Obamination: State of the Union

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
Address to Joint Session of Congress
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

[Quoted out of context to expose the most egregious deceptions.Click link above to read the entire speech.]

The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth.

The Liar in Chief depends upon public ignorance of the basic laws of economics. Solutions are not to be found in laboratories, universities, fields or factories. The problem is a set of imbalances resulting from a combination of speculative greed acting in ignorance and bad public policy flowing from well greased palms.

There must be a balance between production and consumption. Unproductive activities can not long produce legitimate income, profits or wealth. It is not possible to maintain a national economy on real estate value appreciation any more than it can be maintained by stock market appreciation. What goes up will go down, then there is a game of musical chairs with many losers.

We need balance between production and consumption tested by free markets. When the government interferes by force of law, disaster will surely follow in due time.

I say this not to lay blame or look backwards, but because it is only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we’ll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament.

We got into this rut by unrealistic expectations:

  1. More for less forever more.
  2. Quick riches through speculation.
  3. Failure to understand how markets function.
  4. Government interference in market functions.

When unions such as the UAW extort exorbitant wage & benefit packages, they drive up prices for the rest of us who don’t receive those spoils. We pay more and get less. Cost of living adjustments aggravate the problem, they are not part of the solution. Now the auto makers are going broke and their pensioners are sweating, watching their pensions and medical benefits drain away. Workers in the smaller factories that supply the auto plants with parts are on the unemployment line, watching their homes go into foreclosure. Others who sell goods and services to those laid off workers are feeling the effects as they change their buying habits.

Anyone whose head is not up his anal orifice could see that real estate prices would not escalate forever. The principle is the same as that behind the stock market crash of 1929: speculating on margin. The home equity loan industry played a role in this process, as did lawyers, accountants and real estate brokers. Then the music stopped.

Rapid escalation in the price of motor fuel played an important role in the crash. It resulted from failure to challenge OPEC 30 years ago. It also resulted partly from idiotic regulations which put vast resources off limits. The solution to this problem was in 1979 and 1995, not 2009. Damn Fools you are who voted for Liberals!!

The fact is, our economy did not fall into decline overnight. Nor did all of our problems begin when the housing market collapsed or the stock market sank. We have known for decades that our survival depends on finding new sources of energy. Yet we import more oil today than ever before. The cost of health care eats up more and more of our savings each year, yet we keep delaying reform. Our children will compete for jobs in a global economy that too many of our schools do not prepare them for. And though all these challenges went unsolved, we still managed to spend more money and pile up more debt, both as individuals and through our government, than ever before.

The economy fell into decline because your party greased the skids 40 years ago and continuously since then. Fiscal chicanery, ballooning inflation, stagflation; all of those were warning sides which Democrats disregarded. Republicans abandoned their principles and went along to get along. Everyones income is someone else’s expense. Everyone’s expense is someone else’s income. Cost plus is like an eye for an eye.

You knew we needed to find more oil. Instead, you put the off shore resources off limits and blocked development of many resources inland. With one hand you signal for windmill farms, with the other, you wave “not in my back yard”. You can’t have it both ways. There is and will be no economical substitute for liquid hydrocarbon fuels. There is no magic wand. Harry Potter is fictional.

The cost of health care escalates because of demand which results from third party payor plans. Complex new drugs, treatments and diagnostic tools add to costs. The tort industry, which finances Democrat campaigns, is a major player in escalating medical costs. Frauds which exploit Medicare and Medicaid also play an important role. If you want more doctors and nurses, you must offer wages sufficient to attract and retain them. There go the costs again. This problem is insoluble, and you should quit lying and confess the truth. There is no free lunch, and in the long run, no free hospitals. The escalating cost of energy also contributes to this problem, just as the costs of litigation do.

Schools don’t prepare children for jobs, they prepare them for training. Children fail primarily because they have priorities other than learning. There is nothing more important to education than motivation. Without it, the best facilities, curricula and teachers are wasted.

The problems went unsolved because the ‘solutions’ your party proposed were part of the problem, not solutions. Bipartisan means both parties sharing the work of throwing our money to the winds and the waiting hands of their special interest partners.

In other words, we have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election.

That is a true statement. The most effective con men mix a blend of fact and fiction; that is how President Obama got elected.

A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future.

There is the fiction. There was no such transfer on Shrub’s part. President Obama is playing the class warfare card. Neither was there a genuine surplus. There is no such thing as investing in our future. Liberals always promise gold and deliver turd. Their idea of investment is lining the pockets of their special interest sponsors who finance their campaigns. Consumption is not investment. Investment is spent on capital goods used to produce products. Investment is done on a cost/benefit analysis basis, not on soaring, meaningless rhetoric.

Cabinet as well as mayors and governors across the country that they will be held accountable by me and the American people for every dollar they spend.

The feces just keeps flowing. Zero of 535 legislators read the stimulus plan, it was railroaded through so rapidly that they did not have time to red it. That is wasting, not investing.

The concern is that if we do not re-start lending in this country, our recovery will be choked off before it even begins.

You see, the flow of credit is the lifeblood of our economy. The ability to get a loan is how you finance the purchase of everything from a home to a car to a college education; how stores stock their shelves, farms buy equipment, and businesses make payroll.

Investment require surplus You can not save or invest when inflation causes your entire paycheck to be spent before you receive the next check. Banks can’t lend when their deposits are exceeded by their liabilities. Your party’s energy policies facilitated the rapid unchecked inflation of fuel prices which drained the surplus from the economy and sent much of it to our enemies. Without surplus and profit there is no operating capital. They can not invest what you confiscate with taxes.

We are now carefully reviewing our policies in both wars, and I will soon announce a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war.

The first necessity is to accurately identify the enemy and our tactical & strategic objectives. If you want Afghanistan and Iraq to be free, democratic, prosperous and stable states; not state sponsors of terrorism, then you’d better start converting their populations from Islam, because while they remain Muslim your strategic objectives are impossible. As soon as our forces come home, Afghanistan and Iraq will revert to status quo ante: internal warfare and external terrorism.

And with our friends and allies, we will forge a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and combat extremism. Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away.

What will you do? Will you convert them to Christianity or kill them all? Those are your alternatives; make a choice and stick to it. Islam is permanent war. Two Surahs declare it, with the most egregious statements being 8:39 & 9:29.. Islamic law requires a minimum of one military attack against disbelievers in every year. This quote from Al-Shafi’i makes it abundantly clear.

The least that the imam must do is that he allow no year to pass without having organized a military expedition by himself, or by his raiding parties, according to the Muslims’ interest, so that the jihad will only be stopped in a year for a (reasonable) excuse.” He said: “If he did not undertake the sending of enough troops to fight, those who are absent (must) go out, and consider as an obligation that which God (who is praised) said.”

Islam’s founder told us how long Jihad will continue.

“…jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal . …

Where there is Islam, there will be terrorism because Islam and terrorism are one. Got a clue yet?

8:12. …”I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.

  • 8:60. And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war
  • that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah
  • to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God
  • to threaten the enemy of Allah
  • to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah
  • whereby you may frighten the enemy of ALLAH
  • that you may frighten the enemies of GOD
  • to terrify thereby the enemy of God
  • to make the enemies of God, and your enemies, and others beside them, in dread thereof.
  • whereby ye may strike terror into the enemy of God
  • whereby ye may strike a terror into the enemy of God

33:26. …Allâh brought them down from their forts and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) a group (of them) you killed, and a group (of them) you made captives.

Got a clue yet? If not, then you should remove yourself from the gene pool.

That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists – because living our values doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger.

Swift and certain justice? How is that accomplished by delaying their trials? How is that accomplished by turning them loose to kill more of our soldiers? If you want to do justice, kill them on the battlefield; take no prisoners. Once is enough!

We cannot shun the negotiating table, nor ignore the foes or forces that could do us harm. We are instead called to move forward with the sense of confidence and candor that serious times demand.

What is there to negotiate with a foe who is Hellbent on killing or enslaving you? Peace and security can only be obtained by making Islam extinct. Cause Muslims to apostatize or usher them into Hell. Your choice; which will it be. That is candor, Mr. President. All else is deception.

To seek progress toward a secure and lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors, we have appointed an envoy to sustain our effort.

Peace can only be obtained by eliminating Islam. There is no other way. No appeasement, no good will gesture, no ceding of land, no concession will bring peace from a foe Hellbent on genocide & policide. You have no clue because you have not read the Charter of Hamas. Islam and Hamas are one. Read the charter and the Qur’an. What’s the difference? Get a clue!

Abu Dawud 14.2477
Narrated Ibn Hawalah:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: It will turn out that you will be armed troops, one is Syria, one in the Yemen and one in Iraq. Ibn Hawalah said: Choose for me, Apostle of Allah, if I reach that time. He replied: Go to Syria, for it is Allah’s chosen land, to which his best servants will be gathered but if you are unwilling, go to your Yemen, and draw water from your tanks, for Allah has on my account taken special charge of Syria and its people.

Muslim Book 041, Number 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

…In the future, the Jews will support the Dajjal (False Messiah); and the Muslims, along with `Isa, son of Mary, will kill the Jews. This will occur just before the end of this world. … Eternal Humiliation placed on the Jews

Got a clue yet? If not, please remove yourself from the gene pool.

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Spc. Ross A. McGinnisSpc. Ross A. McGinnis
19 years old from Knox, Pennsylvania
1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
December 4, 2006
U.S. Army

His mission was to patrol the streets of Adhamiyah in northeast Baghdad and find a place to put a 250-kilowatt generator that would provide electricity for more than 100 homes. But it’s a mission he wasn’t able to accomplish.

Shortly after Pfc. McGinnis’s convoy left the compound, and less than a mile from FOB Apache, an insurgent standing on a nearby rooftop threw a grenade into the sixth, and last, Humvee. “Grenade!” yelled McGinnis, who was manning the vehicle’s M2 .50-caliber machine gun. He tried to deflect the grenade but it fell into the Humvee and lodged between the radios.

“McGinnis turned and looked down and realized no one in the truck knew where the grenade was,” said Capt. Michael Baka, his company commander. “He knew everyone had their doors combat-locked and they wouldn’t be able to get out.”

Instead of jumping out of the truck to save his own life, like he had been trained to do, McGinnis threw his back against the radio mount, smothering the explosive with his body. The grenade exploded just as Pfc. McGinnis covered it. The blast filled the vehicle with black smoke and debris and blew the driver’s door and right passenger’s door wide open and blew the machine gun off its mount. The explosion hit McGinnis on his sides and his lower back, under his vest. He was killed instantly.

The other four soldiers in the Humvee suffered relatively minor injuries.

On the morning of December 4, 2006, before his convoy had left, Cpt. Baka has signed a waver promoting Pfc. McGinnis to Specialist and he was posthumously promoted to E-4.

For his heroic actions on that day, McGinnis was awarded the Silver Star and was nominated for a Medal of Honor which he received on June 2, 2008.

All Information Was Found On And Copied From MilitaryCity.com

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That Long Empty Road: America and the Great Depression

A note from Radarsite: In our current increasingly frightening financial crises, we are it seems being continuously bombarded with references and analogies to the Great Depression. But how much do we really know about this great American tragedy? Most of us are aware of those old familiar images of veterans selling apples on the street corners of our great cities, the bread lines and the soup kitchens, the catastrophic devastations of the Dust Bowl. But many of us would perhaps be surprised, as I was, to learn of some of the more drastic repercussions of this monstrous economic meltdown. Many of us would perhaps be shocked to learn just how close we came to losing it all. If, as some pundits dramatically proclaim, we are indeed at the threshold of yet another Great Depression, it would be in our interest to take a closer look at that original disaster.

In an earlier Radarsite article Hollywood and the Jews, we examined the origins of Hollywood’s historic ‘left turn’, the role of Hollywood’s Jews, and the ever-present specter of anti-semitism. Here, we move beyond that glittering fantasy world of Hollywood to the cities and farmlands of America in an attempt to better understand this grave and critical period in our American history, which we refer to as the Great Depression. – rg

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Hollywood’s traditional political position — leftist (mostly Democratic) opposition to Capitalist (mostly but not always Republican) governments, though temporarily suspended during the astounding Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1938, can be traced back to at least the early 1930s when active far-left pro-Communist groups and guilds flourished under the protective umbrella of the seemingly benign “Popular Fronts.” However, to better understand the origins of Hollywood’s significant “left-turn”, we must go back a little further.

Just two short years after Al Jolson’s wildly popular (but by today’s standards, monstrously politically incorrect) “blackface” minstrel Jazz Singer (1927- D: Alan Crosland) launched us into the exciting — and for some major Hollywood silent film stars, career-ending — era of the “talkies,”* the skies over America, and most of the rest of the world, began to darken. On October 28, 1929, “Black Friday,” the U.S. Stock Exchange in New York City collapsed, plunging the world into an era of unprecedented financial chaos and political turmoil. To a stunned American public it seemed that, without any warning, in just a matter of days the unthinkable had happened—our eminently successful system of Capitalism had simply failed.

Of course nothing in history is simple. Beneath the purported gaiety of the “Roaring Twenties” and the fun-loving, self-indulgent escapism of the “Jazz Age,” there was another darker but equally valid tale of the twenties. In 1929, well before the onset of the Great Depression, more than half of all Americans were living below a minimum subsistence level. Throughout the 1920s, rural America—where more than half of all Americans lived—had been in a long, downward spiral. While the annual per capita income was only $750, farm people earned a mere $273, making the farm worker’s life one of unrelenting hardship and privation. In 1930, 95% of the rural population was still living without electricity.* Between 1920 and 1930, prices for crops fell by 40 to 60%, while the value of farmland fell 30 to 40%.

As bad as it was for the farmers, the cities were hit even harder—especially those that relied on heavy industry. From 1932 to 1933 (the worst years of the Great Depression), auto manufacturing fell from 5.3 million manufactured in 1929 to 1.3 million in 1932, helping to make Detroit the worst hit city of the Depression. Industrial stocks lost 80% of their value since 1930, while banks lost $2 billion in deposits since 1929. In other areas, construction was down by two billion dollars since 1926, and construction “new starts” fell to 10% of the norm. This precipitous downturn resulted in the loss of two million high paying jobs in the construction industry. To add insult to injury, in what was then termed “technological unemployment,” an estimated 200,000 workers per year were being replaced by automatic or semi-automatic machinery.

Although almost every class of American society was affected in some way, those with the least were hurt the most—90% of the poorest communities in the country were affected by the Depression. Thirteen million Americans had lost their jobs since 1929. Only one quarter of the unemployed were receiving relief. Thirty million Americans were without any income at all. By 1933, unemployment had reached its record high of 24.9%.

The word “hobo” entered our lexicon, as two million mostly young men roamed the country desperately looking for work. As men lost their ability to earn wages, they soon lost their sense of identity and self-esteem and the number of desertions (“poor man’s divorces”) increased. Families were torn asunder. For the first time in 300 years, America’s population rates actually decreased. There were an estimated 200,000 vagrant children on the road (one in five of our nation’s 21 million children were going to bed hungry, while the number of children placed in orphanages rose by 50%). We had, indeed, entered a “Dark Valley”* of apparent hopelessness and despair.

As though things weren’t bad enough, Nature herself seemed complicit in our national tragedy. Some thirty years before the First World War, homesteaders settled in the southern parts of the Great Plains—large sections of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado—planting wheat, row crops, and raising cattle on land that had originally been hardy grass plains. Soon the soil was exhausted and left exposed to the traditional droughts, torrential rains, and winds. Then, beginning in the early 1930s, the region experienced an unusually severe and long-lasting drought and the soil began to blow away. The results were devastating. Thousands of families, near penniless, their farms ruined, hoping to start a new life in the legendary promised land of California, left what had now come to be known as the “Dustbowl” and began their painful, and often humiliating, migrations westward (earning along the way the deprecating nickname “Okies” and providing the inspiration for John Steinbeck’s “Joad” family in his epic, previously mentioned, masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath).

Across the Atlantic, on hearing of the New York Stock Market Crash, our envious ideological rivals, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin, chortled with satisfaction and uttered their self-congratulatory “I told you so” having (they said) long ago foretold the inevitable demise of corrupt American/Jewish Capitalism. Their glee was, however, short lived as the gigantic, unstoppable tsunami wave of the Great American Depression was already rolling towards their unprotected shores.

For a while America seemed to be teetering on the brink of anarchy. As the Depression deepened, there was a growing sense of anger and resentment; there was talk of civil war and rebellion. And not just talk. In 1933, the so-called “Business Plot” came to light, when one of our most respected military figures, Marine Corps General Smedley Butler, came before a Congressional committee and testified that he had been approached by a group of several wealthy, well-known East Coast businessmen (allegedly including the DuPont family) to become part of a plot to overthrow Roosevelt in a fascist military coup. –“We need a fascist government in this country to save the Nation from the Communists who want to tear it down and wreck all that we have built in America,” ranted the groups purported leader, New York businessman Gerald C. MacGuire. “The only men who have the patriotism to do it are the soldiers, and Smedley Butler is the ideal leader. He could organize one million men overnight.” — Thanks almost entirely to General Butler’s timely testimony, the proposed right-wing coup was foiled. Although a full Congressional investigation ensued, no one was ever charged in the case and it eventually disappeared from the headlines (causing endless speculation among liberal conspiracy-theorists of a right-wing cover-up).

However, this was just one threat among many. After the apparent failure of Capitalism, for the first time in our Nation’s history there was a distinct possibility that one of the three dark isms—Communism, Socialism, or Fascism—would creep out of the shadows to claim what was left of our broken American Dream. In the 1932 elections the Communist Party’s William Z. Foster won 103,000 votes; while the Socialist Party under Norman Thomas received 881,000 votes. Dozens of loony left-wing and right-wing movements crawled out of woodwork. The popular liberal “Utopian socialist” author Upton Sinclair advocated the creation of a “network of workers villages, model factories and rural colonies where production-for-use would replace production-for-profit”. In 1932, Howard Smith founded the “Technocracy Movement” which sought to “abolish the ownership and price system [and] give power to a technological elite.”

Although their coup had never materialized, the DuPont family, together with the Pew family (Sun Oil) and the Rockefeller Associates never relented in their vicious propaganda attacks against Roosevelt and his New Deal — which they characterized as “Jewish Communism”. To “save the Republic” and to further their anti-Semitic, anti-Communist causes, they provided major support for the fledgling American Liberty League, which in turn spawned a whole new series of extreme right-wing groups and paramilitary bands, such as the Sentinels of the Republic, the Minutemen and Minutewomen, and—picking up on the Nazi Party’s apparent love of “shirt movements” (the Brownshirts and the Blackshirts)—they formed their own Silver Shirt Squad of the American Storm Troopers. These were followed in New York City with General Art Smith’s Khaki Shirts (who wanted to abolish Congress altogether and form “the largest Army in the world”); then, yet another Silver Shirt movement organized by North Carolina’s William Kelley, whose members were described as the “cream of Protestant Christian manhood,” and whose rather broad mandate was to fight against the “Jewish Conspiracy.”

Father Charles Coughlin, the immensely popular and controversial “radio priest of Detroit,” who began broadcasting his weekly sermons in 1926, was by 1931 reaching an astonishing 40 million listeners (one-third of the U.S. population). Considered “the most prominent Catholic spokesman on political and financial issues,” he endorsed FDR in the 1932 elections and was initially a strong supporter of the New Deal reforms. In 1934, however, he dramatically changed course and began denouncing Roosevelt as a “tool of Wall Street.” Virulently anti-Communist and anti-Semitic, by 1936, he was increasingly expressing sympathy with Hitler and Mussolini, blaming the Depression on (what else?) an “international conspiracy of Jewish bankers.” In a speech on November 20, 1938, just two weeks after Germany’s infamous Kristallnacht, where innocent Jews across Germany were savagely attacked and killed and Jewish businesses and homes burned, Coughlin blamed the Jewish victims, claiming that, “Jewish persecution only followed after Christians first were persecuted.” By 1938 he was allied with the German-American Bund in a Christian Front against “Jews, unions, and Communists.” Finally, the new NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) code of 1939 forced radio stations to cancel Coughlin’s broadcasts and with the onset of the war his newspaper was subsequently banned from the mail under the Espionage Act for being pro-Nazi.

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Postscript:
According to one prescient observer, we are now entering an “Axial Age”. We are facing a great crossroads. Which direction will we take? Right, left, or straight off the precipice? God grant us the wisdom to make the right choices.

* For further reading on this subject Radarsite highly recommends The Dark Valley by Piers Brendon (Knopf)

This article is drawn from my yet-to-be-completed The Secret of Samson’s Hair