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During the last dozen years or so, the only State of the Union Addresses I failed to watch were because I was on the road. On Tuesday, I purposely missed one.
We all knew in advance what Obama would say. He leaked it out in pieces long in advance. That took most of the drama out of things right up front.
Icing on the #WhoCares cake is the answer to this question: How could it possibly matter?
Lamest of Lame Ducks
President Obama is the lamest of lame ducks. His ideas are headed for the ash heap of history.
- Raise taxes: Dead on arrival
- Free Education: Dead on arrival
- Environment fearmongering: Dead on arrival
We all knew those going in. The only thing we did not know was how blatant the lies would be.
Lie of the Day
To find the lies of the day, I just finished reading Obama's State of The Union Address.
The primary lie was easy to spot. In case you missed it, here it is: "In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan. And in the months ahead, I’ll crisscross the country making a case for those ideas."
No doubt Obama will crisscross the country. That can be believed.
The lie is in regards to "ideas that are practical, not partisan". Supposedly taxes on the wealthy, free education, and cutting carbon pollution are "practical, not partisan".
That's two lies actually. All three proposals are all partisan, and not a single one of them is practical.
I did not disagree with everything Obama said. For example, I do think we should talk with Cuba and Iran. Beyond that, there is little to like and much to dislike.
Free Trade is Fair Trade
I certainly would not give the president "trade promotion authority to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but fair."
Instead, I would simply propose cutting all tariffs and be done with it, regardless of what any other nation does. Free trade is fair trade. And on that score many Republicans are worse than the president.
Senator Rand Paul offered this response.
Rand Paul Response
Higher taxes, more spending, and bigger government.Rand Paul Video
President Obama just revealed that is what he has in store for Americans in 2015.
But you and millions of your fellow Americans sent a loud and clear message to President Obama in November.
It's time to lower taxes, not raise them. It's time to reduce spending, not increase it. It's time to shrink government, not grow it.
I'm ready to answer the call and lead the fight for our conservative principles.
Tonight, I responded to President Obama's State of the Union address by outlining my vision for our great nation. Please take a moment and watch the video below.
Link if video does not play: Rand Paul Responds to Obama's State of the Union Address.
President Obama howled at the moon with partisan, impractical proposals that are dead on arrival in Congress.
Looking for nonpartisan, practical ideas? Please play the above video.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock