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Obama Offers Political “Gifts” at State of the Union Address

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 28, 2014

Tonight Pres. Barack Obama made his second State of the Union Address of his second term.  What a difference a year makes. Last year’s State of the Union address came shortly after Obama’s reelection when had at least a partial mandate to govern.  This year, most certainly aggravated by the Obamacare debacle, the President’s political capital is nearly spent with even some Democrats distancing themselves from the resident.

The Wall Street Journal released the results of a recent poll indicating that Americans are dissatisfied with Obama’s policies and lost faith in his leadership skills.  That poll concluded:

  • Since the 1930s, only George W. Bush had lower poll numbers going into is six year in office.  Obama is now in very special company!
  • More poll respondents want the President to focus on job creation and early childhood education compared to those favoring increasing the minimum wage.
  • Over 50% of those polled disapprove of Obama’s job performance.
  • Approximately 60% of those polled indicated they were worried or pessimistic about Obama’s performance during the remainder of his presidency.
  • 75% of poll respondents believe that the President should place a high priority on reducing the federal budget deficit.
  • Over 70% of poll respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the overall economy.
  • Only 34% of those polled view Obamacare is positively.

Given the unpopularity of Obama and his policies one would think that the President would reach across the aisle in an attempt seek common ground.  That is not the case with Obama saying during the speech:  The President called for “a year of action“, specifically saying: “That’s what most Americans want – for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.”  Further, Obama vowed to around Congress to pursue his agenda stating: “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”    In other words, Obama will use executive orders to bypass Congress.  This is a similar tactic used by autocrats throughout history, most turning out badly for the people.

You have to give it to Pres. Obama, he sure has gall.  The massive government interventions he’s already pursued including the stimulus package, green energy “investments” such as Solyndra, cash for clunkers, Obamacare, etc. have been dismal failures.  Still he calls for “a year of action“.  That is nothing more than doubling down on losses.

While Obama has been president for over five years, he continues to act as if he was in campaign mode, not surprising given his background as a community organizer.  The President is an expert in the tactic of obtaining political advantage by promoting popular, but unsound, programs that he knows Republicans cannot support.  One example is his call for increasing the minimum wage.  The Left throughout modern history has used this voodoo economics as a way to supposedly create instant prosperity. This bogus claim raises an interesting rhetorical question:  If merely increasing the minimum wage could create real wealth, then why stop at $10 an hour?  Why not triple it?  The answer becomes self-evident.

In addition, Obama recent sound bites include the ills of the growing income disparity in the United States.  While excess concentration of wealth in a small minority of the population is ultimately a drag on an economy, it cannot be eliminated by government edict.   Obama does not discuss the causes for this inequity, but instead focusing on the more populist demonizing it.  He purposely evades this important issue since that the income disparity has increased during his presidency.  The Progressive policies of bailouts, crony capitalism, and artificially low interest rates mainly benefited wealthiest of Americans who have taken advantage of the resulting equities’ bubble to increase wealth.  The answer to this challenge is not for the government to redistribute wealth, as Obama would promote, but instead to eliminate the governmental programs that feed the growing disparity.

Congressman Stephen King, Republican from Iowa, was recently interviewed by CNN host Chris Cuomo.  Cuomo, a card-carrying member of the Progressive media, attempted to pull at the heartstrings of King (and is audience) to promote Progressive policies including increasing the minimum wage.  King stood tall and responded articulately concerning problems that come along with the governmental redistribution of wealth, as seen in the video below.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle attempt to maintain power by taxing some and rewarding others.  Democrats use social programs supposedly in an effort to cure the ills they see in society.  The recipients of their handouts include those on entitlement programs, unions, government employees, and companies that support the liberal agenda.  Republicans historically promote interests of the military-industrial complex and large businesses creating their own version of crony capitalism.  With their ability to print money, these politicians promote their pet programs as including no cost, their versions of alchemy.

The Tea Party is a grass roots movement whose main theme revolves around fiscal responsibility.  This focus allowed them to make enemies in both the Democratic and Republican Parties.  Little wonder; should a movement succeed in taking away the politicians’ ability to hand out candy to constituents and their chances for reelection decrease significantly.  Unfortunately this is the main motivation of those in Washington.



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