Last night the President gave the traditional State of the Union. I prefer to read the transcript and you can too, here. So lets look at this from an honest perspective, uncolored by left/right biases, just my pragmatic subjective analysis.
He began with the obligatory acknowledgment of Representative Giffords, then moved on to trying to unify everyone on a common goals and dreams. Actually we don’t have common goals and dreams, plus the fact people have different ways to accomplish these. He then says that the elections are over and its time to work together, for jobs. Why is he saying this now, most of the time in the previous Congress, Pelosi shut the GOP out. Now urging bipartisanship after getting dealt a blow during the elections.
The loss of manufacturing and the fact the world is kicking our butt, he was correct. But why is this true. Is it the government’s fault? Greedy businessmen? Or yours? Actually its a combination of all three. Government regulations, taxes and trade deals, businesses going over because it is cheaper and easier to produce, and the fact that you like cheap crap. Go to Wal-Mart, pick up a product, see where its made. Its usually not made here. Look at your Iphone, designed in California, made in China.
Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it’s not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need.
A quote from Obama, with this correction from me. We don’t have a free enterprise system when the Government intervenes. I will acknowledge that the pairing of business and government has spawned some useful innovations. The President then uses this to springboard into a theme he uses most of the speech, investment. He wants Congress to eliminate subsidies to oil companies. I can go along with that, I would eliminate ALL subsidies. Another quote from the speech:
So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.
An investment and a subsidy are almost twins, that quickly become identical. Investment is a gamble on a certain thing, a subsidy keeps it alive. And ethanol started as that and is now a drain on keeping a less efficient fuel alive for the green lobby, and the farming constituents of some in Congress. And where does this money come from? You. But maybe you don’t want to invest, except that doesn’t matter. Because Congress under the direction of either party will take your money to put it towards what THEY think is best, or get them re-elected.
He spoke of responsibility of education beginning at home, and I wholeheartedly agree. Then calling for making permanent the $10,000 college tax credit. That’s free money to someone who hasn’t paid that much in, and unless they’re forced to pay it back if they drop out or fail, I don’t like it. Sweat adds value, you appreciate what you work for.
The light touching upon illegal immigration, was talking points, he quickly moved onto infrastructure. Repairing and building roads, fully paid for, without telling us how? And then he spoke of high-speed rail, but what if I don’t want to pay for high-speed rail? I’d rather some enterprising individual do it, then its their money, not mine.
For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down.
Without the pat-down? I seem to remember Janet Napolitano speaking of putting body scanners in subways and train stations. And with that comes pat downs. Did someone not get the memo?
Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries. Those with accountants or lawyers to work the system can end up paying no taxes at all. But all the rest are hit with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and it has to change.
So tonight, I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the system. Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years – without adding to our deficit.
What the President speaks of above is corporatism, where business and crooked politicians work to rig the game, not unlike the President’s investment strategy with our money. Both is rigging the game and isn’t free-market capitalism, contrary to belief. And he’s right that corporatism needs to go, and I would say that the ones involved should see jail time. Please even the playing field, eliminate that tax rate and cut an equal amount of spending for business interests, including your precious investments.
Export more? Yes, fair trade. But closely examine all deals before passing them. A review of government regulations? Start repealing them. Make us a free country once again. Then he moved on to the deficit.
And if we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break.
It’s not a matter of punishing their success. It’s about promoting America’s success.
In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them.
Taxing the rich will not bring down the deficit without cutting spending. Why should the wealthy pay for a school system their kids don’t even use. Here’s a solution on easing the burden on the Federal Government. Liquidate the Dept. of Education and let the individual states handle it, pay for it. Let the states instead have Dept.’s of Education, then people can pick by voting with their feet.
Simplify the tax code, eliminate it entirely and repeal the 16th Amendment and institute the Fair Tax. Then everyone pays, the rich, middle-class, poor, illegal immigrants, drug dealers, prostitutes, etc. No loopholes. Or at the least, Flat Tax, which still punishes the producers, and tax everyone at a flat rate. I prefer the Fair Tax, you want to be treated equal, you pay equal, no special provisions or tax credits for certain groups in society.
A leaner, more efficient government? I’ll believe it when I see it. That would take the laying off of many federal employees and the liquidation of quite a few federal agencies. If they accomplish that I’ll be impressed.
This quote made me laugh,
We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution.
I don’t believe that, and here’s why. The FCC taking control of the internet, and mumbling from its head of the Fairness Doctrine. Remember when the President wanted to make it where FOX News couldn’t be a part of the PressCorp that his spokesman addresses every day. For more see my article on the First Amendment. The placing of anti-gun Supreme Court Justices, because he knows gun restrictions have a snowballs chance in hell getting through Congress. The Fourth Amendment being spit on by the TSA and his continuing the Patriot Act. Yeah, he believes in the the Constitution as much as Bush did. Not much at all.
Now he did change his tone, moved middle of the road a little and sounded conservative on a few issues, but remember; talk is cheap, and when spoken from a politician its free and you get what you pay for. Tomorrow, I examine Paul Ryan’s response.
- Obama’s State of the Union remarks (politico.com)