SOU Address 2012: The Same Old Song

Last night, President Barack Hussein Obama gave his fourth (and hopefully last) State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress.

Coming off like the campaign speech it was, the president sang the same ol’ song, trying desperately to convince Americans that his failed policies are actually what’s best for the greatest country on God’s green Earth.

Here are some excerpts, straight from

Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.

By increasing the tax rate on those Americans who have succeeded?  Gimme a Break, Scooter. Schools operating within your idea of a Socialist Utopia would brainwash, not educate, our children and your dream of “sharing the wealth” would take away any incentive to work hard and succeed.  

And, how can we be “in control of our own energy”, when you won’t let us drill for oil where we need to?  All your Green Energy Initiative has done is line the pockets of Jeffery Immelt, Terry McAuliffe, and a bunch of other “close advisers” of yours.  As far as the average American is concerned, Green Energy hasn’t done anything except give us something to laugh at:  The Chevy Volt.

….The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. - Karl Marx

As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.

In 2011, Obama issued 34 executive orders and made 32 recess appointments.

No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.

Ah yes…look for the Union Label.

Here are a few facts about the wonders of Obamanomics:

So far, during the presidency of Barack Obama, the price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 83 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During the same period, the price of ground beef has gone up 24 percent and price of bacon has gone up 22 percent.

When Obama entered the White House in January 2009, the city average price for one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $1.79, according to the BLS. (The figures are in nominal dollars: not adjusted for inflation.) Five months later in June, unleaded gasoline was $2.26 per gallon, an increase of 26 percent. By December 2011, the price of regular unleaded gas per gallon was $3.28, an 83 percent increase from January 2009.

The price of unleaded gasoline never reached the 10-year high of $4.09 back in July 2008 under George W. Bush’s administration, but it did get close.

By May 2011, gas prices hit a high under the Obama administration at $3.93, about four percentage points away from the July 2008 high.

Let’s never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same. It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.

To quote Rep. Joe Wilson, “You lie!”

Under President Obama more people are on Medicaid, another welfare program, than under any other president. And an estimated 16 million more will be added beginning in 2014—and Democrats boast about that.

The food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), has grown from 26.3 million people in 2007 to 44.7 million last year, an increase of nearly 70 percent.

On January 11, 1989, President Ronald Wilson Reagan spoke the following words at the conclusion of his Farewell Address to the American people.  His words still ring true today.  It’s a vision, not of a Marxist Utopia, but of a nation where every man and woman have the opportunity to work hard and, through the sweat of their brow, achieve the American Dream:

The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the shining “city upon a hill.” The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important, because he was an early Pilgrim – an early “Freedom Man.” He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat, and, like the other pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind, it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind swept, God blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace – a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors, and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.

That’s how I saw it, and see it still. How Stands the City?

And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that: after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm.

And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the Pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.

Now, it’s up to us, fellow Americans.  Do we want to live in a Socialist Utopia? Or do we want to continue to live in the greatest country on God’s green Earth, the “shining city  upon a hill?”

I know what my choice is…and it involves a moving van pulling up to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington , D.C. on January 21, 2013.

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