Editors note: This is long, but as the State of the Union is a long speech, and Jim Layne has taken it and rebutted on each of President Obama’s point, you can imagine how long this is. Consider yourself warned on that front.
Let me begin with the disclaimer that this is an opinion column. You don’t want to know what I think, read no further. I have done my best to interpret the facts from a pile of stall shovelings. I watched and then read the transcript of the speech in its entirety, along with dissenting opinion. If more Americans would do the same, I’d happily write about less disturbing topics.
My initial reaction to the State of the Union Address which I admittedly didn’t watch live, my family is taking a course from The Blue Letter Bible Institute on Christology and when we finished at 8:30 it was time for the girls to do school prep for this morning and I prefer to write my own fiction as opposed to listening to our elected uongo mungu spin me a yarn. I admit to you with no apology that I watched the address this morning with a jaundiced eye and a jaded opinion.
Ordinarily I expect the tradition of the annual camera mugging and hot air rhetoric to in some way convey some truthful progress on some positive issues. I also expect to hear something or several somethings that get my head nodding and punch my patriot button (something that the president does not possess, not for this country at least) to warm up and blink. I’ve been listening to these addresses since I was a small child, and I have to admit last nights address was among the most noninvasive thinkectomies I’ve ever had occasion to miss and pick up later.
My opening remarks are reactionary and I will be brief, leaving my breakdown for the line by line analysis. Firstly, the threat of shutdowns and sequestrations is a crock, no politician in Washington, save for the completely unimpressed Paul Ryan has any idea what the term meaningful spending cuts actually means. The House, Senate, all committees at all levels and their mind numbing special lobbies are all together in their proposal that the definition of cut be changed to slow growth, thank the Lord that they aren’t cancer surgeons. Secondly you can’t appoint a Czar and committee to study the effects of big government on freedom, liberty, and public opinion- both the Sanhedrin and the Inquisition were failures. Thirdly and finally the increased spending on these dozen new programs, divided against these flaccid spending measures won’t increase the deficit a dime, unless of course your definition of dime is ten trillion dollars.
All right, let’s get into it.
President Barack Obama’s speech for the 2013 State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House to Politico.com
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:
Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.”
Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.
The theme throughout this address is one of the progression of change. It’s a party line required for membership in the administration. On cue people applauded, but I’ve not yet been able to ascertain the placement of the applause sign. The address had a very retro feel, a throwback to earlier, and better, more comfortable economic times; sadly it’s a Trojan horse. The President reports on a recession aggravated by poorly calculated application of stimuli, they should have read John Maynard Kaynes a bit more closely. As far as the war is concerned, drawing down and reallocating troops in order to turn the country over to a weak and already crumbling regime primed for terrorist influence is progress only in the mind of someone who doesn’t equate complicity to guilt. Where the housing market is concerned, the federal government created the problem by backing Fannie and Freddie with Granny and Pappy’s retirement fund, instead of placing the money in SECURED investments.
Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.
Stronger for whom, exactly? A nation divided financially and racially cannot stand. Your administration Sir had capitalized on the ignorance of the masses and sought to pander to them with free gifts for votes, essentially you sir are a compulsive couponer, offering Americans gimmicks disguised as savings. A nation divided cannot stand.
But we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded. Our economy is adding jobs – but too many people still can’t find full-time employment. Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.
Okay how exactly do you expect growth to bloom what you hamstring job creators with higher taxes on every associated cost of doing business, promise free healthcare on your campaign when the woeful truth is $20,000 for a family of four. Corporate profits as a line item are higher only because they’ve had to raise prices to compete in Obummer’s marketplace. We aren’t adding jobs that pay a living wage because of the governmental penalty associated with providing them. wages sir have not risen because a hike in wage slows the economy because of the increases in doing business associated with them, tax cuts (real ones not that slow growth garbage) stimulate by reducing liability for workers and their families, and job creators who feeling the lightened load are more likely to be busier because of increase in lateral and supply chain demand AND FIND THEMSELVES IN A SITUATION WHERE THERE IS A NEED TO CREATE JOBS. Maybe your Ivy league team of economists need to call my Urbana University (Urbana, Ohio) adjunct economics professor and have a meaningful and educational come to Jesus meeting. The difference in their experience is that my professor is a job creator.
It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
I don’t now, and have not been proven wrong that you do not know the difference between the terms Middle Income and Middle Class. Those you pander to with programs the “Entitled” are the people you are going to shove into the true middle class by raising the minimum wage to $9.00 inflating the cost of everything from postage stamps to LAO-launch vehicles, killing opportunity for small business to grow, all for your misplacement of terms. The middle income people you court with this rhetoric are the ones likely to donate funds to a democrat, not you, but generally speaking. The true middle class, THE WORKING POOR, are the ones ejected from entitlement because they dare to get a job and go to work AND TRY TO GET THE SELF RESPECT THAT YOU AND YOURS INSIST OTHERS THAT ARE DIFFERENT ARE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY, and when they do there’s no cushion, they get a pay stub and are dropped off all assistance before they get a foot hold. Your policies only hand out, they do not hand up.
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.
Is that before or after you hobble our national will with division, before beginning mid-developmental indoctrination?
It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.
I find it very tragic that all of his proposed solutions only grow the problems. Such an intelligent man should find in his heart the acceptance that division and reallocation are not solutions to fundamental problems. Giving those ill equipped to manage responsibility the wave and slamming the door behind them is not leadership it is abandonment, and I want to believe that this is a causal flaw and not a character problem. I’m not a fan of the president, but direct and deliberate insult is not my aim.
The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.
Yet he his proposal is to grow the scope and power of the federal government through what amounts to mandatory compliance to the creation of programs that send resources to those who have been taught that the worst thing for them is a hand up instead of a hand out. As government and technology has advanced the societal morality has declined, or to quote Bram Stoker’s Abraham Van Helsing, “Civilization and Syphilization have advanced together.
Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery.
Please tell us Mr. President why two congresses have thus far failed to pass a budget for the regulation of the spending of the people’s money. Why is there so much unexplained missing money? Why were holding corporations created to steward the misallocation of bailout funds for the purchase of firearms and ammunition manufacturers. Why has the service of said debt been taken in the supply of arms and ammunition to the Department of Homeland Security? Do We the People have a greater liability to our security that foreign nations owning and administering our debt? Are we keeping our true enemy close to home?
Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.
Here in is the problem, these CUTS are not cuts, they are timed controls to limit growth, meaning that if next years spending is the same as this years spending they can call it a CUT because it has not GROWN. This same rule applies to over spending. On the great spreadsheet if this years spending on toothpicks is $1,000,000 (yes, absurd isn’t it… You all know they over pay for everything, how else do we have all this cool stuff) and next years is projected at $2,000,000 and they only spent $1,500,000 the entry is recorded as -$500k, a spending cut which cost the people five hundred thousand dollars more than this year, but according to the CBO is a spending cut… this project stinks and I wish I could pass the cup…
Now we need to finish the job. And the question is, how?
This is the point at which I would have loved to hear about executive orders and mandates disposing of programs that support spinach lobby studies on reduction of latent acids in soils (crop rotation has worked for thousands of years, or bounties on trash fish for fertilizers. (create 20 jobs in every state for guys to fish these invasive species and turn them over to rendering plants for further job creation. Pay them a quarter over minimum wage so you can call it meaningful wage hike. Give the fish and game people the spinach subsidy to incentivise groups to keep their state clean by buying lunch for trash picker uppers.)
In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea.
Here again, misstatements on spending. Sequestration is a very fancy word that sounds scary but isn’t. They want you to think that the Executive and legislative branches of government can confiscate funds from the defense department. That is nothing but a lie. The operating budget cannot be touched by any hand in any of these branches. They are talking about discretionary spending, the pocket money that they spend on remodeling the department directors bathrooms. The cloak and dagger money is sewn into the hem, the pay the enemy of our enemy money is already secured. The sequestration of funds is a mandatory slowing of growth of ten percent divided across ten years, so small they won’t even miss the measly ten million or so they’d waste on something dumb like edible chocolate departmental seals.
Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits.
The problem here is misstatement of the word some, I’d go with MANY, from both sides of the aisle. They cannot mitigate a series of bad decision over a long term with unilateral bad ideas in the short term and not expect long term consequences. Spending is a disease in this country, and the people learned it honestly from their government who through poor stewardship introduced the concept of deficit spending, which for those of you not in the government means OVERDRAFT PROTECTION FOR BAD CHECKS. Initially it was a measure to circumvent committee for action on needs to fund action under the War Powers act. It was expanded and became an all encompassing tool for spending indirectly that which you cannot spend directly. Parents this is essentially trying to change the spelling of no to something other than N.O.! Now they can’t get out of it because all of this four years funds are going to service the last four years obligations… Has been that way since 1965, periods of surplus not withstanding Philanderer in Chief Clinton swung a serious slide rule.
That idea is even worse. Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.
But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and most powerful. We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling, or by forcing communities to lay off more teachers, cops, and firefighters. Most Americans – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – understand that we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share. And that’s the approach I offer tonight.
On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission. Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs. The reforms I’m proposing go even further. We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors. We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive. And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.
Perhaps the president really wasn’t at the prayer breakfast where Dr. Ben Carson schooled him on reigning in healthcare for the coming generations with an intelligent solution that would also provide hereditary wealth for the next generation without passing on debt so large that China could foreclose on what little of our country will be left as unencumbered assets. Let me find the hyperlink: http://www.inquisitr.com/516411/
To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected. After all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and Medicare just to protect special interest tax breaks? How is that fair? How does that promote growth?
An appropriate question, one both houses under both parties have tried to answer for generations. Your answers are the same ham fisted rhetoric that befuddled George M. Cohan playing FDR in I’d Rather Be Right (than be President). Sadly those who have relied on clout to steal more from the working class to give to those less fortunate as means of assistance, the becomes necessary support, and then a way of life and they are hamstrung by the system for trying to help themselves. The system has broken under the weight of the bureaucracy. No amount of newly created committees and appointed Czars will help a problem that a similar outfit created. You really want to fix this you’re asking the wrong questions, of the wrong people.
Now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit. The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax code that ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America.
This is one of two things, mutually exclusive- “neither can live while the other survives,” to quote JK Rowling. Times of dissension are always excellent times for the radical enclave to make inroads and exploit their radical agendas. It has always been so, and so it shall continue, it was true in the time of Caesar, Guy Fawkes, Robespierre, Abraham Lincoln, JFK, and Barack Obama. A flat tax rate if that is his proposal would kill the people it is supposed to help. If everyone is taxed at any rate, including the capital gains rate which this whole mess is about, which is the third or fourth layer of taxes these billionaires pay, which is 15%… so if a citizen in each of the classes has only fifteen cents of every dollar due to Uncle Abi it leaves an etitled person with $100.00 because they have no liability. The working poor- the true middle class has 85 with the same liability as the middle income because they’re investing in education and necessities, A middle income person makes 200, is taxed 15% and has 170 left, The billionaire has paid many times the multiple of all of these for her (male pronouns are negative remember)corporation and to keep it simple and round we’ll say she makes 100 times any of these so $10,000 and files corporate return appropriate to his widget business, is left with 8500, pays herself $800 salary and $100 bonus, is taxed at 15% on 800 and 45% on the bonus as windfall income leaving her 680 and 55 respectively summing out to 735… not bad, She got her bonus. But the secretary up there in the working poor, the true middle class doesn’t get her bonus because the boss has to pay her half of all the employees taxes, and without loopholes such as discounts for employing diverse applicants, such as the secretary a single parent, full time subsidized student… And if the Secretary did qualify for her ten dollar bonus that would be $5.50 after the windfall tax putting her income on one statement above the poverty line and cutting her off all of her entitlements. Raise the minimum wage and inflation kicks in, costs of doing business go up, profit goes down, employees are hired out of profits, with a ten percent reduction in profit, the business has to lose someone, and the secretary is in a position carried as overhead, she gets coffee, she doesn’t stamp widgets, being a nice lady, good at her job, with a kid with a tricycle and a puppy who likes to sing Gaither’s tunes doesn’t change the fact that through no fault of her own, her industrious support of her boss’s endeavors leads to unemployment, 2/3 pay with the same tax liability. A new and simplified tax code has killed economic growth on two prior occasions; neither recession was as bad as this one. And neither double dipped as this one will. It all leads back to screwing the people who slip through the cracks because they can’t buy a seat at the table with a campaign contribution. Oh and it should also be pointed out that the entitled person will create no jobs, the working poor person needs a job, and the middle class and upper class person has a job in the (un)secure sector or creates one for someone who doesn’t.
That’s what tax reform can deliver. That’s what we can do together.
I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform won’t be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, and visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans. So let’s set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let’s do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another.
Manufactured crisis- Any shuck, jive, thought, opinion, meaningful action, or otherwise concocted scheme designed specifically to draw the eye of the American people off the shiesty actions of leadership. i.e. divisive speech and language, terrorizing the aged with threats against their retirement, spending money that should have been set aside for the social security program on frivolous and fraudulent loans rubberstamped to allocate numbers, or manufactured success, progress, and change.
Now, most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must be part of our agenda. But let’s be clear: deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?
A year and a half ago, I put forward an American Jobs Act that independent economists said would create more than one million new jobs. I thank the last Congress for passing some of that agenda, and I urge this Congress to pass the rest. Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.
Spending borrowed money does not decrease deficits it grows them. Middle class jobs don’t grow from increased taxes and minimum wage hikes, they come from reductions on effective rates for those who earn money by working or make money by doing business, investments in our country should be incentivised, and taking more than you give should be abolished. The child tax credit should only be available to WORKING parents, or custodial relatives (with reasonable exception.) Don’t take food from empty mouths, head from cold rooms, or light from hopeful young eyes, but make the problem creators responsible for paying their own freight.
Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.
After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.
Some of you may have missed earlier, the statement about not incentivising sending jobs abroad… Let me remind you that The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other similar programs which sold piecemeal America’s manufacturing industry to any foreign country that could pay to join. But now the money is gone, these companies have all paid billions to build infrastructure in Mexico, Canada, China, and every industrially acceptable second world nation, now into the third world- labor is cheap because the people can’t complain. We paid these companies to leave and charged them a pittance to ship the goods back here. Now we’re paying them to import people they’ve invested in other places to train Americans to do jobs we should never have sent away in the first place. People wonder why I get frustrated and belligerent when I have to write this stuff…
There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns. So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of fifteen of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.
15 years plus AFTER we made Wal-Mart the world’s largest importer of cheap junk from other places. American made products are so expensive because most of them aren’t made here. Maybe assembled, but the average Honda Accord has more American made parts than a Chevy.
If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy. Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s; developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs; devising new material to make batteries ten times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. And today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy.
After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs.
To show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. And over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen.
You’re producing a lot of gas and solid waste, but nothing of tractive effort so far, we need elbow grease and gunpowder not jaw jacking and fingerprinting, I tell ya the old guy is on fire…
But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.
The American Dream, Mr. President is not something you can synthesize, reagent, retrofit, or reverse engineer. This nation was built on idears and gumption to quote the old feller sitting across the coffee shop this morning. We the people don’t have time for your manufactured problems. We the people need meaningful action. We the people need you to put up or shut up. We need more people like the talk show host who is a man of particular race who told another man of particular race that NO THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH, and that YOU AND THOSE LIKE YOU ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE OUR PEOPLE A BAD NAME.
The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth. I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.
This is all rhetoric only fools don’t understand that our economy is nearly stagnant. The 500 million new jobs are nearly all in retail or retail services and pay tip rate or minimum rate. He can’t urge the congress to pass bad legislation by threatening executive order. He’s done that a dozen times and now several of those decisions- his recess appointments are the specific examples but there are others are facing judicial repeal. He had very harsh rebukes of the McCain Lieberman plan in the senate, it is only a good idea now because he ran on a platform of division, anger, and entitlement and after successfully dividing the country, polarizing the house and senate, and arriving at dissolution, the instigator in chief has no options or ideas aside from saber rattling.
Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.
In the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.
Indeed, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together. So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good. If a non-partisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we. Let’s take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long. I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen.
There is not a printable term to describe the inaccuracies in these three talking points. We were and are behind on clean initiatives because we paid our best and brightest to go elsewhere. China and clean energy, I’ll write a column of the deliberate nature of this lie. On gas, this was a no choice option because you have no sphere of control, consumer pressures led to this before it was a Hate & Blame idea. The only energy crisis’ in this nation are those that have happened of political necessity, none of the leadership want the people to know that oil and gas range maps are available from the US Geological survey for FREE.
America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids. The CEO of Siemens America – a company that brought hundreds of new jobs to North Carolina – has said that if we upgrade our infrastructure, they’ll bring even more jobs. And I know that you want these job-creating projects in your districts. I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings.
Instead of buying speculative investments in banking and the auto industry, both of which would have been better served in bankruptcy (for the very reason families are) than being bailed out by their crazy uncle. It is your job sir to create jobs repairing, maintaining, and improving that infrastructure not allowing our nation continue to fail and fall behind. Here again its rhetoric.
Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country. And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children. Let’s prove that there is no better place to do business than the United States of America. And let’s start right away.
Fix it First, catchy but this program went into effect after the bridge failed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, wherever but it was not in Washington Tuesday night. The private partnership comes from the clout and kickbacks system that Mike Royko wrote about for years in the Chicago papers. Private enterprise will not invest in public infrastructure unless there’s something in it for them. The people with the clout and cash to make it happen aren’t as stupid as you credit the populace for being.
Part of our rebuilding effort must also involve our housing sector. Today, our housing market is finally healing from the collapse of 2007. Home prices are rising at the fastest pace in six years, home purchases are up nearly 50 percent, and construction is expanding again.
But even with mortgage rates near a 50-year low, too many families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being rejected. Too many families who have never missed a payment and want to refinance are being told no. That’s holding our entire economy back, and we need to fix it. Right now, there’s a bill in this Congress that would give every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today’s rates. Democrats and Republicans have supported it before. What are we waiting for? Take a vote, and send me that bill. Right now, overlapping regulations keep responsible young families from buying their first home. What’s holding us back? Let’s streamline the process, and help our economy grow.
Housing and Mortgage is still failing, a high percentage of the New Starts are already defaulting and the refinance programs are so scam ridden with predatory operations that success is a exception, not the rule. THIS IS THE SAME LINE OF REASONING THAT STARTED THE HOUSING CRISIS IN AMERICA. THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME LEVEL OF RED TAPE TO PREVENT ANOTHER CATASTROPHIC FAILURE. We must stop with the idea that Home Ownership is a matter of right and not responsibility. This principle applies to every fruit, nut, flange, bolt, paperclip, broom, and rug in this nation, and parts thereof.
These initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and housing will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs. But none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. And that has to start at the earliest possible age.
Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.
Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. So let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance.
Okay more big government. NO PRESSCHOOLER LEFT BEHIND will no doubt be the same overwhelming mess as the standardized testing circus of NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. More of his ham fisted Gestapo tactics of holding hostage teacher advancement, salary, retirement, and future for not following the edict to fill the empty vessels of our most valuable resource with anything more than the ability to pencil in small ovals. Many (implying a major percentage) of High School graduates are still unable to read and comprehend the retail job application that they fill in order to get on at the local Hope and Change Burger franchise. My 12 year old knows more science than any of her peers; my 6 year old schools an older child on history every day, in spite of the system, not because of it. America failed itself when it put its faith in a testing model and not into curriculum improvement. Over simplifying to expand middle demography and letting those who need more help fail and not allowing those who excel to flourish because all programs for the gifted and the challenged have been diverted to support those who generate dollars for school systems successful at training their students to fill in ovals is a disservice to every person that child will contact for the rest of their life. Especially those susceptible to the message of division. Indoctrinating children with this garbage is nothing more than a crock of $#!T!
Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.
It’s a private school with only enough public students admitted to qualify for funding. It’s a shell game, the Germans do and have done this as a part of Deming’s initiatives post WWII (the Japanese embraced it and their tech is second to none, America laughed him off as a joke), granted German efficiency out runs our own because when a German speaks of the Deutschland they say WE and not I or ME. They have a national unity that America lost along the way because of the promoting of racial and stereotypical cultural identity. The truth is people- our government needs to keep the nation divided to maintain control of the money. It all comes back to money, a country speaking in one voice for the good of ALL the people is a force to be reckon with, a population divided over issues that only matter on college campuses to adult children behaving badly because they’ve never been away from home and not taught any sense in the first place.
We need to give every American student opportunities like this. Four years ago, we started Race to the Top – a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula and higher standards, for about 1 percent of what we spend on education each year. Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.
How about diverting some of the funds you’re planning to waste on senseless growth of government, disinformation, and growing the surveillance society to communications and technology development programs than can actually employ these kids. Start them out running instead of trying to get them to parrot this ridiculous nonsense.
Now, even with better high schools, most young people will need some higher education. It’s a simple fact: the more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job and work your way into the middle class. But today, skyrocketing costs price way too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle them with unsustainable debt.
What is this now, No Graduate Left Behind? If I were Tim Lahore or Jeremy Jenkins I’d get my attorney to slay you with a trademark infringement… It would be just as frivolous as the changes you’ve made to Pell and Stafford programs that saddle parents with legacy expenses related to having an adult child- extended healthcare, then 20% of parental income to offset student debt, added tax for students who actually try to work their way through college. This is generational enslavement nothing more.
Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years. But taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education. Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure they do. Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.
This is yet more circular breathing. College education is a moot point when there is no job to go to. Hope and Change Burger won’t hire the overqualified, even when it’s explained that hot hiring based on being better qualified than the person interviewing is an act of deliberate discrimination. (Think it ain’t, look it up.) America used to be known for a number of industries, now we are known as consumers. We’ve gone from being predators to parasites economically, disgusting and shameful.
To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead.
We’ve been subsidizing single parents who are college students for years, its how we broke the student aid system to begin with. Not that I think it’s a bad thing for the government to pay for their school with grants, but there should be a mutual agreement that if you do not work for the government for X number of years to repay that GRANT, then you must repay the LOAN.
Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
This is buying votes, growing the Democratic Party by proxy and nothing more. It was the same thing when the republicans did it in the 1980s. Certain sectors of the population believe that prosperity comes from government and not industry. They value themselves so little that they allow themselves to be purchased into dependence (and in a lot of cases regarding illegal Hispanics) and Servitude. These are invisible chains, binding a population who cannot effectively complain. They are worked harder than any American would stand for, they are paid a minimal wage, and then pay point cashiers charge them a fee, either flat or a percentage of the check because without the legal right to work in this country they can be abused and robbed and told that everything is okay. Many can’t even do the basic math necessary to determine if they’ve been played properly either on the check or by the shiesty money changer. Don’t debate me I saw it first hand, I will name names and businesses. I know how to complain.
Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.
Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship – a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.
And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.
In other words, we know what needs to be done. As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.
This is all just a pose down for mugging with the camera. This isn’t news, it isn’t new, it’s a campaign promise he’s trying to get the bleeding heart squad going. It’s a shame they always bleed for the needs of another country’s people.
But we can’t stop there. We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence. Today, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act that Joe Biden originally wrote almost 20 years ago. I urge the House to do the same. And I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year.
Glass ceiling rhetoric courting very young female voters who have no idea that it is already illegal to differentiate pay on the basis of sex, and very old retired women who worked in a time before it wasn’t.
We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, nineteen states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.
Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.
Tonight, let’s also recognize that there are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it’s virtually impossible to get ahead. Factory towns decimated from years of plants packing up. Inescapable pockets of poverty, urban and rural, where young adults are still fighting for their first job. America is not a place where chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny. And that is why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them.
Let’s offer incentives to companies that hire Americans who’ve got what it takes to fill that job opening, but have been out of work so long that no one will give them a chance. Let’s put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods. And this year, my Administration will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet. We’ll work with local leaders to target resources at public safety, education, and housing. We’ll give new tax credits to businesses that hire and invest. And we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.
This all sounds fancy but there are a number of lies and exceptions and deceptions here that you have to understand. As I stated earlier a mandatory minimum wage hike ALWAYS slows economic growth because they always come after tax increases. These incentives he’s talking about out this side of his mouth are the very loopholes he wants to close out of the other side. Factory towns are decimated because our last Democratic president sent them there with a blessing and billions of dollars in incentives. The marriage tax had been repealed until you introduced legislation to reaffirm it. The financial deterrent to marriage is the same as the other deterrents, for decades people like the president, and other community leaders have trained the black demography to believe that the current and coming generations of those not black were their enemy. Taught them that they had no right to self respect, that violence, division and hate was their responsibility as a matter of defiance to their denial of rights. It is as ignorant as the mirrored behavior of generational racists of all colors, cultures, families, and individuals in all corners of this country. It is only an issue when political division is necessary. People who are different from the guy next to him or gal next to her are not bad, but we have all been taught to fear that which is different or which we do not understand. This is more of that assigning people to where you think they belong and being too short sighted and hard headed to see that the problem is not theirs, but yours. I’ve had a number of readers call me a racist because I don’t bow down to the great and powerful Obummer. In reflection it may be true, I hate anyone who would divide me or my fellow Americans from our dreams and the means to achieve them. I was a soldier and I am a Christian, I have brothers of many races and colors. It’s a character called acceptance its what you learn when you are around a variety of people and are taught by those people that different is normal and normal is good. It drives me to an angry rage to see some of that extended family duped and beguiled by this rhetoric, because I value those relationships. You miss it because the idea of it escapes you Mr. President, the idea that I don’t need your committee to regulate my ability to see the clarity of a man’s eyes and equate them with his character instead of the color of his skin. I’ve even made an exception for those liberals that send me the lovely hate messages, because I fought for their right to do so. What have you fought for? Clout and cronies, maybe.
Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger America. It is this kind of prosperity – broad, shared, and built on a thriving middle class – that has always been the source of our progress at home. It is also the foundation of our power and influence throughout the world.
You cannot talk about uniting families while you incentivise the undermining of the family unit. The pop culture initiatives that support reckless sex and extermination over sense and self-respect and responsibility are very attractive sir to the people whose votes you’re putting in Hilary’s hope chest. The same can be said with Jester Joe’s affirmation of the White House’s acceptance of gay marriage, courting votes is a very sticky business.
Tonight, we stand united in saluting the troops and civilians who sacrifice every day to protect us. Because of them, we can say with confidence that America will complete its mission in Afghanistan, and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaeda. Already, we have brought home 33,000 of our brave servicemen and women. This spring, our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead. Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.
Beyond 2014, America’s commitment to a unified and sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of our commitment will change. We are negotiating an agreement with the Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again slip into chaos, and counter-terrorism efforts that allow us to pursue the remnants of al Qaeda and their affiliates.
Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self. Different al Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged – from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat, we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations. Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans.
As we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.
Of course, our challenges don’t end with al Qaeda. America will continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons. The regime in North Korea must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations. Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further, as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats.
America today is weaker and more vulnerable today that it has ever been. The only national will we express is that of a loathing of ourselves and each other. It is an absolute travesty that this country is moving forward and upward. Anyone who actually buys into this is either on the dole, the payroll, or under the impression that you can make good on any of the pandering promises. You lack the character to stand up to your own party to get this nonsense passed, and the republicans lack the gumption and testicular fortitude to organize themselves for anything more than a pancake breakfast. Real change in this country would begin with a balanced budget amendment because clearly the people we’re entrusted with our nation can’t be trusted with responsibility.
Likewise, the leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. At the same time, we will engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals, and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands – because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead.
America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.
That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.
Yes, alienate your only ally in the reason, chum up to the Muslim brotherhood, gift wrap our best weapons from the last generation and give them to the terrorists of the current and future ones. Considering that we’re the only true adherents to any disarmament policy, we’ll file trusting Iran and North Korea under mutual assured destruction.
Even as we protect our people, we should remember that today’s world presents not only dangers, but opportunities. To boost American exports, support American jobs, and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership. And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union – because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.
We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades: by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve and helping communities to feed, power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation.
The argument was that Mitt Romney was out of touch with the American People. The argument was that he was so far above the common man that he couldn’t connect because he was more comfortable in dress slacks than Levi’s. This President is going to waste enough money here and abroad to send an entire generation of Americans including all of the illegal aliens to private schools and well respected universities. But he won’t be spending it on children here in America where he’s president, he’s sending it as foreign aide to countries who make war on us either directly or indirectly. He’s curing disease abroad while unconcerned with the real problems at home.
Above all, America must remain a beacon to all who seek freedom during this period of historic change. I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home where she had been imprisoned for years; when thousands of Burmese lined the streets, waving American flags, including a man who said, “There is justice and law in the United States. I want our country to be like that.”
This was arguably the biggest faux pas in the history of the United States. American Presidents do not generally visit countries where genocide was practiced and then perpetrated to success. It sort of sends the wrong message to friends out of town.
In defense of freedom, we will remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia. In the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy. The process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt; but we can – and will – insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people. We will keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace. These are the messages I will deliver when I travel to the Middle East next month.
Who’s freedom exactly? Arming the enemies of our friends is stupid. He doesn’t strike me as a stupid guy, antagonistic, pandering, likes to play the part of the sympathetic victim… But not stupid.
All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad, and we will maintain the best military in the world. We will invest in new capabilities, even as we reduce waste and wartime spending. We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight. We will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat. We will keep faith with our veterans – investing in world-classcare, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned. And I want to thank my wife Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden for their continued dedication to serving our military families as well as they serve us.
But defending our freedom is not the job of our military alone. We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who’ve recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy.
Another big government commission staffed by over priced attorneys to oversee fifty or more state and local poll supervisors to assess, deliberate, waste, screw around and not accomplish anything when one of his hundred staffers could send a directive to the national board of elections that states that there must be one poll worker for x number of registered voters in a specific precinct… Set a compliance deadline and fine state which do not apply for national elections… This commission can and likely will be unsuccessful because it’s a matter of meddling in state’s rights issues. The most interesting part of the entire broadcast so far was that the CBS camera watched a 102 year old woman suck on her dentures for a full minute. It is more meaningful action that our entire federal government has accomplished in two years.
Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children.
It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.
Funny things here. The Newtown shootings were a terrible tragedy. No was to discount, fudge, pander or shuck and jive around it. Same with that idiot out in Aurora, Colorado a tragedy that hit right here at home with the death of Matt McQuinn, the son of some very good friends. These events are always expressions of the lowest and most horrible, always perpetrated by those who are sick in some way clinically or otherwise, some indoctrinated directly or indirectly, some just acting out the fantasy of adult children spiting parents. I do agree that background checks should be mandatory and HIPPA needs to make an exception for this person as it is a violation of the information protection to inquire about a person’s medical history. We do not need more gun control we need more idiot control and over regulation with fail.
Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.
One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.
Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.
Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.
The families of Newtown deserve a vote.
The families of Aurora deserve a vote.
The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.
Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.
We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.
This section was playing the part of the victim. Illustrating to the aggrieved that he bears no responsibility for the horrific act itself, only to hold the entire nation accountable, it’s all about blaming someone else. It never sinks in that morality can’t be legislated, and neither can common sense.
We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Manchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.
We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.”
Here again the most interesting part of the speech was the camera taking a wide shot of a 102 year old woman sucking on her dentures.
We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.
When asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”
That’s just the way we’re made.
These people are heroes they display character, and uncommon initiative, and selfless care for others. Any further comment on this section would cheapen their sacrifice. In moving on…
We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us. But as Americans, we all share the same proud title:
We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.
My reaction… Well y’all built this; I hope it doesn’t crumble around you. The liberals that so love the president are going to realize that he doesn’t care for them any more than he cares for any other American. The legal means to conduct drone strikes on Americans abroad will in large part be directed at campus activists and cause hoppers behaving badly abroad. Next week when those same drones are approved to assist law enforcement domestically it will be conservatives, but for the time being… Wow.
Things missing from the State of The Union were any and all mention of Benghazi, the logic being, “What difference would it make?” All the difference in the world of course but instead we proceed with this shell game. One manufactured crisis after another, one blame game, pity party, or martyr complexed camera mugging event.
People in this country need to work for living wages, not to be robbed by their government to pay for social programs that not only don’t work for the current generation, but encourage generational failure. The presidents programs don’t work because he’s surrounded himself with yes men and a bunch of gutless wonders who are so content with riding coattails that none of them will step off and attempt to lead.
Where we need strong leadership to unite our people and define our national will we get divisive leadership that wants a class and race war to take the public eye of the socialist agenda. There is a redistribution going on, the government is setting itself up to rob the people blind. If your taxes went up raise your hand. If you anticipate things will be worse before they get better, raise your other hand.
Karl Marx wrote, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” I will propose to you that the President has figured out that free crap is the opiate of people who want to sit on their, err… donkeys. Until the people start caring more for their neighbor and figure out that there is no I in team, America will be a ship adrift on the sea.
On gun control, disarming the people is the wrong situation for a lot of reasons, but it is the only sector of the economy showing higher demand and growth due to anticipated future scarcity. With the new mindset that the law abiding citizen is the enemy of the people and the criminal is just some poor sod, wronged by someone and due a pound of flesh this stuff is going to continue into the infinite future until finally the Sith are defeated and someone brings balance to the force.
If any among you truly care about our country in encourage you to call whichever knucklehead elected official you voted for in the last election, fill his email box, write a letter a day stating your grievance with the leadership of our country. If they blow you off start petitions for meaningful fast track recall provisions. Vote them out of office at all costs. We the people have asked them to go to Washington, steal our money and not perform the duties of the jobs they applied for. It is high time we told them to stop.
For the record I hate writing about politics. Politicians of all levels from all parties make me want to vomit day-glow. The people of this country once demanded their leaders be moral, intelligent and stand for something. Men once professed to a moral and ethical code, there was by and large and adherence to an ethos, a code to live by, ten very simple rules to live by that get a bad rap because they dictated character to a society hell bent on coming of age.
Now that nation is a spoiled, angry, adult child behaving badly. An embarrassment to our founding fathers. A corrupt confederacy of dunces, high on hope and change’s divisive rhetoric. Sooner or later that child is going to get a spanking if it doesn’t straighten up.
I don’t know what to tell you. I’m done trying to explain it to you. Opinion columns by their very nature are meant to cause a reaction. Sometimes it is a caustic business, sometimes a joy. I came into this obviously through the back door via a colorful performance at covering the presidential debates. I am feeling a different calling for my writing ability, something other than trying to write an operator’s manual for what used to be known as common sense. I don’t know where we as a nation are going from here, but if things don’t improve we’ll be headed there in a hand basket.
And one last thing Mr. President, I will not send you or the American people a bill for correcting some 1200 grammatical errors from your nine page speech. They’ve been taxed enough, and this only further illustrates my point that you talk a good game but on paper, you’re nothing but a lot of red ink.
Jim Layne is husband, father and veteran. He firmly believes in God and family first, Duty, Honor, Courage and a lot of other old fahioned ideals. A self confessed news junky, he distills the rhetoric down to its essential salts and serves it up in plain spoken terms.