As expected, Barack Obama used America’s working poor as a political prop during his latest State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday night. His use of hollow rhetoric paid lip service to their plight, while promises of even more unilateral executive action on his part promise to make it even more difficult for those at the bottom of the economic ladder to provide for their families.
His imperial mindset was readily apparent during the monotonous speech, a theme wrapped up in his threat that “wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Of course, his real — and thinly veiled — objective is to expand opportunities for the federal government at the expense of American families. Despite his promise to “act on my own to slash bureaucracy,” it was obvious from comments later in the address that he is anxious to give federal regulators even more control over the lives of all Americans.
He touched on all of the hot-button leftist issues of the day, including amnesty for illegal aliens — or, in the parlance of a partisan politician, “immigration reform.”
Claiming “immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades,” Obama made his latest plea to “get immigration reform done this year.”
Obviously, he made no mention of the fact that these illegals, who he claims are all “here to fulfill their dreams,” apparently dreamed of living in constant violation of American laws. Nevertheless, his quest to create a permanent underclass of Democrat voters takes precedence over the law of the land.
He touted “four years of economic growth,” a development few outside of the Obama family realized had even occurred. The fact that he and his family can now take multiple lavish vacations each year on the taxpayer dime does not mean the rest of the country is similarly flush.
Using singular examples of individuals who ostensibly benefit from big government largesse, his message failed to resonate with the average citizen struggling to make ends meet in Obama’s economy. He suggested that he and Michelle “want every child to have the same chance that this country gave us” in one breath, while in the next sentence expressing support for policies that will guarantee the next generation remains saddled with unsustainable debt.
He transitioned into a familiar refrain, income inequality, by pressing for across-the-board minimum wage hikes. The plea came after his announcement of an executive order mandating that all federal contractors, such as those hired to “wash…dishes,” make at least $10.10.
Without exploring the obvious cost to employers, which will then inevitably be passed onto consumers, he urged legislators and private businesses to follow his lead. Using the example of a pizza parlor employer who decided to raise his employees’ wages to $10 per hour, Obama was able to squeeze in the pitiful pun that one worker in particular was able to make more “dough.” He expertly dodged the fact that this was a private employer’s decision and not, as he demands, due to legislative action or executive decree.
His disingenuous argument that millions of Americans are attempting to support entire families on one minimum wage income was in the running for the biggest misleading statement of the night. Of course, the competition was fierce.
Obama trotted out the tired feminist line that women “make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns,” offering no context for the intellectually dishonest statistic. In reality, women who understandably put family and other concerns above their career represent the vast majority of any existing disparity. Nevertheless, he declared the inequality “an embarrassment.”
Millions of viewers likely felt the same about a president who would use such propagandistic language to sell policies the majority of the nation rejects.
He peppered in generous references to leftist gems such as same-sex marriage, affirmative action, government-mandated nutrition guidelines, and, of course, fiat rule. Though his reliance on the TelePrompTer is always obvious, Obama spent much of the speech stumbling over his own words. Perhaps, the lingering notion that the vast majority of his audience actively opposes his policies was in the back of his mind as he proposed even more big government solutions to fabricated problems.
Unsurprisingly, a large portion of the address served as an attempt to salvage the monumentally unpopular ObamaCare law. Using a number of individuals as political tools, he strung together an argument that might be described as anemic at best.
For every beneficiary of his policies, countless more suffer under the America Obama has created over the past five years. Furthermore, the tax money he hopes to use to fund his wasteful social programs could actually help correct course if he would only allow more of it to stay in the pockets of those who earned it.