We all assumed Wednesday’s State of the Union speech was going to be the same old gathering of the legislative and judicial branches standing and applauding mindlessly as lies and propaganda are spewed from the Chief Executive’s mouth. It was nothing of the sort. The lies and propaganda were present, however, it was one of the quietest State of the Union addresses in recent history.
So what could the average American take from the State of the Union speech Wednesday? The speech didn’t have any real substance or anything revolutionary in it. A weak attempt at moving to the center confirms that the President has been defeated. It was inevitable that he would come out with guns blazing, using campaign rhetoric and cheap slogans. Wednesday was a lame attempt at being the great orator we thought he was in 2008. Now we know better. The last year has left an impenetrable sour taste in the mouths of all Americans. Obama has now isolated the far left base of his party, and lost the trust of the independents. His staff overplayed their hand, and now they’re reeling in defense. Obama acknowledges that there are challenges facing our nation, but his cockeyed optimism makes the problems facing us sound mundane. The problem is Obama doesn’t know where his priorities should lie. Should he focus on jobs? Healthcare? Wall Street?
How about Main Street? Wednesday, Obama boasted about the two million jobs created by the “stimulus.” He stated, “Because of the steps we took, there are about two million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed.” The truth is that the United States lost 4.1 million jobs since he stepped into office.
Obama again positioned himself as the man who can look after Main Street, saying,”That is why jobs must be our number-one focus in 2010, and that’s why I’m calling for a new jobs bill tonight.” Shouldn’t that have been his priority all this time? Since last summer, jobs has been on the backburner. According to the Department of Labor, unemployment in December 2009 was at 10.0%, with unemployment claims for January being at 456,250 thus far. (as of January 23rd, 2010) So he cannot be looking after Main Street.
He said, “Now, let me repeat:We cut taxes. We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families.” That’s nice, however, considering that 43% of Americans pay no federal income tax.
“From the day I took office, I’ve been told that addressing our larger challenges is too ambitious; such an effort would be too contentious. I’ve been told that our political system is too gridlocked, and that we should just put things on hold for a while.”
Well, it depends on what those larger challenges are. If putting healthcare before jobs and our economy is being too ambitious, then he does need to hold off. This is only year number two in a four year term. Sometimes it is okay for one to not be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Especially if all you can do is make a mess.
Obama dropped the ball Wednesday. Pundits from nearly all the television networks saw this as an opportunity to move toward the center and get the ball rolling on getting the country back on track. Instead the President took this opportunity to blame the previous administration, the Supreme Court, and independent and conservative television pundits for his policy failures. The State of the Union is designed to give Americans a real sense of what is going on, and not stand up in front of us in an expensive suit and tie and lie while we see the harsh realities that lay before us. The banks are tightening up lending in fear of tougher regulations from the White House. More jobs are lost than are being created. The private sector has yet to rebound from our economic collapse, and all the President can account for is that more government jobs. Only he forgets that most Americans cannot get those jobs. It is time that we as individuals get serious about what is going on in Washington. Our President and Congress do not take our plight seriously and the issues of our day are not being solved. Though we all come together united as Tea Party faithful, deep down we all hoped that our representatives heard our cries.
Maybe we should scream a little louder.