25 Jan

Obama’s SOTU Address – One Of The Worst

                                       

Krauthammer – this was one of his weakest speeches

Ok, the SOTU is done and here are my thoughts.

It sucked. I mean big time. One of the worst I have seen in a long long time.

The bulk of this speech was about going “green” energy and rah rah rah. More money for infrastructure, more money for education….and then he threw in some Rodney King “can’t we all just get along” crapola.

It didn’t do what it was supposed to do…tell the American people the state of the union. It’s in trouble and most of us aren’t worrying about windmills and electric cars. On top of all that he appeared to be quite enamored with the for-profit police state in China making some cool solar panels.

They’re investing in research and new technologies. Just recently, China became home to the world’s largest private solar research facility, and the world’s fastest computer.

All in all, not much added up during this speech.

The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other. Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in his State of the Union speech.

He pointed to the transportation and construction projects of the last two years and proposed “we redouble these efforts.” He coupled this with a call to “freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.”

But Obama offered far more examples of where he would spend than where he would cut, and some of the areas he identified for savings are not certain to yield much if anything.

For example, he said he wants to eliminate “billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies.” Yet he made a similar proposal last year that went nowhere. He sought $36.5 billion in tax increases on oil and gas companies over the next decade, but Congress largely ignored the request, even though Democrats were then in charge of both houses of Congress.

Obama also argued that tackling the deficit means furthering reducing health care costs. He believes repealing ObamaCare would add a trillion dollars to our deficit and doesn’t acknowledge the harm it will do to our economy if we DONT repeal it.

Earmarks

Obama then

“Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts, and that’s why I’ve opposed their outright elimination,”

Obama now during the SOTU –

And because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren’t larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: If a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.

But the fact of the matter is that Boehner already pledged no bills with earmarks will be sent to Obama in the first place. Hell, just a few short month ago, when Democrats held both chambers, Obama continued on signing those earmark-laden spending bills with glee.

Not now apparently….amazing what an election can do.

Then you just knew he would bring some class warfare into the mix:

And if we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break.

It’s not a matter of punishing their success. It’s about promoting America’s success.

Baloney. It is in fact a matter of punishing those who succeed. Plain and simple.

Congressman Tim Griffin:

I think about his inaugural speech and what he said about living within our means. That was before record deficits that added $3 trillion to the debt. The tough part comes with the actual proposals. The challenge we face in terms of the debt is so great that tweaking at the edges is not going to do the trick. We need bold ideas, not only from the President but from the House and Senate.”

Oh, and when he did finally get on to foreign policy he spoke about his diplomatic efforts to control the spread of nukes. He even had the gall to say that the Iranian government “faces tougher and tighter sanctions than ever before.”

Wow….tough talk tough guy. That’ll show em. We know how well those sanctions worked against Saddam eh?

Jonah Goldberg:

I don’t think his naked calls for what amounts to industrial policy excite anybody who won’t get a check if they’re enacted. And the theme “winning the future” sounds even more focused grouped than it did when Newt Gingrich came out with a book by that title a few years ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a bump in the polls, but if I were a GOP strategist I’d take some solace in the fact that this is a guy who has, once again, misread the political moment.

Finally, I’ll leave you with Rep. Paul Ryan and his response to this speech:

Full transcript below:

Good evening. I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin — and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.

Earlier this month, President Obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in Tucson. Still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow that now engulfs the families and friends of the fallen.

What we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them; that, in the words of the Psalmist, the Lord heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds; and that over time grace will replace grief.

As Gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us.

Tonight, the President focused a lot of attention on our economy in general — and on our deficit and debt in particular.

He was right to do so, and some of his words were reassuring. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, I assure you that we want to work with the President to restrain federal spending.

In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress’s own budget. And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs.

The reason is simple.

A few years ago, reducing spending was important. Today, it’s imperative. Here’s why.

We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead.

On this current path, when my three children — who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old — are raising their own children, the federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay.

No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country.

Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent — and I know many of you feel the same way.

Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years. No one person or party is responsible for it.

There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.

Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt.

The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25 percent for domestic government agencies — an 84 percent increase when you include the failed stimulus.

All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.” Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.

Then the President and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.

What we already know about the President’s health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees.

Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree — and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.

Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.

Health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt. And the President’s law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy.

Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.

We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.

And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.

Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified — especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable.

­­In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. Last year — in an unprecedented failure — Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked.

We owe you a better choice and a different vision.

Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you — to show you how we intend to do things differently … how we will cut spending to get the debt down… help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs. If we act soon, and if we act responsibly, people in and near retirement will be protected.

These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.

We believe government’s role is both vital and limited — to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders … to protect innocent life … to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.

Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well. It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.

Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten — along with record deficits and debt — to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.

Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked — and it won’t work now.

We need to chart a new course.

Speaking candidly, as one citizen to another: We still have time … but not much time. If we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be.

Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.

Their day of reckoning has arrived. Ours is around the corner. That is why we must act now.

Some people will back away from this challenge. But I see this challenge as an opportunity to rebuild what Lincoln called the “central ideas” of the Republic.

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper. Under this approach, the spirit of initiative — not political clout — determines who succeeds.

Millions of families have fallen on hard times not because of our ideals of free enterprise — but because our leaders failed to live up to those ideals; because of poor decisions made in Washington and Wall Street that caused a financial crisis, squandered our savings, broke our trust, and crippled our economy.

Today, a similar kind of irresponsibility threatens not only our livelihoods but our way of life.

We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That’s the real secret to job creation — not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.

Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.

These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation. In all the chapters of human history, there has never been anything quite like America. The American story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries.

And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

Thank you and good night.

About Curt

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 20 years.
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106 Responses to Obama’s SOTU Address – One Of The Worst

  1. MataHarley says: 101

    Rather a tunnel vision view, Tom. The GOP is well aware that the medicare spending is unsustainable. There is too little in the current law to redeem, and nothing about it addresses the real problem… the out of control costs of administering medical care to patients. That’s the reason the mantra is to “repeal and replace”, but the blind O’faithful just like to leave off the “replace” bit.

    Obama, Pelosi and Reid did nothing to “accommodate” Republicans. Televising a summit for political purposes of ridicule is not “accommodation”. They rejected hundreds of amendments, and refused to let alternative GOP bill out of committees to the floor. You’re dreaming.

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  2. Aye says: 102

    @Tom:

    Truthfully, I think Obama went too far in his efforts to accommodate Republicans and have a bipartisan bill.

    Really?

    What, pray tell, did Obie do to accommodate Republicans and their ideas? Yes, he held some meetings and discussions…then dismissed each and every idea that was presented by the other side.

    I likewise don’t expect a sincere effort on the part of Republican’s to tinker with the current state of healthcare, as repeal is their stated goal.

    No, “repeal and replace” is their stated goal.

    That’s why I think it was a good move by Obama to put it out there and let the public decide for themselves whether or not Republicans are accepting the offer.

    Therein lies the rub.

    There is no genuine “offer” there. After they spent the better part of a year fending of each and every suggestion, contribution, and amendment presented by the Republicans and cramming the bill down the throats of the American People suddenly they want to re-negotiate?

    The American People are not that stupid.

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  3. Hard Right says: 103

    Mata, Tom isn’t dreaming. He’s high on the kool-aid. How else do you explain someone who thinks obama went too far in trying to accomodate Republicans?

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  4. Tom says: 104

    Mata, Tom isn’t dreaming. He’s high on the kool-aid. How else do you explain someone who thinks obama went too far in trying to accomodate Republicans?

    Here we have a perfect example of the kind of pointless responses that add nothing to the discussion and only help to bog it down. Unfortunately, this is far too close to what I’ve come to expect every time I post.

    @Mata and Aye,

    I’m pretty narrowly responding to my impression of the SOTU speech, not really trying to re-litigate the entire healthcare debate. I think he put the healthcare bit in there for the exact purpose I described above. Furthermore, by proposing the concrete idea of malpractice reform – something that traditionally appeals to Republicans- he’s put the ball right back in their court. It will be interesting to see how they respond. I agree that Obama probably doesn’t really want to let the Republicans remake his entire healthcare policy. Why would he? What president wants to let the opposition set the agenda? But he, and the Republicans, both know that the public wants to see cooperation. If Obama can get what he wants by giving up a little, why wouldn’t he? He will get most of the credit for anything getting done. The Republicans are in a much trickier situation. How do they appear to be non-obstructionist while not giving Obama what he wants? They don’t have the votes to repeal healthcare, so what do they do? It will be interesting to see how this plays out, but I think Obama played that particular hand quite well.

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  5. Hard Right says: 105

    That from the guy calling Aye a liar, and taking up most of a thread to do so. You should have looked up the definition of hypocrite too.

    Now you want to claim obama accomodated the Reps in his speech? Kool-aid poisoning for sure.

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  6. Blake says: 106

    @Tom: First, Tom- Obie believes that most Americans are stupid cattle that need to be led- AND he is contemptuous enough of the majority of Americans as to actually tell us, albeit with “code talk”, exactly what he is doing- transform America indeed.
    Even in the SOTU he believes that the power of his voice will overcome all opposition- and what the Republicans need to do is explain to the public (they have done a dismal job of it so far) in clear AND concise terms, exactly how badly our health plan will suck under the Obiecare plan.
    Then they need to lay out their plan for what they think needs to be done- clearly.
    There IS a lot that could be done with little or no money, and that IS exactly what the American People have to spare- little or nothing.
    When you can’t pay for something, you shouldn’t get it- and contrary to Andy Griffith, you do not get “FREE” checkups, or anything else- someone ALWAYS pays.

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