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Obama needed some villains to aim at during his speech. When he wasn’t castigating the rich, he went after the oil companies.
It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.
Aside from the recklessness of doubling down with taxpayers’ money on “green” energy, Obama attacked one of the most significant sources of private sector R&D investments in alternative energy technologies – the oil industry.
A third example of Obama’s state of denial in his State of the Union address involved his repeated calls for “fairness.” He wants everyone to play by the same rules:
We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.
Was Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner playing by the same rules as the rest of us when he was rewarded with a top cabinet post even though he had failed to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes for at least four years? Obama called this multiyear lapse by the man whom he nominated to oversee the IRS as simply an “innocent mistake.” Meanwhile, under the separate set of rules applicable to us ordinary folks who pay these taxes on a regular basis, what’s the chance we would get away with making such an “innocent mistake” without severe consequences?
Did the Solyndra executives play by the same rules as the rest of us when they were able to persuade Obama administration officials to agree to a sweetheart deal under which, in the event of default, private investors were placed ahead of taxpayers for a $75 million loan?
Finally, in a shameless attempt to bookend his State of the Union address by using the U.S. military’s great sacrifices and teamwork as a prop to buttress his call for political consensus on his terms, Obama dishonored his position as commander-in-chief.
Obama made a point of describing the Navy Seal mission against Osama bin Laden as a sterling example of teamwork and acting in unison as Americans, not Democrats or Republicans. He was right about that. But then he piously called for the same sort of teamwork and unity at home, when he has been going around the country for months with spiteful attacks on Republicans and the so-called top 1%. He has divided Americans into classes and constituency blocs, pitting Americans against each other.
Recall, for example, when Obama said that Republicans should be treated as the “enemies.” Astoundingly, in addressing Latinos about policy differences on illegal immigration, the president of the United States referred to Americans who disagree with him as “our enemies.” Apparently, he forgot that the military over which he presides as commander-in-chief is fighting to protect the right of all American citizens to freely express their opinions, whether or not they agree with the president.
President Obama cannot hide from the fact that his actions conflict with his professed beliefs in American exceptionalism, all Americans playing by the same rules and non-partisanship that he tried to sell the American people in his State of the Union address. His state of denial is getting old and no longer fooling the American people.
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