I wrote a blog several weeks ago where I provided the track list for Ray Stevens' current Spirit of '76 CD but I decided to provide it again.
1. The Skies Just Ain't Friendly Anymore
2. Mr. President - Mr. President
3. God Save Arizona
4. Cap'n Trade the Pirate
5. My Uncle Sam
6. November Storm
7. Mi Casa Su Casa
8. Grandpa Voted Democrat
9. Obama Budget Plan
10. News Machine
11. New Normal
As you can see there are 11 songs altogether. I came across some commentary on-line wondering why the CD is titled Spirit of '76 even though there are no traditional patriotic songs on it. To my way of thinking the CD's title reflects a modern-day battle for Independence from Obama's tyrannical big Government, nanny state policies. The iconic image that Ray reproduces on the CD's cover is an optimistic feeling that those who are putting up the fight will ultimately win in November 2012.
I'm sure many people know what tyranny is and so I won't spend much time defining it. When a Government becomes expansive and over-regulates to the point where it interferes with private enterprise and has it's hand in everything...that's just one loosely based definition of modern-day tyranny. America's economic system is based upon capitalism...when Government interferes and chunks of fatty socialism is added to the mix it presents a whole lot of problems for a capitalistic economic system. Based upon things that Obama has said in the past and things he's said in the present the big reason why the economy is so off and in decline is because he doesn't want to do anything to help America's businesses. He wants to punish successful businesses with over taxation...creating a burden on the very businesses who are instrumental in keeping the economy going.
On one hand Obama likes to hike taxes on all businesses large and small...and on the other he appears dumbfounded that unemployment continues to hover around 10%. Common sense says that you can't expect any business burdened with high taxes and domineering regulations to be willing to hire people. Like the domino theory...if a business is burdened with high taxes they're going to offer low wages...a company that offers low wages isn't going to attract much of a work force...resulting in continual high unemployment. Lower the taxes...then companies will be able to raise pay rates...and the work force will become more attracted to a company. It's that simple! Nobody is going to work at a company where much of their paycheck is going for fuel costs...there are a lot of scenarios where people can't afford to take a job offer if the pay is low. It's not always the case that a person is lazy or doesn't want to work...a company has to offer quality pay in an economy rife with inflation. Ray Stevens tackles this "New Normal" on his current CD!