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Decoding the State of the Union Address



January 26, 2011 – Comments (10)

This could be fun. Let's find out. We'll go through the transcript I found here. (I couldn't actually watch that orgy of statism.)  My comments are in bold. I'll explain what he really meant.  I'll try to keep it brief.

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Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

From most important to the state (top mafia members) to least important to the state (pliant human capital known as "Americans.")

Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague - and our friend – Gabby Giffords.

Not really our friend, but politeness is a prerequisite of the state court. Tallyrand would be proud.

It's no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that's a good thing. That's what a robust democracy demands. That's what helps set us apart as a nation.

We have fought fiercely on the important matter of dividing up the spoils.

But there's a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.

We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.

That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation.

The nation is the state. The state is the nation. 

Now, by itself, this simple recognition won't usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.

If we keep bickering over the loot, there will be no more loot.

I believe we can. I believe we must. That's what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they've determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

We Democrats really blew it. Too much graft too soon. Working together with Republicans we can take a more reasonable pace of appopriation. That's what the voters asked for... a more gradual descent into Hell. We were shoving them in to Hell.

At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It's whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It's whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world.

What is at stake is the next election, which is where state leadership derives from, and hence what drives our every calculation.

We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

We printed lots of money. Nominal numbers are up. Real wealth has declined. Thankfully, the rubes haven't figured out the difference. (Hard to believe he said that with a straight face.)

But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.

Blah blah blah... a few platitudes to ideals that rope in the really dumb people.

That's the project the American people want us to work on. Together.

Can you hear them? They're saying "gimme gimme gimme..." That's our siren song.

We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans' paychecks are a little bigger today. Every business can write off the full cost of the new investments they make this year. These steps, taken by Democrats and Republicans, will grow the economy and add to the more than one million private sector jobs created last year.

We really can't add jobs to the private sector. That's economically impossible. However, we can give tax breaks to our wealthy buddies. If that creates jobs, cool. If it doesn't, we'll blame it on the market.

But we have more work to do. The steps we've taken over the last two years may have broken the back of this recession – but to win the future, we'll need to take on challenges that have been decades in the making.

We need to deal with the mess that previous lying psychopath politicians laid on our feet. Our challenge is to somehow pass those off to the next generation of busy bodies. It's like a complicated game of Jenga.

Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn't always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you'd have a job for life, with a decent paycheck, good benefits, and the occasional promotion. Maybe you'd even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company.

Well those days are long gone folks. Thanks to us (and our banker friends.)

That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. I've seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets. I've heard it in the frustrations of Americans who've seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear – proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.

And it saddens me, because that's less money for us to loot.

They're right. The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work with 100. Today, just about any company can set up shop, hire workers, and sell their products wherever there's an internet connection.

Even though technology and competition create jobs, I have to imply that they actually do the opposite. Otherwise, the rubes might work up and figure out that we are actually the ones destroying jobs.

Meanwhile, nations like China and India realized that with some changes of their own, they could compete in this new world. And so they started educating their children earlier and longer, with greater emphasis on math and science. They're investing in research and new technologies. Just recently, China became home to the world's largest private solar research facility, and the world's fastest computer.

We must look to the nations ranked 135th and 124th on Heritage's Index of Economic Freedom as our models of excellence.

Look to Iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their heads held high; where American combat patrols have ended; violence has come down; and a new government has been formed. This year, our civilians will forge a lasting partnership with the Iraqi people, while we finish the job of bringing our troops out of Iraq. America's commitment has been kept; the Iraq War is coming to an end.

We will be in Iraq forever. No matter the wishes of the Iraqi or American people. (This probably brought the house to a standing ovation.)

Of course, as we speak, al Qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. Thanks to our intelligence and law enforcement professionals, we are disrupting plots and securing our cities and skies. And as extremists try to inspire acts of violence within our borders, we are responding with the strength of our communities, with respect for the rule of law, and with the conviction that American Muslims are a part of our American family.

We have also taken the fight to al Qaeda and their allies abroad. In Afghanistan, our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan Security Forces. Our purpose is clear – by preventing the Taliban from reestablishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe-haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.

We are losing. Al Qaeda is winning. Dehumanizing Muslims helps deflect criticism of our war failures. But I can't say any of this aloud.

Thanks to our heroic troops and civilians, fewer Afghans are under the control of the insurgency. There will be tough fighting ahead, and the Afghan government will need to deliver better governance. But we are strengthening the capacity of the Afghan people and building an enduring partnership with them. This year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to begin a transition to an Afghan lead. And this July, we will begin to bring our troops home.

We will be in Afghanistan forever. Nevermind the wishes of the Afghanis, Americans, or the impact on our economy.

In Pakistan, al Qaeda's leadership is under more pressure than at any point since 2001. Their leaders and operatives are being removed from the battlefield. Their safe-havens are shrinking. And we have sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian Peninsula to all parts of the globe: we will not relent, we will not waver, and we will defeat you.

We have destabilized Pakistan in order to stabilize it.

American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. Because Republicans and Democrats approved the New START Treaty, far fewer nuclear weapons and launchers will be deployed. Because we rallied the world, nuclear materials are being locked down on every continent so they never fall into the hands of terrorists.

Because of a diplomatic effort to insist that Iran meet its obligations, the Iranian government now faces tougher and tighter sanctions than ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our ally South Korea, and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.

No one can have nukes but us, and everyone else that already has them... but no one else!

To be continued in the comment section later today/tomorrow

David in Qatar

10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 26, 2011 at 6:42 AM, dbjella (< 20) wrote:

I can't watch these anymore.  I see a day when the President's speech is brought to you by Ford and UAW. 

Off Topic -

Did you think Cutler quit?  

All I know is there are two games in life: your reality and perception.  Regardless of whether he was hurt, if he is out of the game because he is injured then act like your injured.  He should have taken some acting lessons, hobbled more, threw some cups on the sidelines, winced in pain more and grab some crutches.  That was a defining moment for a person.  His only salvation is a Super Bowl.

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#2) On January 26, 2011 at 7:01 AM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


Did you think Cutler quit?

Honestly I don't know. I wasn't too pleased about it, but then again he wasn't very good anyway. Caleb "Porn Stache" Halie played pretty well.

It's kind of funny though. Da Beloved spent the whole season getting lucky breaks and beating up third string quarterbacks. Then we go down in flames with out third string qb trying to pull a miracle out of Halas' backside.

I can't explain football.

David in Qatar

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#3) On January 26, 2011 at 7:03 AM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

As for the remainder of this, I'll get to it, here in the comment section, but something came up. Hopefully, tomorrow. There is some fun stuff in this tripe.

But while this sideshow was going on, the real state of the (banker's) union was going on in Davos. Robert Wenzel on the grim tidings being uttered.

David in Qatar

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#4) On January 26, 2011 at 7:12 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

Obama believes what he has believed from day 1.  He just thought he needed to change how the message came across.

You don't need a secret decoder ring to figure out what he is really saying.

In future generations, I doubt that even historians will know Obama's words except for them being "a lot of platitudes", and "he was a narcissitist and a prevaricator".

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#5) On January 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM, kdakota630 (28.92) wrote:

You had me at "orgy of statism."  +1 rec

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#6) On January 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM, Mary953 (85.13) wrote:

Okay, I confess.  Not only did I not watch, but after a little bit of this, I also stopped reading what O said.  Just read your comments in bold.  After all, you nailed the first part of it and you said it so much quicker!

Ever notice how his initial looks like what he thinks the rest of us have between our ears - O

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#7) On January 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM, russiangambit (28.71) wrote:

> We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

Yes, this one was a gem. Which one of this speechwriters came up with this nonsense? Corporate profits =  stock profits = economy, that is the whole premise of the current US economic policy in  one sentence. As long as stocks are up what more do you want?

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#8) On January 26, 2011 at 11:27 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Part Two

(Only a little bit today.)

This is just a part of how we are shaping a world that favors peace and prosperity. With our European allies, we revitalized NATO, and increased our cooperation on everything from counter-terrorism to missile defense. We have reset our relationship with Russia, strengthened Asian alliances, and built new partnerships with nations like India. This March, I will travel to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador to forge new alliances for progress in the Americas. Around the globe, we are standing with those who take responsibility – helping farmers grow more food; supporting doctors who care for the sick; and combating the corruption that can rot a society and rob people of opportunity.

State domination of every corner of the globe, and with it complete subjugation of human freedom to state will, is growing closer. If we maintain our superiority over other states, we could be the ones to lead this new world.

Recent events have shown us that what sets us apart must not just be our power – it must be the purpose behind it. In South Sudan – with our assistance – the people were finally able to vote for independence after years of war. Thousands lined up before dawn. People danced in the streets. One man who lost four of his brothers at war summed up the scene around him: "This was a battlefield for most of my life. Now we want to be free."

Our state security service, the CIA, helped to topple a non-compliant state and replace it with one more friendly to our cause.

We saw that same desire to be free in Tunisia, where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight, let us be clear: the United States of America stands with the people of Tunisia, and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.

We support the people of Tunisia, as long as they support us in the war on terror (non-state actors seeking independence.)

We must never forget that the things we've struggled for, and fought for, live in the hearts of people everywhere. And we must always remember that the Americans who have borne the greatest burden in this struggle are the men and women who serve our country.

Tonight, let us speak with one voice in reaffirming that our nation is united in support of our troops and their families. Let us serve them as well as they have served us – by giving them the equipment they need; by providing them with the care and benefits they have earned; and by enlisting our veterans in the great task of building our own nation.

They are the most important (outside of our creditors), because they enable us to carry out our sociopathic designs on foreign soils.

Our troops come from every corner of this country – they are black, white, Latino, Asian and Native American. They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that some of them are gay. Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love. And with that change, I call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC. It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation.

Progressive diversity weakens family bonds and cultural diversities, allowing us to impose our vision of what is proper. And what is proper is always obedience to the state.

We should have no illusions about the work ahead of us. Reforming our schools; changing the way we use energy; reducing our deficit – none of this is easy. All of it will take time. And it will be harder because we will argue about everything. The cost. The details. The letter of every law.

But in the end, we must overcome these petty details and impose our will upon the people.

Of course, some countries don't have this problem. If the central government wants a railroad, they get a railroad – no matter how many homes are bulldozed. If they don't want a bad story in the newspaper, it doesn't get written. And yet, as contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, I know there isn't a person here who would trade places with any other nation on Earth.

Because we can do the same thing, call it eminent domain, while giving lip service to freedom and property rights, and our rubes actually buy it! The only problem other states have is that their citizens are not as duped. What a country!

We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution. We may have different opinions, but we believe in the same promise that says this is a place where you can make it if you try. We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything's possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from. That dream is why I can stand here before you tonight. That dream is why a working class kid from Scranton can stand behind me. That dream is why someone who began by sweeping the floors of his father's Cincinnati bar can preside as Speaker of the House in the greatest nation on Earth.

And if you work hard enough, you too can rule over your fellow human, loot him of his just labor, confiscate his property, legislate his morality, and send his children off to die in foreign lands.

That dream – that American Dream – is what drove the Allen Brothers to reinvent their roofing company for a new era. It's what drove those students at Forsyth Tech to learn a new skill and work towards the future. And that dream is the story of a small business owner named Brandon Fisher. Brandon started a company in Berlin, Pennsylvania that specializes in a new kind of drilling technology. One day last summer, he saw the news that halfway across the world, 33 men were trapped in a Chilean mine, and no one knew how to save them. But Brandon thought his company could help. And so he designed a rescue that would come to be known as Plan B. His employees worked around the clock to manufacture the necessary drilling equipment. And Brandon left for Chile. Along with others, he began drilling a 2,000 foot hole into the ground, working three or four days at a time with no sleep. Thirty-seven days later, Plan B succeeded, and the miners were rescued. But because he didn't want all of the attention, Brandon wasn't there when the miners emerged. He had already gone home, back to work on his next project. Later, one of his employees said of the rescue, "We proved that Center Rock is a little company, but we do big things." We do big things.

We recognize that every great advancement in human history was the result of humans acting in freedom to exchange labor and services. In order to continue feeding off this fine feature of humanity, we must pretend to care about it.


Ok, we'll stop here for now. For a guy that says nothing of substance, he really said a lot of it.

David in Qatar

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#9) On January 26, 2011 at 11:55 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

And file this one under, "It's a free country, brother..."

Sixty year old artist faces 15 years in prison for recording conversation with police.

His original crime? Selling art without a license. Oh, the humanity!

David in Qatar

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#10) On January 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM, kdakota630 (28.92) wrote:

His original crime? Selling art without a license.

C'mon, David.  Even you have to realize what a crime that is and that the state needs to protect us from this potential fraud.  What are we supposed to do?  Allow people to sell us stuff they call "art" unless it's been taxed, regulated, and deemed as "art" by our wise state overlords?

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