Obama to lay out go-it-alone approach in State of Union speech

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runfast3 wrote:

This will only be more BS and LIES. That is all this president has to offer. He stated early on that he would not work with republicans on his agenda. This man has only divided this country and if he trys to go it alone the people and congress will let him know that is not going to work.Also,if he does,the republicans will take it all come November.

Jan 28, 2014 1:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
jvonrock wrote:

No not alone, let him take his wife and kids and dogs.

Jan 28, 2014 2:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
Val.K wrote:

Well if Obama wants to get anything done ever he would have to go George W. Bush style and just ignore Congress. You can not have any kind of bipartisan agreement when all the Rs hate the president and anything he tries to do with a passion. Republicans will blockanything and everything unless its 100% of what they want (regardless of the consequences, until it starts hurting their donors somehow), while Democrats are too much of a sissies to stand up to them and push back. Thus we are left with a curcus of a legislative branch that hasn’t done anything productive the last few years.
Both parties haven’t represented the people for a long time now. All they care about is the pleasing of their donors. After all no money = no political office held in today’s US political scene. And politicians openly state that their idea of a successful career is getting re-elected, no matter what that would take.

Jan 28, 2014 2:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
ExDemocrat wrote:

President Obama will keep trying to promote income redistribution via government means (hiking the minimum wage, resuming benefits for the long-term unemployed); advocate citizenship for most of those who have broken U.S. laws when they entered the country; and defend Obamacare. He will support new government spending on infrastructure jobs that hire union workers; and back federal aid for prekindergarten classes in public schools. He will either continue to delay making a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline extension, or come out against it. As usual, he will avoid initiatives that hold the most promise to increase economic growth and employment, such as reform of the tax code, cut overlapping agencies of the federal government, and otherwise reduce federal government rules and regulations that restrict, inhibit, and stymie private enterprise. Once again, he will overestimate the size of his political mandate, and fail to understand that his politics of division, and vilification of his opponents, makes for a sour electorate. No matter what his speech says, he will be a net negative for liberals running for office in 2014.

Jan 28, 2014 5:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

It won’t work, Mr. Obama.

The coequal branches of the government will put your administration’s unconstitutional power grab down, in due course.

Unfortunately, due process means the courts will have to act relatively slowly and the country will remain hostage to your depredations for some time to come.

Jan 28, 2014 5:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
chopper1 wrote:

This President would have been impeached by now if he were not black! Let’s call it what it is and drop all the political correctness crap. Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like a genius!

Jan 28, 2014 6:15am EST  --  Report as abuse

Go to USAJobs and look up the job “driver”, “operator”, or “attendant” … Obama could have been paying FEDERAL workers $10 an hour for the past 5 years…. and not just that but made them full time and permanent workers..

This dude is full of crap and his wordplay tricks stupid people into thinking he is making promises he isn’t capable of delivering on. Just like when he was up for re-election, stupid women thought Mitt Romney was out to end jobs for women and Obama was going to make women get promotions. How are all those paying jobs ladies ?

Jan 28, 2014 6:42am EST  --  Report as abuse

Go to USAJobs and look up the job “driver”, “operator”, or “attendant” … Obama could have been paying FEDERAL workers $10 an hour for the past 5 years…. and not just that but made them full time and permanent workers..

This dude is full of crap and his wordplay tricks stupid people into thinking he is making promises he isn’t capable of delivering on. Just like when he was up for re-election, stupid women thought Mitt Romney was out to end jobs for women and Obama was going to make women get promotions. How are all those paying jobs ladies ?

Jan 28, 2014 6:42am EST  --  Report as abuse

Go to USAJobs and look up the job “driver”, “operator”, or “attendant” … Obama could have been paying FEDERAL workers $10 an hour for the past 5 years…. and not just that but made them full time and permanent workers..

This dude is full of crap and his wordplay tricks stupid people into thinking he is making promises he isn’t capable of delivering on. Just like when he was up for re-election, stupid women thought Mitt Romney was out to end jobs for women and Obama was going to make women get promotions. How are all those paying jobs ladies ?

Jan 28, 2014 6:42am EST  --  Report as abuse

Want proof that Obama is clueless ?? Government vendors employ subcontractors to do their janitorial, landscaping, and cafeteria work. Most government vendors don’t even pay less than $20 to their employees. Obama is either clueless or expects that the people he is speaking to are. Either way, companies like Boeing or Caterpillar won’t have a problem paying $10 an hour to “their” employees..

Jan 28, 2014 6:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
lucky12345 wrote:

All bow to our beloved leader, King Obama and a call for action! Let’s get more free stuff provided by my rich knights to the surfs, action is what I’m all about.

Jan 28, 2014 7:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
Trichiurus wrote:

This is anything but about “boosting” the middle-class, unless you mean “boosting” in the old sense that meant to rob. This will so increase the cost of doing business with the government and the price of government contracts as to loose jobs. There will be a negative ripple effect. What’s next, dismiss congress and be a formal dictator? Obama is using congress for an excuse just like he did George Bush. He is now abusing Executive privilege like no president before him; Obama is all about Obama.

Jan 28, 2014 8:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
Stickystones wrote:

The only good thing I can say is that after this annual ‘state of the campaign’ speech we’ll only have two more to endure. Blah, blah, blah and promises to spend even more! RealityCheck: “The truth is, without going outside his authority – something sure to be received poorly by the American people and Congress – there is little the president can do on his own to make a real difference. If there were, why hasn’t he already done so?”

Saying Obama has no fault because the Republican house won’t bend is like saying Bush was a great President and it was Pelosi that made him look bad! GW Bush was a terrible President, but Obama is even worse. Such a shame because Obama is definitely smarter, but unfortunately it’s a waste of brain matter.

Jan 28, 2014 8:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
MrScott wrote:

There is a reason for the three branches of government Obama apparently forgot. Actually he didn’t as it’s his paranoid narcissistic won’t let him reason it out. The simple truth is that he wants his way even when his own party is against him.

Jan 28, 2014 8:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
Art16 wrote:

It seems to be a go-for-broke strategy with an administration that is already very much broken. The “war on poverty” started with LBJ, and I can still hear his words dimly echo through the decades since that “big Democrat’s promise” was made. Junior High Obama will now just thrash about trying to make that name for himself that has already spun down the bathtub drain vortex. The “war on Drugs” is over since this lower case president “advocates” them. What next? The “War on Extraterrestrials”? He has already embraced illegal aliens. There does not seem to be much of “value” he now has to offer.

Jan 28, 2014 8:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
getthefoverit wrote:

@Bakhtin…how soon we forget. Repubs and the rest of the country had to put up with Obama and the Democrats’ ramrod tactics for the first two years of his presidency. Ever since Pelosi and her cronies were taken out of power, Obama’s been whining about “compromise”. Now you blame the Republicans for learning their lesson.

Jan 28, 2014 8:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
DSTIEBS wrote:

This is Obama tell the country that he is becoming a Dictator.

Jan 28, 2014 8:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
GeTh80 wrote:

When Obama discusses “income inequality”, will he explain why it actually matters, because no one ever seems to. Unless “wealthier people prospering” is CAUSING middle-class Americans (of which I am a member) to struggle, then who cares? There are plenty of real problems out there. Fix those.

Jan 28, 2014 8:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
Laster wrote:

What will it really matter if the minimum wage is raised for NEW contracts ?
Does it matter that low-wage workers get a few more dollars from unscrupulous federal contractors living large off the public dole ?

When the conversation turns to wealth redistribution, these pithy views and comments should be expanded to include the entire scope of fiscal outlays, and who truly is making their living from taxpayer dollars.

Unfortunately the entire game really is “rigged” to where contracts of scale are secured by those able to leverage influence within the Beltway. If you want to put WELFARE under the microscope, turn your eye to these big sticker items, and realize these people aren’t making it solely in the private sector, and there’s probably a good reason why.

It’s beyond preposterous to second any conversation of WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION to low wage earners, or Americans living in some manner of privation with the help of this nation’s social safety nets, when there exists a litany of exposes of cost over-runs and graft in the federal contract process.
A quick look at America’s monetary policies will reveal the lion’s share of these policies benefit a very short list of recipients who, surprisingly enough, populate the largest segments of our nations GDP, without creating any tangible product or service.

Unfortunately the DOJ is precluded from indicting businesses or individuals for being WORTHLESS, regardless the cost to society.

Jan 28, 2014 8:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
imperialdemo wrote:

Unfortunately for the President, his “go it alone” policy on healthcare, coupled with Only Democrats supporting the bill they didn’t read to pass(OBAMACARE)…. lead to the Republicans trying to block the President… He had no experience coming in…. and it showed… leading to the most divided country since the Civil War.

Jan 28, 2014 8:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
cheeseman1 wrote:

Wasted time,his and mine!!!

Jan 28, 2014 8:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

“President Barack Obama will lay out a strategy for getting around a divided Congress and boosting middle-class prosperity on Tuesday”

Yeah, right, more of that prosperity like the failed, cram down obamacare law. Don’t do us middle class any more favors Mr. President. We can’t stand any more of your prosperity. We also don’t need a dictator nor a king. Just do your job and quit with the pompous crap. Play by the rules and work with both houses of the congress, or just quit and go home.

Jan 28, 2014 8:53am EST  --  Report as abuse

Oh great, this is all we need… Another narcissist who thinks he knows what’s best for everyone trying to usurp power. You do know where these kind of actions lead right?(insert every tyrannical dictator ever)! There is a reason the founding fathers separated powers from solitary individuals, BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN”T BE TRUSTED WITH POWER! And we just keep giving them more. Oh, and no, I’m not a republican!

Jan 28, 2014 8:57am EST  --  Report as abuse

It feels like we’ve seen this all before. All under the misguided and incorrect notion and propaganda that income mobility is worse now than 30+ years ago. The facts do not support this as cited in a recent NT Times article ( not exactly an opponent of the President).

Redistribution via government does not work – it only serves to take the average wealth down as a large segment of the population willingly accepts dependency as a lifestyle, tries to maximize that position, and adds little to society. Even Clinton recognized this in his welfare reforms in the 1990s.

Time for a Real Change and a push of responsibility to the average American citizen to save for his own future, pay for his own insurance, and purse through tenacious effort improvement of his / her economic position ( if that’s indeed what he / she desires). Enough of this dragging the rest of us down to feed the bottom feeders.

Jan 28, 2014 8:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:

So the Campaigner-in-Chief will issue another Campaign speech; one surely that will whip up support from his fanboys – you know the ones that want ‘the rest of us folk to pay a little more’..

Since he can’t work with Congress – not even the democrats now – he’s decided to “go it alone”.. Hasn’t this pretty much been his style for his entire term in office? – Supreme Arrogance can do that for you..
Well the American people are growing really tired of this train wreck; with his popularity at All Time Lows, I’m guessing that this new threat to ‘take his ball and go home’ won’t sell to well with voters in November – but he already knows that..

This guy is Absolutely the worst president in the modern era..

Billary better run fast to distance herself from this guy..

Jan 28, 2014 8:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

*Obama will make clear in his 9 p.m. address that he is willing to bypass U.S. lawmakers and go it alone in some areas by announcing a series of executive actions that do not require congressional approval.*

The king hath decreed….

I guess he fancies himself king now, huh?

Jan 28, 2014 9:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
AZreb wrote:

Might as well give up on hearing what Obama actually means when he gives another campaign speech tonight. Can’t talk straight, has to have input from many groups (especially BUSINESS LEADERS) and not give us a clear speech on his plans – except for bypassing any and all who might get in his way.

Jan 28, 2014 9:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
malcat wrote:

The US Constitution mandates a division of powers among the three branches of government. The legislative branch creates laws; the executive branch can sign or veto those laws.

Obama, as expected, continues to ignore the US Constitution.

Jan 28, 2014 9:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

I know what good King Puppet needs – his own island. Then he can rule all he wants!

ALL HAIL KING OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 28, 2014 9:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@WonderfulWorld wrote: “Time for a Real Change and a push of responsibility to the average American citizen to save for his own future, pay for his own insurance, and purse through tenacious effort improvement of his / her economic position ( if that’s indeed what he / she desires). Enough of this dragging the rest of us down to feed the bottom feeders.”

That idea is too novel for the liberal democrats in Washington. Not to mention, it will not buy votes for them. The liberal play book uses divide and conquer politics in order to get votes. They take the population and split it by race, income, sex, sexual preference or anything fitting for them. Listen to the state of the union address tonight with an ear towards this divide and conquer politics and I am confident that anyone with an open mind will see it and agree. The democrats try to belittle or demonize anyone that disagrees with their philosophy.

Jan 28, 2014 9:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

Huh go it alone…Mr. Bi Partisan…nothing new here eh???

Jan 28, 2014 9:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

azig
Almost 6 years of this and it’s the other party’s fault…that’s rich…

Jan 28, 2014 9:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
NEWAGER wrote:

Only union shops get Federal contracts these days. (You know, the unions who fund Democrat campaigns.) And you can bet your bippy that no one working for a union shop makes the current minimum wage. They all make more than the $10.10 per hour Obama is dictating anyway. This is just Obama’s way to make it appear as though he is accomplishing something.

Jan 28, 2014 10:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
TechDaddyK wrote:

“…strategy for getting around a divided Congress…”

What happened to his promises of bringing the country together and working across aisles? Instead, he’s successfully divided the country even further while managing to bring us ever closer to socialism.

Jan 28, 2014 10:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@OnTheGround- You are incorrect when you assert that the whole country is paying for the top 1%. The top 1% of earners paid over 37% of the total tax dollars paid to the IRS. The top 10% of earners paid 71% of the total tax dollars paid to the IRS. So tell me again how do you figure that the whole country is paying for the top 1%? I am obviously missing your logic. I can only assume you want to raise taxes on those making more than you so you can get a free ride?

Jan 28, 2014 10:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
lemonfemale wrote:

Obama has not tried to work with Congress. He portrays this as being a good father (dinner with his family) as if he couldn’t call a Senator or Rep. after dinner or have him over for brunch. His idea of working with Congress is saying he will not negotiate with people holding a gun to his head (is Gabby Giffords so soon forgotten?). Saying “I won, John.” Saying “No, I get this for free.” He’ll write orders that may or may not be legal but that he can get away with. And as with Syrian children gassed to death, he’ll punt.

Jan 28, 2014 10:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
Art16 wrote:

Our lower case president is now having a temper tantrum because he cannot get passed the resistance to some of his ideas and the specter of the failures of his administration. Dear President Obama, you are fired! (Get with it Congress!)

Jan 28, 2014 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
lemonfemale wrote:

@ Bakhtin. It isn’t the sheer number of executive orders issued but what they are about. FDR far eclipsed everyone else with 3,522. Obama has 168 so far compared to GWBs 291. But if FDR had only issued one and that one was putting Americans of Japanese descent into camps I would say he had overreached his authority. IMO President Obama has overreached any number of times, from unilaterally suspending parts of the ACA through recess appointments made while Congress was still in session. (Amnesty to the children of illegals he actually can do.)

Jan 28, 2014 10:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
Art16 wrote:

@Bakhtin

This is a two+ party government by its Constitution, and has been so since its creation. Get used to it. “Wanna-be” Banana republic dictators like Junior High Obama wants himself to be are always self proclaimed small minded narcissists. We do not need such irresponsible behavior to be rationalized by any part affiliation.

Jan 28, 2014 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
dualcitizen wrote:

Hey libs,
Why don’t you chew on what a REAL American has to say.
A Speech Every American High School Principal Should
Give.
By Dennis Prager .

To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal, and honored to be so.
There is no greater calling than to teach young
people.

I would like to apprise you of some important
changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am
convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in
America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our
country.

First, this school will no longer honor race or
ethnicity.
I could not care less if your racial makeup is
black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins
are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived
here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the
only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your
character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity
this school will care about is American.

This is an American public school, and American
public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm
an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go
elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American
nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of
its three central values — Epluribus Unum, “from many, one.” And this
school will be guided by America ‘s values. This includes all after-school
clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any
identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or
whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political
correctness.

Your clubs will be based on interests and passions,
not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just
cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while
the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will
have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music,
astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the
only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are
those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little
outside of yourself really interests you.

Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your
native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave
this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The
English language has united America ‘s citizens for over 200 years, and it
will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this
country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave
this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in
my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the
American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable
that most Americans only speak English — if you want classes taught in your
native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

Third, because I regard learning as a sacred
endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status.
This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress
accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood
events than for church or school. These people have their priorities
backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated
anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or
at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f -word, you can’t
speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal
Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by
one black student to address another black, or “bitch,” even when addressed
by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this
school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish
between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this
school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people
attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One
immediate consequence is that there will beONE valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward
academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be
devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about
sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to
condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or
primarily a health issue… There will be no more attempts to convince you
that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not
heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you
graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately
fortunate — to be alive and to be an American.

Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words,
your teachers will hand them out to you.

Jan 28, 2014 10:38am EST  --  Report as abuse

Number of Executive Orders, listed by president:

Obama – 144 (to date)
Bush – 291
Clinton – 364
Bush Sr – 166
Reagan – 381
Carter – 320
Ford – 169
Nixon – 346
Johnson – 325
Kennedy – 214
Eisenhower – 484
Truman – 907
Roosevelt – 3,522

AND DOWN GOES THE TALKING POINT!!!

Jan 28, 2014 10:47am EST  --  Report as abuse

OnTheGround wrote:
“The best way to improve the economy is to tax the super rich. Even President Herbert Hoover raised taxes on the super rich”

Even Saint Reagan raised taxes FIVE TIMES during his presidency!!! Of course, the ACTUAL Ronald Reagan would probably be tarred and feathered in today’s GOP…

Jan 28, 2014 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
morbas wrote:

Tax is not just on Income,
Disposable income is required to spur the economy. However the city-county municipality are short the revenue, thus tending to increase low income burden. Property and fee based revenue are the only constitutionally available revenues and the fixed-low income people know it. This revenue base unfairly burdens sustenance side economics. This is favored by the Tea-GOP because they are funded by the 1%, while the DNC is supported by the 99% economics. North Carolina represents a precursor if Tea-GOP is allowed control of the Federal Government. North Carolina H998 Tax unburdens the top 1% by 35% income tax reduction, paid for by education furloughs and education voucher shell game unfavorable to the 99%. The North Carolina Tea-GOP copied out of state ALEC dictation into law then took a years leave attempting to avoid NAACP Clergy and a constituent majority.
USA tax structure is the fault and an obstacle to worldly potential. Transaction tax code imposes disproportionate burden at the most fundamental rights of liberty, justice. Any encumbrance on sustenance is contrary to equality in the ’pursuit of happiness’. Debt and deficit is simply insufficient revenue. We can nationalize the tax code eliminating all other taxation, immediately balancing the budget(s), through a margin graduated income tax principle.

To: Office of Senator ____________________
United States Senate Washington,
D.C. 20510
To: Office of Representative_________________________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
We the people of this United States do proclaim this federal government ‘of, by and for the people’. That, in order to fairly distribute revenue burden, to satisfy ‘net income’ progressive taxation, to balance all governments budgets, and to not tax poverty;
The people mandate:
Income National Tax code that shall use margin graduated income tax principle: Margin $30k 0% single, $60K 0% joint, income above this a linear increasing rate {Income-[$30k or $60k])*(Income/$800k)*90%; 90% limit} . Exemptions shall be prohibited. The Federal Reserve shall amend the (90%) rate, and control currency printing mandated to maintaining currency availability and value. The Federal Reserve shall set the Margin rate value well (>2x) above highest of all State Poverty Level(s). Revenue shall be proportioned 1/3rd Federal,1/3rd State proportioned per cast ballot and 1/3rd Local proportioned per cast ballot.
This National Tax is a peoples tax, no other citizen taxation shall be permitted. Business shall not be taxed. The Federal Reserve shall control taxation. The people will by simple majority approve or reject all margin and rate changes at every Congressional House Representative election year ballot.

Independent (non-affiliated) registration is gaining strength!
morbas(i)

Jan 28, 2014 10:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
laurel1 wrote:

Viva La Chavez….or is Viva Castro….those “heroes” to the middle class that destroy their county and become dictators. Wasn’t Obama suppose to be the great uniter….what an absolute fraud from thug Chicago!

Jan 28, 2014 10:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

@lemonfemale

Your argument is basically that executive orders are legal if you like them and illegal ‘overreach’ if you don’t. Is that what you intended to say?

@4825

Prove that Obama asked for an emergency extension of unemployment benefits, and not an extension of Emergency Unemployment Benefits – which is not the same thing.

@Art16

If Obama’s 168 executive orders make him a wanna-be banana republic dictator, what do GWBs 291 executive orders make him? Or Reagan’s 381 executive orders? Another display of right-wing hypocrisy…

Jan 28, 2014 11:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

Hey, Bakhtin: Where’s flashrooster? I think you need a little help here …

Jan 28, 2014 11:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillSaidIt wrote:

doodling on paper during a thru the window photo opt. President caught drawing the sand traps at Andrews AFB golf course.
As for the SOTU Address, the teleprompter writers are trying to fuse together what has happened this last year, besides all the previous years scandals that haven’t been addressed the new one yet to be brought to public view and then there is the distraction people Obama has brought in to show how great a person he is. Unfortunately their all republicans except for the gay bball player, he’s OBAMA’S SON

Jan 28, 2014 11:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillSaidIt wrote:

doodling on paper during a thru the window photo opt. President caught drawing the sand traps at Andrews AFB golf course.
As for the SOTU Address, the teleprompter writers are trying to fuse together what has happened this last year, besides all the previous years scandals that haven’t been addressed the new one yet to be brought to public view and then there is the distraction people Obama has brought in to show how great a person he is. Unfortunately their all republicans except for the gay bball player, he’s OBAMA’S SON

Jan 28, 2014 11:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillSaidIt wrote:

doodling on paper during a thru the window photo opt. President caught drawing the sand traps at Andrews AFB golf course.
As for the SOTU Address, the teleprompter writers are trying to fuse together what has happened this last year, besides all the previous years scandals that haven’t been addressed the new one yet to be brought to public view and then there is the distraction people Obama has brought in to show how great a person he is. Unfortunately their all republicans except for the gay bball player, he’s OBAMA’S SON

Jan 28, 2014 11:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillSaidIt wrote:

doodling on paper during a thru the window photo opt. President caught drawing the sand traps at Andrews AFB golf course.
As for the SOTU Address, the teleprompter writers are trying to fuse together what has happened this last year, besides all the previous years scandals that haven’t been addressed the new one yet to be brought to public view and then there is the distraction people Obama has brought in to show how great a person he is. Unfortunately their all republicans except for the gay bball player, he’s OBAMA’S SON

Jan 28, 2014 11:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillSaidIt wrote:

doodling on paper during a thru the window photo opt. President caught drawing the sand traps at Andrews AFB golf course.
As for the SOTU Address, the teleprompter writers are trying to fuse together what has happened this last year, besides all the previous years scandals that haven’t been addressed the new one yet to be brought to public view and then there is the distraction people Obama has brought in to show how great a person he is. Unfortunately their all republicans except for the gay bball player, he’s OBAMA’S SON

Jan 28, 2014 11:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@UsofRationality- So what? Those numbers mean nothing. It is like I tell my children, it is not quantity that matters, it is quality.

Jan 28, 2014 11:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
roehclay wrote:

This evening I would like you all to know that as americas first muslim president i am glad that you have all elected to become faithful followers of allah. Now let me explain to you what is going to happen this year. via a 30 % increase in minimum wage we will gain a nice level of inflation of about 25%for those of you unable to comprehend it means that your $3.99 english muffins and $4.40 gallon of milk will now cost you $4.99 and $5.50 respectivelyan increase from $8.39 to $10.49 … this will cause an aproximate 25% increase of minimum wage so everyone can continue to afford theese items.

I am tired of following the constitution and have made the decision that i will simply run the place my way. if you do not l ike it please contact the IRS and Fema and they will direct you to affordable housing in neighborhoods with like minded people .

sorry but this is what we saw in another area of the world in the 1930′s

Jan 28, 2014 11:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
demssuck wrote:

This is no surprise since he was a loner while in the Senate. He certainly “does not play well with others” according to his teachers in primary school. Would you buy a car from this man? Even a used one?

Jan 28, 2014 11:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillSaidIt wrote:

Obama CAN WRITE -WOW- But if he is talking and moving his lips it is an outright lie, guaranteed – If he bites his lower lip, you think it’s the truth but it’s still a lie

Jan 28, 2014 11:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

New headline: Faced with not getting way, President throws Senate Democrats under bus. At some point even Dims are going to realize they have paid a very high price for supporting this guy.

Jan 28, 2014 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
grassroot wrote:

This is how totalitarian dictators operate, and how
he has done since ” elected.” When the GOP doesn’t
go along with his Socialist mandates, they are called, “obstructionists.” Hell, if they hadn’t, we would be a Commies country already. Not far from it today. Checks and balances?
Wow, not going to be tolerated by this wannabe king.

Jan 28, 2014 11:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@Morbas- The North Carolina conservative Republicans are doing an excellent job repairing damage that was done by over 100 years of democrat control of the state. They are not perfect but are moving in the right direction. Your proposal for taxes attempts to persuade through division, via income. Instead of division, the country would be better served if politicians tried uniting the people. Liberals are guilty of political division in this country and it keeps the country from moving forward. I predict you will see a lot of divisional talk at the state of the union address tonight. Sit back, listen and decide for yourself.

Jan 28, 2014 11:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
FirePilot wrote:

Bahktin,
The idea behind a Representative Republic is to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Despite what most left wing nut cheerleaders believe, the US is NOT a democracy. Democracy is mob rule. It has never been our form of government as much as people like you would like to believe it is. That is just plain false. But as with der community divider in charge, just like his hero, if you repeat a lie often enough and distract them, they will start to believe the lie. You have fallen for this tactic. Do you know who that was? I’ll give you a hint, his initials were JG, and he worked for Adolf.

The community divider had both houses of congress and used that majority to pass O=care, which is working out quite well, I am certain you believe. If he goes down this road as he intends to do, it will be his downfall. It cannot happen soon enough.

Jan 28, 2014 12:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FirePilot wrote:

Bahktin,
The idea behind a Representative Republic is to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Despite what most left wing nut cheerleaders believe, the US is NOT a democracy. Democracy is mob rule. It has never been our form of government as much as people like you would like to believe it is. That is just plain false. But as with der community divider in charge, just like his hero, if you repeat a lie often enough and distract them, they will start to believe the lie. You have fallen for this tactic. Do you know who that was? I’ll give you a hint, his initials were JG, and he worked for Adolf.

The community divider had both houses of congress and used that majority to pass O=care, which is working out quite well, I am certain you believe. If he goes down this road as he intends to do, it will be his downfall. It cannot happen soon enough.

Jan 28, 2014 12:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FirePilot wrote:

Bahktin,
The idea behind a Representative Republic is to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Despite what most left wing nut cheerleaders believe, the US is NOT a democracy. Democracy is mob rule. It has never been our form of government as much as people like you would like to believe it is. That is just plain false. But as with der community divider in charge, just like his hero, if you repeat a lie often enough and distract them, they will start to believe the lie. You have fallen for this tactic. Do you know who that was? I’ll give you a hint, his initials were JG, and he worked for Adolf.

The community divider had both houses of congress and used that majority to pass O=care, which is working out quite well, I am certain you believe. If he goes down this road as he intends to do, it will be his downfall. It cannot happen soon enough.

Jan 28, 2014 12:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Seriously people it not that complicated….

Congress, mostly due to GOP intransigence, is not doing its job to help the American people recover from the worst financial crisis in decades (will not go into reasons, but it was a manufactured crises by the greed of a few).

Obama has tried to repeatedly work with Congress and do what is right for the American people in general (not just the top few percent of income earners) and the GOP has turned him away at each step, with no proposals of their own that would help the issue.

So now Obama is going to do all he can, within his defined power, to help the American people.

If he oversteps his power, the courts roll back the Executive Orders. This whole checks and balances thing is working now as we speak, the recess appointments are being challenged in court.

Is the Obama administration doing anything nefarious here? No, as others have mentioned prior Presidents have issued more executive orders.

So once again the rightie/Obama haters are living in an alternate reality with their cries of ‘King’ or ‘tyrant’.

Jan 28, 2014 12:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

Obama’s message to us all; you’re all flucked, suckers.

Jan 28, 2014 12:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bobinmo wrote:

Obama’s method of operation is to simply write another executive order whenever he can’t get his ideas though the house or senate. If our country has turned into another Heil Hitler mess where one person is controls EVERYTHING, then what’s the purpose of our other two branches of government? When will our nation smarten up and realize we now live in a socialistic society?

Jan 28, 2014 12:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse

4825 wrote:
@UsofRationality- So what? Those numbers mean nothing. It is like I tell my children, it is not quantity that matters, it is quality.

So basically Obama is bad and therefore everything he does is bad? But it’s okay for other presidents?

Does your hypocrisy know no bounds? Have you even the slightest capacity self-awareness or shame? You are a joke.

It was funny at first, but this 6 year temper tantrum has got to end. Grow up.

Jan 28, 2014 12:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
oneStarman wrote:

The President knows that even Lincoln could not have saved the Union if the CONFEDERATES were in control of the House of Representatives.
The Confederate Zombies who call themselves the ‘Tea Party’ are at WAR with America and want to bring back the time when the 1% OWNED their Workforce.

Jan 28, 2014 12:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse

@USOfRationality, ‘It was funny at first, but this 6 year temper tantrum has got to end. Grow up.’ Amen brother, it is like dealing with little kids, tell them their vegetables are good for them and they will not eat them just because they know you want them too.

Jan 28, 2014 12:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
d_web wrote:

That is a real Coup. There normally would be an impeachment process
to stop this but there is no other political party’s left.

Jan 28, 2014 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Theoretically saving money should build wealth. I know it a bit sounds strange, because no one gets rich by spending a lot of money they don’t have, but hear me out.

If someone doesn’t spend money. They should have more money. If they then take that money and invest it into something that pays them more money on their money, they should get more money.

I know it sounds very far fetched, but it might be something that scientists should explore sometime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVat9VBsSCg

Jan 28, 2014 12:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nfwriter wrote:

Those of us who believe in problem-solving get pretty weary with your endless right-wing carping. For the love of Pete, sit down and get your enormous head out of the way!

Jan 28, 2014 12:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mary1234 wrote:

All this coverage for a speech no one will watch?I guess the PR is working. He is going to say nothing.

Jan 28, 2014 12:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
euro-yank wrote:

First – WOW – 75 people have an opinion! Must be a first for America!

@USofRationality – Thank you for putting the facts on the table… but please don’t feel compelled to rationalize facts to the irrational.

@d_web – a “coup”? Seriously? And what do you deem the Republicans to be if not another political party?

Jan 28, 2014 12:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Walt_P wrote:

The genius of our Founding Fathers shows in the system of checks and balances that they built into the Constitution. If there is divided government, it is because there is a lack of consensus. And, if there is lack of consensus, it is better that no branch force its will upon the others. This is the way it was meant to work.

Jan 28, 2014 12:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Prox wrote:

Clinton had a Republican congress and he was able to work with them and balance the budget. Obama has a his way or highway attitude. Executive orders are nothing new by either party but it is SOP for Obama. So his the numerous czars he hired at a high rate of pay. Including one deemed a terrorist that has actually killed people and to the day has no remorse.

Jan 28, 2014 12:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@USAPragmatis2- It is funny how you think. When someone disagrees with you, they are childish. When you disagree with someone else you are not childish. That same old liberal double standard just oozes out and you just can’t help it, can you?
@Usofrationality- I do not distinguish the difference between democrat or republican doing something if it is illegal, then it is bad. The hypocrisy comes from your side, without doubt. My point to you was that your numbers are meaningless because quality does matter much more so than quantity in this case. I really did not expect you to have an understanding of the meaning of the phrase however simple it is.

Jan 28, 2014 1:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

Boehner’s staff (and yes, I know they are righties) did an analysis of the actual impact of raising the Fed Contractor minimum wage, and concluded the number of people actually effected would probably be between zero and a couple of hundred. And that’s Obama. He would rather speak platitudes to safe audiences and make meaningless gestures than actually reach for true compromise.

There will be flatulence from the Fox types about some of his Executive Orders, but pretty much he’s finished. He will avoid the humiliating defeats of 2013 by campaigning for his image in 2014. My bet is the staffers that actually have ability will bail on him in droves. The pile of resumes going to Hill-N-Bill will be monumental.

Jan 28, 2014 1:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
digressor wrote:

Well you have people that, like Runfast, are completely good with spouting garbage. As usual they tear down with absolutely no solutions. Just spewing. It’s kind of disgusting. That is the Republican platform. Destroy the good and then steal everything not nailed down. The ones I feel sorry for are the ones that hurt themselves while they hurt the country. But that’s the definition of failure, isn’t it. When you can’t try anymore and you can only ruin what’s left.

Jan 28, 2014 1:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Things are pretty heated here, let’s take a second to lighten up.

This comic perfectly illustrates why compromise with today’s GOP is impossible.

http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/t/E/3/Comproimise-GOP-Style.gif

Thank GOD Obama’s finally grown the cajones to go it alone.

Jan 28, 2014 1:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:

In time, we will see all the liberal Dems whimpering on this and other websites when a Republican president begins issuing EO’s to unscrew what this president has done.

And, should there be a majority of Republicans in the Senate (perhaps as early as 2015) they can wield the nuclear option the Dems implemented. Then the liberal Dems will start screaming about how the Republicans have diminished the duly-elected minority party.

What goes ’round comes ’round. The Republicans understood the power of majority rule and how it corrupts the process when they were in power from 2001-2006. The Democrats are not smart enough to figure it out on their own, so they will have to endure in order to appreciate the consequences of their (lack of) leadership.

Ah, the whaling of the liberal always starts with “it’s not fair”, followed by “Yes, but……”. It’s not a matter of if, but when–and most likely sooner than you think.

@4825 The tactic of the liberal is to ALWAYS attack the individual versus attacking the argument. Attacking the position requires analysis and insight, while attacking the individual only requires emotion (something most individuals out-grow by about the eighth grade). I appreciate your calling-out those who resort to emotions and name-calling–as it serves to define who they are and what they represent.

They also have this need to view issues from a Republican vs. Democrat perspective–as if one party possesses greater moral clarity than the other (personally, I think they both are weak in this category). But that is why they are comfortable in defense of the indefensible–the corruption, the lying positioned to divert the conversation away from gross incompetence of their leadership–starting with the POTUS.

Jan 28, 2014 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse

@4825, I do not mind people disagreeing with me, as long as they are rooted in reality. I doubt you are able to understand the difference, but here is an example for you…..You could say you disagree with Obama’s executive orders, but to then call him a ‘king’, ‘tyrant’ or some other dictatorial name is not disagreeing, it is being divorced from reality. It is will within the powers of his office to issue executive orders, and if they are not, it is for the courts to decide, you know that 3rd branch of government?

@ARJTurgot2, Obama has been trying compromise for 5 years, after all the PPACA is based upon ‘conservative’ solutions to out of control healthcare costs. He has shown willingness to make cuts, even to the ‘Entitlement’ programs like SSI and Medicare, but only if the GOP budges on the revenue issue. But guess what the GOP is not interested in compromise, they are only interested in making Obama look bad.

It takes two to compromise.

and thank you for providing an example on just how limited his executive orders will be, there is not much he can do without Congress, after all he is President, not ‘king’ or ‘supreme leader’ as many of the rightie/Obama haters say.

Jan 28, 2014 1:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

@USA

Neither you nor he are ordained to define what is ‘reasonable’ for your opponents. He was presented with options in 2010 on Ocare, didn’t like them’ grandly declared ‘That’s what elections are for’, and destroyed his Presidency. His definition of ‘reasonable’ has cost the Dems the greatest governance opportunity of a lifetime, and all of that happened with the same Congressional districts of 2006 and 2008, so stuff the gerrymander crap. He screwed up. Only he can fix that, but he won’t, vanity, hubris, stupidity.

Jan 28, 2014 2:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

@USA

Neither you nor he are ordained to define what is ‘reasonable’ for your opponents. He was presented with options in 2010 on Ocare, didn’t like them’ grandly declared ‘That’s what elections are for’, and destroyed his Presidency. His definition of ‘reasonable’ has cost the Dems the greatest governance opportunity of a lifetime, and all of that happened with the same Congressional districts of 2006 and 2008, so stuff the gerrymander crap. He screwed up. Only he can fix that, but he won’t, vanity, hubris, stupidity.

Jan 28, 2014 2:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Art16 wrote:

Concerning the minimum wage matter, in retrospect, all this will do is drive more American jobs into China and Vietnam and India and Bangladesh, etc., sweatshops where they work for peanuts are fed peanuts, and die from peanut polluted air. These so-called Democrats have found a new way to support slavery as they did in the 1850′s, push it out to countries where life is just cheap and meaningless. Human history does not support the success of a classless society, and they all blow up sooner of later . They just do not want to see the lessons from the beginning of recorded history because they are being just foolish, and they have a supreme fool in the White House.

Jan 28, 2014 2:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

Wow…look at us, look at all these posts…one thing we can agree on is the Obama has been POTUS since 2009…and look at US!! There is no denying that is there? Go ahead and spin it kids….tick tock

Jan 28, 2014 2:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NEWAGER wrote:

Bahktin–It is not the number of executive orders that a president issues that matters. It is the substance of those orders. Sometimes an executive order is as simple as ordering flags to be flown at half staff and sometimes it is over reaching such as dealying parts of laws passed by congress to fit their own agenda.

Jan 28, 2014 2:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:

@USA a veiled insult is still and insult “…as long as it’s rooted in reality”. Really? Spare everyone your vitriol and raise the standard of the conversation. You are not the center of the universe around which we are all expected to revolve.

As for Obama trying to drive compromise…remember the special meeting that started with “I won!” That set the tone for the balance of his tenure. It was followed with “Send me something I can sign!” in the last SOTU address. The President may veto any legislation he desires, but he is not the only voice in the conversation. And, executive orders such as the DREAM EO in 2012 illustrates an apparent unwillingness to do the hard work required to achieve something workable.

Jan 28, 2014 2:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

Poor Obama, no matter what he says there are years to follow that will prove him wrong. Again. The content of the speech is not even relevant at this stage. It will be flowery. It will be divisive. It will be threatening between the lines. However, as per every speech prior, it will fizzle soon after.

Jan 28, 2014 2:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with Obama’s policies, we can not allow the Constitutional separation of powers to be ignored. Without the law, we are little more than a mob under a dictator.

Jan 28, 2014 2:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Yanninono wrote:

@bakhtin, way up in this thread.

no truer words have been said today. it is sooo crazy how republicans spin any chance they get….they cannot help themselves, even to the point of contradiction and hipocrasy….

they truely to block left and right, vigorously, and then when the president says i am going to make progress for the people and work within the scope of my power…you can almost hear republican butts pucker…..

guys get out of your doomsday bunkers, and move for progress, or get run over…the republican party is over. tea baggers killed your party for you.

Jan 28, 2014 2:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse

@ARJTurgot, If you really think the GOP has been reasonable the last 5 years and Obama has not been, you are living in a different reality then me. When EVERYTHING he proposes is rejected by EVERY member of the GOP and even ideas originally proposed by Conservatives re-proposed by Obama years later are totally rejected by the GOP, you know they are not being reasonable.

Jan 28, 2014 2:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:

@COindependent I would not expect a Republican President anytime soon. The demographics continue to change and not in the Republican favor. Remember, right winger are a minority party in the US, a majority of Americans do not agree with current Republican policies.

For some reason, if people disagree with Republicans, they are labeled liberals, yet most Americans are mid-stream, neither left, nor right, but the Democratic policies are more in line with the average American.

Jan 28, 2014 2:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse

@NEWAGER, the Executive branch has always had leeway on the exact implementation of a law, particularly one as complex as the PPACA. For example look at how GWB implemented the Medicare Part D, that did not initially go well and there were delays, did you see the left screaming about overstepping his powers like you and others with the mentality of children?

If there was any over stepping of his authority you could be sure that the GOP would bring it to court, as the recess appointments have been. This is the reality of the world, not your Obama hater fake reality.

Jan 28, 2014 2:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

The logical fallacy that you fall into, is that they are unreasonable, therefore he is reasonable. The formal definition is an Affirmative conclusion from a negative premise.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmative_conclusion_from_a_negative_premise

Jan 28, 2014 3:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
PortlandME wrote:

Wow! Right-wingers wig out. I think it was said earlier: there is no reason to justify rational thinking with irrational opinions. The Obama haters, here, demonstrated clearly their irrational opinions in abundance, without facts or evidence as support.

Jan 28, 2014 3:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

I would not expect a Republican President anytime soon because a majority of electoral votes are held by a minority of states, which are heavily invested in the largess of a strong central government.

Personally, despite the assumptions of both sides around here, I weigh in as both a Green and Libertarian (which are amazingly complementary when you actually dig into them). Esquire says I am an MBA Moderate. I advocate compulsory sterilization of the religious right, and the oh so precious left.

I think we are on the cusp of redefining lots of America’s politics. I think it will be hysterically funny to watch the Dems deal with the Hispanics, who personal experience has shown can do a sweet deal with any side willing to pay their price. Cash and Carry Catholicism, Liberal social agenda optional.

Jan 28, 2014 3:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NEWAGER wrote:

USAPRAG–It’s not the vegetables we refuse to eat, it’s just that we refuse to drink the kool-aid.

Jan 28, 2014 3:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NEWAGER wrote:

USAPRag–I do not hate Obama. I hate his policy.

Jan 28, 2014 3:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SaveRMiddle wrote:

Or he could just skip it and take a few moments to work on last year’s unkept promises…since they’re the same.

Jan 28, 2014 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@USAPragmatist2 wrote: “I do not mind people disagreeing with me, as long as they are rooted in reality”.

What you really mean to say is that you believe that anyone that disagrees with you is not based in reality. Yes there is a Supreme Court that can decide constitutional law, but one thing you and potus seem to have forgotten is that there is a third branch, called the legislative branch. You know, the one made up of of two houses of congress? We have a legislative process for a reason. We all also know that a lot of damage can be done by a rambo president before the scotus gets around to deciding a case. Executive orders are not for usurping the law. No part of an executive order may direct agencies to conduct illegal or unconstitutional activities. It is clear that the president’s orders to ignor parts of the ACA law is illegal. This president appears to not care what the laws say. He seems to think he is above the law. That is a problem for every american citizen.

Jan 28, 2014 3:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NEWAGER wrote:

All these posters talking about “Obama haters” act as though the left didn’t hate Bush with a passion. Such is their hypocrisy.

Jan 28, 2014 3:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:

@Speak Points acknowledged. With the disaffection of the under 30′s that were critical in the (re)election of Obama, it will be interesting to see if their political motivations evolve to a more midstream perspective. That transition will accelerate if we can get them into jobs that pay well and they can see the impact on their take home pay.

If there is anything telling in the recent past, is the movement of more voters to the independent category–reinforcing your point that the next President will most likely be more middle (a departure from the left-wing Dems or the right-wing Repub). Colorado is a perfect example where we are split equally among Dems, Repubs and Indies. The voters elected a Dem majority in the last election and got exactly what they voted for–resulting in the recall of two Dems and the (forced by the Dems themselves) resignation of a third. Even the Dem governor told the Legislative Dems to tone it down….. After all, Colorado is middle left on social issues, but conservative on fiscal issues. Thus, we can have legalized pot, 2nd Amendment advocacy (as the laws recently passed are totally unenforceable–a fact overlooked by the Dems) , and a balanced budget.

As for the Tea Partiers, they have to get past the fact that there is not a perfect candidate that will drive an exclusively conservative agenda–and if there is, s/he is not electable. Period! It won’t happen.

E.g. those that condemn Christie for not being conservative enough, overlook the fact that he was elected (twice) in a state that is as blue as the day is long. Therefore, he is electable at the national level in spite of his (limited) non-conservative positions on selected issues. Those Repubs who state they will never vote for him are in effect voting for the opposition (tantamount to getting nothing versus something). Those same Repubs forget that the guy has to govern in order to be successful, and governing requires some give-and-take while not compromising your core beliefs.

Therefore, TP’s have to decide whether they want to deal in absolutes (and lose) or if a less than perfect candidate (middle-right) is better than the alternative (far left or middle left).

Jan 28, 2014 3:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:

@USA I will disagree with your last comment. The party insiders have no motivation to upset the status quo–mainly because their power and influence functions under the current status.

This is where the entire model breaks down–as career politicians preach compromise as long as it serves their needs. Why does a guy like Coburn and Bill Armstrong resign at the height of their political career and influence, while the Reid’s and Rangel’s stick around forever. It’s because Coburn and Armstrong have interests outside politics. They do not need the job. If we had term limits, we just might have more individuals serving that do not need the job–both Dems and Repubs–who could bring a bit more pragmatism to the conversation.

We can only hope.

Jan 28, 2014 3:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ciao wrote:

First Obama attacked lobbyists, then insurance companies, then he attacked the banks, next he went after Wall Street, mortgage companies, the Tea Party, the rich, members of congress… sooner or later he’s going to run out of people to use to scare us.

Jan 28, 2014 3:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
QuidProQuo wrote:

We need to hear POSITIVE messages about things like our security surrounding energy, energy delivery, energy prices and energy supplies. When addressing the totality of a nation it might wise to get off the whole liberal progressive kick and give a speach that clearly shows breath of understanding as well as depth of knowledge in areas that unite rather than divides our great country. I assure you his state of union speach will be full of purely class division rants. His focus will be on trying to soothe over all the areas that he really won’t be able to do anything about. I want to hear how he’s going to fix the mess he created with the social security trust fund and his plans to get it back to the levels it was before his stupid tax holiday that halved the balance. Hey, if he at least touches on “retirement security” he better at least address social security and find a way to make that message a positive one. He sure is a good talker. Anyone can have wild ideas but if you can’t implement them with teamwork and collaboration, who the hell cares how good the idea sounds. And half his ideas aren’t even good or rational to say the least.

Jan 28, 2014 3:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse

@Newager, I thought and still think, that Bush was one of the worst POTUSes in our history and that we will be paying for his mistakes for decades to come, but never did I spout the hate that you and the other Obama haters spew at him on a constant basis.

Was he a relative simpleton mentally for the job of POTUS? Yes he was.

Because of this was he controlled by Cheney et all (well until the last few years when he finally seemed to grow some sort of spine)? Yes he was.

Did he get us into a mess in Iraq that was totally unnecessary costing the lives of 4,000 plus Americans, untold Iraqis, Trillion + dollars, and worst of all ruined American foreign policy for decades? yes he did.

did the economy implode on his watch? Yes

did his fiscal polices cause deficits to go from basically nothing to Trillion + by end of his term? Yes

On the other hand,

Has Obama acted like a king or tyrant? no

Has Obama ‘destroyed America’? No Heck even GWB could not do that.

Look at the state of the eoncomy now, compared to when he took office, then compare that to the difference in the economy between GWB inauguration and end of office.

Like usual another false equivalency from an Obama hater.

@4825, If you seriously can not understand the difference I have been showing you, then you truly are helpless. you can lead a horse to water, but you can not make them drink.

Jan 28, 2014 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NEWAGER wrote:

USAPRAG wrote “@ARJTurgot, If you really think the GOP has been reasonable the last 5 years and Obama has not been, you are living in a different reality then me. When EVERYTHING he proposes is rejected by EVERY member of the GOP and even ideas originally proposed by Conservatives re-proposed by Obama years later are totally rejected by the GOP, you know they are not being reasonable.

If you are referring to the Heritage Foundation regarding healthcare I have a couple of points to make. First of all, think tanks can come up with all kinds of ideas. Think tanks are not elected representatives. Which Republican ever introduced that plan in congress? Secondly, I seriously doubt that the Heritage Foundation plan was anywhere near 2,500 pages long. There must be a LOT of difference in their plan and the ACA. And that does not even include the more than 10,000 pages and growing list of regulations which have been written. Only the Dems could make healthcare more complicated than the tax laws.

Jan 28, 2014 4:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:

@Quid Wishful thinking. The message will be around income inequality and how some people are not able to achieve the American Dream due to some systemic failure (surely their failures have nothing to do with the choices they made and continue to make.)

Then it will move to how Congress needs to level the results (he will use the term “opportunity”, but what he really wants is equity of results; again in spite of individual skills, motivations or the quality of decisions made). He will propose dumbing down the majority so a select few can feel better about themselves. He will further propose that Congress legislate increased taking from those who work and transfer that wealth to those that do not.

Then he will migrate to how we need to further tax those who have been successful; how implementing amnesty will improve the lives of 11 million illegals in this country–but say nothing about how this amnesty will improve the lives of American citizens (because it will not).

He will then speak (for the umpteenth time) of how more students need a college education to succeed; as if we need more sociology, liberal arts, (pick one) “studies” majors, and lawyers.

He will never touch on the regulatory environment and taxes, and the impact they have on job creation, but he will talk about the improvements in our energy development (all of which he had nothing to do with it since it is virtually all on private land) but never let a good story go to waste.

It will be 90 minutes of fluff–and you will hear the words I, ME and MY repeatedly–because it’s always about him. It will move rapidly from entertaining, to boring, to mind numbing within 15 minutes with periodic interruptions from the Dems to cheer his proposals–and within minutes revert to exactly where we were 15 minutes before the speech.

Lastly, he will espouse cooperation between the parties and houses of Congress, but end with “send me something I can sign”–code word, I want my way or there’s the door.

I just wonder if he will have enough ego to speak of the successes of ACA, in spite of “a few problems” with the roll-out. I’m betting $50 he does.

Jan 28, 2014 4:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NEWAGER wrote:

USAPRAG–I have never “spewed hate” toward Obama. So far as the economy, what happened at the end of Bush’s term was just as much the fault of Democrat policies. Bush did not create the housing bubble that burst. That is all on the Democrats. They are the ones who thought every person should be a homeowner regardless of their credit rating or their ability to repay the loan. Bush sounded the alarm about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but the Dems wouldn’t listen. Carter was the worst president of my lifetime, but Obama is running a close second. This has been the worst recovery since the great depression and 5 years after Bush left office the excuse to blame it on him is starting to look pathetic.

Jan 28, 2014 4:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NEWAGER wrote:

Why does Obama continue to misreat the soldiers in the Ft Hood attacked by the Muslim traitor? “Rep. Robert Pittinger, R-N.C., is bringing Sgt. Matt Cooke, who used his body to shield others during the 2009 Fort Hood massacre. Pittinger said he invited Cooke because the Obama administration has refused to classify the Fort Hood massacre as a terrorist attack, so Cooke and other victims are not eligible for the Purple Heart. That means they receive fewer disability benefits than soldiers wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“We reacted like soldiers when the terrorist cry rang out. We defended and protected each other to the best of our abilities, even though we were unarmed,” Cooke wrote in a statement circulated by Pittinger’s office. “Soldiers died and soldiers were wounded trying to protect others and stop the terrorist. We appreciate the Members of Congress who have acknowledged our service and wish that President Obama would treat and respect us as Warriors, not civilians who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Jan 28, 2014 4:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@COIndependent- Are you sure you are not Obama’s speech writer because I bet you have nailed what he says tonight. Full of divide and conquer politics, sprinkled with a lot of I’s, me’s and my’s. Oh, never mind, that is what he always says and what he always does.

Jan 28, 2014 4:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mickey58 wrote:

Always sour grapes from the Republicans. Get a life you guys!!

Jan 28, 2014 4:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

Do I hate Obama… not really. I’d say he’s a disappointment, but that wouldn’t be true, sadly he is as predicted. His arrogance was out there in the beginning, and his inexperience was always troubling. He hasn’t been able to adapt, but that’s generally true of all administrations. Kissinger mused on that once, and simply decided the flow of events was too overwhelming. Obama was a poor choice, but he was better than Mr. Grumpy and on a clear day you can see the Aleutians. But O’s achievements are ‘modest’, and he has cratered on his own merits.

Jan 28, 2014 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:

Absolutely amazing… 119 comments and counting.. All about a SOTU speech that nobody will watch – obama’s SOTU viewership is down 5 years in row to an all time ‘low’ – not achieved by any recent President (including Bush in his 6th year – and nobody listened to that clown)..
Whether you are for obama or against him, you have to admit this guy has divided the country – divided the american people – like no other president before. I just don’t think you can Lead a nation by pitting one american against another – nobody wins

Jan 28, 2014 5:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

@willi

Polarization is all the rage, market segmentation, etc. I’m doing post-retirement study in paleontology, and I have learned that paleo’s pretty much loath physical anthropologists (the monkeys are us crowd), and think their science is pretty frequently crap. But if they criticize them publicly they enable the creationist morons. Thus Richard Dawkins survives.

Jan 28, 2014 5:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Rich_F wrote:

obama would like us to think that this girl’s different (as in him). going it alone usually equates to failed leadership, and that’s what we have here.

Jan 28, 2014 5:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse

@willich6, yes the division has gotten worse since Obama took office, but. It takes some objective analysis to understand why. Was it Obama or the dems who said weeks inter his first term that their highest priority was making Obama a one term president, not what is right for the country, no it Was the GOP. Was it not the GOP that filibustered EVERYTHING in the first two years, even no brainers like Lilly Ledbetter? No it was not.

On the other hand Obama was very conciliatory to the losing party, he went out of his way to try and include them and they refused at every juncture. If anything Obama was not forceful enough, of course hind sight is 20/20, but he should have told them to stick it after they showed their true intentions by filibustering Lilly Ledbetter

Jan 28, 2014 6:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

“How many executive orders has Obama issued?” Bakhtin asked me.

Apparently this was in response to my assertion: “The coequal branches of the government will put (the Obama) administration’s unconstitutional power grab down, in due course.”

Mr. Obama doesn’t issue executive orders to push his agenda. He uses his ADMINISTRATION personnel to push beyond the law: Everything from gun running into Mexico to unlawful EPA decisions, e.g.two of which have been overturned by the District Federal Court here in WV. In one case, the EPA ordered a chicken farmer to file for a point source pollution permit, alleging that water running off her roof might contain chicken feathers and dander.

When she and the Farm Bureau fought back, the EPA tried to withdraw their order. Knowing that would leave the EPA free to attempt to oppress other farmers later, the defendants refused and the resultant decision put the brakes on the EPA. That, Bakhtkin, is how Obama’s agenda is imposed and will be defeated by the coequal branches of government – in this case, the judiciary.

Jan 28, 2014 6:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:

@COindependent You should visit China to fully appreciate our environmental regulations. Like taxes, these regulations have little impact on “good” business.

Taxes, while on paper may seem high, but with corporate and personal loopholes, they are not much, I typically bring home a mid-six figure income and rarely pay over 12%.

I pay a lot less taxes than my brother who works in the oil patch, earns less than me, he is a hard core republican and it drives him crazy the write offs I have with my LLC’s and C-corps, yet he is not willing to raise my taxes. I use the tools at hand and could care less if I paid more.

Jan 28, 2014 6:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
taggert wrote:

Considering the traitors and insurgents he’s facing in the republican fascist party, he’ll have to do things on his own to help this country…. the GOP are more interested in destroying this country than helping it.

Jan 28, 2014 6:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@speaker2 wrote: “I pay a lot less taxes than my brother who works in the oil patch, earns less than me, he is a hard core republican and it drives him crazy the write offs I have with my LLC’s and C-corps, yet he is not willing to raise my taxes. I use the tools at hand and could care less if I paid more.”

Well there is a spot on your tax return that you can use to pay more taxes since you “could care less if you paid more”. Throw a number on there with a few zeros after it. I am sure your brother and the rest of us would appreciate it.

Jan 28, 2014 6:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:

@Speak No one said they want the U.S. to revert to the environmental problems they have in China. I’ve been to Mexico City, and the pollution problems there need to be resolved.

However, I will make the case that when you implement regulations that take things down to one part in 1 million–it is not necessarily an issues just because you have the tools to measure it. There has to be a degree of balance–otherwise the elitists will legislate jobs out of the economy. Kind of like fracking–been around for 60 years, resulting in the low cost energy we all appreciate, and now the eco-terroists want to ban it. The hell with the impact of that proposal, they just want it regulated out of existence.

Regarding your taxes, you always have the option of paying more, but liberals like to institutionalize behavior (e.g. tax code) versus relying in individual actions. Step up–pay as much or more than your brother if you wish. Even then, that still does not give you the authority to your biases on the rest of us. BTW, your statement only proves how screwed up our tax system is–all 60,000+ pages, that not even the IRS can provide a consistent answer.

Also, best wishes to your working brother. We need more just like him as he understands that the government’s taking of what someone earns does not necessarily serve his personal interests.

That’s the difference between a classic liberal who prefers to keep more of what they earn and a progressive who promotes increasing taxes –but then exercises all of the loopholes available to minimize personal liability.

Jan 28, 2014 7:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dualcitizen wrote:

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should
Give.
By Dennis Prager .

To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal, and honored to be so.
There is no greater calling than to teach young
people.

I would like to apprise you of some important
changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am
convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in
America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our
country.

First, this school will no longer honor race or
ethnicity.
I could not care less if your racial makeup is
black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins
are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived
here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the
only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your
character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity
this school will care about is American.

This is an American public school, and American
public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm
an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go
elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American
nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of
its three central values — Epluribus Unum, “from many, one.” And this
school will be guided by America ‘s values. This includes all after-school
clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any
identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or
whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political
correctness.

Your clubs will be based on interests and passions,
not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just
cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while
the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will
have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music,
astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the
only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are
those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little
outside of yourself really interests you.

Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your
native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave
this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The
English language has united America ‘s citizens for over 200 years, and it
will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this
country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave
this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in
my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the
American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable
that most Americans only speak English — if you want classes taught in your
native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

Third, because I regard learning as a sacred
endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status.
This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress
accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood
events than for church or school. These people have their priorities
backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated
anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or
at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f -word, you can’t
speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal
Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by
one black student to address another black, or “bitch,” even when addressed
by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this
school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish
between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this
school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people
attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One
immediate consequence is that there will beONE valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward
academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be
devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about
sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to
condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or
primarily a health issue… There will be no more attempts to convince you
that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not
heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you
graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately
fortunate — to be alive and to be an American.

Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words,
your teachers will hand them out to you.

Jan 28, 2014 7:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dualcitizen wrote:

Most divisive president ever. Maybe that’s how we should refer to him:

The GREAT DIVIDER

Jan 28, 2014 7:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:

@coindependent my only concern with fracking is water pollution and using the technology in seismic sensitive regions. Otherwise I much prefer fracking for kite sweet crude than having the Canadian pipeline with its thick sour bitumen crude.

I am in the renewable biz an push thin film tech over classic silicon due to the excessive energy needed to refine silicon.

Taxes, shucks, it’s a job creator, I have a number of accountants who keep proving our point the tax system is broke.

Jan 28, 2014 7:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

Go it alone…you voted…twice…

Jan 28, 2014 8:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

dualcitizen wrote:
“A Speech Every American High School Principal Should
Give.
By Dennis Prager .”

Dennis Prager is a radio host, and that speech was never made to a school.

http://www.dennisprager.com/a-speech-every-american-high-school-principal-should-give/

Jan 28, 2014 9:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

unionwv wrote:

“Mr. Obama doesn’t issue executive orders to push his agenda. He uses his ADMINISTRATION personnel to push beyond the law: Everything from gun running into Mexico to unlawful EPA decisions, e.g.two of which have been overturned by the District Federal Court here in WV. In one case, the EPA ordered a chicken farmer to file for a point source pollution permit, alleging that water running off her roof might contain chicken feathers and dander.

When she and the Farm Bureau fought back, the EPA tried to withdraw their order. Knowing that would leave the EPA free to attempt to oppress other farmers later, the defendants refused and the resultant decision put the brakes on the EPA. That, Bakhtkin, is how Obama’s agenda is imposed and will be defeated by the coequal branches of government – in this case, the judiciary.”

Oh… the Clean water Act from 1972 and the storm-water exemption from 1987. They are both totally Obama’s fault. The EPA was acting on behalf of the Potomac Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance , the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Obviously they are all Obama’s fault too.

And the terrible thing the EPA was trying to do? Ask the farmer to get a permit. Such oppression! You are right: Obama is trying to take over the USA by making chicken farmers apply for permits.

Jan 28, 2014 10:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

4825 wrote:
“What you really mean to say is that you believe that anyone that disagrees with you is not based in reality.”

He is referring to the right-wing characteristic of being unable to support statements by reference to real facts, actual specifics, or real-world example.

Such as endlessly repeating ‘Obama’s failed policies’ but being unable to provide a real-world example of a failed policy, or saying Obama has broken the law but being unable to specify which real-world law was broken.

Then you get the completely divorced-from-reality stuff like ‘the USA is not a democracy’, which totally ignores the very real democratic election every two years.

Blaming ‘liberals’ for the failure of right-wing posters to check facts, or base their views on realia instead of Fox, is a cop-out. Right-wing arguments are easy to take apart because they are lousy arguments – and whose fault is it if Republicans have lousy arguments based on false premises?

Jan 28, 2014 10:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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