President Obama’s State Of The Union Speech Was…

January 27, 2011 12:33 pm 6 comments

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.

6 Comments

  • Now, NOw you must not criticize this
    president!
    So, he is wrecking our economy. Don’t
    worry – he will get it right after a
    few trys. You have to understand that
    He likes spending our monies. It is
    right up there with his ritzy vacations,
    his extensive time on the golf links,
    his love of having a man-servant to play
    ‘hoops’ with him……OH YOU KNOW ALL
    THOSE NICE THINGS HE LOVES TO DO!

  • Amen Brother. You nailed it.

    About the presidents plan to review cumbersome regulations in the United States, and oredered a review of government regulations. That is a law put in place by the Carter Administration that every ten years, gov. regulations shall be reviewed. Obama didn’t originate the order, Obama was had no choice.

  • The President proves once again shows truth honesty and just plain old fact are not going to get in his way….Nothing will stop him from destroying our nation. Those who hate America are enemies of America.

  • Jeremy Lammerding

    I’m a bit confused.

    You denounce the president by asserting that computers and internet businesses are a pure free-market phenomena while ignoring the fact that most of the basic research that went into building these technological leaps were commissioned heavily by the Department of Defense. Thanks to our military industrial complex that developed during the World Wars and the build-up during the Cold War, the free market has been able to build great commercial applications upon these government funded innovations.

    Next, you criticize him for cutting spending to NASA, a government agency you claim to have “been at the forefront of American innovation for the last half century”. This seems to be a contradiction of your original premise that government intervention and spending should be limited if not eliminated because the results are highly suspect. Please clarify.

    The Republican Party needs to engage the debate over infrastructure. Our highways do need a face lift, but this is something that can and should be defused down to the state level. Why are we tying up Congress with such a pedestrian issue? We need national leadership on a much more pressing concern: Energy. We have a unique opportunity to advance the development of nuclear power plants which are carbon neutral and will get us closer to energy independence, one of the most important national security issues of our time. The new speaker needs to grab the reigns and show true leadership by reaching out to the opposition and doing what it takes to get cement poured.

    • Most of the innovation by NASA and other agencies is through contractors. I live right across the lake from JSC and I’m very familiar with how NASA operates.

      The government is necessary to support the military and NASA has a large military application but through trickle down we all reap the benefits of the technology that comes from supporting them, albeit well down the road.

      I agree with you on energy. Nuclear power should be ramped up immediately but many analysts believe our oil reserves are just as big as the middle east’s but the EPA prevents us from utilizing our own resources.

  • I think it’s fair to observe that the government was once a source of technological innovation, but that its role in that regard has declined in the last 30 years or so. Practical computers were first developed to support numerous government projects during WWII and the early years of the Cold War. After that, a commercial computer industry took root, and government-industry partnerships spurred development during the 1960s and 1970s. But useful government support in computing research and development waned after the advent of the microcomputer. Most important government computing initiatives since 1980 have been confined to procuring radiation-hardened chips for space and military applications, and in procuring ever larger supercomputers for large government projects. Even today, the largest supercomputer may be Chinese, but it is built with parts and technology developed in the US. (I have some of the same components as that monster in the PC that I’m typing this reply on…just several thousand less of them.)

    If government research in an area has declined to the point that it no longer drives significant commercial development, it is not appropriate to look to further government involvement in that area as a driver to revive the economy.

    This also applies to NASA, which has failed in numerous attempts to create a new space vehicle since the Space Shuttle. The maiden Shuttle flight was in 1981. 30 years later, the Shuttles are being retired with no successor on the launch pad. After 25 years of service to the Shuttle program, I lost my job last year. Astronauts will be ferried to the Space Station on Russian Soyuz vehicles. Effectively, Obama outsourced my job to Russia.

    Cheap Energy + Freedom = Prosperity. China is now building Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors; construction started in April of last year. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is currently sitting on license approvals for 14 nuclear reactors in this country. The model? Westinghouse AP1000.

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