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Style triumphs substance once again
by Harry Spencer
Feb 04, 2014 | 1736 views | 2 2 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time in a long time, I find myself in complete agreement with the three political science experts that the local daily newspaper often quotes in their response to political events, such as the State of the Union address.

Although they are of diverse political affiliations, they were unanimous in their opinion of the SOTU Address delivered by President Barack Obama last Tuesday. Their assessment was that Obama’s single talent of oratorical skill was the highlight of the evening.

By throwing down the gauntlet to Congress early in his speech, the president set the tone for legislative rancor in the coming months. This fact was borne out in the exasperated expression evident on House Speaker John Boehner’s face for the majority of the talk.

Realistically, a State of the Union Address should inform the world-wide audience of the status quo of the United States at this point in time. Obama neglected to mention America’s stagnant economy, high unemployment, the dramatic increase in food stamps, as well as other negative aspects.

While ignoring the serious turmoil that exists in the Middle East at this time, he was happy to applaud the fact that he had removed all American troops from Iraq. He either failed to read recent newspaper accounts of the American troops that were killed or wounded in Fallujah and Ramadi where the Al Qaeda flag now flies proudly, or he believes that his so-called ending of the war has brought peace to that troubled country.

Turning to his favorite topic of “helping” the middle class to grow sideways instead of upwards, he failed to mention that it his oppressive heel that was squashing middle-classers so that they expanded horizontally. If he would study Economics, he might learn that the middle class does well when the so-called upper class creates a multitude of new jobs, jobs which he has squelched through oppressive regulation, taxes and the ultimate blockade of Obamacare. While calling for an increase in entrepreneurship, the amount of red tape he has created works to squelch new ventures.

The hot topic of “income inequality,” which is one of his latest rants, can be explained by the fact that people capable of investing in new or expanded businesses are loathe to do so when they don’t know what restrictions will be coming out of his office next. Consequently, those same people are doing better by investing in the stock market, where the gains are more likely to be assured. Unfortunately, the majority of the middle class, which has seen its income drop under his policies, does not have the discretionary funds to make like investments. The “inequality” will only become greater under his administration.

Whether he will admit that his first five years in office have created a greater malaise than that of Jimmy Carter’s reign is a moot point.

While both sides of the aisle were critical of the lack of substance in the SOTU Address, the typical tingles were running up Chris Matthews’ leg as he waxed rhapsodic over the speech.

Probably the prevaricating president was only pushing his political poppycock.

Harry Spencer is a long-time northern Nevada resident.
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February 06, 2014
February 04, 2014

I don't think watching "Fox and Friends" qualifies as political science experts. Although, finding that you agree with them is not exactly news.

I think you need to rethink the Frank Luntz propaganda. The term "Job Creator" is a Orwellian misnomer. If anything, your beloved rich fat cats have been the job destroyers or job outsourcers. Their wealth has doubled in the last ten years, while the rest of the 98% have seen flat wages, increased expenses, and the loss of benefits.

The real job creators are the middle class. When they have disposable income to spend, that creates demand, which results in jobs. The middle class has been systematically destroyed, starting with Reagan's trickle down policy nonsense.

US corporations, and their CEO's are making record profits, yet unemployment is still high. Full time workers that still qualify for food stamps. Sad. This is what's stalling our economy. Coupled with a do nothing congress, that pretty much sums up the state of our union.

And I applaud our President for getting us out of the middle east. I know there has never been a war that the GOP chicken hawks haven't liked, But I feel that our nations blood and treasure are better served here. Our infrastructure is falling apart. Let's address that first.

I know for many in your generation, it is difficult to appreciate an articulate, intelligent, and black President of the United States. The bile and hatred are non-stop. I can't wait to see the type of editorials that you will post when you have to deal with an articulate, intelligent, and female President of the United States.

Looking forward to that!

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