The Big Bomb
He just doesn’t get it.
Last week’s State of the Union address was the President’s big chance to demonstrate that he plans to govern from the middle. He had his own monumental Sputnik opportunity. But instead of sizzle, he gave us fizzle.
President Obama proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that his ideologically leftist bent will forever cloud his judgement and prevent him from representing the majority (at least for now) of his constituency. His radical plans to permanently alter the landscape of American life permeate his core, and thus impact his view on life (and consequently, the manner in which he governs) with each waking day.
His opening remarks had promise. His rhetoric did not soar, but neither was it entirely grounded. He at least achieved lift off. He set the stage for a speech that should have outlined BIG ideas for our HUGE problems. Instead, he outlined the challenges, and then announced that he was going to throw pabulum at them.
“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment”, he said, severely staring bullets through the teleprompter. And that was as high as the flight of his speech ever got; after that, he was on lefty cruise control until he landed an hour later.
Having achieved the height of his oratorical moment with his spaceshot reference, he then outlined his NASA-infused vision. For his first step in finding the cure, he intoned, “We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially, clean energy technology. We’ll fund the Apollo projects of our time.”
My friends, I hope the irony does not escape you. By launching into his dreamy visions for an American utopia, the President exposed his values once again. For implicit in every “solution” outlined in his diatribe was the notion that the answer lies with the federal government! And that is the crux of our dilemna. The President speaks in lofty terms of America’s uniqueness and greatness. We all agree. But he consistently maintains that the only way we will continue to be great is through more and more government control and oversight.
He just doesn’t get it.
He talked about solving the thorny immigration issue, but offered no ideas. He spoke loftily of the need to improve our childrens’ education; while proposing nothing new, he did manage a sneak attack on Bush’s “No Child Left Behind.” He focused on deficit spending projects in high speed rail and renewable energy; clearly his two personal Apollo pets.
And of our deficit, what did he do? He proposed freezing domestic spending for the next five years. Seriously, I kid you not. Our national debt is $14,300,000,000,000. It has risen $3,500,000,000,000 since the President assumed possession of the Oval Office. George Bush’s last budget proposal contained a deficit of $160,000,000,000. This year alone, the deficit is projected to be $1,500,000,000,000. WE DON’T NEED TO FREEZE SPENDING. WE NEED TO TAKE A HACKSAW TO IT!!!
And then, to make things even more egregious, he could not help himself on the class warfare front. After proposing his feeble spending freeze, he reverted back to form and lectured, “If we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extention of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.” Yes, folks, that’s right, those 2% who already pay 80% of all federal taxes should pay MORE, because it is only FAIR!
Let’s give him some credit. He did have a thought about how to fund government investment in clean energy technology. Said he, “I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies.” There ya go! There’s some progressive thought for you. He has all but killed off the oil business in the Gulf of Mexico, and now will not allow exploratory drilling in any new areas off either the east or west coasts, or in Alaska. As our fellow Americans continue to pay more at the pump, when will the main stream media and the rest of the country start to connect the dots?
On the health care front, he was quite clear. He will fight Republicans until the last doctor hangs up his stethoscope before he cedes philosophical ground on his redistributionist gambit.
So on this January Sunday I leave you with this quote. In 2006, a prudent and prescient Senator saw the evil in the ever increasing US debt. Speaking on the Senate floor he said, “Leadership means the truck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of hard choices today on to the backs of our children and gradnchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.”
And that Senator was….drumroll….Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. You can’t make this stuff up.
Remember this blog when the debt ceiling debate boils to the surface in a few weeks.
He just doesn’t get it.