD Promotes Robin Limon to Assistant Sheriff
1889 - Castaic School District established [story]
Castaic siding
Shutters clicked and lightbulbs flashed as the nominees for 2019 SCV Man and Woman of the Year were announced Wednesday at the annual "Paparazzi Party."
Nominees for SCV Man, Woman of Year Unveiled
1922 - Wyatt Earp's wife thanks William S. Hart for defending her husband's honor [story]
Wyatt Earp story
The California Highway Patrol closed all southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Gorman School Road and southbound lanes at Frazier Mountain Park Saturday afternoon to clean up after multi-vehicle crashes in two locations.
Lanes Reopened After Multiple-Vehicle Crashes Close I-5 in Grapevine
1886 - Film director Robert N. Bradbury born in Washington state; launched John Wayne's career in Placerita Canyon [watch]
Governor Gavin Newsom Friday proclaimed a state of emergency throughout California ahead of the coming fire season, directing his administration to immediately expedite forest management projects that will protect 200 of California’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities.
Newsom Proclaims State of Emergency on Wildfires
For the second time in as many years here, a Mustang barreled to the rim in the closing seconds and scored a game-tying basket, only for the opposition to land a jarring counterpunch. This time no overtime was necessary.
Men’s Hoops: TMU Falls on Buzzer-Beater in NAIA First Round
As Master's concluded the Battle at Primm in Nipton, California, on Tuesday, the tournament's bright spot remained Karsten Briley's ridiculously low second round a day earlier.
TMU Men’s Golfers Prep for Fast Turnaround After Primm
College of the Canyons placed golfers in the top three individual spots on the way to winning its fourth straight conference tournament with a five-man score of 367 at Antelope Valley Country Club on Monday.
Wakaari Medals Again, Cougs Win Fourth Straight
College of the Canyons' men's swim team won a relay event and combined for eight top-five finishes to lead the Cougars to a third-place team result during the Western State Conference meet held at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center on Saturday, March 16.
Cougars Swim to Third at Home WSC Meet
College of the Canyons won a combined nine events and finished runner-up in six more during a strong showing at the non-conference Bakersfield College Relays on Saturday, March 16.
Cougars Track & Field Roars at BC Relays
The city of Santa Clarita will host a public ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of the Sierra Highway Pedestrian Bridge and Street Improvement Project on Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m.
March 29: City to Dedicate New Sierra Highway Pedestrian Bridge
Nearly two years in the making, Special Counsel Robert Mueller confidentially submitted his report Friday on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, but it remains unclear as to when, or whether, Attorney General William Barr will make the report public.
Mueller Submits Long-Awaited Report on Russian Meddling in US Election
The Civilian Oversight Commission for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will host its monthly commission meeting in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March 26: Oversight Panel to Focus on LASD Secret Subgroups, ICE Policy, Sheriff’s Actions
The students in California State University, Northridge Finance 491A and 491B: Student Portfolio Seminar are outperforming finance professionals and turning nearly $5 million of investments into scholarships, research and other opportunities for the university.
Students Beat the Markets in Managing CSUN’s Portfolio
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation in the city of Santa Clarita on Monday, March 25, between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.
March 25: LASD Bicycle, Pedestrian Safety Operation in Santa Clarita
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, March 26, starting at 1 p.m.
March 26: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting