My Response to the State of the Union Address 02.12.2013

Having watched the entire SOTU and Rubio's response last evening, I came away less than impressed with either "offering".

"Bing" took snapshots of Americans' reaction to obama's speech as it progressed; and, apparently, those sampled had feelings similar to mine; none of the reactions were in the "Positive" () range:

The "warmest" part of the evening, to me, was the shot of Ms. Desiline Victor, a 102 years old lady from Atlanta who had been helped by other voters to cast her ballot.

A question: Do our representatives "text"? Mais oui! But, during the State of the Union Address? How tacky!

One of the more egregious "efforts" by the President was to arrange and re-arrange persons sitting next to Michelle Obama to fit into the "message" he was offering at that moment. Michelle even had time to change clothes (for some reason).

For those interested in the entire SOTU speech, Click here

Now, on to my comments.

First, in a general sense, the president seemed to be continuing his hubris and a "Never let the Truth Stand In The Way Of A Good Story" approach. As an explanation to this, Click here.

My Offerings:

In summary, obama's message was that bigger government is better and taxing the rich more, also, is better. This is in direct opposition to that which our Founding Fathers put forth in the US Constitution.

Below are some, and only some, of the quotes from obama's speech I found troubling - and my comments to same (My reactions to the statments made by obama are shown in BROWN):

1) "Cleared away the rubble of (the economic) crisis." - Total BS!

a) 11,629 more people go on food stamps EVERY week

b) Debt is increasing at $1T every year

c) Over 12M people out of work

d) 46,700,000 people are on welfare

e) The rate of people in poverty is 15+% - that's 45,000,000 Americans



2) "..both parties have worked to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5T". - Total BS!

- The deficit has grown over $6T since obama took office AND see 1.b above

3) "Already the Affordable Healtcare Act (obamacare) is helping to slow the growth of health care costs." - Total BS!

a) The CBO now estimates that the costs of obamacare will be triple the original estimates.

b) Small businesses are cutting back/refusing to hire to avoid the costs of obamacare

c) The CBO now estimates that in the near future the costs of obamacare to a family of 5 will be $20,000 per year - that's $1,667 PER MONTH.

4) "We must keep the promises we've already made." - good statement; but, obama hasn't kept any yet! Examples:

a) No body who makes under $250k per year will see a tax increase.

b) Others too numerous to list; so, see the these links for but a few: Click Here And, Click Here.

5) "..A tax code that ensures billionaires with high powered accounts can't work the system and pay a lower rate than their hard working secretaries." - Total BS!

- This is a reference to Warren Buffet's statement that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary - a true statement. However, Buffet's tax rate is based on Capital Gains tax rates while his secretary pays taxes at the normal, income rate. Before anyone feels sorry for his secretary, it is reported that her salary is $400+K per year.

6) "The greatest nation on earth can not keep conducting it's business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to another." - Then, Mr. President, stop manufacturing crises.

- see This AND see This

7) ".. and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America." - Then, Mr. president, stop borrowing monies we can't pay back.

8) "We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas." (over the last 15 years, he prefaced) - Total BS!

- In 1998 the average mpg for cars was about 20; in 2012 the overall average was 23.2 mpg. That's, roughly, a 16% increase - far from a 100% increase.

9) re: Climate Change (a.k.a. Global Warming) - "Or, we can choose to believe the overwhelming judgement of science and act before it's too late." - Total BS!

a) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007, the foremost "scientific" avocates of Global Warming, has been shown to have manipulated data and falsified reports.

b) See this article.

10) "But, if Congress won't act (re: Climate Change initiatives) soon to protect future generations, I will." - A continuation of obama's pedeliction for bypassing Congress for things he wants. He continually forgets there are three and equal branches of our goverment.

11) "Four years ago other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it." - True. And they all, now, have realized that such efforts put them all in significant debt and the high risk of bankruptcy.

12) "That's why my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new gas and oil permits." - Total BS!

a) Look at the history of the Keystone pipeline - continually thwarted by obama.

b) See this link.

13) "So, tonight I propose a 'Fix It First' program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urget repairs." (In reference to infrastructure - roads, bridges, etc.) - Total BS!

- This was the same message/plan obama put forth to justify the first "stimulus". Billions of dollars were spent and virtually nothing was accomplished. This is more of the same government intervention in the affairs of private business that cause us to be where we are today economically.

14) "But, even with mortgage rates at near a 50 year low, too may families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being rejected. ... Right now there's a bill in this Congress that would give every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today's rates." - Misleading at best!

a) Lenders are apprehensive due to the uncertainty of what laws may hit them later. Almost without disagreement the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) forced lenders to provide people lacking sufficient credit loans for homes. The result? The housing market crashed and, thus, so did the economy. Any new regulation, however well intended, would be in conflict with the CRA - the CRA should be repealed.

b) See this link.

15) "We will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the greatest threat to Americans." AND, "All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk - our diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As long as I'm Commander In Chief we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad and we will maintain the best military the world has ever known." - Total BS!

- I am certain the families of those who lost their lives during the Benghazi attack on our embassy feel "comforted".

16) "...strengthen our own missile defense..." - Total BS! - Click Here

17) "We will ensure equal treatment for all service members and equal benefits for their families, gay and straight." - Well, maybe not for everyone! - See This Link AND, This Link.

18) "So tonight I'm announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And, it definitely needs improvement." - Agree - See This Link

19) "Each of these proposals deserve a vote in Congress." (on gun violence proposals in Congress) - Agree - They deserve a VOTE and NOT "executive orders".

Now, I'll move on to Sen. Rubio's offering.

For those who would like to see his entire speech, Click Here.

Sen. Rubio seemed to offer only:

1) obama is wrong

2) what we need (or, what he felt we need)

But, there were no, "HOW TOs" nor much detail!

I feel a better response would have been the speech given by Dr. Benjamin S. Carson in this speech.