Although they are of diverse political affiliations, they were unanimous in their opinion of the SOTU Address delivered by President Barack Obama last Tuesday. Their assessment was that Obama’s single talent of oratorical skill was the highlight of the evening.
By throwing down the gauntlet to Congress early in his speech, the president set the tone for legislative rancor in the coming months. This fact was borne out in the exasperated expression evident on House Speaker John Boehner’s face for the majority of the talk.
Realistically, a State of the Union Address should inform the world-wide audience of the status quo of the United States at this point in time. Obama neglected to mention America’s stagnant economy, high unemployment, the dramatic increase in food stamps, as well as other negative aspects.
While ignoring the serious turmoil that exists in the Middle East at this time, he was happy to applaud the fact that he had removed all American troops from Iraq. He either failed to read recent newspaper accounts of the American troops that were killed or wounded in Fallujah and Ramadi where the Al Qaeda flag now flies proudly, or he believes that his so-called ending of the war has brought peace to that troubled country.
Turning to his favorite topic of “helping” the middle class to grow sideways instead of upwards, he failed to mention that it his oppressive heel that was squashing middle-classers so that they expanded horizontally. If he would study Economics, he might learn that the middle class does well when the so-called upper class creates a multitude of new jobs, jobs which he has squelched through oppressive regulation, taxes and the ultimate blockade of Obamacare. While calling for an increase in entrepreneurship, the amount of red tape he has created works to squelch new ventures.
The hot topic of “income inequality,” which is one of his latest rants, can be explained by the fact that people capable of investing in new or expanded businesses are loathe to do so when they don’t know what restrictions will be coming out of his office next. Consequently, those same people are doing better by investing in the stock market, where the gains are more likely to be assured. Unfortunately, the majority of the middle class, which has seen its income drop under his policies, does not have the discretionary funds to make like investments. The “inequality” will only become greater under his administration.
Whether he will admit that his first five years in office have created a greater malaise than that of Jimmy Carter’s reign is a moot point.
While both sides of the aisle were critical of the lack of substance in the SOTU Address, the typical tingles were running up Chris Matthews’ leg as he waxed rhapsodic over the speech.
Probably the prevaricating president was only pushing his political poppycock.
Harry Spencer is a long-time northern Nevada resident.