Saturday February 9, 2013, 12:30 pm
We can expect great flourishes of rhetoric without much in the way of specific details. We can also expect a call for Americans to get behind an austerity package that will feature funding cuts to programs that help children, the elderly, the sick, and the working poor. There will be mention of the need for immigration reform, specifically with an eye towards increasing funding for border security and law enforcement. Finally, there may even be some vague mention of climate change oddly juxtaposed with a call for "energy independence."
What not to expect:
There will be little or no mention of increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans nor will there be anything new forthcoming in the way of bank reform. There will be no mention of the growing economic inequality in the US. There won't even be an announcement of a jobs program. There will be no mention of cutting defense spending. The policy of drone strikes and kill-lists against "suspects" will not be mentioned, much less renounced. No mention will be made of the growing American military presence in Africa. Domestic surveillance programs using armed predator drones will neither be mentioned nor see a decrease in funding. The Keystone XL pipeline will not be mentioned, much less rejected. Drilling in the arctic will not be mentioned. Likewise, nuclear energy will not be mentioned or rejected.
This is exactly the kind of speech that one might expect from a Republican president, even one that ran as a Democrat.
Saturday February 9, 2013, 1:18 pm
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We can also expect mentioning of his new cabinet, giving praise to his choices-all of them. And more, ..also more on the NOT to expect list..!
Sunday February 10, 2013, 6:24 am
Betchya you are wrong. I do hope you are being too pessimistic.
At the moment, the whole world is in a real bad state. I continue, with difficulty, to live in hope....especially that there won't be some really bad event which will light the fuse to WAR or trigger TOTAL COLLAPSE.
Yours Truly Trying to be Optimistic.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 9:56 am
Good shot out of the park Brian. Don't you just get that sneaky suspicion that this has all been engineered to some degree? Follow the money and look at who stands to profit.
None dare call it conspiracy of course - mass disbelief of the programmed TV land people would lead them to discredit anything that threatens their myopic comfort and entitlement.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 10:17 am
not the gop obama owns it all now. it's all his. now we get to see the real obama, the one that isn't fit to run this country.
the one that takes away our rights and stomps the constitution into the ground. the real obama is finally getting to see daylight. no more hiding behind bush. should have read his books.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 11:56 am
What do you mean "Obama will NOT STAND" for more obstruction from the right? How soon you've forgotten that in November 2010 the American people, in a tsunami vote took the spending democrats OUT and brought the NO SPENDING republicans in. Seems they are doing their job....what they campaigned on....and why they were elected.
Never underestimate the power of the vote.
Obama has been leading from behind...the "loner" in the White House. He doesn't sit down with both parties to get something accomplished. He just makes speeches. Therefore, he isn't a problem solver. He's all alone.
History will not be kind to this president. We need another tsunami vote in November 2014 and by the way the debt is escalating with no means to pay it down Barack Hussein Obama just might win the prize....his third and fourth credit downgrade for the United States of America.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 12:04 pm
All Obama had to do early in 2009 was to turn to our job engines in America....our small businesses. He didn't do that. He ignored them. He opted instead to spend an entire year on his legacy healthcare bill which is causing higher unemployment not to mention the cost is now going through the roof....already. This is a situation where "crisis from crisis" is self inflicted by this incompetent president. He doesn't even know what it is he should know about managing a recession. I call him the "band aid" president. He has wasted more tax dollars in the past four years than GWB did in eight years.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 12:06 pm
You are welcome Magdika.
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Sunday February 10, 2013, 12:51 pm
Billie, you are right on the mark. Obama owns it. By the time his second term ends he will make Jimmy Carter, Mr. 22% mortgage interest rates, inflation, high unemployment and recession Carter, look like a saint.
This is all about Obama's poor leadership. Obama won't sit down with both parties and have a discussion. Instead he gives a speech. Do you call that leadership? No, what it is called is complete incompetence.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 12:55 pm
Get ready for Obama's SOTU Address where he will raise the taxes once again on the middle class. He'll try to reduce the tax loopholes on the rich....the ones who pay the lion's share of the taxes in our country and then he'll slip in the back door and raise taxes on the middle class. We've already felt the impact of the social security tax going up reducing our paychecks.
I knew Obama was going to be very bad for our country but I honestly didn't think he would be this destructive to our economy while killing jobs across the country.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:40 pm
Diane O, you talk a lot, but it all sounds like it came from FAUX news. What a load of crap! And you blame the credit downgrade on the president? Take a look at the bad votes in Congress that led directly to America's Credit failure, and her loss of world respect! And you are complaining about the SS tax increase that will pay your rent when you retire? Your "facts" about job killing are fantasy. Go back to your rock and stay.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:51 pm
When you say the "No spending Republicans." You really mean no spending to help those most in need.
When you say the rich are the greatest contributors to taxes I presume you have tongue in cheek. Only the rich can afford tax consultants who enable them to avoid paying taxes by every conceivable manipulation.
When you say Health cost go through the roof You avoid the simple fact that the roof was below the costs to start with. America spends more on health care than the rest of the Advanced Western nations and delivers less, per capita, than any of the so called "Socialist" nations. It ranks amongst the lowest in aver
As a shill for the Republican Party you may be on the mark, but as for veracity, way off.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:54 pm
Correction and I know not why. The U S A ranks amongst the lowest average health care delivery in the western world, but the highest in first class health delivery to the wealthy.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 4:35 pm
Well, I blame most of Congress...bought and paid for by corporations, as well as Grover Norquist and ALEC. Blue Dog dems are a thorn in our side as well. Harry Reid is one of the bigger shills, since he backed down from making some necessary changes AGAIN. We need public financing for elections and term limits to help fix that.
I don't hold much hope for the SOTU address, although I will listen again. A couple years ago, I winced when some termed Obama "Bush Lite"...but can't fault that perception anymore...esp. as far as dirty oil, NDAA and privacy issues are involved. His words won't have any meaning for me until they are put into action and passed into law. With a loonies running the GOP, I don't see much hope for much change.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 4:38 pm
Excellent summary of the shared responsibilities for progress and governing Lois and reminder that no President can enact legislation Congress doesn't pass first. You cannot currently send a star to Lois because you have done so within the last week.
Lots of talk about NO SPENDING but the reality is just a bit different no matter what party you are supporting. Sure, politicians talk a game but we still have a large population with too few jobs, an infrastructure that is falling into disrepair from LACK of government spending for too many years. Each time a republican crows about no spending look a little deeper to find where that money taken from one line and usually just moved to another source of spending. It's all talk and hot air. We need to raise taxes not a little but a lot. No one likes taxes but we all want roads and bridges, dams and emergency aid.
Two years ago the republicans won a position of victory, thanks in no small part to heavy contributions from the same companies and citizens that want to avoid taxation. What a sad irony for our country.
It is time we bring that money from the Cayman Islands back to the US.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 4:47 pm
Impressive summary based on factual evidence of what has happened and what needs to be done if Congress is representing the interests of the American people Kit! Sure wish I had some green stars to shower you with!
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:58 pm
President Obama has a plan, a long-range plan. He always has.
With some exceptions, most of us comprehend that short-term fixes, are usually short and don't last.
Some supporters of our President, expected immediate actions, and that is not very realistic. When he had legislators that voted against him at every turn, he realized that strong, pragmatic solutions of our problems, would take time.
Ultimately, his patience and intelligence are manifesting themselves, by portraying the GOP, as the self-destructive party they have become. Their hatred for minorities, gays and lesbians, and their fear of women is emerging rapidly, as we speak.
Let's give our leader, the praise he deserves and stand with him.......and watch.
Overcoming eight years of Bush lunatics, cannot happen overnight, but we're on our way.
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:10 pm
The source of crises in DC is Dear Leader Obama and his stooge Harry Reid. Dear Leader puts up phony "crises" like a new amnesty program for those sneaking across the border, gay "whatever" being termed "marriage", truly terrible and incompetent appointees, radical civilian disarmament called gun control, and a phony "global climate whatever" push that is just a cover to destroy the private sector, In addition he is responsible for an incompetent foreign policy that rewards enemies and punishes friends, disastrous fiscal policies that have lead to record debt and a serious crisis coming in our currency, and a pattern of illegal conduct via "executive orders' that clash with existing law and defying court decisions. Dear Leader Obama is the crisis!
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:07 am
What did they say, John? "Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste." Obama wants a legacy and in so doing to "fundamentally changing our country" he is placed himself in the Jimmy Carter Redux pages in history. History cannot possibly be kind to Barack Obama. It's clear that he is a narcissist and the fact that he is a "loner" in the White House and keeps his distance from those he should be interacting with to negotiate with the opposing party is telling. Being thin skinned, he won't accept criticism as he feels like he is the smartest man in every room he enters. Sadly, he is probably the dumbest one in the room based on his first failed years in office. Obama may have a Harvard Law Degree but it did not give him leadership skills. Obama likes to instill "fear" from the bully pulpit and it has gotten old and irritating. That no longer works.
Watch what Obama tries to do over the next four years. The American people in November 2010 stopped Obama in his tracks. Gridlock. Ahhh, sweet gridlock compliments of the American people.