Obama’s SOTU: 18 Lies and Distortions That Should Concern Us

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Mr. Obama has a pen and he has a phone

Mr. Obama began the speech by saying ‘my fellow Americans.’ Is he serious, do you think?

I’ve included highlights of 18 of his lies, threats, and distortions in this article.

1. He is proud of the 6.7% unemployment rate.

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2. He started out with his new favorite bully tactic when speaking about the economic recovery, he will rule by fiat:

“Our job is to reverse these trends. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

His declaration the he will ignore Congress, the Separation of Powers and the Constitution to rule unilaterally drew a standing ovation from Democrats who were thrilled to hear it.

Mr. Obama will use about a dozen executive orders to address economic issues. He will raise the minimum wage of future federal contract workers to $10.10 but most affected make more than that in the jobs it applies to.

3. Oil and gas are better than ever thanks to his actions, he said, but he hinted he will raise taxes on them. He talked about the regulations he will pass on them. He never met a regulation he didn’t like.

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Shuttered coal plant. In Kentucky alone, it has cost 5,000 jobs. 

He bragged about there being more oil and gas production than every. Natural gas from Federal on- and off-shore leases peaked in 2008 and has decreased by 50% since he has been in office .  Natural gas from non-Federal Private and State lands has increased by 31% since 2008, no thanks to Mr. Obama.

4. He said the economy is coming back.

He said this about the economy:

“In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together. Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want – for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all – the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.”

“Let’s face it: that belief has suffered some serious blows. Over more than three decades, even before the Great Recession hit, massive shifts in technology and global competition had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.”

“Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.”

But he didn’t mention that his policies are the biggest problem not did he mention the 40,000 regulations on business this year alone. It’s his damn recovery.

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Income inequality has worsened under Obama

5. The auto industry came roaring back, he claims. Chrysler is now Fiat and GM is struggling. Ford, which didn’t take taxpayer money is faring the best.

6. Restore unemployment insurance, he said. This has been going on for 5 years and all it has done is increase joblessness.

7. He wants pre-K:

“Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education. Last year, I asked this Congress to help states make high-quality pre-K available to every four year-old. As a parent as well as a President, I repeat that request tonight. But in the meantime, thirty states have raised pre-k funding on their own. They know we can’t wait. So just as we worked with states to reform our schools, this year, we’ll invest in new partnerships with states and communities across the country in a race to the top for our youngest children. And as Congress decides what it’s going to do, I’m going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K they need.”

Research actually shows it doesn’t have any lasting effect. By third grade, all advantages have evaporated.

8. He will close GITMO, probably by releasing dangerous terrorists.

9. More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage, he lied. It’s a major lie.

He also said:

“One last point on financial security. For decades, few things exposed hard-working families to economic hardship more than a broken health care system. And in case you haven’t heard, we’re in the process of fixing that.”

“A pre-existing condition used to mean that someone like Amanda Shelley, a physician assistant and single mom from Arizona, couldn’t get health insurance. But on January 1st, she got covered. On January 3rd, she felt a sharp pain. On January 6th, she had emergency surgery. Just one week earlier, Amanda said, that surgery would’ve meant bankruptcy.”

“That’s what health insurance reform is all about – the peace of mind that if misfortune strikes, you don’t have to lose everything.”

“Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents’ plans.”

He finds the few stories in which it has helped people and leaves out the fact that millions more are left uninsured or forced onto Medicaid.

He said this:

“And here’s another number: zero. Because of this law, no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma, back pain, or cancer. No woman can ever be charged more just because she’s a woman. And we did all this while adding years to Medicare’s finances, keeping Medicare premiums flat, and lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors.”

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This little boy with cancer lost his insurance because of Obamacare

10. This next statement which he made during the speech is a lie – Iran has eliminated nothing:

“And it is American diplomacy, backed by pressure, that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program – and rolled parts of that program back – for the very first time in a decade. As we gather here tonight, Iran has begun to eliminate its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium. It is not installing advanced centrifuges. Unprecedented inspections help the world verify, every day, that Iran is not building a bomb. And with our allies and partners, we’re engaged in negotiations to see if we can peacefully achieve a goal we all share: preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Ambassador Bolton on the nuclear deal and the legitimization of their becoming a nuclear power:

11. The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact, he declared. His highness said it’s settled.

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It’s snowing in the south, this is Central Florida, but now they call it climate change because the global warming scheme is being exposed as a farce used to gain money and power.

12. He’s going to put our students on broadband without adding a dime to the deficit:

“Last year, I also pledged to connect 99 percent of our students to high-speed broadband over the next four years. Tonight, I can announce that with the support of the FCC and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon, we’ve got a down payment to start connecting more than 15,000 schools and twenty million students over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit.”

Like he did with ObamaCare?

Women need to make as much as men for the same work. Ironically, he doesn’t do that in the White House.

13. I’m not sure where he’s going with this but we should be afraid since he wants to take over private retirement savings:

“That’s why, tomorrow, I will direct the Treasury to create a new way for working Americans to start their own retirement savings: MyRA. It’s a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg. MyRA guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in. And if this Congress wants to help, work with me to fix an upside-down tax code that gives big tax breaks to help the wealthy save, but does little to nothing for middle-class Americans. Offer every American access to an automatic IRA on the job, so they can save at work just like everyone in this chamber can. And since the most important investment many families make is their home, send me legislation that protects taxpayers from footing the bill for a housing crisis ever again, and keeps the dream of homeownership alive for future generations of Americans.” [Emphasis mine]

14. He said he wants the military to have what they need, which is good since they’ve been decimated by him.

15. His gun comments:

“Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.” [Emphasis mine]

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16. He still thinks he defeated al-Qaeda:

“The fact is, that danger remains. While we have put al Qaeda’s core leadership on a path to defeat, the threat has evolved, as al Qaeda affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world. In Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Mali, we have to keep working with partners to disrupt and disable these networks. In Syria, we’ll support the opposition that rejects the agenda of terrorist networks. Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our defenses, and combat new threats like cyberattacks. And as we reform our defense budget, we have to keep faith with our men and women in uniform, and invest in the capabilities they need to succeed in future missions.”

James Clapper, testifying before a senate committee Wednesday, said that al Qaeda is as dangerous as it was in 2001. Syrian terrorists are training Western fighters to return to the US and Europe to launch terror attacks.

17. Create jobs at home:

“So let’s make that decision easier for more companies. Both Democrats and Republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here, and reward companies that keep profits abroad. Let’s flip that equation. Let’s work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs here at home.”

“Moreover, we can take the money we save with this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes – because in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure. We’ll need Congress to protect more than three million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer. But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.”

Where are the jobs? This has already been done and there are one million fewer jobs than when he came into office.

18. Finally, there is amnesty:

“Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let’s get immigration reform done this year.”

Thirty million more people taking jobs from Americans will not spur growth but it will reduce wages in America.

There was a lot of self-congratulatory remarks throughout.

Full text of his speech

 

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