In his hour-long State of the Union speech, Obama continued the Democrat Party tradition of making war on private enterprise and increasing government's control and portion of the economy. More regulation, more spending, higher taxation and no real vision for a prosperous future . . . the man is like a broken record.
President Obama told the nation: "It is our generation's task, then, to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class."
Mr. President, you can't reignite the engine of growth by placing heavy, economic and regulatory burdens on the mechanisms that create growth, American industry and businesses. You can't stimulate growth by imposing a destructive and counter-productive carbon-tax based on the false premise of man-made climate change. The only possible result is further erosion of our energy industry, our manufacturing base and the jobs they create.
Mr. President, you can't stimulate our economy by raising taxes on those who produce and redistributing that money to those who consume. You can't create jobs by shrinking the profits of those businesses who hire workers.
The President proposed increasing the minimum wage to $9.00/hr. Again, at a time in which unemployment is a nominal 8% and (when accounting for those who have simply given up looking for work) more accurately in excess of 15%, raising the minimum wage is not a move that will lead to more jobs or a more robust economy. Such a move will only further burden businesses that are already struggling to meet payrolls and are already facing the burdens placed on them by your healthcare mandate.
The push to increase the minimum wage isn't based on some noble desire to improve the lot of the poor, it is a political move intended to generate and shore up support from unions. Every time the minimum wage increases, so do union wages and union contributions to Democrat Party coffers.
The President demagogued on making cuts to entitlement programs, proclaiming (again) that he was, ". . . open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don't
violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our
government shouldn't make promises we cannot keep — but we must keep the
promises we've already made."
The President has repeatedly claimed that he was "open" to budgeting discussions, only to turn each such meeting into a political circus of self-aggrandizement and then reneging on any agreement reached.
Mr.President, how do you keep the promises we've already made when Medicare and Social Security are on the path to bankruptcy and you and your party refuse to engage in any meaningful discussions on how to save them? How do you continue to fund a ponzi-scheme when the nation's coffers are not simply empty, but $16.5 Trillion in debt? How do you propose to keep our promises if your party can't even agree to propose a budget, let alone pass one?
This President's not interested in working with Congress, he's only interested in scoring political points. He's not serious about debt reduction, or "job creation," he's looking for ways to attack Republicans.
The President's not interested in reaching across the aisle or working with Congress, he intends to bypass Congress and attempt to implement his radical, anti-business, anti-Constitution agenda through Executive Orders, like the dictator he imagines himself to be.
This wasn't a State of the Union Speech, it was just another in a
long line of campaign speeches aimed, not at reaching across the aisle,
building bridges, and solving problems. This was a speech designed to
designate enemies, alienate and isolate the Republican Party and preach
his leftist agenda.
Congress doesn't work. because this President doesn't work. There's no leadership coming out of the Oval Office, only venom, contentious rhetoric, and political scheming. The Republicans in the House have passed over 40 bills intended to reduce the deficit, reduce our national debt, and get America back to work, but the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, is blocking every bill from even being debated. He is not even allowing a vote on any of the measures.
Republicans aren't blocking progress, it's members of the President's own party and his unwillingness to provide a modicum of leadership who are blocking progress. Democrats aren't looking for a solution to today's problems, they have their eyes firmly attached to the next election and are doing everything they can to ensure that they will win back control of the House.
Democrats and the President don't care about the fate of our nation or the misery our citizens are suffering, they care only about winning elections. They care only about gaining power and control.
This speech, Mr. President, was "dead on arrival."
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!