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Review of PrezBO's SOTU Speech

Couple of items of note:

You can tell alot by reviewing language. Based on a word-check of his speech, there seemed to be a lack of words and imagery for specific American ideals....

  • Free (twice)
  • Freedom (once)
  • Opportunity (once)
  • Achieve (once)
  • Achievement (ZERO)
  • Success (three)

Also missing from the speech were the words: KeystoneXL, Solyndra, or (with exception to a short, vague reference) Obamacare - his SIGNATURE legislative accomplishment!

In case you missed it, Obama Bin Laden IS dead and it was during his administration that the event occurred. However, based on his continued attempts to take credit for the work, you'd think that his golf shoes were "on the ground" with Seal Team Six instead of in a White House Situation Room!

In a sheer example of hubris, he celebrated his "recess" appointment of Richard Cordray. An action that will either (a) lead to massive lawsuits questioning the constitutional authority of his appointee OR (b) serve as a keystone event when future Presidents do the same thing to circumvent the Senate's Constitutional authority.

Here's selected text from the speech: (with a few SwamiDave emphasis & corrections)....

We can do this. I know we can, because we've done it before. At the end of World War II, when another generation of heroes returned home from combat, they built the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known. My grandfather, a veteran of Patton's Army, got the chance to go to college on the GI Bill. My grandmother, who worked on a bomber assembly line, was part of a workforce that turned out the best products on Earth. The two of them shared the optimism of a Nation that had triumphed over a depression and fascism. They understood they were part of something larger; that they were contributing to a story of success that every American had a chance to share [translation: bureaucratically-mandated equal outcomes] – the basic American promise that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement.

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 [translation: bureaucratically-mandated equal outcomes] shot, everyone does their fair [translation: bureaucratically-mandated equal outcomes] 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.

Second, no American company should be able to avoid paying its fair [translation: bureaucratically-mandated equal outcomes] 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.

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's why we need smart regulations to prevent irresponsible behavior. Rules to prevent financial fraud, or toxic dumping, or faulty medical devices, don't destroy the free market. They make the free market work better. SD Note: It did take almost an hour, but we did get to the word: Free finally!

All in all, we've heard this song-N-dance before.