Posted by: arnegrim | January 25, 2012

Sad State of the Union

“…”We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. …”

Last I checked… we are a land where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. NOT a guarantee. It is NOT the governments responsibility to ensure the pursuit of happiness is fulfilled.

If that’s what you want… go to Cuba.

“…”If election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country,” Obama said. “Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.”…”

There is already a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship… and a process that goes along with it. This is nothing more than pandering for the Latino votes.

“…”Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that do the same,” Obama said. “It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.”…”

That should include endless unemployment benefits. That should include Freddie and Fannie. That should include the auto industry.

If those businesses are unable to survive on their own they shouldn’t be allowed to subsist on taxpayer $.

If that’s what you want… go to Cuba.

“…He repeated a call for investment in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, announcing that he will sign an executive order to clear the “red tape” slowing federal construction projects. “But you need to fund these projects. Take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home,” Obama said….”

Wasn’t that what his $timulu$ bill was for? Is he admitting it didn’t work?

We are overspending by over $1 TRILLION per year. The two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) TOGETHER have cost us just over $1.27 Trillion… for 10 years. Using the money to pay down the debt will barely make a blip if we don’t control the spending.

“…”We don’t begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it,” Obama insisted. “When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference.”…”

The Bush tax cuts resulted in RECORD tax revenue. It’s a SPENDING problem.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/highlights-president-obama-2012-state-union-address-000338337.html

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