5 Big Problems Obama Will Ignore in His State of the Union Address

What President Obama says in his 2013 State of the Union Address isn’t as important as what he leaves out.

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2. About that Sequester

Looking out for the little guys!Boeing.comThe president’s Saturday radio address warned of dire consequences should the sequester happen, cutting $85 billion from the federal budget for the next year. He said thousands of Americans are “likely to be laid off” if Congress fails to stop the sequestration cuts. He also argued (no doubt in an effort to get hawkish conservatives on board) that sequestration would threaten our military readiness.

The Reality

Not bloody likely. Mercatus Center analyst and Reason economics columnist Veronique de Rugy crunched the defense numbers and noted that even after dipping slightly next year due to the sequestration, the defense budget will still continue to grow and grow fairly constantly for the next 10 years following that one dip.

George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen noted in a New York Times piece that while the job losses in the defense industry might lower our gross domestic product in the short term, in the long term we may well be better off because it “would most likely mean fewer engineers and scientists inventing weaponry and more of them producing for consumers.” Military spending does not generally produce real wealth as we see it. Shifting employment out of that industry might ultimately benefit our economic growth in the long run.

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  • sarcasmic||

    He didn't talk about what I wanted him to talk about! Waaaaaah!


  • ||

    If The One ignores something then it is ex vi termini not a problem.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I suppose you could come up with better lies and obfuscations for your address, eh, Shackford? You know, it's easy to criticize.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    Fun, too.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You suck-diddily-uck, Whiterun.

  • Loki||

    If your State of the Union drinking game doesn’t include the phrase “common-sense solutions,” you’re probably some sort of teetotaler.

    ...or you don't want to die tonight from alcohol poisoning.

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    Shot of tequila for every child from Newtown CT, pictured. Take a roofie if one is sitting with the first lady.

  • Loki||

    Take a roofie Just put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brain if one is sitting with the first lady.

    Not that it will be necessary. I swear to Zod I'll probably have an aneurism and my head will explode like that dude from Scanners if one more person uses those kids as political props.

  • kinnath||

    Let me clear, if the Republicans had nominated someone other than Alan Keys I would have never made it to the Senate much less the Oval Office. So I have no fucking clue what I am doing up here.

  • KDN||

    Let me clear, if the Republicans had nominated someone other than Alan Keys ever nominated a halfway decent opponent against me I would have never made it to the Senate much less the Oval Office.

    FIFY. The man's luck in opponents is nothing short of astounding.

  • Invisible Finger||

    If the GOP didn't get their bowels in an uproar over Jack Ryan liking kinky sex, Obama would've had to make a name for himself in the prosecutor's office.

  • An0nB0t||

    I must've missed that book.

  • John||

    The Kenyan Village Idiot has one move. He will life, accuse his opponents of bad faith and seek to divide the country by picking out targets as the "other" and rile up the angry congress of baboons who are his supporters.

  • John||

    lie. He will lie...

  • kinnath||

    Yes he will

  • Invisible Finger||

    Lying IS his life, so the error was understandable.

  • NihilistZerO||

    RE: John

    So he's doing what 99% of politicians have done in America since its founding ;-)

  • Loki||

    Radley Balko examined the numbers and determined the claim was a lie.

    Biden lied? Noooooo, say it ain't so! *shocked face* /sarc

  • ||

    If Biden is lying then little kids are lying when they repeat that babies are delivered by storks.

  • Raven Nation||

    True. I think in describing anything Biden says, the default option should always be "doesn't know what he is talking about" OR "he's an idiot."

  • fish||

    In Bidens defense he doesn't know he's lying. In Joe Bidens world his words create reality.

  • Ron||

    Crony capitalism, creating regulations that make it no longer financially feasible for the little guy to keep up with the rules. Of course thats why big corp is involved with big gov., to stifle competition.

  • Loki||

    The president's Keynesian economic policies are really a cover for crony capitalism coming from the left rather than the right.

    It's not cronyism when we do it. /prog-tard

  • Otisjay||

    Sadly I heard this coming out of a Ex-Co-workers mouth.

  • SugarFree||

    What's the over-under for the use of "false argument"?

  • John||

    Around the same as "false choice(s)". He is such a blithering idiot. It is not that I disagree with the content, which I do. It is that his speeches are completely incoherent. His supporters must not really care what he says. They must just like the soothing tone of Big Daddy's voice, because there is no way anyone could listen to the content of those speeches and think anything other than "this guy is a moron".

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    I dare you to sit in the same room with a libtard as he gives a speech. They go all misty eyed and dreamy when he shows up. I used to work for a non profit that was VERY left leaning. They'd gather everyone in the conference room and put him on the projector every time he had an appearance on TV.

  • fish||

    Yeah....so many damp panties that the humidity in the room goes up. But remember TEAM RED is the "faith based" TEAM.

  • ||

    I've never understood why anyone thinks he's a great speaker. He overuses a few fluff phrases, pauses at awkward moments, and stares off into nowhere all the time. It's cringe inducing, even if you agree with the content.

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    The Barry flavored Kool Aid is very strong.

  • ||

    Bullshit bullshit bullshit
    (Pause, look up to the left)
    Bullshit bullshit bullshit
    ( pause, look up to the left)
    Let me be clear
    Bullshit bullshit bullshit
    (Pause, look up to the left)
    Lather, rinse, repeat.1

  • Mike M.||

    I can't stand the guy, but I thought the speech he gave in Grant Park after his first election was actually really damn good.

    Unfortunately, that speech was total bullshit. The angry, contentious know-it-all we have seen over the last few months is who he really is.

  • ||

    I just pulled it up on YouTube because I couldn't remember it. I think you must have been watching something else. His Grant Park speech is filled with awkward pauses and fluff.

  • theslapisback||

    Anytime I find myself beginning to be impressed with his speaking I just remind myself that he didn't write it, is reading it and is completely full of sh*t. The volume of lies spill from his mouth is really the only thing that impresses me. That and the number of people who believe him. Staggering

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It's the President's job to save us from ourselves. Our ignorant, feckless, maladjusted, racist selves.

    Not one sparrow falls...

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "Some folks want you to believe [insert false choice], but they're wrong. My administration is committed to [insert Utopian scheme] and we will [insert demonstrably false and/or impossible course of action]. Because [assertion of necessity of equal outcomes]."

  • LTC(ret) John||

    You saw tonight's advance draft?!

  • Blueman||


  • The Late P Brooks||

    His rhetorical style reminds me of a backwater tent show revivalist.

  • An0nB0t||

    You should watch the Apostle. Pentacostals are massively more entertaining than any political speaker this side of Friedman. Incredibly talented people.

  • Zombie Jimbo||


    I thought he'd ignore 99 problems in his speech.

  • $park¥||

    But the bitches won't be one.

  • Bobarian||

    But the bitch ain't one?

  • Bobarian||

    Damn you!

  • Bobarian||

    And nobody gets away with calling a klingon/sasquatch hybrid a bitch...

  • Sudden||

    But enough about Lena Dunham

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "It was an inspired guess."

  • Rasilio||

    "The president is likely to call for broadening the tax base and “closing loopholes,”

    Wait, broadening the tax base. Isn't that a Republican code word for raising taxes on the poor and middle class?

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    Broadening it down to 150k.

  • GregMax||

    The Roman Empire is falling - only now it's the natural course for modern industrial government/economies.
    I wanna know what comes next. (Though I'm not sure I want to experience it.)

  • Bobarian||

    Vandal hoards from the north?

    "But minister, it isn't like this film is the first troublesome thing to come out of Canada. Let us not forget Brian Adams a few decades ago."

    Damned floppy headed Canadians

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    Or Gordon Lightfoot, a decade or 2 before that. The Canadians have generations of sins to pay for. Is there a more frightening phrase than, "Canadian singer-songwriter"?

  • Raven Nation||

    "English chef"?

  • Sudden||

    Italian Mercenary?

  • Loki||

    Is there a more frightening phrase than, "Canadian singer-songwriter"?

    Two words: Celine. Dion. So no, there isn't. Case closed.

  • Sudden||

    The Roman Empire is falling

    I think the more appropriate and relevant historical comparison is the collapse of the Soviet Union.

  • Mike M.||

    Once again, Obama is NOT a real Keynesian, he's a phony, bullshit Keynesian just like Paul Krugnuts and most of the left.

    Keynes clearly said that you're not supposed to raise taxes in a depressed economy. Does the name Herbert Hoover ring any bells?

  • Randolph34||

    like Edna said I am blown away that anybody can earn $6418 in 1 month on the computer. have you seen this link http://www.FLY38.COM

  • ||

    They got Edna, too!

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Shits getting real, now.

  • Sudden||

    She was a good woman...

  • Loki||

    Anono-bot was so much better than this cheap knock-off "earn-money-on-the-internets-bot". Jsut sayin'. lol.

  • ||

    Do you have a newsletter I may subscribe to?

  • Rasilio||

    $6418 a month?

    I work in computers and I'd laugh in the face of anyone who tried to pay me that little.

    I mean even if I moved to a low cost of living state I'd demand at least $7200 a month plus full benefits gross.

  • An0nB0t||

    Hey everybody, Rasilio's got a spare guest room!

  • gaeligegobragh||

    This a great article. I merely wanted to mention that the executive director of the Libertarian Party, Carla Howell, will also deliver a response to the State of the Union Address. The video will be up on Facebook as well as www.lp.org.

  • Renfred43||

    uptil I looked at the check of $6418, I didn't believe that my sister was realie earning money parttime on their apple labtop.. there mums best friend started doing this for only fifteen months and just took care of the dept on there home and got Smart ForTwo. we looked here, http://www.FLY38.COM

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    "and to criticize Republicans for trying to throw Grandma out into the cold rather than get more tax money from the rich."

    "Rich" = Every American that fucking works for a living. Kinda like how, "Top 1%" wound up meaning "any household that brings in $250,000 a year".

    It's time to stop playing along with the Left that they "only" want to raise taxes on the "rich".

  • stop telling lies||

    Problems O will ignore? All of them.

  • دردشة بغدادية||

    Nicest chat and chat Iraqi entertaining Adject all over the world


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