Obama Echoes Republicans in State of the Union Address

The author of this article critiques Obama's State of the Union Address in which he says Obama gave many details of what needs to be done, but did not disclose all the damage he has already done during his presidency and was blaming the wrong people problems in the nation.

Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 09:33 AM
By Lowell Ponte

On Tuesday night America saw the almost-perfect Republican candidate.

No, it was not Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, whose rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech declared that the GOP's mission must be "to save the safety net" of liberal social programs.

This almost-perfect Republican candidate is the Barack Obama who gave that speech.

Mr. Obama said we should reward the best public school teachers and replace the worst, which left Democratic lawmakers dependent on teacher union money looking apoplectic.

He called for restricting tuition increases at colleges and universities, a major bastion and employer of leftists.

President Obama called for an "all of the above" strategy to develop all forms of energy, not just kinds demanded by environmental activists. He vowed promptly to re-open 75 percent of offshore oil and gas facilities (never mentioning that he closed 100 percent of them).

He mocked an environmental regulation that equated damage caused by milk to damage by oil — and then, in his only attempt at humor, said this made it "worth crying over spilt milk."

Obama said that government's "public investment" develops good things, but cited as an example shale oil extraction technology.

He called for "smart" government regulation with "no bailouts, no handouts, no copouts."

Echoing former Republican presidents, he declared that presidential nominees should be guaranteed "a simple up or down vote within 90 days."

With masterful Clintonian triangulation, the president condemned partisanship by both parties.

He urged Democrats and Republicans to "lower the temperature in this town" and reduce the "divide between Washington, D.C., and the rest of the country."

"Government," said Obama, quoting Republican President Abraham Lincoln, "should do only what the people cannot do for themselves."

America, he said, is "the one indispensable nation in world affairs," a ringing endorsement of American exceptionalism.

President Obama powerfully reminded people of the non-partisan devotion of officials and soldiers who carried out his order to kill terrorist Osama bin Laden.

He declared an Iranian nuclear weapon unacceptable and said that "no options [are] off the table" to prevent this.

He said that America made an "iron-clad commitment to Israel's security."

President Obama conservatively said that "past generations felt responsibility to each other," and that this value is key to our being "an America built to last."

No one built this country alone, said Obama. "This nation is great because we built it together."

The liberal media, please note, will not criticize Obama for saying such things, as they would a real Republican. They know he is a radical wolf wearing sham conservative clothing to win re-election.

Remember this: If November's election becomes a referendum on President Obama's failed economic policies, he will lose.

Tuesday's speech was an Orwellian attempt to re-write the history of his administration and conceal his left-liberalism in a conservative disguise.

Most economists across the political spectrum acknowledge that spending $7.7 trillion in stimulus money has thus far failed to revive an economy growing so slowly that it is near stall speed.

25 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, and real family income is about 10 percent lower than when he took office three years ago. Home prices continue to slide downward.

Businesses hold trillions here or overseas, afraid to invest or hire while our spendaholic government continues to borrow an average of $58,000 every second.

Those listening carefully Tuesday could hear the radical, real President Obama despite his new campaign camouflage.

He was blaming the mortgage meltdown on banks, not the government officials who strong-armed them into making high-risk loans. These banks' reward for obeying liberal politician demands will now be to face a new ideologically driven "Financial Crimes Unit."

Obama praised Master Lock for returning to the USA to manufacture its products. The market for locks to protect private property here has grown during his presidency.

And President Obama Tuesday vowed even higher taxes to bleed more capital out of capitalism.

He praised a military whose budget he is slashing by $1 trillion, even as he evoked collectivist military authority as his model for the society he wants.

"Call this class warfare if you wish," Obama said as his "moderate Republican" disguise began to fall apart.

Lowell Ponte is co-author, with Craig R. Smith, of "Crashing the Dollar: How to Survive a Global Currency Collapse"; "The Inflation Deception: Six Ways Government Tricks Us . . . And Seven Ways to Stop It"; and "Re-Making Money: Ways to Restore America's Optimistic Golden Age." For a limited time, you can get a free copy of "The Inflation Deception" by calling 800-630-1494.

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