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Archive for 26 January 2011
Hope, Change, and ‘Invest’
by Ann Coulter
I missed the middle section of Obama’s State of the Union address when I took a break to read “War and Peace,” but I gather he never got around to what I was hoping he’d say, which is: “What was I thinking?”
The national debt is $14 trillion, the Democrats won’t stop spending, and President Nero gave us a long gaseous speech about his Stradivarius.
I feel so Southern whenever I watch a Democrat give a State of the Union address — and not just because it makes me want to secede. Consternating the rest of the family, my Kentucky mother always talked back to the TV. I do it only when a Democrat is giving a speech.
While waiting for the Mr at the ‘discharge’ area of the hospital this afternoon, I happened to notice the vehicle parked in front of me.
I really wanted to ask the driver if he still was such a fan of those two. But I refrained. I also wanted to inform him that his bumper sticker made him look foolish, considering the condition of the country right now, but I just smiled knowingly.
I was a little concerned about the predicted snowfall, but looks like I needn’t have worried.
Looks like they missed the mark for the 5 inches. Heh. It’s already sliding off the Mr’s car! Of course, the fact the I just washed the truck and got all the nasty off from the last blast just means the mud will be knee high going down the drive. sigh.. Oh well.
Y’see….my concern was being able to get to Jackson safely to pick up the Mr! Yep…..he’s finally being sprung from yon hospital! Whether or not he’s physically ready doesn’t even compare to his mentally being ready. Oh yeah….he is SO ready to be outta there! LOL Ten days is a long time to be poked and prodded by strangers. They never leave ya any dignity!
He’s going to have a bit of a haul to recovery, but getting ‘paroled’ is a great first step, don’t ya think.
Losing the Future
Last night, in his State of the Union, President Barack Obama claimed, “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. … That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future.” This is true. But then he went on to say: “We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time.” No. No, he doesn’t. The rest of the President’s speech made it very clear that he has no idea what makes America the best place on earth to do business.
On issue after issue (education, energy, infrastructure), the President identified more government “investment” as the key to “winning the future.” But if centrally planned government spending is the key to America’s future success, then we are in big trouble, because China will beat us in raw bureaucratic efficiency every time. The source of American exceptionalism is not an expansive and powerful central government. As Heritage Foundation Center for American Studies Director Matthew Spalding has stated, the American creed “is set forth most clearly in the Declaration of Independence … a timeless statement of inherent rights, the proper purposes of government, and the limits on political authority.”
I did, however, do a bit of live chatting with some blogger buds over at No Runny Eggs. I didn’t have to listen to his words to know what he was saying, judging by their reactions. It was quite entertaining.
I did, however, read the speech this morning. This way, I didn’t have to actually hear his droning, teeth whistling, and watch the Democrats make fools of themselves by imitating a child’s toy.
It was a good thing that he mentioned the tragedy in Tuscon. I would have been more than a little shocked if he hadn’t. However, he did happen to leave out some VERY important problems.
It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.
Like, the media automatically laying blame before any facts had been found. That it was HIS side of the aisle that uses violent rhetoric on a regular basis, and not those who have been accused, and are still being accused. He could have flat out said….KNOCK IT OFF….but that wouldn’t fit into his agenda, so there you have it.
At stake right now is not who wins the next election -– after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but the light to the world.
Actually, the next election is just as important, if not more so than the last. With all the job killing laws, rules and regulations coming out of D.C., through HIS administration, I find it rather ironic that he is now talking about industry and leadership. We have no industry anymore. We produce little to nothing. And we sure don’t have any leadership!
We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.
But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.
Really? If the economy is growing, where are the jobs? Why are so many just giving up? And what entrepreneur would want to invest time and effort into creating when the government regulations shut him down at every turn? THIS is what you are leaving for our children. Some are managing to succeed, but not nearly enough. I hate being a pessimist, but if we continue to be shoved down the road of, not just big government, but HUGE government, there will be very few success stories of the American Dream.
Ok, you go and read the rest of the drivel. Touting ‘green’ as the future of the country, when it’s been proven time and time again…..their idea of ‘green’ is money, and has nothing to do with the environment. There is no logic in these types of schemes. And that’s all they are….schemes.
The Washington Times pretty much hits the nail on the head with their response to the speech:
Maybe when the red flag is flying on the lunar surface the United States will have a true Sputnik moment, the shocked realization that while the rest of mankind is making giant leaps, Obama’s America can manage only small steps.
We’re no longer allowed to dream big. We are bogged down in political correctness, and regulations. If today’s liberals had been in charge when Kennedy made his speech, we would have never seen the surface of the moon. Shoot, if they had been in charge in the 1700s, odds are, we’d still be a British colony. We would have never spread across the continent, and become the greatest nation on the planet. The one country so many fought and died for, risked their all to come to her shores.
Actually worth listening: