As George Will said about Obama’s SOTU speech, ”It was tepid and full of liberalism which shows he’s running out of steam.”He was also combative and divisive.
His plans were a rehash of previous year’s plans. He talked about solar power, creating jobs, teachers, and the rest of his usual laundry list. He said every four minutes another house goes solar. I find that hard to believe. That’s even one for Ripley. He blamed the republicans for his troubles naturally and called for everyone to get together as long as it was his way, his words not mine. He said the deficit was cut in half when it isn’t since he’s spent more than all the presidents combined. He sited the virtues of Obamacare saying three million people have already signed up. The trouble with that statistic is they are counting the people who have just looked at it and not the ones who have actually paid yet. He showed a woman in the audience who lost her job and insurance and now had coverage since she signed up for it. Never mind the five million who lost their plans and doctors because of Obamcare. I wonder if the woman in the audience has her doctor in Obama’s plan and knows what’s covered and what’s not and can she afford the deductible. Obama called on congress “to get behind it and forget about putting 40 votes out there to repeal it.” Never mind the fact that most of the country doesn’t want it as well as doctors.
Obama called for a universal increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour as part of his income inequality speech and in true dictatorial attitude said if congress didn’t abide by his wishes he would go it alone and use his executive orders to pass it as well as any other item that stands in his way. This sounds good, but is impractical. Such a large increase would cause massive layoffs in small businesses and would be counter to creating jobs. As one commenter to an article so aptly put it, “The minimum wage, like Obamacare is a prime example of getting the complete opposite results in fact of what Socialism offers in promise. Socialism by definition is redistribution of wealth to create a classless society of equality. When you have a business with a break even profitability income stream budgeted wage structure of $145/hour to be redistributed among 20 employees at $7.25 and the government vote buying thugs step in and force you to pay your employees $10.10/ per hour you are forced to cut your staff down to 14.35 employees in order to remain profitable or else you go out of business.
Obama chastised those who criticized him for lifting sanctions on Iran saying to give diplomacy a chance and that since they lifted sanctions Iran hasn’t produced anymore fueling rods or proceeded with their nuclear program. The thing is that when we had the sanctions in place they were still proceeding with their nukes and now that they are lifted they will still proceed. Obama is of the old naieve liberal belief that if you’re nice to them, they’ll be nice to you. Diplomacy doesn’t work with terrorists. It’s either their way or the hiway and they’re all willing to die for Allah for their cause. In previous speeches Obama said Al Queda is on the run and Osama is dead. Now he says they have evolved in other countries. He took credit for ending the Iraq war and winding down Afghanistan. However, since we pulled out of Iraq Al Queda has taken over a good portion of it and maintaining their base there for future attacks on us and whoever else they want to hold a strong arm over. The same goes for Iran. Obama said he’s holding a small contingent in Afghanistan to help train Afghanistan troops there. Obama also stressed our support for a Palestinian state and our strong support for Isreal. The problem here is that these two are opposing forces and Obama has snubbed Isreal several times and still opposes them. I have always said and it was true last night, to understand Obama listen to what he says and then think the opposite because that’s just what he does. He rouses up the people with pro American speeches then puts in anti-American policies.
Obama gave a rousing speech supporting our troops and praising our military while at the same time he’s cutting their benefits, didn’t send in protection to our people in Benghazi when he should have and purged nine generals and is now allowing an absurd ruling that says troops can wear turbans, have beards and long hair if it is their religious belief. See what I mean by saying one thing and doing the opposite?
Obama also went back to saying this year he would close GITMO. He said that at the beginning of his tenure and since decided against it. Now he’s back to it again. We will see what happens since 63% of the American people say he is not to be believed and untrustworthy.
Shortly after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters point-blank: “The world is literally about to blow up and our president did not really paint a fair picture of the threats we face.”Graham, a member of the Senate Arms Services Committee, said he wanted Obama to tell the American public during his annual address how he intends to resolve the conflict in Syria and questioned whether the administration’s negotiations with Iranians over their nuclear program would be productive.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) didn’t think much of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address (aside form his support for wounded warriors), but she was especially dismissive of his appeal for women to get equal pay. That’s just so over, Bachmann argued.“Frankly, a lot of what we heard were 40-year-old prescriptions and 40-year-old bromides. I mean really, equal pay for equal work?” Bachmann said. “I mean, this was something in the 1970s people were talking about. So I think we’ve addressed that.”I know what she means, but most economists estimate that women earn about 77 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Since Obama talked about equal pay for equal work for women he should start in his own house where he pays women less than what their male counterparts make.
I actually had more enjoyment and it was refreshing seeing the republican counter speech by Cathy McMorris Rogers who said “So we hope the President will join us in a year of real action – by empowering people – not making their lives harder with unprecedented spending, higher taxes, and fewer jobs.” She is an attractive and fashionable lady who was very personal and straightforward and not an ego driven phony, and combatant and divisive like Obama. She said that more people stopped looking for work than found jobs and the republicans have plans to close that gap. “The President talks a lot about income inequality. But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality…And with this Administration’s policies, that gap has become far too wide. We see this gap growing every single day. We see it in our neighbors who are struggling to find jobs…A husband who’s now working just part-time…A child who drops out of college because she can’t afford tuition…Or parents who are outliving their life’s savings.Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the President’s policies are making people’s lives harder. Republicans have plans to close the gap…Plans that focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts, and red tape”
I noticed when Obama finished his speech he left the podium rather quickly saying God Bless America as he was leaving. Did he realize he went too long or was he just glad to get out of there?