Back in January 2013 I was surprised to hear from my daughter (a 21 year old college student at the time) that she and her boyfriend had decided to watch Obama's SOTU speech. She told me what a wonderful speaker he is and that he had some good ideas. I was shocked. Below is my deconstruction of several parts of the speech written for her benefit.
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. A really bad idea
proposed by Obama, not that he would do other than pretend he had nothing to do
with it. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/sperling-admits-obama-misled-debate-president-did-propose-sequester_705015.html
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. Yes we do. However this is in
spite of, rather than because of Obama. We are producing less oil on Federal
Lands which he controls access to. The increase has come exclusively from state
and private land production. http://eenews.net/public/Greenwire/2012/02/27/4
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 right
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. Yes, they have fallen
without any need for Kyoto or any other climate change nonsense regulation. Our
emissions have fallen because the economy stinks and we have found and produced
fantastic amounts of cheap natural gas causing the conversion of many factories
from coal (dirty) to gas (much cleaner) http://news.yahoo.com/ap-impact-co2-emissions-us-drop-20-low-174616030--finance.html Keep
in mind that most of the new gas is available because of fracking which Obama
and his minions oppose! Does that stop this lying piece of crap from taking
credit for it? Of course not.
But for the sake of our children (the use of the preceeding phrase should always cause you to become more
vigilant. It actually means that we are going to propose limiting your freedom
and you would never go for it unless we invoke “the children”)
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 ( Maybe. There are a
lot of questions about the baseline data and since the world leaders in this
research refuse to release their raw data, in stark violation of
non-proprietary scientific endeavors, who knows. There is one thing we do know if we
concede the assertion. 11 of the 12 took place between 1998 and 2007 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071213101419.htm which means that only one has occurred in the
last 6 years.
Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods –
all are now more frequent and intense complete
. We can choose to believe that
Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades nonsense http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drought_in_the_United_States
, 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.
As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must
Researchers from Harvard University
and Tsinghua University
have found that the
People's Republic could meet all of its electricity demands from wind power by
Despite this, Wen Jiabao Premier of China stated in a March 5, 2012
report that China will end the "blind expansion" into wind and solar
energy, instead developing nuclear power, hydropower, and shale gas.
Why? Because solar and wind are unreliable and unpredictable. We don’t
know when the sun will shine or when the wind will blow.
That's why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and
speeding up new oil and gas permits. More
lies. http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/04/politics/fact-check-oil-gas/ . Whenever Obama talks about this stuff you
must keep in mind that his stated goal is that energy prices of all kinds
should rise dramatically. Here he is talking about electricity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTxGHn4sH4 )
Indeed, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and
waters that we, the public, own together. ( As
stated above, almost none of the new production comes from Federal Land and,
overall production is down on Federal lands that “we, the public, own together”.
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. enough said on this in our earlier
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. (Costs are soaring because of
tax credits, loans and grants. It is the same phenomenon as we see in the
medical care business. Government money skews the economics of the market. If
there were fewer students able to “afford” college then the colleges would be
forced to be more competitive. Easy government money means they do not have to
be competitive so they hire more and more people to do less and less work.
Ultimately, it is these poor saps taking out these loans who pay the price for
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. Minimum wage is paid for entry level jobs.
Your first job might be minimum wage but if you are a decent employee, an
employee your employer considers valuable, your wages will increase steadily.
You saw that dynamic in action yourself at City Tan. You did a good job and got
raises because your employer didn’t want you looking elsewhere for a better
paying job. As a high school student working part-time or a recent graduate
working full-time at an entry level job you should not be married with two
kids! So, if you spend year after year making minimum wage it is your fault,
not the fault of the minimum wage and making that wage more “livable” will make
the problem worse, not better. Also note the real agenda here, as with
mandatory pre-school. Most union contracts define wage levels as a function of
the minimum wage http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061111000556AAr0KHu so a
raise in the minimum wage means an increase for almost all union members, a
democrat constituency. I negotiated a union contract years ago and this is
exactly how it works.
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. Indeed.
It will also raise prices on many things, including many that this guy now
making $9/hr will have to buy since business owners do not take the money for
the increase out of their pockets, they charge more for goods and services to
make up for their increased costs.
When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their
party – are denied that right (to vote)
simply because they can't wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot,
we are betraying our ideals.
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." ( Wow, what a story. Ancient woman goes to vote on election day and
stands in line for hours and hours. Terrible. Of course, that is not what
happened. What happened was that some democrat booster wanted to make sure this
woman voted and so took her to a polling station on the first day of early
voting, not election day. There was no
reason for her to be there at all. Early voting was intended to allow people
who would not be in their district on election day to cast their ballots early.
Dems have since used early voting to ensure as many of their voters as possible
cast their votes without the excuses for failing to vote on election day coming
into play. “had to work late; kids had a soccer game” etc. There are very few
polling places open for early voting and even they would be adequate but for
democrats taking advantage of the system. If they had an ounce of decency they
would have arranged an absentee ballot for this 102 year old woman and she
could have voted without ever leaving her home. By the way, what sort of people
stand in line for hours ahead of a 102 year-old women? Would you not have given
up your place to her? Do you know anyone who would not have done the same? Me
In the linked article
you will see that the longest wait times in the country on election day were
actually in Florida. How long? 3 hours, no; 2 hours, no; 1 hour, no; 45
minutes, yes and that was the longest wait time in the entire country! The
article does say that blacks and Hispanics had the longest wait times. Big
surprise since a much greater proportion of them live in urban areas which are,
by definition, more crowded.
So, that’s all for
now. Please note that links to CNN, Reuters and AP are links to media wildly in
favor of Obama so they do their best to minimize his transgressions but even
they, as you have seen from reading the links, have to reluctantly concede that
he is lying.