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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Seventh and Last SOTU By President Bush


OK. I watched the 7th and last SoTU Address by President George W Bush and I have mixed emotions. The text of the speech is at The Drudge Report and I did read along as the President spoke.

In regards to the Stimulus Package...give me a break. Pandering for votes by the RNC and the DNC is criminally laughable. It originated in some minor semblance of logic and it quickly morphed into the usual socialist crap and giving to those that don't deserve it by taking it from those that do. This is totally unacceptable, to me.

And now, some select excerpts:
[...] And together, we showed the world the power and resilience of American self-government. [...]
Wrong. We showed the world what a laughing stock this 110th CONgress is. I wonder if the dwellers of CONgress have visited the foreign discussion forums. They laugh that THIS CONgress whines and complains about the political situation in Iraq yet our pols here stateside are dumber than a box of turtle turds. What have they accomplished, exactly?

[...] All of us were sent to Washington to carry out the people's business. That is the purpose of this body. It is the meaning of our oath. And it remains our charge to keep. [...]
When are ya'll going to START doing that? This next one is a killer...

[...] The actions of the 110th Congress will affect the security and prosperity of our Nation long after this session has ended. In this election year, let us show our fellow Americans that we recognize our responsibilities and are determined to meet them. And let us show them that Republicans and Democrats can compete for votes and cooperate for results at the same time. [...]
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGG!! It is a good thing that I only have one TV left. The only "cooperation" we are going to get out of the socialists is more Dhimmi stupidity and we had better submit or else! That isn't the cooperation I am willing to perform. You?

[...] To build a prosperous future, we must trust people with their own money and empower them to grow our economy. As we meet tonight, our economy is undergoing a period of uncertainty. America has added jobs for a record 52 straight months, but jobs are now growing at a slower pace. Wages are up, but so are prices for food and gas. Exports are rising, but the housing market has declined. And at kitchen tables across our country, there is concern about our economic future.

In the long run, Americans can be confident about our economic growth. But in the short run, we can all see that growth is slowing. So last week, my Administration reached agreement with Speaker Pelosi and Republican Leader Boehner on a robust growth package that includes tax relief for individuals and families and incentives for business investment. The temptation will be to load up the bill. That would delay it or derail it, and neither option is acceptable. This is a good agreement that will keep our economy growing and our people working. And this Congress must pass it as soon as possible. [...]
The "concern" has been fabricated because of the Iraq War Surge and the successes thereof. There MUST be a point of contention from the socialists so they can appear to be on the correct side of an issue...for once. It will be overloaded with earmark and pork crap...mark my words.

The President did say that he would veto such items but that remains to be seen. Too little too late in my estimation. He did say that earmarks and pork spending should be openly debated and in the public eye instead of in committee meetings where they go largely unfettered. This would be a good thing. Murtha? Hillary? Are you listening?

As for housing issues. Why should the federal government bail out stupid people and greedy financiers? What about personal responsibility? Isn't that how Capitalism works? If you make good business decisions, you reap the reward. If you make bad business decisions, you lose your ass. And? Is it up to the The Fed to change our diapers? I think not.
[...] To build a future of quality health care, we must trust patients and doctors to make medical decisions and empower them with better information and better options. We share a common goal: making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. The best way to achieve that goal is by expanding consumer choice, not government control. So I have proposed ending the bias in the tax code against those who do not get their health insurance through their employer. This one reform would put private coverage within reach for millions, and I call on the Congress to pass it this year. The Congress must also expand health savings accounts, create Association Health Plans for small businesses, promote health information technology, and confront the epidemic of junk medical lawsuits. With all these steps, we will help ensure that decisions about your medical care are made in the privacy of your doctor's office -- not in the halls of Congress. [...]
I can go along with that for the most part.

Dump the No Child Left Behind garbage. 'Nuf said.

I liked the trade tirade. He is correct on that one and I will wait with baited breath to see if the socialists will agree. In part:
[...] Trade brings better jobs, better choices, and better prices. Yet for some Americans, trade can mean losing a job, and the Federal Government has a responsibility to help. I ask the Congress to reauthorize and reform trade adjustment assistance, so we can help these displaced workers learn new skills and find new jobs. [...]
To me, this is what a conservative does. A conservative "helps" someone in need but doesn't give them anything. They too MUST work to make better of themselves.

The Nanny didn't like this one at all:
[...] On matters of justice, we must trust in the wisdom of our Founders and empower judges who understand that the Constitution means what it says. I have submitted judicial nominees who will rule by the letter of the law, not the whim of the gavel. Many of these nominees are being unfairly delayed. They are worthy of confirmation, and the Senate should give each of them a prompt up-or-down vote. [...]
I bet McCain was squirming as well. Can't have Constitutionalist Judiciary and Judges across the land, now! That would curb the Creeping Fascist Socialism sweeping across this nation for decades.

Read the rest at The Drudge Report and you decide. President Bush was Spot On in regards to the threats we face in regards to the Islamo-Fascists but I don't like the Big Government spending deals he proposed.

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