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1. There was no reference at all within the State Of The Union Message regarding poverty during this present depression era. It is also a fact that during the Presidential 2008 campaign it was only John Edwards who campaigned over poverty concerns, while Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton focused their attention elsewhere. In addition, no candidate for President campaigned on increasing the income levels of our working poor or our "low income" senior Citizens.

2. The President also "did not" mention in his message to Congress that he had previously provided a "Permanent" 2% wage (COLA) increase to help "High Income" federal workers during the present 2010 depression, but it is unknown if these Federal wage hikes were also applied to members of Congress or to any working members who are on their staff. These Federal Employees, in 2009, were also qualified to receive a $400 payroll tax reduction for individuals and $800 per couple for 2010.
It is also hypocritical that our Seniors were told that there was NO inflation in 2009 or 2010, but somehow the President found inflation a valid reason to compensate his Federal Workers. The President also failed to mention that this 2% wage hike will be a "Permanent" income increase for Federal Workers for many inflation years to come, while the $250.00 stimulus payments to our Senior Citizen's that was paid in the year of 2009 was ONLY a "one time" COLA substitute payment that could not be carried over to 2010 or beyond, no matter what the inflation rate is in the future.

3. The President also did not tell our Senior Citizens at what point the $500 billion dollars borrowed from Medicare or the Social Security trust fund will be repaid, and at what interest rates. It is also outrageous that our Senior Citizens can "subsidize" a $500 billion National Health Reform Program for this Nation's "uninsured" for our U.S. Government and WITHOUT the PERMISSION of our Senior Citizens in advance, but it cannot return the favor by providing our Senior Citizens with a "Permanent" 2% COLA percentage payment for 2010 that can be carried over for any inflation years that may develop in the future.

It also stands to reason that if our Senior Citizens needed the $250.00 stimulus payment in 2009, the need is still there for 2010 since prices continue to climb. The banks did not need to wait for inflation trends to receive their financial relief, so our Seniors should be no different. In addition, the banks also received a form of a COLA cost of living increase from taxpayers recently when the President decided to let the banks pay their trillion dollar debt back to the U.S. Treasury over a "fifteen year" interim period. In my estimation, this is a lot of "corporate" COLA, but the "poor" banks desperately need this help, while in the eyes of our U.S. Government, this Nation's "poor" Senior Citizen's do not.

Our Senior Citizens are smart enough to know what the "actual" prices are when they shop and pay their bills to determine a "true" inflation rate, contrary to those bureaucrats who are in Washington D.C. who can push the "accounting" pencil one way or the other just like they are now doing in regard to Labor Statistics. In essence, if it looks good for our present Government policies, that is the direction that the pencil goes.

4. The President stated in his speech that he was going to implement a budget freeze, and that the Military and Social Security would be exempt from this freeze. What he did not tell you is that any COLA payments our Senior Citizens may receive for inflation trends in the future have historically been paid through a separate discretionary general funding budget program that is SEPARATE from the Social Security budget.
In addition, the President did not mention that Government entitlement programs like Food Stamps, Housing Assistance, or any other related programs, ARE NOT paid from the Social Security System and would also be subject to being frozen, no matter how much these various entitlement program prices may increase. It is also ironic that profit restrictions were not placed on the business sector during this depression, but it seems that the economic sacrifices in this Nation are always applied to the general population, including our low income American Working People, and also our low income Retired U.S. Veterans and Senior Citizens who may be physically unable to work.

5. On the subject of Health Care Reform the President said that he was willing to listen to any proposals that would improve the Health Care Bill and that his doors would be open to "anyone" to discuss them. However, at the same time he was saying this, his body and sight was focused directly at the Republicans seated in the Congress. He did not openly say that the American People or the General Public would be invited for discussions also.
In addition, the President must have overlooked the fact that when a prominent group of our American Citizens tried to testify before Senator Baucus' s Senate Committee in support of a Single Payer "Public Option" Health Care System so that their views would be entered as a matter of public record, these American Citizens were not permitted to speak or testify, and were later expelled from the Senate hearing room. It is also ironic that the President would only invite the destructors and distracters of the Health Bill to the White House, who have always been against any form of a Single Payer or public option. He did not provide an invitation for the American People who do support a "Single Payer" or "Medicare For All" form of a public option plan.
Another factor that the President should have considered in his speech was the exit polling results in the Massachusetts Senate Race that suggested that 80% of the voters in this Senate election had also expressed their support for a single payer public option plan, and that previous National polls have indicated that 61% of all Americans support the public option also. Even though this election happened PRIOR to the President's State Of The Union Address, evidently these results were not taken seriously by the President, so perhaps the last word regarding this public option may come from the American People when they go to the poles for the next election.

Perhaps the President is also unaware of this fact: the "American Public" has also made millions of telephone calls, signed petitions, sent e-mails or faxes, all in support of either "Single Payer" or "Medicare For All" public option plans, but these provisions have been denied or ignored by our present U. S. Congress and the "People at the White House.

In addition, perhaps the President has already forgotten that he had previously campaigned on the promise that the American People would have a clear "Choice" on the type of Health Plan they would prefer. But, to the contrary, evidence now suggests that the President and Congress will not place the American People's "Single Payer" public option" choice within the current legislative term.
The problem is: How can the American People lobby for their "choice" in regard to their health care if the health bill is being discussed and assembled behind an "iron curtain" or "closed door?"


It was also the voting People of this Nation who previously gave the President a majority in the House and Senate, and these are the same people who will be making this same decision in 2010. I sincerely hope that Washington will be listening to our voters now.

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