Jan 28, 2010
The Speech Lecture
I don't know who the President was in '09, but whoever it was, the dude who made that speech last night sure ran hard against him.
"Do not walk away from HC reform," Obama pleaded with Congress in his first State of the Union speech. "Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people."
The claim has been made many times that this administration has only had a year to clean up the mess of the last administration. I wish they would at least get started! He did the numbers in his speech, then said we need "fiscal discipline". So after a year of outrageous spending and reading off a long list of new programs and goals for year 2, he speaks out of both sides of his mouth.
It was a highly partisan speech. He spoke of working together, but then he went in for the kill with this to the Democrats “I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills.” Followed up with a hit to the Rebublicans...“If the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it's not leadership.”
Obama vows to speak to Republicans. What? Because only NOW he NEEDS to? Can you imagine the content of this meeting?
So much bothered me, but I will limit it to the three below.
JOBS: This one bothered me the most. "We need to create jobs". No, we need the ones we had. We don't want to dig ditches as in roads and infrastructure, there are people who already do that. "Green Jobs? That's a whole new industry. I want my old job.The only way to create jobs for the long run is to create economic health. The only way to do that is to incentivize individuals in the free market to risk their own capital or borrowed capital try to make a profit. Also, last night Obama decried sending American jobs overseas, then reaffirmed his carbon tax that will do just that. The only way to create jobs is to strip away everything the Government has done to this point in the private sector...get out of the way!
MILITARY: I'm not sure I can remember a time when a Commander-in-Chief with troops actively engaging the enemy on several fronts, failed to thank the brave people who risk their lives to keep this nation safe. Hell Obama didn't even see fit to mention them for an hour, and then it seemed as though it was an afterthought. Sadly he didn't even have the military in mind when he said he wants to wave student loans for anyone who opts for a career in "public service". He then grandstanded with this statement,
“This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It’s the right thing to do.” I say, why can't we wait until there isn't 2 wars and a country recovery effort in Haiti that may take more more money and manpower than both wars combined. I think we have too much on our military plate to disrupt it 'socially'.
EDUCATION: Mr. Obama has no intention nor inclination to make the pivot right. He is a man consumed with the passion of his ideology, convinced that he is right & that he and his ilk know what this country needs. He talks about education reform as though there is not a school district in America that is performing well. His statist mentality was never more on display then when he said "The best solution for poverty is a world class education." I really think that his plan is also his solution to keeping new blood from hitting the unemployment lines by keeping them in school longer.
The idea that the President (and Dems) can create jobs works beautifully in their favor per their view of the world. It puts them in control to pull the strings on voter's livelihoods and keeps them dependent upon politician's whims.
After a year of showing us all what Progressive looks like, the American people have declared in three elections so far that they didn't vote for that. They wanted 'change' in DC and not in their homes. They wanted someone who would stop the bickering, secure our country and grow the economy. Obama scolded the Dems, the Republicans, the Military, the Supreme Court Justices and the American people for not understanding. That leaves just Him. Hmmmm. Wait, I thought he worked for us.