January 26, 2011

Marxist SOTU - Part Deux

The Pollyanish cheerleader-in-chief has had his say. I liked his "we will defeat you" line to al Qaeda. He didn't actually use the word victory, but that is the only explanation for "defeating" one's enemy.

But this was about the only praiseworthy part of his effort. I noted a few of the more obvious hypocrisies in the comments to JK's excellent political feng shui post. But the overarching theme of the speech, the tag line for which was "Winning the Future" was economic growth. Not that any of the policies he espoused will lead to that, but that is what he implored Americans to achieve, in spite of him.

We do big things.

From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That's how we win the future.

We are a nation that says, "I might not have a lot of money, but I have this great idea for a new company. I might not come from a family of college graduates, but I will be the first to get my degree. I might not know those people in trouble, but I think I can help them, and I need to try. I'm not sure how we'll reach that better place beyond the horizon, but I know we'll get there. I know we will."

We do big things.

So the American economy will grow through the aggregate efforts of "ordinary people" with unbridled ambition - except that our ambition is choking on the restrictions of a burdensome government. But instead of removing those chains the president tries to motivate us to work ever harder, in return for less. This is the same sentiment, and is borne of the same mentality, as is represented in this bit of fictional prose:

"You're the realist, you're the doer, the mover, the producer, the Nat Taggart, you're the person who's able to achieve any goal she chooses! You could save us now, you could find a way to make things work -- if you wanted to!"
Obama Administration Posted by JohnGalt at January 26, 2011 12:35 AM

Next to Michelle, I seem to be the American who liked the speech best. Of course he was spending money and arrogating power to the Executive branch -- he's President Obama.

Nobody is giving any props for rhetoric or style. While I'm shocked it has fallen to me. I'll breech into the steps:

-- The intro was awesome. The scranton Kid from Scrappy PA is Vice-President; the guy who swept daddy's club in Cincy is Speaker of the House. That's good stuff.

-- Style and technical points for the Salmon regulation. He was funny, engaging -- and on our side.

-- No mention of climate change. Nada.

-- Fix corporate welfare and use the proceeds to lower the too-high corporate tax rate. Mister Kudlow to a white paging telephone, Kudlow, Mister Larry Kudlow...

-- Big things ending was soaring. Sure he meant government doing big things, but it was a rare bit of what my Conservative pals like to call American Exceptionalism, and it sounded pretty good.

I'll not enumerate the bad points, but I'll give top prize to Kommisar Obama's Five Year Plans to get 80% of energy clean and give 80% of people access to high speed rail and make Jack-in-the-Box hamburgers have 80% meat and...

JG nails it in a QOTD-worthy comment below that the evil special interests don't seem to include the green energy (or high-speed rail) lobbies. His cut the debt talk is severely weakened by his underscoring support for the two biggest boondoggles in US History.

But he was charismatic and Presidential. I think the right-wing blogosphere is declaring victory waaay prematurely.

Posted by: jk at January 26, 2011 11:28 AM

OTOH, James Pethokoukis is disappointed that the deficit commissions findings were discarded.

Posted by: jk at January 26, 2011 1:16 PM

A template for the speech may have been the Newt Gingrich book by the same name, "Winning the Future."

"According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, America currently faces five threats that could undermine, if not eliminate, the United States if immediate steps are not taken to correct them. The threats as he sees them are [1] Islamic terrorists and rogue dictatorships armed with nuclear or biological weapons; [2] the removal of God from American public life; [3] a loss of patriotism and sense of America's history; [4] a decline in economic supremacy because of poor science and math education; and [5] the increasing budgetary burden of Social Security and Medicare."

OK, well, maybe we'll just focus on item four.

Posted by: johngalt at January 26, 2011 2:44 PM | What do you think? [3]