As stated at the beginning of last year’s SOTU analysis, the title is not a misprint. An onion has many layers, and you need to peel them to get to the center. Likewise, the State of the Union speeches have many layers of bovine excrement, and you need to peel them back to see what El Presidente is actually talking about.
As I posted last year, I don’t actually watch the speech. I download a hard copy off of the Internet the next day. Here’s what this year’s babbling State of the Union was about:
The speech began with a bunch of platitudes and anecdotes about the admirable things that were done by people who don’t exist. Still, the Feds had nothing to do with any of it. Next, lies about “the lowest unemployment rate in five years”, “our deficits — cut in half”, and a knee-slapper about “The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help of hinder this progress.” There’s no question: everyone knows the answer is hinder.
2. The President abusing his power and usurping that of Congress.
“So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I am going to do.” (emphasis added)
With all due respect to Paul Begala, according to the Constitution a President cannot unilaterally write things into law. If we had men in Congress instead of the current crop of timid eunuchs, a President who tried to do so would be impeached immediately upon making the attempt.
Mr. Obama stated something that I actually agree with. He proposed fixing the tax code to “close those loopholes” with respect to corporations. I propose going even further and completely repealing the 16th Amendment. If reducing taxes on businesses is good, it’s gotta be double-plus good to reduce taxes on everyone.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The President proposed “rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes…” I agree that roads, bridges, and ports need to be repaired and/or rebuilt. I disagree that the Federal government is the entity that should be doing this. With the exception of Boulder Dam, the federal government has never finished an infrastructure project on time and under budget. FedGov should step aside and let state and local officials handle these projects in conjunction with private-sector firms.
More specifically, ‘energy independence’. This pipe dream has been floated in front of Congress and the American people every year since the early 1970s.
The U.S. is currently exporting more oil and gasoline that it consumes. And if it weren’t for the EPA and other regulatory bodies, the U.S. would be the largest oil-producing nation in the world. The U.S. has massive deposits of oil, natural gas, and coal in Alaska, off the West Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Western states. The problem is that the regulators won’t let companies access it because a seal might get some oil on its fur if there is an oil spill.
Most of the section about ‘energy’ was actually about
global warming ‘climate change’. Funny how quickly the environmental loons changed the title once it was shown that the world isn’t getting warmer, it’s getting cooler:
The mean global temperature has not risen in 17 years and has been slowly falling for approximately the past 10 years. In 2013, there were more record-low temperatures than record-high temperatures in the United States.
I grew up in North Dakota. If global warming exists, I and all the people sentenced to live in that wasteland are all for it. But the trend is toward a mini-Ice Age, not a carbon monoxide-induced global catastrophe. This part of Mr. Obama’s speech was a thinly-disguised push for ‘green energy’, which is more inefficient than using oil and coal. But the more worrisome statement is this:
And while we’re at it, I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.
I just wonder how many of those ‘pristine’ federal lands have oil, natural gas, and coal underneath them. After all, President Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in order to keep a large coal deposit from being developed and mined. Oh, by the way, one of the largest donors to Mr. Clinton’s presidential campaign was an Indonesian coal company. See, that’s how energy policy is really made in Washington.
Some more blather about how we need to ‘reform’ the immigration system to let even more foreigners to occupy our country. What part of ‘illegal’ do those clowns in Washington D.C. not understand?
Yet more babble about “guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education.” What the hell does that even mean? Do we want our children to outdo Asians in math? Maybe we should teach them how to cheat then.
If we really want to give our children a ‘world-class education’, perhaps we should start teaching them reading, writing, and arithmetic again instead of how to ‘socialize’, put condoms on bananas, and why its OK if Tommy has two daddies instead of a daddy and a mommy.
Mr. Obama also repeated his plea for Congress to help states set up pre-K for every four-year-old child. Because the statists can’t wait that extra year to start indoctrinating your children.
8. The ‘Wage Gap’ and the minimum wage
Mr. Obama repeated the lie that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. I wonder where that idea came from? It doesn’t matter, as it isn’t true. Here are some of the reasons why men earn more than women:
- Women work less hours and opt for more benefits.
- Wage gap data is biased.
- Women fall behind men in the workplace because they take time off to have and raise children.
- Women avoid working in dangerous jobs that pay more.
All of these are valid reasons why men earn more than women.
Mr. Obama unveiled his plan for these financial vehicles that will supposedly help Americans save for their retirement. This is just another variation of the Government Retirement Account that I discussed here, only it sounds like setting up the accounts and making contributions is voluntary for the MyRA (for now). The way it will work is you will put your money in the account and the account manager will use that money to buy government securities. Heck, somebody has to because the Chinese aren’t buying them anymore. Of course, it would be easier for Americans to save for retirement if they weren’t paying out over half their incomes to pay taxes.
This was a very bad speech. Most of it is fluff, the kind of stuff that a candidate for political office would say on the campaign trail to entice people to vote for him. Of course, Mr. Obama isn’t governing right now. He’s the
Manchurian Perpetual Candidate.