State of the Cliches is the best way to describe Obama’s first State of the Union address. Stock phrases to bridge the gap between candidate Obama who offered change & hope; and the real Obama who’s just a continuation of Bush. Sorry brain-dead Republicans! This man is no socialist.
To be sure, Obama inherited economic collapse from Dubya. But Bush Junior was a continuation of Clinton who continued Bush Senior who carried the torch handed over by Reagan. Is there a pattern here?
The speech was an ellipsis from reality. It was if the bonanza for Wall Street and disaster for workers of the past year was the result of an accident or cosmic forces, and not the outcome of conscious policies set into motion for the sole purpose of protecting the personal wealth of a handful of multi-millionaires and billionaires.
The speech featured endless invocations of the “American people” from the representative of a political system that has excluded the people from any participation in the political life of the country or any say in the policies of the Obama Regime.
The petty measures to aid the “middle class” listed in the speech were put there to serve as sound bites. Obama and everyone else in the chamber knew they had little chance of being enacted.
Obama made no attempt to explain why his previous proposals–above all, his plan to slash health benefits for millions of people in the guise of health care “reform”– had aroused mass opposition.
In the name of creating jobs and improving the lot of the people, Obama called for a three year freeze on social spending. This is a mere down payment for the more serious task of gutting core social programs–Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. To begin that job, Obama announced the establishment of a bipartisan commission to propose spending cuts and taxes on consumption.
On full display was the utter contempt for the intelligence of the American people felt by Obama and the entire political establishment, Republicans included.
No amount of lies or hokum can alter the fact that the candidate of “change” is discredited in the eyes of the American people.