"Groundhog Day 5: Return Of The Platitudes." Tweet by David Burge during SOTU speech
- "Whenever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do," said Pres. Obama last night in his State of the Union. In other words, he just flipped Congress the bird, told them they were irrelevant and they stood up and cheered. It's all you need to know about the state of our government today.
- Obama also said he was "eager" to work with Congress when he could but he was also ready to BYPASS Congress if necessary (he never defined "necessary").
- As he spoke about inequality and increasing the minimum wage, he failed to tell the American people that middle-class wealth decreased and wages have remained essentially stagnant during his tenure in office. This has been a direct result of his failed domestic economic policies as evidenced by almost 92M Americans now out of the workforce. To put that number in perspective, that's larger than the populations of Germany or France or even Great Britain. In fact, it's almost 10 times larger than the population of Greece. And if those numbers don't make you shake in your boots, perhaps this one will. The number of poor in America is now about 48 million. That's more than the entire populations of Poland or Spain or Canada.
- So for those who fell for Obama's platitudes, let's just take a brief look at his 2013 SOTU speech and the outcome of the priorities he laid out last year. The Washington Post's fact checkers reported the president's success rate was "relatively poor." Of the approximately 23 proposals in last year's SOTU, only five were considered complete. For example, he failed to enact Medicare reform. He failed to create and fund the Energy Security Trust. He failed on his proposal to shore up the nation's infrastructure. He proposed a Paycheck Fairness Act. It went nowhere. He proposed raising the federal minimum wage (as he did last night). It went nowhere. He promised to keep the pressure on Syria---remember the "red line?" We know the outcome of that proposal. After the Newtown shootings, he proposed more gun control measures. That was another fail. In fact, gun sales skyrocketed after that speech.
- The knee-pad presstitutes in the MSM didn't come out looking well either. NBC's senior political editor, Mark Murray, actually Tweeted this: "Obama's ending on Remsburg wasn't a story about America. It's also a story about Obama. Nothing has ever come easy." So when this knucklehead from the press was looking at a genuine American hero, he saw instead---Pres. Obama. You really have to be one sick prick to think like that. Army Sgt. Cory Remsburg was a guest at the SOTU speech. He is also the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. However, he was never awarded the Nobel Prize.
- The editorial for USA Today ended with this: "Tuesday's speech helped reframe the picture, but the competence of the artist will determine whether voters buy it."
- Perhaps Obama will learn someday that the phone and pen will lose every time they come face to face with the Constitution---but I doubt it.
Sidebar: I've written few pieces about the election of Bill de Blasio as the new mayor of NYC and what New Yorkers can expect. A piece in the NY Post today reported murders have increased in the City since he took the oath of office.