The President opened his speech with a conversation about the Tucson shootings. To be sure this was a tragedy and in this day of instantaneous news it became a national tragedy. Here is what the President said about the shootings.
It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.
But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passion and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater -– something more consequential than party or political preference.
We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.
That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation. (Applause.)
Now, by itself, this simple recognition won’t usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow. (Applause.)
I believe we can. And I believe we must. That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all -– for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.
If you don’t see the blatant nudge to just stop the right momentum you are either entranced by this charmer or so left leaning there is no help for you. In these paragraphs the President of the United States took a tragedy and politicized it. Something that he was given credit for not doing at that extremely horrible memorial for the dead that focused on the living in Tucson.
First the rhetoric was lambasted, then it was proposed that sitting on opposite sides of the floor was bad, now trying to repeal Obama’s agenda is bad and not in good faith. Well Mr President where was the good faith when you were ramming your agenda through and ignoring the minority? This man and all of his minions are hypocrites.
I have watched many State of the Union Speeches and this may have been the most lackluster. Many pundits thought this speech would run very long but due to lack of applause it only took an hour for this 7000 word pile of dribble. The left will tell you that the President framed the issues very clearly. In some instances he did. When he spoke of federal spending he was very clear about freezing spending at current levels for 5 years. here is how he “framed” it.
So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. (Applause.) Now, this would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was President.
Okay so if freezing non discretionary spending will make it the lowest since Dwight where is the rest of the money going? And 400 billion looks and sounds really cool until you compare it to the national debt. But go back and watch the speech and listen to the applause at that point. I would at best call it a smattering at a point when the Democrats should have jumped up and made a heck of a lot of noise in support of that one. What did he get? Crickets! The deficit is a problem but debt is our real enemy and I see only one mention of that and the fastest spending President of all time mentions it and does the old tap dance and blames it again on Bush. How old is this getting. Leading up to his anemic proposal to freeze some spending he said this.
Now, the final critical step in winning the future is to make sure we aren’t buried under a mountain of debt.
We are living with a legacy of deficit spending that began almost a decade ago. And in the wake of the financial crisis, some of that was necessary to keep credit flowing, save jobs, and put money in people’s pockets.
But now that the worst of the recession is over, we have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable. Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same.
But only since the house is already voting down his agenda. Suddenly he want compromise. This is the oldest saw in the box. I suggest that the new members of Congress join with the old guard and vote for cuts in spending and taxes. Wipe out the Federal Department of Education that Carter (the current worst President in my lifetime, this may change) instituted. All of the money that education spends can be spent better at state and local levels.
One more little point. The theme of the Presidents speech was Winning the Future. Funny but wasn’t that a book written by A Conservative on 2005? Oh yea Newt Gingrich. How slick! Folks the luster has worn off and he is falling apart at the seams. Keep the pressure on. we can fix the economy and our government.