Helping you Decode the Presidents State of The Union Speech.
By Kurt Feigel
Lynchburg Tea Party Vice Chair
Most Americans couldn’t stomach the idea of listening to the state of the union speech. So I’ve undertaken the daunting task of decoding the speech from the written transcript found at NPR.
It’s understandable why most people would skip this staged absurdity.
When Joe Wilson 2 years ago yelled “you lie”! we had no idea how prophetic his words were.
“That’s what helps set us apart as a nation” The President said referring to the “differences over the past two years”. Ironic because this is the state of the “Union” and we couldn’t be more divided. Obama’s most annoying ploy during this speech is his frequent attempt to tout our national exceptionalism, something he doesn’t believe in and something he disdains!
“That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation.”
A frequent trend in this speech was Obama’s use of terms expressing the desire for unity. He wants a “new era of cooperation” and is hoping we can “work together tomorrow” and “that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties” or “support from Democrats and Republicans”. This theme continued with “We will move forward together, or not at all “ and begs the question if “not at all” is the tone of the new “civility” we’ve heard so much about recently?
This little bit of baloney wasn’t all bad, “after all, we just had an election.” Yes, and Mr. President YOU LOST…but thanks for the reminder. It’s always good to revel in our victory over your forces of evil.
Why are we always told we need to “reach across the aisle”? The end result is that we end up capitulating to the demands of the enemies of Liberty.
“…whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. “ this fails to explain WHY businesses are leaving…that would be overburdensome policies coming out of D.C. For $500 Alex “…industry of our people is rewarded.” This is insulting on so many levels because BHO does not believe this. He and his crony friends in the White House HATE the industrious nature of the American worker.
Obama had the nerve to take credit for the tax cuts that Republicans forced the administration to pass in December, “Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans’ paychecks are a little bigger today.”
Here he tells the biggest lie of the night, “the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. “ This is a lie because he doesn’t believe one word of it.
On to Obama’s favorite mantras; Sacrifice, “It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age.” And thrill of thrills “And now it’s our turn.” followed by the next big lie of the night “out-build the rest of the world.” This is a lie because every day we are told what an evil nation we are for consuming so much. If we build, we consume.
Hey Mr. President, Are you sacrificing when you and your wife take +$1 Million dollar trips all over the world?
“Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation.” Not a truer statement has been said and not a bigger lie for our President. He hates the free enterprise system. Hates innovation that didn’t originate with the government(none ever does). He starts off touting “free enterprise” but then goes on to attack it by stating we must“provide[d] cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need…an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.”
Next Obama shows how little he knows about supply and demand by declaring that America will “become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.” To accomplish this we are already hearing of stories of “incentives” for consumers to buy these electric vehicles.
He doesn’t understand that our national power grid is over taxed either. That monopolistic control at the local level has hindered the “innovation” he keeps talking about. “I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: By 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.” We have a clean energy source…it’s called Nuclear power. Not one nuke plant has been built In over 20 years.
“We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies…So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”
I personally don’t have a problem taxing big oil. But for some reason Obama thinks that a “tax cut” is a “gift”
“By 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. “ He can dream big, after all, he is single handedly making Oil cost more by restricting our ability to drill for it at every turn. “Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal and natural gas. “ Any guesses which ones will get the nod and which ones will get the axe?
But He doesn’t understand any of this. When was the last time BHO has had to write a check for his power? When has this Ruling Class Elitist been made to pay for the heat he enjoys? Come to think of it, when has Obama worked an honest day in his life?
After rambling about how the world has changed he touts China’s innovation and how they are “educating their children earlier and longer, with greater emphasis on math and science. “
“we also have to win the race to educate our kids…as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school. “ Never mind, the FACT that we spend more than most rich nations on education and get little to nothing for it.
And what political party controls the education system in America? That would be the Democrats.
Talking of American students “We need to teach them that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.” Funny, coming from a guy who is standing where he is not because of “hard work and discipline” but from “fame” and “PR”.
He goes on to tout another idea from the treasure trove of new idiotic ideas “Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that’s more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids.” I remember when the disaster know as “No Child Left Behind” was passed by guys like Ted Kennedy. How it was supposed to do all these great things to bring standards into our education system…6 years later and full of failure we’ve got a new program that is supposed to save the day. New name…same trash.
Never one to let his Union thug friends miss out on the bennies, “ we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering and math. “ and the laughable “We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones.” I’d like to see you enforce that on the teachers unions.
“Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens…They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag” Sorry Mr. President, I grew up in California, The only flag they are pledging allegiance to is the Mexican flag.
He pauses here to reiterate his unity plan “am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats…let’s agree to make that effort. “ LETS NOT!
“Our infrastructure used to be the best, but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater Internet access than we do. “ This is the first time I agree with what he says. Our Internet infrastructure is slipping. However, I don’t think it is the roll of government to innovate here. It is the roll of government to get out of the way and let the industry fix this problem.
“So over the last two years, we’ve begun rebuilding for the 21st century, a project that has meant thousands of good jobs for the hard-hit construction industry. And tonight, I’m proposing that we redouble those efforts. “ It didn’t work for the last 2 years…but I’m sure it will work this time right?
“We’ll make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based [on] what’s best for the economy, not politicians.” And pigs can fly!
“Within the next five years, we’ll make it possible” No, if it happens, private companies will make this possible. “for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans. “ are you going to give everyone a phone? “ But to help our companies compete, we also have to knock down barriers that stand in the way of their success.” Like your administrations idiotic policies? Or is this more crony capitalism?
“We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses. “ Referring to the 1099 requirements built into the new health care law…If the President and Congress had read the stupid law they would have known what was it.
We told them it was…they didn’t listen. So now “we” have to fix it.
“So I say to this chamber tonight, instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let’s fix what needs fixing and let’s move forward. “ Don’t touch my baby!
I’m not sure if this was a joke or a serious statement, “We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our government.”
“Now, the final critical step in winning the future is to make sure we aren’t buried under a mountain of debt.” Oh now you care about spending too much money? “…every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same.”
“So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. Now, this would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, “ It is so sad that our educational system is so bad, and so many stupid people don’t see the lie that was just told to them in this statement $400 Billion dollars spread over 10 years is $40 Billion/yr. PEANUTS! From a government that is going to be spending $1.4 Trillion dollars MORE than it has this year alone.
Remember when a Billion was a lot of money?
“In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code.” The ONLY way to do this at this point would be to institute the Fair Tax. Thats not going to happen. We have a better chance of building a Nuclear power plant than in our government “simplifying the tax code” Charlie Rangel wrote the stupid code and then broke it for 17 straight years.
“The 21st century government that’s open and competent. A government that lives within its means. “
Take a moment and laugh…I did!
About now he begins a long bit on touting his foreign policy accomplishments. Thanking our Troops. Talking about our “conflicts” overseas. Nothing spectacular. Though he did take a second and brag on how Gay people can now be openly gay and wreck our military.
He did touch on Iran, “ Because of a diplomatic effort to insist that Iran meet its obligations, “ I can with absolute certainty guarantee that Iran isn’t scared of you Mr. President. They are very scared of Israeli Hackers.
“This March, I will travel to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador to forge new alliances across the Americas. Around the globe, we’re standing with those who take responsibility — helping farmers grow more food, supporting doctors who care for the sick, and combating the corruption that can rot a society and rob people of opportunity.”
Oh goodie another expensive vacation. Lets not have the leaders of these nations visit us…nope lets spend millions of dollars traveling to see them.
“From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream.” Give me a break! He no more believes this than he things Ronald Reagan was a great President.
So if you guessed that the SOTU would be filled with lies and distortions then you were right. Sadly once again the American people are being deceived at the highest levels of government and the people are doing little to stop it.
Kurt Feigel is the Vice Chair of the Lynchburg Tea Party and Communications Director of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation.