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During the state of the Union Address one of the big focuses was on the massive debt that has been created over the last two years. This portion of the speech was started by passing the blame onto someone else, a common Obama trick.  President Obama said and I quote “We are living with a legacy of deficit-spending that began almost a decade ago” That is a straight face lie, yet another attempt to blame FORMER President Bush for the current administrations reckless actions. It is a vain attempt to keep the former president’s name in the mud so President Obama can use him as a step to keep his feet clean.  The dreaded truth that stems from historical fact (two evil worlds fact and truth), deficit spending was begun during the glory days of the progressive movement, President FDR believed in deficit spending. He said that we would spend our way out of debt.  The same policy that President Obama has openly endorsed.   President Bush did spend more money than he should have, this is true but President Obama’s spending has dwarfed it.

President Obama is proposing a five year domestic spending freeze, which he claims will save the country 400 billion dollars over the next decade.  While I agree with the President that we need to reign in Government spending, a freeze in government spending is not going to save the country any money. If we are currently running a deficit with the spending that we have now, how is freezing the current spending going to save any money? The answer is it won’t. The government spends more money than we give it a year. That is why we have a debt and a deficit.  The government has to cut spending to be less than the allowance that we give it.  Until then the deficit will remain and the debt will grow.  Spending has to be cut, not frozen.  We need to find trillions not billions. 

The President said in his speech “if we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break. It’s not a matter of punishing their success. It’s about promoting America’s success”. Raising taxes is about promoting America’s success?  That is hard to believe sense he has said he favors raising taxes in the issue of fairness.  He believes in spreading the wealth around, that is what he wants to use taxes for.   Taxes have been used as punishments to try and nudge the American people wherever the progressives want us to go.  They don’t want us to smoke anymore so they hiked taxes on tobacco farmers and tobacco products; they created the “gas guzzler” tax so that we would buy more Toyota priuses and fewer Ford Broncos. At the start of the great depression they placed a tax on imported goods to encourage us to buy American made goods, punishing people who bought foreign goods.  Taxes are used by progressives as a method to artificially direct the market to fit their own political goals. In President Obama’s case he likes to use them to spread the wealth around, as I have pointed out before he has said that he supports raising taxes for fairness. When you raise taxes increasing taxes does not mean just a magic flow of money into the government, what that means is the government takes money from entities that create jobs, and bring money into the country.  A tax increase is an increase in the cost of business. Unlike government, business can’t just take more money or print it when they spend more money than they bring in. They have to offset increases in costs, by making cuts somewhere else.  See I know progressives have a hard time understanding this but corporations like oil companies are in the business of making money, so they have to have a profit.  How do they cut the costs, well they could cut the work force, which would increase unemployment, which means fewer people paying taxes, which means less money is being brought into the government thus lessening the effect of raising taxes on the evil rich. They cut wages, which again cuts taxes brought in by the government.  Or here is the final option, they shut down and move to a country that it is cheaper to operate in. That increases unemployment, cuts off the income the government can tax from the company’s operations in the country. A company might also raise the cost to the consumer, which reduces consumer’s purchasing power.  Most likely the result will be a combination of all of those methods mentioned above.  The job creators of the country (the wealthy), do not absorb tax increases they pass them down the line. President Obama continues to lie about tax cuts. We cannot afford spending.  We can’t not afford tax cuts because they don’t have a cost associated with them.  If tax cuts cost something that means that tax cuts would cause the government to spend money.  Tax cuts do not, let me say that again do not, underlined this time do not cost the government a dime.  To claim that tax cuts cost money means that you think the government gives us money to live on, that the money is the governments, and it just lets us have some to live on. The truth, the way it actually works, is that WE give the government money so as it can perform its duties as they are laid out in the Constitution. The money is not the governments, it is ours.  It is impossible for tax cuts to cost the government anything, because you can’t spend what is not yours. You can spend money you don’t have, that is what caused the economic crisis, and the current debt crisis. Your neighbor having 20 dollars and you have 10 does not mean you lost 10 dollars, it means you have to learn how to live with 10 dollars not 20.  The current tax rates have been on the books for ten years, and all the progressives have done is complain about how unfair they are and lie about them costing the government money rather than learn how to live within the allowance we give them.  The problem is not how much money the government is given, the problem is how they have been spending it.  The only thing that causes a debt and a deficit is irresponsible spending.  The only thing that causes the government, you, or your business to have a debt and a deficit is spending more money than they bring in.  President Obama’s complaining about the tax rate is just a way to try to hide how irresponsible he has allowed the government to spend the money we trusted it with.  He either won’t admit it, lacks the intelligence to understand that concept, or he is intentionally spending more money than the government has.  He is trying to cover his tracks and paint the rich as evil, and continually mislead the American People in one step.  

  I believe that before they should be allowed to raise any taxes they should have to prove fiscal responsibility.  They should have to do what they did to GM. No more private jets for Nancy Pelosi to fly back and forth to California on our dime, no more tax payer funded vacations for President Obama and his family, they should have to cut every law makers salary in half, cut all pensions, and cut all federal law makers benefits before they can bring a tax hike upon the American people. They are the evil CEO’s of the government corporation and they have come to the tax payers for a bail out just like GM did.  It is the same situation they want tax payer dollars, they have to earn them. I doubt they will do that though because they hold the false belief that the government is above the law.

President Obama made some mentions about social security and Medicare and Medicaid in the speech, but hardly emphases how it is entitlement spending that makes up the majority of the federal deficit. He talks about having to cut federal spending, yet he is taking a scalpel to butcher a bison. It’s a start, but he has to be willing to end things like three year unemployment welfare.  His use of code words in this speech makes me doubt his resolve.  He says invest, well invest means spend money.  Money we don’t have money they have wasted and now they want more.

President Obama wants to increase federal spending on infrastructure. Which in its self is not a bad idea; good high ways and roads are crucial to a productive country.  The problem is that one, he said that he wanted to do the same thing last year and instead of working on the infrastructure he focused on health care.  That and we have no money to invest. We have to make major cuts somewhere else before we can justify spending on anything.  I take issue with where he wants to invest money in infrastructure; one of his dream projects is to have the United States have a high speed rail system like Europe, china, and Japan.  It won’t work in the United States, not how President Obama dreams it. He wants to have the government invest billions into developing them. Now correct me if I am wrong but we have tried government run rail systems before, Amtrak comes to mind. Over the last 10 years Amtrak has lost $13,000,000,000 (13 billion dollars).  The high speed rail will cost billions to develop and if it is run anything like Amtrak it will be yet another drag on the deficit.  They wanted to put a high speed rail in Ohio that would link the Three C’s, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland.  When all was said and done the average speed of the high speed trains would have been 45 miles an hour, making it slower than driving in your car.  Let us go through the insanity of the system shall we?  Lets say you live in Columbus and want to go see a Cleveland Browns game so you drive to the station in Columbus, find a place to park (most likely have to pay for parking), and then would have to buy a ticket to go to Cleveland, wait for the train to show up.  Once you got on the train, fought for a decent seat you have to travel from Columbus to Cleveland a 125 mile trip at an average speed of 45 miles an hour. Once you finally got there you had to get a cab, rent a car to get anywhere, it was not cost effective and by this time most people’s blood would have begun to boil. The people did not want it so the new Governor John Kasich shut it down.  There is not a market for high speed passenger trains in America.  We had (relatively) high speed rail at one point in time, but we traded trains for cars.  The car represents personal freedom. You can drive where ever you want, stop when you want get out when you want.  A train is the absence of personal freedom, you get on where you are told, get off when you are told, you have to leave when you are told, and you can only go where that individual train goes.  That is why trains have never taken off in America. They don’t fit with the American spirit.  It is a progressive dream; it cuts down on the freedom the car represents. It makes everyone the same.   If the market existed for high speed rail the private American dreamer would have jumped on it by now.  

            I would like to point out that the infrastructure issue would not have come up if it was not for irresponsible government spending. You see we pay taxes every time we fill up our tank to maintain the road system. In 1980 the highway fund was raided to balance the budget. If the government had been responsible with their spending they would not have had to misuse other federal funds and our infrastructure would not have fallen behind. This is the same problem that has lead to the issue with social security the money was spent somewhere else and now that we need it its nowhere to be seen.

            President Obama also renewed his call for green energy. Green energy, this seems to be his new health care bill.  In the speech he said the nation would invest in “especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.” He harps on this notion that green energy is the way of the future and it will somehow solve all our ills. Here is the problem. Green energy as it stands right now is a joke in the industry. The private industry, the innovators of America have not yet seen any profitability of those technologies yet. The market is not there. You cannot operate solar, wind, and hydro electric power plants for what you can a coal plant.  The most viable option to replace coal power is nuclear power, but President Obama shut down Yuka Mountain the storage site nuclear waste. New reactors are extremely efficient and hardly put out any nuclear bi-products, but they still have to have somewhere to put it and President Obama insured that the facility would not exist.  He claims that green energy will save the planet, this is a drastic claim sense most of the scientific community is moving away from the concept to of manmade climate change, as the data does not support the claim.  He says that Green Energy will create jobs, Spain made that same gamble and if I recall it has not worked out well for them record high unemployment which is not good for the economy or deficit.  When market forces call for green energy green energy will develop. President Obama plans on forcing the market prematurely through taxes. Cap and Trade was his dream plan that would have taxed based on carbon emissions and caused all of our energy prices to sky rocket.  Green energy is a progressive pipe dream, and will not save the economy.

This state of the union although better than the last has left me confused. The President is calling for a freeze of federal spending, yet he wants to invest more in green energy, infrastructure, biomedical development and information technology.  The word invest means spend, to invest that means you are spending money to develop something. You can’t freeze spending yet increase it.  He is trying to use special words to mislead the public into thinking he is fiscally conservative.

President Obama has proven once again that he doesn’t understand the America. He has no faith in you; he has no faith in me. He does not believe that Americans can do great things.  He thinks that the federal government is what drives this country. He actually said it “Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it’s not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need” Apparently President Obama has forgotten about men like Thomas Edison who brought us the phonograph, the telephone, and the light bulb. How about the Wright Brothers who invented modern flight in a bike shop.  What about men like Henry Ford, he built his first car in his shed. He built the car one piece at a time in the shed but once it was done he realized that it couldn’t fit through the door. The man made that kind of mistake yet went on to found the only one of the American auto makers to not be sold off to the Italians, or owned by the government. He brought the automobile to the masses, without the help of the government.    None of them took government aid to create inventions that changed the world. Need and want drive innovation, creativity and individuality fuel it.  The government is not needed.  Now many will say that was a century ago, that it could not happen today.   How about the guys who started facebook, how about the Google, how about Microsoft, or Apple? All of these people started the world changing companies. One brought computers to the masses, one brought us music at our finger tips, and one brought us the best way to find information quickly on the web.  They say the government created the internet, but private industry created the computer that made internet surfing possible.  The government tries to drive industry through taxes and regulations, all they end up doing is making it harder for people to innovate and create.  It is the American Citizen that will save our nation. To borrow the words from the late Michel Crichton, We require government absence not its help, if they can just step aside and trust in Americans, we will find a way.

*disclaimer* I am not calling for anarchy or a violent overthrow of the government.

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491.) President Obama is defending the playing of a song at the state dinner given for China. The song comes from a chinese movie that depicts Americans as the bad guys and the PRC Soldiers as the good guys. The lyrics of the song discribe americans as wolves and jackles greated by a hunting rifle.  I understand that the lyrics where not sung, but does that really change the meaning? Would it be considered appropriate to play Dixi Land in the middle of a MLK memorial rally as long as I don’t sing the lyrics? The fact is is that it is a anti-american song and they let it be played at a party on American Tax Payer dollars.

A write up on the state of the union address will be up soon.

487.) “We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French People.” France is our strongest ally? I have a hard time understanding where President Obama is drawing this conclusion from. Yes President Sarkozy is the most pro American President in recent history, but what has France done that would elevate itself to the strongest ally of the United States? This is yet another way that the President is trying to oust the relationship the United States has with the United Kingdom of Great Brittan. Either that or he still is demonstrating his lack of experience as an executive dealing with international affairs. Not everyone can be your strongest ally. But I am leaning towards the first option.

488.) I just filled my tank up for $3.15 a gallon, just a few months ago I was filling up for $2.65 a gallon.  That reminded me of late 2007 and 2008 when the progressives where assualting President Bush blaming him for the hike in gas prices.  All we heard about was gas going up up up, and the increase in crude prices.  Now once again gas prices are on the way up.  I have yet to hear the outrage about the price, crude is heading back up towards 100 dollars a barrel.  An illegal moritorium insituted by the President on drilling in the gulf might have had a something to do with it.  Do not look for any actions from the White House to lower the cost of gas. I am reminded of something that PResident Barack Obama said on the campaign trail. He admited multiple times that his plans would in fact cause energy prices to necessarly sky rocket.  During an interview with CNBC’s John Hardwood then senator Obama was asked about the high price of oil, Senator Obama said “I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money in their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more rapidly, particularly U.S. automakers ” President Obama does not care if we have to pay $5.00 a gallon of gas.  His words, plus his actions prove that.  High gas prices will limit our ability to travel, and push his green agenda. As I said when you pay $75.000 to fill up a 15 gallon tank, don’t worry President Obama said you will be fine.

489.) During the 2008 presidential campaign Senator Obama said that he wanted to bankrupt the coal industry, and his recent actions have shown that he is still intent on doing it.  After the defeat in 2010 the Obama legislative machine no longer gets to run unchecked, the system of checks and balances is now once again in affect.  That will not do for a progressive on the move.  Something as small as the inablity to push your political goals through the house won’t stop them.  The EPA has been unleashed in the coal country of West Virginia.  They have revoked the permit of Arch Coal Spruce No. 1.  This is a permit that the company had acquired four years ago.  The company met the EPA standards, invested millions in the project (that is something that doesn’t happen in west virginia),  and now that was all for nothing.  West Virginia’s Senator Jay Rockefeller wrote a letter to President Obama in which he said “I am writing to express my outrage with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to veto a rigorously reviewed and lawfully issued permit at the Spruce Number 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. This action not only affects this specific permit, but needlessly throws other permits into a sea of uncertainty at a time of great economic distress.”  The critics of the mine claim that the mining process is changing the topographic features of the area, and by doing so it is robbing the mountineers of there heritage.  The enviromentalist say that the process is polluting rivers and killing wild life.  These dangers and risks where known in 2007 when the permit was granted.  What do you think will happen if we cut the supply of coal? Well we can look at other energy examples.  The supply of crude goes down, the price goes up we then pay $5.00 at the pump.  We get most of our electrical power from coal fired plants.  If we cut the supply of coal to power those plants our energy prices will ,as President Obama said, necessarly sky rocket. I guess the electric car that you just plug into the wall won’t be as enticing when your energy cost spike. Normally I try to find some way to sum this all up, but this time I am going to let West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin do it for me “According to the EPA, it doesn’t matter if you did everything right, if you followed all of the rules,” Manchin wrote. “Why? They just change the rules”

490.) President Obama has finally seen the light; he has decided that he will review the thousands of crippling regulations that exists within our country.  He has ordered federal agencies to search through their regulations for ones that are unreasonable and hurt economic growth. He wants to cut regulations but maintain the protections offered by the government over public saftey, and the environment. I agree with the President that we are over regulated. I agree with the President that over the years regulations have come up many overlapping and causing twice the economic damage that would have occurred. I agree that we must cut some of these regulations. My concern is what regulations are considered unreasonable? Will he be will to cut regulations that just went through thr FCC on regulating fairness on the internet? Will he be willing to ease up regulations for drilling for oil? We just saw that the EPA is shutting down an legally operating coal mine, would that be a regulation he is willing to change? How about the EPA’s move to regulate C02 as a harmful gas even though the law making body (congress) turned that proposal down? That brings up another issue congress. You see, how President Obama is going to cut these economy killing regulations is through executive order, this brings up a huge problem. Many of the regulations were created by congress in law. Executive order cannot over rule federal law; he does not possess that power. So regulations on banking, credit, car sales, manufacturing, health care, he can’t touch. Dispite that lack of executive authority, these actions are a step in the right direction; after all agencies like the FCC and the EPA have done plenty to hinder the growth of the American economy, and a step in the right direction is better than two more years of regulatory expansion like 2009 and 2010. I still have cause for concern though. You see President Obama has said that this review will also fill in regulatory gaps with new rules. Now at first that does not sound bad, in fact it makes sense, if we find a need for a new regulation well we should fill that need. The question that I have about that is who is going to write those regulations? It it going to be the legal law creating body of the country (congress), or will the President do it through executive order, or will it be someone else? Remember back during the health care debate I made several references to one of President Obama’s countless czars, in particular the Regulatory Czar. Cass Sunstien’s time has come. This is a man who has been aching to sink his teeth into the regulations of the country, a big government progressive with no accountability to the American people, a terrifying prospect. The President has given us no reason to trust him, he puts on great shows like the healthcare summit, but he sets out with his own progressive ideas and that is the end of it. He wrote this piece saying he was going to cut regulations, yet the FCC just slapped a massive batch of new regulations on Comcast as a condition of buying NBC. They have to provide $10 a month broad band internet access to hundreds of low income households, along with cheap net books, and of course digital literacy opportunities. This is a great example of a regulation that you want to get rid of. See Comcast is in the business of making money. The reason that they are in cable tv is not so people can have access to more tv stations. They want to make money, they know cable so they use the cable industry to make their money. They are not a humanitarian entity or a nonprofit organization so this increase in cost which is what the regulators slapped on them, will be offset somewhere. Comcast will not absorb this increase, to offset this increase in cost; they will increase their prices on people who pay market value for their cable, the average person will pay more so the poor can have unreasonably cheap broad band internet access and cheap computers. A great example of an FCC regulation that should never have existed, especially after this call for a cut in regulations. Will it be cut?  If it is I guess that I might have more reason to trust President Obama, if not it is a clear example of this being just more empty campaigning.

I am sickened.  My stomach is in knots, and my mind in a daze. Today public servant was shot in the head by a mad gun man.  What do we on Xanga do?  We dive into political fights, about democrats vs. republicans, Conservatives vs. Progressives, what is wrong with us? I myself dove into the fray and as I now look at the comments made by myself and others makes me tremble with disbelief. We attempt to be a society of thought and logic. We are supposed to exchange ideas and beliefs in a But we have fallen into nothing more than a squabbling rabble of political puppets.  There is a time and a place for everything.  But now is not the time for political end fighting. We are disgusting, every one of us who dove into this disaster with the thought of some kind of political gain.  A young child is dead, a judge is dead, and a Representative is shot in the head. Yet all we can do is assign political targets and jump out of the trenches at each other. Look at what is happening.  We should be coming together trying to figure out how to help the family of those who were hurt and killed. WE should be trying to find a way to comfort those who lost someone, not trying to gain political favor in the world.  I am sorry for my actions, I acted poorly. We all have acted poorly, and we all should be ashamed.

My prayers go out to those harmed in the shooting.