On Tuesday President Obama twisted and contorted the truth like he was Gumby. In one part of his State of the Union speech he called for a spending freeze, which by the way he did last year and look where that has gotten us. The president’s proposed freeze in government spending amounts to a whopping $40 billion per year which is probably close to what we pay for office supplies every year. Then later in the speech he called for major investment (spending) to repair our crumbling infrastructure; so which one is it? A freeze or spending?
I guess in the president’s eyes, America is a third-world country along the lines of El Salvador, who he plans to negotiate a trade agreements with. I’m sure that will be of great benefit to the United States since El Salvador’s GDP is a whopping $22.3 billion per year. To put that in perspective, the City of Houston, where I live has a GDP of more than $440 billion per year. Way to go Mr. President, you are quite the statesman.
The president also spoke of the inventive spirit of America, waxing poetically about the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Google, and Facebook but what he didn’t say is that they all achieved their tremendous success on their own, without government aid.
President Obama is right about one thing, it is America that put a computer on every desk but it was because of ingenuity not government intervention. If someone would invent a decent car that was attractive to consumers that ran on household garbage, trust me, people would buy it. One of these days, someone will discover the next great energy source but until then stay out of the way – regulation restricts freedom and opportunity.
Predictably, Obama tried to take credit for extending George Bush’s tax cuts “thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans’ paychecks are a little bigger today.” Finally he did something good for the economy.
Then the president talked about all the shuttered factories and the vacant storefronts. Well why is that? Could it be the crippling regulations and the exorbitant cost of labor that has been created by the greedy unions? It is no wonder American companies are moving overseas where labor is more affordable. Meanwhile, companies like Toyota and Mercedes are able to open non-union factories in our country and beat us at our own game.
After that, the president who has accumulated more debt than any president in history tried to lecture us on fiscal responsibility, “We need to take responsibility for our deficit, and reform our government. I guess in Obama land, record spending and creating the largest Federal payroll in history is reform.
Next up was technology, “two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space Race.” So despite the president’s record spending, he still managed to cut spending at NASA which has been at the forefront of American innovation for the last half century. Now NASA’s mission is to continue to perpetuate the myth of global warming and act as a cultural outreach program to the muslim world.
Then the president warned us that he will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal. “We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.”
First, I don’t know about you but the last thing I want the government in charge of is manufacturing drugs. For goodness sake, they cannot even run the post office without massive taxpayer subsidies so what are they going to do when they get into something as complex as developing pharmaceuticals.
Again the president continues to push the great lie that is global warming and at what cost. In Spain, every green job created cost more than two jobs in the Spanish economy. Can we afford that in America when our unemployment rate is hovering at ten percent?
The president went on to challenge the country to set a goal that by 2035, eighty percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Let’s put that in perspective, right now less than one percent of our energy comes from solar and wind power. The only way we can get to that number is nuclear power, plain and simple but it has been fifteen years since the Federal Government has allowed a nuclear power plant to be built in the United States. I’m sure the president who seems to be in love with regulation, and by his own admission said he would make “energy prices skyrocket,” is going to authorize the construction of new nuclear power plants. But it’s okay for Iran and Venezuela…
And then the president moved on to education stating that “as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school.” Of course he fails to mention that over a third of the dropouts are illegal aliens but we won’t let a little thing like facts get in the way. What is it the president is fond of saying? “Information is a distraction.”
Next the president really went off the deep end with his grandiose high-speed rail dreams. “Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car.” Again he fails to mention that Amtrak is massively subsidized to the tune of $40 billion per year by the American people and that nearly all of Amtrak’s 44 routes are unprofitable. This is America Mr. President, if it could be done profitably, someone in America would be doing it.
The next pie in the sky scheme laid out by our delusional commander-in-chief is to double our exports by 2014. And how exactly do we do that when more than 42,000 factories have closed in the United States in the last decade? Maybe President Obama needs to go back to Harvard or Columbia and take remedial math.
Then the president spoke of his brilliant plan to review the cumbersome regulations in the United States, “I’ve ordered a review of government regulations, when we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them.” Of course the caveat to that is that buried in paragraph b of his executive order is a clause to “maximize [re]distributive benefits.” Which we all know is what President Obama calls spreading the wealth.
The president then called for a simplification to the tax code. This is probably the first thing I have ever agreed with the president on and I hope that Congress takes him up on this by simply instituting a fifteen percent flat tax on income period. This would allow them abolish income, estate, and capital gains taxes which would do more to stimulate the economy than anything they could possible imagine.
Finally he closed with talking about the great success story of Brandon Fisher. While I agree that his story is amazing, the president conveniently leaves out the fact that nearly all of Brandon’s work is drilling water wells in Afghanistan because of the president’s drilling ban on oil prevents him from working in America.
Oh well, I guess the president couldn’t just come out and say that the state of the union is terrible, I’ve spent $14 trillion the last two years, unemployment remains near ten percent, and I have run the country into the ground in the process.