Go to this link below and look at this video made by the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Yes, of course the RNC is biased. But, I listened to all three of these STOU speeches and the words are not taken out of context. He gives a great speech and then not only does nothing to fix the problem; he gets in the way of those who are trying to remedy the situation.
Let’s start with illegal immigration. The vast majority of Americans agree that this is a problem, and something should be done. A majority want our borders secured so that entry into our country can be controlled. You saw in the excerpts above that Obama says we should do something. He did.
In 2010 Arizona enacted a law that required it’s own police officers to try to determine, during a lawful stop, and with probable cause, if that person was in the country illegally. This sounds entirely reasonable, to me. It did to a majority of Americans as well. Almost every poll taken showed that a majority supported it. We let our policemen conducts searches of our homes and cars if they have probable cause. They are allowed to use their judgment there, and in this case I
don’t see any reason why their faculties would now fail them.
Did Obama applaud this effort? Did Obama try to work with Arizonaon the points he disagreed with? No. Obama directed his Department of Justice to file a lawsuit against the state of Arizona. That lawsuit said immigration enforcement (or in Obama’s case, lack of enforcement) is the sole job of the federal government and that Arizonawas interfering. Obama does nothing.
Arizona tries a sensible solution and is treated like they are the criminals.
In the SOTU he stated that since he took office, the nation lost 4 million jobs in his first year, but then he turned things around with his policies and the country created 3 million jobs in the 22 months since. That got applause from the arithmetically challenged members of Congress (read: Democrats). Three years after Obama took office we have a net loss of a million jobs with the glorious policies he has enacted. Things like shutting down all off shore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, harassing Boeing when they built a non-union plant in South Carolina, and killing the Keystone Pipeline, which would have created 100,000 new union jobs. The unemployment rate was 7.8% when Obama took office three years ago. Now it is at 8.5%. Obama should have put that in the SOTU address. It would have gotten applause, too.
administration. This is his legacy. This is what historians will talk about when they discuss the Obama administration. He is so politically embarrassed by what is actually in it, the amount it will end up actually costing the nation, and the way it was ramrodded through Congress that he barely alluded to it. It got exactly two sentences, in a 75 minutes speech. That’s it. If this was such a good piece of legislation, why was he not trumpeting it throughout the speech? That would be because it is unpopular. Those who believe that it will deliver what he said it would; better care at a lower cost; are as scarce as hen’s teeth. My health insurance premiums went up by about 30% already. I’m afraid of how high they will be in 2014 when it kicks in full force.
Something he failed to mention at all was the price of gasoline. It was a $1.85 when
Obama took office. According to the EIC it’s $3.39 now. A big factor in this is Obama’s constant assault on the domestic oil industry. He, via Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar have waged a ceaseless campaign to demonize their attempts to produce more domestic oil, and to create more jobs in the process. (See my blog of Oct 2, 2011 for a more detailed explanation.)
The closest he got to mentioningthe price of gas was when he bragged about directing the Navy to purchase
“....enough (clean energy) capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.
What he was referring to, was the initiative to have the US Navy buy jet fuel made out of bio fuel. The problem with that is that bio fuel costs $15 a gallon, about four times more expensive
that regular JP-5 jet fuel. I know I feel better that the Navy is spending 12 million dollars to get 3 million dollars worth of fuel.
The bottom line is that we can not afford four more years of Obama’s fail policies, his rhetoric masquerading as a plan, or his drive to turn us towards Euro-socialism. Whoever the Republicans send up in November will be infinitely better that what we have. Feel free to get all the information you can, but at this point in time, that’s probably all you need to know about politics.