The Platitudes President

Obama warps the concept of the American dream

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If you didn’t see President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, don’t sweat it. You probably saw the same speech a year or two ago.

A little research has unearthed the naked truth that Mr. Obama’s platitudes are bald retreads – an amazing number of them astoundingly, unashamedly lifted straight from his past addresses. Is that a result of scam or sloth?

Just one example:

• In 2010: “And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system.”

• In 2011: “I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration.”

• In 2012: “I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration.”

Wow. You can’t make this stuff up.

Notice two things about his statements across three years – other than their jaw-dropping repetitiveness, like a number of his boiler plate phrases: 1) it never gets done, no matter how “strongly” he feels about it, and 2) he doesn’t say what he wants done about it.

Ah, but there’s a reason for not saying: Mr. Obama knows when he’s talking to a broad swath of America – such as in a State of the Union address. He trots out all the moderate buzzwords for our problems, but doesn’t spell out the far-left solutions he has been otherwise pursuing.

How empty are this president’s platitudes? Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said Wednesday that he agreed with 80 percent of what the president says, and disagrees with 80 percent of what he does. One example is Mr. Obama’s oft-stated claim to want to grow jobs and energy, compared with his shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would grow both.

But it is when he talks of the American dream that Mr. Obama’s rhetoric is the most empty, and even misguided.

He talks about the opportunity to have a job and home – but suggests that it’s the richest Americans’ alleged failure to pay their fair share in taxes that is somehow stunting your ability to get a job and home. Exactly how does that work again? More taxes, bigger government, equals more opportunity? Less money in your boss’ pocket means more hope for you?

That’s just inane. But it’s precisely that government-centric notion of “fairness” that is the odd cornerstone of his entire presidency.

And let’s talk about fairness, which the president trotted out prominently Tuesday night – calling it, in fact, “the defining issue of our time.” He talks – notably, again, in a speech aimed at a vast mainstream America – about ensuring a “fair shot.”

Agreed!

But in a free country, that doesn’t mean equality of outcome. Moreover, disparities in wealth aren’t inherently unfair, as the president and his supporters like to put on. They’re most often the result of variations in talent, skill, focus, desire, determination, work ethic, upbringing, choices and more.

In addition, how you end up in life also has a lot to do with how responsible you are. People are infinitely less likely to succeed who have children out of wedlock, particularly at a young age; abuse themselves with substances; overindulge in self-gratification; drop out of school; commit crimes; adopt defeatist attitudes and more.

To understand how fundamentally this man misunderstands the concept of the American dream, just consider his recent lament that “we can’t go back” to “you’re-on-your-own economics.” What he fails to understand, or refuses to acknowledge, is that – while there’s always help out there, and no country is more compassionate than America – being “on your own” is a beautiful, liberating, uplifting thing.

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harley_52
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harley_52 01/26/12 - 11:27 pm
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I've suggested for a long

I've suggested for a long time that it's very important to pay little attention to what Obama SAYS, but watch carefully what he DOES.

Haki
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Haki 01/27/12 - 12:45 am
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The train has left the

The train has left the building, and it can't be stopped. Obama 2012!

specsta
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specsta 01/27/12 - 02:03 am
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You folks at the Chronicle

You folks at the Chronicle even demean our President's title - it is not "Mr. Obama" or "this man" or "this president" - his respectful salutation is either "President Obama" or "Mr. President". Your editorial board can't even follow proper AP style when addressing President Obama, which is indicative of the lack of respect you have for the leader of our nation.

You address him as President Obama once out of five times when he is referred to by name in your article. That is very troubling. I am appalled by the lack of respect shown for the President, by members of Congress, by members of the media, and most recently by a sitting Governor in Arizona. I think it is for no other reason other than he is a black President. I can't even imagine any Governor wagging their finger at President Bush or President Clinton. It is completely disrespectful.

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copperhead 01/27/12 - 06:25 am
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It's very strange that folks

It's very strange that folks that have been married for 50 years don't agree with one another 100% YET hussein worshippers agree with every utterance from his mouth. It's maniacal!

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carcraft 01/27/12 - 06:50 am
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Well Obama has wasted over

Well Obama has wasted over $300 million on "green energy" bets. Solyndra that went bankrupt in Sept as predicted by the White House Budget office and now a battery company that received $110 million "green energy" loans has gone bankrupt (there are about 20 other grenn energy companies that Obama has bet on that have gone bankrupt). That is 2X what it took Mitt Romney to earn in his life. It would take Mitt Romney 30 years of taxes to pay for those two boondoggles. It would take me 200 years to earn that much money gross. So if you are one of the 50% of American house holds that pay federal income tax Obama wants to make sure that your money is fairly and eqaully wasted by the federal government! Is the problem really that the federal government needs more money or is it just that they waste too much. Where in the Constitution is the government given the mandate to make life fair?

copperhead
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copperhead 01/27/12 - 06:59 am
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I wonder just how many of

I wonder just how many of hussein's followers have actually recieved their collective salvation. How many are still doomed for all eternity?

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/27/12 - 07:21 am
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Well copperhead, the fact

Well copperhead, the fact that these folks "agree with every utterance from his mouth" just proves that they don't think for themselves, just blindly follow him because they think he'll get them what they want.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/27/12 - 07:34 am
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Sad when someone can not deny

Sad when someone can not deny what is written in the letter so the only recourse is to nit-pit and complain whether the writer says Mr. Obama or President Obama. Playing the race card again? Sad.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/27/12 - 07:51 am
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I wonder how many hussein

I wonder how many hussein worshippers are still buying stock in solyndra and ener1.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 01/27/12 - 08:27 am
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You don't think Iraq was

You don't think Iraq was about crony capitalism? No-bid contracts, anyone?

And why do you hate family farmers? They were most at risk from a pipeline that many engineers went on record to declare unsafe. You want all of our food to come from the likes of Monsanto and ADM?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/27/12 - 08:36 am
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So are are only supposed to

So are are only supposed to refer to Obama (oops) as Mr. President? Maybe we should show our respect in other ways, too. Stand when Mr. President comes on TV. If we are ever lucky enough to actually be in Mr. President's presence, we should never look Mr. President directly in the eye. That's rude.

If Mr. President is ever unhappy about anything we should all fall to the ground, crying like the North Koreans in front of the dictator's body as they piled up in one big mound with tears flowing everywhere.

Why don't we all carry little books in our pocket with the Thoughts of Mr. President. If anyone says anything derogatory against Mr. President, take out your book and shake it at him. We need a revolution against this rude culture that disrespects Mr. President...a Cultural Revolution.

TParty
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TParty 01/27/12 - 08:51 am
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Everyone knows that under

Everyone knows that under Obama's, sorry, President Obama's administration, more illegals have been deported compared to the previous administration.

He's doing a good job there.

Problem is that scandal that is not being covered or followed up on- fast and furious disaster. That's a real problem.

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allhans 01/27/12 - 08:56 am
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TParty The problem with that

TParty The problem with that is they are coming faster than they are going.

TParty
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TParty 01/27/12 - 09:21 am
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allhans- I don't think that

allhans- I don't think that is true. I've read in several papers that because of the economy here, fewer illegals are trying to come in.

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Fundamental_Arminian 01/27/12 - 09:48 am
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"One example is Mr. Obama’s

"One example is Mr. Obama’s oft-stated claim to want to grow jobs and energy, compared with his shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would grow both" (editorial).

Shutting down the pipeline is helpful to Warren Buffett's Burlington Northern Railroad, which now transports oil that the pipeline would carry. Mr. Buffett, of course, is a big supporter of our president.

Because transportation by rail can be riskier than transportation by pipeline, I doubt that our president's opposition to the pipeline is motivated as much by environmental concerns as it is by cronyism.

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Conservative Man 01/27/12 - 10:16 am
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Anyone who thinks this

Anyone who thinks this partisan hack will be re-elected is just kidding themselves..With unemployment at the "new normal" of around 9%, (actually real unemployment is around 15%) and with the economy getting worse and worse, this guy doesn't stand a chance. Never mind the obvious fact that he's in over his head. Or as someone said in the rants and raves. Don't feel sorry for him, after all it's his first job...
Point being... fear not....he'll be gone in Nov.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/27/12 - 10:27 am
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tparty there you go again.

tparty there you go again. Supporting obama. Problem is, the mainsteam media myth about obama's record number of deportations is just that. A myth.

http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-disproves-the-myth-of-record-dep...

There's a lot more information supporting this if you do some research and don't simply listen to the information obama feeds you. I'll bet you believe that unemployment is actually 8.5%.

BTW, I'm selling some wonderful land in SE Georgia. Interested?

TParty
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TParty 01/27/12 - 11:09 am
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Chillen: Mark Levin is not

Chillen: Mark Levin is not what I consider a reputable source, same with Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart. Those guys are fancy bloggers.

I am not defending Obama, just making it clear what the facts are- record number of deportations under his administration.

And I do believe in the 8.5%, or what ever number the bureau of labor is putting out. 8.5% being folks who are still looking for work, not counting those who have given up.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/27/12 - 11:17 am
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I rest my case.

I rest my case.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/27/12 - 11:20 am
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Has obama deported his aunt

Has obama deported his aunt or his uncle yet? Or do they get special favors like all the rest of the community organizers mob, communist, socialist, "green"/environmentalist and campaign contribution "friends"?

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 01/27/12 - 11:24 am
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Remember how the adults sound

Remember how the adults sound in the Charlie Brown cartoons???.. It's to the point now that when i hear our President speak all i hear is the sound of wah wah wah blah blah blah...

harley_52
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harley_52 01/27/12 - 11:29 am
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Anybody remember "Shrub," or

Anybody remember "Shrub," or "Bushie Jr.," or "Liar," or "murderer?"

And these folks object to the President being called "this President," or "Obama?"

Unbelievable.....

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/27/12 - 11:35 am
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Right harley, Bush was bashed

Right harley, Bush was bashed all the time, called names, etc. Boy the liberals can sure dish it out, but get their whining game on over "Mr. Obama".

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TParty 01/27/12 - 11:51 am
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I wasn't following *President

I wasn't following *President Obama's aunt and uncle, but I guess his honorable's* aunt Zeituni Onyango was granted a waiver of deportation on May 17, 2010 by the United States and is currently a legal resident. The great *President Obama's uncle is looking to do the same currently. I wonder how much pressure the judges were given...

*Edit: To give correct honoring.

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broad street narrow mind 01/27/12 - 12:09 pm
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i'm waiting for the follow up
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i'm waiting for the follow up with some local focus- augusta's platitudes burger meister.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/27/12 - 01:08 pm
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The Cato Institute put

The Cato Institute put together a video of clips from obama's State of the Union address. They address each point with the facts. It's is fabulous.

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/cato-institute-scholars-on-the-state-of-t...

Here's a taste of the first 2 claims.

1. Obama says for the first time in 9 years there are no American's fighting in Iraq. Response/Correction: The President is outsourcing much of the protection now to State Dept contractors. He actually lobbied the Iraqi govt to keep troops there. Also, he expanded our presence in the middle east by adding troops in Persian Gulf.

2. Obama: Our auto industry was on the verge of death. Response/Correction: The auto industry was not on the verge of death. A few firms were on the verge of death. That's what's supposed to happen when you make bad decisions.

Many more in the video.

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allhans 01/27/12 - 02:28 pm
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Chillen..Thanks. I

Chillen..Thanks. I couldn't/wouldn't watch the theatrics but the video showed me what I "missed". Rated a 10

allhans
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allhans 01/27/12 - 02:39 pm
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I will predict that at this

I will predict that at this time next year the liberals when speaking of the president will say, Will, Mitt, Romney...anything but President/Mr. Romney.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/27/12 - 02:45 pm
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Thanks allhans. Gotta keep

Thanks allhans. Gotta keep the liberals on their toes & grounded in reality. Though I doubt any of them will actually watch the video.

I'm sure the liberals will have all sorts of choice names for the new President this time next year. No matter what, they'll be better than our current President's names - who is rightfully called a Marxist or a Socialist.

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playlikethunder 01/27/12 - 03:18 pm
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FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE WAY WE
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FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE WAY WE ARE HEADED AND YOU CAN SIMPLY RENAME THIS COUNTRY....IT IS DAILY LOSING IT'S IDENTITY AS "AMERICA"

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