Wednesday, January 26, 2011

State of the Union Address - 2591 - AP Fact Check Says Obama SOTU Doesn't Add Up - Hot Air (2) Robert Hurt Responds to State of the Union Address (3) Losing the Future - Heritage Foundation

In yesterday’s State of the Union speech, Barack Obama set himself on two contradictory courses. Obama knew he had to pay lip service to the anger among Americans over the profligate spending Congress conducted over the last four years, but then he also wanted to sell his grocery list of new initiatives at the same time. How did he do? According to the AP, Obama’s math needs remedial work in almost every area — including Obamacare: The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other. Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in hisState of the Union speech. He pointed to the transportation and construction projects of the last two years and proposed “we redouble these efforts.” He coupled this with a call to “freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.” But Obama offered far more examples of where he would spend than where he would cut, and some of the areas he identified for savings are not certain to yield much if anything.  Read more.........

Robert Hurt Responds to the State of the Union Address -  Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA) today issued the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union address this evening: “With the serious challenges facing our nation, it is important that we continue to work together to try to get our economy back on track. “It was encouraging to hear President Obama address the pressing need to create jobs, cut spending, and get our fiscal house in order, but I was disappointed by his renewed commitment to pursue more stimulus-style government spending. “For far too long, Washington has embarked on a reckless spending spree that has failed to create jobs and only added to our trillion dollar deficit and 14 trillion dollar debt. “Continuing on this path will do nothing to help move our economy forward. Read more......

Losing the Future - Heritage Foundation - Last night, in his State of the Union, President Barack Obama claimed, “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. … That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future.” This is true. But then he went on to say: “We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time.” No. No, he doesn’t. The rest of the President’s speech made it very clear that he has no idea what makes America the best place on earth to do business. On issue after issue (education, energy, infrastructure), the President identified more government “investment” as the key to “winning the future.” But if centrally planned government spending is the key to America’s future success, then we are in big trouble, because China will beat us in raw bureaucratic efficiency every time. The source of American exceptionalism is not an expansive and powerful central government. As Heritage Foundation B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies Director Matthew Spalding has stated, the American creed “is set forth most clearly in the Declaration of Independence … a timeless statement of inherent rights, the proper purposes of government, and the limits on political authority. Read more..........

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