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STATE OF THE UNION – ONCE AGAIN OBAMA GOT IT WRONG – PART THREE

The following is part three of a series on what the current president got wrong in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, according to dailysignal.com.

  • We all remember when President Obama called ISIS a J.V. team. Well, today, the terrorist group poses more of a threat to the world than ever before. The Heritage Foundation group has pointed out in the past two years that ISIS has established a presence in 19 countries with foreign fighters flocking to the wannabe caliphate in droves. In Syria and Iraq, ISIS controls territory the size of Maryland and rules over a population equivalent to Virginia’s. Although ISIS was recently kicked out of the Iraqi town of Ramadi, it still occupies Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city of almost 2 million. Obama’s remarks in the SOTU re-affirmed what we already knew; that there is still no strategy to defeat ISIS and he is anxious to pass this buck on to his successor.
  • When it came to national security issues, President Obama’s State of the Union address veered from delusional to dishonest. He presented the American people with a series of false choices, straw arguments, and inaccurate assessments regarding his track record. Regarding ISIS, Obama tried to downplay the existential threat they posed. Obama went on to provide a list of initiatives that the U.S. was spearheading in the war against the group, which included efforts to cut off ISIL’s financing, disrupt their plots. Stop the flow of terrorist fighters, and stamp out their vicious ideology. These were unusual examples to cite, because on every count, these efforts have failed. ISIS is stocked with foreign fighters, its ideology has spread across the glove, it has launched attacks in mainland Europe, and it remains financially strong. Obama also dismissed the idea that theology could be at the heart of ISIS’s appeal dubbing them simply “killers and fanatics.” Yet a refusal to acknowledge the religious component to ISIS’s activities is counter-productive.
  • Almost seven years later, the so-called Russian reset policy is now a Russian regret. Russia still occupies 20 percent of Georgia’s territory. Moscow’s imperialism has resulted in the illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea and a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine. Russia is testing NATO in the Baltics, rebuilding its military bases in the Arctic, and has intervened in the Syrian Civil War with no regard to the consequences. Since taking office, President Obama and many of those around him have assumed that Vladimir Putin is someone you can do business with, that Europe is no longer important, and that military power no longer buys the same influence on the world stage as it once did. These assumptions have led to bad policy decisions by this White House that has emboldened Russian aggression and tested the transatlantic alliance to its limits.
  • The current president has remained in denial about the disastrous nature of his Middle East polity throughout the small parts of his state of the union speech that dealt with foreign policy. He said that priority number one is protecting the American people and going after terrorist networks. That was certainly not the case in his last state of the union speech, which was the first that did not mention al-Qaeda since George W. Bush’s 2002 speech. He glossed over the uneven results of his half-hearted, slow-motion incremental response to the rise of ISIS and fumbling responses to the deepening crisis in Syria where his administration has been consistently behind the curve. His optimism on defeating these two terrorist networks would be reassuring if he wasn’t the same misinformed person who told Americans hat the war in Iraq had ended, that ISIS was a J.V. team, and that ISIS was contained the day before it launched the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 130 people.
  • President Obama, once again, used his State of the Union speech to urge Congress to work with him to close the terrorist detention facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO). But it is worth reminding everyone that GITMO is open for one reason and one reason only; because Obama failed to close the facility when the stage was set for him to do so. In 2009-2010, Obama’s party held a 59-41 majority in the Senate, and a 257-178 advantage in the House of Representatives. If the president needed any legislation to close Guantanamo, a debatable point, or simply the political backing of the majorities in both houses of Congress, the stars were aligned for him to do so. But instead of working with Congress to close GITMO in 2009-2010, the administration engaged in a series of controversial moves that caused a bipartisan uproar, resulting in the Democrat-controlled congress passing legislation that each year since 2009 has made it more difficult to close GITMO.
  • The facts clearly demonstrate the ineffectiveness of Obama’s radical new Cuba policy. Diplomatic recognition and increased commercial opportunities to the Castro regime have emboldened the military dictatorship. This has directly resulted in historic levels of repression against the anti-Castro opposition. Despite a year of unilateral concessions, Havana continues undermining the U.S. and our interests. Dissidents have suffered historic levels of repression, even during Pope Francis’s visit to the island. Recently, it was discovered that the regime has been in possession for over a year of an inert U.S. Hellfire Missile, which was shipped from Spain to the island. The administration has not been able to answer how it got there, or if other hostile countries have obtained sensitive defense technology from it. It must also be remembered that it was only two summers ago when the Cuban government violated U.N. Security Council sanctions by clandestinely shipping weapons to North Korea.
  • Back to ISIS, where Obama first called the Islamic State a J.V. team. Then he said they were contained just before an ISIS inspired terrorist attack. Now Obama has characterized ISIS as masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks during the State of the Union address. The president’s most recent characterization of ISIS again tries to downplay the terrorist group’s capabilities, suggesting it is something far less formidable than it actually is.

It looks like I’m going to need at least one more article to cover everything that was covered in the State of the Union address. Again, thanks go to the Daily Signal for their detailed information.

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STATE OF THE UNION – ONCE AGAIN OBAMA GOT IT WRONG – PART TWO

The following is a continuation of my Wednesday, January 13, 2016 post where I outlined, according to dailysignal.com, where Obama got it wrong in his last State of the Union Address. Of course, Obama gets everything wrong.

Next UN Secretary General?

Obama is always wrong

  • The current president talked about long-term economic trends squeezing workers. He should have made it clear this squeeze is a recent phenomenon. Data from the Congressional Budget Office shows that workers at every income level prospered between 1979 and 2007. During that period, non-elderly households in the middle quintile saw their labor market earnings rise by a third. Households in the poorest quintile saw the labor market income rise well over 50 percent. From the Reagan presidency until the “Great Recession,” American economic opportunities expanded up and down the income ladder. Since the recession and the slow Obama recovery that has changed. Between 2007 and 2011, labor income for non-elderly households in the middle quintile dropped roughly 10 percentage points. These problems have predominantly occurred on Obama’s watch.
  • The current president also said in his speech that Social Security and Medicare are more important than every; we shouldn’t weaken them, we should strengthen them. Beyond catering to his political base, Obama offered no details on how he would strengthen these programs. He has failed the nation during his term thus far when it comes to reforming Social Security and Medicare. One of every R10 produced by the U.S. economy in fiscal year 2015 was spend on only three federal programs. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. These three programs alone consume more than half of all federal spending and they are growing rapidly. The next president must lead on entitlement reform upon entering office.
  • Obama has suggested sending unemployment insurance recipients through federal job training. However, evaluations find one of the major federal job training programs makes it harder for workers to get jobs. The federal government funds “Trade Adjustment Assistance” benefits for workers who lose their job to foreign trade. The program includes generous federal subsidies and free job training. When Mathematica evaluated the program, it found participants made $27,000 less than workers outside the program. What were the results? Trade Adjustment Assistance encouraged jobless workers to enroll in federal job training programs instead of looking for new work immediately. But the job training didn’t improve their job prospects. So, they wasted over a year when they could have been job hunting in a training program that prospective employers did not values.
  • In his speech, the president made a cursory mention of infrastructure, claiming that if only the federal government would spend more taxpayer money (gleaned from higher taxes on fossil fuels), the government can put tens of thousands of Americans to work on building a 21st century transportation system. While this may sound good, using government spending to stimulate job creation was a cornerstone of the Obama stimulus plan that ultimately failed to produce the shovel ready jobs that Obama promised. A big problem is that the infrastructure projects take a long time to plan and require highly skilled labor, meaning that spending on these projects is ineffective at creating new jobs for recently unemployed Americans, most of whom lack the necessary job skills. Federal promises of job creation and effective infrastructure investment have floundered. Rather than continuing the one size fits all approach out of Washington that has left millions of Americans stuck in traffic, the federal government should get out of the way to empower the state and private sector, who can best gauge local priorities to truly build a 21st century transportation system.
  • In his final SOTU, the president suggested that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would open markets, protect workers, and the environment, and advance American leadership. The key factor for Congress to evaluate will be whether TPP really does promote open markets and economic freedom. If it does, workers and the environment will benefit. The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world in the Heritage Foundation’s forthcoming 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, confirm that citizens of countries that embrace free trade are better off than those in countries that do not.
  • President Obama’s suggestion that government should become further entangled in the education and care of the youngest Americans would not serve children or taxpayers well. Washington already has a poor track record engaging in K-12 education, with federal spending more than doubling over the past three decades while academic achievement and attainment has languished, particularly among low income students. Further federal intervention in preschool and childcare will crowd out the private provision of care, increase costs for taxpayers, and will fail to create lasting academic benefits for children, as recent evaluations of state and federal programs have demonstrated.
  • The president’s proposal to provide free community college is not the solution to the college affordability problem. Students who are low-income already have access to federal student aid such as Pell Grants, which can be used to finance the cost of attending community college. So, the proposal will serve as little more than a federal handout to the community college system. Furthermore, America’s 1.2 trillion student loan tab presents a serious problem in our economy. Americans would be better served by policies that actually help to lower higher education costs, making higher education an engine of upward mobility for Americans who choose to pursue it.

This article and my previous article on the SOTU, doesn’t touch on foreign policy. So, it looks like an additional article will be necessary in order to illustrate just how wrong the president has been on everything.

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN SPORTS

According to allenbwest.com, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in its quest to award everyone a participation trophy and prevent anyone from ever seeing or hearing anything they may find hurtful, has banned high school students from changing certain words and phrases at basketball games.

That would include such mean, hurtful, offensive terms like “Air Ball.” Other offensive words/phrases include: Fundamentals, Sieve, We can’t hear you, You can’t do that, There’s a net there, Scoreboard, Season’s over. It looks like Political Correctness has now invaded amateur sports.

I’m not totally surprised by this display of political correctness. As a graduate of the University of Alabama and the owner/administrator of an Alabama sports website, I follow college sports. By the way, my football team is number one. When I think back to my youth and compare those days with today, the degree of political correctness that we now practice is astounding.

In college football, when a player scores a touchdown, he must simply hand the ball to the referee and make no swaggering gestures of any kind. I can see why throwing the ball up in the stands is not allowed. Team managers would have to try to get the ball back and the chances of that are slim. There are only so many balls available at a game. But putting the ball on the turf and spinning it? To me that’s nothing, but the politically correct crowd considers it taunting and subject to a penalty. High stepping into the end zone is also considered taunting and subject to a penalty. When a player out runs everyone and decides to slow down and walk into the end zone can also draw a penalty. For some of these penalties, 15 yards is assessed on the kick off. Furthermore, a new ruling that has been in place for two years now, allows the referee to nullify the score if he deems excessive taunting. Thankfully, we’ve seen very little of that.

Personally, I think that simply handing the all to the referee after scoring a touchdown is the classy thing to do. But that should be up to the coaching staff to enforce. And for goodness sake, don’t slow down or high step on your way to the end zone, run as fast as you can. Don’t slow down until you’re in. Once again, that should be left up to the coaching staff to enforce, not the NCAA.

Since the late seventies/early eighties, the University of Alabama has a cheer called “Rammer Jammer.” It was played by the band and cheered by the students and fans before and after games. At one point, the athletic administration, along with the university administration banned the cheer. Well, the students were doing it anyway without the band. “Rammer Jammer” eventually was re-instated, but it was only to be played at the end of games. Of course, it’s only played when we win, which is pretty much all the time. Our opponents hate it, but I don’t care. This is major college football, not the ballet.

Rammer Jammer

Alabama student section does Rammer Jammer cheer at championship game.

In basketball, the “air ball” chant has been going on forever at all levels of basketball competition. If hearing “air ball, air ball” by opposing students and fans upsets you, perhaps you had better give up going to sporting events all together.

If “Rammer Jammer,” as played by the University of Alabama Band and chanted by the fans and students intimidates you to the point of psychologically breaking down, I would suggest you give up football. Perhaps you should give up your football tickets for tickets to the ballet and/or the symphony.

The political correctness movement has been taking place for quite some time, Barak Obama did not invent it. The far left did, though. However, Obama has indicated that football is a much too violent sport. Football is violent and players can and do get hurt, sometimes catastrophically. There should be penalties for certain acts such as grabbing a face mask, hitting out of bounds, piling on, targeting, etc. Players should not be allowed to use foul language or attempt to start fights. And there are.

In one of the Republican presidential debates, candidate Dr. Ben Carson indicated that political correctness was ruining our nation. I agree with him because everything that is wrong with our nation today can be traced back to some form of political correctness that was put in place by the left so as not to hurt someone’s feelings.

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STATE OF THE UNION – ONCE AGAIN OBAMA GOT IT WRONG – PART ONE

And once again, first lady, Michelle Obama, embarrasses the nation by showing up at the State of the Union address in an ugly orange dress that would only be appropriate at a University of Tennessee football game.

What Obama got wrong in the State of the Union!

In his speech, the current president indicated that he regretted not being able to unify the American people. That was one of the items on which he campaigned. Well, excuse me, this president is 100 percent responsible for the divisiveness among the American people. He has sought to divide us racially, socio-economically, religiously, and ethnically. And he has succeeded.

Also, during his initial campaign for president, he indicated that he wanted to fundamentally change the United States of America. What he really meant was that he wanted to destroy the United States of America as we know it. And he just about has. Maybe if we elect a Republican president later this year, we can save this country.

Puke Orange Michelle

Dressed for a University of Tennessee football game

According to http://www.dailysignal.com, Obama got the following wrong in his recently delivered State of the Union address.

  • America is in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history. While on paper he is right, the economy is far from booming. While there has been some improvement, the labor market remains much weaker than before the recession hit. Unfortunately, much of this improvement comes from Americans dropping out of the labor force. People not looking for work do not count as unemployed.
  • The current president boasted that on rooftops from Arizona to New York, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills and employs more than coal in jobs that pay better than average. Proponents of renewable energy consistently argue that renewables create more jobs per kilowatt hour and thus are a good investment. If that’s the recipe for job creation and economic growth, we can scrap using machinery to pave roads and grow crops. By Obama’s logic, we can create more jobs by; giving people shovels to perform those duties. That would certainly create jobs, but it would also significantly reduce productivity. If we can produce more energy with less labor, that frees up human resources to be productive elsewhere in the economy.
  • The president argued that automation has become uniquely challenging for American workers. Economists have found no historical relationship between automation and employment rates. In the past, workers who lost their jobs because of technology always found new work. Automation only seems like a threat because finding new jobs in Obama’s recovery has been historically difficult. Also, the rate of automation has slowed sharply since 2003. Employers are finding fewer new ways to automate labor in this decade than they did in the last decade. Automation has become a smaller challenger for workers than it was in the past.
  • Recklessness on Wall Street did not cause the financial crisis, a host of government policies did. President Clinton’s National Partners in Homeownership set a completely arbitrary goal of increasing home ownership, and it turned out that most qualified homebuyers already owned homes. All the additional lending helped to create a housing bubble and increased consumer debt, and the capital requirements that federal regulators imposed on the financial system spread risky loans throughout the markets.
  • Energy is one of the last sectors of the economy that needs help from the federal government or a centralized plan. The laws of supply and demand work. We have an abundance of resources, and a great deal of suppliers producing energy from a mix if energy sources. The global market for energy is a multi-trillion dollar opportunity.
  • Obama stated that there are outdated regulations that need to be changed, and there’s red tape that needs to be cut. He’s right. But he has said that many times before. Despite all the talk, his administration has done virtually nothing to reform or repeal the unnecessary red tape. Instead of rooting out outdated rules, he has added on record numbers of new ones. Obama era regulations have cost tax payers $80 billion a year.

I can’t recall anything that this president has done right, yet there are people, Obama zombies I call them, who think he’s the most wonderful thing on the planet Some have even tried to transform him into a spiritual or messianic figure. This is what’s scary and something we

This president got so many things wrong in the State of the Union that it’s going to take more than one article to outline them. Stay tuned.

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OBAMA SEEKING THE POSITION OF UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL

Before leaving the house for church yesterday (1/10/2016), I skimmed a brief article linked to Facebook indicating that the current president of the United States might be seeking the position of United Nations Secretary General.

Obama interested in becoming UN Secretary General

This is probably a hoax was my initial thought. I’ll have to research this after church. After church, my research indicated that Obama’s seeking the position of United Nations Secretary General had been reported in various media outlets, including, but not limited to, the Jerusalem Post and townhall.com, and the Washington Times. Yes, some of these outlets are conservative leaning, but the number of outlets carrying this story means that there must be some truth to it.

Like most of us, the first time I heard Barak Obama speak was at the 2004 Democrat National Convention. At the time he was an Illinois State Senator. Some of the things he said gave me an uneasy feeling. Furthermore, the democrats were slobbering all over themselves and all that was on the news the next day was Barak Obama, that state senator from Illinois. I was also disturbed by the way folks seemed almost in a state of worship toward him.

Contained his Obama’s acceptance speech for the Democrat party’s nomination for President in 2008 is the following: “Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…” To me, this sounded a little “out there.” Had a Republican said something like this, the liberal media would have immediately declared him or her mentally imbalanced.

The way that democrats/liberals were worshipping this guy during the campaign was also scary. After being elected president, he was immediately awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for virtually doing nothing. The Norwegian committee indicated that he was accolated because it was anticipated that he would evolve into an outstanding world leader for the cause of peace. I’ve never heard of such…getting an award before actually doing anything to qualify for it. People all over the world seem to fall in lockstep with the new U.S. President, who was often depicted as Christ-like or Messianic.

In the Bible, Jesus said that he would come again. While no one except God, the Father, knows when that day will come, followers of Christ are given signs for which to watch that will signal his coming. The Bible also indicates that there will be many false Christs and false prophets that will come and go. It is also indicated in the Bible that there will be one false Christ that will arise and will be anointed ruler over the world before Christ’s second coming. This ruler will make war against Israel and those who are believers in Christ. This false Christ will be a liar and deceiver and cause many on earth to bow down and worship him.

How many people out there love Barak Obama, but couldn’t intelligently discuss his policies or his political philosophy?

Barak Obama is half black and how many blacks worship him, but couldn’t intelligently discuss any of his policies. I confronted one such Obama worshipper who is a black liberal. After the passage of Obamacare in 2010, she said that she loved Obamacare when it hadn’t even “kicked in” yet. I also confronted this person and told her that I hoped that she wasn’t worshipping Obama just because he’s half black (I have just as much in common ethnically with him as she does). She replied, “Oh no. I just love what he’s doing.” This was really scared me. For crying out loud, there were areas where I didn’t agree with Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. An intelligent, politically astute person, is not going to agree with his or her elected officials on everything. If you do, you’re a light weight.

While this president has indicated that he practices Christianity, he touts Islam much more than he touts Christianity.

He’s continually lectured the American people that we shouldn’t judge an entire religion/philosophy by the acts of a few people. He has also made no effort to rescue those Christians who are being persecuted in foreign nations.

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, while Obama was reading from the Bible at Ground Zero, he seemed uncomfortable. Those of us who grew up going to church and reading scripture develop an ebb and flow in our reading. Obama did not have this ebb and flow. His reading was choppy, making a few of us observe that he was indeed out of place reading from the Bible. Yes, I know he sang the hymn, “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of the nine church members who were shot in Charleston. However, that doesn’t change the fact that he appeared very uncomfortable reading scripture on 9/11/2011.

The job of the president of the United States is undoubtedly the most difficult job in the world. No president in my lifetime has come out of it without having aged substantially. When finishes his or her term as president, why would you want to take on something else that is difficult and carries great responsibility? As a former president, you are expected to make speeches, write your memoirs, perform certain tasks that the current president might assign to you, etc. You’ve run the race, you deserve some solitude and respect.

So why would any president soon to leave office want to jump back into the fire?

Some Obama-zombies might say that he’s still young and energetic, perfectly capable of another responsible position. Most presidents are older than 55 when they leave office, so they’re already senior citizens or about to be senior citizens. Still, it’s very strange.

In my above statements, I’m not drawing any conclusions. While the Bible explains a lot of things, it also leaves a lot of things unexplained. There are things we don’t know and will not know until Jesus returns to earth and the believers in Christ are transformed.

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