Watching the State of the Union address was as painful as last year's, and I kept hoping for another "You Lie!" outburst, because his speech was full of contradictions. Time after time we have heard: (h/t Mark Levin)
APRIL 9, 2009 – "And we will not rest until we reach a day when not one single veteran falls into homelessness"
MAY 11, 2009 – "I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America"
NOVEMBER 2, 2009 – "We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs"
NOVEMBER 23, 2009 – "I will not rest until business are investing again, and businesses are hiring again"
JANUARY 28, 2010 - "We will not rest until we build an economy that's ready for America's future"
MARCH 5 2010 – "I’m not gonna rest & my administration is not gonna rest in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job"
MAY 26, 2010 – "We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired and the clean up is complete"
JULY 8, 2010 – "My administration will not rest until every American who is able and ready and willing to work can find a job"
... and all the while, the only things Obama focused on like a laser was advancing his 'redistribution of wealth' agenda: Obamacare, Financial Control, Cap & Trade, Internet and Talk Radio control, a failed Stimulus, empowering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), growth of government, and ever increasing deficit spending.
It took some 35 minutes before Obama ever mentioned our looming deficit, albiet briefly with embarrassingly low-ball resolutions, while in the same speech stating a broken economy must "invest" more. His reference to a "Sputnik Moment" is laughable, when it was himself who put the kibosh on NASA. More empty Obama speak, as he attempts to hide the truth.
We have a man in the White House who clearly does not know what he is doing, or how to fix a country on the brink of disaster. We have a man in the White House who is more comfortable on a soap box campaigning, as he has done for the last two years, dining out, vacationing, playing sports while 'Rome is burning'.
As Charles Krauthammer said in his great piece "Deaf on debt: Returning to old liberal ideas, President Obama ignores the American people":
From the moon landing to solar shingles. Is there a better example of American decline?
So much for our "Sputnik moment".
The only way we can save our great country is to stay on top of our elected representatives, hold their feet to the fire, get rid of the weak-kneed moderates, and "Focus Like a Laser" in getting a constitutional conservative in the White House in 2012!
Senator Jim DeMint has some excellent suggestions in a recent email:
Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Mr. President
by Senator Jim DeMint - January 26, 2011
Dear Fellow Conservative:
The President used his State of the Union Address last night to disguise his liberal agenda in free-market, conservative rhetoric. Yet the specific policies he promoted are part of a deliberate strategy to grow the government at the expense of our personal freedoms and jobs.
For all of the talk in the media about how the President is moving to the center, he asked Congress last night to increase the role of the federal government in almost every area of our lives.
Rather than acknowledging the failure of his stimulus program to create jobs, the President claimed it saved our economy. Even worse, he called for more stimulus spending to "win the future".
You and I know that winning the future requires less government and more freedom, not the other way around.
Our Constitution is not indifferent toward liberal and conservative policies. It enumerates the very limited powers of the federal government and reserves everything else for the states.
Instead of calling for more federal intervention in our schools, the President should have called for reforms to allow states to opt-out of the ineffective and burdensome No Child Left Behind law.
Instead of calling for more federal intervention in our nation's highway system, he should have called on Congress to devolve these decisions to the states, which can build their own roads and bridges.
Instead of calling for a freeze in spending, the President should have called for a dramatic cut in spending to limit the size of government and balance the budget.
In nearly every area, the President is pushing America in the wrong direction. Unless Americans see through the rhetoric and stop his policies, we will lose our future. It's that simple.
Americans overwhelmingly elected Republicans this past election so they would put the brakes on the President's liberal agenda. I take that mandate very seriously and will do everything I can to stop the massive spending, takeovers, and debt that are destroying our country.
That is why I am introducing legislation in the Senate today to repeal the President's unconstitutional takeover of our nation's health care system.
The health care law was rammed through Congress despite widespread opposition from the American people. Yet the President told us last night to give up on repealing it, make only minor changes, and leave this experiment in socialism in place so it can strangle the greatest health care system in the world.
Not on my watch.
I'm not going to tell my children and grandchildren that I was around for this and failed to do everything I could to stop it.
Please contact your senators and encourage them to support the full repeal of the President's health care takeover.
Listening to the President last night reminded me of how much work we have to do to save the country we love. Even though we won many victories in the past election, the world's greatest salesman of socialism remains in the White House.
Fortunately, many Americans like you are alarmed by the direction of country and are taking positive action to send new leaders to Washington who will fight to save our country.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Together, we can and we will secure America's future.
United States Senator
Chairman, Senate Conservatives Fund