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January 28, 2014 - 4:08 pm

The White House just released the first excerpts of President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together.  Let’s make this a year of action.  That’s what most Americans want – for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.  And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all – the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.

Let’s face it: that belief has suffered some serious blows.  Over more than three decades, even before the Great Recession hit, massive shifts in technology and global competition had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.

Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better.  But average wages have barely budged.  Inequality has deepened.  Upward mobility has stalled.  The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead.  And too many still aren’t working at all.

Our job is to reverse these tides.  It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything.  But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class.  Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.  But America does not stand still – and neither will I.  So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

“Opportunity is who we are.  And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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Who has been president for the past five years? Who controls the Senate where GOP House bills go to die?
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I am certain that the President is absolutely flummoxed to find America in this situation. He believes that government creates jobs and redistributes wealth. And since he was sworn in, the Federal government has spent 18.5 TRILLION DOLLARS!!!! And RAISED TAXES. And expanded programs. Add to that the Fed printing an additional 4 TRILLION DOLLARS. How can all that spending NOT have created an economic Boom?

His confusion comes from the fact that the President hasn't a clue about where jobs come from or how wealth is created. There was a great study by the Census Department and University of Maryland that definitively shows that job growth after recessions comes from NEW business. Yet this administration - at every opportunity and from day one - demeans, degrades and demonizes American business. Start a new business? Why on earth would you? If you fail you are absolutely on your own. Succeed? The administration tells you that you didn't build it. Profit? That is something you have squeezed out of your employees and/or cheated from your customers so will be taxed away and redistributed. Have I mentioned regulations? Small wonder that new business startups are at record lows.

But all of that would be news to the President. So he will continue to flail about proposing one useless Government action or another while the war on capitalism continues apace.
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Yeah, B.O., you flooded the engine.
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So the leader of the free world will say:

"I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids"
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Presenting President Pinocchio, petulantly pathologically prevaricating perpetually.
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Reminds me of the SIX P's ... a nice little mantra that the President should familiarize himself with:
Proper planning prevents piss-poor performance.
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Who has been president for the past five years? Who controls the Senate where GOP House bills go to die?
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