I caught most of the State of the Union address last week. I have to admit I was a little uncomfortable watching for some reason. I couldn't put my finger on it until I listened to Rush the next day when he mentioned that Obama gave the speech as if it were his first day in office; as if the last two years hadn't happened.
It occurred to me that what made me so uncomfortable was that I was watching a President of the United States take himself on. He was throwing jabs left and right... at himself!
Here are a few excerpts from his speech:
"Now, by itself, this simple recognition won't usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.
"I believe we can. And I believe we must. That's what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they've determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all -- for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics."
Isn't this the same President who rammed through the health care bill despite not having a single Republican vote and with 60% of the public opposing it?
"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. (Applause.) I don't know if -- I don't know if you've noticed, but they're doing just fine on their own. (Laughter.) So instead of subsidizing yesterday's energy, let's invest in tomorrow's."
Okay, this is one part that has been consistent throughout his presidency: Bashing the oil companies that currently make it possible for he and us to travel around the world in an efficient, cost-effective manner. But the reason that I included this excerpt is that I'm trying to figure out what he means by "the billions of taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies". Please somebody explain to me when the government has evergiven a single dollar to the oil companies? I think what he meant to say there was: "And to help pay for it, I'm asking for Congress to allow the oil companies to keep less of the income they generate."
"Our infrastructure used to be the best, but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater Internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports. Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation's infrastructure, they gave us a 'D.'"
Ummmm... What was the $1 trillion stimulus for? I remember the bridge in Minnesota that collapsed being referenced in the debate about the stimulus and that all of these construction workers were going to be put to work as a result of the $100+ billion that was going into infrastructure. In fact, a quick Google search shows that "Mr. Obama called the bill 'the largest new investment in our nation’s infrastructure since Eisenhower built an interstate highway system in the 1950s.'" That was two years ago, one month after Obama took office. What happened? (See the link in the next section for the answer.)
"We'll put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. 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."
Again, this is wonderful. But I have to ask, why start now? Since the beginning of his presidency, when has President Obama ever worried about making sure that anything is fully paid for? When has he ever created policies that would attract private investment? And when has he ever picked projects based on what's best for the economy instead of politicians? *cough*Wastebook 2010*cough*
"Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail. (Applause.) This could allow you to go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying -- without the pat-down. (Laughter and applause.)"
Ummmmmm... Which President's Department of Homeland Security is responsible for the new intrusive patdowns?
And last, but not least...
"But now that the worst of the recession is over, we have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable. Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same."
I had to check this one again to make sure it actually came out of his mouth. So after a $1 Trillion stimulus consisting of borrowed money and leading to record deficits... now we are going to reign in spending.
Throughout the speech, I felt like I was watching an older brother playing "Quit hitting yourself" with a younger brother... only this time the younger brother was actually hitting himself! It was bizarre.
President Obama's speech had the effectiveness of a parent counseling a child not to smoke with an ashtray full of cigarette butts at their side.
As Rush pointed out, he acted like this was his first day in office. What about the last two years?? He has had TWO YEARS with a Democratic majority in both the House & Senate to try to cooperate with those across the table, to improve the infrastructure, to make sure the projects are fully paid for, to encourage private investment, to fix the tax code, and to reign in spending, among the myriad of other things he mentioned in his speech!
President Obama needs to become familiar with the phrase "Actions speak louder than words." His actions have been speaking for the past 743 days, and those actions make the words he spoke last week completely meaningless. Obama 2008-2010 beat the tar out of Obama 2011 in this fight. He was his own worst enemy last Tuesday.