Wednesday, January 26, 2011

State of the Union recap

Here then are my comments on President Obama's State of the Union 2011 speech.

New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans.  We will move forward together, or not at all -– for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.
How nice!  After we had TARP and Obamacare shoved at us, and after a decisive shellacking in November, shifting the power in House of Representatives to the GOP's favor, now we will have bipartisan.   So it seems today the reported 'I won' attitude is gone. Curious timing, don't you think?
 With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. 
Nice goal, but tell me: with my infamous 2 hr commute (each way) by car, what will this do for me, since right now we're good for ~40 miles on battery?  And who will pay for these charging stations, the employers?? That's rich!  (oh, wait, have I answered my own question?)

 Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens.  Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet they live every day with the threat of deportation.  

Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration.  And I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows.
In one breath, Pres. Obama endorses amnesty for dependants of illegal aliens, then speaks of strengthening the border.  How about reversing the order: secure the border, then deal with the illegal immigrants?  When you're house has a water pipe break, you fix the leak BEFORE you bail the water.

 Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail. 
Nice applause line.  Throughout the northeast there are hundreds of miles of unused rail beds, running through lots with homes and backyards.  Efforts to reclaim those rail beds to provide commuter lines through northern NJ, for example, are met with lawsuits from the home owners, who ignore their deed restrictions and instead setup playgrounds on  the beds, daring the rail companies to come through.  How will were ever get rail service to 80% of the US if the railroads cannot reclaim their OWN land today?
So tonight, I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the system.  Get rid of the loopholes.  Level the playing field.  And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years –- without adding to our deficit.  It can be done.
Why is it when companies (or individuals) use a legal loophole to their own advantage, they are demonized as if they're somehow cheating?  Why do we continue to bad mouth those who are successful?

So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.

Now, I have heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law.  (Laughter.)  So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved.  If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you.  We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses.  (Applause.)
Eager to work?  With the GOP?  So you mean Pres. Obama will listen to the GOP, like he did at Blair House, where the entire meeting was used to justify the unkept promise of having all debates on Obamacare being on CSPAN?  Where none of the concerns or ideas of the GOP were even considered? 

Are that many Americans that naive to not see this lie for what it is?

Of course, some countries don’t have this problem.  If the central government wants a railroad, they build a railroad, no matter how many homes get bulldozed.  If they don’t want a bad story in the newspaper, it doesn’t get written.
Heh, unless you contact MSNBC and spike the story or discussion (even if it's being discussed live).

Nothing new from President Obama, right down to the intentional shift to the Center.   He's on the re-election trail, and efforts will need to be stepped up to ensure his agenda will go no further, and that he will be defeated at the ballot box in 2012.

We cannot afford to do any less!

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