As the economy continues to chug along on life support and Republicans in the House of Representatives begin their meager attempts at cutting the size and scope of the federal government, the substance of President Obama’s State of the Union address is becoming more apparent. It can be predicted, with some certainty, that Obama will continue to pander to his socialist base, insult the intelligence of all who are too well aware of the perilous monetary policies being embarked upon, and throw the equivalent of Kibbles N’ Bits treats at Republicans who just want to be “civil” and have “constructive dialogue”.
Recently, President Obama appointed General Electric CEO, Jeffery Immelt, to lead the new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. This is nothing new for Immelt however. He previously held a position on Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. The effectiveness of that Board is demonstrably abysmal. The Weekly Standard released a parsimonious article criticizing Obama’s selection of Immelt regurgitating the all too obvious facts surrounding the decision:
Immelt is a classic example of a rent-seeking CEO who may know what’s good for his own company but not what produces economic growth and private sector job creation. He supported Obama on the economic stimulus, Obamacare, and cap and trade – policies either unlikely to stir growth and jobs or likely to impede faster growth and hiring.
The article elaborates on how Immelt has vigorously lobbied on behalf of his company in Washington hoping to devour as many government contracts as possible. Obama’s decisions for yet another futile advisory board/panel/commission/committee and for who he decrees as the “private sector” all imply that the Obama philosophy is still intact and thrives.
This is a president who is inherently against wealth creation. What Obama does cherish is central economic planning or plundering the productive and manipulating all forms of capital as the government sees fit. In this sense, Immelt is merely the engine that enables Obama’s agenda to be pursued. Not only does Immelt get government protection and favors in return, he gets to be called a member of the “private sector”. While this title is in name only, it is yet another insult for all those who know anything about economics.
The more disturbing aspect surrounding Obama’s philosophy is that it has been embarked upon before and left millions dead as a result. Observe Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward” or Joeseph Stalin’s “Collectivization of Agriculture”. The consequences of such a philosophy remain staggering. Regardless of such well documented history, President Obama will likely continue to emphasize this theory during his State of the Union address.
A new Wall Street Journal article articulated what to expect from the upcoming speech:
Mr. Obama will argue that the U.S., even while trying to reduce its budget deficit, must make targeted investments to foster job growth and boost U.S. competitiveness in the world economy. The new spending could include initiatives aimed at building the renewable-energy sector—which received billions of dollars in stimulus funding—and rebuilding roads to improve transportation, people familiar with the matter said. Money to restructure the No Child Left Behind law’s testing mandates and institute more competitive grants also could be included.
Where some pundits see an increasingly Clintonesque approach, anyone familiar with George Orwell and political language sees Obama as he was, as he is, and what he will continue to be. “Targeted investments”? Is this the new term for the nausea inducing “stimulus”? Unfortunately, Americans should expect nothing more than calls for sacrifice, submission or “civility” as it is called in Washington, and the deterioration of individual rights as evidenced by the behavior of the FCC regarding net neutrality.
Ultimately, anyone who makes the conscious effort to view and listen to the upcoming State of the Union should be justifiably weary. Regardless of the Republican siege, Obama will likely embrace his immoral and shoddy ideology for the next two years. More frightening, however, is the increasing visibility that Congress will likely be circumvented by the vast network of bureaucracies in implementing Obama’s agenda. Essentially, the rule of law no longer acts to restrict the arbitrary growth and expansion of the federal government. As for rights? In Obama’s utopia, they’re strictly allocated for those such as Jeffery Immelt or anyone else worthy of the title “public servant” or deemed a member of the “private sector”. Bind all of these malignant developments together and what remains is a conglomeration of reasons to be nothing short of insulted when the president takes the podium.