President Obama’s State of the Union Address revealed five crucial failures in his competency as President.
Failure to understand basic economics. He advocated demolishing the foundation of our economy when he called for financial institutions to be banned from taking risks. Risk is part of the free market! Eliminating risk requires total government control of the economy, including private property and capital, and correspondingly the abolition of liberty.
After condemning President Bush’s tax cuts as contributing to the federal deficit by not being “paid for,” he failed to explain how his would be. The truth is that Bush’s were paid for, by net increases in revenues as the economy grew under their – ahem! – stimulus.
Failure to understand responsibility. He decried the deficit he inherited and lied about its origins. After increased tax revenues had halved the deficit, it expanded because of unrestrained spending and the present recession – which some say was induced by the growing likelihood of an Obama presidency. Be that as it may: It is now far worse because of the trillions of dollars in new spending that Obama signed into law. Yet, to him, the resulting deficit is solely the responsibility of his predecessor.
Conversely, he took responsibility for what he did not do. He claimed responsibility for the bank bailout, which his predecessor signed into law.
He claimed that Americans are upset that “Washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems.” Which leads to another failure – to understand that, to paraphrase President Reagan, too much government is in itself a tremendous problem. The responsibility of government is to safeguard our liberty, not to solve our problems.
Failure to be truthful. He profoundly shamed himself when he not only lied about the Supreme Court’s recent free-speech ruling, but also publicly humiliated and embarrassed the justices for daring to defy him. Presidential? This was the stuff of a petty tyrant.
Either he lied when he said that he cut taxes for 95 percent of working families, or my wife and I are part of the five percent. My federal income tax went up 0.56 percent effective my check of January 12, which exposes another lie: That no one’s income tax was increased, unless you take that claim at the strictest meaning of “a single dime on a single person.”
He lied in touting his proposed spending freeze. On the face of it, a freeze would be to his credit. But freeze it where? At the massively expanded level to which he’s taking it? And the lie was compounded as he boasted of the billions he will save – after spending trillions, more than all his predecessors combined.
He lied when he said his deficits will be paid for on his watch. Our grandchildren will be paying for his deficits. His idea to “invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt” was laughable.
Failure to respect and obey the Constitution. He wants to overrule Congress when it fails to do his bidding. The Senate, with its Democrat supermajority, failed to pass a desired bill. So he will simply issue an executive order to compensate for his ineffective leadership by making it so anyway. So much for the role of Congress.
From health care demolition to overriding Congress and beyond, we have a President to whom the Constitution is merely something to be bent, shaped and molded to his whims. Uphold and defend? Fold, spindle and mutilate.
Failure to appreciate the intelligence of the American people. Popular opposition to health care demolition has become so virulent that even Congressional Democrats are standing down for fear of their political careers. Yet he called on them to do the suicidal and support it for the sake of their Leader’s agenda.
In sum, this speech was just a campaign rant against his predecessor. It is little wonder that he’s been so ineffective in addressing national problems, when his need to exalt his ego is his central concern. Then had the gall to claim that we’re frustrated because we think that, in Washington, “every day is election day!”
He rightly identified what he called a “deficit of trust.” But it’s not because of lobbyists, such as those who populate his administration in droves, as he claimed. Americans are angry, but most certainly not because we don’t understand what’s happening in Washington. It’s because we understand it all too well.
We’re being governed by statists who want three things and three things only: Enrichment and power for themselves and their friends; expansion of government power; and diminishment or elimination of our liberty. That, and the agenda of an arrogant, narcissistic braggart in the White House, is why we are angry.
Thomas Berry, for the Children of Liberty, http://thechildrenofliberty.ning.com.