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Obama Will Push His Same Old Agenda

From his tireless fans at the Associated Press:

Obama’s goal: Get agenda moving, people believing

By Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer

January 27, 2010

WASHINGTON – Facing a divided Congress and a dissatisfied nation, President Barack Obama will unveil a jobs-heavy agenda in his State of the Union address Wednesday, retooling his message more than his mission.

If Mr. Obama is “retooling his message more than his mission,” he has not learned a thing. Indeed, the problem has never been that his agenda was not moving fast enough, but that it was moving too fast and far too radically.

His goal: Get the economy, the confidence of voters and his own presidency on surer footing.

Obama will offer fresh details about how he wants to salvage an overhaul of health care, rein in the national debt and help businesses hire again.

Never mind that one of these things (‘healthcare reform’) does not go with the other two.

He will call for education reform and more money for schools, take responsibility for mistakes in his first year and follow up his speech with a dash to Florida to announce $8 billion in awards for high-speed rail.

One year later, and Mr. Obama is finally putting money into the ‘infrastructure.’ (Though these projects are more likely pay-offs for votes.)

Two themes will underpin the entire address — reassuring millions of Americans that he understands their struggles and convincing people that he is working to change Washington even as he finds himself working within its old political ways

The White House knows the 9 p.m. EST address has enormous stakes. Obama rode a tide of voter frustration into office and now is getting smacked by it himself.

Change is working against him.

"The president is going to explain why he thinks the American people are angry," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday morning

The agenda itself will have a familiar ring.

Obama says he will not retreat from the big issues he campaigned on and tried to get done in his first year, when political momentum was strong. He will push for health care, regulation of Wall Street, energy and immigration reform, and continue the global fight against terrorists.

So, no, Mr. Obama has not learned one thing.

Obama also will prod Congress to enact new jobs legislation, seek a freeze on some domestic spending for three years and try to blunt the impact of a Supreme Court decision that gives corporations much more freedom to influence elections through political advertising

So there will be yet another multi-billion stimulus bill, despite all the talk about fiscal restraint and his preposterous token freeze. Oh, and Mr. Obama will try to frustrate the will of the Supreme Court by trying to continue to curtail political free speech.

Obama will try to more sharply cast his messages to address people’s daily concerns. That starts with creating more jobs at a time of 10 percent unemployment but extends to the other topics he will address, including the government’s ongoing habit of spending more money than it has

The only jobs that Mr. Obama has created so far are government jobs. And, indeed, they might be the only kind of jobs the government can truly create.

But not only do government jobs cost the taxpayers money and drive up the deficit, they do not create wealth. In fact, they do the opposite, since they take money way from the wealth-creating private sector.

Obama, knowing the public angst about government bailouts and big-bank bonuses, also will position himself as a voice for working families. He has adopted the word "fight" to describe his stand against special interests. As Gibbs said Tuesday, "I don’t doubt that at times he’ll be feisty." …

What does anything in Mr. Obama’s agenda have to do with working families? All it does is punish them.

The night before the speech, two sections in particular — health care and government reform — were still being worked on by White House officials. Obama was working up to the last hours to craft the speech while aides, at the same time, labored to shorten it

As they used to say in vaudeville, ‘what’s cut won’t flop.’

On health care, Obama will map a way forward for legislation that is suddenly mired; Brown’s win in Massachusetts eliminated the minimum of 60 Democratic votes in the Senate that Obama needed to push past Republican delays and get a final bill passed.

So Mr. Obama is going to push for ‘reconciliation.’ He is going to shut out all opposition, bypass debate and the centuries old Congressional traditions to force through a program that is wildly unpopular.

This is his ‘new tone. ‘This is how he gets back to what he promised during the campaign.

The president also will renew his call for immigration reform, a volatile issue once considered a first-year priority but lately sent to the back burner.

Notice that this is buried in the last line of this article. Even the AP knows amnesty is anathema.

That Mr. Obama will renew his call for amnesty shows that he is not serious about ‘healthcare reform,’ since giving millions of illegal aliens and their relatives amnesty will surely balloon the price astronomically.

It also proves that he does not care one whit about helping the American middle class hold on to their jobs, since these millions of newly minted citizens will flood the labor market and depress wages and employment numbers across the country.

However, it does show that Mr. Obama is very worried about the mid-term elections, and that he is worried the Democrats will lose big if they do not manufacture a new loyal voting bloc.

As the SEIU International Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina spelled out back in June 2, 2009.

But most importantly, it demonstrates just hopelessly out of touch Mr. Obama is with the vast majority American people. We do not want amnesty.

But, despite all of his pretending, he does not care what we want.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Obama Will Push His Same Old Agenda”

  1. BigOil says:

    …dash to Florida to announce $8 billion in awards for high-speed rail.

    Amtrak on steroids – prosperity is right around the corner.

    • JohnMG says:

      Title for Obama’s SOTU address:

      “The Moron Goes Moderate: Putting the Lie to Joe Wilson’s Claim.”

      Does anyone in his entire administration really expect the public to believe ANYTHING he says tonight? Especially as he lurches to the right?

      I can hear him now;

      “I know many of you have misunderstood some of the things I’ve said in the past. You believe I have a secret agenda. Well let me be clear. If you think I’ve been intentionally misleading, I apologize for your inability to discern the truth. It only looks like I’m lying, but I’m telling the truth. Really. No kidding. Scout’s honor. Cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die. Don’t believe me? Just ask my press secretary, Robert Gibbs. Seriously!”

  2. Odie44 says:

    Do you think his dash to Florida for a $8B rail line has anything to do with Rubio’s recent poll numbers and traction in the Senate race?

    Down 35 points in August – Rubio now commands a 4 point lead over Crist, while Crist continues to appear with Bambi.

    2 different “reps” – Crist being the fan of Porkulous, Rubio running on true conservative lines. Unemployment topping 10.2% for the state, while in a $5B deficit.

    Of course guess the cities/towns with horrid economies in Fl vs thriving county’s and cities. Miami, Orlando, Tampa are getting killed. Panhandle, outlying areas are doing rather well. Here in the panhandle – the military commands the economy’s, hence there success, even during this recession.

    Of course Bambi supposidely won by 5 points here, but I have a funny feeling the Miami/Orlando Acorn activities had more to do with this than anything else. Many are predicting a “low” Dem turnout in Nov – which could spell succces for Rubio if he wins the Rep primary here in Florida.

  3. proreason says:

    “Obama says he will not retreat ”

    yes, please, full speed ahead.

    The Berlin bunker somehow comes to mind.

  4. Laree says:

    No Signs Of Intelligent Life?

    Since the Scott Brown win I have not heard the phrase “Teabagger”
    being used by MSM Reporters. It’s not because those same Reporters weren’t relishing using it as an epithet for Average everyday Americans. Their Corporate Masters called them off because of the Scott Brown win?

    I think tonight’s State of the Union Speech will have a strong Clintonian flavor.

    It’s NYT week at You Have To Be This Tall To Go On This Ride.

    Why does Maureen Dowd compare our President to Mr Spock?

    The State of the Union “Rescue, Restore, Rebuild. Mr Spock makes his move.

    “When the men on the chessboard
    Get up and tell you where to go”

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb-staff/2010/01/27/open-thread#comment-1151556#ixzz0dpdp7IXH

  5. Petronius says:

    Woody Allen once said that eighty percent of success is just showing up. If this is true, then I must give Nerobama an A+, because he is always showing up, even when you most earnestly wish that he would go away. And have the decency to stay away. For a very long, long, long time.

    Because he is always hovering in-your-face. Like Big Brother. And always making speeches, speeches, speeches. Like the Two Minute Hate. Bitter, resentful, venomous, dangerous speeches. Threatening bankers, physicians, insurance executives, or what-have-you, making war on freedom and prosperity, killing jobs, at all times busy dismantling America’s capitalist economy.

    So busy stopping the Engine of the World.

    No sooner do the American people reject his multi-trillion dollar take-over of the medical industry, with all of the taxes, payoffs, graft, corruption, controls, rationing, bureaucracy, and loss of freedom which it entailed, but he is immediately back-in-your-face once again –– making another speech, speech, speech, without barely a pause, without one moment’s hesitation, almost without catching his breath, waging his war against “massive profits and obscene bonuses,” pitting Main Street against Wall Street.

    (When did profits become obscene? I must have dozed off. I grow old. I can still remember –– why, it seems like only yesterday! –– when profits were good, were something desirable, and were something much sought after. Profits used to be the thing that drove the Engine of the World. The thing that enabled leisure, enjoyment of life, and advancement of civilization. Profits were the support of widows and orphans. Something you could take to the bank, in your old age. Profits represented the fruits of production . . . unlike transfer payments which are not new production of anything, but only confiscation and redistribution of wealth from one person or group to another person or group. But I digress.)

    I will not be watching him speak again tonight. It is bad enough that the Left is in control of all branches of government. Bad enough to look on helplessly while they shove our country –– and civilization –– over the cliff. But then to listen to him make malicious speeches about it. And to watch Bill O’Reilly night after night pretending that Nerobama is not a communist. (This disgrace of a once upright, no-spin guy.) It is all too much to bear. Much too much. It is more than I can take.

    I have to confess. I am so thoroughly fed up with this vacuous showman, with this pompous, puffed-up, strutting blowhard and all of his foolish Marxist rhetoric, with all of these menstruating Democrats and their schemes to take over this-that-or-the-other-thing, that I find myself these evenings gravitating away from Fox News to find a moment’s peaceful respite. Far from the madding crowd.

    So I change channels. I tune him out.

    Tuning perhaps to Fox Business News, where I can watch the Red Chinese lecturing us on capitalism. Or watch the prices of gold, silver, Australian dollars, and Swiss francs going up, up, up. (What joy! Yes, obscene profits! Yippee!)

    Or tonight turning to watch “American Idol” for some soothing relief, for a few laughs, for some silly, mindless, trashy diversions from the nightmare world he seems so mightily determined to inflict upon us and our posterity.

    Or else I may spend my night replaying old favorites on DVDs. Ah, yes, all in secret of course :

    Watching Sidney Reilly, Savinkov, and Cumming battling the Bolsheviks tooth and nail.

    Or watching with relish while Théoden King and the Rohirrim chop down the Liberals before the gates of Minas Tirith.

    Or perhaps Peter O’Toole sending out his four loyal and sturdy knights to rid himself of this meddlesome priest.

    Or “Young Frankenstein,” with its hopeful vision of lynch mobs and pitchforks.

    Absolutely spiffing.

    Ummm, ummm, ummm.

    But I am sick of speeches. Three more years of this creature and I may go batty.

    You have to give this much to George Bush: At least he had the good grace to know when to keep his mouth shut.

    • proreason says:

      Another classic my friend.

      Perhaps VDH discoursing on the multiple Obama’s will lighten your day:


      As Mr. Hanson points out, the multi-everything creature from the black lagoon, has now moved effortlessly on to regaling us with his latest policy du jour transformation, each new disguise in direct confontation with the prior ones. If he can hold it together for another year, he will surely fragment into 6 or 7 little obamy’s firing spitballs at each other as they sneer and point fingers at each other.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Actually, I’m looking forward to the boy completely making an utter boob of himself yet again. Though I suspect the ratings will be the lowest ever for this overly-redundant scolding of the American people yet again, the message will be dissected incorrectly (again) by the likes of Chris Matthews, who’s “tingle up the leg” must now be an undeniable “warm, wet sensation” down it. Therefore, whatever Chris says, think the opposite.

    But truly, no real analysis will be required. Anyone who’s ever had the experience of sitting across the table from a car salesman being brow beaten for hours to come up with another 500 bucks to “bring the payment down” will know what I mean.

    There will be the usual posts of how many times he used “I” and “me” and “mine” but that’s secondary to the number of times he’ll tell us we “just aren’t doing our part” and that we “aren’t getting the message”. It will be a scolding the likes of which the US has never heard before from a sitting president.

    Going back to the basics of last year. He hates America. Hates it with every fiber of his existence and is making it his “life’s work”, such as it is. He wants America to hurt, to pay, to be so deeply in trouble that he can point at it and laugh. In his mind, it will somehow make him the hero of the black community to destroy middle white America.

    However, as has been said, his completely insulated life has hidden from him the real America. The America where, regardless of background or breeding, we pull together against a common enemy; Something this nation is curiously adept at. Sure, we’ll bicker and fight over things internally but when a pronounced and well-defined enemy show up at our door, they don’t stand a chance against a United States. Usually, the transformation comes quickly, as with 9/11. Sometimes it comes slowly as in the days leading up the participation in WWII, but with a sudden harsh knock at the door, to be sure.

    So, we’re slow to recognize a more subtle enemy, but recognize it we do and by more and more citizens. Citizens who don’t like what they see and less of what they hear. They are fast catching on that he’s a liar, a cheat and a fool. The unemployed are especially angry. When your comfortable lifestyle is pulled out from under you and then somehow actually gets WORSE, you tend to resent a great deal those things that keep you there or that which was the source of your demise. And they are seeing who’s to blame and interestingly, the unemployed have a lot of time to go to the polls. Not much else to do.

    Last year at this time, I was very worried. I still am but I’m seeing a groundswell of healthy contempt for the likes of Barry and the Deaftones. And when the nation turns on its heels and rallies to destroy a celebrity, for that’s all he is, they succeed, every single time. I’m almost sure he will be cast out though with a select few saying that he was the best thing that ever happened to this nation. On that point, I can agree but for a very different reason.

    He is a litmus test for conservativism. By watching this administration, we have now seen just how bad it can get.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    Obama’s SOTU Drinking Game:

    Obama says “let me be clear” || Do one shot
    Obama says “change isn’t easy” || Do one shot
    Obama says “make no mistake” || Do one shot
    Obama says “Let me be clear, change isn’t easy, make no mistake.” || He’s screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots
    Joe Wilson yells something || Do two shots
    Obama yells back || Finish the bottle
    Obama says “jobs” || Do one shot, two if you’re unemployed
    Obama says “health care” || Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver
    Nancy Pelosi claps like a seal || Do one shot
    Nancy Pelosi becomes a seal || STOP DRINKING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
    Obama mentions Bo || Put beer in your dog’s water bowl
    Joe Biden nods-off/laughs inappropriately/starts talking before the speech is over || Do three shots
    Obama uses the term “Congressional leadership” || Do two shots carefully as all that laughing will make it difficult to swallow
    Obama says he’s “fighting for you” || Do one shot, two if you believe him

  8. proreason says:

    Hey clueless trolls!!!

    Take a look at the chart in this WSJ article.


    It shows the magnitude of the problem created by YOUR GUY. And that reflects outrageously optimistic assumptions for FY10 and FY11.

  9. proreason says:

    PR news has received an advanced copy of tonights State of the Union address:

    “Fellow, uh, Americans. The State of our Union is a B+.

    Since I allowed you to appoint me to be your leader, I have halted an unprecedented economic crisis and I have created 2 million jobs for which I am being personally paid nothing. I’m sure you appreciate this sacrifice I have made. I saw how appreciative you are for my efforts when you sent my assistant frin Massachusetts to Congress last week. I am thrilled that you continue to repudiate the anti-me actions of my predecessor.

    Recently, I have noticed myself observing some cynics among you who point to spurious metrics like “unemployment” and “the national debt” and “the deficit” to discredit the efforts that I am making and which I continue to make in my and your behalf. I want you to know that I will work tirelessly to discredit these cynics. Unemployment is much less than it would be if I wasn’t fighting it. The national debt is much less than it would be if I wasn’t your ruler. And the deficit would be much larger if I wasn’t managing the finances of the universe. Saying anything else would mean that you are a cynic, and you know how I feel about cynics. They only offer false choices that I am forced to bravely repudiate.

    I am delighted to report that there have been no successful terrorism attacks in my country since I have been your ruler. My Homeland Security Department stopped another attack at my command just this past Christmas. I have had the alleged perpetrator imprisoned in one of my low-security jails where he is being attended to by my attorneys and my jailers. I will see to it that he does no harm to our country.

    I also prevented a terrorism attack at Fort Hood by declaring that it was not terrorism. If I had not taken such swift and decisive action, 13 people and another creature that was living in the womb of one of the 13 people would have perished in a terrorist attack. But they didn’t. I know that you appreciate my selfless decision.

    My other key initiative for my first year as your ruler has been Health Care. I know that this has been a major concern of many of you for the past 12 months, as Congress has worked to develop a bill to extend coverage to a handful of new people who aren’t really sick at a cost of less than 1 trillion dollars for about 6 years. I have fought bravely for you during that time and just recently managed to defeat the forces that were attempting to pass this bill. I know there will come a time when you will thank me for my selfless effort defeating this proposal but I don’t expect your praise for this any more than the praise you shower on me for the many other brave and selfless efforts I make in your behalf.

    In summary then, this has been an unprecedented year for my country, during which I have exceeded all of your expectations, but not my own expectations. I stand before you as your triumphant leader. Thank you for my richly deserved support.”

    Barack Obamy

  10. jobeth says:

    I’m really looking forward to hearing what my President says to tonight…

    Let see now…Where’s my SOTU check list?


    2. Hip boots…check!

    3. Antiacid…check!

    4. Damamine (nausea) check!

    5. Barf Bag…(if Dramamine isn’t enough)…check!

    6. Remote control….(if it gets too much)…check!

    7. Double Barrel shot gun…(if remote doesn’t work)!

    Oh, H***! BAMMMMM!!!!

    Note to self.. Disregard 1 through 6…. oh, buy new TV tomorrow

  11. Rip Cord says:

    All this is, is a campaign speech. No one wants to listen to campaign lies when you control ALL aspects of Government. What an IDIOT. He’s going to tell us the era of Reagan is back?

  12. wirenut says:

    I don’t need you to worry for me cause I’m alright.
    I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home.
    I don’t care what you say anymore, THIS IS MY LIFE.
    Go ahead with your own life,and LEAVE ME ALONE.

    Billy Joel:

  13. tranquil.night says:

    More l(I)es than applause lines.
    Feeble ideological rhetoric, empty strategic centrist peddles,
    more government, more government, more government.
    Mr. President if you had been serious about ‘reconnecting’ with the American people, then you’d know:

    We want you OUT!!!

    Take your fundamental change, take your big ego and big bureaucratic solutions, and get out of our house and our lives.

    Bob McDonnell.. fail.

    • JohnMG says:

      I wasn’t aware of what a right-wing ideologue he was. Who knew? (sarc)

      Actually, I’m glad to see he remains as haughty and condescending as ever. What a preachy bastard he is. Pour it on, Barry. It’ll only make November sweeter.

    • proreason says:

      McDonnell was awful. He’s not the one we have been waiting for.

      Palin summarizes the speech in one perfect word. Lecture.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yeah, Sarah gave a better response in 1 and a half minutes.. and then an even better one with Hannity.

      She destroyed him on Iran.

  14. MinnesotaRush says:

    So, does this mean o-blah-blah will be getting the “Reset” button back from the Russians?

    It’ll probably work just as well for him as it did with the Ruskies.

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