[Report Abuse]
[Login to Blog] Funkentelecky's Blog
The state of Obama’s union
SFC USA, (RET)
Last comment by PoliticsNation 2 years, 5 months ago.

Take Me To Post Comment Form

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.

http://www.caintv.com/the-state-of-obamas-union-grea



Latest Activity: Jan 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM


Bookmark and Share
Forward This Blog
Print Blog
More Blogs by Funkentelecky
Send Funkentelecky a Message
Report Abuse


Blog has been viewed (440) times.

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.


Log In to post comments.

Previous blog entries by Funkentelecky
 
Trump's 3 Challenges
June 29, 2016
Trump's 3 Challenges: Himself, Media and Republicans After finally getting the endorsement of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Donald Trump frittered the goodwill away. Trump called a judge born in Indiana a "Mexican." Rather than apologize, Trump, at first, doubled and triple down, ...
Read More »
 
After Orlando
June 23, 2016
The kind of country we want to be It did not take long for President Barack Obama to inject a plea for more gun control in his reaction to the Orlando terror massacre. In his five-minute, no-questions-taken-statement, Obama said: "Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter ...
Read More »
 
The Gun Control Farce
June 21, 2016
Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question: ...
Read More »
 
Obama by the numbers
June 15, 2016
The real numbers, that is. “By almost every economic measure — every economic measure, America is better off when I — better off than when I came here. That is the truth. That’s true.” - President Obama June 1, 2016 That's not the first time President Obama has made that ...
Read More »
 
On Inequality
June 10, 2016
Is there a more brain-dead concept than to empower the government to fight "income inequality"? What sane, normal, rational human being thinks that human talent, drive, interests and opportunity can — or should — result in equal outcomes? Despite my love of athletics, I knew in third grade that my ...
Read More »
 
[View More Blogs...]





 
Powered by
Morris Technology