“Here comes the new Boss, same as the old Boss!

The President staked out no new ground, no new ideas, and no new sense of cooperation; no specific areas where he was ready to deal, in English class they called it ‘glittering generalities’. The President, in fact, retreated to six year old issues that have failed to resonate. As he stands today, 63% of Americans question his ability to make the right decision for the country. It has taken a majority of those folks five years to understand that Conservative warnings of where we would be are exactly where we are. The President does not want to “refight old battles’ in the context of Health Care but in reality that was what much of what this speech was about; he, of course, wants to be able to choose the old battles to fight, like Gitmo. The President simply returned to his rhetorical comfort zone.

My favorite moment was at the beginning of the speech when Democrats ‘missed’ two early applause lines, when they caught up it was tepid and quickly extinguished. The Democrats, however, caught their rhythm and by the end of the speech were doing their best impression of an aging Pop Up Book. But seriously; the tepid early applause was punctuated by the number of Senate Democrats facing re-election, that were prepared to express ‘disappointment’, in the President’s speech. “Warp 10 Mr. Sulu, get us out of here.”

The President, as has been his pattern has excuses, but few solutions that resonate beyond the party faithful. The Bing pulse charting showed a nearly unbelievable confluence between Republicans and Independents as the President spoke. Not good news for Democrats or the President. This year’s SOTU was, in the main, a rehash of old issues, old rhetoric and old ideas.

As far as the TV cameras allowed, reactions were informative. Beyond the fact that Speaker Boehner appeared to have had a sesame seed caught in his teeth, when the President announced, once again, that we would be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year there, was no applause from the Military brass. They know that the Administration’s failures in Iraq are on the verge of being repeated in Afghanistan.

Foreign policy continues to bedevil the President as he justified his Iran deal, regardless of Iranian insistence that they have not agreed to anything of consequence. A peace deal with the Palestinians is not going to happen and Mr. Kerry is more than a little delusional over the issue, being rejected by all sides of the argument. The commitment to support Syrian moderates presupposes that he can actually find organized moderates still drawing breath. Jim Baker is still looking for Iranian moderates thirty years down the road and the same dynamic is happening in Syria.

Somehow this economy is not of the President’s doing; he deftly admitted failure and at the same time rejected responsibility for his role and his policies. Some of what he asks for, like job training, is sitting on Leader Reid’s desk, passed long ago by the House. The President’s plan for the economy is economic small ball; he looks like he doesn’t know what to do beyond his exhortation to “give em a raise”! In this environment a minimum wage increase for an incredibly small number of people is the answer. His desperation over the issue was reflected in his call for States and businesses to do the minimum wage job for him. His disjoined perception of problems and challenges was further reflected in the fact that there was no mention of national debt, spending or the Keystone. No a single mention.

The President claims an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy in his speech. The reality is that he’s doing a fairly good job of taking coal off the table. At the same time he committed to taking even more public land off the table for exploration and development.

He justified ObamaCare with an anecdote and quoted sign up numbers that are not to be believed which is exactly where his problems lies; credibility.

The President did his best to soar but his flight plan is being rejected. That Conservative rag, NBC finds that the top descriptions Americans use to describe where we are; troubled, divided and deteriorating. This year’s State of The Union did nothing to dispel those perceptions.

  • As I suspected. You summarized what the President said which was all empty nonsense. I’m glad I didn’t waste the time, it’s so infuriating to scream at the TV so I decided not to. Thank you for sacrificing your evening for the rest of us.

    The biggest lie might be about Iran and that may very well haunt us for years to come. The Iranians have completely won this round and they know it.

    He’s terrible at making an argument as to WHY anyone should follow his lead on policies like minimum wage, unemployment benefits, health care, etc… There is no “there” there when the argument is made. It’s more like, “hey, let’s give these people more taxpayer money so we feel better about ourselves.”

    The same themes from years gone by, the same small-minded, short-term policies of raises and government handouts.

    Noticeably missing in last six years:

    Desire by Chief executive to make more Americans individually self-reliant and upwardly mobile.

    • Bob

      Nate: A friend “E” mailed this to me this morning.

      HYPOCRISY 101:

      “The Food Stamp Program administered by the U.S.Department of Agriculture is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free meals and Food Stamps ever to 47 million people as of the most recent figures available in 2013.MEANWHILE the National Park Service administrated by the U.S.Department of Interior ask us “PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS”.Their stated reason for the policy is because “THE ANIMALS WILL GROW DEPENDENT ON HANDOUTS AND WILL NOT LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.”

  • Bill Hedges

    Landreaux wrote

    “That Conservative rag, NBC finds that the top descriptions Americans use to describe where we are; troubled, divided and deteriorating. This year’s State of The Union did nothing to dispel those perceptions.”

    “NBC News poll: Pessimism defines the state of the union”

    “Just 31 percent say the country is better off, and a deep pessimism continues to fuel the public’s mood. Most respondents used words like “divided,” “troubled,” and “deteriorating” to describe the current state of the nation”

    Comparing:

    Landreaux wrote:

    “troubled, divided and deteriorating”

    My link:

    “divided,” “troubled,” and “deteriorating”

    Guess at what I am UNMASKING. HINT “”.

    In my link that Landreaux seems to be using, it ALSO SAYS:

    “It’s not just Obama under fire. A whopping 81 percent disapprove of Congress and twice as many Americans now hold negative views about the Republican Party as positive ones.”

    “The Republican Party’s favorable/unfavorable score stands at an upside-down 24 percent to 47 percent rating (versus the Democratic Party’s 37 percent to 40 percent favorable/unfavorable score).”

    http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/27/22471530-nbc-news-poll-pessimism-defines-the-state-of-the-union?lite

    I RATHER use just Gallup polls BUT THIS ONE was thrust upon me by author.

    Though the specific number are slightly different, the moral of the numbers ARE basically THE SAME:

    1. buma rated above congress.

    2. (D) over (R)

    3. Tea below (R)

    4. Actions by Tea, such as by Cruz, LOWERS (R) but Tea WORSE. One MIGHT conclude Nov. election will find Tea’s grip to life raft, repeat of leading man near end of film Titanic, letting go to fade AWAY.

    When NEED is GREATEST Tea IS heading for ANOTHER hibernation. Inability to ADAPT in fear of appearing THEY changed STANCE. Voters want results & Tea wants but comes back EMPTY HANDED. Minority must DEAL WITH compromise. OBVIOUSLY not done WELL ENOUGH or affectively. In nature we call it extinction of a species…

  • Bill Hedges

    Should be effectively…

  • Bob

    “EXTINCTION OF A SPECIES”

    The article entitled: Arizona GOP Party Censures McCain Over Liberal Voting Record”
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/25/arizona-gop-group-seeks-to-censure-mccain-over-liberal-voting-record/

  • Bill Hedges

    “In nature we call it extinction of a species…”

    I do try to colorize my comments while describing vividly. bob copying is as they say:

    “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”

    bob’s article says:

    “It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate.”

    “Sifert said no further action was expected”

    McCain “…associated with liberal Democrats,” such as immigration reform and to funding the law sometimes known as Obamacare”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/25/arizona-gop-group-seeks-to-censure-mccain-over-liberal-voting-record/

    1. ONLY vote MENTIONED was:

    “It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate.”

    Was it JUST “20%” ??? LIKELY since accrual % NOT GIVEN. NOT exactly a MAJOR FACE SLAP. Proof is… giving the numbers. Shoddy and possible misleading article. SO EASY to provide %.

    “Sifert said no further action was expected”

    2. Specifically brought up was “immigration” & funding “obamacare”

    McCain WAS NOT my first choice for President. Second or third. “Immigration” was addressed under Reagan. With Teddy & (D) invalidating the crust of the agreement after passed. Mainly fixing the __ leaky faucet __ THAT ALLOWS more illegals was sabotage.

    I would want to know SPECIFICS of WHY McCain did what he did. Did VAST MAJORITY of state committee members agree with McCain ?

    The numerous questions I have is unanswered in this article. I give article a grade of incomplete.

    bob continuously wants to lay McCain on the slab where bodies are drained of blood & embalmed. Pick a better built electric chair for John. This artic didn’t work. It shorted out & blew a fuse…

  • Bill Hedges

    Not artic. Article…

  • Bill Hedges

    “The rest of the story”:

    1. “Wacko birds censure McCain, endanger GOP chance to win Senate”

    “When John McCain gets censured by members of his own party – McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee who has one of the most conservative voting records in the Senate – it is clear that the biggest problem facing Republicans is the looniness in their own ranks.”

    “The resolution condemns the war hero McCain for “his continued disservice to our state and nation.” His offenses include supporting the bipartisan immigration reform bill recently passed by the Senate and opposing the conservative push to kill Obamacare last fall by blocking passage of a budget and shutting down the government.”

    “McCain has characterized some of his more extreme GOP colleagues, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, as “wacko birds.” Now, the wacko birds have roosted in Arizona and they promise to “no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. senator.”

    “In Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Alaska and Louisiana, Republicans may also waste good opportunities. Though circumstances differ, each of those states could see the wacko birds take flight and give Democrats the chance to retain their Senate majority. That is what happened in 2012 when too many GOP Senate candidates started riffing about “legitimate rapes” and other crazy things and lost races more sensible Republicans could have won.”

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-wacko-birds-censure-mccain-20140129,0,365416.story#ixzz2ruqZKTu0
    _____ _____
    _______________

    Is buma a 2 term President THANKS TO big birds ? With insane speaking Tea candidates & stuff like this ANOTHER Senate controlled by (D) IN OUR FUTURE ???
    _____ _____
    _______________

    2. “Be it hereby resolved that the Maricopa County Republican leadership censures Sen. McCain for his continued disservice to our state and nation, and…”

    http://www.kpho.com/story/24425782/sen-john-mccain-censured-by-maricopa-gop

    A COUNTY ??? Big-E deal…

  • Bob

    My above post on the Arizona Republican Party centures Sen.McCain may not have the fund raising potential in Arizona that it once had.

    BUT IF IT DOES HE CAN ALWAYS GO TO “HIS LIBERAL SUGAR DADDY GEORGE SORO’S” FOR MORE MONEY

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/10/mccain-camp-lashes-soros_n_96154.html

  • Bill Hedges

    In later research was found passed by good number of votes for.

    John tried TO HAULT Cruz. Had NO possibility of winning. Did lower (R) polls though Tea polls WERE WORSE…

    FYI

    bob jumped ALL OVER ME for using huffington.com .

    Name calling saying “HIS LIBERAL SUGAR DADDY GEORGE SORO’S” FOR MORE MONEY” means little. Your imply is failure to prove SOLID evidence against John that liberalism was bought. This association has been going on AT LEAST since 2005…

  • Bill Hedges

    The aphorism that applies here is:

    “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”

    That’s TEA !!!

    There is another aphorism as well:

    “Familiarity breeds contempt”

    One that hasn’t in their case:

    “If you wish upon a STAR…”

    Tea itself has been weighted down with mishaps and is spiraling down following Newton’s law of inertia. Believing FAIRY TALES do COME TRUE with RIGHT on Tea side “NOT WORKING OUT”. Instead of applaud, Tea is sinking towards the Sigsbee Deep in the Gulf IN THE GALLUP POLLS.

    Fairy dust unfocused some eyes into believing consistently dropping polls, mystically in November will be a magically landslide for Tea candidates. Closing Tea caucus IS immaterial & a meaningless trite fluke. Fantasy land without Ricardo Montalban & Herve Villechaize .

    In the urban dictionary this describes the word BUNK. Everyday word I would use is the phrase WISHFUL THNKING.

    To paraphrase:

    “Damn the polls, FULL SPEED AHEAD”…

    After all:

    “Forrest Gump: My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”.

    Ahhhh, want to BUY A BRIDGE ???

    I’m NO Tom Hanks nor Walt Disney. TOOTH FAIRY passed away. Could say Tea is fashioned after Disneyland.

    Real life Tea type solutions occurred under Newt. Newt’s shut down of government was dissimilar to Tea’s Cruz Chernobyl disaster.

    With CLEAR EYES second term buma WITH TEA ACTING AS disgruntle couch sitters voting day gift. Face FACTS. Todd Akin types molded and used as Tea candidates SOP.

    Tea…. liability…
    __

    Nate once asked me something like how did McCain & Romney work out. Of course THEY LOSS. Father Bush won one term and son won two. Neither Party wins each time. HOW MANY PRESIDENTS were TEA ??? Any in the foreseeable future ??? Is it MORE sad faced Tea elections in ___ REAL WORLD NOVEMBER ___ ??? All indications is YES. Unless you can pull a RABBIT OUT OF THE HAT…

  • Bill Hedges

    “Personally I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. I didn’t bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish and said: “Wouldn’t you like to have that?”
    Why not use the same common sense when fishing for people?”

    “Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People”

    Tea has THE WINNING AGRUMENT concerning spending & debt. Pat yourself on the back because VOTERS aren’t. Cruz in the debt stupidity LOWERED Tea’s HOPE of SUCCESS. 30 + times (R) voted along side Tea in fighting bumcare. (R) saw THE TRAP set & voted to not GO INTO DEFAULT (would be a first in American history). Blame (R) for not playing CHICKEN ??? UNFORTUNELY (R) got hit in the polls OVER THIS (guilt by association) although Tea got hit WORSE.

    Strategy used by Tea IS as useful as a nipple on a male pig. Tea condemns THE MESSENGER of common sense. Even after being showered with condemnation in the polls. With the wisdom of “Wrong Way Douglas Corrigan”, Tea expects VICTORY IN NOVEMBER ??? By WHAT yardstick measure IS THIS seen as reasonable outcome ???

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Corrigan
    ___

    By 53-46 vote, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty failed to become law.

    NO (R) in Senate voted for UN to take our guns. McCaskill (D-MO) did. The buma kisser who SHOULD OF BEEN BEATEN but for Todd’s (Tea) “irrational exuberant” remarks…

  • Bob

    YO’RE RAMBLING INCOHERANT THOUGHTS AGAIN !

  • Bill Hedges

    bob wrote:

    “YO’RE RAMBLING INCOHERANT THOUGHTS AGAIN !”

    Isn’t it swell bob proving his ((( REPEATED insulting ))) of me. ALL BECAUSE my politics DIFFERS from his ???!!!??? I’m able to restrain myself & use thoughts & evidence. Maybe I should strike below the belt LIKE bob does ???!!!???

    Awhile back when I emailed you, you DIDN’T HAVE TIME. TOO BUSY was Nate. Now when I point out bob’s reckless remarks, such as latest tv show “cop” SAD accounting, Nate white washes bob’s blunder. AGAIN. Sweeping UNDER the mat bob’s CHILD LIKE mistaken personal digs at me. bob has LITTLE defense against my political views BUT a _ can·tan·ker·ous _ barb.

    I GLADLY go into detail pointing out the obvious. For comments waiting “moderation” can be observed BY ALL. Want bob to realize SOME OF HIS _ ob·nox·ious _ remarks BIT THE DUST. My REFENCES TO HIS acidic RANTINGS must itch beneath his skin. Thus my CLEAN CUT revenge…

  • Bob

    1)Here’s the facts on ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS:

    Arlen Spector switched parties when he was challenged in a primary by Pat Toomey(R-Pa)

    Charlie Christ left the party to run as an independent when he was challenged in a primary by TEA PARTY Marco Rubio (R-FL)Christ later endorsed President Obama and is now running for Governor of Florida as an independent.

    Lisa Murkowski abandoned the party to run as a write in candidate after she lost the primary to Joe Miller (R-AK) in 2010.

    Dick Luger refused to support Richard Mourdock (R-In) after he lost his primary in 2012. Now Luger is openly backing a Democrat in Georgia who could cost republicans the majority in the senate this year.

    2)NEXT ON TO KARL “TOKYO” ROVE AND ALL HIS MONEY AND WHO HE SUPPORTED:

    Charlie Christ over Mario Rubio…Christ later turned Democrat

    Arlen Spector over Pat Toomey in 2004…..Spector later turned Democrat

    David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz.

    George H.W.Bush over Ronald Reagan in 1980

    WAY TO INVEST CONTRIBUTIONS THERE KARL! AND THIS TURKEY IS THE FACE OF republicans?

    3)In the last two presidential elections the “ESTABLISHMENT republicans”served up a liberal republican currently supporting President Obama’s ILLEGAL ALEIN AMNESTY” and a liberal republican currently being blamed by President Obama supporters for the inspiration on “Obamacare”.It’s fantasy candidate for the 2016 election spent the last election hugging Obama and then signed off on tuition for illegal aliens and up until a few weeks ago was being praised by the left as a “good republican”.

    AND YOU WONDER WHY THE TEA PARTY DOESN’T SUPPORT YOUR CANDIDATES?

  • Bill Hedges

    … YES …

    Tea candidates are running for cover from the fallout because of Cruz ___ destined to lose __ battle & the steady decline of Tea party numbers as shown by Gallup. New lows commonplace.

    Thank a Tea if you find one who admits to being one, for second term buma. THAT’s integrity ???!!!??? NOTICE more refer to themselves as CONSERVATIVE now a days. Tea name is considered _ dis·in·gen·u·ous _ taboo by the masses & more SO as time expires.

    bob wrote:

    “AND YOU WONDER WHY THE TEA PARTY DOESN’T SUPPORT YOUR CANDIDATES?”

    Is bob contradicting NATE ???!!!???:

    “TEA”, as you call it, didn’t stay home. Many voters did, for whatever reason I can’t understand. If anything “TEA” was helping the GOP which would have probably lost worse without them.”

    The Eternal Battle: Grassroots vs. Establishment Nate _Submitted on 2014/01/09 at 5:23 pm | In reply to Bill Hedges

    Believe I pointed to bob as well as article that partly was disgruntled Paul supporters stayed home. bob reiterates his view here again to my support.

    Tea’s flash of obstinacy has final nail ready to be hammered into their coffin.

    On the OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN Nate, in his article, came up with list by Tea supporters.

    “10. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio-52 percent”

    Date of article for poll was Feb. 11, 2014. So in 7 days bob came up with all his marring character assassination _ un·be·knownst _ to those taking the poll ???!!!???.

    Why is it surprising last two are Republicans ? As mentioned. True surprise that 2 Republicans were in list AT ALL. Surely Todd Akins of Missouri name would do…

  • Bill Hedges

    Clarification:

    “Upon reading more on the contents of Senator Rubio’s plan I not only DO NOT SUPPORT IT but think it ill conceived and simply an extension of his attempt to further his Compassionate Conservative agenda which he originated with his immigration proposal”

    “Success, Redefined!!” Bob on 2014/01/10 at 9:54 pm

    Instead of JUST 7 DAYS, those Tea polled had OVER a month TO BE AS outraged at Senator Rubio as bob.

    More likely bob PUTS HIS SPIN & OTHER don’t as I have observed and reported IN PAST…

  • Bill Hedges

    bob wrote:

    “George H.W.Bush over Ronald Reagan in 1980”

    “WAY TO INVEST CONTRIBUTIONS THERE KARL! AND THIS TURKEY IS THE FACE OF republicans?”

    Is Nate a “TURKEY” bob ???!!!??? Nate supported the WRONG candidate for Governor of HIS STATE. WHO has THIS CRYSTAL BALL that predicts WINNERS & NEVER supports the losers ???!!!???

    Did we not expect bumcare to be declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL ???!!!???

    A little _ pre·ten·tious _ PUT DOWN bob. Karl IS NOT “THE FACE OF republicans?” NO MORE THAN Rush IS. Voice in the WILDERNESS yes. There ARE many voices IN POLITICS…