LOS ANGELES—January 26, 2011—Before Paul Ryan could give the appropriate State of the Union address, America had to sit through over an hour of Barack Obama.
At this point giving him the benefit of the doubt is a futile exercise. People will praise his civility, but he is the master at being polite while completely discounting other opinions.
His 2011 speech was 45% platitudes, 30% bromides, 25% meanderings, and 5% general nonsense.
For those who point out this adds up to 105%, I have two responses.
1) I went to public schools, which do not deserve another dollar until teachers unions are decertified.
2) This is Obamaworld. The numbers add up just because he said so. That is his healthcare plan in a nutshell and everything else he is trying to do.
Mr. Obama offered a substanceless speech that will be forgotten by yesterday.
I stayed for his speech, the adult response by Congressman Paul Ryan, and another response by Tea Party favorite Congressman Michele Bachmann.
With multiple televisions going at once, I stayed for the analysis by CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News analysts. Lastly, I observed focus groups and exit polls involving ordinary Americans.
So unlike President Obama, my comprehensive remarks are substantive.
He started in a very classy manner regarding his remarks about John Boehner and Gabby Giffords.
“We are part of the American family.”
His truest statement came very early on, saying that we will be judged “not by whether we can sit together tonight but by whether we can work together tomorrow.” He stated that “the stock market is roaring back, the economy is growing again.”
The stock market has nothing to do with him. It rose to 14,000 under his predecessor. The economy is not growing again. This is false.
“Tax cuts we passed, paychecks are a little bigger today.”
He has not given a tax cut to anybody. He simply failed to raise them, signing an extension of cuts already in place.
He stated that there were “one million private sector jobs created last year.”
Then he got into the heart of his speech. For those not paying attention the last two years, Barack Obama only cares about three things: healthcare, education, and the environment. Everything else is irrelevant to him. He is not interested in job creation.
His own words again outlined his three priorities that have never changed.
We need to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build rest of the world.”
“We have to make America the best place to do business.”
He totally and completely correctly said that the key issue was “how we get there…”
He totally and completely failed to offer anything remotely resembling tangible and feasible specifics.
Step one is “American innovation.”
“The free enterprise system drives innovation.”
Yet then he justified government intervention as “help.”
We need to “invest in especially clean energy technology.”
We will “create countless new jobs.”
“We’re not just handing out money.”
He spent several minutes talking about alternative energy.
He wants “one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”
Nothing in his remarks offered an ounce of innovation. It offered government fantasies, which is how we get the debacle that is the Chevy Volt. Governments do not innovate. So how would he pay for his greeniac dream?
“Eliminate billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. They’re doing just fine on their own.”
Class warfare, thy name remains Obama.
He said that oil is “yesterday’s energy.”
Every Obama supporter should immediately give up any and all oil and petroleum based products immediately.
“By 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources”
We all “work together to make it happen.”
I have no interest in working with him on job destroying environmental pipe dreams while the economy is burning. Let the private sector do the greeniac thing.
Step two in his master plan to create jobs is “Education.” The Obama drinking game where every meaningless platitude results in a drink would have people blitzed during the education section.
“Only parents can turn the tv off and make sure the homework gets done. We should not celebrate the Super Bowl champion, but the winner of the science fair.”
“Success not a function of fame or public relations, but hard work and discipline.”
“Classrooms should be a place of high expectations.”
He switched from meaningless blather to praising himself.
“‘Race to the Top’ is the most meaningful reform of our schools in a generation.”
Public schools have failed. Race to the bottom is now complete.
Then he took the first of two very clever cheap shots at his predecessor.
“Replace No Child Left Behind with a law more flexible and best for our kids.”
The blather returned.
“We want good schools all across the country.”
“We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones.”
Ban teachers from unionizing and end tenure.
We should “prepare 100,000 new teachers.”
“Become a teacher, your country needs you.”
We have a glut of teachers. We have a shortage of good teachers. The free market should replace the current system that would make the old Soviet Politburo proud.
He kept calling illegal immigrants “undocumented workers.”
“Let’s stop expelling talented young people who could be further enriching our nation.”
He finally got to step three of his master plan to create jobs, called “Rebuilding America.”
We need “high speed rail and high speed internet.”
We should “put Americans to work rebuilding roads and bridges.”
We should “give 80% of Americans access to high speed rail.”
“For some trips it will be faster than flying without the pat down.”
We will give “high speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans.”
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