I think the state of the union should be a written report and recommendations.
That's it. No focus grouped speech, or statement audience members. Just a
report, as required, from time to time. There's nothing in the constitution
about theatrics, and indeed what happens now doesn't, in my opinion, even
fulfill the requirements of the constitution.
Will, once again, proves that he doesn't have a clue. Business as usual
Kinda like this article.... And the GOP right now
Furry 1993, Will doesn't have a clue? He reviewed the
history of presidents and their constitutional duty to report to congress on the
state of the union. He presented that at times presidents have done so orally,
and other times as a written report. He correctly assessed the state of todays
presentations, which are more pomp and circumstance.He also briefly
wrote upon the presidents priorities: nearly 2 dozen new government programs
which will not add expense to the current budget (thus requiring tax
increases...does this sound like a tax and spend democrat?), maintaining our
promises (entitlement reform is not a priority of this president), and changing
the sequester targeted budgetary cuts so they are not so harsh.Where
did Will not have a clue? He reported.As to the president's
priorities...odd how campaign promises are now forgotten. The
greatest percentage of the federal budget, which also happens to be growing at
the fastest rate, is entitlement spending. It remains to be seen when or if
Obama will work to fix this trajectory.
Obama used the word "invest" 14 times in his speech. The fundamental
problem with his "vision" is that the government does not create wealth.
In fact the government is the enemy of prosperity not the engine. Why? Because
the government does not invent, does not create, does not produce anything, the
private sector does all of that.Suppose you work for the government, and receive
a salary and benefits of which you pay 25% back to the government in taxes. Who
pays the other 75% of your salary and benefits? The private sector because it
HAS to for your job to exist. Thus the private sector actually does build this
country. Furthermore, the government didn't build any road or bridge. It
contracts that out to private construction companies and pays them with taxpayer
money the vast majority comes from the private sector. All government agencies
do is become the bloated bureaucracies that hires private contractors to do
their (our) building. Every dollar the government takes from the private sector
and goes out as entitlements is a dollar that will not be used to create, invent
and build. That's why Obama's economic vision for America is
destructive and unsustainable!
"Every dollar the government takes from the private sector and goes out as
entitlements is a dollar that will not be used to create, invent and
build"Couldn't the exact same thing be said about every
dollar that goes out as a defense expenditure? Do those dollars "create,
invent or build"?"All government agencies do is become the
bloated bureaucracies that hires private contractors to do their (our)
building."Yup, and put billions of dollars into the economy
(into private business) hands along the way.Try cutting those
expenditures. Businesses scream. People scream. And politicians keep those
cuts from happening. That goes for Republican politicians also.Ask
Chaffetz how he feel about closing Military bases. Then ask him how he feels
about closing Hill AFB.Yes, MM. Close your eyes and blame Obama.
Obama invited all America to watch his dog and pony show. He said nothing of
substance. He offered no solutions. But, as others have already pointed out,
he told us that he was going to spend money that he doesn't have. He told
us that he doesn't care about Constitutional limitations of his authority.
He told us that he will bloat government, at our expense, and that adding thirty
or so technology centers will somehow change the course of America and bring
back all the jobs that have been exported.What he didn't say is
more important than what he did say.He didn't tell us how or
who would pay for his programs. He didn't tell that our taxes would
skyrocket. He didn't tell us how he would solve any of our problems. He
offered nothing of substance. His speech was nothing but feathers
in the wind.He sees himself as a performer. Clint Eastwood got it
right. Obama is an empty chair.
On the same level as the reasons Bush/Cheney had for invading Iraq?
GW does a good job pontificating about baseball...His memes
regarding politics are sadly predictable.
Wow, Furry, you sure put a lot of thought into that comment. Meanwhile, our country skids further and further into debt, and Barry just
wants to usurp more of the private sector's money and do things we can and
should do for ourselves in an extremely ineffective and wasteful way.Joeblow, it's true that the government puts money back into the private
sector...money that started there in the first place. I have worked for the
government on several occasions, and I can testify to the fact that NOWHERE
else did I see more waste and mediocrity extolled as a virtue, not a vice. The
government middle-man needs to go; it is indeed an empty chair as Clint Eastwood
(via Mike Richards) reminded us.
Furry 1993, George Will has forgotten more than you will ever know about this
A good government is the only creator of wealth. A strong system provides
services like education, roads, defense, social security, and healthcare, and
the private sector does the rest. If you don't believe me just
name one country in the world with a weak ineffectual government that is
I'm puzzled by the President's call to take the "money saved"
from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, use half of it to pay down debt and use
the other half for new spending initiatives. As far as I can tell, there is no
"money" to be saved in ending our military commitments; those
commitments were never funded to begin with; all the money spent on them is pure
debt. You can't pay down debt with debt. This feels like
sitting down at the kitchen table to work on the family budget and telling my
wife, "Honey, with the money I save by not going on a Tibetan mountain
climbing expedition this year, I'm going to pay off all our credit cards
and buy a Porsche." Should I be bothered about not having the money for
that expedition in the first place?
I didn't listen to the state of the union by our repulsive Marxist
dictator. Sorry just don't have the stomach to set and listen to someone so
fake and dishonorable as Obama. I heard all about the speech afterwards and I
was comforted by the thought that at least I didn't waste that hour of TV
time watching a predictable re-run of progressive slop but instead watched some
basketball on ESPN instead. Barack Obama is magic for the low information and
gullible citizen but to those who actually pay attention having to listen to
lies and white wash for an hour is more painful than getting a root canal
without gas. The State of the Union == BIG TROUBLE for all of us.
"....If government is going to be omniprovident, modern presidents are going
to be omnipresent, and politics is going to be infantile."______________________________ Why does the irascible and
irritable George Will spare the founding fathers? Didn't they put trust in
posterity to find their own way? The Constitutional mandate for the President to
“inform” Congress and “recommend to their consideration”
at unspecified intervals in an unspecified manner is practically an open-ended
invitation for politicization of the mandate.