A little bit of History repeating
An apt introduction from the Propellerheads for my rundown on the State of the Union (SOTU) last night. More of the same. In fact, a lot of the same. I don’t wonder if some cutting and pasting were done from all the speeches prior:
The Lady’s Take:
I’ll be brief since the speech wasn’t – 65 minutes I believe. Way too long and way too boring. It made the NBC debate look like a WWF match and therefore making NBC’s crowd control tactic look even dumber…but I digress. I’d like to speak directly to the President when I say that Atlas Shrugged was a cautionary tale, not an instruction manual. Mouch’s Equalization of Opportunity Act and Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog Rule aren’t that far off in the distance from this:
“So let’s change it. First, if you’re a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn’t get a tax deduction for doing it. That money should be used to cover moving expenses for companies like Master Lock that decide to bring jobs home.
Second, no American company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas. From now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. And every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here.
Third, if you’re an American manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. If you’re a high-tech manufacturer, we should double the tax deduction you get for making products here. And if you want to relocate in a community that was hit hard when a factory left town, you should get help financing a new plant, equipment, or training for new workers.”
How about we just lower the rates across the board and stop telling businesses how to run themselves?
He opened and closed it with military-related kudos and accolades. Of course, Bin Laden was mentioned and that he got him. Right. Our military deserves those praises, however, without the undertone that he had anything to do with it. Obama stood up there and said we need to support our military, that is is strong and so on, meanwhile he’s cutting nearly $500 billion from defense budgets.
His closing portion which including Seal Team 6 and the Flag was woven together rather poorly and had a flat reception:
One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the mission to get bin Laden. On it are each of their names. Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn’t matter. Just like it didn’t matter that day in the Situation Room, when I sat next to Bob Gates – a man who was George Bush’s defense secretary; and Hillary Clinton, a woman who ran against me for president.
All that mattered that day was the mission. No one thought about politics. No one thought about themselves. One of the young men involved in the raid later told me that he didn’t deserve credit for the mission. It only succeeded, he said, because every single member of that unit did their job – the pilot who landed the helicopter that spun out of control; the translator who kept others from entering the compound; the troops who separated the women and children from the fight; the SEALs who charged up the stairs. More than that, the mission only succeeded because every member of that unit trusted each other – because you can’t charge up those stairs, into darkness and danger, unless you know that there’s someone behind you, watching your back.
So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.
I think it made everyone there uncomfortable and I noted the Joint Chiefs were not smiling nor clapping. I think it dripped with insincerity and his delivery matched that. I was not inspired by his analogy and if I had been on the floor I would have been charting my course to the door to escape for a stiff drink.
There was class warfare rhetoric throughout it and Obama claimed it was of course, ‘fairness’ instead. It is clear he means to make this the centerpiece of his campaign. I can hardly wait for how ugly and divisive this will become. What a uniter.
Fairness was tossed around again:
“A return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility will help us protect our people and our economy. But it should also guide us as we look to pay down our debt and invest in our future.”
Wrong again. It’s hard work and self-responsibility.
There was also a good deal of taking credit for what his predecessors started yet blaming them for his own failed policies. Not sure how he keeps it all straight, to be honest. The speech was overwhelmingly populist.
There was a lot of fudged math and fuzzy numbers as well. I have a few examples of such listed in the useful links below. He also perpetuated the Buffett Secretary lie a few times. The camera, of course, panned to her sitting in the audience next to Steve Jobs’ wife of all people. I laughed. Obama had a few other people he used as speech props sitting in the audience as well. He’s nothing if not theatrical.
Oh, and apparently padlocks are our salvation and his big example of job growth this time around. Yay? We now have ample locks for the property many of us no longer own:
“A few weeks ago, the CEO of Master Lock told me that it now makes business sense for him to bring jobs back home. Today, for the first time in fifteen years, Master Lock’s unionized plant in Milwaukee is running at full capacity.”
There was a laundry list of junk in it too, of course, wrapped in lofty platitudes. A fair number require bipartisan assistance but he put a few out there that he plans to do on his own. How nice — King Obama. You can’t wait! Spare us. The GOP rebuttal was swift, to the point and Daniels knocked it out of the park.
Now, on to the useful links.
The Useful Links:
- Full Text: President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address | The Daily Caller
- Full Text of GOP Rebuttal: GOP Rebuttal To State Of The Union | Fox News
- Full Video of the GOP Rebuttal by Mitch Daniels: Watch Gov. Mitch Daniels Deliver the GOP Response to the State of the Union – YouTube
- The Tea Party Response by Hermain Cain (yes, really): Herman Cain delivers Tea Party response to SOTU | The Right Scoop
- Drunkblogging the State of the Union Speech | VodkaPundit
- Barack Obama Handles the Ship of State a Lot Like the Captain of the Costa Concordia | Verum Serum
- SOTU 2012, Deconstructed | The Hayride (this was excellent and written with snark dear to my heart, read it!)
- Obama State of the Union | The Future of Capitalism
- Obama announces financial crimes unit | The Hill’s On The Money
- Obama cranks up populist pitch | The Hill.com
- Obama State of the Union Speech Makes Populist Pitch | WSJ.com
- Overall: State of the Union: Fact Checking the President | Yahoo! News
- Energy: Fact Checking President Obama’s Claims About Domestic Energy ProductionInstitute for Energy Research | Institute for Energy Research
- Taxes: Americans for Tax Reform :: State of Obama\’s Tax Assertions | ATR Fact Check
- Oil: Slick Obama Fudges Oil Numbers in His SOTU Address | The Gateway Pundit
Just a reminder…