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Friday, January 29, 2010

Sarah Palin Responds to Obama's State of the Union Address

Sarah Palin has a rather common sense response to Obama's continuing campaign/excuse making speech.

Another Black Conservative has her Facebook page's response in full.

From Palin:

"Last night, the president spoke of the 'credibility gap' between the public’s expectations of their leaders and what those leaders actually deliver. “Credibility gap” is a good way to describe the chasm between rhetoric and reality in the president’s address. The contradictions seemed endless.

"He called for Democrats and Republicans to 'work through our differences,' but last year he dismissed any notion of bipartisanship when he smugly told Republicans, 'I won.'

"He talked like a Washington 'outsider,' but he runs Washington! He’s had everything any president could ask for – an overwhelming majority in Congress and a fawning press corps that feels tingles every time he speaks. There was nothing preventing him from pursuing 'common sense' solutions all along. He didn’t pursue them because they weren’t his priorities, and he spent his speech blaming Republicans for the problems caused by his own policies."

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"Americans are suffering from job losses and lower wages, yet the president practically demanded applause when he mentioned tax cuts, as if allowing people to keep more of their own hard-earned money is an act of noblesse oblige. He claims that he cut taxes, but I must have missed that. I see his policies as paving the way for massive tax increases and inflation, which is the 'hidden tax' that most hurts the poor and the elderly living on fixed incomes.

"He condemned lobbyists, but his White House is filled with former lobbyists, and this has been a banner year for K Street with his stimulus bill, aka the Lobbyist’s Full Employment Act. He talked about a 'deficit of trust' and the need to 'do our work in the open,' but he chased away the C-SPAN cameras and cut deals with insurance industry lobbyists behind closed doors.

"He spoke of doing what’s best for the next generation and not leaving our children with a 'mountain of debt,' but under his watch this year, government spending is up by 22%, and his budget will triple our national debt."

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"He condemned bailouts, but he voted for them and then expanded and extended them. He praised the House’s financial reform bill, but where was Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in that bill? He still hasn’t told us when we’ll be getting out of the auto and the mortgage industries. He praised small businesses, but he’s spent the past year as a friend to big corporations and their lobbyists, who always find a way to make government regulations work in their favor at the expense of their mom & pop competitors.

"He praised the effectiveness of his stimulus bill, but then he called for another one – this time cleverly renamed a 'jobs bill.' The first stimulus was sold to us as a jobs bill that would keep unemployment under 8%. We now have double digit unemployment with no end in sight. Why should we trust this new 'jobs bill'?"

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"He spoke of supporting young girls in Afghanistan who want to go to school and young women in Iran who courageously protest in the streets, but where were his words of encouragement to the young girls of Afghanistan in his West Point speech? And where was his support for the young women of Iran when they were being gunned down in the streets of Tehran?

"Despite speaking for over an hour, the president only spent 10% of his speech on foreign policy, and he left us with many unanswered questions. Does he still think trying the 9/11 terrorists in New York is a good idea? Does he still think closing Gitmo is a good idea? Does he still believe in Mirandizing terrorists after the Christmas bomber fiasco? Does he believe we’re in a war against terrorists, or does he think this is just a global crime spree? Does he understand that the first priority of our government is to keep our country safe?

"In his address last night, the president once again revealed that there’s a fundamental disconnect between what the American people expect from their government, and what he wants to deliver. He’s still proposing failed top-down big government solutions to our problems. Instead of smaller, smarter government, he’s taken a government that was already too big and supersized it."

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"Everything seems to be 'unexpected' to this administration: unexpected job losses; unexpected housing numbers; unexpected political losses in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey. True leaders lead best when confronted with the unexpected. But instead of leading us, the president lectured us. He lectured Wall Street; he lectured Main Street; he lectured Congress; he even lectured our Supreme Court Justices.

"He criticized politicians who 'wage a perpetual campaign,' but he gave a campaign speech instead of a state of the union address. The campaign is over, and President Obama now has something that candidate Obama never had: an actual track record in office. We now can see the failed policies behind the flowery words. If Americans feel as cynical as the president suggests, perhaps it’s because the audacity of his recycled rhetoric no longer inspires hope.

"Real leadership requires results. Real hope lies in the ingenuity, generosity, and boundless courage of the American people whose voices are still not being heard in Washington."

I really cannot understand why Obama's speeches do not make people pull out their hair in frustration. The man lectures, finger wags, makes excuses, lays blame and actively lies during these speeches in the most arrogant, classless and confrontational manner possible. And at this point Obama seems actively frustrated that people don't just blindly do and simply believe all that he tells us. It would be amusing if he were the president of some fan club, or the dean of a university-- but this man is the President of the United States. Three more years...

1 comment:

  1. The reason that some of us still have hair is that we don't watch the speeches!

    I tried--pretty stoically, I wanted to believe--to watch at least a portion of the SOTU. I made it through about 8 seconds. Maybe 7.

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