Keeping in mind that at the time of this writing, the State of the Union Address hasn’t happened yet, I’m going to go ahead and make some predictions. Hmmm…, let’s see (remember, this is per the State of the Union speech, not my personal views), what might we hear? How about this: you rich people aren’t paying your fair share, we, meaning government, don’t have a spending problem, and you people who are bitterly clinging (once again, these aren’t my beliefs) to your guns and Bibles need to give up your guns.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I’m sure The Barack will also promise to concentrate (maybe “focus like a laser” as he has already promised us?) on job creation. What a good idea. I wonder why nobody has thought of that one in the last few years. Just think, if The Barack had been concentrating on jobs and improving the economy during the last term rather than cramming through Obamacare and a few other programs the American people don’t want, think of where we would be now. Gee, I wonder why nobody thought of that. Oh well, I guess better late than never.
You know, before I go on, I do want to point out that on the (very) rare occasion someone on the left lowers themselves to admit that there might possibly be a problem with the size of the federal government, they point at entitlement spending. While I have already written numerous columns regarding that very issue, and will undoubtedly write more in the future, I have a different point to make here. Obamacare, which we can lay totally and completely at the feet of the left, is a huge new federal entitlement program which could easily grow to eclipse all other entitlement spending by the federal government. So when someone on the left says discretionary spending isn’t the real problem, and tries to hide behind “entitlement spending” keep in mind progressives have been all about increasing those kinds of federal programs for decades.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, (again not my views), the economy is growing and everything bad is Bush’s fault. I wonder if he’ll phrase it just like that when he blames Bush or resort to a code word such as Republican opposition? You know, now that I think about it, at one of his previous State of the Union addresses, he singled out the Justices of the Supreme Court, who were present, to be chastised for a recent ruling he didn’t like. Then at another speech (not State of the Union), he invited Congressman Paul Ryan to sit in the front row while he (Obama) trashed him and his ideas. You know, now that I think about it, if someone who was attending the State of the Union speech jumped up and shouted “You Lie”, it could be considered as fair payback. By the way, while I’m reasonably sure Paul Ryan will be there, I have to wonder if the Supreme Court Justices will attend the speech, or stay home and wash their hair.
No matter what The Barack covers, or doesn’t cover, in the State of the Union speech, in my opinion the general message is going to be government is good, and you (meaning American citizens) should not get in the way of the growth and goals of the nanny state. Since Obama has worked very hard at making as many people dependent on the federal government as possible, I’m sure that trend will continue. I think that on close examination the State of the Union speech will really be a sales pitch for more of the intrusive, over-controlling, over-spending central government we already have. After all, how many times do you have to be exhorted to “invest more money in education”, while general education gets worse and worse before you realize the goal isn’t better education, but just more money.
So while all of this talk about what government needs, or what government wants, or what government is going to do for you (which really means to you, not for you) is going on, don’t expect to hear anything about taking responsibility for ongoing problems. As an example, I’m reasonably sure something will be said about government debt, or the deficit. However: instead of something along the lines of “we’re spending too much” (which by the way is a fact), I expect Republicans, but mainly George W. Bush, to be blamed for this one. Any reference to the (over) spending in Obama’s last four years will be centered on it being somebody else’s fault.
What you probably won’t hear in the State of the Union speech is any reference to Fast and Furious (I bring that up because The Obama is sure to say something against guns). In fact, now that I think about it, I wish the Republicans would find some of the children of the people killed with Fast and Furious weapons and bring them to the State of the Union address. Additionally, I will be very surprised if we hear anything about the people who were killed in Ben Ghazi.
In short, The Barack is going to give some kind of speech with plenty of attendees who have been handpicked to pull on heartstrings, where he tries to sell his “more of the same” agenda. What he’s not going to do is offer any real concessions or solutions. In other words, as I said already, more of the same.
Of course, since as I said I’m writing this before the actual speech, I could be all wrong and Barack Hussein Obama could come out, and give the most memorable, problem solving speech in living memory. There’s absolutely nothing that would stop him from doing just that, if he wanted to.
While I think I’m pretty safe in my predictions, what The Obama has to say in the State of the Union speech will remove all doubt (and I don’t have much) about his intentions. Is the federal government about to start working with us, or is the divisiveness, and intrusiveness going to continue? Obama himself will have answered that question before this article is published.