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February 14, 2013

Rand Paul #SOTU speech

 Posted by                Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:31am

Just like the Rubio speech, a very good job.

Unfortunately, I could not find it on a channel last night, so I didn’t see it until this morning.

You’ve just watched the man who might well be our next President, and if so we shall be the better for it !

Bill Whittle – Virtual Inaugural Address

Nineteen minutes of brilliance!

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The schizophrenic State of the  Union

President Obama  presented a muddled vision of the nation on Tuesday night

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama (C), flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (D-OH), delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Dharapak/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)  Much was made of the “aggressive tone” President  Obama would supposedly strike in the days leading up to his State of the  Union speech. Glenn Thrush, in Politico, for one, predicted it would be “less a  presidential olive branch than a congressional cattle prod.”

And in the minutes after, Republican congressional leaders and conservative  media outlets were agreeing. I talked to Sen. Mike Lee, for example, who called  it both “aggressive” and “offensive.” It wasn’t the tone, but the message — or messages — that struck me most.  There were many, and they were downright schizophrenic.

Had conservatives closed their eyes, they might have been able, in fact, to  picture some of the language reverberating from the grave of conservative  thinker F.A. Hayek or out of the mouths of his modern-day equivalents in the Tea  Party.

Obama made a consistent effort to call for leaner, smarter, smaller  government, as well as for reforms that would make overweening bureaucracy less  complicated. He seemed to be signaling a step back from the big government  messages of his presidential campaign and away from the rhetoric that maligned  individual success.

“It’s not a bigger government we need,” he said, nearly channeling Rep. Paul  Ryan, “but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based  growth.” “The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem,” he  said, seemingly discarding the “you didn’t build that” mantra that carried him  through the election. He called for a less complicated tax code, with fewer forms and burdens on  small business owners. He asked that we streamline refinancing for homeowners, getting rid of “overlapping regulations.” And he admitted that real immigration reform means fixing the broken,  out-of-control, counter-productive immigration process to reduce  bureaucracy.

For a guy who added thousands of new IRS agents just to implement and  enforce Obamacare, this stuff was sounding downright ascetic.

Maybe this was a response to recent polling on the subject. Politico’s exit polling after the election found that 53% of those surveyed  said “the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and  individuals,” a figure that had risen 10 points since the 2008 election. And according to a January Rasmussen poll, 62% prefer a smaller government  with fewer services and lower taxes.

But if that was free-market music to spendthrift conservatives’ ears, the  policies he proposed, vague though they were, sure didn’t come out of anything  Milton Friedman would have written. There was the call for Congress — yes, that Congress — to somehow create a  network of “manufacturing hubs” that will partner with not one but two big,  bureaucratic government agencies, the Departments of Defense and Energy. There was the proposal for something called an Energy Security Trust to,  apparently, find other ways to power an automobile besides oil and gas.

There was the promise to use federal money to help states help homeowners  cut their energy use in half, and federal incentives to send every child to  preschool and every teenager to college affordably. There was raising the federal minimum wage and passing the Violence Against  Women Act, legislation that spends more money to criminalize something that’s  already illegal in all 50 states.

These are hardly small, “smart” government solutions to our problems, nor  are they inexpensive. The President did not detail exactly how all of these new “hubs” and “trusts” and federal programs would be paid for. No one who’s had the pleasure of watching a State of the Union address  expects specifics in these things, but one might expect some consistency in the  message. We got neither, this time.

But I’m happy to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, and take him at his  word. If the President truly does have a newfound interest in lean, efficient  government, I know some conservatives in Congress who are eager to educate him  on the subject.

Fact check on Obama’s State of the  Union address

Published February 13, 2013 Associated  Press

WASHINGTON –  President Barack Obama did  some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out  a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less  onerous than he made it sound…

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