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The state of Obama’s union
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The state of Obama’s union: Great, if you ignore the parts he wants to ignore

Half the story.
If you actually spent an hour and five minutes watching the State of the Union address last night, you heard very little – about five minutes’ worth – that actually addressed the state of the union. You heard a lot from President Obama trying to make the case that everything is fantastic, which you might well believe if only know the part of the story he told.
If you know the whole story, you are not so misled.
I would sum up the speech in three ways. First, it was aspirational. He talked about things and ideals we would like to achieve, ideals that we would like to ideals and goals we would all like to reach. That’s aspirational. That’s what leaders are supposed to do. But the second thing a leader should do is provide inspiration. President Obama didn’t do that at all. He didn’t make the opposition or the general public feel like they wanted to jump up and down to achieve those. Why? Because he has lost their trust. People follow aspirational leaders when they believe in them.
Third, it lacked motivation. When there is no inspiration, there is no motivation. To most Americans, it’s just another speech. The bottom line from my perspective is that the state of the union – according to the speech the president gave – is unchanged from a year ago, or five years ago.
And during the rare portions when he touched on the things people were most interested in, he really didn’t give you all the facts.
He told us we have the lowest unemployment rate in five years, but he didn’t tell you how high it got because of his policies, or that it’s only gone down because we have the lowest labor force participation rate in years. He also didn’t tell you they doctored the numbers.
He told you we have a rebound in the housing market, but he didn’t tell you it’s very slight and existing inventory is being depleted while Baby Boomers look for homes.
He told you manufacturers are adding jobs, but he didn’t tell you how many of them are still leaving money offshore because of his policies that punish overseas earnings.
He told you we’re producing a lot of oil, but he didn’t tell you it’s because the private sector is overcoming obstacles being thrown up by the government, which is doing everything it can to stop oil production in this country.
He told you our deficits have been cut in half, but he didn’t tell you that he led the spending blowout that ballooned them to $1.2 trillion a year in the first place, nor did he tell you that the one-year reduction to $600 billion (which is no great number, by the way, since it still adds that much to our debt) is a one-time event as recently agreed-to budget deals indicate the deficit is going to start soaring again.
And of course he had to take his swipe at Republicans, who he blamed for shutting down the government without telling you that Democrats refused to negotiate on spending or ObamaCare, thus leaving the Republicans with a choice between total capitulation or standing firm and seeing the government shut down – knowing full well the lamestream media would blame them for it.
Weirdly, after all the talk about how good things are, Obama then insisted we have to do something immediately because inequality has deepened and upward mobility has stalled. Which is it? Are things great or are we beset with inequality and a pox on upward mobility?
The truth is that things are tough, because of Obama’s policies, which is why the last thing we need is to embrace his prescriptions.
And with all this, he calls for this year to be a “year of action.” Why weren’t the last five? Oh, right, because Republicans won’t work with him. Of course, he defines working with him as giving him whatever he wants – no matter how flawed his ideas are. We need action, all right, but not the kind he wants.

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JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 13:03 PM

yada, yada, yada....I tell you what Funk. Maybe it IS the time to run the impeachment flag re: BHO up the pole. Why don't yall try that? I am giving you good advice here. Do it. Send HIM to the back of the bus. I am sure he will know how to make his way there. Even if he is from Hawaii, surfed, smoked pot and didn't grow up in the projects. Trust me on this.

Sic him boys! Get them impeachment papers to the floor of the House asap. It will provide you Conservative folks with Jet fuel for the coming elections. It will play well amongst yalls Pentacostals, Nascar fans, the Tammy Wynette crowd, folks like Tot, and anybody else that relishes just saying NO.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 13:41 PM

I don't know if this was planned, but it is kind of fun watching Republicans try to figure out what in the President's speech to be outraged about, so they can go home and fundraise on it. He didn't give them a lot of ammunition, and now they have to invent again. Trouble is, I think their base is starting to figure out the fictions.

What remains between now and November is, how will the GOP obstruct, without appearing to obstruct, the President's very reasonable requests for Congressional action? Their fragile House majority may depend on it, because just about all the President's ideas last night poll very well with the public, on both sides.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 19:24 PM

I found it fun to try to figure out which of Mr. Obama's promises he might actually KEEP - as I do EVERY year. And of course, he'll blame the Republicans for everything that he promises but doesn't do. He'll also use his pen and his (Obama?)phone to bypass those "obstructionists" whenever possible. But will anything actually get done? I suppose the Democratic base will be relatively happy with him - which is less than 20% of the country. The rest of us get to wait until (at least) 2016 for that promised "hope and change."

I've pretty much given up on expecting Mr. Obama to actually LEAD and GOVERN.
After this year is done, he goes into lame-duck status - with or without a Republican Senate.


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