Wednesday, February 15, 2012
What Obama didn't say
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President Barack Obama's State of the Union address was more notable for what he didn't say than for what he did say.
The most glaring and telling example was Obamacare. At the time it was being debated and passed, Obama told us that his health care bill was vitally important to the nation; that if it wasn't passed, the health care system in this country would collapse and people would die en masse in the streets; that his bill would save trillions of dollars in health care costs; that the quality of care would rise; that millions of uninsured people would have coverage; that finally we would have affordable, high-quality health care for all.
The bill was debated for months. It finally passed the Senate late at night on Christmas Eve 2009 after the Democrats in Congress considered resorting to such chicanery as "deeming" the bill to be passed without actually voting on it. And it finally did pass.
Obamacare was barely mentioned in the State of the Union address. I guess it wasn't such a big deal after all, since it was all but ignored by the president himself in his major speech on where we stand as a nation.
And what about the stimulus? At the time, we were again told that instant action was essential in the form of this $800 billion stimulus in order to save the economy as we knew it. It, too, was passed, and the economy was presumably saved by Obama. Not mentioned in the State of the Union address.
Unemployment at 8.5 percent? The underemployment rate estimated at 16 percent? The unemployment rate of African Americans at 15.8percent? A total of 13.1 million unemployed? None of this was mentioned.
The national debt ballooning to $15 trillion during his administration? Not mentioned by Obama.
The financial chaos in Europe, with rioting in the streets in Greece and a potential collapse of the euro? Not mentioned by Obama.
The complete failure of Obama's outreach to Iran to get it to stop its nuclear bomb program, and what Obama has learned from this in dealing with Iran going forward? Not discussed in his speech.
Specifics about how Obama's continued draconian budget cuts to the military are going to result in a stronger military, as he claims? Not presented in his speech.
2011 GDP growth (a measure of economic expansion and the overall health of the economy) at a mere 1.7 percent, a little more than half of the 2010 number? Not mentioned.
Social Security on a path to be able to pay only 77 percent of promised benefits by 2036? Not mentioned.
It's almost as though Obama just arrived from Pluto and had no involvement with or knowledge of any of this.
The president did say that the state of the union is getting stronger. Really? God help us of he ever tells us it's getting weaker.