Under the Hammer
The State of the Union speech by President Barack Hussein Obama was pitiful. His goal for the next year is to defy Congress and see how much the courts will let him get away with.
It makes you wonder if next year he’ll even bother to give a speech. It probably depends on how the Democrats fair in the midterm elections. If the Republicans win control of the Senate, which seems likely, then Obama may just send a letter on the state of the union like presidents used to do it.
To say that Obama wasn’t engaged in his speech would be to indicate he was more involved in it then he was. The whole thing was weird. Obama came in giving everyone this weird handshake with way too much arm movement. He looked like an old hippie trying to remember one of the old hippie handshakes but failing. He was struggling to connect with his own people. I don’t think it would have been a big shocker if about half way through the speech Obama had said, “What’s the point?” and said good night.
Obama used to have sweeping goals, to change America and the world. Now his goal is to raise the minimum wage for some federal contract employees.
Wouldn’t it have been more meaningful if Obama had said a few words at least recognizing the disastrous rollout of his signature legislation, what he used to proudly call Obamacare?
It is great that in this entire country of over 300 million people Obama did find a woman that was helped by Obamacare. I’m glad she had her operation and that it was paid for by her health insurance. But I imagine that was kind of touch and go, finding someone who actually signed on and was helped.
Sen. Tom Coburn, who was out in the audience, found out he is losing coverage for the doctor who has been treating his cancer because of Obamacare. Obama could have spoken about that and about how Obamacare still had some glitches in it that they were trying to fix.
Obama could have used some backup singers when he started talking about foreign policy. They would have looked great behind him, clapping and singing, “Appease, appease, appease.” So our policy on Syria is what? And our policy on Iran is if they unplug a centrifuge, we give them whatever they want? It’s amazing that the White House speechwriters couldn’t come up with something better than this. Just to hear Obama run through his waffling appeasement-driven lack of policy on the Middle East was embarrassing.
No doubt the leaders of Israel were heartened when Obama said that despite giving in to all the dictators and terrorists around them, we still stand with Israel. Does anybody think that’s still true? There is nothing to indicate that if Israel were attacked that Obama wouldn’t find a reason to do nothing, as he has in so many other situations.
But then again Obama does like drones. If he could use drones to attack someone he might do that. Obama has very little involvement in most decisions, but he makes the drone decisions himself.
Our lack of standing in the world is so overwhelming we can’t even keep the Japanese prime minister from causing problems by going to a controversial war memorial.
The State of the Union speech ended any effort to try and cooperate with Congress to get some things done. Obama said repeatedly that he was going to do an end run around Congress every chance he got. If you are trying to get along with your coequal branch of government, the way to do it is not to say, “I am going to ignore you and I’ve got some good lawyers that tell me I can do an end run around you. We may get overruled by the courts, but we’d rather do that than try to work with you.”
If the Republicans do anything helpful to Obama they have lost their minds.
The only time Obama has been able to get anything done was when he was first elected and had a big Democratic majority in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. After Sen. Ted Kennedy died, and Obama lost that filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, he has not been able to get anything done because he refuses to compromise, and that is what politics is all about. You have to be able to put together the votes and Obama, as he has proven, won’t give an inch.
If the press didn’t still love Obama, and he actually got the credit he deserves for the lack of progress and the government shut down, it would be a different world. But it doesn’t matter what goes wrong in Washington, according to the press it is the fault of the Republicans.
President Obama once again during his State of the Union speech proved that he knows nothing about business or, for that matter, the economy.
Obama wants Congress to raise the minimum wage. The fact that this will hurt minorities doesn’t seem to be a problem for him. But Obama doesn’t seem to realize the difference between a company deciding to raise the wages it pays its employees and the government telling all companies that they have to pay their employees more.
If Costco can make more money by paying its lowest paid employees more, then that’s great. But it doesn’t mean that every company can or should. If the federal government raises the minimum wage then jobs will be eliminated, and lots of jobs will be consolidated.
It really disturbs me that the president doesn’t understand that the minimum wage is just that – minimum. If an employee comes to work on time and does his or her job moderately well, most employers are going to pay them more to keep them. Not because Obama tells them they have to but because it’s good business.
I know the Democrats won’t agree, but it really seems to be a mistake to elect a president who has never worked in the private sector and barely ever worked in the public sector.
Obama likes to talk about America being the land of opportunity, but the way he tells it, the opportunity is that the government will come down and lift you up.
Opportunity is the possibility that the government will forgive your student loans. Opportunity is the chance that you will be among the one in five Americans that gets food stamps. Opportunity is the chance to get free healthcare insurance and a brand new Obamaphone.
It’s not the same as the opportunity our forefathers wrote about.
Obama made a comment in his speech that didn’t cause anyone to bat an eye. He said that the government had to, in particular, help “young men of color.” Imagine for a moment that was former President George Walker Bush and he said, “In particular the federal government needs to help white boys.” People would have been up in arms.
I’m not sure that even former President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton could have gotten away with that, but it is all right for Obama to say we need to help people who look like me.
The news media is hot about the fact that Congress isn’t doing anything. Some of us think we are all much safer when Congress doesn’t do anything. But in this case it is, of course, the fault of the Republicans. It is fascinating that when Congress gets deadlocked it is always the fault of the Republicans.
One thing to consider about the lack of bills being passed is that the Republicans in the House and Senate aren’t interested in passing any law that Obama would sign.
The news media pointed out that Obamacare could be helped with some fixes. No doubt it’s true. But why should Republicans, who were completely locked out of the process, help Obama with his signature law? Not one Republican voted for Obamacare.
If you pass sweeping country-changing legislation without one vote from the other party, then you need to expect that other party is not going to help you dig out of the mess you created. There is a reason why major legislation had previously been passed with a bipartisan vote. You need help down the line and you aren’t going to get it if you force the new legislation down the throat of the other party.
Obama treated the development of the website – healthcare.gov, the centerpiece of Obamacare – like it was some little job he and Michelle were going to have done around their house in Chicago. Michelle says “Honey, we really need to get that retaining wall fixed before it falls over.”
“I don’t even know who to call,” says Barack.
“I know someone. He did the Jacksons’ wall. Should I just call him?”
Now just change it from a retaining wall to the health insurance system for the United States. “Dear, I’ve got to get someone to develop a website,” says Barack.
“I’ve got a friend from Princeton who does that,” says Michelle.
“Good. Let’s call her and get started,” says Barack.
It seems that people have already forgotten that it was a no-bid contract handed out to a friend that caused the initial problems with the website. They aren’t responsible for Obamacare, but they are responsible for the fact that no one could sign up for Obamacare on Oct. 1, like they were supposed to be able to do.
Over three years and over $300 million and they couldn’t develop a website that works.
Mitt Romney, long after it doesn’t make any difference, has decided to weigh in on moderator Candy Crowley teaming up with Obama in the presidential debate. Crowley was supposed to be the moderator, but when Obama was on the ropes on Benghazi, she piped up and helped Obama by interjecting her opinion, which turned to be wrong.
Romney at that point gave up and moved on, which was a great move for Obama and not such a great move for the Romney campaign.
What the Stupid Party should learn from this experience is to not allow Democrats or far-left liberals who are registered independent but who worship the Democratic nominee be the moderator for presidential debates.
For some reason, in presidential election after presidential election, the Democrats get to pick the moderators and the Republicans go along. It is absurd. When Sen. John McCain was running, the Republicans allowed someone who had written a book about Obama to moderate the vice presidential debate. It was insane.
They call it the Stupid Party for a reason. Crowley, by her actions, obviously was somewhat close to worship in her attitude about Obama. Romney she didn’t care for, or maybe she liked him fine but didn’t care for his politics. Now, two-and-a-half years later Romney has decided to talk about it.
When Duke plays Carolina, even if they are playing in the Dean Dome, Duke doesn’t allow the game to be refereed by the Carolina cheerleading squad. No doubt Carolina cheerleaders would be very fine referees, but some Duke fans think they might see things a little Carolina blue at times.
The Republicans should insist that the Republicans get a veto over whomever the Democrats find to moderate and then they should use the veto.
But the Republican Party is called the Stupid Party for good reason, and it appears that the Republicans are going to attempt to steal defeat from the jaws of victory by supporting an immigration reform bill this spring.
There is no need for the Republicans to fight this fight. It doesn’t matter if every Republican votes in favor of amnesty and, along with amnesty, they give every illegal immigrant in the country a $50 bill. The new citizens are going to overwhelmingly vote for the Democrats. It’s just the way of life.
Republicans have an easy out. First of all, they only have the majority in the House. The Democrats control the White House and Senate. Let the Democrats come up with legislation and then the Republicans don’t have to do anything.
Bills don’t get on the floor on their own. The Republicans do control the House. Why would they want to give Obama a win and take people’s attention off the Obamacare disaster?
If the Republicans feel they have to do something, all they have to do is say they aren’t going to consider any legislation as long as our borders are porous. But as soon at Obama closes the borders, then the Republicans will consider some kind of immigration reform.
It is wrong to move those who broke the law to the front of the line ahead of all those who are obeying the law and patiently waiting.
BY John Hammer
January 30, 2014
Looking for an Article?
©Copyright 2014 Snap Publications | 406 N. Eugene Street, Greensboro NC 27401 | P.O. Box 9023, Greensboro NC 27429 | (336) 763-4170