Friday, January 25, 2013

Obama Lays Out Second Term Agenda: More Spending

Obama gave more of State of the Union Address than an inauguration speech. To me, this speech was no different than any other Obama speech which calls for increased government intervention and spending. We have gone four years under this President without a budget and we can expect much of the same.

“No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.” said Obama. He continued “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.” What can we interpret from these words – Government is the uniting force in this country and without its spending America would crumble and people would stay impoverished. The facts are clear, no President has poured more money into infrastructure (stimulus) and anti-poverty programs (increase over 20%). And what is the end result of this spending? - No net infrastructure improvements (no more miles of interstate, no improvements to our power grid, and no net expansion of our power grid) and more people living in poverty. Throwing money at problems does not work because money is only one variable out of hundreds.

Obama also said “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.” Once again, how can we interpret these words? It means Obama will continue to spend. It is always easy to spend other people’s money and therefore, it is easier to be wasteful with other people’s money. Does anyone find it the least bit curious Obama talks about reducing the cost of healthcare after passing his multi-trillion dollar ObamaCare act into law? Obama said that ObamaCare would reduce healthcare costs, but anyone who can read this law understands why healthcare and insurance costs are more out of control than ever before.

Obama said “The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.” Once again there is only one way to interpret these words. It means we can expect no cuts to entitlement spending even though they are the fastest growing sector of our national budget. These programs are not sustainable and reforms are needed. There is no way Obama is serious about the size of our deficit without addressing entitlements.

Obama continued “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.” Obama is using fear mongering as a ploy to initiate more spending to stop climate change. And anyone who truly understands science realizes there is not enough money in the world to accomplish this task. Also from these words we can conclude that Obama will continue investing in green companies (these are vulture government policies used for quid pro quo purposes to gain favors, to pick winners and losers in industry, create tax loopholes and convolute tax forms, and to increase lobbying) and not new technology. Investing in companies who have no technological advantages over foreign competition will not win and that is why billions of these dollars are being squandered on company after company that is going bankrupt.

Obama said “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.” From this we can conclude that immigration reform is on the way. And that is fine, but we must realize adding many more citizens will continue to strain our government spending in the form of entitlements and healthcare. And if comprehensive immigration reform passes, it will mark the fourth time in our history that a plurality of Republicans, not Democrats, passed legislation to end slavery, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and now immigration.

How will Obama accomplish these tasks? The Obama campaign machine is now in 24/7/365 mode. This means Obama will continue to use his campaign machine to win public opinion on climate change, to demonize the Right, and to expand government spending. The Obama machine has raised more money than any other President and will continue to add to this record even though he will never run for office again. The Left calls these monies gained through corporations as evil, but really this only applies when the money goes to Republicans. It is okay that corporations paid for the biggest inauguration party in history – so long as it is a Democrat president. I have read several liberal posts these past few weeks and they want Obama to crush conservatives. And he will have the money to accomplish this task – to hit the airwaves with Obama’s ideologue message to brainwash Americans. If Barack and Michele’s reaction to Boehner comments is to roll their eyes, this is an indication of their intolerance and arrogance towards their adversaries. Hence, we can expect Obama to use money and his political machine to destroy conservatives. These are the same reactions and consequences we can expect from children. Yes, the first family basically consists of four children. Only children would lack respect for competition and adversaries. This is our narcissistic generation at work when we no longer consider the ideas of others and think we are always 100% correct. Personally, I hope liberals get their way because we have to hit rock bottom before we can fix the problem of a government dependent nation.


  1. >”...we have to hit rock bottom before we can fix the problem of a government dependent nation.”

    The problem is, while they steer us towards rock bottom, democrats (with the help of some republicans, I’m sad to say) are simultaneously destroying the framework that is necessary for us to go back to being the free republic we once were. What we will have, when they are done, is an impossibly tangled mess of debt, laws and bureaucracies coupled with a nation of ignorant, spoiled brats who have no appreciation or respect for the Constitution.

  2. CW, I agree 100%, but do you think the Republicans can win the White House in 2016 if we do not hit rock bottom?

  3. I do thinks it's possible, Patrick. Politics has a faddish element to it. The more important question is - can CONSERVATIVES win the White House in 2016? That will definitely be a bigger challenge.

  4. Right now, I see no way a conservative wins in 2016. Of course a lot can change between now and then.