Tomorrow night’s State of the Union (SOTU) address will not be about the state of our union.
It will be about the state of Barack Obama, Narcissist-in-Chief.
The Senatorial election of Scott Brown to what many liberals arrogantly call “Teddy Kennedy’s seat” has sent a thrill going up the legs of many Democrats, and not the feel-good-Chris Matthews kind, either.
The American voter, who, just over a year ago, succumbed to Obama’s bellowing rhetoric of “Hope and Change,” has quickly realized what kind of damage one person’s hubris, unchecked personal ambition, and lack of character can inflict on an entire nation.
Now, after years of carefully and methodically grooming himself into becoming a political cult-of-personality, Obama reluctantly finds that he is in the unbelievable position of having to re-invent his image.
He will attempt to do this not with sincere humility toward those to which he owes his ascendancy, but with phony, populist policy shifts, which he will try to present from a position of solid leadership and faith in his conviction, which he has so far been unable to do. While he and his schemers hope it will dupe citizens into providing them with enough cover to salvage what looks to be a political slaughter for Democrats in November, he will outsource many pieces of major legislation to that same expendable Democratic congress, as he has done with the $787 billion stimulus package and “Health Care” reform.
- A toned-down expectation of Health Care reform will be proffered, disregarding the public’s open disdain for any and all versions put forth thus far. He will undoubtedly invoke the memory of Edward Kennedy, the Democratic Patron Saint of Health Care Reform. A tear-jerking round of applause will envelop the chamber, providing a convenient springboard for Obama to give a hat-tip toward his left-wing base.
- He will discuss in detail his reasoning for implementing a self-imposed 3 year “spending freeze.” (Which will not affect Defense, Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Veteran’s Affairs. All issues hand picked for Blue-Dog Dems on which to cling.) The 2010 deficit is estimated to be $1.35 trillion. The national debt is $12.3 trillion. This freeze may save $250 billion by 2020. Simply put: It is meaningless.
- While announcing a “spending freeze” may make for good, populist fanfare, it turns tragic when you realize that, with this directive, Obama has just given himself permission to spend money we don’t have in the same manner which got us into this orgy of debt in the first place.
- He will demonize the financial sector even more by levying a broad “bank tax,” once again using banks to foster a sense of public anger, declaring another populist war on an industry which we actually need in order to make an economic comeback. Imposing punishing taxes on firms for accepting bail-out money, which, in some cases, the Obama administration made them take in the first place (though some didn’t actually need any of these funds), serves only to provide him with another scapegoat.
- He has announced that he is freezing salaries of White House officials who make over $100,000 per year. Laughable when the mansion brims with multi-millionaires like Larry Summers, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, and David Axelrod. (Oh, and Barack Obama.)
- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has said the economy will be the main topic of President Obama’s SOTU address. This was his top priority a year ago, as well. We were told that the 2009 Stimulus package needed to be passed with the utmost urgency to keep unemployment from reaching double-digit numbers. Signed by President Obama on February 13th, its main goal was to help “stimulate” job growth, and it magically contained thousands of “shovel-ready” projects. The current unemployment rate under the Obama administration is 10%. 3.5 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past year. It is only fair to expect President Obama to address and explain why the Stimulus package has failed to reach its stated projections, and who should be held accountable for the abject failure it has proven to be.
In addition to these topics, we can make a couple of small guesses as to what else we may expect:
-How many times will the term “working families” be used?
-Obama will have some type of a “tug on the heart-strings” story to tell: Perhaps, sitting next to Michelle, he will have some fortunate Haitians who he personally rescued from the U.S. Military.
-How many times will he claim he “inherited” such dire consequences from the prior administration?
-Will Obama express his gratitude to Harry Reid for accepting him as a “light skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect…” ?
-Will he predict to a national audience that Democrats have nothing to fear in the 2010 mid-terms elections, claiming: “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me. We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.”