Mark Alexander offers a scathing evaluation of President Barack Hussein Obama’s State of the Union address in his Thursday column at The Patriot Post.
2011 SOTU: The Patriot Response
By Mark Alexander
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The Patriot Post
“As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible [and] not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen which we ourselves ought to bear.” –George Washington
Barack Hussein Obama delivered his third State of the Union address this week. The good news: We can remove this man and his dangerously inept Leftist regime in two years.
The bad news: He still has two years left, and according to his ObamaPrompter, he intends to stay the course toward economic implosion.
By way of decoding Obama’s message to America, Reps. Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann provided good rebuttals. However, they were constrained by certain standards of collegiality, so I have taken the liberty of providing The Patriot Post’s unvarnished response to select excerpts of the SOTU.
First, some general observations:
1. Obama is the least qualified person to be president in any room he enters, so he looked particularly juvenile and incompetent at the House chamber podium.
2. Obama is still making political fodder of the Tucson tragedy, eager for another undignified pep rally like the “memorial service” he headlined at the University of Arizona. There, he was constantly cheered by sycophantic students whom he never once attempted to silence in due respect for what should have been a solemn occasion. For the record, in the 24 hours prior to Obama’s SOTU, there were 11 law enforcement officers wounded or killed by sociopathic products of Socialist policies … but they received no mention on Tuesday night.
3. The “date-night” seating arrangements were a great touch, particularly with serious men like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) sitting next to that bucktoothed moron, Al Franken (D-MN).
Here is the abbreviated version of the SOTU: “I want … I believe … I’ve seen … I’ve heard … I said … I will be … I’m asking … I don’t know … I challenge … I urge … I set … I know … I’m proposing … I ask … I took … I made … I would … I intend … I’ve ordered … I will not … I’ve heard … I am eager … I’m not … I’m not … I’m not … I am … I’ve proposed … I care … I recognize … I’m willing … I’ve proposed … I created … I don’t agree … I am prepared … I hear … I will submit … I ask … I will veto … I will travel … I call on all … I know … I stand…”
For a more in-depth analysis, what follows are Barack Obama claims with The Patriot’s rebuttals, keeping in mind that nothing Obama proposed has an authorizing provision in our Constitution:
Barack Obama: “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. … That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future. … We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time.”
The Patriot’s Response: Obama’s objective to socialize our economy is completely antithetical to “winning the future.” After $850 billion in Keynesian “stimulus” spending, unemployment is higher than when Obama took office, and our national debt has grown by almost three TRILLION dollars, now bumping up against the $14.29 trillion debt ceiling just enacted in December. Here’s a real stimulus plan: Reduce taxes and regulations, which will grow the economy, which will increase tax revenues, which will provide more government funding for legitimate expenditures.
BO: “To reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve ordered a review of government regulations.”
TPR: This administration, which has implemented record government regulations, will now consider removing just a few of them but only if such revisions would not affect “values that are difficult or impossible to quantify, including equity, human dignity, fairness, and distributive impacts.” Obama’s taxes and regulations have, to this point, demoted our great nation to ninth place in Heritage Foundation’s 2011 Index of Economic Freedom.
BO: “At stake right now is not who wins the next election — after all, we just had an election.”
TPR: Election, what election? As the Left is so fond of trying to forget.
BO: “Instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let’s fix what needs fixing and let’s move forward.”
TPR: Clearly, Obama lost the battle in last November’s election. Losers always say things like “let’s move forward.”
BO: “Now that the worst of the recession is over, we have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable. Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same.”
TPR: Bold words for a prez who has outspent all his predecessors, and who is now proposing more “stimulus spending,” though he dared not use that term this time around, lest it be confused with the last colossal heap of Recovery.gov waste.
BO: “Our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need. That’s what planted the seeds for the Internet.”
TPR: And all this time we thought it was Al Gore.
BO: “We will make sure this is fully paid for … and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians.”
TPR: Obama is not interested in “what’s best for the economy”; he’s interested in picking economic “winners.”
BO: “Over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school education. And yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school. The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations. America has fallen to ninth in the proportion of young people with a college degree. And so the question is whether all of us are willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.”
TPR: And the answer is … YES! Start by eliminating the Department of Education and its unconstitutional mandates. Encourage school choice and privatization. Sit back and watch education standards rise.
BO: “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.”
TPR: Whoever wrote that line for the ObamaPrompter needs a one-way ticket into space.
BO: “I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the [tax] system. Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. … In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code.”
TPR: How about eliminating the U.S. tax code altogether and replacing it with a flat or national sales tax? Of course, our voluminous tax code is the hammer that Democrats use to control the free market, reward their friends, and punish their enemies. They’re not about to lay down that hammer.
BO: “If you have ideas about how to improve [ObamaCare] by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you.”
TPR: You mean like he “listened” during the original ObamaCare debate? Repeal it. Take that and work with it.
BO: “Invest … investing … investments …”
TPR: As mentioned earlier, this is ObamaSpeak for unrestrained unconstitutional spending, in a year that the Congressional Budget Office projects a whopping $1.5 trillion deficit. The preamble for Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform concluded: “After all the talk about debt and deficits, it is long past time for America’s leaders to put up or shut up. The era of debt denial is over, and there can be no turning back.” Obama threw those commissioners under the train.
BO: “Let’s make sure that we’re not [cutting government programs for] our most vulnerable citizens. … If we truly care about our deficit, we simply can’t afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts. … 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.”
TPR: Ah, yes, redistributing wealth is always about “promoting America’s success.”
BO: “We shouldn’t just give our people a government that’s more affordable. We should give them a government that’s more competent and more efficient. We can’t win the future with a government of the past. … In the coming months, my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate, and reorganize the federal government.”
TPR: This is ObamaSpeak for further centralization of government power.
BO: “And so we must defeat determined enemies, wherever they are, and build coalitions that cut across lines of region and race and religion. And America’s moral example must always shine for all who yearn for freedom and justice and dignity. And because we’ve begun this work, tonight we can say that American leadership has been renewed and America’s standing has been restored.”
TPR: So, Obama embarked on a worldwide apology tour, bowing to foreign dictators, and now “America’s standing is restored”?
BO: “Now, the final critical step in winning the future is to make sure we aren’t buried under a mountain of debt.”
TPR: (Feel free to add your own rebuttal here, but don’t mention the Red Chinese!)
BO: “We will argue about everything. The costs. The details. The letter of every law. Of course, some countries don’t have this problem. If the central government wants a railroad, they build a railroad, no matter how many homes get bulldozed. If they don’t want a bad story in the newspaper, it doesn’t get written.”
TPR: One of Obama’s fundamental transformations of the U.S. Obama has never hidden his admiration for countries that “don’t have this problem.”
BO: “And we must always remember that the Americans who have borne the greatest burden in this struggle are the men and women who serve our country.”
TPR: Obama begrudgingly delivered this tribute to the longest standing ovation of the evening.
BO: “Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love.”
TPR: No standing ovation for gays in the military.
BO: “We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution. … We share common hopes and a common creed.”
TPR: Apparently the original Constitution we use has been replaced with a “new and improved version” Obama uses.
Finally, Obama proclaimed, “It makes no sense.”
This was the only thing Obama said that actually made sense.
Evaluating Obama’s SOTU performance, commentator Charles Krauthammer summed it up best: “This is a president who can give great speeches, and has. This was not one of them.”
But Obama’s speech was not designed to impress savvy political analysts and serious-minded Patriots. It was designed to play to popular polls, and it played well.
Commentator Mark Levin had this observation: “Obama was trying to deliver a ‘best of’ moment in his State of the Union Address, yet it looks as if he tried plagiarizing past speeches from Reagan and JFK. We know that Obama is an ideologue and his positions on cap and trade, entitlements, social security, et al., are not going to change, no matter how moderate he desperately tries to appear. Obama’s future for America will deliver us misery and poverty; it’s not progressive, it’s regressive. Why is it that liberals continue to mess up words like, ‘Social, justice, and reform?'”
For the record, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s rebuttal said all that needed to be said in just a few minutes. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has far more credibility and a far better grasp of our nation’s fiscal peril than does Obama. Here are some excerpts:
“These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government. … The principles that guide us 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… We believe, as our Founders did, that ‘the pursuit of happiness’ depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government. … Whether sold as ‘stimulus’ or repackaged as ‘investment,’ [Democrats’] actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much. … Our nation is approaching a tipping point. … We need to chart a new course. … 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. … 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.”
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