-By Stacy E. Washington
Barack Obama delivered a complete rehash of his three previous State of the Union speeches. While the repetitive nature of his speech was tiresome it is always necessary to carefully examine what the President says for the underlying meaning. Many of his calls to action have been delivered in speeches to the public.
It’s important to note the careful expansion of his tax agenda. Now the ones that should pay their fair share are the top 2 percent not the top 1 percent. It doesn’t seem to matter to him at all that even if you took 100% of the wealth, assets and earnings of the top ten percent it would only fund government operations for six weeks. Soaking the rich is an exercise in futility. The rich (to borrow the ridiculous class warfare nomenclature of the liberal agenda) are extraordinarily adept at avoiding paying more taxes than they feel are necessary. They utilize tax shelters and move assets to more friendly shores. This is not surprising if you note the following: people like to protect their assets! Soaking the rich has never worked. Moving on!
Another notable change for the president was his waxing poetic on the topic of unity using the visual of the Stars and Stripes, and the threads that hold our flag together. Referring to God openly, when he has previously shunned by omitting the very mention of God in our founding documents, was interesting unless you consider that this is full campaign mode Obama.
At certain points of his speech he sounded more like a team captain rallying for a comeback than a president addressing a nation in distress. To follow this analogy, if America was a team looking for a comeback, Barack Obama wouldn’t be our captain, he would be on the bench for poor performance not the coach!!!
The only notable changes were in the topics that he didn’t discuss.
President Obama didn’t mention the Keystone Pipeline debacle, and his decision to forego over 20,000 new jobs. He spoke of green energy, yet didn’t take responsibility for the poor performance of almost all of his green energy projects. Bankrupt Solyndra. Bankrupt Beacon Power. Bankrupt Evergreen Solar.
He never championed Obama Care as his signature piece of legislation in glowing terms. President Obama failed to demonstrate how much money Obama Care is saving Americans.
He did however throw down the Bin Laden card with pride. The killing of Bin Laden by Seal Team Six gave the President a much needed boost in the polls, but bringing it up repetitively isn’t going to reduce the deficit or create any jobs.
The biggest miss of the night was the lack of discussion around the late submission of his budget and his complete lack of desire to pass one. It has now been over 1,000 days since Congress passed a budget.
The State of the Union address was yet another missed opportunity for the President, to take responsibility and begin to finally lead.