Still, there were quite a few things in that speech that should worry the citizens of our Great Republic.
"After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs."
True or not, U3 unemployment is 7.9%. It has been consistently high since Obama took office. Meanwhile, workforce participation has decreased. That means the overall number of people working today is far less than the day he took office. That is not prosperity. That is depression. More jobs have been destroyed than have been created.
"Corporate profits have skyrocketed to all-time highs, but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged. It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth: a rising, thriving middle class."This sounds like it would have been uttered by Lenin to his Bolsheviks.
The truth is that workplace benefits have greatly increased, or had until crippling federal regulations and the PPACA started stealing from them. Wages have also gone up, or had until the PPACA and increased regulatory taxes and fees started stealing those profits that would have become higher salaries. Then Obama championed increases on taxes for the middle class. He claimed he wasn't. In truth, he wanted a 2% increase on the middle class. And he isn't done. He wants even higher taxes on anybody earning a paycheck and buying their own food.
"It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few"This is a typical socialist dog whistle. What it means is that he wants to redistribute all resources and wealth so everybody is in the same economic class and dependent upon government programs. However, there are exceptions. Those exceptions are the chosen few who make up the elite within his chosen oligarchy.
"Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training, Medicare and Social Security benefits. That idea is even worse."
Medicare and Social Security cannot be cut. People paid into those funds and the government owes those people their money plus interest. However, I challenge Obama to show where education and job training are legitimate costs of the federal government. They are not enumerated within the US Constitution. National Defense it. Naval and ground forces are mentioned (and mandated). Education is not. That is what Obama fails to tell the truth about. Medicare and Social Security are currently debts, with interest, that the government owes. If these were set up as individual funds (HSAs in the case of Medicare) in the first place (as they should have been), this would be more obvious to less educated citizens.
He also fails to tell the truth about the affects of the national socialist takeover of student loans by the federal government. Yes, it is a national socialist program. It has driven up the costs of higher education particularly in state colleges. So it looks as though federal involvement in higher education makes it worse, not better. Perhaps he should have called for letting it return to the free market.
"But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and the most powerful."
And there is the socialist theft and redistribution line that has been a broken record since 2006. Obama is more like Prince John than Robin Hood. Robin took money back from the tax collectors. Robin returned those high taxes to the small businessmen, artisans, share croppers, and free landowners that John and his tax collectors preyed upon. John tried to tell the people that the taxes were to be redistributed for their own good, too.
"Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs."
Not true. Due to the PPACA, payroll taxes have increased as have medical insurance and healthcare plan premiums. According to the IRS itself, the government option will cost the average family a minimum of $20k a year. That is not slowed. It is a huge hike in costs.
"Now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit."
He says this. But he does not want true tax reform. True tax reform would include scrapping the over 10k (including the PPACA) pages of federal tax code and replacing it with a simple flat tax at 13% on earnings over $20k per wage earner. Another alternative would be to repeal the 16th Amendment and replace it with The Fair Tax. In any case, Obama has signed executive orders establishing regulatory fines and fees (basically just other taxes) that have made things worse and harmed the economy. With this statement, he reveals nothing less than pure hypocrisy.
"The greatest nation on Earth -- the greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. We can’t do it."
Yet he is one of the architects of the manufactured crises. People seem to forget that the sequestration was his idea. Raising the debt ceiling was his idea. The whole fiscal cliff fiasco was his idea. He championed Dodd-Frank which caused the housing market crisis. Obama thrives on these manufactured crises because he is adept at getting blind and ignorant voters to believe it when he casts the blame onto those he bullied into compromising and giving him the very tools he needed to manufacture these crises.
"I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in America."
Right here, Obama unveils a plan that falls into the realm of National Socialism. He doesn't mean "partner". He means that he wants private businesses to come under the direction and control of these departments of the executive branch. This is socialism. It is not the American Way and it will not bolster the American Dream. It will kill it.
"Today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy. After years of talking about it, we’re finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years."
He says this yet opposes the Keystone Pipeline. He says this yet he has directed Chu and the Department of Energy to work to shut down fractured drilling ("fracking"). He wasted our tax money on things like Solyndra and a $15.5 million dollar single wind turbine on Fort Huachuca, AZ. The oil produced here in the US was done on private lands and despite increased EPA regulations and fees. It was done out of necessity and what remains of the free market. It was not done by the government getting out of the way. Imagine how much better it would be if the government stopped hindering these efforts.
"I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy."
Here it is. Obama is flat out saying that he will violate the US Constitution and enact policies without lawful legislation. He will do so using the banner of "climate change", something that is still a hypothesis without enough data to even rate the rank of "theory". There is just as much evidence to the contrary of the multitude of "climate change" ("global warming") hypotheses out there. None have yet to be proven.
"You know, study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than three in ten 4-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives. So, tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America."
So here it comes. Obama is proposing that the federal government establish a national education program and a national education standard so that he can control what your kids are taught. This is unconstitutional. The tenth amendment states that anything not explicitly stated as a federal responsibility or authority is reserved to the states and the individuals. The education of our children is the responsibility of the parents, not the village and definitely not the federal government. IF it is "preschool" for education, it isn't "pre". It is school. Right there, he demonstrates wordplay over what is legal. He honestly believes that it is the government's responsibility to raise your kids and that you have no right or say in your kids' education.
"Four years ago, we started Race to the Top, a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula and higher standards, all for about 1 percent of what we spend on education each year."
Here he wraps it up and admits it. The standards will not be higher. They will seek the lowest common denominator.Already this federal intrusion into the education of our kids has caused socialist California to lower its math standards and cease teaching algebra and pre-algebra to 8th graders.
"Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we’ve made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years."
Wait, he talked about closing loopholes, tax credits, and deductions earlier in the speech. This is the exact opposite. Which is it, Obama? Obviously you didn't read your own speech very closely.
"Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my administration’s already made, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years."
No, the illegal entries slowed because our economy sucks and our federal credit rating keeps getting downgraded due to your policies. Unemployment is high and workforce participation is alarmingly low. There are fewer jobs. Due to taxes and PPACA, people are not hiring. Also, states like Arizona and Georgia have executed state-level legislation that makes it even more difficult for illegals to live an work in those states. You actually fought against those laws. You did not support them.
"Tonight, let’s also recognize that there are communities in this country where, no matter how hard you work, it is virtually impossible to get ahead -- factory towns decimated from years of plants packing up, inescapable pockets of poverty, urban and rural, where young adults are still fighting for their first job."
They closed because of your failed economic policies that make it less lucrative to be in business. The owners went bankrupt or went "Galt". Can you blame them? You want them to operate at loses instead of profits. Nobody pays to work or own a business. Businesses exist to make money.
Yet his fellow socialists have clarified their answer to the national debt, the deficit, and paying for all of these unconstitutional socialist programs. House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Whip, Stenny Hoyer, stated it so eloquently. They have no problem spending all the money you make. What they have a problem with is getting you to agree to allow them to confiscate and steal it.
"Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self."
Shadow, no. It is a hydra. The heads have changed and regrown. Just because you don't have the names on those heads that most people will recognize today doesn't mean that they aren't there. This is a flat-out lie that will cost US lives.
"We’ll engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenal"
Here Obama demonstrates how poor his views on national defense and national security are. North Korea just tested its third nuclear weapon. This latest one demonstrated an ability to affix a warhead on an ICBM that could target the US. In the past, North Korea has test fired delivery systems over Japan, showing that they could range that country, an ally of ours. A swift and proportionate response is the best deterrent to keep that country from firing nuclear warheads at us. Disarmament is not the answer. In regards to Iran's nuclear program, diplomatic efforts have failed so far. We must have the means to protect or retaliate. Iran has no problems with giving nuclear weapons to terrorist groups. They have sponsored and granted safe haven to terrorist groups in the past. Trusting them is just stupid. Then again, Obama did tell Medevev that he was going to do this in his second term.
"We will keep faith with our veterans, investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors... supporting our military families, giving our veterans the benefits and education and job opportunities that they have earned. And I want to thank my wife, Michelle, and Dr. Jill Biden for their continued dedication to serving our military families as well as they have served us."
Obama issued executive orders to raise the price of premiums for TRICARE, the medical insurance provided to US Military members, retirees, and their families. The prices went up proportionately more than the rise in other private sector insurance programs. That is the opposite of taking care of military families and veterans. Also, he signed a DoD mandate that calls for TRICARE clients to live within 40 miles of a military installation or not be covered. His actions demonstrate the exact opposite of his rhetoric.
In addition, the veterans bills that he championed in congress and signed into law all directed funds to VA bureaucrats. The funding did not go to the veterans or their care. Claim processing decreased from a 90 day average under his watch to a 12 month average. That is not increased care. It is decreased efficiency. Further, too much of that VA funding went to week long parties that were falsely labeled "training conferences". He doesn't advocate taking care of veterans. Obama advocates wasting tax money so he can raise tax rates and steal more money to waste.
"That includes one of the most fundamental rights of a democracy, the right to vote."
We do not have a democracy. We live in a constitutional republic. There is no right to vote guaranteed by the US Constitution. In their decision on Bush v Gore, the US Supreme Court even highlighted that simple fact.
"When any American -- no matter where they live or what their party -- are denied that right because they can’t wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot"
Most states have PEVL. Anybody who didn't bother to register in a timely manner and apply to be on the PEVL failed themselves. This is not an issue. Also, voter laws are a state issue, according to the US Constitution. Same day registration should be avoided. Identification verification should be mandated. Voter fraud needs to be combated.
After this, Obama pleaded with legislators to vote on Feinstein's attempt to destroy the Second Amendment and other unconstitutional bills proposed before the House and Senate. Of course he pulled on heart-strings, because the facts are against him. Many states have gone the opposite direction and started arming and training teachers to defend students from monsters who prey upon them.
Obama hates this. He and the socialists want Americans disarmed. He wants us disarmed so there is less of a chance for us to fight back once tyranny tips the scales, dumping the weights on the shoulders of your average individual American citizen.