Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself.
-old Apache saying
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Yes, I watched President Obama's State of the Union address last night. Stepping back a bit, I have a hard time seeing how anyone can disagree with much of anything he said last night. The opposition to Obama's policies has simply become reflexive, no matter what Obama might say, and this is an absurd thing to be doing.
President Obama has bent over backward further and more often trying to compromise with "the other side" than any President I've ever seen, but all he gets in response is vitriol and the back of the hand. It's so mindless, it leads me to believe that a lot of it must be because the man is "black." He's really only 1/2 black, but even that leaves no room for Republicans to compromise.
The text of the entire speech can be found here. It's a good read, and reading it this way makes the speech a whole lot shorter than being interrupted 50 times by cheers, jeers, and standing ovations.
Or, you could watch the whole thing ....
Immediately after the speech, I heard a couple of Republicans mindlessly repeat, "Obama is taking the country in entirely the wrong direction." The wrong direction? Stupid fucks. WTFU. Here's a short snip:
Let's remember how we got here. Long before the recession, jobs and manufacturing began leaving our shores. Technology made businesses more efficient, but also made some jobs obsolete. Folks at the top saw their incomes rise like never before, but most hardworking Americans struggled with costs that were growing, paychecks that weren't, and personal debt that kept piling up.
In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn't afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people's money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn't have the authority to stop the bad behavior.
It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag. In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect.
Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we’ve agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we've put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.
The only true shield standing between women and the bible, that handbook for the subjugation of women, is a secular government. U.S. citizens must wake up to the threat of an encroaching theocracy, and shore up Thomas Jefferson's 'wall of separation between church and state.'
If some good evidence for life after death were announced, I'd be eager to examine it; but it would have to be real scientific data, not mere anecdote. As with the face on Mars and alien abductions, better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy.
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