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The State of the Union: Say What?
January 28, 2010, 6:52 pm
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Was anyone else’s head spinning listening to the POTUS during his State of the Union address last night? He obviously did the jobs spiel (only about ten months too late) and what the heck does he want to do? Essentially another stimulus, this time for jobs.  Duh, I thought that’s what the first, or second, or was it third several hundred billion of stimulus (can we now call it stimuli?) spending programs were all about. Remember all those “shovel ready” jobs that still aren’t jobs? The U.S. unemployment rate remains at 10%. 

People aren’t buying Obama’s oratory any more. So about ten minutes into the speech, there I was trying to take notes of a few salient points, but he was all over the place. I felt like a watching a farmer, albeit in a designer suit, feeding the chickens and scattering feed everywhere to cover everyone: “Here chick, chick, chick, chick, chick, here chicky-chicky chick.” Throw in the old Obama charm and grin and we just spent another several billion dollars, and who knows where the heck it’s going, who’s writing the bills, what they’ll say and what they’ll do to us.

 It’s the same tactic the Democrats and Obama are using with our world-renowned health care system: here’s a multi-billion dollar health care bill (literally and figuratively) no wait, here’s another one, no you can’t read it, now here’s another one, believe this one, no you cannot read it, and we have to get this done right away, right away! No wait, here’s another bill and no you can’t know what’s in it either. Why? Because we in Congress don’t know; which means we the people will just have to wait and find out when premiums skyrocket and the doctors (those who decide to stay in medicine) start turning away Medicare patients.  And forget all that stuff promised about transparency and C-span coverage of all those behind-the-scenes, no public allowed, negotiations. Progressives don’t want us to worry our little American heads over any of the complicated legislative jargon, “We’ll take care of all this for you;  you don’t need to bother yourselves with the minutia of trillion dollar debts and taxes and worries over whether you live or die.” And just in case we’ve forgotten let’s remind ourselves that 90% of Americans have health care coverage and most like it.  To go with another chicken analogy, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

Obama just cannot get out of the “Here’s a great bunch of Joe Cool sound bites and what I think everyone wants to hear” campaign mode. There was a lot in his speech about jobs and things getting better and they’re not.  We’ve lost 7.2 million jobs since the recession began. But the President proudly points to a factory in North Carolina creating about a thousand green jobs, as is a plant in California. Let’s see: if each state produces a thousand new jobs this year, why that’s 50,000 jobs! Getting close Mr. President.

I think he actually said we need to follow China’s lead on factories producing green jobs. Are you kidding me? Are we both talking about that huge country overseas with more than a billion people where they’re firing up an average of two coal-fired plants per week? And did he say we’d drill for oil? Nope. Double checked that. We’ll be exploring offshore oil and gas “development”. Which means? Probably not much once his environmental supporters start screaming. The same goes for his reference to nuclear power plants.

And what’s with the President dissing the United States Supreme Court at a State of the Union address? South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson got reamed for his emotional outburst of “You lie!” last time the President spoke before Congress. But the PRESIDENT of all people puts down the United States Supreme Court, his invited guests, with them sitting there all dignified in their black robes as the entire nation and world watch and that’s okay? Ssssoooo unpresidential and evidently, unprecedented! He didn’t understand or was just reading what the teleprompter said about their recent decision on campaign spending. Justice Samuel Alito was actually wincing and mouthing “Not true” as Obama spoke.   

But more than anything he said it was what he did not say that revealed so much. He did not even side swipe the issue of confessed, obvious terrorists going on trial and being given the same rights as an American citizen.  And foreign policy dangers that threaten maybe, oh, the future of the planet were addressed vaguely, if at all.

Of course he did the usual, “I’m not responsible for any of this mess because it’s all W’s fault”, to a fault, again. It’s so incredibly unbecoming, so classless for the President to be the Whimperer-in-Chief instead of the Commander-in-Chief. And if he keeps using “I” (97 times in the State of the Union speech) someone in his administration just needs to shake him and say, “Barack, get over yourself! It’s not about you anymore!”

Then he actually said, get this: he, Barack Obama, is ending the war in Iraq! I kid you not. He said, “I promised I would end this war and that’s what I’m doing”.  Barack, sweetie, we all know you have had almost nothing to do with the war in Iraq and that the American withdrawal was announced well before you were even sworn in. And the only people ending the war are the men and women who’ve been fighting it!

Listening to Obama takes me back to my childhood when my younger brothers and I would squabble and whine: “You started it!” “Nuh- uh, you did!” “Did not!” “Did to!” “It’s not my fault!”

Who does that when you’re grown up? Our President, that’s who.

 01/28/10

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