Barack Obama’s State of the Union is all about letting you know that government is going to do everything for you and when it can’t keep its promises, it will take from the successful and give to you.
But it was more than that, in my opinion. Much more than that. And the White House inviting Warren Buffett's secretary to sit next to the First Lady is an expression of what that more is.
Barack Obama believes the American people are stupid. That's the bottom line. Worse, Obama wants the American people to be envious, to violate the 10th Commandment and covet what others have; Obama and his Democrats are willing to satisfy this covetousness and make a claim that doing so is a virtue. This is their marketing pitch in order to sell snake oil to the gullible and gain further power over the people, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
What is truly fascinating is how Obama inviting Buffett's secretary is a transparently cynical ploy, especially when President Food Stamp said this in the speech:
Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.
At the same time, President Food Stamp killed new jobs by cancelling (yes, that's the word) the Keystone XL pipeline (as far as Obama is concerned, it's dead), a project that would employ thousands of workers directly and thousands upon thousands more indirectly. And who benefits? Why Obama's crony capitalism buddy, good ol' Warren Buffett, who won't pay a single dollar in taxes on his new windfall (Buffett's tax people will make sure of that), even if Obama's "Buffett Rule" is implemented. Obama's "education" lackeys in the Democrat media will make sure to tell the people something other than the reality of this situation. Because Obama wants to make sure the American people remain stupid and to only rely on The Won for everything.
President Food Stamp himself never takes the blame for anything; with him, the "buck" stops somewhere else, either at the American people, Congress (Republicans only), or inconvenient elements within his administration (and on the latter, often there is no "buck" stopped). As has been typical, he falsely lays sole blame for the financial conditions on private sector banks. After three years in office, neither Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac have been included in any reform, both continue to suck taxpayer dollars into the maw of its abyss, and the failures running them have gotten millions of taxpayer dollars in bonuses. There is no mention from Obama about the SEC lawsuit showing how both Fannie and Freddie, in conjunction with the Carter-era Community Reinvestment Act and Clinton-era regulations, were the primary movers of the financial crisis the U.S. is still in. There is no mention from Obama of how his economic "adviser" and MF Global head Jon Corzine used his influence to press the SEC from implementing a rule that would have prevented MF Global from carrying out some of its ethically-challenged practices, or that Corzine and other MF Global executives seem to have violated Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) by not knowing where the company's money was.
Plus, Obama would still have us believe he knows how to invest our taxpayer dollars. He's a proven failure. From the government's investment in "green jobs" and takeover of GM, it's obvious Obama remains ignorant of the basics of the free market. In addition, Obama hasn't done anything to demand GM pay back what it owes to the American people, nor are we likely ever to see the repayment. He made sure the UAW can launder it's members' dues into President Food Stamp's campaign war chest.
Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) gave the Republican response (for some reason, I can't embed the video here on RedState; the link to it is here, and the transcript is here). It's an excellent speech, but at about the 9:30 mark, it really takes off, and includes a warning to some Republicans:
“You know, the most troubling contention in our national life these days isn’t about economics, or policy at all. It’s about us, as a free people. In two alarming ways, that contention is that we Americans just can’t cut it anymore.
“In word and deed, the President and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex, perilous world without their benevolent protection. Left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong mortgage, the wrong school for our kids; why, unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb!
“A second view, which I admit some Republicans also seem to hold, is that we Americans are no longer up to the job of self-government. We can’t do the simple math that proves the unaffordability of today's safety net programs, or all the government we now have. We will fall for the con job that says we can just plow ahead and someone else will pick up the tab. We will allow ourselves to be pitted one against the other, blaming our neighbor for troubles worldwide trends or our own government has caused.["]
Daniels follows it up with a message of freedom all Republicans need to shout:
“2012 must be the year we prove the doubters wrong. The year we strike out boldly not merely to avert national bankruptcy but to say to a new generation that America is still the world’s premier land of opportunity. Republicans will speak for those who believe in the dignity and capacity of the individual citizen; who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervise them; who trust Americans enough to tell them the plain truth about the fix we are in, and to lay before them a specific, credible program of change big enough to meet the emergency we are facing.["]
Herman Cain gave what is called the Tea Party response (again, I can't embed the video here on RedState; the link to it is here; there is no transcript). It's an excellent speech as well, highlighted by Cain saying what I'm saying, that President Food Stamp believes the American people are stupid.
Republicans need to be bold this year, and throw off the "yoke" of doing things that render the GOP as being known as the "stupid party." Obama shouldn't just be defeated in November; he has to be crushed. The Republicans should not only gain a majority in the U.S. Senate, they should gain a super-majority. The record by Obama and the Democrats show they are a joke. No American should stand for the things done to them by President Food Stamp and his Democrat lackeys, who only rely on those who are too stupid to vote for them; Obama's and the Democrats' message is one only stupid people will believe. And while there are too many of those (and we'll know how many in November), most Americans shouldn't be fooled into thinking the country can stand another four years of President Food Stamp.
Cross-posted at Scipio the Metalcon.