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Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

SOTU Address

In his SOTU Address, Mr. Obama never actually talked about the dismal current state of the union.  He talked about continuing his current spending policies while only wanting "tinkering" with ObamaCare, not repealing it altogether.

Clean Energy:
We’re issuing a challenge. We’re telling America’s scientists and engineers that if they assemble teams of the best minds in their fields, and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, we’ll fund the Apollo Projects of our time.

With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. We need to get behind this innovation.
Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.
It's too bad Mr. Obama hasn't learned from the Spanish clean energy debacle...the Spanish government has spent billions and billions of Euro's only to lose the vast majority.  Professor Peter Grossman wrote a paper entitled, “The History of U.S. Alternative Energy Development Programs: A Study of Government Failure.” in which he details the failure of every single government energy program starting with the 1950's "investment" in nuclear energy.
Now, I’ve heard rumors that a few of you have some concerns about the new health care law. So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you. We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses.

What I’m not willing to do is go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
Ann Althouse, an Obama voter has this take on Mr. Obama's signature legislation:
He'll work together with Republicans, but only if they offer little tweaks to the big overhaul he rammed through, with no consideration for their opinion, when they didn't hold the seats in Congress.
Emphasis is mine.  Even the Associated Press was confused at just exactly what Mr. Obama meant in his speech. 
"The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other. Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in his State of the Union speech. . . . But Obama offered far more examples of where he would spend than where he would cut, and some of the areas he identified for savings are not certain to yield much if anything.”

High Speed Rail:  Mr. Obama wants billions dollars in new spending on high speed rail.  In California, in order not to lose federal funding, they have opened the first section of track...without a station and it literally goes from nowhere to nowhere...and have already spent $5 billion on it.

So...a meaningless speech outlining more spending without meaningful cuts anywhere.  If the past two years is any sort of meter, his "targeted investment" will merely be billions in political payoffs to cronies.  In 2012, if unemployment doesn't fall below 8%, and his "laser-like focus" on job creation is a big a failure as his economic policies, he'll be a one term president, like James Earl Carter.

In the next 18 months, you'll see the MSM focus on any possible GOP contenders and work very hard to tear them down. 

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