A Penny Saved…

Here is an interesting piece I published on Readwave, but beware, it’s political! LOLben

Executive Office of the President

United States of America

Washington, D.C.

July 17, 2013

Hon. Benjamin Franklin, President

Society for the Abolition of Slavery

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Dear Mr. Franklin,

I am honored beyond human expression to be able to write to you as the 44th President of the United States of America and as the first democratically elected President of African descent.

I have enclosed a slightly modified copy of my last State of the Union address to the American people dated February 12, 2013. I have instructed that it be modified in order to make sure you were able to understand the contents by adding descriptions of our great scientific advances made over the past 224 years. I have also enclosed a current world political map, a copy of the Constitution as it stands today and a new Merriam Webster Dictionary for your convenience.

I would like to ask you, sir, as one of our venerated American Founding Fathers to peruse the enclosed documents and make comments concerning your honored opinion of our progress as a nation. Your words will be an inspiration to me, as President of the Greatest Nation on Earth, and to the American populace.

We, the people of the United States, stand by with tremendous anticipation while awaiting your answer.

May God bless and keep you, sir.

Barack Hussein Obama, Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America

Philadelphia July 31, 1789

Mr. President,

I was quite taken by surprise to receive your letter, but none-the-less was I pleased to find that our nation has endured the years as I and my colleagues had hoped and dreamed. After studying your letter and attachments late into the night, I sent at once for my attorney and his learned associates in order that they should help me interpret the documents with the least misunderstanding possible for a man of my advance age and weakness of body.

We poured over the contents for several days, making notes in the margins, admiring the font and perfection of the type, the quality of the paper all the while analyzing the contents with great alacrity and excitement… at first. However, after much debate, hither and thither, as well as to and fro, we became disheartened, apprehensive and, at times, furthermore demoralized as not only the construction of the letter, but the spirit of the letter became evident.

While I am delighted to learn that much wondrous advancement in science, medicine and the human condition have been made by your time, I am discouraged by your mention of war, poverty, immorality and imperialistic ideology in your address to the American people.

I am pleased and proud to attach my comments to certain portions of your address with questions as well as observations. It seems my doddering old age is preventing me from completely comprehending some of the items enumerated in your address even with the assistance of my good and plenty advisors. In particular, I would like to address the idea that the American government has become an ‘investor in the business of creating jobs’ as well as, an ‘investor’ in what I discern might be private business ventures. It has always been my contention that business creates jobs and that the government’s business is to should stay out of commerce, i.e. ‘business’.

Your commentary concerning charitable acts enforced by the government by way of providing medical care and other emoluments for the poor, elderly and disadvantaged; indebtedness encouraged upon the young by provision of low interest loans for homes; and by the ‘creation’ of jobs wherein the government itself is the primary employer pained me greatly and seems somehow counterproductive to a healthy economy of national commerce.

In particular, I would respectfully and humbly request more information concerning the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. Perhaps, a copy of the initial proposals would shed more light on those programs since I have no current frame of reference from which to draw proper conclusions.

Yours in all faith and sincerity,

B. Franklin

Attachment I

Excerpts taken from Barack Obama, President ‘s for the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand Thirteen address State of the Union with parenthetical comments inserted on presidential request by Benjamin Franklin, President, Society for the Abolition of Slavery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. July 30, 1789

After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home.  After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs.  We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have purchased in twenty years.  Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before. (I SEE THAT WAR AND ITS RAVAGES CONTINUE TO PLAGUE MANKIND EVEN IN THE FAR FUTURE. I AM SADDENED TO HEAR OF SUCH AFTER A LIFE SPENT IN MUCH TOIL ENSURING A BRIGHT, HOPEFUL FUTURE FOR AMERICA AND AMERICANS. I AM ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THAT CONDITIONS ARE IMPROVING)

It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class(I AM APPALLED TO LEARN THAT A CLASS SYSTEM SEPARATING MEN INTO CATEGORIES LIKE SO MUCH CHATTEL HAS SPRUNG UP IN AMERICA. HOW CAN THIS BE?)

It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love. (WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS BASIC TRUTH? I MUST READ ON IN HOPES OF DISCOVERING THE CAUSE OF THIS TRAGEDY!)

Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.  As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.  (THESE NUMBERS DEFY COMPREHENSION AND LEAVE ME BREATHLESS. SURELY YOU EXAGGERATE, MR. PRESIDENT. AM I TO BELIEVE THAT AMERICA IS INDEBTED TO SUCH AN EXTENT? I DARESAY THE COUNTRY IS CERTAINLY DAMNED IF THESE NUMBERS ARE TRUE.)

Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits. (I DO NOT QUITE GRASP THE MEANING OF THIS PARTICULAR ITEM. HENCE MY REQUEST FOR MORE INFORMATION ON “MEDICARE” AND “SOCIAL SECURITY”. IT SEEMS UNCLEAR WHO MIGHT BE FUNDING THESE THINGS. DO YOU MEAN TO SAY THAT EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING ARE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT? THE NEXT FEW COMMENTS CONCERNING “THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT” AND “MEDICARE” LEAD ME TO BELIEVE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SOMEHOW PAYING FOR THESE ACTS AND/OR PROGRAMS THROUGH TAX MONEY. I SHUDDER TO THINK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEING BURDENED WITH TAXES IN YOUR DAY AND AGE JUST AS WE WERE BURDENED IN OUR DAY BY THE KING OF ENGLAND.)

(I FOUND MANY CONFLICTING AND CONFUSING IDEAS LITTERED THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF THE ADDRESS. I FAIL TO COMPREHEND HOW THE GOVERNMENT HAS COME TO BE INVOLVED IN SO MANY ASPECTS OF THE AMERICAN CITIZEN’S DAILY LIFE. I ALSO CANNOT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE ONLY JUST NOW INSTITUTING PROTECTION FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHILE ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO VENTURE INTO A STATE OF INDEBTEDNESS IN ORDER TO ACQUIRE A HOME FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHAT HAPPENED TO HELPING YOUR NEIGHBOR? AND FOR THE LOVE OF ALL CREATION, WHY WOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE INVOLVED IN THE ACT OF CHARITY? IS THIS NOT AN INDIVIDUAL DECISION? CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME AND SHOULD NOT BE DICTATED BY THE GOVERNMENT. FORGIVE ME, MR. PRESIDENT, BUT PERHAPS I NEED TO SEE MORE BEFORE I COMMENT MORE. I SHALL RESERVE FURTHER COMMENTARY UNTIL I HAVE READ MORE ABOUT THIS “AFFORDABLE CARE ACT” AND “MEDICARE”.

Executive Office of the President

United States of America

Washington, D.C.

August 5, 2013

 

Dear Mr. Franklin,

I think I can speak for all of American when I say how overjoyed we were to receive your letter.

Although I was a bit unsettled by your obvious misunderstanding of the current problems facing our nation today. Things are much more complex now than when they are in your day and age. In 2013, the entire world looks toward the United States of America for guidance and example. Global politics are extremely volatile and require much of our national resources in order to maintain our position as the Greatest Nation on Earth. Our involvement in global trade and global initiatives is imperative. We as a nation must concern ourselves with the condition of humanity not only in America, but across the planet. Of course, we must concern ourselves with the welfare of the American populace first and foremost.

Taxation is a necessary evil, I’m afraid, in this day of global competition for energy resources and industry. We must compete and we must appease the appetites of other nations in order to ensure our continued success as a nation. The American Dream may be harder to achieve now, but it is not impossible. My reference to the Middle Class is simply a of delineating mark, if you will, between the haves (Upper Class) and the have nots (Lower Class). The vast majority of Americans live somewhere between poverty and wealth. We believe that everyone is entitled to pursue happiness regardless of their circumstances and wish to make certain those at the bottom of the ladder have as much opportunity as those at the top. Sometimes this may require progressive methods and techniques not always popular with everyone, but certainly appropriate for the better good of the people.

I have enclosed a copy of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act covering the creation of Medicare and a copy of the Affordable Care Act passed by congress under my Administration.

I hope that you will be able to look over these documents and send your comments as soon as

Thank you, sir, for your time and attention.

God Bless You and Yours,

Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States of America

Philadelphia, April 1790

 

Hon. Mr. President Obama,

It is my sad duty to inform you that my colleague, the very honorable Benjamin Franklin, President of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery has passed from this earth into God’s own hands. May we be so blessed as to live such a distinguished life as our fellow Pennsylvanian, Statesman and Friend to all Mankind.

Unfortunately, although Mr. Franklin endeavored heartily with all his waning might to read the enormous volume of political claptrap you forwarded to him. I would have advised him otherwise, had I been consulted, rather than use his limited energies to a better end. I do believe his efforts to understand your Affordable Care Act and your Title XVIII Social Security Act have contributed to his demise. Why the sheer weight and volume of the tomes is beyond belief, good sir.

I do not mean to insinuate that your Affordable Care Act has laid our dear Mr. Franklin in an early grave since he has lived long and well, but I can tell you that he did say that your Act was neither ‘affordable’ nor ‘caring’ and sure to be the death of many a good Christian whilst he and/or she struggles to understand it in time to employ it should the need arise. As for the Social Security Act, he advises that the government refrain from trying to take care of men and women who do not need such care and focus on providing protection for American securities and investments at home and abroad so that Americans may take care of themselves by whatever means they may see fit. He reminded me ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’.

Yours in faith,

Prof. Benjamin Rush, Surgeon General Continental Army

University of Pennsylvania

 

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