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  • Morning Bell: A Speech Only Washington Could Love

    The more things change, the more things stay the same. A little over a year ago, President Barack Obama came to office expecting to pass a “big bang” of policy changes all in the first year: health care, cap-and-trade, and banking regulation. With the big-bang strategy officially a failure, President Obama’s State of the Union address last night desperately tried to keep all of these legislative efforts alive while also acknowledging that the country has firmly rejected his policy agenda.

    The result was an incoherent mess of promised tax cuts for small businesses coupled with the threat of tax hikes from his health care and energy proposals; more federal money to encourage banks to lend to businesses, coupled with new taxes on banks and individuals; the continued waste of his $862 billion stimulus plan and $2 trillion in new health care spending, coupled with a delayed and temporary spending freeze. As one of the longest State of the Unions in the past 45 years, we cannot cover everything here. But our crack team of Heritage experts did hit almost every issue last night, and you can read their full reactions here. Highlights include:

    The New Hire Tax Credit
    The tax credit for new hires is another recycled idea from Washington. Last tried in the 1970s, the tax credit proved to be a windfall for big businesses that were planning to hire anyway. Small businesses, the engine of job growth, did not use the tax credit largely because they were unaware of it and did not understand how to take advantage of the credit. The jobs tax credit proposal will likely also delay hiring since businesses that understand the tax credit now face an incentive to postpone hiring decisions to take advantage of the tax credit. Extending the Bush tax cuts and undoing the heavy taxes in the health care legislation is a better step to job creation than this tax credit.

    The Bank Tax
    President Obama tonight called for a new tax on banks and other large financial institutions, “a modest fee,” he said, “to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need.” That sounds great, but in truth, the new tax would do nothing of the kind. Mr. Obama knows that almost every major bank has paid-back their bailout funds, with interest. Taxpayers made substantial profits on those repayments. On the other hand, most of the companies that still owe billions to taxpayers, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and auto firms GM and Chrysler, would not be subject to the tax. In short, Mr. Obama would tax those that have paid back taxpayers and exempt those who have not.

    The Spending Freeze
    Obama’s spending freeze would apply to a narrow sliver of spending (somewhere around 1/8th of total spending) and at best, savings would be less than one percent of the total budget. Moreover, it explicitly exempts the very entitlement programs driving future deficits. At a time when the deficit is $1.4 trillion and we face a sea of even worse red ink as far as the eye can see, such a freeze is tantamount to bailing out – forgive the double entendre – the Titanic with a dixiecup. And it would start next year, conveniently after the elections. Freezing spending is the right idea, but this freeze falls short of real action.

    Energy Production
    His calls for new nuclear power, offshore oil and gas exploration, and other new energy technologies are certainly welcome. The problem is that his program of subsidies, special tax treatment, and government support will not work. While government programs can create jobs in specific sectors, the President ignores the evidence that these programs end up killing more jobs than they create. Spain has already gone down this road, and its experience should give the President caution. Between 2000 and 2008, the Spanish government spent $36 billion in taxpayers’ money on wind, solar and mini-hydro development. Each green job created cost on average $758,471.

    Foreign Policy
    Many around the world have expressed concern that a U.S. administration so focused on domestic priorities and troubles as the current one will be too inward-looking to be deeply engaged in the world. Judging by its placement in his list of priorities, foreign affairs did seem like an afterthought, briefly addressed. In Afghanistan, allied nations are hardly coming together to support the President’s surge — indeed French President Nicolas Sarkozy very publicly stated this week that he would not be contributing any more troops to the endeavor, this on the eve of the Afghanistan conference in London.

    And the fight on terrorism has not, as stated, been advanced by the Obama administration — quite the reverse as the nation has become more vulnerable. Nor has the administration distinguished itself by its support for human rights in Iran — in fact it missed a critical moment to get involved during last summer’s uprisings against the Iranian regime. As for the President’s aspiration to control nuclear materials around the world, a goal to be reached through an international conference — that horse left the barn a long time ago.

    In “Government’s End,” Jonathan Rauch writes: “Economic thinkers have recognized for generations that every person has two ways to become wealthier. One is to produce more, the other is to capture more of what others produce. … Washington looks increasingly like a public-works jobs program for lawyers and lobbyists, a profit center for professionals who are in business for themselves.” From complicated new tax credits that small business owners don’t have the time or expertise to take advantage of, to new energy, financial and trade regulations that only large corporations have the lawyers and lobbyists to take advantage of, every policy proposal in Obama’s speech last night is a boon for the lawyer/lobbyist economy in Washington and a hindrance to wealth-creating Americans everywhere. This was a speech only the entrenched interests in Washington could love.

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    101 Responses to Morning Bell: A Speech Only Washington Could Love

    1. Lawrence Hemple, For says:

      Capital Gains Tax break for small business?? Thanks. But most of the customers we have for the capital equipment we design and sell are Big Business. You want to help us, give Big Business a Capital Gains Tax break too!

    2. Mary.... WI says:

      This man is a wind bag. Lies, lies and more lies. And the audacity to scold the Supreme Court Justices right to their faces!

      Clealry, Obama and this administration are clueless how the United States of America operates. I don't care how they do things in Europe or Columbia. I don't want this country to become a socialist government. For those that do feel free to move to Europe or Venezuela.

      Obama and this administration are complete failures in my book.

    3. Jordan Sparks, Calif says:

      Obama's credibility is already in the toilet, we certainly can not expect anything different than we have already seen. I didn't think Carter would ever be outdone, but have seen it in spades.

    4. Sue From Detroit says:

      Obama and his group hate the private sector. They want to kill capitalism. This adminstration has a big problem, the american people. We the people do not like or want his Marxists Theory impossed on them. History has proven it does not work. Obama and his friends want a nice lifestyle from the confiscated wealth of the tax payers. My attitude is keep saying and do what you plan and the democratic party will not be in power again for atleast 5 to 10 years. I hope longer. No one in Obama's group ever earn and honest buck. Do not have a clue on how to create anything. All they know how to do is impose mafia tactics on others to get what they want. They think the rest of the country is as stupid as the poor suckers they fleeced in Chicago.

    5. Rich Rainey says:

      We need to stand in the truth of the scriptures, come to our responsabilities in this environment of self preservation. Confess our roll in this, seeking God's wisdom & guidence. Pray his will & then do his will. Accepting what we put our effort into in the Lord's strength. May we bring the joy of the Lord to others based on the joy we have.

    6. Doug, Wilmington, NC says:

      If he were a cow, he would be a bull full of shi*.

    7. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      President Obama has not listened to the People one bit. He is a fool and so are all of his followers. We must rid Our Government of these idiots!

    8. Doug, Wilmington, NC says:

      Only he can believe what he is saying. When he started "We will review line by line, page by page", I turned the television off and went to bed. Seems like I have heard this line before now.

    9. William R Dachtera says:

      From whom are the banks making their profits??

      I suspect it is from depositers like me who get near zero interest while the banks change unreasonable rates to charge cards etc.

    10. Diane says:

      As Obama does everything he can to not be Bill Clinton, he accelerates the reincarnation of Jimmy Carter. Disastrous foreign policy and even worse domestic economic policies are not a legacy anyone should want to repeat. As the Obama administration suggests small businesses hire, make capital expenditures and get loans, they have no recognition that all these actions require taking on obligations that the business has absolutely no way of meeting in the long term because federal policy is decimating the private sector.

    11. Matthew Fuhrman, Yor says:

      This is the point I do not think the President and most Americans understand. The entire chamber stands up when he bashes the banks and says he's going to impose a "modest fee." In the end, who is going to pay the "modest fee?" John Q. Public, that's who. When are people going to realize that the government does not make money. All they can do is take money. So, everything he said last night about giving and taking money is nothing more than robbing individual Americans, even if you are the recipient in one of his programs. The idea of taking money from one group to give to another just does not make sense in its simplest form. Name one thing the government has ever been involved with that actually made life better for Americans. Name one thing the government has ever been involved with that lowered costs!! NOTHING!!! True Americans do not need a big federal government. True Americans are fighters. True Americans believe in the Constitution as it was written and inteded by our founders. The American system as defined by the Constitution works. How progressives like our President, in the light of one failed socialist experiment after another, can continue to argue their points is beyond rational, logical thought.

    12. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      To quote the scantily-clad pop singer Lady Ga Ga, "OBAMA, ARE YOU LISTENING?" The answer to that question is a firm, definite, NO, NEIN, NON, and NAY! If he was listening, he wouldn't be turning a tin ear to the American people when it comes to health care reform.

    13. Anne Knecht,USA says:

      Of course the Global Warmers are blaming the cold on the U.S. They planned ahead and coined the phrase Climate Change to prepare for the the that the temperature increases are not happening.

    14. john Arizona says:

      And I thought the campaign was over. Didn't we hear these same things when BHO was campaigning?

      Further it shows his arrogance – the people of the US have shown him they don't want all his tax and spend liberal policies, but what does he do? He pushes ahead like he has the people's mandate. I thought he was supposed to be so smart?

    15. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      I wish that every person in the united state could read and understand this article, but alas, most of the people who need to know it the most will remain totally ignorant. That is what they count on they count on controlling peoples minds by controlling big media And it works, because most people do not understand what these guys are doing to them, and do not think that the have the power to do anything about it anyway. My friends tell me I am crazy for giving a S%^t and spending so much time and energy trying to change it. Alas, as things keep getting worse, I think they may be right. I have decided that if you are not rich you cannot survive in Obamslot's brave new socialist world, so to that end I have joined a new business set to challenge Google Join me send name and e-mail address subject FREE Video to ww77651@aol.com, and get rich with me free 7 day trail, if you have not made 10 times the monthly cost by then you are stupid, and I don;t want you anyway.

    16. john koss, Tennessee says:

      Admittedly I did not watch the State of our Union address. Why? You ask! It would be tantamount to watching a 're-run' of a movie I had seen 5 times before. Nothing new here> This President and his cronies don't understand what they are up against. Instead of telling the American People: "We get it now! We are bloated, we are wasteful of your hard-earned dollars and our benefit packages are raping our countries' coffers." This government has lost its moral and social compass. Decency and Honesty have given way to the 'Sound Byte and Politically Correct Attitudes that have split and ruptured our common sense thinking. Three more years…….oy veyyyyyy!!!!!!

    17. Al Wunsch, Fl says:

      I was surprised at the combative tenor of his speech. The message I took away was that he will continue his secular progressive agenda even though the people are against it. He spoke of values, yet some of his proposals were contrary to "traditional" American values. His comments to the parties were starkly partisan. It appears that he will continue to address the issues of those special interests that support him while telling congress not to do that. When he again lectured us about health care and mentioned the CBO report that shows the bill saves money, I knew that nothing had changed.

    18. RM says:

      My 14-year-old daughter thought that Nancy Pelosi looked like one of those wind-up toy monkeys manically banging symbols together.

      Any Photoshop people out there?

    19. Bob Veigel, Arlingto says:

      Lies. No substance. Misleading. Self serving. Dishonest. Political posturing. Disingenuous. Offered by a person with a depraved mind. And people with depraved minds can be dangerous. Obama is very dangerous.

    20. Ben Harrison, Hemet says:

      Pelosi looked like a jack in a box, jumping up after every statement. Obama primary message last night, Bush did it. When will this egomaniac admit that he cannot be king. When will he admit that his agenda is not what the American people want? Did the vote in Massechuttes hae any meaning to him at all? Longest speech in 45 years and now we will see if he can/will do anything that the American people want and still keep this Nation a Republic and not the USSA, United Socialist States of America. I did note that he emphasized last night that there were FIFTY states. Improvement on his knowledge of American History.

    21. James S. Mayfield says:

      Please remove my e-mail address from your mailing list.

      thank you

    22. Harry Livermore says:

      I am 75 years old. The first President I ever voted for was Eisenhower in 1956 right after I returned home from Korea. I say this only to put my views in historical perspective.

      In all of those 53 years of being an observer and a participant of this great republic, I have never seen the chaos that I now see in Washington in both the Administration and the Congress. If it weren't so serious, it would be comic relief between General Elections. Those guys haven't the foggiest notion of what they are doing or what to do.

      Oh, yes, and i have lived all of my life in Red, Fly-over states.

      Pitiful

    23. Harry, Georgia says:

      I am 75 years old. The first President I ever voted for was Eisenhower in the 1956 election right after I returned home from Korea. I say all of this to put my thoughts in the correct historical perspective.

      In those 53 years as a participant and an observer, I have never seen the chaos in Washington both in the Administration and the Congress that exists today. Those guys haven't the foggiest notion of what they are doing or what to do.

      Oh, yes, and I have always lived in Red, Fly-Over states.

      Pitiful

    24. Lloyd Welch Valdese, says:

      I heard someone say he (Obama) should have given this speech six months ago. The problem is he did give it six months ago and, one year ago, and a year and a half ago. This is the same agenda in a differernt box with different wrapping paper and a new prettier bow. It is all about government entitlements, tax credits, govermment spending, sugar daddy government taking care of us which is the core of his supporters way of thinking.

      Americans don't want entitlements. Americans want to be producers. Our immigrant work ethic wants to go to bed at night satified in our accomplishments of the day. We don't want to see businesses fail, but we a willing to see them fail (Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, AIG, Goldman Sachs) then pick themselves up and dust themselves off and get back in the race. A short time ago I emailed all of my representives to repeal NAFTA and put the country back to work. The only one to respond to this announced to me NAFTA was here to stay "unfortunaly" the world was now flat. The fact is we cannot hold up this economy baced on credit if we are not working to prop up this debit.

    25. Lloyd from Florida says:

      The President just does not accept the idea that we have heard his ideas on Government run health care and we reject it. He can explain it all day long and the facts of higher taxes, medical decisions made by bureaucrats, rationing and trashing the best health care in the world are not wanted by most citizens. His focus on Jobs is one year late and now he wants to do little or nothing. His bail outs for state and local governments did not help unemployment. His comment about saved jobs is hard to quantify, he still wants cap and trade which will tax us to death. He urges his Democrat partners to join him pushing through health care and in cap and trade and thereby jumping off the cliff for him in the November elections. He still thinks that a government that is broke can be the savior of the economy. I remember the interest rates and inflation caused when Jimmy Carter expanded the money supply without any backing to our currency and now we are doing it again but many times larger. This continued deficit spending has got to stop. Yes, it will be very painful but if we keep spending at these runaway rates, we will follow countries like Argentina, the Wiermar Republic ( Germany), Russia, Spain and Mexico and eventually have to default on our obligations. It is a wonder that any foreign country will still buy our bonds or accept our currency for payment of debts.

    26. Al Reasin, Conowingo says:

      No matter what the President proposes, there is a lack of confidence that he will follow through and no confidence that any policy will not change. As a small investor, I am not investing since I don't "know" what is going to hit me next. This is what caused the 1937 recession within the Great Depression. We may have a double dip recession unless this administration starts working with all sides to implement policies that people have confidence in. And with spending continuing to increase, what are the tax policies in the long term.

    27. Bill Cudlip Grosse P says:

      Please, November 2010… HURRY!

    28. Tom Rioux says:

      It is a shame that after 12 months the president still doesn't get it. America needs jobs. Any tax he puts on banks will be passed on to the consumer. Nothing was mentioned about terrorist not being charged as war criminals and being tried by the military.

      As you watch the speech he continually had his head upwardslike he was talking down at the American people.

      What a shame

    29. Keith McPhee DSM, IA says:

      It's very apparent the Obama and the Democrats are out of touch with the American's. The did not learn anything when they lost the seat Kennedy held for all those years. They do not care what the people want or say they are going to blow us off and pass the Obama agenda anyway. We have lost alot of our freedoms because of Obama, Pelosi & Reid, we have to get all of them out of office before we loose everything!!!!!

    30. professor iqbal huss says:

      hellow all libral people of USA

      Please I; am not American but say to you who are liberal and sincier to your country that the evil of your country did not see your president as sympathey with poor people. Also want to disscourage your president to play rough game in the ground.The evil of your country did not see president to give full attention on medical and emplyment. All specially jues want to fail his all policy matter specially for poor and un develop countries in the world; also they did not want to love all muslim countries to develop.We all Pakistani people love to president on hid libral foreign plicy matter

    31. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      Obama uses his "speech"(what a joke) to poke at the supreme court. Exuse me LIAR-IN-CHIEF, what about the money UNIONS poured into your campaign?! UNIONS, CORPORATIONS, the only difference between them is only UNIONS VOTE IN OPPOSITION TO THEIR MEMBERS! And Chris Matthews "for an hour forgot you were black"?! He really needs to put down that crack pipe. Actually, we the American people don't give a rat's ass what color a president is, what we do care about is YOUR TRAMPLING OF OUR CONSTITUTION, which gives ample proof that 1) you are surely NOT AMERICAN, 2) you do not care about the American people and 3) your only allegiance is to MARX, LENIN, STALIN, Alinsky and to YOURSELF. You are not giving up on your COUNTRY KILLING AGENDA? OK, WE ARE NOT GIVING UP IN OUR VOTES WHICH WILL PUT ALL YOU NEW COMMUNISTS OUT OF OFFICE. THEN WE WILL DEAL WITH THE MARXISTS WHO TRIED TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY!

    32. Pablo, Palm Coast, F says:

      Well said!

      In my opinion, Obama is committed to one thing only – total government control to be accomplished by destroying capitalism and creating total chaos required to impose new controls – the constitution be damned. He knows what a majority of

      American people want, but does not care what we think. It is what he wants to do

      to this country that supersedes all else.

    33. C. Hyatt says:

      We have arrived at a point where there are no sails on the boat, no rudder, no compass, no captain. We are but a ship of stupid fools or idiots according to what liberal press organization you subscribe to. The American Tax payer will soon unleash their wrath upon the institution in Washington who was elected to represent us. We may be stupid, we may be fools but we have grown tired to the point that we are no longer going to be treated as if we are stupid. Intelligent we may not be, but we are smart enough to vote. Enjoy your sand box, you were elected and have shown no responsibility with the position you represent.

    34. Earl, QUEENS, NY says:

      I didn't even stay up late enough to listen to BHO's speech. Why bother?? It would only be a source of agitation. By now most of us know what BHO (or should we say his teleprompter?) will say to us? BHO lies constantly, e.g. talking about, and taking credit for, millions of jobs saved or created when in fact some 4 million jobs have been lost since he took office. He will not tell the truth – that the phony $787 billion stimulus/porkulus bill, along with trillions more in unsustainable debt, is a total failure. And if he does tell the truth (that is – the many problems we DO have), he'll just whine and say he inherited it – the "Blame Bush/Cheney" childish attitude. We can only hope and pray that not many people are still fooled by Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al.

      IMO the 2010 and 2012 elections can't come soon enough!!

    35. Joline Tate, Texas says:

      The President's State of the Union address last night was more of the same old rhetoric. He lectured the American people, and told us how fortunate we were to have him as our leader. Again, the said down is up and bad it good. It is like having Mark Sanford and John Edwards speak to us on marital fidelity.

    36. Catriona, Ohio says:

      Without a doubt listening to 70minutes of BS from BO is more than the average citizen should have to endure!

      This man is clearly a malignant narcissist, and a total embarrassment to the people of this country.

      Outrageous!

    37. Barb, New York says:

      What I want to know is…are Americans really learning what the Democratic party is really like, and how radical and far left it has become? Have we learned this? We learn by doing? This is becoming a very tragic and costly lesson eh?

    38. Joyce Deany, 906 S. says:

      Frankly, I could not make myself listen to most of the speech. What I did hear sounded like a rehash of unkept campaign promises.

    39. susan neal, Irving t says:

      Rush Limbaugh and I have been right about Obama from the gitgo; he is a radical idealogue that you can not reason with or change his radical view of things; it doesn't matter what evidence or proof that his policies are not working, in fact they are hurting our economy, he is still hell-bent on doing things his way no matter how much harm it causes along the way. The size of this man's ego is beyond belief; his only concern is that he gets to run everything his way no matter what; he never admits failures; he always blames someone else; he is totally unfit and unprepared to lead America; he is no leader and his WORDS CAN NOT BE TRUSTED My hope and prayer for my beloved America is that the November elections will put a stop to Obama's reckless policies and that he becomes a lame-duck president soon where he can do NO MORE HARM TO OUR GREAT NATION; Please join with me in prayer for our Country and that God will protect us because Obama has proven, he will not! it still baffles me to this day how the most anti-America and anti-natonal security inexperienced, immature and unqualified person was elected to the position of commander in chief; he is not the commander in chief; he is THE COMMANDER AND THIEF; look at all of the irresponsible spending by this admin and this democrat-controlled congress led by pelosi and see if that is not indeed who he really is!

      President Bush and VP Cheney–HOW WE MISS YOU! You and your policies did make AMERICA A SAFER PLACE AND WE OWE YOU OUR GRATITUDE!

    40. JIM says:

      WE "MUST" IMPEACH THIS CLOWN.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    41. harv, Pa says:

      It has been stated to many times of OBama's non conformity of the constitution, it is about time that he is thrown out of office and aressted for treason along with his minions in office. Maybe the lawsuit against him in federal court will do just that.

    42. Dennis Social Circle says:

      He is blowing smoke and trying to make us believe the forrest is on fire. Well, he did just the same in 2008 and look where it got him, reid and pelosi.

      American people have to wake up and smell the BS, WE MUST GET TO THE POLLS IN 2010 AND VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE, YET TELL THE NEW PEOPLE THEY WILL GET THE SAME TREATMENT AT THE NEXT ELECTION IF THEY REFUSE TO LISTEN TO THE TAX PAYER. WE DO PAY THEIR HUGE SALARIES. IF WE A VOTERS FAIL TO DO THIS THEN WE MAY AS WELL RENAME THIS COUNTRY, SRA-SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF AMERICA. THAT IS WHERE THEY WANT US TO GO.

    43. Mike, Chicago says:

      Obama's tax on the banks is like the other taxes he wants. They punish the people who pay their debts and give more handouts to those who don't.

    44. Joyce Deany says:

      Frankly, I could not stand to listen to all of the speech. What I did hear sounded like a rehash of campaign promises that we have heard over and over.

    45. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      Last night was a State Of Obama speech. It was mostly about him and his desires; the nasty Republicans who won't say "Yes" to all he wants; and repeating that he will continue to try and ram his Government Socialism down our throats, whether the public likes it or not.

      The man allows his Radical Ideology to trump Reality. The vast majority of Americans do not want to follow him into Socialism and Dependency. His narcissism makes him deaf and blind to the true American wish to stay free and independent.

      "Convince a man against his will, and, his opinion he'll hold still."

      Obama is a thoroughly indoctrinated radical Socialist and the sooner we are rid of him AND Socialism the better off this country will be!

      Ditto: for Pelosi and Reid and all the other toadies!

    46. Jeanne Stotler,Woodbridge, Va says:

      Lies, Lies and more lies. The old expression “if walks like a duck, quack’s like a duck, it is aduck” BHO is so caught up in his ego of trying to look good than in trying to do good. I heard him say he LOWERED taxes, is he just a liar or crazy?, every increase he passes against a bank or corporation is passed on to us the consumer.Let’s all remember what is happening today when we go to the polls Nov.2, 2010 Vote them out.

    47. Thor H. Asgardson says:

      Kudos For Morning Bell

      I watched hours and hours of television news analysis–on both Fox News and MSNBC last night– regarding the State of the Union and this article is the only analysis which beggars what both sides of the partisan aisle had to say.

      This is the "answer" to MSNBC news anchor Keith Theodore Olbermann's question: "Where are the Republicans?"

      Brilliant and masterful assessment. A real tour de force!

      Every American should read this.

    48. Robert Jenness, Pitt says:

      After Obama's speech last night, and his arrogant insistence to continue his destructive policies, it wouldn't surprise me if the democrats themselves "throw Obama under the bus" toward the end of his 1st term. I am old enough to remember Carter's presidency and it's stunning to see that there is actually somebody worse. I have faith that the great American people will "defang" this poor excuse for a President and his dangerous and infantile policies come November, Then he can safely "socialize" in the White House until he's thrown out by the electorate in 2012.

    49. clay ,dallas,texas says:

      What is it going to take to get this moron impeached? I'm with Harv,he should be brought up on treason charges for sure.Not just him but all of them! They are destroying America on purpose! I'm afraid 2012 will be too late.As far as I know,he wasn't even born in America.If he was,why not once and for all, prove it…that goes for all his school records too!!! The state run media needs to go prison with them all too!

    50. Robert says:

      From being introduced by the bouncey speaker of the house til the end Obama showed his selfcentered arrogance. He had his nose in the air and used the words “I’ and “me” constantly. He has not gotten the message that the american people has sent in the last three statewide elections in Virginia, New Jeresy and Mass. It’s all about him. I hope the midterm elections will bring him down to earth and reverse all the anti-american programs he is trying pass against the will of the people.

    51. philip says:

      Same old smoke and mirrors Obamas my ways or no ways,and his bipartism is that every one agrees to all his polical agenda,and he need not compermise, and he dose not have to or intend ot lissen to the americacn people. Another words we don’t no whats best for us or, america onlly goverment no’s the way americans should think.. He needs to wakeup it’s we the people in the constitution of united states that is the governent not obama

    52. JF, Port Isabel, Tex says:

      COME ON! In regards to the “New Hire Tax Credit” proposal; unless there is new business requiring additional employees, there is no way that this type of Tax credit is possible. The nation needs to decrease the tax burden on families and businesses; the additional monies will filter back into the mainstream which will cause businesses to increase manufacturing and consumers to purchase more. In addition, get the banks, automakers, and other businesses that received bailout monies to start replaying those loans back. “New Hire Tax Credit” plus “decrease in taxation to taxpayers” and have those that received bailout monies will do more than increasing the national debt!

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    54. Lloyd Scallan - New Orleans area says:

      To quote a line from the Oliver Stone movie JFK, “what do you expect from a pig
      but a gurnt”! That’s exactly what we heard last night. Obama’s lies and deception never cases to amaze. He read a bunch of words from his teleprompters (someone else wrote), but said absolutely nothing. His performance was exactly what we expected.

    55. bUD sAN RANCISC O says:

      When will this narcissistic Messiah realize that he is not??

    56. Tim, Virginia Beach says:

      Dare I say it? Liar. There, I said it. Liar, liar, liar. Taxes won't be raised one dime? Liar. I am mailing President Obama my Retiree Account Statements for January and February of 2010. My taxes for my military retired pay increased over $40 per month. Coupled with my regular job, which increase a little over $10 per month, I lost an additional $50+/- per month. Am I going to starve, lose my house or car? No. That's not the point. My President stated that taxes would not go up "one single dime". Liar.

    57. Gary Cody, TX says:

      It is disgustingly clear this president is an idiot. (doing the same thing over and over expecting different results). His arrogance is almost beyond belief. To stand up in front of the teleprompter and tell the American People that WE just don't get it is beyond conception.

      He is bound and determined to bring the US down to our knees. Only someone completely lacking any sense for economics could believe that deficit spending using tax payer debt that will take many generations to repay will pull us out of the recession, much less the depression he and his nut case advisors are about to unleash.

      To still be pushing a cap and tax on CO2 emissions based on faulty (more like voodoo) science only serves to tell you one thing: It is not now and never was about the environment. More about bigger government and CONTROL.

      I look for this mental midget and his co-conspirators to perpetrate a financial crisis with the intent of declaring martial law which is his ultimate goal. And I look for this to happen before the 2010 elections, since the dems cannot run the risk that they will lose the elections.

    58. SAMUEL says:

      Obambba rambos, speech was a mixture of mish and mash. His twenty year old speech writer is a baby in diapers. Obambba is still in his diapers. He has been living on government hand outs all his life. He does not know about work, he has never worked.

      Yes, he kept all the government jobs from going under. All teachers unions and added more teachers union jobs. They added new jobs for the teachers unions.

      Obambaam ramo , the state of the union speech was a joke. It was not a state of the union speech. He has been in front of the television too many times. It was the same rhetoric.

      Nafta killed AMERICAN INDUSTRIES. OUR CRAZY GOVERNMENT THOUGHT AMERICA COULD BECOME A SERVICE INDUSTRY . THERE IS JUST SO MUCH WE CAN SERVICE EACH OTHER. SERVICE JOBS DO NOT KEEP OUR UNION GOVERNMENT JOBS SUBSTANTIABLE.

      Bring the china jobs back to AMERICA. Stop the outsourceing of our jobs. It's either them or us…LET IT BE US!

      OBAMBBA IS TRYING TO BE ANOTHER VENEZUELA COUNTRY. TAKE OVER AMERICA, TAKE OVER OUR FREE SPEECH.

      WE HAVE TO GET ALL THESE LEFT WING HAITI AND VENEZUELA LEADERS OUT OF WASHINGTON.

      CHARLES RANGEL, PELOISE, MAXINE WATTERS, REID, CONYERS, BOXER, OBAMBBBA, WE HAVE THIRD COUNTRY LEADERS IN WASHINGTON.

    59. Judy, Mass says:

      EMPTY SUIT AND NOT DESERVING TO BEING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE DID THE VOTING POPULATION GO WRONG? ANSWER: HE HAD A GOOD TELEPROMPTER AND HE WAS USED AS A PUPPET TO RUN HIS CAMPAIGN BY HIS CHICAGO THUGS. TOO BAD PEOPLE BELIEVED HIS LIES. HOPEFULLY NEXT TIME THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WON'T BE SO GULLABLE. ON ANOTHER NOTE, I COULDN'T BRING MYSELF TO WATCH THIS SPEECH. SO TIRED OF SEEING AND HEARING THIS MAN. I NEVER CAN REMEMBER ANY OTHER PRESIDENT BEING OUT THERE SO MUCH AS HE. OH! I KNOW WHY HE LOVES HIMSELF. IT SHOWS. IT'S ALL ABOUT ME MINDSET. WE THE PEOPLE ARE SEEING THIS. MY LIBERAL FRIENDS ARE. IT IS CATCHING ON. SO 3 MORE YEARS ARE LEFT. DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE A——- WHEN YOU PACK UP AND LEAVE. THE HOUSE IS THE PEOPLES HOUSE. NOT YOURS. WE DO NOT WANT SOCIALISM!!!!!!!!!

    60. Judy, Mass says:

      I AM ALSO SO EXHAUSTED BY HEARING HBO BLAMING THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION FOR THE MESS THAT WAS LEFT. MAN UP!!!!!!! IT YOUR SHIP. ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO HEAR THIS FOR ANOTHER 3 YEARS? GUESS WHAT YOU VOTED ON EVERY BILL THAT G.W.BUSH SIGNED SO STOPPED BEING SO DISHONEST AND STOP BLAMING HIM. WE WERE MUCH SAFER WITH HIM THEN WE ARE WITH YOU. CALL THEM TERRORISTS AND CALL IT WARS AGAINST THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE AT WAR AGAINST US.

    61. Discourage says:

      I am so discourage with this administration that it is affecting my health. .I have never been so sick over the governing of our Nation as I am today. This administration is arrogant, and full of deception ; so much so that I truly feel he is destroying our freedoms. .What will be left of us when his term is completed?

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    63. Gary. Nevada says:

      Obama is creating a nightmare for America, beyond any Hollywood could ever imagine in the wildest script. Today, listening to the Democrats try to spin Obama's speech as being "Centrist" is beyond logic, what in the world! I worry that Obama/Holder, et al, KNOW that they can damage our economy, and thus our Constitution, beyond repair before the American people can stop it, with elections. This is the reason behind the arrogant, "I" am going to do exactly what I want, you don't like it, so what, speech!

    64. ann kitay fulton,tx says:

      I only watched during the commercials on another channel. It seems to me the President is succeeding gloriously – he is fulfilling his promise to change our history and our traditions – he is turning brother against brother and sister against sister – divide and conquer – a sort of dated policy but very effective. I didn't want him to live in MY House and still don't want him there. The only thing he can do for me personally is to resign but then there would be Joe Biden and that's scary too. Somehow members of this whole Congress will have to find the backbone to stand up and reject unconstitutional proposals. Surely ther is one lone man or woman up there who has read our Constitution and can understand it. They are mostly lawyers, afterall, and should be able to read above the 3rd grade level. Meanwhile join me in prayer for our beloved Country – America!

    65. Jim - Utah says:

      My wife and I started to watch last night and after a few uttered words, in which we both cried out "Liar – Liar, pants on fire", we turned the channel to watch our Utah Jazz defeat our rival Portland! I am sure the Blazers are more than willing to donate a huge portion of their salaries to the poorer Oregonians after this solidly Blue state decided to spread the wealth with their recently passed tax proposals!

    66. Leith Wood Richmond, says:

      So many lies and no manners shown to the Supreme Court. Beyond tacky. Truly time for a change, but we'll have to wait.

    67. JOHN E. DEAN PHOENIX says:

      MY COMMENT IS NOT SO MUCH ON YOUR ARTICLE AS IT IS TO THE INQUIRY BELOW IT. "DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO SHARES YOUR CONSERVATIVE IDEAS?" I HAVE NEVER SEEN YOU GUYS ON ANY TV NEWS, COMMERCIAL, OR NON CONSERVATIVE VENUES. IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING, QUIT PREACHING TO THE CHOIR. I CAN GET ANGRY AT THE LEFT ALL BY MY SELF. START SPENDING SOME $$$ ON PRIME TIME 3-5 MINUTE INFO COMMERCIALS. I WOULD BE MORE INCLINED TO DONATE FOR THAT THAN FOR ME AND MY FELLOWS TO READ WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW!

      J

    68. Linda, Albuquerque, says:

      As a small business owner, the President has done nothing but make it harder to do business. The $3000 "credit" for new hires (if it ever comes to pass) won't begin to make up for the increased costs of health insurance, increased taxes, new regulations, and the loss of credit availability from the new bank regulations and requirements.

      Don't expect his plans to do anything but worsen the unemployment situation in America. None of us who run our own businesses will even THINK about hiring until all of this is resolved.

    69. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Nice read above. Our government cannot give to someone without first taking from someone else. The ONLY way governments can increase its instrinsic wealth is to plunder other nations. We don't do this. Hitler and Saddam Hussain did and look what happened to them. Therefore, the solution is to look over the past hundred years or so and discover what helped our economy and what didn''t. The answer is clear and it certainly is NOT the current agenda. Sadly, our federal government officials appear to never have read a history book and we are doomed to repeat our past failures.

    70. David Sayers Goldsbo says:

      I also could not watch this moronic, clueless egomaniac. It would have made made me take two bloodpressure pills instead of one. What I did see in in the all the post commentary was a missed opportunity for every Republican sitting there listening to all that dribble,to walk out or at the very least boo the crap out of him.

      Here is someone in charge that shouldn't be and everybody knows it,yet,he is never really challenged. He blamed everyone but himself and lied,especially about the Supreme Court and the only voices to be heard with any force is the talk shoe folks. We cannot take much more of this so called president,impeach now.

    71. loves Dogs/Colorado says:

      I love it———-SAME BS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

      HE'S LIKE A HUGE 78 RECORD OF DAYS GONE BY——-BROKEN RECORD

      HE THINKS IF WE ALL HEAR THE SAME B.S. WE'LL BUY INTO IT.

      FOR HIM———-THIS IS AMERICAN————GET IT???

      WHY DON'T ALL THE DEMOCRATES THAT HATE IT HERE AND ALL OF US AND WANT POWER AND CONTROL———–GO TO HAITI——-THEY NEED NEW GOVERNMENT. THEY SUPPOSEDLY NEED GUIDEANCE THEY'LL WORK FOR YOU AND THE UNIONS

    72. Prevailer76AZ says:

      I do not allow our president in my home – not his image, not his voice. His demeanor infuriates me and the words out of his mouth are so self-serving as to belong to a narcissist of the nth degree. Having said that, I chose to view TV of a more uplifting sort last evening. From all reports and comments after the speech, it was obviously more of the same as expected. This man is no more a leader than is my cat Abby, and she is much prettier.

    73. Dr. Anthony in Monta says:

      Well, I heard the speech and listened to him with an open mind and came away from the SOTU with a little real quickening of "despair" in my heart. What I sensed before, I knew after it was done that night, when speaking of honesty about bipartisanship and working together and deficit reduction, this was a "Sahara desert" without the "waters of no agenda vaporized into a cloudless sky". There is in the place of bipartisanship an agenda and it is Marxist socialism and toward totalitarianism and a government of the elitist czars working for the leader. Maybe this agenda driven presidente intends to create a socialist state in America (for our own good this change); and they are doing quite well with or without the votes, vis a vis the model of Hugo Chavez to the south. If given free elections here, of course, most Americans will say no. However, one may wonder a "tad" what their game plan is now toward somehow disrupting any further electorial advances by the People? What little deviously political things are possible? I am really concerned about how these "force down our throat people" are going to handle the 2010 and 2012 elections with 30 million illegals given amnesty or several million dead people that can still vote a la ACORN (it never has been investigated as far as I know by the AG has it?), if we have the elections at all? His defiance of the Supreme Court's decision was completed non-factual… amazing..so amazing a Justice was heard to whisper "Yhat isn't true"…or words to that effect. God save us…because the current loons in power won't.

    74. Ray, Georgetown, TX. says:

      "Our" new mantra should be loud and clear…VOTE NO INCUMBANT. 'We the People' are the ones who set term limits. There are a myriad of reasons why we are in this predicament. So, lets hope the 'Sleeping Giant' has awakened and WE do our civic duty come November and these liars out of office.

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    76. G. B. Pilkington, At says:

      In earlier days, I'd have said he lied miserably, but I can't since he said it with a straight face. My Army Retired Pay was "frozen" due to the "No Inflation" of 2009, but my witholding went up, so I conclude my taxes increased, yet I make less than $100K. Maybe the "No Tax Increase" was "Harvard-speak," not "Georgia Tech Mathematics."

    77. Janet Allen, Sarasot says:

      Arrogant, defiant and divisive. In 30 years of watching State of the Union speeches, this was the most unpresidential report of the state of our union. Everything he accused, criticized, attacked and scolded others for doing, he has done as well as his entire administration. At times, I wondered how he was able to get the words out of his mouth, without choking on the hypocrisy of his message. And, new low for a President was his disrespectful and despicable treatment of the Supreme Court justices in a public setting on national TV.

    78. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      Dear "Invisible" Heritage .Org: I know you disapprove of my calling this president un-American. So, please prove to me and others he IS. I said BEFORE he was elected, after LISTENING TO WHAT THIS COMMUNITY AGITATOR's GOALS ARE, that he would put us on a par with ZIMBABWE. Everything this man does is for that end and ANYONE who believes the LIAR-IN-CHIEF deserves to be a beggar in the street when he achieves his goal! And I will be the first to tell you under O there will be NO ELECTION in 2012! DICTATORS DO NOT HAVE ELECTIONS YOU FOOLS! ONLY A DICTATOR TRASHES THE US(his "claimed" country)! ONLY A DICTATOR STANDS BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT AND LIES TO THEM WITH FALSE ACCUSATIONS! ONLY A DICTATOR PROPOSES BILLS WHICH HARM THE PEOPLE AND THEIR ATTEMPTS TO RAISE THEIR FAMILIES…ESPECIALLY BILLS BASED ON PROVEN LIES LIKE GLOBAL WARMING! ONLY A DICTATOR MAKES PROMISES HE KNOWS HE CAN NOT KEEP! ONLY A DICTATOR TRIES TO TAKE OVER CORPORATIONS! EXACTLY HOW MUCH PROOF DO YOU NEED?! OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THE MARXIST/ALINSKYITE WE CALL PRESIDENT! THEN LOOK AT ZIMBABWE AND SEE YOUR FUTURE. WE ARE WELL ON OUR WAY. ANOTHER YEAR LIKE THIS ONE WILL DO IT.

    79. Pastor Carmine says:

      Lies Lies and more lies from the communist in the white house. The same things he has told us before, nothing new no hope just tax tax and kill the American dream.

    80. Pastor Carmine says:

      Lies,Lies and more Lies from the communist it the white house. More and more tax's no work just the same things said another way. American Dream die-ing They want health care they want ILLEGALS here so they can get their votes. We Americans must stop this train and knock it off its tracks for good. We are in a war for our soul. We the people must win this one get out and Vote. For America first. Hey Mr President we do not want what your selling.

    81. mindy says:

      where has the pres been for a year? caring only about what he wants (his obamacare which after we read the HR 3200 we revoluted)…trying to jam his obamacare down our throats….while doing that millions lost their jobs! the funny thing is…he thinks he can help the middle class with a little bill and a task force! they just do not understand that the middle class and their American spirit just want obama, the dems, the czars out of our way! he want him to stop spending while we find jobs! we want him out of our lives!

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    83. ella quinn,kinston,n says:

      I didnot watch obama last night.I will not look at him or listen to him.He turns my stomach.

    84. Judith in Michigan says:

      For the first time in my entire adult life, I am really frightened for my country. The State of the Union speech last night laid bare for the whole world to see just what a dispicible, arrogant Marxist follower our POTUS is. Lies, threats, intimidations, attacks. It was all there. How embarrassing it was !

      Mr. O & Co know full well the policies they are forcing on us are destructive. But they are deadly serious in their intentions. Destroy capitalism. Install a Marxist/Totalitarian style government. Just read the directives of Saul Alinsky, one of Mr. O's favorite mentors. It is all spelled out in detail how to do this. I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it, but some are still in denial. Why, the President wouldn't deliberately wreck America, would he?

      These people in control are extremely dangerous and must be watched closely, as they are daily trying to slip one past us citizens.

      Demand your congressmen and women stand up for America, the Constitution, and our freedoms, and actually "Represent" the constituents or they must resign, or we will fire them come November.

      Demand the Republicans start fighting back instead of being so wishy-washy.

      The United States of America is in dire trouble here, folks. Is this being overly dramatic? Ask the Cubans and Venezuela citizens if they thought "it couldn't happen here". No one else but you can save America. No one else. Only you..

    85. GP Longview Texas says:

      Much, if not all, of this nonsense and dangerous activity could have been avoided and still can be stopped. It is time for the Democrats to "take one for the team".

      If these so-called Americans who have supported these shenanigans for the past year were truly Americans-countrymen with their country's best interest at heart- then enough of them, particularly those 'retiring', should cross over now to the Republican side. This would give some strength to be able to thwart most of the upcoming degradation to the country and maybe save what is left of the respectability of the Democratic party itself lest it die with the country as well.

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    87. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      After listening to fingernails on a chalk board, known as the State of The Union Lecture, I mean SPEECH, it is now verified we have a complete IDIOT for a PRESIDENT! Whaaaa, whaaaa we only need UNIONS to pile money into campaigns, NOT CORPORATIONS TOO! Whaaaa. What in God's Name is happening in this once great country, currently being hammered into submission by a handfull of LUNATIC SOCIALISTS?! The REAL QUESTION: How much more will the AMERICAN PEOPLE TAKE AND FOR HOW LONG?

    88. denver- oklahoma says:

      I've always liked believing in Santa Claus, but that's the only fantasy that's worth 70 minutes of anyone's time.The President though obviously enjoyed himself and that's good. Afterall, anyone that deluded with such a desolate future should have a little pleasure even if it's all at the expense of other people…like the Supreme Court Justices and the rest of us Poor Harry .needed some of whatever Madam Pelosi was on. COME SWIFTLY SWEET NOVEMBER!!!

    89. SwamiDave, Cumming, says:

      Let's see…..

      -Eliminate influence of lobbyists by an administration full of them

      -Eliminating earmarks from an administation when one of the first legislation he signed had over 9000 of them

      -Promises of transparency and openness from an administration who promised open debate on healthcare and never delivered it

      -Calls for ends to "perpetual campaigns" from an administration that (in the face of Scott Brown's election) hired Obama's campaign manager as a White House "advisor"

      -Calls for bipartisanship and cooperative compromise from an administration that has been shutting out political opponents for an entire year and ignores any suggestions that they may have on legislative policy

      -Attempting to take the high road of fiscal restraint and responsiblity by promising a "spending freeze" (-partially-)…..next year

      Were it not for the fact that it was the President of the United States who was delivering this pap and blather, it would be completely laughable! Either he is clueless or he thinks the American people are.

      -SD

    90. rdr PA says:

      Reminded me of a high school assembly where the Principle is lecturing to the lowly students about their bad behavior or , in places, a Pep Rally where the cheerleaders keep popping up and down (i.e. Pelosi) trying to stir up some enthusiasm. Most UN-Presidential SOTU address I have ever watched in my lifetime of 62 yrs. His quips and digs weren't funny or effective and calling the Supreme Court on the carpet was about as low as you can go in a democracy.

      I swear the more I listen to this guy the more fearful I become of the direction he is trying to take us. In fact, I'm not even sure where that is??????

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    92. BOB DE says:

      HE LECTURES US. HIS PROFESSOR STYLE OF SPEAKING IS DOWNRIGHT INSULTING. WHO THE HELL DOES HE THINK HES TALKING TO. A BUNCH OF WIDE EYED FRESHMAN STUDENTS. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO :STATE OF THE UNION SPEECHES SINCE IKE. THIS WAS BY FAR THE MOST DISHONEST SPEECH OF MY LIFETIME. FILLED WITH LIES, MISREPRESENTATIONS, INSULTS ,EXCUSES AND PLATITUDES. I AM EMBARRESSED AS AN AMERICAN THAT THIS SPEECH WAS HEARD AROUND THE WOLD.

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    94. Mike Winsauer, Kings says:

      Perhaps now the "enlightened ones" who voted for this incompetent president will begin to recognize the horrible mistake they made.

      An empty suit, this man continues to reveal what seems a total lack of understanding of basic business/economic principles. Could it be, as some suggest, his "incompetence" is actually a sinister agenda that seeks to destroy the economic base of our country and reduce our stature to that of a third world, banana republic?

      Such theory is believable in light of his past relationships with socialists and marxists and past statements about the shortcomings of our Constitution and his apology tours. Add to that the number of avowed communists he appointed in his administration and it is hard to draw anotherr conclusion.

      In any event, the people of this country will have to get and stay involved to save our Republic. He is taking us to the brink now…..we have no time to waste.

    95. T Kulcsar says:

      I guess ALAH don't send muslims to HELL for lying!!!

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    97. Steve Wahls Nebraska says:

      I've seen sorely little of the outright discrimination against the private sector collage students saddled with school loans. Just like Nebraskans getting their medicare paid for students employed by the government do not deserve preferential treatment on those loans. We have got to stop preferential treatment by the government. The government must be an example to the rest of us.

    98. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      Today the Pres. was in /baltimore talking to Rep., one asked about the promise of no Lobbiest, he lied his way and said they were only finishing their stints?? I never knew they had stints, he lies everytime he opens his mouth. I do not like to listen to him but this was on Fox news and I was doing choes and didn't change the channel. His SOTU talk was demeaning, he looks on anyone who disagrees with him as a ignorant child. We need to get rid of him quickly. A writer for the Montreal Free Press says he will not last another 6 mos. Only thing is we get Biden and he is just Dumb.

    99. nell bradley monroe, says:

      i am late leaving my comment but i say its the same old stuff. he thinks the american people are stupid. all he and his people do is LIE.LIE and keep on lieing. he seems to think he is our dicator and we are to do his ever wish. he is too argonat to be our leader and does not have a clue on how to lead this country but listens to the chicago thuds that are advising him and dividing this country. let's send them all back to chicago forgood before it's too late. keep the tea parties going. of course there are also some reps..that need to be replaced too.

    100. Merle Reid Las Vegas says:

      NOTHING NEW IN THIS STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH.

      WAISTED TIME.

    101. Richard Witt says:

      You can be intellectually bankrupt and flourish in academia.You can be intellectually bankrupt and flourish in the media.You can be intellectually bankrupt and flourish in local and state politics. But when the eyes of the nation and the world are upon you, you will not flourish because you cannot hide the incompetence that is the result of your bankruptcy.

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