So anyone who isn’t held up in a shack in the middle of the woods should know that the State of the Union address was last night. Also, anyone who’s ever watched a speech by Mr. Obama knows that he is a great public speaker. That’s pretty much the main reason he was ever elected since he had no real credentials his first time around (and many would argue the second time around as well). He’s great at talking about “hope” and “change” and providing a
feel good sound good speech. The problem is that his speeches are usually just that…speeches. The things that he does actually follow through on are often riddled with problems and shady practices. If you don’t believe me check out a little company called Solyndra that received half a Billion dollars from the government and then went bankrupt. There were also rumors that some of his campaign contributors had ties to the company. Or more recently CGI, the company that created the infamous Obamacare website. This company failed multiple times before and for some reason won the contract. [VIDEO] CEI Federal Track Record of Failure. Oh yeah they won the contract because an exec at CGI was a classmate of Michelle Obama. I think the Obama Administration needs to use some of their NSA resources to do background checks on its contractors.
I’m going to try and go in order of his speech since that’s how my notes are ordered. Since there is so much to cover, and because I’m not a member of the media, I didn’t get a transcript so I’ll truncate my thoughts on most of the issues. I’ve still provided many links so you can learn on your own time about the plethora of topics.
“…Graduation rates are the highest in 30 years…” Of course they are when you lower the standards. Check out this article on Forbes about education. An article on this Common Core garbage can be found here.
“…unemployment is the lowest it’s been in five years…” Unemployment reports are riddled with inaccuracies. They don’t/can’t take into account the number of people who stop looking for work. They also don’t account for population growth. The numbers are reported by surveys according to U.S. News. and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
He mentioned that we need to stop shutting the government down. If you remember though, during the budget crisis, Obama was the one making demands and threatening to veto anything less than what he wanted. Of course he’s lied about that too. Don’t believe me check out some proof below.
“…after four years of economic growth corporate profits and stock prices have never been higher…” This is partially true. Stocks are artificially inflated due the constant printing of money and low interest rates in the housing market. Many believe that there is a new bubble forming that is going to be much worse than what we’ve already experienced. My solution…buy gold, guns & ammo, and learn how to be as self sufficient as you can but that’s an article for the future.
Great documentary called Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis. It can be viewed in it’s entirety on YouTube.
Obama claimed to be willing to work with legislators to fix the economy, but the first video link above kinda shows how willing he actually is. He also said, “wherever and whenever I can take steps to expand opportunities for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” Pretty much reinforcing his, “I’ve got a pen and phone” comments. He also spoke about the need to change the tax laws so they aren’t tax punishments for businesses and encourage more job growth in the U.S. The problem is the biggest tax punishment of them all is already in place and he specifically stated later in his speech that it’s not going anywhere. Of course I’m referring to Obamacare (aka The Unaffordable Care Act) to which he seemed very desperate to push and find examples of Obamacare success stories. I already posted a link showing how desperate they are for Obamacare to work here. He also talked about improving our infrastructure which is the same thing he said last time which was mentioned in my very first blog post.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS A FACT (according to Obama) $100 Billion is going to factories that use natural gas as an energy source. I’m all for energy independence and I haven’t really looked into the whole fracking controversy other than the “Gasland” documentary but when the President stated, “Climate change is a fact“, you would think more research should be conducted into the issue since politicians are so concerned about climate change and the environment. Remind me again how many politicians are Climatologists? I’m pretty sure climate change is still a theory since for every piece of evidence supporting it, there is another that challenges it. Remember, a long time ago, it used to be a fact that the Earth was flat!?
Immigration reform was skimmed over because he doesn’t want everyone talking about how much of a catastrophic idea amnesty for illegal aliens is. Riddle me this. We have massive unemployment which some believe is closer to 20% instead of 7%. Then you add Obamacare which will help pay for the 11 to 20 million illegals who are here and don’t have healthcare. Finally, add a government that already has a Massive spending problem/addiction and what do you get? You get the probable burst of the monetary bubble that the FED has created and a crash infinitely worse than the housing market crash. Again, this is another topic for another day hopefully real soon. (Buy gold. It’s the one thing the government can’t devalue) .
There were a couple good ideas about unemployment incentives for hiring the long-term unemployed. Unfortunately I worry that this will just become another form of affirmative action since you might end up encouraging a company to hire less qualified workers just because of a tax break.
Education was a mixed bag. On one hand, proposed caps for college loan payments to 10% of the student’s income upon graduation sounds promising. Although if they do this they will probably have to change the current standards of forgiving balances after 20years or so. On the other hand, I oppose any special advantages based solely on race, as he mentioned, about incentives for admitting “students of color”.
Equal pay for equal work is great in a perfect world, but I personally don’t know of any employer that provides “personal days” (for menstrual cycles and child births) to men.
Obama provided a big push for a minimum wage hike and pledged to increase the federal minimum wage to battle poverty. Supposedly this will help get those who work full-time above the poverty line. Unfortunately this is just going to move the poverty line up since the cost of living will go up with it. I have a very simple example of this that I’ve personally experienced. Back in 2001, I was a single E-4 in the military living in Norfolk, VA. I received a housing allowance of about $600/month. My rent was $515 for a single bedroom apartment (with military discount) in an area right off the base. By 2003 my housing allowances had increased to about $800/month but my rent had gone right up with it to over $700/month. All basically because the “minimum wage” had increased in the area. Minimum wage increases look good on paper but are just smoke and mirrors to the real problems.
The MyRA idea sounds promising but I’m sure they will find some way to screw it up. MyRA sounds like a new type of bond that will be an alternative to IRA’s but of course the details are very vague.
Obamacare aka The Big Hot Mess: Of course he had a bunch of examples of Obamacare “success” stories but I’m curious what will be discovered when people start digging into the personal lives of the subjects of his stories. There’s always dirt or technicalities when people dig into these “political examples”. Obama also told challengers of Obamacare, “Don’t refight old battles.” To me, it just seemed like he was begging people to sign up since Obamacare was supposed to be his legacy. Obviously the Obamas are desperate since Mrs. Obama was trying to beg supporters to send $10 each in support of Obamacare as I’ve previously posted!
“It should be the power of our vote, not the size of our bank account that drives our democracy.” (in regards to voter rights) I found this funny and sad at the same time. I found it funny that the first presidential candidate to ever raise $1 Billion is talking about how it shouldn’t matter how deep your pockets are. I’ll admit I don’t know too much about the voter rights issue other than you should have to have an i.d. to vote. Period. I did find it sad that a self-proclaimed constitutional law professor didn’t know that we’re a REPUBLIC and not a DEMOCRACY! Just in case you don’t know look at the basic chart below.
He talked about troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq although the violence has increased in some of the areas in which we pulled out. Obama as stated, “…only fight battles that need to be fought…”, I guess thats after he wanted to fight Syria during the alleged use of chemical weapons which Russia’s Vladimir Putin helped defuse. Or after he helped encourage the Egyptian uprising. Surprising actions from a Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Let’s face it, his foreign policies are a joke. Fewer and fewer countries respect him because of this and the NSA spying which he “promised” to reform (yeah right). We’re quickly becoming the dead beat family member everyone talks about as soon as we leave the room.
Finally he talked up the U.S. Olympic team and our veterans which coming from him, and most politicians, always just sounds like the equivalent of going to a concert where the performer yells out how much they love [insert city name here] just to get a big cheer! He told the amazing story of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg fight for survival and recovery after being injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He was honored and received a standing ovation that lasted over a minute and a half. This was a great story but again, I feel like it’s a bit of political showboating and smoke and mirrors. Parading a hero up in front of everyone during your address doesn’t make you a better leader, it makes you an extortionist. Hopefully I’m wrong but the tactic has been used plenty of times before.