Cradle to College-Updates

President Obama’s Address to Congress gave me an opportunity to work on posters for Friday’s Chicago Tea Party to protest nearly everything Obama said Tuesday night. 

The stench is still lingering in the air, from the markers and from the President’s homily to government dependence.

Some lowlights:

“…we still managed to spend more money and pile up more debt, both as individuals and through our government, than ever before.

In other words, we have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity, where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election.”

You mean, like bulleting through a $787 billion “stimulus” bill that no one has even read, that will pass on burgeoning debt for generations yet unborn?

“…a plan of this scale comes enormous responsibility to get it right.

That is why I have asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort – because nobody messes with Joe.”

Huh?  Nobody messes with Joe?  Well, I suppose he’s right.  If the media had messed with Joe and called him out on all the stupid things he’s said, he wouldn’t be sitting in the VP chair right now. Update: Like this. He must not have been listening.

“Still, this plan will require significant resources from the federal government- and yes, probably more than we’ve already set aside.  But while the cost of action will be great, I can assure you that the cost of inaction will be far greater, for it could result in an economy that sputters along for not months or years, but perhaps a decade…I refuse to let that happen.”

Warning: he’s coming for more.  From you.

“The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at last the price of our dependence on oil and the high cost of health care, the schools that aren’t preparing our children and the mountain of debt they stand to inherit.”

Because of his “stimulus.

Moving on…

“The budget I submit will invest in the three areas that are absolutely critical to our economic future: energy, health care, and education.”

Someone please tell me- again- how giving every American “free” health care helps our economic future.

“I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America.”

Business-busting cap-and-trade in a fragile economy.  These people really are clueless.

“So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait and it will not wait another year.”

Get ready. Here it comes.

“…it will be the goal of this administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education- from the day they are born to the day they begin a career.”

Yes, he said it.  Education from birth.  And, I guess for as long as you want to go to school and put off starting a career.

“I know that the price of tuition is higher than ever, which is why if you are willing to volunteer in your neighborhood or give back to your community or serve your country, we will make sure that you can afford a higher education.”

Does monitoring a polling place for the Black Panthers count as community service?

He ended with some talk about pulling out of Iraq, boosting troop numbers in Afghanistan, emptying Guantanamo, “we don’t torture, yadayada, ” and wrapped it in a nice bow with a sob story about a girl whose school in South Carolina has to pause lessons while the train goes by 6 times a day.

Big deal!  I hear the train coming out my window, too!

Oh, and “God Bless America.”


Update: Here’s a link to some fact-checks of Obama’s speech.

Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 5:20 am  Leave a Comment  

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