President Government

Alan W. Dowd writes on defense and security.


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The president’s State of the Union address was a reminder of how fast things can change in Washington—and how much remains the same inside the White House.

Some of the changes were visible and obvious—the absence of Nancy Pelosi and her permanent grin behind the dais, the growing number of Republicans in the chamber, the scrambled seating arrangement that had the welcome effect of tamping down the competing choruses of cheering and jeering.

But other changes—and the evidence of continuity—are better identified by comparing this address with the president’s 2009 and 2010 addresses.

In his 2009 address to Congress (technically not a State of the Union), the president lectured Congress and the American people about how they “managed to spend more money and pile up more debt, both as individuals and through our Government, than ever before.”

Of course, in the intervening months between then and now, he proceeded to go on the biggest spending binge in American history: expending $862 billion on a stimulus that stimulated nothing but the government sector, spawning a $1-trillion healthcare behemoth that will surely grow bigger than his actuaries predicted or imagined, and adding an unprecedented $1.4 trillion in deficit spending.

But yesterday, just 23 months later, he declared, “We need to take responsibility for our deficit” and “rein in our deficits.” He said he was open to “painful cuts” and “willing to eliminate whatever we can honestly afford to do without.” He even proposed a five-year freeze on annual domestic spending at current levels. “This would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade.”

Now that’s change we can believe in. Given that the House just hours earlier passed a measure rolling back spending to FY08 levels, there would seem to be a compromise in the offing. And given that the House controls the purse strings—and budget- and deficit-cutters control the House—the House majority would seem to have some leverage.

Of course, cutting spending will be difficult if Congress keeps, in the president’s words, “larding up legislation with pet projects.” That helps explain why he called for “earmark reform” in 2010. This year he was even sterner, warning that “if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.”

That’s sounds like the Barack Obama of 2008. Of course, as president, he had no problem signing the stimulus bill or the healthcare bill, both loaded with pork and pet projects. One suspects that the president’s tough talk on earmarks may have something to do with the new makeup of Congress.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    "Invest" as a euphemism for government spending…

    How about the euphemism "president" for the impostor and social security fraud Obama/Soetoro?..
    http://www.resonoelusono.com/Infamy.htm
    http://atlahmedianetwork.org/?p=12798

    • http://www.chick.com Raymond

      Let's not forget a very important fact about Obama,
      he is a muslim.

    • Fred Dawes

      the system known as social security will be dead within 5 years but the system boys will keep the money coming until it disappears meaning the USA.

      • http://www.chick.com Raymond

        America is quickly moving towards a 1 world
        government. Those who control this 1 world
        government will take all of America's wealth.

      • USMCSniper

        The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that Social Security will effectively run a $45-billion deficit in 2011 and continue to run deficits totaling $547 billion over the coming decade.

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/maven101 Larry Conners

    State of the Union speeches seldom produce inspirational or defining outcomes…Kennedy and Reagan were the exception…The president', with his bully pulpit, serves the nation best when inspiring and motivating the American people through a passion that is perceived as real and honest…The flat, uninspired, and bald boilerplate pronouncements had me going ho-hum, here we go again…All the usual suspects, lined up and paraded in new clothes, but still wearing the same dirty underwear…Will someone please change the diaper..?

  • Cuban Refugee

    The entire time Obama was talking, I was thinking, “How does he keep a straight face?” Also, one of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals kept popping into my mind, “Say one thing, and do another.” If you heard his speech last night, you would have thought he was a Reagan Democrat, a centrist who wanted to cut spending. For the sake of our nation, I would hope there were others who saw behind the mask of the man who has already started campaigning for the 2012 election; and, that, when he called for unity in our country, they remembered his divisive words on countless other occasions, and all the enemies of capitalism with whom he surrounds himself.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    The old adage holds up: "B.S. baffles." While press and political critics felt the speech was a failure I'll bet that the ignorant mass will up his acceptance rating by another 5-10 points. He got his training organizing the lamebrains in the slums and he knows what buttons to push to gain their favor. I pray that he exposes his evil to such a degree that even the dumbest in America will understand that he poses a greater threat to America than Hitler and Stalin ever did.

  • Steve Chavez

    By coincidence, my favorite movie, "The Sting" and the SOTU speech were on at the same time so I flipped back and forth and I couldn't tell which was more fictional! Both were about Con artists. The Con-Artist-in-Chief tried to pull another CON on the American people! He thinks we actually believe that he's reformed and heading towards the middle but where is the middle in the Democrat Party since many are further to the Left of the Twilight Zone?
    He's like an alcoholic who is changing his drunken ways? No more all nighters in smoky back rooms making deals? What are the odds of him falling off the wagon? Why did he then bring in a Chicago mob boss, Richard Daley, as his right hand man in charge of the Goon Squad/CULT? And why did he bring in a crook like Jeffery Emmelt whose own business is a failure as 29 GE factories are closed losing 35,000 jobs and he's in charge of creating jobs of which 25,000 he created and outsourced overseas?
    OBAMA IS A CON ARTIST! DO NOT FALL FOR HIS ROPE-A-DOPE!!!

  • jerrag

    Well I sat through all three speeches, nearly fell asleep during the long drawling Obama liefest, was a bit uplifted with the Republican response, then I changed to CNN and watched the Tea Party response, and let me tell you, if I could stand up, I would have stood up and cheered!

    Hell yes, I am changing my voter registration from Republican to Tea Party as soon as I can get to the County Seat.

  • USMCSniper

    "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The public can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."
    Author unknown

    • http://www.chick.com Raymond

      Obama & the people who put him in power are a danger to America.
      What you fail to understand is that Obama & his followers are EVIL.
      EVIL CONTROLS THE LAND.

  • BLJ

    Watched tennis instead. The only way I will ever watch Comrade O make a speech is if I am tied down "Clockwork Orange" style.

    • http://www.chick.com Raymond

      I like your comment.

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    The New Element

    The densest element yet known to science has been discovered. The new element has been named "Obamacronium."

    Obamacronium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 911.

    These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

    The symbol for Obamacronium is "O."

    Obamacronium's mass actually increases over time, as these morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons in a Obamacronium molecule, forming a large cluster of idiotopes.

    This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to believe that Obamacronium is formed whenever morons reach a critical mass also known as "Critical Morass."

    When catalyzed with money, Obamacronium activates CNNnewsium, an element radiating several orders of magnitude more energy, mostly as incoherent noise, since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

    • qsome

      thank you for the laugh. if it is ok with you i would like to copy this and pass it around.

      • http://www.chick.com Raymond

        Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Well, for example, the other day I went downtown and into a shop. I was only there for about 5 minutes, and when I came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. I said to him, 'Come on, man, how about giving a retired person a break'? He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a 'Nazi.' He glared at me and wrote another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a 'doughnut eating Gestapo.' He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he wrote a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him the more tickets he wrote. Personally, I didn't care. I came downtown on the bus, and the car that he was putting the tickets on had a bumper sticker that said, 'I ♥ Obama.' I try to have a little fun each day now that I'm retired. It's important to my health.

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    Ooh Rah!

    Retired Marine and former Pan Am/Delta Pilot John Lovell is Top Gun at Subway sandwich shop..!

    Plantation, Florida: Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery: The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out every day. Mr.. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night.

    According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.

    When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop, K-9 Units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department..

    Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.

    Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines.

    He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ''He was in fear for his life,'' Detective Rettig said, "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots."

    Something tells me this old Marine wasn't 'in fear for his life', even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71- year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot.

    Outstanding shooting! That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal.

    Florida law allows eligible citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Don't you just love a story with a happy ending?

    I just love a story with a "Happy ending" !!!
    If it weren't for the United States military,
    there'd be NO United States of America .

    • USMCSniper

      Ooooh rahh…It is our killer instincts which must be harnessed if we expect to survive in a war or with crooks. Our weapons are only tools. It is a hard heart that kills. If our killer instincts are not clean and strong we will hesitate at the moment of truth. We will not kill. We will become dead Marines And then ywe will be in a world of trouble. Because there are a billion Chicoms, a billion Muslims, a whole lot of crooks, and on a few of us who will fight! Do you understand?

    • qsome

      thank you raymond for this story. LOVED IT! i really liked what the cop said about these guys in there 70's having military backgrounds. thank God they do!

  • Renee Rogers-Perry

    Obama's speech was a flop! Boring to say the least but I couldn't help noticing that he seemed to be gritting his teeth saying words that he did not believe in at all. He is an ideologue since his youth and will NEVER change. The words came out but everyone knew the bi-partisan and moderate views he was professing were insincere! Now it's off to the races with his first campaign trip to WI and doing what he thrives on and that is duping the audiences with his showmanship and charisma. Never saw anyone love an audience like this narcissist!

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    MOSCOW – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed revenge Tuesday for the suicide bombing that killed 35 people at a Moscow airport — a familiar tough-on-terrorism stance that has underpinned his power but also led to a rising number of deadly attacks in Russia.

    More killing done by muslims.

    • Fred Dawes

      Putin is a fool and the system inside the former USSR Is a total joke but so is our system, today at 3am the city conuncil of Temecula passed a bill to build the really big Mosque it will be well over 200,000 sq ft and some of it is being build with PC Money or redevelopment money. it is A, V, Mosque.

  • BLJ

    Obama wants to shove a new Great Society down our throats. The one he wants will make LBJ's look like a drop in the ocean. He is banking on his "Bread and Circus" act to keep enough idiots blindly voting for him.

    The problem he has is that there are too many conscious people in this country who will not bow before his worthless hide. Him and his commie buddies will never succeed. God will not allow it.

  • hijinx60

    Solomon said, "There is nothing new under the sun." That is as good a summation of Obama'a speech as I could think of. Claiming credit for the tax cuts that he was forced to sign, Claiming healthcare that wrecks the economy a victory…. Feeding us BS and saying it is candy. Well, actions speak louder than words and his actions are and have been a trainwreck. I don't buy any of it.

  • Fred Dawes

    I have listen to many people talk about our system and understand this system is dead,and what is a nation but its people, when i hear people talk about the ideals of america i start to understand what is happening the boy want us all inside a third wortld monkey house and we will be in that monkey house real soon.

  • http://www.hotexchangerates.com/ exchangerates

    People don't seem to understand that when we print money that we don't have, that makes all dollars worth less (not quite worthless). THAT inflation is a HIDDEN TAX.
    Even more disgusting is that that "tax" goes to the Federal Reserve, who charges us "interest" and as we pay that tax, they get paid it.

    It's such a SCAM but our "leaders" are owned by the banksters and you'll never hear the truth from them or the LameStream Media.

  • Amused

    BLJ said :

    God will not allow it ? hahahahahaha…..,that means , following your rationale , the God in fact DID allow it already , no ? Now , will He change His Mind in 2012 ? That is , DID GOD MAKE A MISTAKE IN '08 BLJ ??
    Sorry to tease ya dude , but I kinda take exception to draggin' God down into the cesspool of politics. Not to mention ya sound like one of them bloody muslims .

  • Amused

    Oh Fred ….speak fo yo sef boy . This aint no jungle fred , and it's not , nor ever will it be a "third world monkey house " . Monkeys dont vote Fred , they kowtow to the Alpha male . Sounds like you lost your faith in Democracy Fred , whatcha wanna do next ?