Divisive and defiant

President again uses State of the Union as a partisan cudgel

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It was exactly the kind of State of the Union address the nation has come to expect from President Obama: soaring rhetoric, chunks of red meat for the far left and more fuel for the class warfare fire.

Whether it was lecturing the private sector on how much it should pay employees (“Give America a raise!”) or urging the country to “give every woman the opportunity she deserves” (whatever that means), the president’s pandering and policy-devoid platitudes won him easy applause among those pushing the politics of envy.

Take his statement that women still earn only “77 cents on the dollar” compared to men, a well-worn tactic to incite gender animosity. Worse, the statement is misleading to the point of being outright wrong. The president’s math comes from U.S. Census figures that do not study comparable jobs or total days worked. When adjusted for an apples-to-apples comparison, the wage gap is 6.6 cents. And when the 2010 Census narrows the study to women who are single and childless, they actually earn more than their male peers.

How about this wealth-envy-inspiring gem: “Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled.” Neither statement is true, as studies show rates for both are essentially the same now as they were two decades ago.

Really, does this nation – which is perhaps more divided now than at any point since the Civil War – need more divisive rhetoric?

The latest CNN Poll of Polls – an average of eight nonpartisan national opinion polls – shows Obama’s approval rating at 43 percent, with 6 percent undecided.

With 51 percent of the nation dissatisfied with his job performance, one would think the president might reconsider his policies, or at least ease up on the throttle. Not this president. If this address proved anything, it proved Obama is a president willing to rule by executive fiat, bypassing Congress wherever he can.

That was clear in his comments for a renewed push for gun control: “I intend to keep on trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies ...”

Americans should have learned in high-school civics that the executive branch cannot legislatively bypass Congress. The Constitution was written expressly to keep the president from becoming a dictator.

As a former constitutional law lecturer, Obama should respect that. It appears he doesn’t.

Instead, his actions – and now his dialogue – now send a clear message: Do it my way, or I’ll do it myself.

This is dangerous thinking for a chief executive, and all Americans should be afraid regardless of party affiliation. America was not created to be ruled by despots or monarchs.

Will Congress need to take action to help our president realize that?

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gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 02/01/14 - 01:53 am
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Correct!

“Americans should have learned in high-school civics that the executive branch cannot legislatively bypass Congress.” This is true, but of particular consternation is that Congress does not seemed to have learned it!

Had any president before this one performed as tyrannically, impeachment proceedings would have been well under way, but this corrupt Congress seems to be interested in nothing more than protecting it’s own turf. And the country is going down the tubes because of them.

The Constitution works only if it is followed, but it is quickly becoming little more than another piece of yellowed parchment.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/01/14 - 09:00 am
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the democrats have no other purpose

than to perpetuate their power
via keeping most of our citizenry ignorant and easily fooled
into believing that somewhere out there is a woman
and a man doing the same job, and the woman is paid a third less
there is no such woman
but the ignorant believe
they believe schools need more money tomorrow
and forget about the wasted money of yesterday
they believe raising the minimum wage will help the poor single mother today
and forget about the corresponding rise in unemployment the last time
they believe making guns illegal today would save the world
and forget that criminals will still have guns when the innocent won't
they believe that history is the rich exploiting the poor
and forget that half our people pay no taxes, and our poor are fed, housed, and clothed better than any other nation's poor, in history
they believe that giving government more power today will help everyone tomorrow
and never learned the history of totalitarian governments and that the true barbarity of humans is most effectively carried out by governments
and the true goodness of humans shines best in freedom and the free market
in short, they believe in marxism and the counterfeit wisdom of the pseudo intellectual
and are easily swayed by the tactics of the demagogue
O is simply a "one call that's all" President
getting his ignorant voters paid

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 02/01/14 - 09:38 am
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Unitary executive theory

Whoever proposed such a thing should live in infamy. Anything named in his honor should immediately have his named removed. He should forever be known as divisive and defiant and he that tried to become a despot and a monarch and become dictator of the USA.

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owensjef3 02/01/14 - 10:25 am
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What a joke, I think you Mr.
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What a joke, I think you Mr. Editor are the one being divisive .

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 02/01/14 - 10:36 am
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As long as it irritates the
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As long as it irritates the owners of backwoods newspapers it was good.

Sophisticated
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Sophisticated 02/01/14 - 10:45 am
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What Obama should've said to GOP "Don't like me? I don't like

you , either.

Obama took a State of the Union addressed that began as a critique of economic inequality and turned it into case for restoring opportunity. Anyone who heard class warfare in President Obama' opportunity focused State of the Union is watching too much of Rush Limbaugh or Fox News. Obama hopes to demonstrate that government can take sensible steps on wages, job training and income supplements, on savings, pensions and education, and encourage voters to ask Republicans why they would prevent such initiatives from being enacted on a larger scale. Now that Republicans have put out an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, boy can Democrats have fun with the new Republican alternative to Obamacare. It puts the health insurance companies back in charge and raises costs for almost all Americans, which insurance companies are trying to do now and frame Obamacare for high cost.( But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is getting ready to make a case against these greedy insurance hogs.) In particular, it substantially raises costs and threatens to cut coverage for the half of all Americans who get health insurance at work. Seniors, the group that Republicans have scared witless about Obamacare, would lose the real benefits they receive under Obamacare. The Republican plan would wipe out the expansion of Medicaid to people earning less than 133 percent of FPL, a provision the Supreme Court has made optional. That means many fewer people covered and states getting less Medicaid money. Republican governors may not complain, but you can bet hospitals will.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/01/14 - 10:50 am
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Mr. Owensjef. Is there
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Mr. Owensjef. Is there anything you can point to in the editorial that is not true. It seems odd that you would call it a joke, but not point out any inaccuracies.

swcohen
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swcohen 02/01/14 - 10:51 am
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So, Ed, by your measure

These guys should have been impeached for bypassing Congress: Truman, 907 executive orders; Eisenhower, 484; Kennedy, 214; Johnson, 325; Nixon, 346; Ford, 169; (He wasn't there long enough to have a high score, but he sure did well in 2 1/2 years.) Carter, 320; Reagan, 381; Bush Sr., 166; Clinton, 364; Bush Jr., 291.

This brings us to Obama, issuer of 168 "dictatorial" decrees.

And his unreasonable stand on gun violence! Everybody knows that the answer to gun violence is... More guns! And his irrational attempts to help the poor. Everybody knows that The Poor are the cause of ALL of our economic woes.

GOP hypocrites, say what's really on your mind. You're aching for the day that once again you can have a RICH WHITE guy in the oval office, with a good ol' "normal" name that nobody can make fun of. He'll pander to your irrationalities and your fears, reward his rich cronies, and continually reassure you that you, the soon-to-be rich, can have an American paradise on earth, just like back in the 1950s.

Except that you are on the wrong side of history.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/01/14 - 11:03 am
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ah, the defenders awake!

defending racism, defending the impoverishment of black people,
defending the ruination of health care
oh, and educating black kids since 1964
finally getting 12th grade black kids up to an 8th grade reading level
you guys are good...
do you all have George Wallace posters tacked up on the wall in your garage?
cause by your fruits do we know you...
so now, tell us how good the socialist Scandinavian countries are?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/01/14 - 11:17 am
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Swcohen. If gun control
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Swcohen. If gun control worked, Chicago would be the safest place on Earth.

And nice job playing the tired old race card and wealth envy card in one post.

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dichotomy 02/01/14 - 11:46 am
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"once again you can have a

"once again you can have a RICH WHITE guy in the oval office,"

Hmmmm, rich white guy or racist black communist liar in the oval office.......yep, I'll take the rich white guy. Oh wait, I forgot about the rich white WOMAN who espouses socialist policies for the rest of us while she caters to her rich Democrat friends and the Hollywood liberals. Well, either way you are right....I can't wait for the change.

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deestafford 02/01/14 - 11:48 am
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Do they even teach civics anymore?

Do they even teach civics anymore? In Harvard Law School they no longer require taking a course on the Constitution; yet, they are being groomed to spending their careers operating under the Constitution.

Obama has never been educated on American history and Founding. He has been INDOCTRINATED by his parents (indirectly by his bigamist father), his grandparents, communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, liberal college and school along with their Marxist professors and students, black theological preacher, and white terrorist Bill Ayers. There is nothing in his background to indicate he was ever exposed to anything which would make him proud to be an American.

Obama is the benefactor of "white privilege" since he was raised and supported by well off white grandparents. This lack of "The Black Experience" has been something Obama has been trying to overcompensate for ever since his college days. In his eyes he never "suffered".

Another excellent editorial.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/01/14 - 12:24 pm
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"Another excellent editorial."

Yes, and another in which the Obamites cannot refute point by point. They can only stand back and throw rocks.

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KSL 02/01/14 - 12:43 pm
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harley_52 02/01/14 - 01:44 pm
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"Will Congress need to take action....

....to help our president realize that?"

Hell yes. It's not that the "will" need to, it's that they already need to and have needed to for some time. They NEED To. The question should be WILL THEY? Sadly, I think the answer is probably "no."

Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R, AL) made a comment to the effect that 'congressmen need to understand who they represent' in discussing the progress of Immigration legislation. It begs the question....just who do they represent? It's very difficult to make the case they represent US, the people. If they did, how on earth could the President be getting away with his dictatorial behavior? How could he be spending so much money and how could he be ignoring existing laws and making new ones wherever HE sees fit?

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corgimom 02/01/14 - 02:17 pm
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"Obama has never been

"Obama has never been educated on American history and Founding."

HUH?

Aside from Punahou, he majored in Political Science at Columbia, but he never was educated on American history and Founding?

He taught Costitutional law at the University of Chicago, but doesn't know American history?

Hoo boy, now that's a wild tall tale!

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 02:22 pm
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How about this

How about this wealth-envy-inspiring gem: “Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled.” Neither statement is true, as studies show rates for both are essentially the same now as they were two decades ago.

Well, everybody, ask yourself this question.

Do you have as much disposable income as you did even 5 or 10 years ago?

Or do you spend more money on health care, food, gasoline, housing and utilities and other necessities?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 02:24 pm
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I personally experienced wage

I personally experienced wage discrimination in Augusta GA.

When a woman rents or buys a house, buys a car, buys food at the grocery store, nobody ever says "Oh, you earn less money than a man, I'll give you a discount."

Why should there be ANY wage gap?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 02:34 pm
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Many years ago, at a

Many years ago, at a departmental meeting of my employer, a man was leading the meeting- and trying to tell us why men earned more than women- had all of us women stand. He thought that he was going to teach us a little something.

He said, "If you've ever only worked one job at a time, sit down."

He said, "If you've ever worked a job where you only worked Monday through Friday, sit down."

He said, "If you've ever worked jobs that only were during the daytime, sit down."

He said, "If you didn't supervise other people, sit down."

He said, "If you ever worked a job where you had to routinely lift more than 50 lbs, sit down."

I was the only one left standing.

I then got a standing ovation from all the other women, and he was speechless, and MAD!

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teaparty 02/01/14 - 02:40 pm
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"Aside from Punahou, he
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"Aside from Punahou, he majored in Political Science at Columbia, but he never was educated on American history and Founding?"
How do you know what he really studied his records are sealed? I sure they will not be release in his life time. I wonder why?
Obama has often referred to himself as “a constitutional law professor” out on the campaign trail. He never held any such title. He was a "senior lecturer". He lied about that like he lied about everything but his followers are not smart enough to figure it out.

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teaparty 02/01/14 - 03:22 pm
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'I then got a standing
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'I then got a standing ovation from all the other women, and he was speechless, and MAD!'
perhaps because he knew the truth?

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corgimom 02/01/14 - 04:02 pm
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teaparty, you don't know what

teaparty, you don't know what someone needs to study for a Political Science degree? Really?

And yes, he was a Constitutional law professor. You don't need a doctorate to be a professor.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 04:05 pm
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Teaparty, perhaps that man

Teaparty, perhaps that man knew the truth about- what?

What jobs I had held?

Sure, he followed me around the country, watching me for the prior 15 years. Of course, why not.

What a ridiculous question to ask me.

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Gage Creed 02/01/14 - 04:13 pm
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Corgi... care to let everyone

Corgi... care to let everyone in on how many years ago that was?

teaparty
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teaparty 02/01/14 - 04:18 pm
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"And yes, he was a
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"And yes, he was a Constitutional law professor."
corgi, that is untrue but you are free to believe what you want even though it is not true.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/01/14 - 04:19 pm
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Corgimom, how did you getnhim
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Corgimom, how did you getnhim tonhave his records unsealed? Or are you assuming he was just telling the truth? Not a very good assumption.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/01/14 - 04:21 pm
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" Sure, he followed me around
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" Sure, he followed me around the country, watching me for the prior 15 years."
corgi, I should have said perhaps he suspected the truth.

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owensjef3 02/01/14 - 05:56 pm
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Obama is evil, stick with the
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Obama is evil, stick with the rich white guys, that's the message from these right wingers. Their freedoms are being taken away, Huh they don't have a clue of what it is like to have freedoms taken away.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/01/14 - 06:04 pm
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Seems the liberals are the
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Seems the liberals are the only ones pushing the race card, and displaying wealth envy. Tell us how a half white rich guy in office is better than a white rich guy? You keep bringing up race, and claiming the right brought it up.....but when did the truth matter to the left?

Owensjef....tell us which of your freedoms have been taken away....other than the freedom to get the health insurance that is tailored to your needs.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/01/14 - 06:11 pm
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"Obama is evil" owens, I
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"Obama is evil"
owens, I agree with that he hates everything this country was based on and he does hate most 'white guys' if they are rich or not.
White, black, yellow and brown people have had their freedom taken away at some point in history.

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