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Archive for 25 January 2012
I did not watch the State of the Union address. I had no intention of spending my time, listening to a man/child who so desperately wants to destroy this country. He’s made a good start, and if allowed to continue for another four years, we will no longer be the United States of America. We will become even more divided, and likely, there will be a very uncivil war, whether of words, or blood, no one knows….yet. But this morning, I decided I would read his speech. BIG mistake! I was already in a rather pissy mood, due to a cat incident at 6am, finding a bug that had no business being in my home, and having my blog load so bloomin’ slow, I was about to toss the computer across the room. The Mr wouldn’t have been too happy about that as it’s not even a year old yet.
I’ll discuss just a few items that jumped out at me.
Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought — and several thousand gave their lives.
What I find so amazing about this is the FACT that the man can’t stand the military. Many of his comments over the past 3 LONG years prove this to me, and many others. He has no pride in those colors, or the fine men and women who serve under them. His apology tour in his first year bears this out. A person who has pride doesn’t go to the countries of our ‘enemies’ and apologize for OUR treasure being spend on THEIR safety and well being. His continued remarks about our ‘greatness’ goes on in the same vein.
Let’s remember how we got here. Long before the recession, jobs and manufacturing began leaving our shores. Technology made businesses more efficient, but also made some jobs obsolete. Folks at the top saw their incomes rise like never before, but most hardworking Americans struggled with costs that were growing, paychecks that weren’t, and personal debt that kept piling up.
It is quite apparent to me that this guy has no idea what caused the ‘recession’. He evidently isn’t aware how business works. That is quite apparent from his continued attempt to fix a problem by making a problem worse. I’ve no doubt, if he had his way, he’d give subsidies to the buggy whip companies. Technological advances are not a bad thing, and ATMs are not a culprit. Someone has to build those ATMs, right? That means employing people to make them. Common sense. There are companies that WANT to produce their products in their homeland, but thanks to unreasonable regulations, they wouldn’t stay in business very long. The cost to do business in this country has gone through the roof. If I ran a business, I would certainly look for a place that is more business friendly. The U.S. isn’t that place anymore.
Perhaps he should take a long hard look at his buddies in the unions. Our decline came as the unions demanded more and more from the companies to the point where either they moved their business elsewhere, or completely shut down. A company cannot run without profits. The costs of every thing skyrocketed in the 70s thanks, in great part, to the unions. If you have to pay more for the product to be made and transported, you have no choice but to raise the price. The cradle to grave mentality of the union bosses is one major reason why we’re in the mess we’re in. Add to that, the Democrats failure to take a better look at Fannie and Freddie, and you have a recipe for disaster. The $787 BILLION so called stimulus that was shoved through over the objections of most Republicans created nothing. Oh, it fixed some roads that needed to be fixed, but it also fixed road that didn’t need fixing. Once those jobs were done, what happened? The workers went back on unemployment. Then they decided to make unemployment a career move. More money out of the worker’s pocket to pay for those who can’t, or won’t, find a job. There are many people in this country who actually believe they are entitled to anything and everything their little heart desires.
The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back now. As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.
Well, in reality, no…it is not! It has become extremely divided, thanks in great part, to the obstructionism of the Senate. A Senate, I must add, that is control by the Democrats. The Republican controlled House has passed 30 jobs bills. THIRTY! Not one has the Senate majority leader, Runnin’ Harry Reid brought to a vote. NOT ONE! Who is doing the obstructing? What the Democrats and the Phoney in Chief are doing is continuing the very same policies that brought us to THIS crisis. The American people have no confidence in the ‘leadership’ in Washington, D.C. There is NO leadership to have confidence in! We see children, whining, pointing fingers, taking their ball and going home, while sticking their tongues out at each other. Apparently, they do not know who it is they really work for…. that would be WE, The People.
On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen. In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We got workers and automakers to settle their differences. We got the industry to retool and restructure. Today, General Motors is back on top as the world’s number-one automaker. (Applause.) Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs.
And now the American taxpayer is on the hook for billions of dollars, and getting nothing in return for their investment. Most stock holder should be getting dividends. We do not. Yes, you should have let it die. It would have restructured, renegotiated the contracts with the unions, and would have come out better, and stronger than it was before. Government Motors is not better. It is making vehicles that no one wants, and are dangerous to the consumer. Not to mention the expense of pushing said butt ugly vehicles. Once more, the tinkering of the government has created a bigger mess than what would have been if they had kept their fingers out of the pie. It is NOT the job of the federal government (the taxpayers) to prop up any business.
Read the whole thing for yourselves. Come to your own conclusions. Look for what he DOESN’T say, which is quite a bit. My mood is deteriorating, and I might say something I regret…..or not. I haven’t even mentioned the problem of ObamaCare. I got a notice yesterday…. my insurance, catastrophic only…no doctor’s visits, etc…. has gone up over $4,000 a year. FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS! We can’t afford that! But then, that is his intent, isn’t it!
There are many responses to be found online. Governor Daniels of Indiana gave the official Republican response. Even the Washington Post has some major issues with The One’s speech. He is in full campaign mode. Come to think of it, he’s been in full campaign mode since 1/21/09!
Obama’s State of Omission
Speaking last night from the U.S. Capitol, President Barack Obama described the state of the Union as he sees it — strong and getting stronger, with future growth fueled by his pursuit of progressive policies and an expansion of government, all architected to bring about his brand of “fairness.” The President essentially redelivered his 2011 State of the Union address — complete with the same empty rhetoric, class warfare cloaked in “fairness,” and proposals for massive tax and spending increases.
The speech was notable for the items he did not mention, including many of the failed spending programs and policies he undertook over the past three years, the foreign policy and defense challenges he has exacerbated, and the economic actions he failed to take that would have created jobs and spurred economic growth.