What to expect from the State of the Union address

by Ben Hoffman

Obama is expected to announce his switch to the Republican party this evening.

Barack Obama has embraced trickle down economics, escalated the war in Afghanistan, increased military spending, extended tax cuts for the wealthy, has provided a big giveaway for insurance companies while doing little to make insurance more affordable, has done nothing to reform our election process or to standardize voting machines, has appointed some of the worst banking thugs to high positions in his cabinet and ignored advice from respected economists, has done everything to appease the most radical conservatives while completely ignoring his base.

So why not just switch parties, you spineless wimp?

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28 Comments to “What to expect from the State of the Union address”

  1. [Obama is expected to announce his switch to the Republican party this evening. ]

    Speaking as a compulsive editor, may I suggest that THAT LINE is your headline.

    Not happy with the prez Ben? I keep wanting to give him space – for me a big consideration is simply blociking the worst of the GOP initiatives. Maybe the only way to do that is to be GOP – for now. The number one thing I’ll watch for is movement on improving the health care, moving it closer to public option. If he gets another term, doesn’t lose the Senate and if the GOP screw up the House and we can make gains there in ’12, I’ll bet it happens.

    But hten, I am off my meds . . .

    • [Speaking as a compulsive editor, may I suggest that THAT LINE is your headline.]

      You’re right. Actually, the whole post is screwed up. It started off as a parody and then turned into a rant. And I didn’t really write anything about the state of the union.

      Oh, well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. For what it’s worth – the white house site is doing a sort of simulcast of charts/graphs tp correspond with the speech. I’m going to try it.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2011?utm_source=email94&utm_medium=text1&utm_campaign=sotu

  3. The top numbers cruncher for Congress warned Thursday that the federal government increasingly risks sending the country into a “fiscal crisis,” projecting that unless cuts are made, within a decade the national debt could reach nearly 100 percent of all annual economic activity.

    That’s like having $50,000 in debt on a $50,000-a-year salary.

    Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, on the heels of a report pegging the 2011 budget deficit at a record $1.5 trillion, testified before the Senate Budget Committee on the risks of inaction. He said cumulative deficits over the next 10 years could run anywhere from $7 trillion to $12 trillion.

    So let’s “invest ” in EVEN MORE SPENDING!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You have no room to complain. Followers of the simple minded ideology that you subscribe to are responsible for the policies that took us from budget surpluses to massive deficits.

    • [Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, on the heels of a report pegging the 2011 budget deficit at a record $1.5 trillion, testified before the Senate Budget Committee on the risks of inaction. He said cumulative deficits over the next 10 years could run anywhere from $7 trillion to $12 trillion. ]

      I’m sure, indy, you just forgot to put quotes around that.

  4. So what? Like that matters?
    Oh, right Liberals will pick anything to deny reality.

  5. Dear Ben,
    Your childish insults are a truly superior argument. I bow to your “superior intellect”.
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    After all, spending nearly $5 Trillion in 2 years is not your ideologies fault…. “)

    • What spending? There was less than $600 billion worth of spending in the stimulus. The rest of it was tax cuts. So what did the rest of the $5 trillion get spent on? Specifically. You don’t have an answer for that because you’re just repeating right-wing talking points like a little sheep.

  6. And the CBO is always in on right wing ideology. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. And you wouldn’t listen anyhow. It’s not like you have an open mind or anything.
    โ€œExcluding interest, surpluses for Social Security become deficits of $45 billion in 2011 and $547 billion over the 2012โ€“2021 period,โ€ the CBO reported.

  8. But here’s some very simple match for a simple liberal.
    When Obama took office the Debt was around 9 trillion dollars.
    Now it’s 14. 14-9=5.
    Was that too simple for you? or do you have to consult the Liberal Thought Police handbook and see if that is approved or not??

  9. Why should I bother. it’s not like you’re open minded about it.
    After all, the Democrats refused to even do a budget last year.

    March 16,2010: The latest posting from the Treasury Department shows the National Debt has increased over $2 trillion since President Obama took office.
    So it’s your contention that there has been no debt since then?
    or is this more Bush Derangement Syndrome? (Probably it usually is)
    And using your very same site: January 20, 2009: 10,626,877,048,913.08
    January 29,, 2011: 14,059,409,159,678.42
    Gee, that’s more than 2 Trillion since Obama was President.
    To put $14 trillion in perspective, our national debt is larger than the total economies of China, the United Kingdom, and Australia combined.
    So let the childish attacks commence…After all, your’s is the Superior Intellect…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I’d invite you to read my lastest blog http://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/charlie-sheen-economics/
    But I’m afraid you’d have to burn your eyes out and be arrested by the thought police.
    Even though I give the republicans and the democrats a hard time, you’d never survive it.

  11. So Let’s Spend EVEN MORE!
    Max out those Credit Cards!
    Let’s go for broke!
    The Sky’s the Limit!

  12. Dear Ben,
    Do you under stand English?
    I Said: When Obama took office the Debt was around 9 trillion dollars.
    Now itโ€™s 14. 14-9=5.
    You made a childish rebuttal.
    I countered with from the day he was inaugurated to today (of the post) so that would be FROM WHEN HE TOOK OFFICE.
    Simple English.
    Was it too simple for you??

    • [I Said: When Obama took office the Debt was around 9 trillion dollars.]

      According to the chart, the debt was over 10 trillion dollars at the beginning of Bush’s final fiscal year. So how could it have gone down to 9 trillion when Obama took office?

      [Simple English.]

      It was a simple outright lie from a pathological liar. But it was in English.

  13. I can’t help it if your Thought police filters can’t understand English.

  14. Neither.
    Sorry, to ruin your childish need for condescending after all, to quote James T. Kirk, “Yours is the Superior Intellect” ๐Ÿ™‚

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