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  • Obama to the Nation: Debt, Debt and more Debt

    01/24/2015 4:51:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    "The shadow of crisis has passed," President Obama told us on Tuesday night. “The State of the Union is strong," he added. But is it really? If you had accumulated a debt that is more than 20 times the size of your household income, would you say your household finances were in good shape? Well, that’s where we are as a country. Under about a dozen federal entitlement spending programs, we have made promises that we haven’t been willing to pay for. In the process, we are leaving an enormous financial burden for our children and grandchildren. So what did...
  • Friday Filibuster: The Hypocrite in Chief Edition

    01/23/2015 1:16:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Friday Filibuster: The one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about this week in politics.Closing Numbers: 50%- Obama’s job approval rating. 35– The number of people in a recent Pew survey that described Obama as a ‘good man.’33– The number of people in a recent Pew survey that described Obama as ‘incompetent.’59% - The percentage of Republicans who want to see Mitt Romney run again.SOTU:Republicans knew heading into Tuesday that the president was going to deliver a defiant State of the Union speech, and that he did. Among the litany of policy proposals were raising the death tax and a new tax credit...
  • eBay Announces Layoffs After Obama Touts Company in SOTU

    01/22/2015 3:28:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    “Since 2010, America has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all advanced economies combined,” President Obama said during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday. “Our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs. Some of our bedrock sectors, like our auto industry, are booming. But there are also millions of Americans who work in jobs that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago — jobs at companies like Google, and eBay, and Tesla.” While Politico pointed out that most of the companies Obama touted are big, left-leaning D.C. spenders, his choice of mentioning eBay...
  • The State of the Bubble Address

    01/22/2015 8:14:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    I didn't watch the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Instead I sat with my lovely wife, had a glass of wine and played with the dogs. But let me guess how it went. President Obama stood in front of Congress and declared the state of the union is strong - except for a whole bunch of new government freebies and new federal laws he wants to see enacted to make it even stronger. To pander to his liberal Democrat base, he promised his usual wish list of unrealistic ideas that not three Republicans in the House and Senate...
  • What, Exactly, Is Bold About Obama's Agenda?

    01/22/2015 5:03:07 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/21/2015 | IBD Staff
    Politics: The State of the Union speech supposedly was chock full of big, brassy new ideas to help the middle class. Truth is, the president offered little that hasn't already been tried and mostly failed. A "bold call to action" is how the New York Times saw the address. Other news outlets were struck by an "ambitious agenda" full of "major proposals" that exhibited "confident, assertive liberalism." Obama even managed to set the agenda for the 2016 elections, still others concluded. Really? When we looked at what Obama actually proposed, all we found was a musty laundry list of liberal...
  • Obama economy “success” story woman in SOTU was a Democrat activist retread

    01/21/2015 5:15:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    I think we’ve come to expect some “retreads” over the years when it comes to political speeches. After all, the two parties only have so many original ideas between them (that being a vanishingly small number as it is) and they have to keep recycling the same material over and over. With that in mind, we can almost forgive the President for going back to the well and trotting out some of the Democrat classics like taxing the rich, paying fast food workers twenty bucks an hour and closing Gitmo. But what we aren’t always treated to is a case...
  • Obama's State of Delusion Address - Biblical Perspective

    01/21/2015 3:09:16 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    My dear friends, we as "Christians first and conservatives second" continually offer great solutions, ideas and suggestions based in TRUTH and REALITY to our nation which would bring ETERNAL liberty (John 1:12, 8:32,36), fiscal soundness and relief, moral and social healing and the restitution of liberty until the Lord comes, but tragically these truths and suggestions - which are rooted and based on Almighty God's Word and moral absolutes - are scoffed and slandered at as evil by the majority of Americans, the GOP and Progressive Democratic Party (Isa. 5:20). In light of the moral relativistic, decadent and lawless mindset...
  • Obama's State of Disunion

    01/21/2015 12:55:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama is either the most cynical man in Washington today, or the blindest.That is the only conclusion one can reach after being subjected to his 2015 State of the Union Address."You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn't a liberal America, or a conservative America," Obama recounted. "Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn't delivered on this vision," Obama continued. "How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever." At this point, even a slightly more honest or self-aware politician...
  • Obama at SOU Asks You - "Do We Accept an Economy Where Only the Few will do Spectacularly Well?"

    01/21/2015 12:15:44 PM PST · by dobbyman · 52 replies
    State of the Union Speech on Jan 20 2015 | President Obama
    In the State of Union speech last night, Obama introduces the idea - - "we should choose who do we want to be in the next 15 years..." Shortly followed by Obama's Important Question to us all: - "Do we accept an economy where only a FEW will do SPECTACULARLY WELL?" But haven't most of us bought a LOTTERY Ticket and enjoy when there is a $100,000,000 Lottery Winner - hoping we win next time? Haven't we always accepted: - Professional Star Sport Players like Michael Jordan making $10,000,000 a year and more - Movie Stars being Multi-millionaires - Movie...
  • A State Of Illusion

    01/21/2015 10:23:07 AM PST · by xuberalles · 11 replies
    Self | 1/21/15 | Me
    “The shadow of crisis has passed and the State of the Union is strong!” May I digress, Mr. President? Workforce participation is at an anemic 62% (the lowest since Jimmy Carter), a record 12 million Americans have dropped out of the workforce equation (thus the fictional 5.6 jobless rate), black unemployment is the highest in 30 years and black home ownership is at its lowest level in 20 years, welfare recipients have nearly doubled to 47 million since 2008, median household income has dropped by $4,000, the national debt has skyrocketed by 7.5 trillion dollars – more than the first...
  • Pipsqueak politics of protocol pamper prez

    01/21/2015 9:20:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/15 | Judi McLeod
    A staged fight between an empty suit and another one that folded from the get-go How many in America last night were hoping against all hope that—protocol or not—one of the newly elected Republicans would call out Obama for what he is, the main force of destruction taking down America? Did any one who voted for her groan in despair when Iowa Senator Joni Ernst urged Obama to “craft a comprehensive plan to defeat terrorists”? OMG! It is Obama who is setting free suspected 9/11 masterminds from Guantanamo Bay; who imperviously traded off five—count ‘em—top Taliban generals for a deserter,...
  • Obama proposes law that already exists

    01/21/2015 8:00:57 AM PST · by Moseley · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 21, 2015 | Jonathon Moseley
    President Barack Obama shamed Congress in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to pass legislation that already exists. Apparently not briefed by his secretary of labor and attorney general, Obama announced: "That's why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It's 2015. It's time." But it was June 10, 1963 when Congress passed “The Equal Pay Act of 1963,” which can be found at 29 U.S.C. § 206(d). It says: (d) Prohibition of sex discrimination (1) No employer...
  • A SOTU Over Before Its Begun

    01/20/2015 11:21:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    When George W. Bush and the GOP got "thumped" over the conduct of the war in Iraq in November 2006, 43 responded to the will of the people, made changes, announced the Surge, and graciously welcomed Nancy Pelosi as the first woman Speaker at the start of his 2007 State of the Union Address. Not much else is remembered from the next two years, except victory in Iraq and a market panic in the fall of 2008 brought about by the popping of the housing bubble. That panic brought us President Obama.Tonight President Obama will give a speech few Americans...
  • Obama Prepares to Polarize

    01/20/2015 3:02:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Front Page ^ | January 20, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    "..........As a result of voter anger, Republicans hold 247 seats in the House of Representatives and 54 seats in the Senate — the largest Republican majority since the 71st Congress (1929–1931). Conservatives say the discussion is over. It is time for lawmakers to oppose the Obama agenda and undo the wreckage this president’s policies have caused. Obama sycophants are being rewarded with seats in First Lady Michelle Obama’s viewing box for the speech tonight. Alan Gross and his wife Judy are expected to be guests of Mrs. Obama. Gross is the U.S. citizen who badmouthed his own country mere hours...
  • Unsolicited Advice: Let it rip Joni!

    01/20/2015 2:44:10 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/19/2015 | Craig Robinson
    Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Obama will likely be the most watched State of the Union address in the state of Iowa – not because Iowans are interested in all of the government handouts the President is proposing, but because Iowa’s newest U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst, has been selected to give the Republican response. Ernst’s selection to give the response is not just a huge honor, but another indication that her national prominence could not be any higher than it is right now. Ernst’s meteoric rise from a rural southwest Iowa state senator to a United...
  • ALEC State of the Union Response

    02/03/2014 1:56:13 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-3-14 | Will Freeland
    In an all too familiar theme, President Obama continues to vacillate when it comes to explaining his energy and environmental philosophy. On the one hand, the President spoke about his idea of an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, one that he hopes will someday lead to energy independence. On the other, he spoke about the importance of addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It will be interesting to see how he attempts to reconcile these two statements in the last three years of his presidency. President Obama’s State of the Union address contained a few positives but also many areas...
  • Obama to O'Reilly: Fox News Reason for My Problems

    02/02/2014 3:44:35 PM PST · by bestintxas · 58 replies
    newsmax ^ | // | g richter
    President Barack Obama twice blamed Fox News Channel for misinforming the public on issues that have bedeviled his presidency in the past year during a pre-Super Bowl interview with the network's Bill O'Reilly. The two sat down in the White House on Sunday for a live pregame interview that started about 4:35 p.m. and aired for less than 10 minutes. O'Reilly first noted that Obama's detractors believe he did not initially say the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead was terrorism because it happened in the heat of...
  • Paul Ryan: Obama presidency "increasingly lawless"

    02/02/2014 4:10:07 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-2-14 | Jake Miller
    Top House Republicans slammed President Obama’s embrace of executive action to move his agenda forward on Sunday, saying the president’s freelancing creates a trust deficit that makes bipartisan legislating more difficult. “We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don't write laws, Congress does,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told ABC. “Executive orders are one thing, but executive orders that actually change the statute, that's totally different.”
  • Did Anyone Notice?,Three Most Important & Vital Issues Not Mentioned In State Of The Union.

    02/01/2014 7:32:41 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 8 replies
    Although pretty much any important issue and scandal was not brought up last Tuesday night,Wouldn't you expect to hear about the Gross National Product,The Debt and "The Actual Employment Situation"?In general, wouldn't they be the leading indicators of "The State Of The Union"? or maybe the speech/update was only intended for the "Dumb-Informed"?,For the 3rd/4th time since 2009,we have all been INSULTED after watching the recent SOTU speeches,maybe till 2017,we can just refer to them as "The State Of The Stupid" Speeches?
  • What Boehner was (Probably) Thinking During Every Awkward Face at SOTU

    01/31/2014 12:18:05 PM PST · by upchuck · 14 replies
    News To Live By ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Danny Rubin
    During the annual State of the Union speech, all eyes should be on the commander in chief. Yet during President Obama’s SOTU address on January 28, Americans couldn’t stop looking at the man behind the president. Nope. Not Vice President Joe Biden, despite his goofy grins. It was the guy on the right. Throughout Obama’s big speech, House Speaker John Boehner went from bored to disappointed to downright mad
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘The world is literally about to blow up’

    01/29/2014 12:54:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/29/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted President Obama for the foreign policy portion of his State of the Union address Tuesday night. “The world is literally about to blow up,” the South Carolina Republican told Roll Call. “The world as I know was not remotely described by the president.” “Syria is a contagion … Iraq is disintegrating. The whole region is moving toward chaos, and we’re doing nothing. We’re talking about limiting drones?” he continued. “I hope he will leave a residual force in Afghanistan [so] they can do the job, because if he doesn’t,
  • Black activists unload! Obama ‘more hurtful to the black race’ than helpful; ‘Just quit!’ [VIDEO]

    01/31/2014 2:34:12 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/31/14 | Brendan Bordelon
    Black activists from Chicago — perhaps the president’s most obvious supporters — savaged President Obama after his State of the Union Tuesday, expressing abject frustration at an administration that “doesn’t care” and “ain’t never done anything for the community.” Rebel Pundit interviewed the small group of black community organizers moments after the conclusion of the president’s address on Tuesday. The activists universally panned the speech, which one referred to as “the same old, same old. A bunch of talk. A bunch of talk and rhetoric to give faith to a dying economy in America.” A young woman claimed the State...
  • Black Activists in Chicago Tell Obama to ‘Just Quit’ After Watching State of the Union

    01/31/2014 3:06:00 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    Tuesday night, activists in Chicago were interviewed shortly after the President delivered the State of the Union address, offering their perspective and feedback on what the President had to say. Rebel Pundit has released video of those reactions, including remarks from J.R. Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Joe Watkins, Founder of V.O.T.E. (Voices of the Ex-Offender), and Mark Carter, of V.O.T.E., among other activists. Mark Carter commented, “We’d be better of with you cutting off your presidency right now. Just quit.” Obama’s blame game is not selling, with Fleming saying “the reason why our economy is dying is because...
  • A Reconciliatory State of the Union

    01/31/2014 3:44:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | January 30, 2014 | Rev. Arthur L Jones III, D.D.
    I love my President. I love our President. You should love him, too – even if you disagree with some (or even all) of his policies. You should love him, too – regardless as to whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent. You should love him whether you subscribe to a system of faith – or not. When you get right down to it, that’s what America is. America is about inclusion rather than exclusion. America is a place of exceptionalism rather than extremism. America needs much more magnanimity; and much less megalomania. Last Tuesday night, President Barack...
  • Jimmy Kimmel & Lie Witness News - State of the Union Edition (before it happened)

    01/31/2014 4:56:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/29/14
    Lie Witness News - State of the Union Edition
  • Obama threatens to veto new sanctions against Iran

    01/28/2014 9:36:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2014 11:34 PM EST | Lara Jakes
    Any new economic sanctions that Congress tries to impose against Iran during international negotiations to limit the Islamic republic’s nuclear program will be vetoed, President Barack Obama warned lawmakers on Tuesday, even as he acknowledged the ongoing talks are difficult and may not succeed. It was the sharpest part of a State of the Union speech that overall was skimpy on details for his foreign policy agenda for the year.Obama also briefly re-affirmed his promises to end the war in Afghanistan this year, pursue al-Qaida with limited strikes and support Syrian opposition groups in their bloody three-year quest to push...
  • Tension in Democratic Party after Obama speech

    01/30/2014 8:34:58 AM PST · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    Associated Press / Yahoo News ^ | January 29, 2014 | Steve Peoples
    Tensions within the Democratic Party were on display in the living rooms of Massachusetts, where liberal activists watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address with skepticism. "I think he offered some good things," said party host Josh Tauber, a software engineer and Democratic activist who volunteered for both of Obama's campaigns. "I would get more excited if I believed those things would happen." Liberal leaders across the nation shared Tauber's mixed response, expressing optimism about Obama's focus on economic inequality, but also frustration with a president some think hasn't fought hard enough for liberal policies on health care,...
  • Chuck Todd, NBC Compare Barack Obama to an Injured War Hero

    01/29/2014 5:51:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | January 29, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Bias? What media bias? In its post-SOTU First Reading today, NBC News compares President Barack Obama to the injured war hero whom Obama lauded during last night’s speech. *** “America has never come easy”: Last night’s speech also ended on an emotional — and upbeat — note when Obama recognized Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, who was almost killed in Afghanistan and continues to recuperate from a brain injury. “My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy,” the president said. “Our freedom, our democracy, has never been easy. Sometimes we stumble, we make...
  • Sarah Palin Disrespects President Obama with Jealous, Racist SOTU Rant (Hurl, you will)

    01/29/2014 10:02:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 29, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    Sarah Palin was very busy last night. Too busy and important to watch the State of the Union, but she did catch it on her “truck radio” and she’s very concerned about that man in the White House. He’s arrogant and dangerously full of hubris. He dared to act like a President and use presidential powers. Something must be done! She warned her flock on Facebook today, “We the People” don’t have to be “We the Sheeple” and just get shepherded towards a fundamental transformation that’s against America’s will.” To remedy this horrible, big government intrusion, she says we can...
  • President Obama’s Block(head) of Cheese

    01/30/2014 3:38:19 AM PST · by rhema · 3 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 1/29/14 | John Goerke
    Last night was the State of the Union and like most sensible people, I didn’t watch it. It could be that I have a respect for oratory. Lincoln said, in two hundred and seventy-two words and a couple of minutes, more at Gettysburg than has been said by this President in his combined hours in the House Chambers. Also, the purpose of the speech escapes me. In our overly technological age, I know what the President’s agenda is almost as soon as he sets it. I don’t need a speech full of bureaucratic boilerplate to tell me what I already...
  • BBC Reporter Reminds Obama About Constitution: ‘The Audacity of Hope Became the Reality of Limits’

    01/29/2014 9:52:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    gopthedailydose ^ | 1/29/14 | Bubba Atkinson
    “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” – Obama, State of the Union 2014 That’s a polite way to say he doesn’t have the leadership skills to unite Congress to get anything done, so he’s going to use a loose interpretation of the Constitution to attempt to get his way and he’ll mask that statement with a rational sounding emotional appeal to American families.
  • The Work Ethic - Obama is betting that Americans will side with labor over capitalism. He’s right.

    01/30/2014 5:03:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | January 29, 2014 | William Saletan
    The central word in President Obama’s State of the Union address wasn’t equality or opportunity. It was work. People will tell you this was a boring speech. Don’t believe them. It was a speech with a sharp edge. It distinguished the free market, represented by Republicans, from the work ethic, represented by Democrats. If that’s the debate in 2014, Democrats stand a good chance of winning. Here’s the basic idea. Many people who vote Republican don’t really believe in the free market. What they believe in is the work ethic. These two things aren’t identical. Sometimes the free market betrays...
  • The State of the Yawn-ion

    01/30/2014 5:12:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    A lot of political pundits make a lot of money talking to an every-shrinking audience. Most Americans these days simply can’t stand politics, and after watching Tuesday’s State of the Union speech and the Republican response, it’s easy to understand why. President Obama’s speech was empty calories, a greatest hits record from a local band that never had a hit. I had to check my DVR to make sure I hadn’t accidentally replayed a previous year’s speech. I hadn’t, but I still want to know where to go to get those two hours of my life back. The buzz leading...
  • Chicago Grassroots React to State of the Union--Obama

    01/29/2014 7:55:15 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/29/14 | Rebel Pundit
    Chicago Grassroots React to State of the Union--Obama, The Big LET DOWN! Published on Jan 29, 2014 This video is about Chicago Black Grassroots Response to SOTU
  • Holder: ‘I Don’t Know Anything’ about Political Activities of Those Involved in IRS Investigation

    01/30/2014 9:58:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 30, 2014 - 11:26 AM | Melanie Hunter
    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder denied knowing that a top Democratic donor is leading the internal investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups. “No, I don’t know anything about the political activities of any of the people who are involved in this investigation,” he said when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned him during a Justice Department oversight hearing. “I must tell you I find it astonishing that the Department of Justice appointed a major Obama donor to head this investigation, so the first question I want to ask is did you know that...
  • Debunking the top three myths about income inequality

    01/30/2014 7:21:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 12:11 PM ET | By: Robert Frank
    In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is expected to take sharp aim at wealth inequality. He'll propose a hike in the minimum wage, extended unemployment benefits, and more funding for education and skills improvement. He is also likely to contribute to several persistent myths about the increasing gap between the rich and everyone else. There is no question that income inequality in America is high compared with other countries as well as with the three decades in the U.S. after World War II. And a consensus is growing among business leaders, politicians and...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder can't explain constitutional basis for Obama's executive orders

    01/30/2014 7:05:36 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 29, 2014 AT 1:56 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Attorney General Eric Holder couldn't explain the constitutional basis for executive orders such as President Obama's delay of the employer mandate because he hasn't read the legal analysis -- or at least, hasn't seen it in a long time. "I'll be honest with you, I have not seen -- I don't remember looking at or having seen the analysis in some time, so I'm not sure where along the spectrum that would come," Holder replied when Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked him to explain the nature of Obama's constitutional power to delay the mandate. Lee had based his question on...
  • Obama calls Beshear 'a man possessed' on health care, Ky. Republicans pan president's speech

    01/29/2014 11:21:33 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address once again highlighted to the nation the political dichotomy that the Affordable Care Act has created in Kentucky. One minute Obama was giving a mid-address shout-out to Gov. Steve Beshear over his implementation of the health care law. And the next minute, Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was issuing a critical three-paragraph response to Obama’s speech focusing on the Obamacare section particularly. “Obamacare is wreaking havoc with Kentucky’s economy and for the nation’s economy and unfortunately the president’s doubled down on that,” McConnell said in his statement. “So, it’s discouraging to see...
  • 32 Statistics That Obama Neglected To Mention During The State Of The Union Address

    01/29/2014 7:27:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    TEC ^ | 01/29/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Show this article to anyone that believes that the economy has actually improved under Barack Obama. On Tuesday evening, Barack Obama once again attempted to convince all of us that things have gotten better while he has been in the White House. He quoted a few figures, used some flowery language and made a whole bunch of new promises. And even though he has failed to follow through on his promises time after time, millions upon millions of Americans continue to believe him. In fact, you can find a list of 82 unfulfilled promises from his previous State of the...
  • The State of the Union is Wrong

    01/29/2014 5:19:49 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 1/29/2014 | Benjamin H. Friedman
    As President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address provokes the standard exchange of press releases and talking points, it’s worth remembering that the partisan foreign policy debate is almost always shallow. The real gap is not between Democratic and Republican leaders but between the political class and the broader public. Consider the Pew Research Center poll late last year that demonstrated that the U.S. public is less interested than the U.S. foreign policy elite in trying to manage foreign affairs. This set off a predictable debate about whether the public was becoming isolationist.But hardly anyone pointed out that the results were nothing new: The American public,...
  • Will Obama Ever Play Hardball?

    01/29/2014 4:48:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2014 | Michael Tomasky
    The executive order stuff was good, but Obama didn't go at the GOP in the way he should have. Was that really only the sixth Obama State of the Union address? Because somehow after watching this one, I felt I’d seen at least eight or nine and made the same complaint every time. It was...fine. There were moments, a few moments, where it was better than fine. The Obamacare section came across to me as the most spirited, the one part where he dropped the guarded formality that characterizes his approach to SOTU addresses and talked a little bit, just...
  • State of the Union draws 33.3 million viewers, lowest since 2000

    01/29/2014 3:28:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/29/14 | Ryan Faughnder
    **SNIP** Total viewership for the address, which aired live from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PST on 13 networks and tape delayed on Univision, was down slightly from last year's. The 2013 State of the Union was watched by about 33.5 million people. The speech was covered live by CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2. Among cable outlets, the Fox News Channel beat its rivals, as usual, with 4.7 million viewers.
  • Jackson Lee on SOTU: ‘Executive Orders are Legal,’ Obama Acting ‘On Behalf of the American People’

    01/29/2014 2:21:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 29, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – In reference to President Barack Obama’s pledge, during his State of the Union speech, to advance his agenda on climate change and the minimum wage by executive order, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said “executive orders are legal” and that he is “acting on behalf of the American people.” At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Lee, “What about the Republicans criticizing the use of executive orders when it comes to climate change and minimum wage – his use of executive orders?” Rep. Jackson Lee said, “As I was saying, [the address] was appealing to...
  • Ted Cruz, Eric Holder mix it up at hearing

    01/29/2014 2:02:42 PM PST · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday pushed Attorney General Eric Holder for answers about the investigation into the IRS, with the Texas Republican saying he finds what has transpired in the last eight months of the probe “astonishing.” Cruz called on Holder, who was appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to address why so little had been done since the inspector general report concluded that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups, tea party groups, pro-Israel groups and pro-life groups. “In the 280 days since that inspector general report, nobody has been indicted,” Cruz said. “Not a single person. In the...
  • Live! [Archived] Tea Party Response to SOTU by Senator Mike Lee

    01/28/2014 7:37:51 PM PST · by Syncro · 111 replies
    Tea Party Express/YouTube ^ | January 28, 2014 | Mike Lee
    Live streaming will start soon at the link above. Also live tweets are going on there now. It's also directly on You Tube with comments on the right side of the page. You Tube Link Also it is live streamed on the Free Republic Home Page! Free Republic Stream
  • MIKE LEE'S TEA PARTY STATE OF THE UNION RESPONSE: OBAMACARE 'AN INEQUALITY GODZILLA'

    01/29/2014 7:17:54 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/2014 | Tony Lee
    In his response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address that focused heavily on "inequality," Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) slammed Obamacare as "an inequality Godzilla," symbolizing an administration that has favored Washington, D.C. while purporting to fight for America's middle class. In an address sponsored by the Tea Party Express on Tuesday, Lee spoke for "those individuals and families who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule, and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t do the same." He said these Americans "may feel they have been forgotten by both political...
  • Senator Mike Lee’s Tea Party Response to the president’s State of the Union speech

    01/30/2014 3:43:58 PM PST · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 2 replies
    Mike Lee Website ^ | January 28, 2014 | Senator Mike Lee
    Good evening. I’m Senator Mike Lee, from Utah. In the few minutes I have tonight – I’d like to speak especially to those Americans who may feel they have been forgotten by both political parties: Those individuals and families who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule … and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t do the same. You are probably as frustrated as I am about an ever-growing government that somehow thinks it is okay to lie to, spy on and even target its own citizens. Many hard-working Americans are discouraged...
  • Valerie Jarrett: SOTU Is 'All About Action -- A Very Optimistic Speech'

    01/30/2014 3:48:46 PM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    cns news ^ | January 28, 2014 - 8:09 AM | Susan Jones
    "People around our country are hungry for action," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "And what you'll hear from the president tonight is going to be all about action -- creating opportunity -- and it's going to be a very optimistic speech." Jarrett said the president, in his sixth State of the Union Address, will "set forth very specific, concrete proposals that he things will move our country forward -- create opportunity for hard-working Americans who want to succeed." ... Asked about a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showing that Americans are losing confidence...
  • House GOP to Obama: Let's Do a 'Year of Action' Together

    01/30/2014 7:49:44 AM PST · by gooblah · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Jan 2014, 7:29 | Jonathan Strong
    <p>CAMBRIDGE, Maryland--House Republicans responding to President Obama's State of the Union vow to move forward on a “year of action” with or without Congress say they agree – and want to partner with him.</p>
  • In Our Hour of Maximum Danger, We Get Bizzaro Jack Kennedy

    01/30/2014 4:55:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Well it’s clear from president Obama’s State of the Union poetry that we’ve reached the terminal phase of the old deal that’s been foisted on us, also known as the New Deal. Back when the world was young president Kennedy told us that it was time for a new generation of leaders, “tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed…. who have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour...