State Of The Union

It has been clear for some time that the President has a vision for America which finds it’s American roots in the thinking of Woodrow Wilson and the applications of power reminiscent of FDR. What he lacks is the sense of restraint typically applied by American public opinion.

The President is not universally popular and seemingly is growing less so. His issue focus is clearly not in line with public opinion. As he flogs gun control the public wants action on spending and debt. A recent poll has 84% of the public believing that we are weaker than we were four years ago. Psychologists will tell you that the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior; applied to the President we can expect to be weaker still four years from now in a world with ever more and varied threats. Spending, debt and the strength of our military are key points of focus for the public and Conservative criticism.

Despite re-election the President is not in tune with public priorities and thus is defined, the state of our union.

Somewhere between a ‘just barely’ minority and a moderate majority, Americans appear to want to pull the President closer to the center of the political spectrum. Past behaviors tell us that is an unlikely eventuality and will determine the state of the union for years to come absent public uprising.

The President will, no doubt, put a rosy face on the state of the union; from his ideological point of view he may even believe it. There are, however, storm clouds on the horizon, many of his own making. Regulations are being issued at a staggering pace, few if any macroeconomic indicators are in positive territory. Both the President and the House Majority Leader don’t believe spending is the problem and continue their Jihad against ‘the rich’. The sequestration appears to be acceptable to the President as he has abandoned any leadership role in revising what was supposed to be so onerous that both sides would be motivated to find another way. Rumor has it that our military, which the President has paid so much lip service to, may have their pay cut. To abandon leadership over sequestration can only lead to the perception that the President does, in fact, want a weakened military. There is no strong state of our union without a strong military.

We are more separated by race and class than we were four years ago. Charges of racism have become an unthinking response to any variety of situations. Men of God (supposedly) such as Rev. Sharpton exclude mention of God from their public utterances. Religious belief is under attack. Social and cultural change charges on despite majority rejection.

The State of Our Union is, at best, tenuous. No economic growth sufficient to generate significant job growth, no effort to right the economic boat, no appearance of finding middle ground solutions and political internecine warfare the like of which we haven’t seen in years. Leadership failures at every level of the federal government and a growing bureaucracy that continues to separate itself from the citizens it is sworn to serve.

But below it all are Americans that, as Churchill opined; “always do the right thing after they’ve tried everything else.” Do we approach ‘everything else’?

  • Bob

    Here is the failed direction of “everything else” we are heading for.Perhaps the new Secretary of State (the French speaking)John Kerry can enlighten his party………Nah! never happen.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266331/Nicolas-Sarkozy-Carla-Bruni-dodge-new-French-tax-hike-moving-London-setting-1billion-fund.html#axzz2KcUIq5Xe

  • Bob

    Besides Ex-President Sarkozy leaving France to avoid taxes their richest man Bernard Arnault is getting out of Dodge following the socialist credence “It’s OK for thee but not for me”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2267800/Bernard-Arnault-Frances-richest-man-moves-Belgium-avoid-new-socialist-super-tax.html#axzz2KcUIq5Xe

  • Bill Hedges

    “John Kerry can enlighten his party” ??? “Avoid taxes”… A conservative TRUTH. A demo learning impairment…

    A sort of ROLE MODEL so to speak ? Like the ROLE MODEL, who was a athlete, who went to jail for ANIMAL ABUSE. No, that’s unrelated to his field of expertise. Still ?

    In John’s case he is the essence of the demo double standard (like Teddy against alternative energy mills, in his eye site, at his compound). John is rewarded with his NEW STATUS position in government:

    “John Kerry Saves $500,000 By Docking 76-Foot Luxury Yacht Out Of State”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/23/john-kerry-saves-500000-b_n_656985.html

    As a politician, is demo stance, that WE PAY the higher taxes and not hide $$$ from tax fairies. AS a good American. A GOOD demo. All sorts of conservative data rejects that demo reality. LOOK at John’s action. Is a rare breed that opens their pocketbook FREELY, without reservation , to the tax collector.

    Here we have Mr. John Q. American, demo politician, SHELTERING himself from HIGHER TAXES ! Not listening to buma OR EVEN Warren Buffet and the many other liberals who ask for higher taxes FOR THE GOOD OF AMERICAN & the needy. Conservative SO GREEDY.

    John IS as we speak. Higher taxes leads to LESS taxes collected from rich. John is living, breathing, double-standard, demo PROOF.

    Demos hold John in high esteem upon his throne riddled house of cards. More like self-esteem GONE WRONG from a demo political prospective. Actually is normal human behavior. The oldie but goody, a penny saved or $ 5000,000…

  • Bill Hedges

    AUTHOR WRITES:

    “The President is not universally popular and seemingly is growing less so. His issue focus is clearly not in line with public opinion. As he flogs gun control the public wants action on spending and debt. A recent poll has 84% of the public believing that we are weaker than we were four years ago. ”

    YOUR unknown source (“A recent poll”) says “84% of the public believing that we are weaker than we were four years ago.” How does THAT relate to “The President is not universally popular and seemingly is growing less so”. Your poll is not inclusion to your statement. Gallup, in my example, is directly related to “ popular” :

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/gallup-daily-obama-job-approval.aspx

    This poll differs strongly from your assessment of “The President is not universally popular and seemingly is growing less so”…

    We may not like his actions but his appeal is ABOVE ALL THAT. Like Bill Clinton. buma had EVEN LESS of a place to hang his hat on for second term. Who said LIFE WAS FAIR ??? When demo controlled Congress near every bill passed was “not in line with public opinion” as shown by polls including bumcare. WE slaughtered demos in 2010. In recent Presidential election, with a popular buma, one might expect more demos elected with more of buma’s fans voting. Even with that advantage, NOT THAT many Republicans loss…

  • Bill Hedges

    “Obama Popularity Rating Rises In Second Term, Poll Shows”

    01/30/2013

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/obama-popularity-rating-second-term_n_2580796.html

  • Bob

    In a memo to his brother-in-law Stockton Axson dated 3rd of August 1919 President Woodrow Wilson wrote:

    “I am perfectly sure that the state has got to control everything that everybody needs and uses.This means the state must control the means of distribution,the transportation facilities,the railroads;that the state must control the coal mines and the iron mines;the state must control the water sources,the lighting facilities.These things must be controlled by the state in order to secure equality of opportunity among individuals.The little man must have just the same rights as the big man,and state control provides for this….But there is a point beyond which I cannot go with the socialist,because…their further programmes are not for the individual benifit of the individual.”

  • Landreaux

    Bob,

    That quote is a great capsul of Wilson’s thinking.

  • From Gallup’s most recent polling, approval ratings

    National defense 53%
    Foreign Affairs 46%
    Immigration 46%
    Energy Policy 44%
    Gun policy 42%
    Taxes 41%
    Middle East36%
    Deficit 31%

  • Bill Hedges

    “Really ???”

    Author writes, well check “Landreaux Feb 13th, 2013 at 11:37 am”.

    I would LOVE to check the specific link YOUR USING, BUT you gave NO LINK. Isn’t THAT required ? Here is what I had to find ON MY OWN. Hope is same one you are referring to. Did little research to try and find. NOT my job:

    “Obama Rated Highest on Foreign Affairs, Lowest on Deficit”

    “Specific issue ratings are largely unchanged from last year”

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/160385/obama-rated-highest-foreign-affairs-lowest-deficit.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines

    AUTHOR wrote “The President is not universally popular and seemingly is growing less so.” MY POLL SHOWS his popularity is RISING.

    BUMA has “relatively low performance ratings”according to link I found expressing your data, but, but, but his *** personal popularity *** IS RISING. Your wrote “not universally popular”.

    You are comparing apples to oranges…

  • Bill Hedges

    “Your” should be you

  • Bill Hedges

    In article was “A recent poll” NOW “Gallup” which is SOME indication leading to data you used…

  • Bill Hedges

    NOT “From Gallup’s most recent polling, approval ratings” AS Landreaux WROTE, but as link wrote “Obama’s Job Approval on 9 Issues:”

    “National defense – 53% Approve, 44% Disapprove
    Foreign affairs – 46% Approve, 48% Disapprove
    Immigration – 46% Approve, 48% Disapprove
    Energy policy – 44% Approve, 46% Disapprove
    Gun policy – 42% Approve, 54% Disapprove
    Taxes – 41% Approve, 57% Disapprove
    the economy – 39% Approve, 60% Disapprove
    Middle East: Israelis/Palestinians – 36% Approve, 55% Disapprove
    The federal budget deficit – 31% Approve, 65% Disapprove”

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/poll-americans-dont-really-job-obamas-doing

  • Bill Hedges

    As proven by author, buma’s “job approval” is LOW. BUT, unlike what author wrote, buma’s popularity is moving on up… Why he got 2nd term…

  • Bill Hedges

    Such a MINOR MISTAKE one would expect a person to be able to FREELY ADMIT; NOT twist, rattle, & roll around IN MUDDY game IGNORING the obvious then PASSING OVER in the SHALLOWS of the night. Then, this particular human doesn’t provide LINKS when REQUIRED. One WONDERS !?!

    How *** a·typ·i·cal *** of a EDUCATED honest author. I find more descriptive of ………

    I rarely read his articles. With good cause as well as ones unmentioned heretofore…

  • Bob

    Ah yes once again I see the republicans(small “r”) have their priorities in order and are leading the party in a NEW DIRECTION(?).During a speech Ex-Gov.Jeb Bush comes out and says if he was President “I would govern like Lyndon Johnson”.Yes the same Lyndon Johnson who’s main priority was the “Great Society” and expanding the welfare state.But then his family has a history of “A Kinder,Gentler Society” and “Compassionate Conservatism”.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/15/Jeb-Bush-I-d-Strive-to-Be-Like-Lyndon-Johnson-if-Elected-President

  • Bill Hedges

    Bob takes ONE LINE from speech being “During a speech Ex-Gov.Jeb Bush comes out and says if he was President “I would govern like Lyndon Johnson”. Then Bob concludes HIS “little r” thing.

    What is wrong WITH THIS PICTURE ?

    No substantiating evidence THAT “Great Society” and expanding the welfare state” was what Jeb was referring to. TO THE CONTRARY, wasn’t even mentioned. Would expect quotes by Jeb providing supporting documentation by Bob. Ah, NO.

    Here is what is found in article:

    “Bush did not address Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty programs, about which Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, “We had a war on poverty, and poverty won.”

    “Instead, he was referencing Johnson’s mastery of the so-called sausage-making process in Congress. ”

    AS EXPRESSED IN ARTICLE, I TOO admire “wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations” IN NEWT’S IMAGE…

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/15/Jeb-Bush-I-d-Strive-to-Be-Like-Lyndon-Johnson-if-Elected-President

  • Bob

    In order to attack Landreaux and myself you seem to be defending liberalism and big government a lot lately.

    If I had my way Congress would stay in recess as long as possible because then they do no harm.That “sausage making process” you describe also leads to “how government expands and cronyism thrives” as mentioned in the article but you conviently ignore.

    The Bush family played a big part in the establishment republicanism (small”r”)over the past 30 years.In 1980 when he was running against Ronald Reagan George H.W.Bush had the establishment of the party behind him and Mr.Reagan was the outsider as he was in 1976.In addition George H.W.Bush called the same economic policies you defend as “voo-doo economics”.When he became president George H.W.Bush wanted a “Kinder,Gentler Conservatism’ to which Mrs.Reagan said “Kinder and gentler than who?”.There is a reason G.H.W.Bush only served one term and it’s because conservatives realized he wasn’t conservative.When his son became president he believed in “Big Government Conservatism” and stated “When the people are hurting it’s governments job to come to their aid”.

    How does that old saying go “Fool me once shame on you …….”

  • Bill Hedges

    Jeb ADMIRED “wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations” IN NEWT’S IMAGE. You got OFF TRACK adding “Great Society” and expanding the welfare state”.

    You now want to SWITCH & bait OFF Jeb to another Bush. You can discuss that with MamiDabrida or the many other new commenters.

    I discredit “In order to attack Landreaux and myself you seem to be defending liberalism and big government a lot lately” by you two own statements. ___ Can’t help what you conclude ___. You have a vivid imagination as shown in my first paragraph. YOU COMPLAINED I didn’t look at Landreaux in the past. Well I am NOW. YOU GOT YOUR WISH. TO HIS CREDIT he hasn’t went OFF TRACK trying to save face. Like YOU WHEN I have him covered in corner HE DOES DISAPPEAR. WHEN he does respond he stays focused in discussion.

    FATHER BUSH broke his promise of “READ MY LIPS, NO NEW TAXES”. WHAT IS THIS “George H.W.Bush called the same economic policies you defend as “voo-doo economics” ???

    BACK in 20’s, cutting taxes FOR RICH occurred. JFK saw the wisdom of DOING & did. Does THAT make me a liberal LOVER for admiring JFK FOR THAT ? THE NEWEST TEA version began with buma’s elections. In News & Report I added the debt of both Democrats & Republicans BECAUSE a liberal said we created more debt. Turns out ABOUT EVEN not getting into the issue of stealing funds from social security and other programs. I can ADMIRE Tricky Dicky for opening up to China & still hate the crimes he committed.

    You ADMIRE Thomas Jefferson BUT he tore up THE CONSTITUTION in order to buy land. HAD he stayed with HIS STRICK interpretation of the Constitution AMERICA would be much different & for the worse. I admire Jefferson for THE SMARTS of breaking away from his STRICT INTERPRETATIONIN in THIS CASE. ___. Sometimes, A President MUST & rightfully so ___. The last Bush elected entire Presidency was changed forever after 911. Trying to judge George by TEA standards established after buma’s election is *** lu·di·crous ***…

  • Bill Hedges

    REPUBLICANS ARE for “When the people are hurting it’s governments job to come to their aid”. JUST NO NOTT TO THE EXTENT as demos. We believe in clean air & water. NOT DEMO GREEN…

  • Bill Hedges

    CORRECTION

    Not “NO NOTT”. Simple _ not _…

  • Bill Hedges

    Your “How does that old saying go “Fool me once shame on you …….” is meaningless in your context…

  • Bill Hedges

    Where IN THIS ARTICLE did I “In order to attack Landreaux and myself you seem to be defending liberalism and big government a lot lately.” ??? In ANY ARTICLE ? QUOTES, SPECIFICS, & LOCATION…

  • Bob

    You still conviently avoid answering the fact that this “politics of making sausage” leads to “government expanding and cronyism thriving”.

    I know republicans are for coming to the aid when people are hurting thats the problem I have with the republican party today.Thats not the function of government as described in the Constitution.It’s liberalism lite!

    And neither one of these two are beliefs held to by members of the Tea Party.There is the perfect example of you defending liberism and big government.

  • Bill Hedges

    “You still conviently avoid answering the fact that this “politics of making sausage” leads to “government expanding and cronyism thriving”.”

    Because IT ISN’T what Jeb meant.

    Jeb ADMIRED “wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations” IN NEWT’S IMAGE. You got OFF TRACK adding “Great Society” and expanding the welfare state”.

  • Bill Hedges

    I’ll repeat in again for you.

    Jeb ADMIRED “wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations” IN NEWT’S IMAGE. You got OFF TRACK adding “Great Society” and expanding the welfare state”.

  • Bill Hedges

    They say third time is charm…

  • Bob

    “Fool me once shame on you……..”

  • Bill Hedges

    WHEN so wrong, would be *** lu·di·crous *** for you to try and have a come back. You don’t even try.

  • Bill Hedges
  • Bob

    LMAO….Thank you for the supporting evidence on my “Fool me once……”remark.Enough said !

  • Bill Hedges

    You lost your Jeb argument. Had to give you something…

  • Bob

    I made my point concerning Jeb Bushs remark as to him wanting to govern like LBJ.I haven’t waivered !

    You STILL HAVEN’T ADDRESSED how this politics of making sausage you endores leads to big government and cronyism.Also enlighten us on how a so called member of the Tea Party justifies this big government and cronyism?

  • Bill Hedges

    i QUOTED your own link which denies your statements.Guess three times isn’t charm. For 4th time:

    Jeb ADMIRED “wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations” IN NEWT’S IMAGE. You got OFF TRACK adding “Great Society” and expanding the welfare state”.

  • Bob

    LMAO…now who is being ludicrous and can’t provide an answer?

    Good night….”Life is to short to deal with idiots”

  • Bill Hedges

    Can go “wheeling and dealing ” without going liberal.

    Ask Ronald. For every $1.00 increase he cut $3.00.

    Ask Mitt. He had over 80 % demo in his government..

    Ask Newt. Contract with America had to have demo votes to pass.

    Without “wheeling and dealing” a Republican Prez gets nothing done if Congress is not Republican controlled.

  • Bill Hedges

    i QUOTED your own link which denies your statements.Guess four times isn’t enough. For 5th time:

    Jeb ADMIRED “wheeling and dealing Johnson loved and relished is what will be needed to pass bills such as immigration regulations” IN NEWT’S IMAGE. You got OFF TRACK adding “Great Society” and expanding the welfare state”.

  • Bill Hedges

    “Good night….”Life is to short to deal with idiots”

    Real class bobby…

  • Bill Hedges

    Are boys that use words like “idiots” incorrectly. A man is called Bob but a boy is a bobby.

    I answered your question 5 TIMES the same way. FOUND answer IN YOUR OWN LINK. BUT THAT wasn’t good enough for YOU. That is TOO BAD. Read more CAREFULLY links you use.

    Landreaux HAS RECENTLY LET IN MamiDabrida & canada goose norge. HOPE the boy doesn’t scare them off. As elementary school behavior does in adult sites.

    I guess I am a “idiot”. Dealing with a child…

  • Bob

    You can keep on playing the sorcerers apprentice but if you make a deal with the devil you are the junior partner. It makes no sense to expect things to change when the republican party is made up of “Big Government Conservative” Bush people and “Government is the problem” Reagan people.They are incompatible philosophies.

    “No government ever voluntarily reduced itself in sizes so government programs once launched never disappear.Actually a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth”………..Ronald Reagan

    Actually Landreaux has the right idea about dealing with you which I hope to follow: “Don’t go back and check on a dead skunk”.

  • Bill Hedges

    Landreaux SAID buma popularity was going DOWN.I proved was GOING UP. He gave NO LINK AND used no _””_ for quoted material.

    Landreaux has the “RIGHT IDEA” ???