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If Wishes Were Horses

Last week brought us the State of the Union Address, the annual accounting that our President is required to give before Congress about the condition of our country. Instead of being frank and declaring that the state of our union is not so great, the President instead chose to prevaricate, embellish, distract, misrepresent, and bend the truth back and forth until it snapped.

He claimed that corporations are doing a booming business, with profits that have “skyrocketed to all-time highs” [1]. I’m sure this came as a great surprise to companies like Kodak, Hostess, US Airways, and those like them who have recently declared bankruptcy, as well as all the other businesses who are laying off workers and lowering wages to stay afloat.  He also claimed that raising minimum wage will cure poverty, that women still don’t earn as much as men and that he is going to fix it, and that universal pre-school will be what saves our failing education program.

In reality land, however, raising minimum wage is not an effective solution to treat poverty, for more reasons than we have time to discuss. Women already do earn equal pay [2], and there is no evidence that pre-school makes a long-term difference in academic performance in children [3]. In fact, most of his proposed “reforms” lacked verifiable facts to back them up, and read like a far-left political platform.

Obama’s “Santa Claus Platform,”[4] as Rand Paul describes it, is much like what goes on at Santa’s North Pole. It promises something for nothing, it’s more about warm feelings and pleasant fiction than reality and facts, and the free labor and goods are imaginary. Much like the generosity of St. Nick, Obama’s promises that his plans will not cost us “a single dime” [1]. And if you believe that, I’ll cut you a deal on this bridge I own in Brooklyn.

 
 

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Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

            Several months after the attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans, including a US ambassador, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was finally called before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to answer questions about the event and how the current administration handled it. Sadly, we’re still no closer to the truth than we were before her testimony.

            In her emotional prepared statement, she said, “I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters,” [1] and according to the father of slain Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, she also told them that the U.S. would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.” [2] However, when questioned by Senator Ron Johnson about whether or not the American people were misled about the cause of the attack, all she could say was, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” and tried to say that they still don’t really know what happened [3].

When asked about watching the attacks at Benghazi in real time on a monitor, she said, “There was no monitor. There was no real time,” and that they only saw videos of the event “weeks later,” despite the testimony from her assistant secretary Lamb and Admiral Mullen that said that, in fact, that there was video available immediately [3]. And when she was questioned by Senator Rand Paul about the transfer of weapons from Libya to Turkey, she put on her surprised face and said she knew nothing about it, even to the point that she’s never heard of it before [3].

While she is still saying that she accepts full responsibility for the events in Benghazi, it appears that full responsibility doesn’t carry with it the responsibility to tell the truth.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Government, Politicking

 

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