Worse than empty

President abandons reality to shovel out political ambiguity

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There are lots of political “fact checkers” out there.

Maybe we need a “substance checker” now.

President Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night was long on soaring rhetoric and desperately short on leadership and ideas.

“One of the emptiest speeches I have ever heard on a national stage,” concluded conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer.

“It was stale and empty. He’s out of juice,” writes Peggy Noonan, respected speechwriter for President Reagan, whom Obama is often compared to.

“Let’s be blunt,” adds liberal commentator Michael Tomasky. “Barack Obama gave a dull and pedestrian speech tonight, with nary an interesting thematic device, policy detail, or even one turn of phrase.”

Certainly Mr. Obama had the sympathetic crowd at fever pitch with his oratory. And never before have you seen more heaping helpings of tasty socialism wrapped deliciously in strips of red, white and blue.

But, borrowing from a past presidential campaign, we’d ask: Where’s the beef?

“I didn’t like the lack of specifics at all,” Tomasky writes. “Nothing in this speech was developed, nothing given hard thought, nothing that built to a great moment.”

“There was nothing in it,” Krauthammer said. “This is a man who believes that government can and should do a lot. There is nothing in here that tells us how he’s going to go from today to tomorrow. For any of the so-called goals, and what government is going to do, what is he going to enact? ... I have a vision of an America where there is no disease and everybody has a private airplane, but unless I tell you how we get there, I’ve said nothing.”

Moreover, Mr. Obama’s platitudes were so general and unsupported by strategy or tactic that even his opponents might agree with him on many of them.

Nowhere was Mr. Obama’s vacuousness more in evidence than in this paragraph:

“If you believe that new plants and factories can dot our landscape; that new energy can power our future; that new schools can provide ladders of opportunity to this nation of dreamers; if you believe in a country where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules, then I need you to vote this November.”

The problem, besides the triteness, is the complete ambiguity. How will all this be done? Beware slogans and salesmen that promise their product will deliver “more” – but never quite say how, or even more of what. More than the competition? More than before? It’s empty selling. Television’s “ShamWow” guy gives you more substance.

Who, except for Mr. Obama’s own Democratic fringe, isn’t for energy, manufacturing, education, a fair shot, doing your fair share and playing by the rules? The question is, will his agenda – whatever it is – get us there?

What has he done, or will he do, to increase manufacturing? He bet billions of your money on solar panel maker Solyndra and other Democrat-connected startups that have since failed.

He’s blocked a new pipeline, and oil production is down on federal land. He won’t get involved in Syria, but he’s declared war on American coal.

Playing by the same rules? His administration has unilaterally granted waivers to at least 1,200 entities, many of them unions, releasing them from abiding by the hefty regulations of the Affordable Care Act – while the rest of us must follow the law.

Doing your fair share? This president attacks those paying 70 percent of federal taxes, while nearly 50 percent of Americans pay none at all. Meanwhile, virtually nothing is asked of public aid recipients, and few incentives exist to wean them off.

As for getting a fair shot, as one observer noted, this is an African-American with a Muslim-sounding name and early Muslim background who was elected to the nation’s highest office while we do battle with radical Muslims. We’d say that’s a pretty fair shot.

The president’s rhetoric was worse than empty. It was contrary to reality.

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carcraft
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carcraft 09/07/12 - 09:38 pm
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Excellent and on point! This

Excellent and on point! This is the same empty BS peddled four years ago that has produced less jobs this August than August last year! At least Obama didn't promise to lower the oceans, heal the earth, and cut the deficit in half!

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willie7 09/07/12 - 09:41 pm
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What do you expect from the
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What do you expect from the Chronicle's Editorial Board? SOS!!!This paper has killed Augusta. People from other cities read the Chronicle and ask, How do you all stand to read this newspaper.It is so sad that we don't have a progressive newspaper in town.

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Rhetor 09/08/12 - 04:47 am
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Well, sure. But, in case you

Well, sure. But, in case you didn't notice, Romney's acceptance speech was backed with even more fluff than Obama's. He talked on and on about family and church, while he said very little about policy. What policy he did discuss was extremely vague and unrealistic. He wants to cut tax loopholes: but which ones? He's never said. He wants to balance the budget without added taxation--but how? And so forth. Romney and his surrogates seem to have little to offer except that they're not Obama.

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carcraft 09/08/12 - 05:38 am
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Rhetor, the problem is that

Rhetor, the problem is that we have 4 years of Obama's BS and it hasn't done the job. 60,000 jobs created last month, 1/2 of what was expected. Obama's $800 billion dollar stimulus program was to hire more teachers, ppolice and rebuild the infra structure with "shovel ready " jobs. What is new in Obama speech that Obama hasn't already tried before? Obama saying he wasn't Bush (besides cutting the deficit in half, healing the earth and lowering the sea level) was what got him elected!

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southern2 09/08/12 - 06:15 am
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If Rip Van Winkle had woke up

If Rip Van Winkle had woke up this week from his 20 year nap and turned on the TV to the DNC, he would not believe this was in America.

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Techfan 09/08/12 - 06:16 am
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Krauthammer????

Krauthammer??? If he's against it, it must have been ok. Who the heck listens to a word this guy says? He said Clinton's speech, that most everyone (including many right wing pundits) agreed was a barnburner, was a "swing and miss". When Obama's speech was moved indoors he claimed, "It wasn't the weather, they knew what the weather was going to be months ago. This was clearly a response to the fear of a sea of empty seats, and that's why this is being done,". Where's this secret Democratic weather machine? I wish they'd loan it to our local folks because George can't accurately tell us what it's going to do tomorrow. Heck, they can tell you it's totally clear and sunny while you're sitting a downpour. Obama's speech wasn't what it was 4 years ago. He's the incumbent. It was the equivalent of taking a knee when you're ahead 7-6 and there's 2 seconds left on the clock. After the boring GOP convention speeches, that's all Obama needed.

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Swampman 09/08/12 - 06:21 am
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If you're looking for BS, you can start with this editorial.

By comparison, its factual accuracy makes Paul Ryan sound like Abe Lincoln. Just one verifiable example: domestic energy production is UP on federal land.

We all know what they say about opinions and body parts but, for crying out loud, stop LYING. Having a different perspective is one thing, repeating demonstrable falsehoods is quite another. You are entitled to your own opinion, you are not entitled to your own facts.

And though it has become clear that the very concept of intellectual honesty is alien to the far-right echo chamber, American progressivism and European socialism are NOT synonymous ideologies. But repeating a falsehood for political purposes IS a propaganda tactic perfected by European fascists.

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carcraft 09/08/12 - 06:24 am
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I think Obama's speech was so

I think Obama's speech was so horrible was because Obama had planned to give anotherspeech but the job report came out and there was absolutly nothing to cheer about (Obama gets a preview of the nubers). So Obama gave this horrible speech. June and July's job numbers have been revised downward also.

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Techfan 09/08/12 - 06:24 am
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I believe we've tried the

I believe we've tried the magical "trickle down" policies for a while too. For some reason all the wealth seems to be trickling up. Of course that's been the GOP plan all along, to play middle class conservatives for suckers. It worked.

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carcraft 09/08/12 - 06:30 am
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Swampman, Where do you get

Swampman, Where do you get your information? According to what I have read energy produciton on federal lands is down. http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/2012/03/15/fossil-fuel-product... Obama has blocked permits for drilling and production on federal land. The boom in the Dakota's is on private property !

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carcraft 09/08/12 - 06:30 am
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Techfan, how is Obama's

Techfan, how is Obama's trickle up theory working? LOL

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soapy_725 09/08/12 - 06:33 am
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Ask naught what you can do for your country,
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but what your country can do for you. Praise OB. Praise OB. Even his speeches are stolen from N.Korea. Bring on the scores of small children singing his praises and waving banners in the streets and villages. Women weeping at his sheer presence.

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CobaltGeorge 09/08/12 - 06:47 am
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Willie7

"It is so sad that we don't have a progressive newspaper in town."

Ok, instead of walking to the mail box everyday and watching the 60" tube, .. START ONE!

Techfan
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Techfan 09/08/12 - 06:52 am
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The trickle up theory was

The trickle up theory was Reagan's. We're still following it and it's still working. The working class gets less and less and those at the top get more and more. The US is becoming top heavy. If we keep it up with only the top 1%-2% raking in all of the the money, like anything else that gets too top heavy, we'll fall.

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Granddaddy John 09/08/12 - 07:13 am
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2008 motto Hope and
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2008 motto Hope and Change.Well today very little Hope is left and all i have in my pocket is Change.2012 motto Foward yea right off a Cliff.Some of you people need to get your head out of your a--.This man is nothing more than a snake oil salesman.

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justthefacts 09/08/12 - 07:14 am
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Real smart?

Yeah, schedule an event in the south in Sept and then act all shocked when there is a forecast of rain. No wonder the economy is going to heck in a handbag. Rain chance turned out to be 20% (according to the Washington Post). I think everyone knows why it was moved.

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burninater 09/08/12 - 07:37 am
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Doing your fair share? This

Doing your fair share? This president attacks those paying 70 percent of federal taxes, while nearly 50 percent of Americans pay none at all.
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I am so tired of this BS statement implying that wealth is overtaxed. The bottom 50% pay no taxes? Guess what percentage of wealth is held by the bottom 50%? ONE PERCENT. ONE. So with a perfectly flat tax, the bottom 50% would pay ONE PERCENT of the taxes. Instead, they are undertaxed by ONE PERCENT.

Can you understand how asinine this makes the claim that the wealthy are overtaxed and the poor are undertaxed? Any thought that goes into this claim apparently entirely ignores real wealth distributiion, if there is thinking involved at all.

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burninater 09/08/12 - 07:42 am
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Sorry, here's a link for

Sorry, here's a link for wealth distribution data:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33433.pdf

carcraft
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carcraft 09/08/12 - 07:46 am
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When Home Depot got going it

When Home Depot got going it created over 1,000 millioniares. The founders of Home Depot say they could not do it today. When Obama started funding green energy projects haw many have succeed and created jobs and wealth. Our road to energy independance and the current energy boon is happening becccause of private enterprise not the government (indeed the government has hindered the process) When you can not have an IRS agent do your taxes or answer your tax questions correctly Obama and the liberals think this same type of government institution should manage helath care. I can go on but I won't.

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justthefacts 09/08/12 - 08:05 am
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Burn

I hear you, but it wasn't conservatives that started this war. President Obama has demonized success. He is the one who has decided to divide the country. Most people do not want the poor to pay taxes. The fair tax, as an example, rebates poor people for their taxes. What one half of the country wants is lower taxes for all and controlled spending, along with opportunty for the poor to better themselves through their own efforts. The other half wants higher taxes (on successful people) and more spending, along with the poor staying dependent on the gov't for their well being.

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allhans 09/08/12 - 08:17 am
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Okay..but the Democrat chorus

Okay..but the Democrat chorus now is " growing from the middle out". Now, I don't know how they intend to do this, after all few folks are left in the middle class, they are now in the poor class. As someone just said, the numbers keep changing which makes those who once was the middle calls now classified as poor.
I would feel better if they made their empty promises on helping the poor get on their feet. I am all for that one.

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carcraft 09/08/12 - 08:34 am
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Burninater As I have said

Burninater As I have said often over 40 years ago this same "wealth distribution" garbage went on! Like Obama's speech it is nothing new. Read a book called THE RICH AND THEY SUPER RICH! The lie of the left is that creation ot wealth is static with only so much room at the top! When "The Rich and the Super Rich" was written where was Opra, Bill Gates, or the thousands of other millionaires that have risen since the book was published. If you want to be wealthy get off your duff and create and produce something! Maybe you could even create and organize a group of investors to offer start up capital help people start companies like Basken Robbins or sports authority! It is so simple even Romney could do it?

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freeradical 09/08/12 - 08:40 am
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The last time a national

The last time a national politician , based his entire political philosophy

on the basis that :

"these are the bad people with all the money. (you didn't build that )
these bad people with all the money stole it . (you didn't build that)
these bad people with all the money caused the death
of this man's wife.
these bad people with all the money are the reason you don't
have the premium cable tv, are eating porterhouse steaks only
twice a week , etc,etc,etc,& etc."

People ended up getting a government haircut, having the gold ripped

out of their mouths , just before they got a government shower &

cremation , or just before the were made into a lampshade .

And much of the confiscated wealth the national politician claimed

these others stole ( you did not build that ) , still sits in Swiss banks

today.

Little wonder they wish God was dead , and they could wipe Jerusalem

from the face of the earth.

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effete elitist liberal 09/08/12 - 08:39 am
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Dudley D.

Mitt Romney is the perfect Dudley Do-Right candidate--the gleaming teeth, the bouffant hair, those leading-with-the-chin perfect poses. If the election was being contested by image, it wouldn't be close. Unfortunately, however, like those matinee idols of the silent screen when "talkies" came along, Romney's not so smooth when his lips have to move and words have to come out of his mouth. ACES has little to say about Krauthammer's or Noonan's comments on Romney's speech.
I read them both. They seemed to be operating on the "less-said-the-better" principle and their remarks both said basically that Republicans didn't expect much from Romney's speech going in, and based on that standard he did OK. And, oh, I suggest you read Michael Tomasky on the Romney speech. Brutal!

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rmwhitley 09/08/12 - 08:46 am
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PROGRESSIVE NEWS:
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like the new york times ( hires a young black journalist, promotes him and finds he's full of BS as is required by the times. The Times did come to grips and fire this moron.) new york times accused of and found to be guilty of hiring plagarists. washington post would report that God and Jerusalem were omitted from the dnc's platform as a major story(? no.). chicago tribune, a masseuse for obama. the ajc (cincinnati's anne cox's) is a left wing southern rag. new orleans times- picayune, a voodoo nightmare. Your left coast papers, who revere lindsay lohan-amanda bynes- tom cruise mal (whatever his real name is), patty murray, barbara boxer, henry waxman, are absolute purveyors of truth and honesty? No. The left would stifle real sources of news. Why? They can't continue to lie and destroy America with them printing the TRUTH. Shame on you lefties. May GOD have mercy on your souls or whatever it is you claim.

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carcraft 09/08/12 - 09:01 am
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Techfan Reagan's economic

Techfan Reagan's economic theory is called "trickle down ". The idea being that the wealthy would keep money they earn they would invest the money to produce job's and benefits for the working middle class. "Trickle up" is the theory that if you give money to lower income poor people they will spend it all boosting demand for goods and services. The problem with trickle up is that this redistribution of wealth requires the money to come from the producers and allows the government to set the priorities! We subsidize women to have babies with out marriage so we get more babies with our dads! Instead of helping the poor we create a permanent welfare class that demands more be taken from the producers!

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dichotomy 09/08/12 - 09:05 am
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The fact is that the thing

The fact is that the thing Obama has done are not working. In fact, everything he has done has made things worse. Worse deficit, worse unemployment, more people on welfare, unemployment, and food stamps. Less consumer confidence, businesses with no confidence in their future tax status and health care cost status. Higher energy prices, doubled gasoline prices, no Canadian pipeline, $billions wasted on failed, bankrupt before they even started "green energy" companies. Obama now has a 4 year record and it is DISMAL. The JOB situation is getting WORSE by the day. Businesses are not hiring and not expanding as long as the anti-business Obama regime is in charge. The last three months of job numbers prove it.

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DrBailey 09/08/12 - 09:20 am
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Disappointing Comment from the AC

"this is an African-American with a Muslim-sounding name and early Muslim background who was elected to the nation’s highest office while we do battle with radical Muslims"

To claim an "observer" stated this comment is as blatantly crude and cowardly as Harry Reid's statement that anonymous person told him Mitt Romney paid no taxes.

However, ACES comment is even worse as it smacks of racism and intolerance. We know who the observer was, and that was the writer or writers of this oped.

This election should be about restoring the middle class and righting the economy, yet ACES chooses to make it an issue about race and religion. Whether or not you agree with the President's policies is one thing, but to make such a pusillanimous statement is highly disturbing, lacks class and professionlism.

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JRC2024 09/08/12 - 09:20 am
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Saving

Burn, all that link tells me is that the bottom 50% do not save anything and that the top do. It also says that the top do because they have the spirit and desire to earn and to save. As an employer I see it everyday when you call one of the employees and they do not answer the cell or a text because they think you may ask them to do something after 5 or on Sat or Sun. People make their own choices and it is not up to a "progressive society" to take care of them because of bad choices all their life. Example, an installer that has worked for me for 25 years has retired and is now complaining that he cannot live on Social Security-When I purchased the balance of the stock of my company from my father when he retired I tried to get him to let me take a small percentage of his income and set aside in investments. He said maybe next year which has never come. He made a bad life choice. I realize that all cannot save but those that can should. It does make a difference over a 25 year period.

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Jane18 09/08/12 - 09:24 am
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Who listens to Charles Krauthammer?

I do, Techfan. He is probably one of the smartest(and strongest) men I have ever listened to..........................

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