The president’s State of the Union address last night was nothing short of frightening. Sure there was the usual lies, twisted facts and campaign rhetoric we have all come to expect from Barack Obama. But speech had an undercurrent of intimidation, a feeling that he was going to accelerate his attack on our liberties, that his class warfare rhetoric was more than just politics but a legal threat. He scapegoated corporations and the well off to the point where you could legitimately wonder if he was going to try and throw them all in jail.
Below are the parts of the speech I found particularly troubling:
Let’s remember how we got here. Long before the recession, jobs and manufacturing began leaving our shores. Technology made businesses more efficient, but also made some jobs obsolete. Folks at the top saw their incomes rise like never before, but most hardworking Americans struggled with costs that were growing, paychecks that weren’t, and personal debt that kept piling up.
He believes that the problem here is capitalism, when the real problem is we began moving away from capitalism long before he took office, Johnson’s “Great Society” took away many incentives to work, Nixon took us off the gold standard and tried to switch us to a controlled economy (remember his price controls).
In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn’t afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people’s money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn’t have the authority to stop the bad behavior.
Yes some banks took advantage, that is indisputable. What is also indisputable is they were forced to make those loans, by presidents and congresses who believed that everyone had a constitutional right to own their own home. They were also forced by attorneys (the future president Obama included) who sued and courts who ruled that banks had to give mortgages to poor people who couldn’t afford them.
It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag. In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect.
Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were a total of 133,563,000 people working in January of 2009, as of December 2011 there are 131,900,000 meaning that there are 1,663,000 less people working than when Obama took office. Actually this understates the problem. In order to keep pace with the population growth we need to be adding about 100,000 jobs/month or 3,600,000 jobs during Obama’s tenure, so technically we need to add approximately 5,263,000 jobs for Obama to get employment to the point of which he took over. By the end of this (and God willing his only) term as President, Barack Obama would have to add a total of of 6.4 million jobs to clean up the employment situation and leave it the way he found it.
Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we’ve agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we’ve put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.
An outright lie perpetuated by the leaders of both parties, they did not cut the deficit by two trillion, they cut the GROWTH of the deficit by two trillion. There is an assumed base line of spending growth, that’s what they cut. Think of it this way. Say you have decided to by a new sound system for your house in five years. You assume you are going to pay $10K for the sound system. Next week you change your mind and decide to buy a sound system for $5K. Have you saved any money or did you just decided to grow your bills by $5K less then you decided a week ago? That’s how the government came to the $2 trillion cut, they decided to increase the federal debt by less than they had planned to–they cut nothing.
The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back now. 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.
Ah..its blame Bush time, but here are the real facts courtesy of the Heritage foundation. The “Bush Tax Cuts created more jobs, and increased GDP and real wages. Is that what Obama plans to oppose?
And even better, by lowering taxes we increased tax revenues.
On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen. In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We got workers and automakers to settle their differences. We got the industry to retool and restructure. Today, General Motors is back on top as the world’s number one automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs.
We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back.
Actually we purchased GM at distressed rates and handed it over to the UAW as a gift, thus screwing all of the other bond holders and the American people whose money he used. He prevented GM and Chrysler from going into Chapter 11 where the unions would have had to share the burden.
…..We should start with our tax code. Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it.
So let’s change it. First, if you’re a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn’t get a tax deduction for doing it. That money should be used to cover moving expenses for companies like Master Lock that decide to bring jobs home.
Threat number one, if you move jobs overseas we are going to tax you more. That is the progressive way deal out penalties. Truth is this will result in companies moving their home offices overseas also.
The answer is simple for anyone who understands capitalism. Companies aren’t moving jobs overseas to be mean to Americans, they are doing it to make a profit. A CEOs job is to maximize profits for the investors. If Barack Obama wants jobs to move back (or stay in the United States) he should find ways to make it cheaper to run businesses in this country! Lower taxes, regulation reform. He should understand that it isn’t just the restrictions put on businesses through regulation, its the cost of complying with and reporting to the government that you have complied with those regulations.
Second, no American company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas. From now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. And every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here.
An alternative minimum tax for corporations will result in more jobs lost, more jobs going overseas and (I assume) higher accounting fees. If he wants each corporation to pay its fair share, simplify the tax code, close loopholes and reduce the overall tax rate. Maybe he should ask his good buddy Jeff Immelt of GE, his company paid no taxes last year and shipped jobs over seas.
Third, if you’re an American manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. If you’re a high-tech manufacturer, we should double the tax deduction you get for making products here. And if you want to relocate in a community that was hit hard when a factory left town, you should get help financing a new plant, equipment, or training for new workers.
I agree with the relocation idea, but that is a local decision not a national one.
I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products. And I will not stand by when our competitors don’t play by the rules. We’ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration – and it’s made a difference. Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires. But we need to do more. It’s not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It’s not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they’re heavily subsidized.
…And its not fair that conservative bloggers can do research and prove that I am a disaster for America.
Tonight, I’m announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China. There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. And this Congress should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing finance or new markets like Russia. Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you – America will always win.
Great more bureaucracy! Isn’t this what the Dept. of Commerce does?
…..For less than one percent of what our Nation spends on education each year, we’ve convinced nearly every State in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning – the first time that’s happened in a generation.
They’ve forced teachers to “teach to the tests” and have introduced curricula that are more like progressive indoctrination than education—politically correct nonsense, and fake history…thank you Mr. President.
But challenges remain. And we know how to solve them.
Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.
Lets talk about giving those teachers resources. As Reason reported in March 2011
As you can see, with the exception of Switzerland, the U.S. spends the most in the world on education, an average of $91,700 per student in the nine years between the ages of 6 and 15. But the results do not correlate: For instance, we spend one-third more per student than Finland, which consistently ranks near the top in science, reading, and math.
So the question becomes is it that we aren’t spending enough money on education or are we spending it wrong? Have lucrative pension plans for long retired teaches become too big a burden on the education system, or is it the cost of complying with Dept. of Education regulations? If Barack Obama and the progressives truly want to improve education, those are the questions I would start with.
We also know that when students aren’t allowed to walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma. So tonight, I call on every State to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen.
School isn’t for everyone, and there is nothing wrong with a kid (after consulting with parents) quitting school at 16 or 17 and becoming an apprentice plumber or painter…etc. If Obamacare is fully implemented those kids will end up making more money than doctors. In the end it is not a government decision… it’s a family decision!
When kids do graduate, the most daunting challenge can be the cost of college. At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. Extend the tuition tax credit we started that saves middle-class families thousands of dollars. And give more young people the chance to earn their way through college by doubling the number of work-study jobs in the next five years.
Of course, it’s not enough for us to increase student aid. We can’t just keep subsidizing skyrocketing tuition; we’ll run out of money. States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets. And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down. Recently, I spoke with a group of college presidents who’ve done just that. Some schools re-design courses to help students finish more quickly. Some use better technology. The point is, it’s possible. So let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down. Higher education can’t be a luxury – it’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.
|If it isn’t a constitutional right—It Should be!|
Because the right to go to college is in the constitution right next to free healthcare, free high speed internet and of course free Oreo Cookie Ice Cream (hey if the progressives can invent stuff for the constitution why can’t I?
Let’s also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: The fact that they aren’t yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation. Others came more recently, to study business and science and engineering, but as soon as they get their degree, we send them home to invent new products and create new jobs somewhere else.
That doesn’t make sense.
I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That’s why my Administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That’s why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office.
The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.
The border is still porous, look at how many of those prevented terror attacks over the past few years have been perpetuated by illegal aliens such as the attempted Time Square bomber, or the arrest of the terrorist who was trying to blow up a building in Houston. The only reason illegal immigration is down is that thanks to this President the economy is awful. There are fewer people who see the US as an opportunity to become successful.
You see, an economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country. That means women should earn equal pay for equal work. It means we should support everyone who’s willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs thought that Obama was bad for the country according to his biography:
Steve Jobs told President Obama that he was “headed for a one-term presidency” if he did not adopt more business friendly policies, according to a biography of the legendary Apple CEO to be released Monday. He even offered his assistance to avoid that outcome.
Here comes the energy lie:
Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy. Over the last three years, we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I’m directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now, American oil production is the highest that it’s been in eight years. That’s right – eight years. Not only that – last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.
Let’s see of he really opens up those resources. The oil production that he is bragging about now is the payoff for the oil leases opened up by George Bush. Between that and the decrease oil/gas usage because of the falling economy and the increases in crude oil costs, yes we reduced our dependance on foreign (and all oil). And, according to the house oversight committee, the price increase was deliberately caused by the Obama administration.
But with only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.
An out and out lie! A 2009 study by the non partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) sheds light on America’s energy resources. It shows show the U.S. supply of recoverable oil to be 167 billion barrels of oil, the equivalent of replacing America’s current imports from OPEC countries for more than 75 years. And that’s just the oil, when you include gas and coal, the U.S. has energy reserves the equivalent of 1.3 trillion barrels.
..What’s true for natural gas is true for clean energy. In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.
The bottom line is the battery industry still haven’t developed the necessary technology, which is one of the reasons Chevy Dealerships do not want to waste their showroom space on the volt.
..When Bryan Ritterby was laid off from his job making furniture, he said he worried that at 55, no one would give him a second chance. But he found work at Energetx, a wind turbine manufacturer in Michigan. Before the recession, the factory only made luxury yachts. Today, it’s hiring workers like Bryan, who said, “I’m proud to be working in the industry of the future.
Our experience with shale gas shows us that the payoffs on these public investments don’t always come right away. Some technologies don’t pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. I will not walk away from workers like Bryan.
No he will give federal money to companies owned by his big donors and other friends, like Solyndra, let them go bankrupt and THEY will walk away from workers like Bryan.
We can also spur energy innovation with new incentives. The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change
Maybe they haven’t because with each passing day there is new information that “climate change is nothing but a hoax designed to redistribute income world-wide.
Building this new energy future should be just one part of a broader agenda to repair America’s infrastructure. So much of America needs to be rebuilt. We’ve got crumbling roads and bridges. A power grid that wastes too much energy. An incomplete high-speed broadband network that prevents a small business owner in rural America from selling her products all over the world.
What he neglects to say is that smart power grid he is talking about will be able to regulate your individual usage, if you like your home cold in the summer…forget it! Your house will have a “brown-out.”
And there is that constitutional right to high speed internet. Sorry I don’t want any government progressive or conservative, regulating the net.
During the Great Depression, America built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. After World War II, we connected our States with a system of highways. Democratic and Republican administrations invested in great projects that benefited everybody, from the workers who built them to the businesses that still use them today.
In the next few weeks, I will sign an Executive Order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many construction projects. But you need to fund these projects. Take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home.
There is that budget trick again. That spending on the wars in future years was never part of the budget, so Obama wants to fund those projects with money that was never there.
The President’s executive order, known as the “High Road Contracting Policy” gives preferential treatment to government construction contractors that pay their hourly workers a “union wage” and provide additional benefits such as health insurance, employer-funded retirement plans and paid sick leave. In other words even non union shops have to may money to the Unions and increase benefits if they want to get federal projects. This move not only further depresses the Construction industry, but raises the cost of Federal construction projects between 10-20% increasing the federal deficit.
There’s never been a better time to build, especially since the construction industry was one of the hardest-hit when the housing bubble burst. Of course, construction workers weren’t the only ones hurt. So were millions of innocent Americans who’ve seen their home values decline. And while Government can’t fix the problem on its own, responsible homeowners shouldn’t have to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom to get some relief.
That’s why I’m sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage, by refinancing at historically low interest rates. No more red tape. No more runaround from the banks. A small fee on the largest financial institutions will ensure that it won’t add to the deficit, and will give banks that were rescued by taxpayers a chance to repay a deficit of trust.
I forgot, there is the constitutional right to being protected from making bad personal choices. I believe that is part of the 37th amendment.
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 do 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.
Except for the unions of course.
We’ve all paid the price for lenders who sold mortgages to people who couldn’t afford them, and buyers who knew they couldn’t afford them.
That is nanny-statism, the government needs to be looking over your shoulder to protect you…from you.
So if you’re a big bank or financial institution, you are no longer allowed to make risky bets with your customers’ deposits. You’re required to write out a “living will” that details exactly how you’ll pay the bills if you fail – because the rest of us aren’t bailing you out ever again. And if you’re a mortgage lender or a payday lender or a credit card company, the days of signing people up for products they can’t afford with confusing forms and deceptive practices are over. Today, American consumers finally have a watchdog in Richard Cordray with one job: To look out for them.
The government’s job is not to protect a business from making stupid decisions—well except in a socialist society where government is making the stupid decisions.
BTW Richard Cordray, was one of the unconstitutional recess appointments Obama made when Congress was not in recess.
Next we come to “Brown-Shirt” type threats.
We will also establish a Financial Crimes Unit of highly trained investigators to crack down on large-scale fraud and protect people’s investments. Some financial firms violate major anti-fraud laws because there’s no real penalty for being a repeat offender. That’s bad for consumers, and it’s bad for the vast majority of bankers and financial service professionals who do the right thing. So pass legislation that makes the penalties for fraud count.
And tonight, I am asking my Attorney General to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis. This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans.
Will they also go after the politicians like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Joe Biden who helped to create the crisis or the attorneys like Barack Obama who participate? Of course not. The only purpose of doing this is intimidation pure and simple. Big Business better toe the line and do what he says or he is going to throw them in jail.
…..Right now, our most immediate priority is stopping a tax hike on 160 million working Americans while the recovery is still fragile. People cannot afford losing $40 out of each paycheck this year. There are plenty of ways to get this done. So let’s agree right here, right now: No side issues. No drama. Pass the payroll tax cut without delay.
Sure…what are we going to cut to pay for it?
When it comes to the deficit, we’ve already agreed to more than $2 trillion in cuts and savings.
That’s a lie (see above)
But we need to do more, and that means making choices. Right now, we’re poised to spend nearly $1 trillion more on what was supposed to be a temporary tax break for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.
A fake argument. Buffett is paying a lower tax rate than his secretary because its Capital Gains, which is at a lower rate because it was already taxed at the corporate level and to encourage capital investment which fuels the economy and creates Jobs.
Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else – like education and medical research; a strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we’re serious about paying down our debt, we can’t do both.
There is not enough rich person income to solve our massive debt problem over the short or long term. The top 3 percent of earners, those making $250,000 or more, have about $2.3 trillion in total annual income. So even if we took all their money it would only pay our bills for a bit over six months. it would only fund the government this year for just over six months. If you wanted to limit it a bit and only confiscate all the income of the 400 wealthiest Americans that would net only about $1.4 trillion, a pittance in the Obama budget. It would pay the federal government’s bills for about Four and a half months, after which the government nor those wealthy 400 would have anything left to buy guacamole dip for their Super Bowl Party (nor pay the electric so they can watch the game on TV).
…But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of Members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes. Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes. And my Republican friend Tom Coburn is right: Washington should stop subsidizing millionaires. In fact, if you’re earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn’t get special tax subsidies or deductions. On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn’t go up. You’re the ones struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages. You’re the ones who need relief.
If he cared about fair share, the President should be talking about simplifying the tax code and closing loop holes, not increasing the tax rate. And allow me to suggest a different “Buffett Rule.” My rule is that Berkshire Hathaway, the company primarily owned by Buffett, his family and friends, should pay the $1,000,000,000 in back taxes that even their internal auditors admit they owe to the IRS
Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.
Finally something positive to say, I have the President’s approval to call it class warfare all I want. Before I had been doing it without his approval so I feel much better now.
I recognize that people watching tonight have differing views about taxes and debt; energy and health care. But no matter what party they belong to, I bet most Americans are thinking the same thing right now: Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that, because Washington is broken.
And nothing will get done till we free congress and the presidency from progressive control.
Some of this has to do with the corrosive influence of money in politics. So together, let’s take some steps to fix that. Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow. Let’s limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. Let’s make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can’t lobby Congress, and vice versa – an idea that has bipartisan support, at least outside of Washington.
I agree with this 100%, but did he get Nancy Pelosi’s permission first?
Some of what’s broken has to do with the way Congress does its business these days. A simple majority is no longer enough to get anything – even routine business – passed through the Senate. Neither party has been blameless in these tactics. Now both parties should put an end to it. For starters, I ask the Senate to pass a rule that all judicial and public service nominations receive a simple up or down vote within 90 days.
Wait a second but isn’t he the president that rejected the Keystone pipeline because he wasn’t given enough time to decide, event though the project had been going through channels for years?
The executive branch also needs to change. Too often, it’s inefficient, outdated and remote. That’s why I’ve asked this Congress to grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy so that our Government is leaner, quicker, and more responsive to the needs of the American people.
And, God Willing it will change in January of 2013.
Finally, none of these reforms can happen unless we also lower the temperature in this town. We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction; that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas.
Does that mean his congressional supporters need to stop crying racist every time someone disagrees with Obama’s policies?
I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more. That’s why my education reform offers more competition, and more control for schools and States. That’s why we’re getting rid of regulations that don’t work. That’s why our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a Government program.
HUH? Did he forget to read the legislation also. Government is regulating everything about insurance even to the point where pro-life faith based organizations have to pay for the the entire cost of the “morning after abortion pill.” Think about that for a second, not only does it trounce the freedom of religion, but there is no deductible for an abortion poll or contraceptives, but there is one for Chemo, or dialysis, or transplants, or even the Zantac we need to calm our stomachs when we realize what this guy is doing to our country.
…As the tide of war recedes, a wave of change has washed across the Middle East and North Africa, from Tunis to Cairo; from Sana’a to Tripoli. A year ago, Qadhafi was one of the world’s longest-serving dictators – a murderer with American blood on his hands. Today, he is gone. And in Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change can’t be reversed, and that human dignity can’t be denied.
Egypt is now in the hands of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the new Libyan leadership has connections to the Islamist al Qaeda, in another year or two when the new regimes solidify their power Egyptians and Libyans may be begging for their old tyrants.
Look at Iran. Through the power of our diplomacy, a world that was once divided about how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program now stands as one. The regime is more isolated than ever before; its leaders are faced with crippling sanctions, and as long as they shirk their responsibilities, this pressure will not relent. Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal. But a peaceful resolution of this issue is still possible, and far better, and if Iran changes course and meets its obligations, it can rejoin the community of nations.
Lets look at Iran…they keep taunting the US “we are going to close the straits of Hormuz…Just kidding.” By my count they have threatened and even practiced for that closing at least three times during the past two years. America has become a joke to them.
And as far as all options on the table, why is the Obama administration warning Israel not to defend herself against Iran.
President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other top officials have delivered a string of private messages to Israeli leaders warning about the dire consequences of a strike. The U.S. wants Israel to give more time for the effects of sanctions and other measures intended to force Iran to abandon its perceived efforts to build nuclear weapons.
Time for another lie?
…Our iron-clad commitment to Israel’s security has meant the closest military cooperation between our two countries in history.
Read the above, or anything else I have written about Obama over the past three years. His iron-clad commitment to Israel reminds me of George McGovern’s 1000% commitment to Thomas Eagleton in 1972
Above all, our freedom endures because of the men and women in uniform who defend it. As they come home, we must serve them as well as they served us. That includes giving them the care and benefits they have earned – which is why we’ve increased annual VA spending every year I’ve been President. And it means enlisting our veterans in the work of rebuilding our Nation.
With the bipartisan support of this Congress, we are providing new tax credits to companies that hire vets. Michelle and Jill Biden have worked with American businesses to secure a pledge of 135,000 jobs for veterans and their families. And tonight, I’m proposing a Veterans Job Corps that will help our communities hire veterans as cops and firefighters, so that America is as strong as those who defend her.
I happen to like the idea of offering tax benefits for hiring one of our returning heroes, I hate the idea of another federal bureaucracy like a veteran’s job corps.
But that was what the speech was all about, more spending, more taxes, more threats—more LIES!