AP blasts SOTU speech

Calvin Woodward is going to pay a price for this one:

Barack-obama-liarIt was a wish list, not a to-do list.

President Barack Obama laid out an array of plans in his State of the Union speech as if his hands weren’t so tied by political realities. There can be little more than wishful thinking behind his call to end oil industry subsidies – something he could not get through a Democratic Congress, much less today’s divided Congress, much less in this election year.

And there was more recycling, in an even more forbidding climate than when the ideas were new: He pushed for an immigration overhaul that he couldn’t get past Democrats, permanent college tuition tax credits that he asked for a year ago, and familiar discouragements for companies that move overseas.

A look at Obama’s rhetoric Tuesday night and how it fits with the facts and political circumstances:

OBAMA: “We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.”

THE FACTS: This is at least Obama’s third run at stripping subsidies from the oil industry. Back when fellow Democrats formed the House and Senate majorities, he sought $36.5 billion in tax increases on oil and gas companies over the next decade, but Congress largely ignored the request. He called again to end such tax breaks in last year’s State of the Union speech. And he’s now doing it again, despite facing a wall of opposition from Republicans who want to spur domestic oil and gas production and oppose tax increases generally.

OBAMA: “Our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a government program.”

THE FACTS: That’s only half true. About half of the more than 30 million uninsured Americans expected to gain coverage through the health care law will be enrolled in a government program. Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people, will be expanded starting in 2014 to cover childless adults living near the poverty line.

The other half will be enrolled in private health plans through new state-based insurance markets. But many of them will be receiving federal subsidies to make their premiums more affordable. And that’s a government program, too.

Starting in 2014 most Americans will be required to carry health coverage, either through an employer, by buying their own plan, or through a government program.

OBAMA, asking Congress to pay for construction projects: “Take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home.”

THE FACTS: The idea of taking war “savings” to pay for other programs is budgetary sleight of hand. For one thing, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been largely financed through borrowing, so stopping the wars doesn’t create a pool of ready cash, just less debt. And the savings appear to be based at least in part on inflated war spending estimates for future years.

There’s more, all leading to a conclusion many of us have known for years.

Obama is a charlatan.  And those who support him are fools.

Welcome to the truth AP.

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  • GarandFan

    “Obama is a charlatan.  And those who support him are fools.”

    But..but…but he’s “post-partisan”!  He is The Chosen One!  He is the Obamassiah!

    • UOG

      “But..but…but he’s “post-partisan”!  He is The Chosen One!  He is the Obamassiah!”

      Ok, I guess that would explain why my unicorn just farted.

      • GarandFan

        That fart was more intelligent than anything Barry said last night.

    • jim_m

      obama’s idea of “post-partisan” is outlawing other parties like in a soviet style state.

      MaybeGov Perdue of NC should push her whole suspension of elections BS again.

      • I’m sure Perdue was properly chastised about repeating those thoughts in public – they are for behind closed doors with no cameras only.

  • What Obama never mentions about the oil “subsidies” – which are actually tax breaks, not payments like Food Stamps – is that without them, the cost of producing gasoline would rise and with it the pump cost.  The end beneficiary of the tax breaks is the consuming public.

    Running up your energy costs is a necessary part of Obama’s policy, as he himself admitted before being elected.  He’s done a fine job of it so far – and just wait until the new EPA rules, issued outside their authority under law, force coal plants to close next year.

    But the most outrageous claim of “success” was at reducing oil imports.  OF COURSE we import less oil, after Obama’s stewardship of the economy for three years we have 16 million fewer working-age people employed and less demand.  It’s like releasing a virulent pathogen and then taking credit for reducing overcrowding.

    • jim_m

      To the leftist a subsidy and a tax break are the same thing.  Given that the left believes that ALL money is the property of the government, anything that keeps money in the pockets of individuals “costs” the government.  The left views tax reduction as a form of government spending. 

  • westcoastwiser

    Is it an early sign of dementia if you keep repeating yourself? Or is it insanity when you try the same thing over and over again and expect a different result?  In either case it takes an idiot to try this move on the national stage!

  • retired.military

    You know it is bad when the AP does a hit piece on an Obama speech.

  • Sky__Captain

    Hey, where’s Stephen?
    I’m missing the claim that the AP is now racist.

    • Jwb10001

      Stephen is over on the Romney thread lying abou this daughter paying $3m in taxes. As soon as he smells a chance to call someone a racists he’ll be here.

  • “…a charlatan.”

    What an incredibly nice way to say; full of shit.