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Once again we see significant time and attention given to our celebrity culture – a distraction from the real world events that threaten to disrupt our world and change our quality of life. And a clear indication why 7th Century Islam has declared war on Western civilization.


One prime example being Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, being questioned by boxer Manny Pacquiao …

Manny:       “If you were given 30 seconds to deliver a message to a global terrorist, what would you say?’

Miss USA:  “If I was given 30 seconds to give a message to the global terrorist, I would just say that I know as Miss U.S.A. I can always spread the message of hope and love and peace, and so I would do my very best to spread that message to them and everyone else in the world.

Setting aside the obviousness of someone writing the question that Pacquiao delivered, consider that Miss USA would be the prime target for Islamic gang rape followed by beheading. Representing everything that is an anathema to 7th Century Islam.

  1. An empowered woman speaking before men on the subject of world affairs and politics.
  2. Immodestly dressed.
  3. Speaking about love and not Allah.
  4. Obviously not of the Islamic faith.

Bottom line …

One show, Donald Trump’s Miss USA, and one contestant highlighting the difference between Western civilization and Islam. Of course, the non-politically correct answer should have been: “Boom! You’re effing dead! Let’s grab a beer and party.”

BTW: Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, just lost out to Miss Columbia, Paulina Vega, in a very, very close race for Miss Universe.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell


When are Californians going to realize that the progressive socialist democrats that run our State government have been infiltrated by a fifth column of Mexicans that want to unite the two Californias (Alto-California and Baja California) and erase any borders between the United States and Mexico, as well as weakening America from within? 


How else can you explain …

Using environmental laws to kill a significant portion of one of the world’s most productive agricultural areas, bankrupting small farming operations and displacing the agricultural workers and employees of businesses that serve this community – and simultaneously welcoming illegal aliens into our state to financially overburden our infrastructure and social safety-net programs?.

Using accounting tricks to remove funds that were designated to be used to repair, replace, and extend the states critical infrastructure (emergency services, water, electricity, roads, hospitals, sanitation etc.) and divert them to political special projects and social systems to support illegal aliens?

Spending time, effort, and money to build a train – little more than a gift to the unions and other special interests – and one that goes nowhere important, at less than advertised speeds, over dangerous earthquake faults, and will never earn a payback?

And now we are seeing even more opportunities for corruption …

California considering plan to replace gas tax with charge per mile driven

More people are driving electric cars. Gasoline cars are getting better mileage. And California's vehicles are causing less pollution.

But all that good news is generating a major problem: As motorists buy less gasoline, state gas tax revenues that pay for roads have been falling for a decade, leading to more potholes and traffic jams.

Now, in a move that could solve the problem -- or cause a political pileup -- state officials have begun to seriously study a plan to replace California's gas tax with a fee for each mile motorists drive.

"We're going to have to find another way to finance the upkeep of the roads," Gov. Jerry Brown said earlier this month in rolling out his 2015 budget, noting that California has a $59 billion backlog of maintenance needs on state highways and bridges.

Read more at: California considering plan to replace gas tax with charge per mile driven - San Jose Mercury News

The facts that the roads are in poor repair is an indictment of the past and present administrations and their allocation of funds to such non-productive areas as six-figure salaries for aged or termed-out legislations on boards and commissions; the diversion of mandated funds by purchasing assets, selling them for unrestricted money, and then leasing them back so the public is none the wiser; and it goes on and on.

Not only are the State wastrels trying to capture revenue lost as a byproduct of their environmentalism, but they are considering the implementation of electronic tracking devices that could be used by law enforcement, insurers, and sold to marketers to generate even more revenue. A definite privacy violation since your location, driving behavior, and proof of violation of speed laws could be transmitted to third-parties. And, whatever safeguards they initially propose, you can be assured that they will be diluted or eliminated by subsequent legislation.

Temporary lower gas prices met with higher taxes is only the beginning.

Elected officials are destroying the middle class …

Middle-class manufacturing jobs? Not in California

It took far too long, but finally many state politicians are taking seriously Census Bureau reports that California is ground zero for American poverty. Once the high cost of living is factored in, the Golden State moves from the middle of the pack nationally to a clear number one, with nearly one-quarter of residents in a constant struggle to make ends meet.

But with this harsh fact finally internalized, when will state leaders come to the parallel realization that having among the nation’s highest energy and real estate costs is also bad for the economy — and for job-seekers without college degrees?

Unfortunately for the millions of state residents without white-collar job skills, these sorts of statistics don’t seem to bother California’s dominant Democrats. Environmentalists are more likely to see factory jobs as grubby and unsavory than as welcome. There’s also the view offered by Gov. Jerry Brown and others that amounts to a shrug — there’s nothing anyone can do about the fact that lots of people want to live here, so of course California will be an expensive place to live.

That California has been left out of the U.S. renaissance in manufacturing isn’t just unsurprising. It was predictable.

Read more at: California left out of U.S. manufacturing renaissance |

Bottom line …

California is doomed by the democrats who are little more than socialistas living in their own privileged world, supported by corrupt special interests who are plundering the state’s treasury while they avoid paying the “fair share” of taxes that the progressive socialist democrats demand from us.

More and more it is about money and political power to create a gateway to international socialism. Our enemies, both foreign and domestic, appear to be winning the hearts and minds of Californians with their continuing entitlements for those who should not even be here. Due to the State’s magnet policies to attract the poor, the homeless, and the illegal and redistribute our wealth, we are so screwed.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell


By not filing a civil rights complaint against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, it appears that the FBI has found no credible evidence that the officer violated Michael Brown's civil rights ...

Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against the officer, Darren Wilson. But it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation.

A decision by the Justice Department would bring an end to the politically charged investigation of Mr. Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The Missouri authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and also recommended against charges. Source: U.S. Not Expected to Fault Officer in Ferguson Case -

What have we learned from the Ferguson debacle …

  • Outside agitators representing socialists, communists, and anarchists can whip a relatively ignorant crowd into a frenzy to satisfy their own self-interests and advance their own political agenda.
  • The mainstream media corrupts and compounds the situation by giving the worst of the agitators air time and full well knowing that the camera angles can distort a very small group into what appears a crowd.
  • Law enforcement officials are politically-cowed and refuse to take definitive action, many times thinking that giving the protesters time to cool down will actually work. Unfortunately, it allows the melee and mayhem to spread beyond control.
  • That looting and rioting were given a pass by the media as social protest.
  • Nobody was concerned with the fact that law enforcement apprehended a thug that had just committed a strong-arm robbery and chose to violently challenge a police for his service weapon and was shot to death as result.
  • That the thug’s co-conspirator was given media air time to spin a contradictory story that turned out to be false when the forensic evidence and sworn witness statements were examined by a Grand Jury.
  • That the Grand Jury’s decision was challenged because it was held in secret and the police officer was not indicted.
  • That the Department of Justice falsely used this man-made racial incident to insert itself into local policing.
  • The President of the United States and the head of the Department of Justice took it upon themselves to intervene to the extend of sending official representation to the funeral of the thug and suggesting that they would see that justice was done on behalf of the thug – conveniently ignoring the police officer and the legitimate use of force by law enforcement.

But what is the real take-away from the Ferguson riots …



Bottom line …

In this next election we need to vote for competence over color and substance over sex. Enough with the guilty white progressive socialist democrats who smugly voted for a corrupt, incompetent, and feckless ideologue because he happened to self-identify as black. How very enlightened to choose this poor excuse for a candidate over protecting America and Americans from our enemies, foreign and domestic.

-- steve 

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

President Obama: The Crybaby in the White House

It appears that President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats are highly incensed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner to speak before a joint session of Congress without the prior knowledge and approval of either the White House or the State Department. 


Netanyahu ‘spat in our face,’ White House officials said to say  -- PM ‘will pay price’ for spat over Congress address; Obama said to have asked him to tone down pro-sanctions rhetoric; Wash. Post: Kerry’s enthusiasm for defending Israel may wane

The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials telling Haaretz the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face.

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us. “There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.

Officials in Washington said that the “chickenshit” epithet — with which an anonymous administration official branded Netanyahu several months ago — was mild compared to the language used in the White House when news of Netanyahu’s planned speech came in.

In his address the Israeli leader is expected to speak about stalled US-led nuclear negotiations with Iran, and to urge lawmakers to slap Tehran with a new round of tougher sanctions in order to force it to comply with international demands.

Haaretz reported that Obama had personally demanded that Netanyahu tone down his pro-sanctions rhetoric in a phone call between the two last week. The president has said a sanctions bill would cripple negotiations with Iranian leaders at a critical stage, and has threatened to veto such a bill should it come through.

The Washington Post reported that Netanyahu’s apparent disrespect for the US leadership was particularly offensive to Secretary of State John Kerry, who over the past month had made frenzied efforts on Israel’s behalf on the world stage — making dozens of calls to world leaders to convince them to oppose a UN Security Council resolution which would have set a timeframe for the establishment of a Palestinian state. “The secretary’s patience is not infinite,” a source close to Kerry told the Post. “The bilateral relationship is unshakable. But playing politics with that relationship could blunt Secretary Kerry’s enthusiasm for being Israel’s primary defender.”

The White House said Thursday that Obama would not meet with Netanyahu when he travels to Washington, with a spokeswoman citing a “long-standing practice and principle” by which the president does not meet with heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections. Kerry will also not meet with Netanyahu.

Netanyahu will be in Washington in part for a March 3 address to a joint session of Congress. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the Obama administration.

Read more at: Netanyahu 'spat in our face,' White House officials said to say | The Times of Israel


Let’s review …


  • There are open questions of President Obama’s loyalty to the United States and his support of radical Islamic issues.
  • President Obama appears to dislike the only major non-radical Islamic nation as well as its leader, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The first Muslim of a major Islamic nation who called upon his nation’s most powerful Imams and spoke of the need for a religious revolution. The same el-Sisi who, as a general, led the military coup d'état that overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood who was trying to implement Sharia law as the law of the land, dissolve Egypt’s Parliament, and establish their leader as a “president for life” dictator.
  • President Obama continues to preach “Islam as a religion of peace” although both historic and current events prove otherwise. Even to the extent that Obama has invented MINOs (Muslims In Name Only) to separate the Islamic extremists and terrorists from the “peaceful Muslims.” Continuing to avoid using the term Islamic terrorism.
  • The truth is apparent: there is a religious war (involving ethnic cleansing) between the majority Sunnis and the minority Shia going on as a backdrop to terrorism. And, it is the mainstream Muslims (practicing a form of strict Saudi Whabbism) that are the terrorists – with the radicals (from a Muslim perspective) trying to reform the religion and bring about peace.
  • Netanyahu is facing an existential threat from an enemy sworn to eradicate his nation and his people – and like those who did not accept Hitler’s words as being indicative of his intentions – is taking the Iranians at their word and preparing for the worst.
  • Given Obama’s and Kerry’s handling of Iran – relaxing sanctions for a phony agreement and political talking point, Netanyahu cannot trust President Obama’s word or his intentions. Especially given his failure to stand up to President Assad in Syria after he allegedly crossed Obama’s red line.

Bottom line …


The Narcissist-in-Chief, around whom the world revolves, looks like a petulant crybaby when he speaks of leadership in the presence of a real leader like Benjamin Netanyahu, a man with battlefield experience, demonstrated leadership skills and a love of his country. Valerie Jarrett, the puppet-master and the sycophantic advisers can tell Obama how fine his clothes look, but the rest of us – and the world – know he is standing there like a naked poseur. 

Obama lies, with impunity, to the American people on a regular basis and his Administration cannot be trusted with the safety and security of America and Americans, let alone be expected to stand by Israel in a Muslim-dominated region.

Until proven otherwise, it is my opinion that there are only two kinds of Muslims, those who would behead you and the more peaceful ones who would merely applaud the beheading.

It is an awful feeling when you can’t trust your country’s leadership to tell the truth and do the right thing at the right time.

-- steve 

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell


I find it somewhat disturbing that General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford, the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps, would turn to Twitter to convey information to his officers and troops  … 


The document is unclassified, filled with military acronyms and jargon, and looks like the babble produced by staff weenies for the General’s signature …


“The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will reach Initial Operating Capability in 2015, and we will take full advantage of this transformational program by leveraging its kinetic and nonkinetic capabilities across the MAGTF. [Marine Air Ground Task Forces]”

“We will review our plan for live, virtual, and constructive training across the MAGTF. We will particularly focus on better leveraging modern immersive training and simulation technologies. We will prioritize the fielding of capabilities that support MAGTF integration and the development of resilient leaders and sound tactical and ethical decision making at the small unit level. We will continue to support the fielding of systems that enhance our proficiency and safety in operating weapons and equipment. Our investment in training systems will reflect the priority we place on preparing for combat and be fully integrated with training and readiness standards. I expect all elements of the MAGTF to make extensive use of simulators where appropriate. My intent is for Marines to encounter their initial tactical and ethical dilemmas in a simulated battlefield vice actual combat.”

“In the weeks ahead, I will meet with the senior officer and enlisted leadership responsible for implementing this guidance to develop specific plans of action and milestones. An appendix to this document will contain those plans in greater detail. Effective immediately, this planning guidance will inform the agenda for Executive Off-Sites and other senior officer and senior enlisted level meetings. It will focus the development of Program Objective Memorandum for Fiscal Year 2017 (POM-17) and future budgets.

“It will also drive when, where, and how I personally engage to advance the interests of the Corps. Most importantly, this document will initiate a dialogue that must take place across the Corps at all levels. Your continued feedback and ideas on this document and the full range of issues affecting our Corps are critical. I look forward to your input as a necessary element of shared understanding and trust. In the meantime, know that I am proud to be your Commandant, proud of where we are as a Corps, and confident in your ability to innovate, adapt, and win.”

What happened to simplicity in Marine leadership communications?

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“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.

After the invasion of Iraq -and after sending his tanks and artillery home- Mattis sent this message to the Iraqi leaders in every area his men served in, as quoted in Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (2006) by Thomas E. Ricks; as excerpted in Armed Forces Journal (August 2006)

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

One of the rules Maj. Gen. James Mattis gave his Marines to live by in Iraq, as quoted in Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (2006) by Thomas E. Ricks; as excerpted in Armed Forces Journal (August 2006)

For the mission's sake, for our country's sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division's colors in past battles — "who fought for life and never lost their nerve" — carry out your mission and keep your honor clean.

Demonstrate to the world there is “No Better Friend — No Worse Enemy” than a US Marine.”

Mattis' words in a message to the 1st Marine Division before the 2003 Iraq War as quoted in "Eve of Battle Speech" in The Weekly Standard (1 March 2003); also quoted in War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003) by Oliver North, p. 53

Bottom line …

I don’t want a kinder, gentler Marine Corps. I want one that breaks things and kills people if they threaten the security and safety of America and Americans. And, I do not want the babble of staff weenies with MBAs and other assorted degrees turning war into a war of semantics. It’s bad enough that our “rules of engagement” favor the enemy over the safety and security of our troops, but not speaking clearly is becoming the last refuge of those who hide behind weasel words.

I am not fond of putting out information, even unclassified information, in a public forum that would allow our enemies to learn how we think.

I wish the Commandant the very best in dealing with a professional, but self-interested, bureaucracy and having to serve under a Commander-in-Chief who appears to dislike the American military as much as did the Clintons.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell


 There has never been any doubt in my mind that the progressive socialist democrats and their attempt to purchase the support of the entitlement class with their corrupt, self-serving housing policies were behind the mortgage meltdown. And that two of the most corrupt self-serving lickspittles were House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT).

It is highly ironic that the bill designed to combat another financial crisis bears the name of these two miscreants, Dodd-Frank, and under which the largest financial institutions that represented a systemic threat to our economy got even larger.

Now the truth is slowly spilling out. Courtesy of a new book by former FCIC (Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission) member Peter Wallison. Titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again," it revealed how the progressive socialist democrats manipulated the marketplace and then mounted a successful cover-up to avoid the responsibility for their actions and the wrath of the American people.

In all fairness, crony capitalism and the failure of the major executive branch regulatory commissions to investigate, prosecute, and punish , headed by political operatives, was endemic in both republican and democrat circles.


An expose of corruption  … 

Subprime Scandal: We've long suspected the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission wasn't honest in examining events before the meltdown. But an ex-commissioner says the probe was actually a full-blown political cover-up.

In a just-released book, former FCIC member Peter Wallison says that a Democratic Congress worked with the commission's Democratic chairman to whitewash the government's central role in the mortgage debacle. The conspiracy helped protect some of the Democrats' biggest stars from scrutiny and accountability while helping justify the biggest government takeover of the financial sector since the New Deal.

Wallison's sobering, trenchantly written "Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again" reveals that the Democrat-led panel buried key data proving that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies pushed the housing market over the subprime cliff. The final FCIC report put the blame squarely on Wall Street.

In 2009, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed her California pal Phil Angelides, a long-time Democrat operative, to lead the commission. The fix seemed to be in, and Wallison's account of the inner workings of the 10-member body confirms it.

"The FCIC majority misused its mandate for political purposes," Wallison writes, adding that the panel made sure its findings supported Democrat demands for a "new New Deal" that would put even more of the banking industry under federal control.

Democrats passed the Dodd-Frank Act in July 2010, six months before the FCIC released its report — "a clear demonstration that the Democratic Congress knew well in advance exactly what this well-controlled commission would say." After Dodd-Frank shockingly left Fannie and Freddie untouched, the FCIC excused the glaring oversight by exonerating the toxic twins and their affordable-housing masters at HUD.

As a result, Fannie and Freddie, now under full federal control, are back making low down payment loans to low-income borrowers, and the Dodd-Frank-mandated Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is forcing banks to ignore credit risks in the name of affordable housing.

A corrupt investigation led to corrupt reforms.

What we need now, in light of Wallison's revelations, is an investigation of the investigation, along with a top-to-bottom review of Dodd-Frank rules.

It's necessary that Republicans hold public hearings so Americans will know how they were lied to about the crisis and how they're being led down the garden path.

Review Source: Whistleblower: Pelosi Covered Up Gov't Role In Housing Crisis -

How many people know that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth “Fauxchontas” Warren was the architect of the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) and that it set about taking unto itself almost all of the investigation and regulatory powers of the major existing financial regulators. Including building the largest repository of personal financial data about almost every citizen in America that could be misused for political purposes. The is the same Marxist radical who couldn’t be confirmed by the Senate to head the very institution she designed – and now she is treated like a potential presidential candidate to rival Hillary Clinton.

The idea that the Republicans would mount a serious investigation of this matter is unlikely. One, because members and high-ranking officials of both parties were engaged in the very same behavior; and two, because the Republicans are afraid to do anything that might anger the switch-over democrats and independent voters prior to the 2016 presidential election.


Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again Hardcover –

Peter J. Wallison 

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594037701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594037702

The corruption continues (from an earlier One Citizen Speaking post) …

There is little doubt in my mind that the socialists in our government, at the local, state, and federal levels are the proximate cause of the mortgage meltdown, and even worse, the reason why our recovery from the current financial crisis has been extended years beyond the historical recovery period.

Liar loans …

First, in an effort to curry favor among their core constituency, the poor and the minorities, the socialist democrats relaxed lending requirements to the point where sound credit policy no longer existed. People who couldn’t afford to purchase a new car were suddenly buying homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars – some with no downpayment and greatly reduced “teaser” loan payments. The standards were relaxed to the point of borrowers being taken at their word, with no verification of income, employment, or assets; leading to the designation “liar loans.” The socialist democrats even used the power of the financial regulatory agencies to insure loans were being made in disadvantaged areas, no matter what the risk to the lender might be. A side note, this practice is now coming to light as one of President Obama’s appointee for the Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, corruptly interfered with a Supreme Court case that would have revealed the danger and damage done by these punitive lending polices known as “disparate impact.”

Manipulation of the housing market …

Next, in an effort to mitigate the damage to the financial institutions, the government continued to artificially manipulate the housing market, not so much to prevent a catastrophic impact to property owners, but to prevent the collapse of the technically insolvent financial institutions who had billions of dollars worth of dodgy derivatives in their portfolio, mostly based on properties with declining values and underwater mortgages. Thus, the great government refinance scams, little more than shell games, were born. By artificially manipulating the housing market, the government kept the marketplace from finding its “true” bottom; hence the valuation of all properties was suspect and open to interpretation. Damaging to consumers, financial institutions, and the broader economy since the valuation of the property portfolios could not be accurately determined.

Recapitalizing technically insolvent financial institutions …

You should be aware that the Federal Reserve has attempted to re-capitalized failing financial institutions by creating billions of new dollars which they lend to these institutions under their ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Policy) which allows banks to use their dodgy paper as collateral in return for loans of newly printed dollars at an interest rate of zero to one-quarter-of-one-percent. Essentially, guaranteeing the financial institutions will generate sufficient profits (and executive bonuses) to become solvent. How, the Federal Reserve plans to force the financial institutions to repay their loans and redeem their collateral is unknown; but many speculate in will result in consumer-unfriendly inflation. These government and quasi-government (The Fed is a private institution owned by its member banks and not a federal agency) agencies have screwed a generation of senior citizens living on fixed incomes and the income from their investments. Now receiving returns on their hard-earned investments under inflation and the rising cost of living.

The latest scheme – manipulating eminent domain …

In their effort to further manipulate the housing market, and secure votes for the upcoming congressional and presidential election cycles, the socialist democrats, at least in California, are attempting to manipulate the law to their advantage. In this instance, using the perverted Supreme Court decision known as “Kelo.” Basically, the Kelo case allowed the redefinition of eminent domain, from taking private property for government use (roads, schools, firehouse, airports, and other critical infrastructure), to taking private property for a government purpose (removing urban blight, increasing tax revenues, etc.). Thus, private property could be taken from a private individual and given to another private individual for that individual to make a significant profit – with the government paying for the “taking” on the basis of distressed property values. A developer’s dream deal. Even though it violates the concepts of private property and contractual rights.

And now, there are some socialist democrats in the State of California who see the Kelo decision as a way to stop foreclosures. Essentially the government will use the power of eminent domain to condemn the property and purchase it at minimal rates. They will then act as guarantor for a loan to refinance the property at favorable rates – and thus convey the property back to the homeowner. Unfortunately, this not only violates the concepts of private property rights and contractual law, but also recognizes that the homeowner is not the finance institution, but the person in possession who has paid something on his loan. To demonstrate the absurdity of this position, consider a person who could not afford their car payments. Now, let the government purchase the car for scrap, arrange to guarantee a loan from the bank, and return the car to the person in possession – not the true owner of the vehicle.

Check out the proposed radical and un-American scheme … 

Eminent domain could be used in battle against foreclosures in Richmond

Millions of Americans have lost their homes, and millions more could meet the same fate in a foreclosure crisis that continues to hammer communities across the country. Now, a San Francisco investment firm thinks it has found a remedy to the epidemic that has for years vexed national and local leaders -- and a willing partner in a Bay Area city that is no stranger to pursuing radical ideas.

The idea is to use the tool of eminent domain, which usually is associated with government taking private property from people, to keep families in their homes. Under a plan now taking shape, Richmond would seize underwater mortgages and work to refinance them under terms the homeowners could afford.

Mortgage Resolution Partners (MRP), the investment firm pitching the untested idea, already struck out in San Bernardino County and Salinas, where local leaders, after initially embracing the idea, got cold feet in the face of threatened lawsuits and fears that the home loan market would dry up.

But Richmond, which last year tried to become the nation's first city to tax sugar-sweetened beverages to fight obesity, appears to have no such reservations. City and Mortgage Resolution Partners officials are working on the details of a plan that could make Richmond the national testing ground for the use of eminent domain to stabilize foreclosure-ravaged communities.

But like the so-called "soda tax" that was overwhelmingly rejected by Richmond voters in November, this proposal faces fierce resistance from a deep-pocketed industry that sees plenty to lose if the strategy takes hold. Many legal challenges await the city that tries to knock down the first domino, including arguments that the plan tramples on basic property rights.

Note the mischaracterization of the “loss” … it is idiotic to think that any financial institution would take a real loss. Any losses would be passed along to their shareholders and depositors, in the form of reduced yields on their investment or increased transactional fees. While monthly loan repayment rates may be reduced, loan maturities would increase to forty years, fifty years or more, thus insuring the collection of revenue possibly beyond the life of the borrower. Turning private property ownership into nothing more than extended leases from the combined government-financial industry combine. Look at the pejorative use of the words “deep pocketed” as if the financial industry has millions of dollars in free capital ready to oppose this radical idea that would benefit consumers.

"Just like the soda tax, you have an industry that fiercely defends their status quo and won't tolerate one broken window in the whole institutional facade," Richmond Councilman Tom Butt said. "Richmond is the window breaker that must be stopped."

The broken window analogy is synonymous with the “salami technique” in government, where incremental negative actions occur until, one day, you wake up and find you have no freedom left. The technique’s name comes from a child’s query as how you eat a giant salami – with the delicatessen owner saying, “one slice at a time.” As for the soda tax, the author obviously believes that this is a good thing – but the truth is that it is just another governmental erosion of your freedom.

City Manager Bill Lindsay grew intrigued with the idea after hearing Mortgage Resolution Partners' pitch at a meeting of top public administration officials from throughout Contra Costa County. He invited firm chairman Steven Gluckstern, who has pushed the idea up and down the state, to take a shot with Richmond. Gluckstern is no Robin Hood for Richmond's struggling homeowners. He says his goal is to make money, but to do so in a way that saves struggling homeowners and improves the local economy.

This is a bullshit statement. Only good-paying jobs can save an economy; without income, you cannot afford any loan, even one with favorably reduced terms. The real truth is that an underwater home may be disadvantaging the consumer by artificially keeping them from seeking employment in another location. By paying monies that should be preserved and used to purchase more affordable housing. And, as for the local economy, holding on to property that could be sold to a solvent, willing purchaser is a direct hit on the economy.

"We started with our hearts but recognized there was an opportunity to earn returns for solving the problem," he said. "It turns out that if you solve problems, you can get paid for that. That's the beauty of America."

Consumers should remember, that most do-gooders do things for their self-interest; making themselves feel good, making money, and worst of all, conning others into believing that it is in their best interest to accept crappy deals. Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Money is not manufactured out of thin air – and it is the borrower who always pays the full freight.

Both socialists and communist theory demands that everything should be controlled by the state and centrally-planned for the good of the “collective,” even if it disadvantages the “individual …”

The plan, according to MRP and Richmond officials, goes something like this: After a government agency seizes the underwater mortgage, investors brought together by MRP pay off bond holders at close to the current appraised value, then line up a new mortgage for the homeowner at far less than the previous amount. MRP takes a $4,500 cut from the new lenders.

The key word that should strike fear in all owners of private property and those who have investments secured by contracts is: “After a government agency seizes …” The mere mention of bond holders implies government financing. This is the type of dodgy paper play that has led to the mortgage meltdown and the extension of the contagion into the broader economy. Notice MRP appears to assume zero risk and gets $4,500 for doing little more than generating computerized forms to deal with the paperwork.

Justification for screwing the actual owners of the property …

The idea's appeal, in part, lies in the frustration with private-label securities, or bundled-up loans owned by investors all over the world. "These mortgages are managed by a mortgage servicer that has no power to change the terms," Lindsay said. "So you're stuck because you can't negotiate with 300 people in 300 places. It's a classic market failure that prevents reasonable solutions from being reached."

This is a “big lie.” The property owner can sell the property to a willing buyer for whatever the market will bear, or return the property to its rightful owner or agent in a voluntary foreclosure, or simply not pay the agreed upon payments, and be involuntarily foreclosed. These are all options. There is no God-given right to keep property that you cannot afford, nor is their any God-given right to have the state intervene on your behalf, especially when such state intervention disadvantages honest, law-abiding consumers who purchase what they can afford and pay their bills on time. Perhaps the author does not understand that the reasonable solution is to give up the property and move on with your life. Conserving what little capital you might have to make a new start in a more productive environment.

Sanity appears …

Not everyone is so sanguine. Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics and a leading California economist, said MRP's plan has been rebuffed elsewhere for good reason.

"This is a fundamental violation of property rights and the rule of law," he said. "It's similar to nationalization plays by other countries, except that in this plan the government transfers ownership (of the loan) to another party. Lenders won't want to loan in that kind of environment ... credit will freeze."

Every government official in Richmond, California that voted for this loan should be summarily recalled and charged with a crime: conspiracy to commit theft, fraud and violate existing laws …

The City Council voted 6-1 in March to work with MRP on devising a broad plan to rescue mortgages using eminent domain and other tools. Gluckstern expects to return to the council with particulars in the next month or so. Read more at Eminent domain could be used in battle against foreclosures in Richmond -

Political Corruption?

Usually when we see stories of this nature, involving government-private relationships, I look further as I am naturally skeptical. Who are the partners, the investors, and are they spreading political good will?

… Gluckstern and his partners, who, after all, have a lot in common with the bankers they're supposed to be fighting. MRP's CEO, Graham Williams, is the former director of residential lending for Bank of America, and Gluckstern's investors include Donald Putnam, who once managed $15 billion in mutual funds. His allies include business-friendly Democrats such as former San Francisco mayors Willie Brown (an MRP investor) and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. MRP spokesman Peter Ragone previously served as Newsom's spokesman. MRP's team also includes a prominent real estate developer, the founder of Ask Jeeves, and a former legal affairs secretary for California Gov. Jerry Brown.

At its core, this fight is a political battle. In fundraising letter obtained by Reuters last year, MRP described its political connections as its "secret formula." At the time, MRP's executive chairman was Phil Angelides, a former California state treasurer, land developer, and the former head of the federal Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Angelides resigned from MRP two weeks later amid concerns* that he was improperly trading on his political influence.

This wasn't the first time Gluckstern had been accused of attempting to milk his connections. In 2005, when Gluckstern was leading the Democracy Alliance, New York Times Magazine correspondent Matt Bai reported that he'd hoped presidential candidate John Kerry would appoint him to lead the Department of Education. "The truth was that Steven Gluckstern had become just another in a large herd of classic Democratic access donors," Bai wrote.

The Democracy Alliance and Gluckstern's $270,000 in donations to Democrats over the past 17 years still open doors on Capitol Hill, though he denies that any of it matters. <Source>

Angelides was the one who led the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and produced a tainted report which minimized the role of government in the crisis and placed the majority of the blame on mortgage brokers. The report is widely regarded as a political salve, designed to produce demons that could be blamed for the failure of legislators and the financial regulatory agencies who failed to detect , deter, and prosecute overt financial fraud -- even when credible evidence was provided to regulators by well-credentialed and respected financial experts.

These are the type of democrats that gave us the mortgage crisis in the first place. The type of corrupt socialist democrat politicians like former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, former Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd – both touting the socialized benefits of mortgage behemoths Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, overlooking financial crimes at both institutions and touting their safety and soundness almost up to their government-mandated conservatorship because they were technically insolvent.

Bottom line …

Every scheme advanced which keeps the real estate market from reaching its true bottom delays any real recovery of our economy as buyers, sellers, and financial institutions cannot accurately price properties and determine the risk/reward ratios that are necessary to sustain good credit relations and policy.

Every scheme that involves the government serves to “socialize the losses” and “privatize the profits.”

This is nothing more that a self-serving scheme by a group of politically-connected special interests who plan to milk the public treasury for their own interests. The actually underwater borrower is not even on their radar as it is the underlying property, cash flows, government guarantees and transactional funds that occupy their interests.

Every scheme that circumvents private property rights and contract law is fundamentally un-American and leads us farther down the road to socialism and communism. And, if you want to see how well that works, look at Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea … and marvel at these worker’s paradises.

Bottom line …

Political corruption is killing America, Americans, and the American Dream. Unless political corruption is brought under some semblance of control within the next six years, our nation may have lost its Constitution and Americans may have lost many of their freedoms.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



I was halfway listening to Sean Hannity discuss President Obama’s profligate spending with Fox’s house liberal Juan Williams when I heard Juan Williams say …

“You can’t deny people economic mobility. You can’t say: hey you don’t have a chance in this country and we’re not going to help you, and then expect people to remain loyal Americans. The American dream is very important.”

I backspaced my TiVo and played the statement again. Sure enough, that’s what Juan Williams said and presumably what a progressive socialist democrat like  Juan Williams believes. That if you do not engage in wealth redistribution and entitlement programs Americans will not remain loyal to their country. A country unlike any other on the face of the planet. Where opportunity abounds for those willing to grasp it and make of it what they will.

I was unaware that Americans, from the founding fathers through the age World War II has to be bribed into being loyal Americans or to buy into the American dream.

What is going on?

ddee Feeding off the Public Treasury

And, therein lies a scary truth that apparently both political parties believe in: that to win elections, you have to pander to the people. Offering them, at least the promise, of a better future regardless of its actual cost or effect on the nation’s welfare. With the prize being the opportunity to garner the majority of the money on the table.

Immigration – there is not difference between the political parties. The progressive socialist democrats see rehabilitated illegal aliens as the next cohesive voting block of unionized members, even though it disadvantages Blacks in competing for low-skill, entry level jobs and affordable housing in the inner cities. The republicans are not much better, as they see a source of cheap labor and a way to convert the underground economy into taxable revenue.

Government waste, fraud and corruption – again both parties agree that government waste, fraud, and corruption is rampant – but over the past two decades neither party funded inspectors to ferret out fraud, waste, and corruption; nor did they make a point of prosecuting those who were unlucky enough to be apprehended. Neither party had anything to say about the lax rules that govern Congress where members arrive poor and leave rich – primarily from trading on inside information and associations with selected politically-connected special interests who appear to have the inside track on government contracts, grants, and subsidies. How do private investors get government loan guarantees, and months later entry bankruptcy? Where was the government’s due diligence? Where is the prosecution of those who are guilty of wrongdoing? I still believe the most honest man in Congress was Randy “Duke” Cunningham – the man who had a laundry list of “quid pro quo” costs for government contracts; and stayed bought even though he could have extracted more money from the special interests. It was a travesty, in my mind, that “Duke” went to jail while the rest of Congress does the very same thing.

Foreign policy – how many people are privy to how much money and materiel support is given to miscreants to obtain a presidential photo-op or a meaningless agreement to be touted in the media as a diplomatic accomplishment. Where did all those pallets of hundred dollar bills shipped abroad actually wind up?

Education – we saw the progressive socialist democrats attempt to federalize education; but then again, so did the republicans. No wonder we have administration officials pushing the progressive Common Core initiatives, and turn around and see Jeb Bush promoting the very same program. What neither party will address is how the “it’s for the children” mantra is a fraud as the majority of the money is siphoned off before it even gets to the classroom. Spent on administrators and consultants, funding for outrageous pension programs that remain underfunded, and the politically-connected special interests who sell textbooks for $100 or more – textbooks that contain the very same knowledge that has been known for hundreds of years, but comes with a new cover approved by a political panel who receives campaign funding support from these special interest vendors.

Enough with the legal bribery …

Here in California, we have foundations funded by the special interests, that are allowed to pick up travel, lodging, and meal expenses – ostensibly so better government doesn’t directly cost the taxpayers a dime. Who are we kidding? The special interests, all who have business before the state, expect a handsome return on their political investment. With the taxpayers, once again, footing the eventual bill. We have a “public utilities commission” that operates for the benefit of the politically-connected special interests, the consumers be damned. How else can you explain the tariff system – that allows the exact same commodity service to be sliced and diced to increase profits? A system designed to deceive and built on competition by confusion.

Bottom line …

What is killing America is political corruption – on both sides, with the republicans just slightly less ideologically corrupt than the progressive socialist democrats.

Unless this changes, we are, as my best friend Al reminds me, “so screwed.”

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



Before considering Mitt Romney as a viable GOP nominee for the 2016 Presidential election, perhaps we should consider his similarity to President Barack Hussein Obama and the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Both were crafted, in major part, by democrats, foundations, and industry lobbyists.
  • Both manipulated funding sources to “make the numbers work,” and in the case of RomneyCare, used the influence of Massachusetts Senator Teddy Kennedy to offload nearly $1.2 billion to the federal government (i.e. the taxpayers) to obtain passage of the bill.
  • Both heavily relied on the services of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber who has admitted to introducing extraordinary complexity into the ACA legislation to bamboozle American citizens who appear too stupid to understand economics. Claiming lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.
  • There is little or no disagreement that Romneycare was the model for Obamacare. And, in the aftermath of its passage and Romney left office, the taxpayers of Massachusetts were burdened with tax hikes to pay for RomneyCare’s substantial cost overruns.

In this own words …

Listen to Massachusetts' Governor Mitt Romney speak about the “crafting and coaxing of the bold healthcare initiative” known colloquially as RomneyCare. With special thanks to government officials for authorizing “$385 million dollars times three years” -- “without which this bill could not possibly have happened” -- and Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy for his behind the scenes support.    

Massachusetts Healthcare Signing Ceremony, Faneuil Hall (April 12, 2006)

Bottom line …

While Mitt Romney looks as “Presidential” as President Obama, albeit with a different political outlook and agenda, he is nevertheless a “liberal” politician who inspired many of the conservatives to simply stay at home – giving us four more years of Obamanomics.

He may be sincere in his beliefs, but he is a politician and susceptible to “going along to get along” as we saw in the RomneyCare debacle. But, only when compared to aisle-hopper Senator John McCain does Romney appear to be a conservative.

I am willing to bet that Romney’s 2016 positioning will be as the “compassionate conservative who cares for the poor.” Giving in to the progressive socialist democrats on Obamacare, Immigration, and Taxes.

I don’t trust the GOP, yet to articulate a platform and looking more and more like Democrat-lite with each passing day. I don’t trust JEB Bush with his brand of crony capitalism, open borders, and Marxist Common Core educational program. And, while I despise radical progressive socialist democrats like Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren – both corrupt and condescending Marxists – I still would be hard-pressed to vote for Mitt Romney.

Let us hope that the GOP sees the error of its ways, turns toward the conservative path to articulate a bold difference between the GOP and the progressive socialist democrat.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell


The acid test for the master of self-promotion and bloviating is simple: file his candidacy papers and release his tax returns.

Until then, one could rightfully assume that his speaking tour is little more than the promotion of the Donald Trump “brand” on the national stage.

Anyone who watches Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice is well aware of his management style: disengagement and bloviating, when he isn’t blustering. Trump appears to be a showman in the form of P.T. Barnum. Closer to the behavior of Barack Obama than a Ronald Reagan.


Donald Trump states case for becoming next president at SC Tea Party convention in Myrtle Beach

Businessman Donald Trump said he is giving “serious thought” to running for president in 2016 and that he thinks he would be the best person for the job.

Trump spent most of his 30-minute keynote speech at the S.C. Tea Party Coalition Convention held at Springmaid Beach Resort on Monday afternoon saying that he is the best person to lead the country.

He told a room of about 800 people that he stands apart from others who have been mentioned as potential candidates for president.

“I can get things done,” he said. “I know how to do it.”

He spoke against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who both have said they are considering running in 2016.

“I was right in 2012,” he said. “I said that I don’t see a strong candidate, but we had Mitt Romney and we went with Mitt Romney and he failed. He let us all down, to be honest with you. For him to be running again is outrageous.”

Trump pointed to what he said were former President George W. Bush’s shortcomings as reason why voters should stay away from Jeb Bush. “The last thing this country needs is another Bush,” he said. “[George W.] Bush, he didn’t do so hot. You could have brought [Abraham] Lincoln back and he would have lost.”

Source: MYRTLE BEACH: Donald Trump states case for becoming next president at SC Tea Party convention in Myrtle Beach | Politics | The State

Yada. Yada. Yada. The typical Trump Speech has more “I” references than an Obama Speech.

Bottom line …

When a marginal candidate like Donald Trump can command the national state, our deeply divided nations is in deep doo doo! Running the country is not like being an autocrat and dictating to your subordinates. There is little to suggest that Trump accepts criticism or advice, appearing to “wing it” in his “shoot from the lip” style. Considering the lengths at which Trump has disassociated himself from his failures or bad personnel choices, there appears that there would be little difference between Trump and Obama when it comes to openness, transparency, and accountability. Considering that Trump operates in a world of New York real estate and construction, one might presume that some of his contacts were with unsavory characters – something that might feed the world of opposition research for months.

If one wants that form of combative talk, there is Chris Christie who actually has experience in running a large governmental enterprise.

Where are the ‘real” GOP candidates and where is the GOP platform?

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell


Rather than tell the truth about State of the Union, President Obama appears to be little more than a lengthy campaign speech. The theme of Obama’s address is “Turn the Page” with an emphasis on economic proposals. It appears that the speech is little more than setting the stage for the upcoming 2016 presidential election and provoking/challenging the GOP.


The speech …   

Sounds like President Obama does not know that he lost the congressional election battle by an historical margin, and has the temerity to lecture the Congress or the Country about better politics is ludicrous. Especially since the President is engaged in obstruction of justice when it comes to the various scandals swirling about the Obama Whitehouse.

In essence, as you read the speech, you will see that Obama is telling Congress that I am willing to work with you, but not on Immigration, Dodd-Frank, Iran, Keystone, Gitmo, etc.


President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Remarks As Prepared for Delivery

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

But tonight, we turn the page.

Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids are graduating than ever before; more of our people are insured than ever before; we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years.

[The unemployment books are cooked, where those who have given up looking for employment are simply not counted. As for graduating kids, the unions are ensuring that we are raising another generational of functional illiterates that pass through to graduation my dumbing down the curricula and testing. While we may not be exclusively free from the grip of foreign oil, we are seeing the Administration’s wish to increase compensatory taxes to erase any competitive or consumer advantage.]

Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over. Six years ago, nearly 180,000 American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, fewer than 15,000 remain. And we salute the courage and sacrifice of every man and woman in this 9/11 Generation who has served to keep us safe. We are humbled and grateful for your service.

[And, the Islamic terrorists are moving in to fill the vacuum.]

America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this:

The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.

At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.

[Sounds great until you pay your taxes or seek healthcare.]

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?

[Social justice and pandering to the entitlement electorate.]

Will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing? Or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet?

Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another — or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?

[This is the modus operandi of the progressive socialist democrats. To segment the population into neighborhoods of victimization and to convince them that the democrats must be elected to address their grievances.]

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.

[This is a gross lie as Obama’s budget is specifically crafted to secure a competitive advantage for his party and political agenda. And, it is not any surprise that Obama will do anything to keep from governing, preferring the adulation of selected crowds to meeting with members of Congress.]

So tonight, I want to focus less on a checklist of proposals, and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us.

It begins with our economy.

Seven years ago, Rebekah and Ben Erler of Minneapolis were newlyweds. She waited tables. He worked construction. Their first child, Jack, was on the way.

They were young and in love in America, and it doesn’t get much better than that.

“If only we had known,” Rebekah wrote to me last spring, “what was about to happen to the housing and construction market.”

As the crisis worsened, Ben’s business dried up, so he took what jobs he could find, even if they kept him on the road for long stretches of time. Rebekah took out student loans, enrolled in community college, and retrained for a new career. They sacrificed for each other. And slowly, it paid off. They bought their first home. They had a second son, Henry. Rebekah got a better job, and then a raise. Ben is back in construction — and home for dinner every night.

“It is amazing,” Rebekah wrote, “what you can bounce back from when you have to…we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.”

We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.

America, Rebekah and Ben’s story is our story. They represent the millions who have worked hard, and scrimped, and sacrificed, and retooled. You are the reason I ran for this office. You’re the people I was thinking of six years ago today, in the darkest months of the crisis, when I stood on the steps of this Capitol and promised we would rebuild our economy on a new foundation. And it’s been your effort and resilience that has made it possible for our country to emerge stronger.

We believed we could reverse the tide of outsourcing, and draw new jobs to our shores. And over the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.

[You cannot reverse the tide of outsourcing unless taxes are reduced, regulation is reduced, and government intervention into every sector of the economy is reduced.]

We believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet. And today, America is number one in oil and gas. America is number one in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save $750 at the pump.

[Thanks to modern production techniques such as fracking – the very same production method abhorred by the environmentalists and progressive socialist democrats.]

We believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world. And today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high. And more Americans finish college than ever before.

 [Today’s kids can’t compete with their neighbor across the street let alone in a competitive world. Not to mention the reduced test criteria.]

We believed that sensible regulations could prevent another crisis, shield families from ruin, and encourage fair competition. Today, we have new tools to stop taxpayer-funded bailouts, and a new consumer watchdog to protect us from predatory lending and abusive credit card practices. And in the past year alone, about ten million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.

[Another lie. Government is becoming more intrusive than ever before. Government contracts, grants, subsidies, and loan guarantees still amount to corporate welfare for the politically well-connected. Does anyone realize that the new consumer watchdog (CFPB) is collecting personally identifiable financial data on every human in the guise of research?]

At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious; that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. Instead, we’ve seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in fifty years.

[Deficits are not the national debt which Obama refuses to address. Healthcare inflation is also a cooked number.]

So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way. We can’t slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal showdowns. We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.

[Smacking the GOP!]

Today, thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives. Wages are finally starting to rise again. We know that more small business owners plan to raise their employees’ pay than at any time since 2007. But here’s the thing — those of us here tonight, we need to set our sights higher than just making sure government doesn’t halt the progress we’re making. We need to do more than just do no harm. Tonight, together, let’s do more to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every American.

[Can you say forced raises in the minimum wage – to allow entry level positions to become careers that can support a family of four? Resulting in higher prices, fewer employees, and increased bankruptcies.]

Because families like Rebekah’s still need our help. She and Ben are working as hard as ever, but have to forego vacations and a new car so they can pay off student loans and save for retirement. Basic childcare for Jack and Henry costs more than their mortgage, and almost as much as a year at the University of Minnesota. Like millions of hardworking Americans, Rebekah isn’t asking for a handout, but she is asking that we look for more ways to help families get ahead.

In fact, at every moment of economic change throughout our history, this country has taken bold action to adapt to new circumstances, and to make sure everyone gets a fair shot. We set up worker protections, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to protect ourselves from the harshest adversity. We gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure and the internet — tools they needed to go as far as their effort will take them.

That’s what middle-class economics is — the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. We don’t just want everyone to share in America’s success — we want everyone to contribute to our success.

[Social justice with fairness determined and mandated by the government. So why did Obama remove the “work to get welfare” requirement?]

So what does middle-class economics require in our time?

First — middle-class economics means helping working families feel more secure in a world of constant change. That means helping folks afford childcare, college, health care, a home, retirement — and my budget will address each of these issues, lowering the taxes of working families and putting thousands of dollars back into their pockets each year.

[Except for the hidden taxes in energy and other government-controlled areas that do not appear on your tax return.]

Here’s one example. During World War II, when men like my grandfather went off to war, having women like my grandmother in the workforce was a national security priority — so this country provided universal childcare. In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have — it’s a must-have. It’s time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us. And that’s why my plan will make quality childcare more available, and more affordable, for every middle-class and low-income family with young children in America — by creating more slots and a new tax cut of up to $3,000 per child, per year.

[Expanding unionized pre-school education and babysitting – thank you SEIU for supporting the progressive socialist democrats.]

Here’s another example. Today, we’re the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave. Forty-three million. Think about that. And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. So I’ll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own. And since paid sick leave won where it was on the ballot last November, let’s put it to a vote right here in Washington. Send me a bill that gives every worker in America the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave. It’s the right thing to do.

[This is not Europe. These are competitive perks, not government-mandated rights.] 

Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. That’s why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It’s 2015. It’s time. We still need to make sure employees get the overtime they’ve earned. And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.

These ideas won’t make everybody rich, or relieve every hardship. That’s not the job of government. To give working families a fair shot, we’ll still need more employers to see beyond next quarter’s earnings and recognize that investing in their workforce is in their company’s long-term interest. We still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions, and give American workers a voice. But things like child care and sick leave and equal pay; things like lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage — these ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families. That is a fact. And that’s what all of us — Republicans and Democrats alike — were sent here to do.

[The unions have destroyed our industrial economy. The unions have destroyed out educational system. And, the unions have jeopardized every municipality, county, and state with their outrageous contracts and workrules. Leaving billions in unfunded pension liabilities – computed on a crooked non-actuarial system – that threaten to bankrupt us all.]

Second, to make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills.

America thrived in the 20th century because we made high school free, sent a generation of GIs to college, and trained the best workforce in the world. But in a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to do more.

By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. Two in three. And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not smart for our future.

That’s why I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.

Forty percent of our college students choose community college. Some are young and starting out. Some are older and looking for a better job. Some are veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market. Whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy, without a load of debt. Understand, you’ve got to earn it — you’ve got to keep your grades up and graduate on time. Tennessee, a state with Republican leadership, and Chicago, a city with Democratic leadership, are showing that free community college is possible. I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today. And I want to work with this Congress, to make sure Americans already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so that student debt doesn’t derail anyone’s dreams.

[Community colleges, with few entrance requirements are some of the least productive educational institutions in America while they expand their building costs, educational footprint, and personnel costs.]

Thanks to Vice President Biden’s great work to update our job training system, we’re connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding, and nursing, and robotics. Tonight, I’m also asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like CVS and UPS, and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships — opportunities that give workers the chance to earn higher-paying jobs even if they don’t have a higher education.

And as a new generation of veterans comes home, we owe them every opportunity to live the American Dream they helped defend. Already, we’ve made strides towards ensuring that every veteran has access to the highest quality care. We’re slashing the backlog that had too many veterans waiting years to get the benefits they need, and we’re making it easier for vets to translate their training and experience into civilian jobs. Joining Forces, the national campaign launched by Michelle and Jill Biden, has helped nearly 700,000 veterans and military spouses get new jobs. So to every CEO in America, let me repeat: If you want somebody who’s going to get the job done, hire a veteran.

Finally, as we better train our workers, we need the new economy to keep churning out high-wage jobs for our workers to fill.

Since 2010, America has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all advanced economies combined. Our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs. Some of our bedrock sectors, like our auto industry, are booming. But there are also millions of Americans who work in jobs that didn’t even exist ten or twenty years ago — jobs at companies like Google, and eBay, and Tesla.

So no one knows for certain which industries will generate the jobs of the future. But we do know we want them here in America. That’s why the third part of middle-class economics is about building the most competitive economy anywhere, the place where businesses want to locate and hire.

21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. Let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than thirty times as many jobs per year, and make this country stronger for decades to come.

21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas. Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages. But as we speak, China wants to write the rules for the world’s fastest-growing region. That would put our workers and businesses at a disadvantage. Why would we let that happen? We should write those rules. We should level the playing field. That’s why I’m asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but fair.

Look, I’m the first one to admit that past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype, and that’s why we’ve gone after countries that break the rules at our expense. But ninety-five percent of the world’s customers live outside our borders, and we can’t close ourselves off from those opportunities. More than half of manufacturing executives have said they’re actively looking at bringing jobs back from China. Let’s give them one more reason to get it done.

21st century businesses will rely on American science, technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time. In some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. Tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes — and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.

I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.

[Providing we cede control to the government – eventually bringing the Internet under political control where FEC (Federal Elections Commission) dictates political speech requirements.]

I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs — converting sunlight into liquid fuel; creating revolutionary prosthetics, so that a veteran who gave his arms for his country can play catch with his kid; pushing out into the Solar System not just to visit, but to stay. Last month, we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space program that will send American astronauts to Mars. In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain — and make sure to Instagram it.

[This is crazy – we are paying the Russians hundreds of millions to fly our astronauts to the International Space Station – and Obama is talking about Mars.]

Now, the truth is, when it comes to issues like infrastructure and basic research, I know there’s bipartisan support in this chamber. Members of both parties have told me so. Where we too often run onto the rocks is how to pay for these investments. As Americans, we don’t mind paying our fair share of taxes, as long as everybody else does, too. But for far too long, lobbyists have rigged the tax code with loopholes that let some corporations pay nothing while others pay full freight. They’ve riddled it with giveaways the superrich don’t need, denying a break to middle class families who do.

[Another big lie – Obama’s Administration is riddled with lobbyists and they set the agenda. Witness the Affordable Care Act, created with foundations and lobbyists – but no Republican.]

This year, we have an opportunity to change that. Let’s close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad, and reward those that invest in America. Let’s use those savings to rebuild our infrastructure and make it more attractive for companies to bring jobs home. Let’s simplify the system and let a small business owner file based on her actual bank statement, instead of the number of accountants she can afford. And let’s close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the top one percent to avoid paying taxes on their accumulated wealth. We can use that money to help more families pay for childcare and send their kids to college. We need a tax code that truly helps working Americans trying to get a leg up in the new economy, and we can achieve that together.

[Socialist class warfare!]

Helping hardworking families make ends meet. Giving them the tools they need for good-paying jobs in this new economy. Maintaining the conditions for growth and competitiveness. This is where America needs to go. I believe it’s where the American people want to go. It will make our economy stronger a year from now, fifteen years from now, and deep into the century ahead.

Of course, if there’s one thing this new century has taught us, it’s that we cannot separate our work at home from challenges beyond our shores.

My first duty as Commander-in-Chief is to defend the United States of America. In doing so, the question is not whether America leads in the world, but how. When we make rash decisions, reacting to the headlines instead of using our heads; when the first response to a challenge is to send in our military — then we risk getting drawn into unnecessary conflicts, and neglect the broader strategy we need for a safer, more prosperous world. That’s what our enemies want us to do.

I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership. We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents. That’s exactly what we’re doing right now — and around the globe, it is making a difference.

[Yeah! It hasn’t worked and America is more despised and reviled than when Obama took office. And, it is working wonderfully with Iran who refused to give up their nuclear ambitions.]

First, we stand united with people around the world who’ve been targeted by terrorists — from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris. We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks, and we reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we’ve done relentlessly since I took office to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies.

At the same time, we’ve learned some costly lessons over the last thirteen years.

Instead of Americans patrolling the valleys of Afghanistan, we’ve trained their security forces, who’ve now taken the lead, and we’ve honored our troops’ sacrifice by supporting that country’s first democratic transition. Instead of sending large ground forces overseas, we’re partnering with nations from South Asia to North Africa to deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten America. In Iraq and Syria, American leadership — including our military power — is stopping ISIL’s advance. Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group. We’re also supporting a moderate opposition in Syria that can help us in this effort, and assisting people everywhere who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremism. This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed. And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.

[Obama can’t bring himself to say Islamic terrorism, nor will he acknowledge a Sunni-Shia religious war that has nothing to do with the United States and everything to do with ethnic cleansing.]

Second, we are demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small — by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies. Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, some suggested that Mr. Putin’s aggression was a masterful display of strategy and strength. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters.

That’s how America leads — not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve.

In Cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new. Our shift in Cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere; removes a phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba; stands up for democratic values; and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. And this year, Congress should begin the work of ending the embargo. As His Holiness, Pope Francis, has said, diplomacy is the work of “small steps.” These small steps have added up to new hope for the future in Cuba. And after years in prison, we’re overjoyed that Alan Gross is back where he belongs. Welcome home, Alan.

[Let’s welcome a communist nation 90-miles off our coast into our bosom – to serve as another entry point for our enemies who wish to destroy America.]

Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran; secures America and our allies — including Israel; while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict. There are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails — alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress. The American people expect us to only go to war as a last resort, and I intend to stay true to that wisdom.

[Obama is being played by Iran – almost as if he hates Israel as much as any other Muslim.]

Third, we’re looking beyond the issues that have consumed us in the past to shape the coming century.

No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information. If we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.

[Allegedly the NSA had infiltrated North Korea and saw the Sony attack happen – yet they did nothing to stop it. Obama wants to push Hollywood’s agenda of criminalizing and federalizing content theft – shifting the costs of peeking into packets and prosecuting those who share content to the taxpayer.]

In West Africa, our troops, our scientists, our doctors, our nurses and healthcare workers are rolling back Ebola — saving countless lives and stopping the spread of disease. I couldn’t be prouder of them, and I thank this Congress for your bipartisan support of their efforts. But the job is not yet done — and the world needs to use this lesson to build a more effective global effort to prevent the spread of future pandemics, invest in smart development, and eradicate extreme poverty.

In the Asia Pacific, we are modernizing alliances while making sure that other nations play by the rules — in how they trade, how they resolve maritime disputes, and how they participate in meeting common international challenges like nonproliferation and disaster relief. And no challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does — 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.

I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.

[This is a lie … first extreme weather events result from oscillations and natural cycles. Is it any wonder that all of the people advancing global warming scenarios are government-controlled or government funded?]

That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That’s why we’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that’s why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action. In Beijing, we made an historic announcement — the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.

[Got it – stand in the Country that is one of the worst polluters in the world and repeat their lies about curtailing their faltering economy to please a bunch of self-satisfied rich progressive socialist democrats in Hollywood.]

There’s one last pillar to our leadership — and that’s the example of our values.

As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims — the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.

[Notice the moral equivalence between the Jews and the Muslims. There is no offensive stereotype of Muslims in Muslim countries. Muslims are responsible for almost all of terrorism in the world and it is not a stereotype.]

As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice — so it makes no sense to spend three million dollars per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit. Since I’ve been President, we’ve worked responsibly to cut the population of GITMO in half. Now it’s time to finish the job. And I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It’s not who we are.

[Prisoners of war or enemy combatants are not like ordinary criminals and do not have the rights of an American citizen. Will the President make us all less safe by closing GITMO – possibly returning the land to Cuba, the bastion of communism in the world.]

As Americans, we cherish our civil liberties — and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from other countries and industry in our fight against terrorist networks. So while some have moved on from the debates over our surveillance programs, I haven’t. As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard, with the recommendations of privacy advocates, to increase transparency and build more safeguards against potential abuse. And next month, we’ll issue a report on how we’re keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy.

Looking to the future instead of the past. Making sure we match our power with diplomacy, and use force wisely. Building coalitions to meet new challenges and opportunities. Leading — always — with the example of our values. That’s what makes us exceptional. That’s what keeps us strong. And that’s why we must keep striving to hold ourselves to the highest of standards — our own.

[Our enemies do not respect anything other than strength and the will to use it. They laugh at Obama and his so-called diplomacy. Obama leads from behind – and if you recall Benghazi, he was nowhere to be found.]

You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn’t a liberal America, or a conservative America; a black America or a white America — but a United States of America. I said this because I had seen it in my own life, in a nation that gave someone like me a chance; because I grew up in Hawaii, a melting pot of races and customs; because I made Illinois my home — a state of small towns, rich farmland, and one of the world’s great cities; a microcosm of the country where Democrats and Republicans and Independents, good people of every ethnicity and every faith, share certain bedrock values.

[Illinois the home of political corruption and some of the most dangerous inner city areas in the nation! A state governed by democrats that has strict gun control and significant gun violence. A state where money flows to the 1% and trickles down to those for whom it was intended.]

Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn’t delivered on this vision. How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever. It’s held up as proof not just of my own flaws — of which there are many — but also as proof that the vision itself is misguided, and naïve, and that there are too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock for us to ever do anything about it.

I know how tempting such cynicism may be. But I still think the cynics are wrong.

I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long. I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California; and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, and New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown; in Boston, West, Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains; from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home.

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who, every day, live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper, and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

[A euphemism for wealth redistribution via government formula?]

So the question for those of us here tonight is how we, all of us, can better reflect America’s hopes. I’ve served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. And many of you have told me that this isn’t what you signed up for — arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.

Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.

Understand — a better politics isn’t one where Democrats abandon their agenda or Republicans simply embrace mine.

A better politics is one where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears.

[Whoa! A man steeped in corrupt progressive socialist democrat politics is lecturing Congress and the American people about tired old patterns of politics. Obama is a hypocrite – read this speech and see Obama play to our fears with his global warming rhetoric – all based on an unproven hypothesis and supported by those who are beholden to the government for their jobs and funding.]

A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other; where we talk issues, and values, and principles, and facts, rather than “gotcha” moments, or trivial gaffes, or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people’s daily lives.

A better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up, with a sense of purpose and possibility, and asking them to join in the great mission of building America.

If we’re going to have arguments, let’s have arguments — but let’s make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country.

We still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care she needs.

Yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is taken from her child, and that it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred; that it’s being denied to too many; and that, on this 50th anniversary of the great march from Selma to Montgomery and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we can come together, Democrats and Republicans, to make voting easier for every single American.

We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed. Surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift. Surely we can agree it’s a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves us all.

[Obama’s catch and release programs.]

That’s a better politics. That’s how we start rebuilding trust. That’s how we move this country forward. That’s what the American people want. That’s what they deserve.

I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol — to do what I believe is best for America. If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, join me in the work at hand. If you disagree with parts of it, I hope you’ll at least work with me where you do agree. And I commit to every Republican here tonight that I will not only seek out your ideas, I will seek to work with you to make this country stronger.

[To pursue the progressive socialist agenda, empower the unions, and reduce the strength of the American military.]

Because I want this chamber, this city, to reflect the truth — that for all our blind spots and shortcomings, we are a people with the strength and generosity of spirit to bridge divides, to unite in common effort, and help our neighbors, whether down the street or on the other side of the world.

I want our actions to tell every child, in every neighborhood: your life matters, and we are as committed to improving your life chances as we are for our own kids.

I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen — man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino and Asian, immigrant and Native American, gay and straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability.

[He couldn’t stop at saying all Americans, but had to list the progressive socialist democrat’s coalition partners.]

I want them to grow up in a country that shows the world what we still know to be true: that we are still more than a collection of red states and blue states; that we are the United States of America.

I want them to grow up in a country where a young mom like Rebekah can sit down and write a letter to her President with a story to sum up these past six years:

“It is amazing what you can bounce back from when you have to…we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.”

My fellow Americans, we too are a strong, tight-knit family. We, too, have made it through some hard times. Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and begun again the work of remaking America. We’ve laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write. Let’s begin this new chapter — together — and let’s start the work right now.

[Not if you ask the people in Ferguson, or those marching on Wall Street.]

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless this country we love.

Bottom line …

There is little or no doubt that Obama can give a speech, reading the words written by others with feigned sincerity. But, President Obama’s actions do not correspond to his soaring rhetoric. He is a liar – a man who will stand before the American public and lie. Lie to the faces of Americans.

Read the speech in context and consider what this man is advocating and how much he has lied about what he has done and what he plans to do.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell