I listened to Obama's speech and one commentator expressed my feelings precisely. I felt like I had eaten a fine meal but I was hungry an hour later.
Obama crafted fine words as he began is re-election campaign for 2012, but his words are meaningless because he's a puppet controlled by an array of unseen forces.
Obama did not mention once that 20% of Americans are under or unemployed. Furthermore, Obama did no excoriate private industry for their lack of effort to fix the problems.
Why is it up to the government to create jobs? Last I heard many corporations sit on record amounts of cash. Corporations aren't hiring but nobody complains about that.
The commander in chief isn't the human resources department. Private industry is the biggest creator (and destroyer) of jobs in the U.S. Nobody discusses why private industry doesn't do their part to alleviate joblessness.
Those in power in America and private industry hold the government and majority of Americans hostage. They cry, "If you don't eliminate my taxes, give me subsidies, get rid of annoying regulations, I'm taking my corporation and jobs overseas."
Obama did not evicerate lazy Americans who apathetically sit on their hands and fail to vote. If American citizens don't vote tunnel-visioned do-nothing politicians out, they get what they sow. American citizens create their own suffering through their myopic self absorption.
Whether you vote Democrat or Republican doesn't seem to matter. The level of corruption and backroom dealing by those who've seized power is difficult for citizens to overcome. (But we still have to vote to slow down the rot.)
Who watches over the corporations and government to make sure they do what they're supposed to do instead of what they want to do. Where is the integrity, honesty and compassion that is supposed to be a hallmark of being an American? I conclude that because corporations and governments are made up of we the people, we need to blame those staring back at us from our mirrors for our problems.
Corporations complain that everything is lined up against them. They pay the highest taxes on the planet. They can't compete. Yet I read many financial statements and see C-level boards making so much money that it's obscene and wrong. The greed and misrepresentation of those in power is fundamentally wrong.
Can't the powerful hear their own words? Are they deaf as well as tunnel blind? They lie and misrepresent truth over and over. While that's hardly new, we're running out of time for that crap.
Speeches don't do anything for me. I'm looking for action that is right and beneficial.