President Obama’s State of the Union – Reality vs. Campaign Rhetoric

by Richard H. Frank

On January 25, 2011 Barack Obama will stand before a joint session of the 112th Congress and address them and the Nation, reviewing the accomplishments of his Administration and the 111th Congress, indicating that they saved the United States of America from the “brink of economic and financial disaster.”  Among the praises he will bestow on his Administration will be passage of a stimulus that saved or created millions of jobs under his leadership, legislation that provides government-run health care for 30 million previously uninsured Americans, and saving the American Automotive Industry through forced bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler Corporation which in essence nationalized these industry giants at the expense of the shareholders, bondholders and creditors.  He will praise the ratification by the Senate of the arms reduction “START Treaty” between Russia and the United States.

He will attempt to label these achievements as bipartisan, when in fact they are the result of a liberal, progressive-dominated House of Representatives and Senate that has legislated against the will of the people since 2006 when they achieved the majority in both houses of Congress.

The message delivered by Barack Obama will stress the need to suppress uncontrolled spending in Congress and fiscal responsibility.  Don’t be fooled by his apparent move to the Center.  Words are just words and Obama has no compulsion to tell the truth.  Only his actions show his true motives and after two years we know where those motives are rooted.

Step back and examine “The True State of Our Union:”

  • Our Government tells us unemployment is somewhere between 9.6 and 9.8% and appears to have bottomed out.  We know the real number is approaching 18% when those who have exhausted their benefits and dropped from the rolls and are no longer counted.  Additionally, new claims for benefits continue to reflect no improvement in private sector hiring taking place across the nation.
  • The Nation’s debt is rapidly approaching $14 trillion and the existing limit will have to be increased in order to meet current obligations with spending requiring $.40 borrowed for every $1 spent by the Government.  This situation is unsustainable and the Administration has no plan to reduce the debt nor the trend to stop borrowing.
  • Our Government would have us believe that inflation is non-existent.  They calculate the CPI excluding the cost of energy and food which have increased at a rate of 5-7% annually for the past 5 years.  Just ask those Americans that live on fixed incomes what the impact of our non-existent inflation has had on their lives.
  • Health care costs are skyrocketing due to “Obamacare.”  Companies are incurring 20-30% increases in their premiums and seniors are seeing the first wave of rationing of services and the exodus of doctors participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
  • The Dollar is on the verge of collapse and is being challenged as the world’s reserve currency.
  • The unrestrained printing of currency by the Fed will ultimately create hyper-inflation and forever alter the standard of living for every American.
  • The United States has no cohesive energy policy to counter the Middle East oil cartel’s stranglehold on our economy.  Energy independence is a must if our Republic is to survive.
  • Government regulation by various agencies usurps the Congressional balance of power and jeopardizes the very security of our nation.  There is no recognition in our Constitution for Czars appointed by the President.
  • Federal tax polices are anti-business and current corporate tax rates are the second highest in the world and have forced industries to look outside of the United States to invest and hire workers.
  • Illegal immigration along our southern border poses a major threat to our national security.  Our Federal Government refuses to enforce existing immigration laws in favor of amnesty as a short-term fix to the problem.
  • The housing crisis looms heavily and Government-sponsored programs to provide home loan modifications are a joke.  Today 5 million homeowners are 60-75 days delinquent with 1.2 million foreclosures forecast for 2011.  Banks will not loan money for new construction without requiring down payments approaching 40%.  They delay underwriting requests for modifications in the anticipation of foreclosing and pocketing late fees until foreclosures may be executed.
  • The Government continues to function under Continuing Resolutions and has not yet provided a Budget for the current fiscal year.  What business would be allowed to function under these circumstances?
  • We have spent  $787 billion in stimulus dollars with no improvement to our economy and easing of the unemployment situation in America.  Jobs  created or saved as reported by the Administration is a sham.
  • Lastly, the nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia weakens our defenses in light of Iran and North Korea’s programs for nuclear dominance in their sphere of influence.  Where is and what is our policy to enforce the promise by the Obama Administration of a “no nuclear Iran?”  What level of extortion will we pay to North Korea to restrain their nuclear initiatives?

No doubt the Obama speech writers are burning the midnight oil looking for the words to turn lemons into lemonade” and the proper adjectives to best describe “The State of the Union, ”  a single word that will be reflected from the teleprompter through Obama’s eloquent delivery to take its place in history.  For me, the proper word, one which he dares not utter, is “devastated.”  In my entire life, spanning three score and ten years, I cannot remember a litany of problems equal to that I have listed in this blog.  The issues (problems) are the result of the electorate  swallowing the hollow promises of the liberal Progressives clamoring for power to govern over our great Republic.  The problem rests in the election of a President, unqualified to fulfil his office who has expressed disdain for our Constitution, the very document he has sworn to protect and defend.

I pray God will guide and lead the new 112th Congress in their initiatives to reverse, suspend and ultimately eliminate the damage done to this Nation by the Obama Administration and the congresses that preceded them.

During the 2010 elections “We the People” have spoken and made our desire for returning to the principles embodied in the Constitution and limited Government crystal clear.  We must assure our elected representatives do not stray from this course to restore a truly representative Government!

One Response

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