All that was missing in Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress for 2014 was the Super Emperor cape. To thunderous applause, our emperor-in-chief declared that Liberty is dead, along with the representative Democracy that gives it life. The Emperor has spoken. His announcement is most astonishing in these words about the scientific debate on “climate change”:
“[T]he debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”
The Emperor has spoken.
“America does not stand still — and neither will I,” Obama said in the speech. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Towards the end of the Roman Republic, the Assembly, which represented Rome’s commoners was eventually dissolved. By the time Caesar made his triumphal entry into Rome, the Assembly was history and the Senate was about to undergo a major dental extraction.
“…I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.”
Aside from the risible fact that he’s responsible for creating the bureaucracy, that he’s constantly used his executive order super-powers to hinder permitting processes, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, and that those unionized construction workers will be put to work forcing us into untenable green energy programs that have already defaulted on their loans, the words “I will act on my own” are not simply dangerous but unconstitutional. He might as well have declared himself a deity.
His speech was full of the typical Obama lies and untruths: “the lowest unemployment rate in over five years”. If the numbers appear low, it’s because the numbers have been jiggered at his behest, to coincide with elections. In order to count as “unemployed”, you have to be collecting unemployment insurance. UI is only good for two years, and if you haven’t found work by then, or are working part-time, too bad for you.
In 2008, the civilian employment population ratio was just a shade below 63 percent (the number was nearly 65 percent in 2000). By 2010, that number had plummeted to 58 percent. And has pretty much remained down there.
“America’s graduation rate [is at] its highest level in more than three decades. What you don’t see is the number of students who never even make it to high school in the first place, much less graduate, particularly in the inner cities. In Newark, N.J., the 2012 H.S. graduation rate was 33.9%; the 8th grade graduation rate was 29.9% (meaning those almost 30 percent of students did not go beyond the 8th grade. In Union City, the rate was 29.2%/36.9%; Camden, 35.8%/34.1; and Trenton, 38.7%/27.7%.
If more students are graduating, it is because the standards have been lowered to a dismal level that will allow even the dimmest student to attend their high school graduation and receive a diploma. But a look at those New Jersey numbers indicates that the standards must be lowered even further. By Obama’s book, these students are failing because the current curriculum is too “Westernized”, too “male-dominated”, and “too Christian.” Remember the Emperor’s promise to make sure America takes its proper place in the world, as no better than any other nation. His solution is “Common Core”, an educational program that will rout current curriculums of Western, male-dominated, empire-touting literature and lower our math standards even lower than they are.
The Emperor boasted of “A rebounding housing market.” All underwritten by the government, or more to the point, the taxpayers.”
“A manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s.” Since these sectors are mostly involved in green energy, they’re also laying the workers off again. Where manufacturing is booming, North Dakota, Obama cannot really take credit for it. He just wasn’t able to prevent it from happening. For him, North Dakota is a failure.
“More oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world – the first time that’s happened in nearly twenty years.”
“Our deficits – cut by more than half.” A blatant lie. Our deficit, at a balanced budget when Clinton left office and Bush took over, went back into the red during the Bush Administration. But when Obama took over, his towering deficit dwarfed Bush’s immediately upon taking office. The desk must have been all set up for him, the papers laid out, a fresh pen at the ready for him to start signing checks and executive orders.
“And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; America is.” A “fire sale” is what investors would call it. Our dollar is worthless and our land, especially in cities like Detroit, for the taking.
“Last month, thanks to the work of Democrats and Republicans, this Congress finally produced a budget that undoes some of last year’s severe cuts to priorities like education. Nobody got everything they wanted, and we can still do more to invest in this country’s future while bringing down our deficit in a balanced way. But the budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises.”
Undoing budget cuts is hardly what the American people want. Furthermore, it is not the government’s job to create new jobs. The government creates bureaucracies; capitalists invest in building companies that create jobs. The bureaucracies go on to deliberately create crises, like CORA, the Community Reinvestment Act. A little crack in the dam during Carter’s administration 40 years ago, that resulted in a near-economic collapse in 2008.
“Over more than three decades, even before the Great Recession hit, massive shifts in technology and global competition had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.” Straight out of Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto.
“Across the country, we’re partnering with mayors, governors, and state legislatures on issues from homelessness to marriage equality.” The White House is partnering with lobbyist lawyers who threaten mayors, governors and state legislatures with expensive lawsuits.
“Both Democrats and Republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here, and reward companies that keep profits abroad. Let’s flip that equation. Let’s work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs here at home.” Liar, liar, liar. Let’s see you do it. I dare you.
But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.
“Federally-funded research helped lead to the ideas and inventions behind Google and smartphones. It’s not just oil and natural gas production that’s booming; we’re becoming a global leader in solar, too. Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced. Let’s continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it, so that we can invest more in fuels of the future that do.”
News reports relate countless instances of homes and businesses with solar panels catching fire and burning down the buildings. At least we get somewhere with the alleged $4 billion to fossil fuel industries. About all you’ll get with subsidizing solar panels is a great big bonfire for roasting marshmallows.
“A changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods. That’s why I directed my administration to work with states, utilities, and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air. The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”
Obama himself had to admit that the flooding from Hurricane Sandy was a freak of nature, which coincidentally gave him the opportunity to hold hands with Gov. Christie and get him re-elected. “Climate change” is only a “fact” in that that’s the way Mother Nature rolls; it has nothing to do with Mankind. Arctic ice may be disappearing, but it’s reappearing in Antarctica. Our current cold streak here in the Northeast is nothing new to those old enough to remember at least two other such periods, occurring at between 11 and 20 year intervals, more related to sunspot activity (or lack thereof) than human activity. That’s a fact.
He boasted in his speech about the “success” of his Race-to-the Top program, which baited states into accepting the federally-mandated, but state-run Common Core standards. No CC, no $$.
“In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.”
Raising the minimum wage is about the worst thing a president could do to our economy, raising the price of production and services beyond the consumer’s ability or willingness to pay for it. The result will be the failure of businesses and a rise in unemployment. Some fix.
“MyRA. It’s a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg. MyRA guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in. And if this Congress wants to help, work with me to fix an upside-down tax code that gives big tax breaks to help the wealthy save, but does little to nothing for middle-class Americans. Offer every American access to an automatic IRA on the job, so they can save at work just like everyone in this chamber can. And since the most important investment many families make is their home, send me legislation that protects taxpayers from footing the bill for a housing crisis ever again, and keeps the dream of homeownership alive for future generations of Americans”
More lies, lies, lies. Congress is “helping” by enacting legislation that will tax our IRAs at a usurious rate, basically emptying our IRAs and making it impossible to save for retirement. Obama wants to take that IRA money – whether private or public – and redistribute it to his loyal voting base, the Permanently Poor. Here, he flouts SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) regulations by giving financial advice without a license.
“Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents’ plans. More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage. Now, I don’t expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law. But I know that the American people aren’t interested in refighting old battles. So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice – tell America what you’d do differently.”
Who needs polls to tell you that your universal healthcare plan is wildly unpopular, particularly with the young invincibles who will bear the greatest financial burden for it. Congress passed the bill, without reading it because Nancy Pelosi said you could only find out what was in it if Congress passed it (anybody want to buy a bridge?). Well now we know what’s in it. Out of over 300 million Americans, 9 million isn’t a particularly impressive number and given how susceptible the ACA computer system is to fraud, the number is probably overstated.
Thanks to zero population growth, The Pill, abortion, feminism, and later marriages among the college-educated working classes, there aren’t enough “young invincibles” with enough jobs to pay the freight of their elders. Most of those who do sign up for ACA, sign up through Medicaid. What would I suggest doing differently? Reduce insurance back to its original purpose: covering individuals for hospitalization and catastrophic illnesses. Do that, and the problem of insurers refusing coverage due to pre-existing conditions will go away. Let citizens pay for their own general health care. They’ll be better incentivized to take better care of themselves, eat less, exercise more, and avoid risky behavior that resulting in injury or illness. If the Media is so anxious to spread a message, spread the message to young people to invest in a limited health care plan early in life, one they won’t have to worry about losing (and their doctor as well) if they lose their job.
“Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let’s get immigration reform done this year.”
Immigration reform would be an outstanding idea – if our economy was booming and we didn’t have enough Americans to fill the demand for jobs. But that’s hardly the case and everyone knows it. What the emperor wants isn’t more workers but more voters to solidify the Progressive Democrats’ stranglehold on our government, bureaucracy, businesses and schools. We’re already producing more unqualified workers than we know what to do with – and Obama wants to treble that number by the millions of ignorant, non-English speaking foreigners who don’t care about our country or freedom. Their ignorance is Obama’s bliss.
The rest of his speech was typical demagoguery. Lots of blather about the American dream for which the Emperor has no credibility whatsoever. Some television pundit noted that Obama received 83 standing ovations. Mostly, the Standing Os were from the Democrats. When that didn’t suffice, Obama called out the Marines.
What better way to get an audience on its feet than displaying a wounded veteran from one of the wars Obama initially approved as a Senator and amplified during his administration, in Afghanistan. Why were we there, we wail? Well, to clear the Taliban out of the way so China could set up its mining operations in the Afghan mountains for rare earth minerals, the minerals that go into the production of all our electronics. As we went to Vietnam to battle for the right to drill for oil off the Southeast Asian coast, we went to Afghanistan to pave the way for China to mine rare earth minerals. And gold.
Maybe the audience was standing up for the wounded Marine. But it was Obama, jutting out his chin like the Emperor he believes himself to be, at the podium. The Marine had to share his camera time with the Emperor. Obama was responsible for sending that soldier to Afghanistan in the first place, for a spurious, decidedly political reason, and then he had the nerve to use him to get Congress to perform another Standing O.
Over the preceding weekend, C-Span 3 played the State of the Union addresses in the ‘4 years from the past 50 years. I missed Johnson’s 1964 speech, which introduced the concept of the Great Society and set us on this course. But I was able to tune into Nixon’s 1974 speech (ten years later) warning us of the dire peril we were in due to the introduction of socially progressive programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the like. He was right on every count.
“Overall,” he said, “Americans are living more abundantly than ever before, today. More than two and a half million new jobs were created in the past year alone. That is the biggest percentage increase in nearly 20 years. People are earning more. What they earn buys more, more than ever before in history. In the past five years, the average American’s real spendable income—that is, what you really can buy with your income, even after allowing for taxes and inflation—has increased by 16 percent.
“We will break the back of the energy crisis; we will lay the foundation for our future capacity to meet America’s energy needs from America’s own resources.
“—And we will take another giant stride toward lasting peace in the world—not only by continuing our policy of negotiation rather than confrontation where the great powers are concerned but also by helping toward the achievement of a just and lasting settlement in the Middle East.
“—We will check the rise in prices without administering the harsh medicine of recession, and we will move the economy into a steady period of growth at a sustainable level.
“—We will establish a new system that makes high-quality health care available to every American in a dignified manner and at a price he can afford.
“—We will make our states and localities more responsive to the needs of their own citizens.
“—We will make a crucial breakthrough toward better transportation in our towns and in our cities across America.
“—We will reform our system of federal aid to education, to provide it when it is needed, where it is needed, so that it will do the most for those who need it the most.
“—We will make an historic beginning on the task of defining and protecting the right of personal privacy for every American.
“—And we will start on a new road toward reform of a welfare system that bleeds the taxpayer, corrodes the community, and demeans those it is intended to assist.
“—And together with the other nations of the world, we will establish the economic framework within which Americans will share more fully in an expanding worldwide trade and prosperity in the years ahead, with more open access to both markets and supplies.
“Turning now to the rest of the agenda for 1974, the time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high quality health care within the reach of every American. I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assure comprehensive health insurance protection to millions of Americans who cannot now obtain it or afford it, with vastly improved protection against catastrophic illnesses. This will be a plan that maintains the high standards of quality in America’s health care. And it will not require additional taxes.
“Now, I recognize that other plans have been put forward that would cost $80 billion or even $100 billion and that would put our whole health care system under the heavy hand of the federal government. This is the wrong approach. This has been tried abroad, and it has failed. It is not the way we do things here in America. This kind of plan would threaten the quality of care provided by our whole health care system. The right way is one that builds on the strengths of the present system and one that does not destroy those strengths, one based on partnership, not paternalism. Most important of all, let us keep this as the guiding principle of our health programs. Government has a great role to play, but we must always make sure that our doctors will be working for their patients and not for the federal government.
“One measure of a truly free society is the vigor with which it protects the liberties of its individual citizens. As technology has advanced in America, it has increasingly encroached on one of those liberties—what I term the right of personal privacy. Modern information systems, data banks, credit records, mailing list abuses, electronic snooping, the collection of personal data for one purpose that may be used for another—all these have left millions of Americans deeply concerned by the privacy they cherish.
“And the time has come, therefore, for a major initiative to define the nature and extent of the basic rights of privacy and to erect new safeguards to ensure that those rights are respected.
“I shall launch such an effort this year at the highest levels of the administration, and I look forward again to working with this Congress in establishing a new set of standards that respect the legitimate needs of society, but that also recognize personal privacy as a cardinal principle of American liberty.
“Many of those in this chamber tonight will recall that it was three years ago that I termed the nation’s welfare system ‘a monstrous, consuming outrage—an outrage against the community, against the taxpayer, and particularly against the children that it is supposed to help.’
“That system is still an outrage. By improving its administration, we have been able to reduce some of the abuses. As a result, last year, for the first time in 18 years, there has been a halt in the growth of the welfare caseload. But as a system, our welfare program still needs reform as urgently today as it did when I first proposed in 1969 that we completely replace it with a different system.
“In these final three years of my administration, I urge the Congress to join me in mounting a major new effort to replace the discredited present welfare system with one that works, one that is fair to those who need help or cannot help themselves, fair to the community, and fair to the taxpayer. And let us have as our goal that there will be no government program which makes it more profitable to go on welfare than to go to work.”
Nixon committed one “crime” – obstructing a Congressional investigation – which cost him his presidency. The current White House occupant has a long trail of scandals for which he has not been held accountable, or resists being held accountable for, and yet he is still in office. He still represents us as President of the United States, even as he uttered those immortal words: “I will act on my own.”
was what he was recorded live on television as saying. So apparently he said it twice, just for good measure.
Most presidents are remembered for saying something famous (or infamous). “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” “I am not a crook.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” “A government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this Earth.” “Government isn’t the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
Of all the words, famous and infamous, that any President of the United States has ever spoken, “I will act on my own” have to be the most infamous words ever uttered, the most unconstitutional, and the most impeachable.