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No Thank You, Mr. President

January 27, 2011 by  

No Thank You, Mr. President

When I talked to Mr. Livingston on Tuesday morning, I suggested that today’s edition of Outside the Asylum could be a stream-of-consciousness look at the State of the Union address and its attendant hoopla. “Sort of a ‘Twitter feed with verbs‘ thing;” I offered. Bob was thrilled with the concept. (Well, he didn’t specifically say “no.”) When I looked at my first draft, it was longer than a Democrat mayor’s rap sheet. Bob did say he wanted it to be shorter than, say, the State of the Union.

The State of the Union took 62 minutes. This should only take you about three minutes (I checked):

6:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time: I’m settling in for the annual Presidential Dog and Pony show. I have a big cup of water and some cookies. Given the entertainment value of past States of the Union, I’d probably be better off with a fifth of Scotland’s finest and a brick to throw at the TV. However, this effort needs to be marginally coherent, and the Super Bowl is coming up; so — no scotch, no brick.

7:01: MSNBC. Chris “Tingle-boy” Matthews is calling Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) stupid. He’s totally non-partisan, of course. He’s got White House spokesmodel Robert Gibbs on. Gibbs is smirking while Matthews rants about Bachmann.

7:10: Switching to Fox. Carl Cameron is talking to Shepherd Smith about bipartisan seating. MSNBC. Matthews still hates Bachmann. Fox. The Moscow airport bombing. MSNBC. Matthews STILL hates Bachmann. Why do his ratings suck?

7:16: MSNBC. Representative Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) wants to talk about the SOTU. Matthews still wants to talk about how much he hates Bachmann. Israel looks like he’d rather be anywhere else. Awkward.

7:22: Matthews is talking education with Pat Buchanan. Wait for it… wait for it… Matthews says Bachmann is stupid. Where’s that brick?

7:31: John King on CNN. King just asked David Gergen about the impact of Twitter. Gergen looks perplexed. I’ll bet his Betamax still flashes 12:00.

7:42: Quick MSNBC check. Matthews still hates Bachmann. He’s got some harpy on with him who — shocker — also hates Bachmann. *sigh*

8:00: Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC. President Barack Obama and black actors have it tough in this racist country, according to Larry. It’s rich white people decrying the plight of rich black people. Is it me, or does Larry look a lot like the Sony PlayStation® 3 guy?

8:32: MSNBC emptied the clown car: O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Matthews and Ed Schultz. Schultz just blamed the I-35 bridge collapse on the Republicans. Michele Bachmann is from Minnesota. Where was she that day?

8:50: Fox. The Senate is filling the chamber. I’m calling for a moratorium on “prom date” references to this bipartisan seating plan.

8:59: The Supreme Court and the Cabinet are filing in. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner looks uncomfortable; but I can’t tell if that’s because he’s about eight inches shorter than Attorney General Eric Holder, or if he’s thinking about this year’s 1040.

9:03: Hello, Mr. President.

The State of the Union:

  • Obama congratulates House Speaker John Boehner. Where’s Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi?
  • Obama wants a return to civility. Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) must be hiding under his chair.
  • Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) is sitting with Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.). Chambliss has the patience of Job. Either that, or all the hot Senators were taken.
  • Obama just cited the stock market as proof of an economic recovery in progress. What happened to Democrats saying “that’s Wall Street, not Main Street?”
  • Now, Obama is proud of the tax cuts he opposed. The “hostages” have been freed, folks.
  • Obama laments that China and India are ahead in science and math education. Yeah, but OUR kids are way better at putting on condoms — USA, BABY!
  • Obama cites the Internet revolution. Vice President Joe Biden, sitting right behind Obama, looks confused. I think Boehner just whispered: “In-ter-net. I’ll tell you after.”
  • The “Sputnik moment.” Obama calls for investment in… he didn’t say, exactly. “Technology.” Uh-oh. His big rhetorical bomb, and he cites a 54-year-old achievement by a country that doesn’t exist anymore. Brilliant.
  • Obama points out the Allen brothers. They’re roofers who got a government loan to make solar shingles. Obama doesn’t mention that we’d have to pave the Midwest in solar panels to light up Chicago.
  • 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. And 1 million doorstops by 2016.
  • Obama wants to pull subsidies from oil companies and give them to… the Allen brothers? He took the same shot at the oil industry last year and a Democrat-run Congress did nothing. Take THAT, stupid proven technology!
  • By 2035, Obama wants 80 percent of America’s energy to come from clean energy sources. The Allen brothers look ecstatic!
  • Switching gears to education. Obama wants 100,000 new science and math teachers. I’m thinking, we don’t have that many now.
  • Did he just say “We’ll show you the money?” Yes, he did.
  • Children of “undocumented workers” deserve to stay. The President of the United States just endorsed amnesty for anchor babies.
  • Transportation and infrastructure. Oh, joy; more “high-speed rail” babble. So now, instead of driving to Atlanta in four hours, I can… let someone else drive me to Atlanta in… four hours. But there is no functional high-speed rail here. Crap. I hate driving to Atlanta.
  • He’s calling for a Works Project Administration-sized public works project; all without laying out how we’ll fund it. How do you spell “Boondoggle?”
  • “A patient…can have a face-to-face video conference with their doctor.” Under Obamacare, it might be with someone whose first name is “Doctor.”
  • He just compared Representative Jim Jordan’s (R-Ohio) $2.5 trillion cuts plan to making an airplane lighter by removing the engine. Plane crash jokes? Who wrote that, Franken?
  • Obama says, “screw the millionaires.” Those jerks, they’re only paying 40 percent of the tax bill.
  • Cutting duplication and waste. This was supposed to be Al Gore’s job during the Clinton years. Al was too busy inventing the Internet, or global warming.
  • He’s going to veto every bill with earmarks. That’s a win — presuming he’s not lying.
  • “The Iraq war is coming to an end.” Still.
  • “We’re going to deny al-Qaida the stronghold which served as the launching pad for 9/11.” Saudi Arabia just peed in its dishdasha.
  • “We stand with the people of Tunisia.” Half the chamber is on their handhelds, trying to figure out where the hell Tunisia is.
  • “No American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love.” The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I’m all right with this, although I know I’m going to get flamed for it in the comments section.

Charles Krauthammer said he thought the speech was “flat.” It was more — and less — than that. It was hollow, contrived and often self-contradictory. Obama said “We do big things.” And we will again in 2012, Mr. President.

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • s c

    To quote Frank Zappa, ‘Wowie Zowie.’ If Zappa was alive, he’d probably say that as kooky as Reagan may have seemed at the time, at least Reagan didn’t seem to be on drugs or act like a ventriloquist’s dummy each time he opened his mouth.
    Mr. Obama has been consistent in one thing. He went to Washington with no potential, and after 2 years he couldn’t buy a small sack of potential at a WalMart sale.
    To Mr. Obama, leadership is just a word. No matter how bad things get he’ll always act like a wannabe candidate on the campaign trail. He was never presidential material.
    He’s a twisted blend of Wall Street hype and flawed social engineering on steroids. Odds are that Mr. Obama’s mug will appear on a three dollar bill. How appropriate. ‘At last,’ so to speak, he will have found his place in history.

    • ML

      If Obama were to appear on the three dollar bill, he would have to displace Slick Willie.

      • 45caliber

        True. And Hillary has the six dollar bill taken, too. After all, she’s worth twice what Bill is and is still worthless.

        • JAFO

          That on deserves to catch on ! Mind if I use it ?

          • 45caliber

            Feel free. Actually it came from Arkansas during Bill’s time in office. You could get the $3 and the $6 many places. I’ve got a couple of each somewhere.

    • JC in CA

      I have a presidents coffee mug but it stops with slick willie. The mug cost $1….

      As for the dollah billz, they will soon stop after Oct 1, 2011, this year as the Fed Reserve requirement for banks drops to 0% of deposits. Check the amendment (2006) at the bottom of Sec. 19 of ‘The Act’

      Let’s reign in these usurpers and hold their heels to the constitutional fire. Cut out all the unconstitutional ‘alphabet’ agencies that are stiffling our nation. The Fed is the main source our troubles as they are trying their darndest to ruin our future.

      Where was the mention of our ‘Vietnam’ on our southern border? Mention of the useless ‘stimulus’? Mention of the growing ruinous Chinese deficits?

      Keep an eye on these rascals…


      • Brenda

        How about we just abolish the Fed and fire the Treasury Secretary?

    • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry


      Well said! However, I thing communist China only mkes large, and super-sized, bags of potential.

      Also, dick-for-brains has already been placed on the $3 bill.

      How about a wooden nickel?

      • http://?? Joe H.

        If it’s a worthles denomination of currency, it fits!!!

  • FreedomFighter

    Obama laughs, as he missleads the Republicans around by the proverbial nose. This president is a MISS-LEADER and chief, a progressive/socialist/communist fullfilling the dreams of his communist father…destruction of America.

    Obama is the enemy within, smoke and mirrors, as the destruction of America continues at blinding speed.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • ML

      If you can recall, in one of Mr. Obama’s stated in one of his presidential campaign speeches, “America is the greatest country in the world. We want to change that!” He’s simply fulfilling one of his campaign promises.

      • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

        I did not hear the complete SOTU as I had to find my BP meds, but what I did hear sounded like a replay of 2088 comapign speeches, nothing more.

        He’s going to veto bills with earmarks? Think back 3 years….

  • http://Persoanllibertydigest Jim

    While some feel that Mr Obama is a motivator, I find him less than inspiring — He doesn’t have the tools and wide breath of experience to make me feel he’s capable of turning us around — When you speak of President Kennedy and Ronald Regan, Teddy Roosevelt, your speak of men that served our country and lead men in the life and death struggle of battle.It honed these men and sharpened them to see clarity in life.– They were the real deal: Mr Obama is a talker and while he’s speeches sound good, they just don’t mean anything, just allot of hot air. He missed his opportunity to make a change and its time for him to move on.

    • TF

      You are sure correct that Mr. O is not a leader. Have you noticed that he is constantly being compaired to all of the past presidents? It’s like the troops are taking orders from a shave tail LT but looking to the old Sergent for confirmation. I thought that Clinton was the worst president we’ve ever had because of his dallyance with Monica but this guy Obama takes the cake with his TOTAL inexperience.

      • Bus

        He’s our affirmative action president.

        • Brenda

          He’s our affirmative action president? He’s half white and he hates whites. I’m not so sure he even likes blacks. Besides, I didn’t vote for the man–he emitted incompetence every time he went on television.

          • Palin12

            Do you think Obummer would call the Philadelphia Eagles owner and thank him for giving Michael Vick a second chance if Vick were white?

          • http://deleted Claire

            Palin12—Vick? I was appalled that Obama did that. What a mockery. What the heck was Obama thinking? Stupidity. The Eagles gave $50,000 to HSUS and so now Vick is supposed to be a wonderful dog owner. It makes me want to gag whenever I think of this stupid phone call. Now Vick has his first endorsement–some sports equipmentcompany. Big deal. Oh yeah, Vick got his second chance and I hope and pray he stays with a football and not dogs. Let him electrocute his football, drown his football, and commit all kinds of evil with his football, I do not want this person to ever have another dog. Look at his eyes-they are cold and yes, I will say it–evil.

          • Palin12

            Claire, my 2 Italian greyhounds and I agree!

          • http://deleted Claire

            Palin12–You have IGs!! Good for you! I love those dogs too. I have a friend in the confirmation club that has IGs. They are nic dogs.

          • http://deleted Claire

            “nice” I will blame this typo on my keyboard!

          • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry


            You are correct. He hates anyone who is not him.

            He is one of the most narcissistic, nay, THE most narcissistic occupier of the People’s House in our history.

            If the Republican House leadership does not grow a pair and vet this Kenayan, remove him and jail him, we are Kaput.

      • DeJay

        TF – That business of Willie with Monica is nobody’s business and had no place in politics. If the truth were known damn near all politicians have a rock to hide behind. That stir about Monica was just to distract us from more serious problems. I always thought that impeachment meant removal.

        • 45caliber

          Actually it isn’t Monica that bothers me about Bill. It was such things as selling the CHinese our missile tech, etc. Star thought he had him on drugs until a plane load of people and evidence crashed and burned on its way to Washington.

          • JAFO

            Yeah 45, the story about who those passengers were disappeared as quickly as the eyewitness who reported seeing something trailing up from the ground , hitting the plane then the plane exploding.
            Kinda like how we remembered hearing “Fire in the Hole” live on CNN footage , uttered by a team member led by the ATF, less than a minute before the fire was noted by the “Media Giant at that Time”. Which was later pinned as a suicide cult by the Clinton Administration in WACO,TEXAS…
            All of which is pertinent to the article. The 800 car dealerships “shut-down” all had contributed at least some money to Republicans… The Fannie/Freddie/Acorn kick-backs are the small ones. It’s all about saying one thing and reality being a whole other…

        • Mark

          The real problem with the business between Willie and Monica is that Slick Willie committed perjury and obstruction of justice after he was exposed. That is the exact same reason that Nixon had to leave office. But thanks to the Lame Stream Media, they were able to focus the issue on the affair. And people were not smart enough to grasp the real issue.

          It really was about Perjury and Obstruction of Justice, not an affair.

          • smilee

            It had nothing to do with Monica, it had to do with a civil suit with a woman he knew before he become president and he was accused of lying in a depositio in that case, he never lied or obstructed justice after he become involved with Monica or anything concerning her but that was the trumped up charges that they voted to impeach him on and they lost that trial and he was not removed from office. They never found evidence to charge him so it was never proven and the matter was then dropped,

      • Momeny of Clarity

        what always bothered me about Willie & Monica was not that they fooled around, but that he got caught – who wants a leader who’s dumb enough to get caught with his pants down

      • JJM

        “Obama takes the cake with his TOTAL inexperience”. He can’t make his appointments (staff, czars, etc) with more than 10% of people with “Business Experience” – how can he possibly have any insite on how to rebuild a country?

        • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry


          Little Barry has absolutely no intention of rebuilding our country. (See above post)

          He publically stated in the campaign that he is going to work to take the greatest nation on earth and change it. And he asked us to work with him. Hs is smoke and mirrors while speaking in platitudes as a diversion while he and his boss Soros work feverishly to bring us down.


      Obama’s joke about the salmon fell flatter than a sheet of paper. I am not stupid or retarded, but when he told the story, I believed it to be a legitimate claim, not a joke. I already knew of the vast bureaucratic redundancy in our government, so it sounded plausible to me.

      • Ted Crawford

        It is true,…With the exception of the smoked part!

        • Searcher

          Tried smoking one, but it was too hard to light.

    • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

      Der Fuhrer inspired millions last November….

      Turn our nation around? He had, and has, not intention of attempting that task. His stated goal as quoted above is to take the greatest nation in the history of the world, and changing it.

  • Patticake

    I’m glad I got to read your summary of the state of the union speach rather than suffer through watching it on TV. I wouldn’t have been able to control my urge to employ that brick…

    • 45caliber

      I saved my TV too.

    • Brenda

      I had to work; otherwise, I would have been forced to use the brick.

    • Palin12

      I watched part of Odumbo’s address until he got to the part about the muslims, than I couldn’t take it anymore and turned him off.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        I’m here typing so you know I didn’t watch it and electricute myself by putting my foot through the set!!!

    • American Citizen

      I can’t stand to hear him preach at us in those strident tones. I just don’t see him as a great speaker or as charismatic. He gives me chills every time I inadvertently catch him on my TV. I have to quick hit the channel changer. The little I’ve heard and read about the speech tells me it was the same overworked rhetoric. When he said, “I will veto any bill that has earmarks in it,” all I could think was, “Didn’t he promise to do that during his campaign:?” What a liar.

      • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

        To all:

        Psalm 109 wtih attention to verse 8.

  • J.M.R.

    i didn’t watch the bull sh__ either as i knew it was going to be smoke blowing show.

    • http://none LindyMaeUSA

      Patticake and JMR: I can’t stand to look at his evil face, let alone, listen to ALL HIS LIES!

      BHO is a foreign-born, radical Muslim Communist/Socialist who HATES US and is licking his chops for the day when “We, the People” AND our Country are down the tube and he KNOWS “he can do just that” as POTUS! The ignorance and stupidity of ?? millions in this Country who think he’s “Mr. Wonderful” make me vomit.

      • ML

        Ever take a hard look at Obama’s as he poses for his pictures with his heat turned slightly to one side, his jaw jutted out and chin up in the air? What other historical figure does he remind you of? Benito Mussolini?

        How appropriate!

        • JUKEBOX

          Didn’t Adolph strike a similar pose? He is arrogance personified.

      • Jimmimac

        SO true, however you need to add that he is also a “SNAKE OIL SALESMAN’!

        • eddie47d

          So much insightful dialogue and not a thing said that will fill your glass. It sounds like your glass is still less than half full.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            As long as Nobama is in office, the glass will stay less than half full and probably empty!!!

          • eddie47d

            Obama has created less national debt than Bush and our glasses are filling up enough to see progress. It is still rather contentious and will be for awhile. I’ve heard 1 year to 10 years and that is a wide spread.

          • Al Sieber

            eddie, the Obama Admin. is printing up $$$, because they can. it will lead to hyperinflation etc. the “dollar” will be worth less than 3 cents, see the Weimar Republic, or Argentina, etc.

          • Al Sieber

            Also eddie, Obama voted for the bail out when he was a senator just before he was elected.

          • Dan Burke

            It is nice to know that 9.9 trillion is less than 3.3 trillion. I had always that 9 was the bigger number, but it seems I was wrong. Thank you for the clarification.

            According to an article I read:
            3.3 trillion = Bush
            9.9 trillion = projected Obama based on past two years and current spending levels

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Yeah right! Thats why the new claims for unemployment rose by over 45,000 this week!!! that glass is getting emptier by the minute!!!

      • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry


        You are right on point. I saw the evil exhude from that facsist muslum in late 2007 / early 2008. People I spoke to looked at me like I was from another planet.

        Maybe I am, but unlike Barney, I’m not circling Ur anus.

  • http://google SUNBUM

    THINGS I WILL VOTE FOR !! – A stupid uneducated 76 yr old high school dropout. I don’t understand – i should be a good, brain washed demorat; what happened ??

    Remember – If we don’t straighten ourselves out now, we will not be in a position to help the world, in the future.


    Bring ( ALL ) of our troops home. Put them on ( our ) borders!! ( NO FENCE – just GUNS )

    Round up all illegals – send them home.

    Impose large fines on people employing illegals.

    Our immigration laws are just and fair to all. The only thing I can see, that is not fair, Allowing children, born to people that are not u s citizens to stay. this is not right!

    Stop being a police force for the world.

    Stop the trade deficit – with tariffs -. We can’t employ the world & pay our people to sit on their ass
    savings : JOBS & TRILLIONS

    Trade tariffs will bring manufacturing back to the U S. People here are making millions importing from other countries and Americans remain unemployed. When I was a kid, CLOTHES – SHOES – WASHING MACHINES – CARS – STEEL – SHIPS etc. made in the U S. Now we make hamburgers & computers – soon no computers!!

    Stop all crooked unions

    Start profit sharing, in the work force. This will kill them. It can be done.

    Unemployment – paid out based on what YOU pay in.
    If YOURS runs out, We will find you a job. Shoveling S–t if necessary. You’ll NOT be paid to sit on your ass. Too degrading for you ? DON’T DO IT. Honest people ( will find a job real quick.) Lazy ones will go hungry, or steal, & end up in jail shoveling it for nothing. ( NO T V, WEIGHTS, or BASKETBALL )
    I know Libs – I’m just a cruel – no heart Conservative. (wonder why most libs are rich??)

    SORRY I GOT OFF MY STUFF. Libs just do that to me!! There are, many – many, other stupid things these crooked politicians have done to us. – Lets see now!!


    We should end the high salaries and benefits for politicians and other government employees. Cut the salaries of congressmen and senators to $100,000 per yr. NO benefits or retirement. also cut way back on their expense accounts – Not enough ?? – keep the millions you spend to get elected in the first place!! I’ll take the job. Gov. employees salaries, and benefits, should be based on industry salaries & benefits. and no more

    The next, will upset many people, however; Because of what the politicians of the last 70 years have done I see no way out,

    Social Security must be changed.
    First thing – retirement age raised to 70 (ouch) This means the unhappy kids of the 60′s & 70′s will need to work 5 extra years. Oh’ well ! Had it not been for their fathers in W W 2, they would have nothing to bitch about. They would not be here, Germany and Japan would. Damn dumb, old people!!

    Next (This, also, not fair), however; I think necessary. We have established a minimum cost of living amount, for THIS country, called starvation wage. I call it Soc. Sec. Those U S citizens, without this yearly amount, should receive funds necessary to equal this amount. If you have funds to equal this amount, god has blessed you, You receive nothing from the government. You already got yours from god: Be happy!! This means – All retired persons, file taxes every year, listing income, net worth, and expenses.
    I KNOW – NOT FAIR – YOU COME UP WITH SOMETHING! I’m just a dumb drop out – remember!! Not a very, very- smart politician.


    IF YOU AGREE SENT IT ON – TO AS MANY LIBS AS POSSIBLE.,HEE – HEE – OH’ TO YOUR FRIENDS TOO. I have more stuff, but; thats enough for now : We don’t want those wonderful lib brains to explode! They need to find a way they can use this stuff and still take over our country!


    • INJanice

      I totally agree with you on Social Security, but I think it needs to be done now, for people born in the 50′s as well. Since the baby boom ended in the early 60′s and the 70′s were the baby bust that’s not going to do it for us. Unfortunately the time for painless solution to this problem is long past. On a personal note, I’m one of those born at the end of the baby boomers (1962) and I have assumed for years that it was very unlikely I would ever see any Social Security retirement benefits. Do I like this idea? No! But I deplore the idea of people younger than me being made into my indentured servants.

      • marvin

        got news for you the baby boom has just started with hispanic having 6 to 7 children useing no birth control and illegals coming in by the thousands ever day and birth right citizens just something to look for in say 10 years

        • Dick Gazinia

          Muslims are also outbreeding the rest of the world. In 20 years they will be 1/3 the world’s population. That’s another thing to “look forward to.”

          We should just leave them all alone and become more isolationist.

          Let’s take care of our own people and our own problems and let other countries do the same.

      • http://google SUNBUM



        • INJanice

          Thanks SUNBUM, I just may look you up – I always welcome debates with some thought and logic behind them.

      • http://google SUNBUM

        INJanice – John

        Thanks for your reply,however; I detect too much anger to be able to talk to you about anything. The illegals are a problem, but, not the only problem.

        • INJanice

          You’re replying to Marvin, right? He made the comments about the illegals.

      • American Citizen

        If Congress was forced to abolish all those useless Departments like the NEA, Dept. of Ed., etc., and put back into Social Security the money it raided from it to pay for their earmarks, there would be no problem. We seniors do depend upon SS, supplemented with savings and investments, to have a decent life style. We don’t live high on the hog, can’t afford to. After all, we paid into it all of our working lives. If we could have invested that money instead, we wouldn’t need to worry.

    • Sue

      SunBum,you are so right. I’m from prior to the boomers, do have SS, and (thankfully) other income. Social security must be revised, cut back, replanned, even now for those of us on the plan. No, I’m a long way from being wealthy but things have got to change in our country.

      • http://google SUNBUM


    • Wlmitch1

      Most of you “stupid” old people may not have much advanced book knowledge, which comes with 4+ years of college, but your WISDOM and COMMON SENSE far outweigh the advanced book knowledge that you lack. One can have a Doctorate in one or more fields of study, but still have little or no WISDOM or COMMON SENSE! All the intelligence in the world means very little if one lacks WISDOM and COMMON SENSE.

      I had to apply for Social Security disability a year after my medical issues made me unemployable. I continued to work for nearly that year until I was terminated from my last job. It took me 5-1/2 years to get it, yet a crack addict form Lebanon who lived in my old neighborhood got it within 4 months of applying. He had NEVER held a job! With that said, I agree with you that Social Security is broken and MUST be changed to make it solvent. The same applies to Medicare.

      • http://google SUNBUM


        YES; I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN I HAVE RUN INTO SIMILAR CASES,IN SOC.SEC. STORIES, ALSO KNOW OF SOME CASES MYSELF – DISGUSTING!! I started working at 14, worked till my heart gave out at 62. retired. that was a mistake,I should have till I dropped dead. now I’m too old to work & too
        young to die.

        • Wlmitch1

          Yes, and the same Democrat politicians who “have great compassion” for the less fortunate, are the ones who publicly say that people like you and me should “do our duty and die” and get out of the way. Their “compassion” is only for the criminal element, and for welfare recipients who never worked a day in their lives. Those of us who worked and contributed for years and years do not count to them. It IS disgusting!

      • smilee

        Wlmitch1 says:
        January 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

        I had to apply for Social Security disability a year after my medical issues made me unemployable. I continued to work for nearly that year until I was terminated from my last job. It took me 5-1/2 years to get it, yet a crack addict form Lebanon who lived in my old neighborhood got it within 4 months of applying. He had NEVER held a job! With that said, I agree with you that Social Security is broken and MUST be changed to make it solvent. The same applies to Medicare.


        It took me 6 months to get disability, your not telling the whole story if it took 5 1/2 years. Did you have an attorney?? You have to pay into SS for at least 10 years before you can get disability SS, (not SSDI) so if you are telling the truth about your neighbor he must have worked for at least 10 years

        • Wlmitch1

          I actually became eligible for SSDI in April 2001, but kept working until I was terminated from my last job on February 1, 2002. I applied for SSDI on May 31, 2002, when I finally accepted the fact that I was no longer employable. The worker informed me that I had been eligible for SSDI since April 2001, and actually DEMANDED to know why I did not resign from my job and apply then. I told her that I wanted to work as long as possible, and was NOT going to quit my job as long as I could still work.

          I hired an attorney when my application was denied the first time in November 2002. Even after the Social Security Administration’s own doctors and vocational counselors recommended that I be awarded SSDI, the bureaucrats kept messing up my medical records repeatedly, and denying me. The Social Security Appeals Council in Virginia wrote the Administrative Law Judge a scathing letter in the summer of 2006 for denying me when it was OBVIOUS that I was eligible. The judge then ignored my case for more than a year. In August 2007, I called Congresswoman Candice Miller’s office for assistance. John Conyers was my Congressman because I lived in Detroit at the time, but I did not trust him. Candice Miller was able to get a hearing scheduled within 3 weeks! On September 12, 2007, apparently to save face, the Administrative Law Judge found me eligible retroactively to March 1, 2003. I then had to wait 2 more months for it to go through the system. The entire ordeal was a 5-1/2 year long nightmare.

          Outside the courtroom before the hearing, a Federal Security guard told me after wanding me that he had to search my wallet before he could let me into the courtroom. He kept searching my wallet repeatedly. When I complained, he said there was no problem and handed my wallet back to me. Shockingly, my attorney did not utter a single word to the security guard. Later that day, I discovered that $20 was missing from my wallet. 11 days later, I told the parking lot security guard at Church about it. He told me that what the Federal security guard did was illegal. I reported the incident to the office manager of the court building. She took the report, but never called back as she promised, and did not return any of my follow-up calls.

          I was cheated out of a year’s worth of benefits by the judge, and was robbed of $20 by the security guard under the color of authority. I only accepted the judge’s decision when my attorney advised me that I would likely be delayed or denied if I did not. I believe that my Constitutional rights and civil rights were violated.

        • Wlmitch1

          I answered your reply before reading the last part of it. I worked for more than 15 years and am therefore eligible for SSDI. There is plenty of corruption in Detroit at ALL levels of Government. Perhaps the crack addict got assistance fom someone in the Arabic Muslim Community? Someone at CAIR, perhaps? Could he have used falsified documents? I do not know. He told me he had never worked in the U.S. but was able to get Social Security Disability within 4 months. He may have been awarded SSI instead of SSDI. He told me that his disability benefits were terminated a couple of years later when the Social Security Administration learned that he was abusing crack and alcohol.

    • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

      Howdy Sunny:

      I have been screaming about foreign aid for 40 years. Right on! Charity begins at home.

      Eliminate the Dept. of Ed, Ept. of Energy, Dept. of Homeland “Security”, Dept. of Ag. Dept. of Treasury. Hell, the entire cabinet other than the Dept. of Defense as that is constitutional.

      The theiving b*stard politicians, mostly democraps, have been stealing our Social Security Trust Fund blind for 50 years.

      You asked for a better idea? Check the records back 50 years. Any politician who voted for, or signed, any budget that spent OUR Social Security money should be arrested for theft / embesslement / fraud, tried, convicted, executed.

      All they have would be confiscated / sold and the porceeds placed into the Trust Fund.

      Any of the dirt-bags who are already dead would have anything they left behind confiscated / sold and the proceeds placed in our Trust Fund. (We might even dig them up so we could hang them in public display)

      The ONLY reason our Social Security Trust Fund is broke is due to their theivery / fraud / embesslement.

      We should also take every cent of congressional pensions and put them into the Social Security Trust Fund. Most won’t need it as they will be at the short end of a rope. Those who did not participate in the thift would be placed on Social Security with the rest of us.

      Also, end all Secret Service protection for ex-presidents the minute they leave office, and terminate all current Secret Service protection. They all leave office as multi-millionaires and can afford their own protection. Besies who gives a sh*t if they are shot after leaving office? Hell, we are still spending millions protecting Namcy Reagan, idiot Jimmy / Roselyn, etc.

  • Warrior

    If anyone caught Stossel afterwards, it was quite amazing as Stossel showed that each prez from Nixon through our current curse has harped on the same issues during every sad state speech. TOO much foreign oil, edumacation, blah, blah. 40 years later and all we’ve received is more guv and no solutions.

    $1.5 trillion deficit this year alone? Geez, I don’t know even if we tax the rich at 100% if this can be sustained.


      If you confiscate 100% of their assets, it wouldn’t make a dent in the Obama deficit.

      • JC in CA

        That’s why they are planning legislation to ‘confiscate’ our IRA’s and 401k’s as we U.S. Americans have Trillion$ in these accounts. Companies and Citizens have Trillion$ in liquid equity deposits as well….but try to get at them after Oct 1, 2011 this year and GOOD FRICKIN’ LUCK…. see amendments at the bottom of the section;

        Obummer Care Bill…um.. TAX CODE AMENDMENT has it within to impose further taxation upon companies not offering ‘Gub-ment Security’ options as part of the retirement packages and ‘incentives’ for the companies who do offer them. Yet another way to stiffle and redistribute.


        • 45caliber

          They are already working on that. The last decision the judge at Tucson made was that the government didn’t have the right to take the life savings of someone who cashed his IRA’s and 401k and tried to send the money to an off-shore bank for safe keeping. The gov’s argument was that FDR banned gold so therefore they had the authority to bann ownership of money as well. Of course, they are appealing that decision.

          • Al Sieber

            Thanks for bring that up, kinda of makes me wonder.

  • Raggs

    Did anyone actually even watch this circus?

    • http://none LindyMaeUSA

      Raggs: I haven’t watched TV for two years, so I’ve NEVER seen or listened to any of Obama’s “State of the Union” addresses! Yet, I KNOW he continues to fool the stubbornly ignorant+stupid in our Country with (and there are “still” MILLIONS of those!)

      Let me repeat myself (for the umpteenth time!): Obama and the trillionaires pulling his strings, have a specific agenda: DESTROY AMERICA!…and they’re succeeding…one brick at a time.

      However, a specific “remnant” of “We, the People” have an ace up our sleeve: “The One True God!” and I don’t mean allah!!

  • marvin

    Raggs says:
    not me i had to do my hair

    • Raggs

      Yeah my time was well spent on something usefull!

  • http://com i41

    I can not stand watching the yeleprompter reading jackass any time. When the soros socialist belt buckle polishers claim he is so elolquent, if he was in speech class in high school his grad sure would be a C at best, with with his uh um and makes GWs speechs seem like a wizard giving a speech. Everyone knew it would be an airy fairy feel good bull session. Last night I went to a science program for my 7th grade granddaughter and her class, explain their projects to the public. Several parents and grandparents said these kids had real things and ideas to share that were real facts. Not just theories they had talked about like green energy and creating jobs, and never done anything. which is more than the over paid clown in the WH. @ girls wanted to make money durning the summer had started a business gather and cleaning up yards of dog dung with scoops and discarded store bags. These 2 made each almost $1000 dollars in 3 months, they didn’t mow lawns becasue they hadf to get yard work business permits. Another 3 boys clipped grass under fences and carried branches and trash for people to the gather points for garbage. Makes me think we still might have achance to keep going by this generation. Onumnutts should have come and seen how jobs are created and how crap regulations costs jobs.


      That is the Nerobama agenda.

    • curtis

      After Michelle Bachmann’s performance you’re still making teleprompter jokes?

      • http://naver sook young

        She did a lot better than Obama did. I think that the reason the people on the left are always talking about them is because they are strong women and the liberals only like women like Hillary. I also think you are affraid of women like that. You know, the women that stand firm in their decisions, convictions, morals, and can’t be controled by their leftist policies. If they ran for president, I would vote for Sarah, Michelle Backman, Codi Rice, Jan Brewer, and there are many more I could name. All of them, in my opinion, are more qualified to be president and can do a better job than Obama. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Sook Young,
          Very good post and very true!!

        • http://naver sook young

          Thank you Joe H.! I hope you and your family have a good weekend. Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

  • ajb

    another big joke he has told so many lies you dont know which lie to believe

    • http://none LindyMaeUSA

      ajb: Here’s a simple answer: “Don’t believe ANY of them! (his lies!)

  • Bruce

    Very funny I enjoyed reading this blog. Thanks Ben

  • Ameribred1

    There was enough BS put out in chamber on Tuesday night to grow a crop of wheat large enough to feed the world for six hundred years.

  • Bert Cundle

    I was impressed at the comment, that D’s /R’s sitting together wouldn’t be the answer… The simblesm was for HIM!
    Politicans are like ANTS… Red & Black!

  • Angel

    I never noticed how much Chris Matthews has such a personal dislike for Michele Bachmann. The more he does it – and he did some more Wednesday on his show, calling her “looney” several times and laughing. I’m no fan of Congresswoman Bachmann, but it is because I disagree with her on a few things and will state that. Matthews just turns his diatribe into playground sentiments. Heck, even Colbert and Stewart on the COMEDY CENTRAL channel have more substance.

    Matthews needs to either add to the debate or move off of a “news” channel.

    • Dick Gazinia

      I’m no Matthews fan but Bachmann is looney. She gives conservatives a bad name. We desperately need solid conservative leadership, but many in the current crop of conservative leaders come across as dullards spouting dogma rather than serious minds offering clear and pragmatic solutions to our problems.

      Let’s find inteligent, cogent conservative intellects and encourage them to get involved.

      • smilee

        Bachman will in time be the downfall the Tea party and maybe the republican party too. She has so divided the republican party and that will work against them and to Obama’s delight.

        • http://naver samurai

          Spoken like a traitor! You must want this country to fall apart. She isn’t really spliting the GOP as much as Obama bin Laden is having the libs leave him in droves. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • shogun

          Michelle Bachmann WILL NOT be the death of the Tea Party. The fact that most Tea Party supporters are just freakin’ old will be the death of the Tea Party. FOR DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER!

          • http://naver samurai

            Actually most of the Tea Party supporters are under 35 years old. It was a grass roots movement made up of the average American who is tired of how our government is doing things. We The People have spoken last November and many new people are in Washington because of it. You lib, gay loving, baby killing, marxists, don’t like anything that wants this country to get back to the ways of our Christian founding fathers. People like you Chris would rather see it die than try to improve. You are a traitor! No wonder you went back home, because your kind are being kicked out in droves. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • marvin

    come on people give the martin luther king wantabe a break obama is trying his best to do what over 200 years of people like stalin /hittler /castro could not do with force, change this great country in to a 3rd world country like mexico but he an,t done yeat,with him in the driver seat of the car that he[obama] said bush had ran to the edge of the cliff with the dems in charge of both house from 2006 tell 2010 has spent more money in 3 years then all the other presidents in history 1.4 trillion dollars a year 4.3+ trillion in 3 years with what to show for it we still have 20 million illegals , 14 trillion dollars in the red, la county california gave 600 million to illegals on welfair in 11 months and are 12 billion in the red ,all i can say is the inmates are in charge of the loone bin ,and as al sharpton said the tea party is trying to steal mlk crown and [ours] his [blacks]i guess what ever in the hell his crown is [sharpton told bill oriley on fox news this crap, their coming to take me away ha ha to the funny farm where life will be so much better with mother,s little helpers to get me thru the day,so roll up another one just like the other one and pass in around,but on the lighter side nov 2012 is not to far off,oh and rep kucinich said a olive pit broke a tooth in 2008 eatting a sandwich with black olives at the congress cafeteria has just now[2011] filed a $150,000 law suit for the damage done to his tooth ,with people like this loone in congress, god help us


      Do you realize that you and I are paying for Kucinich’s lawsuit.

    • http://google SUNBUM


      This country is screwed up, because of greedy, stupid politicians, who only care about power and their own self interest, This, However; is not the real problem. The real problem is, citizens of this country have become lazy, and indifferent . ” WE THE PEOPLE ” no longer deserve this country. Because of our indifference, we will lose it to a bunch of greedy people that ” WE THE PEOPLE ” have put in office. There is no doubt that many liberals, or so called ” progressives ” hold much of the power in this country,& are devout communist; This includes politicians and media people. They think I am a, radical, nut case. That is what these people will call any one that stands up to them. Read the history of the Russian revolution! Socialism was the goal of these people; IT HAS NEVER WORKED. When it fails the next step is Communism.

      Progressives, in this country, did not just pop up, in the last few years; They have been here since the late1800′s. They are all over the world. When they see a weak country, they pop up and try to take it over. They don’t come; They are already there. They can see a problem building long before it manifest itself into a large problem. progressives will look at a country, look at its laws, its resources, and its people, look for weaknesses, or study them and try to create weaknesses that never existed before. This is how, power hungry, progressives take over a country. they are slowly taking over the United States
      The progressives really got their power with the start with the unions. They saw this as a weakness and a way to gain power. By taking over the work force of this country, with Unions, they can, and still do, control a large part of the country. With the help of the Democrat party. They are making this country weaker each year. They do this by ignoring our constitution, making us dumber & lazier with policies designed to do just that ! They know a person poorly educated will be a poorer person, also; an uneducated person is usually a lazy person. These are easy people to recruit to socialism. They are dumb, lazy and if the democrats played their cards right, dependent on the government for their very existence.

      These people now make up a large portion of this country, and getting larger every day. As things stand now 47% of family households pay no fed. income tax. We are lucky it’s not 47% of the voters, however; the democrats are working on it. Give them time. The more they take from the working people and give to the poor & non-workers, the more voters for them. The more poor they can sneak into the country and make poor citizens out of them the more votes they get. Only a few more years, and they have it. They support and ferment class warfare among the people. And the republicans are too nieve or stupid to overcome this tactic.

      This is why OBAMA must not be allowed a second term. He is nothing but a devout Communist. Look at his past, Look at what he has said, and done in the past, and is doing now. He has set this country on a course of bankruptcy. Obama is spending as much as he can, as fast as he can. What he can’t spend he will give away to other countries. This man is a traitor. He is out to destroy this country. Yes progressive, tell them I’m a nut, because; I say in just over 200 years, we have gone from, a traitor general ( Benedict Arnold ), to a traitor in the white house ( Obama ) .

      S. DAYTONA FL.

      • Wlmitch1

        Obama’s economic policy comes directly from the Cloward-Pivens strategy of destroying great nations economically. His ideology comes directly from Saul Alinsky’s rag “Rules For Radicals” whom Alinsky dedicated to Lucifer as the very first true radical. He was a Satanist. Marx and Engels were also Satanists. Is it any wonder why Marxism is so evil? Satan DESTROYS everything he touches!

        • http://naver samurai

          100% agree! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Al Sieber

        SUNBUM, I agree with you, neither party makes a difference as far as I can see. and we’ve become lazy and indifferent and want to trust our politicians.

  • Barney

    I see this as mostly one sided I also see the country split almost 50/50
    so heres some things from the other side
    where were the missing supreme court judges?
    If the so called “great millionaires” have 80-90% of all the wealth why aren’t they paying 80-90 % of all the taxes??
    education should be important and class size smaller (unless we want to keep the masses stupid) why can’t we afford education and to pay teachers but we can pay professional athletes millions?? education needs to be finaced another way

    • Papa

      First, there were no “missing” Supreme Court Justices. They were all sitting there, just like last year.

      Second, we could have good education if the “FED” would get the hell out of the way! They’ve corrupted our education system just like they corrupt everything else they touch. Let’s do like Rand Paul suggests and DEFUND the U.S. Department of Education, which has no constitutional basis for existing in the first place. I graduated (from a small rural school) long before it was created and a short time later PASSED a College GED with flying colors! High School Grads today have trouble passing the ENTRANCE exams, most needing REMEDIAL classes for a year or two before they can even START college level classes so it’s fairly obvious all these “Federal Education Initiatives” are doing more harm than good! Kick ‘em to the curb then shut ‘em down completely!

      There are a lot more “unconstitutional” federal agencies we need to get rid of (like the Department of Energy and the EPA) and by the time we get rid of all of them our federal budget will probably balance itself…

      • smilee


        Three SC judges did not show up!!!!!!!!

    • taxpayer

      “I see this as mostly one sided I also see the country split almost 50/50
      so heres some things from the other side
      where were the missing supreme court judges?”

      Why do they have to listen to the nonsense, maybe they went home, they have choice.

      “If the so called “great millionaires” have 80-90% of all the wealth why aren’t they paying 80-90 % of all the taxes??”

      When you live off of someone else, you do not get morales, work ethics, being a part of, and sharing the load. What we got for this is 50% of the population not paying any taxes, expecting more for doing less.

      “education should be important and class size smaller (unless we want to keep the masses stupid) why can’t we afford education and to pay teachers but we can pay professional athletes millions?? education needs to be finaced another way”

      For many years we put more and more money into schools, yet it doesn’t help. Is this insane? Teachers band together to protect themself just like any union. The kids are a sideline to the bigger need of more money and better retirement. Have you ever volenteered to help at school, or any where?

      Many have lost their way and just look at what they get and not what they produce. This country was great because it was working together for a commen goal. Now many just want others to pay so they get more. Are many just thiefs that want to use the government for their ilgotten goods? This does not go for everyone because their are many that do good and ask for nothing in return but that is becoming the smallest minority and will disappear. Many like you are concerned on how much your neigbor has and want it given to you, not earned. Do you know the 10 commandments? They are on the internet, read them, they are instructions on how to live a happier life. You cannot be given enought to fill that empty feeling when you are dependant on others to support you, food stamps, unemplyoment, medicaid, free government cell phones and the list goes on. That is what is eating away at this country, the I wants and others pay’s attatude. The resession would be long gone if people rolled up their sleeves so to speak instead of asking government to give them money and food.

      • Wlmitch1

        If I ever volunteered to help at a school, I would be booted OUT of that school within 5 minutes for my “right-wing” beliefs! All I would have to say is that I am a TEA Party member, which I am, or mention God, and the “education worker” would immediately send me to the principal’s office. The principal would then immediately ORDER me to GET OUT of his or her school and never return. He or she might even report me to “big sis” Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security as a potential terrorist.

        Furthermore, the Ten Commandments have been banned from public places because they are diametrically opposed to Marxism.

    • 45caliber


      As far as the teachers go, I’ve seen the documentation on them. Basically, they make as much in 9 months as I do in over a year. Throwing more money at them won’t improve education. In fact, it is an insult to me. They were hired to do a job and they accepted the offered pay to do it. If they state that they need more pay to do the job correctly then we don’t need them working there.

      The real problems with education is: unions preventing the good teachers from showing up the bad ones, bad teachers who simply want to babysit instead of teach, too many non-teachers in school (why are there more non-teachers than teachers anyway?), and too much money spent on Taj Mahals instead of class needs.

      • 45caliber

        Oh, one other problem. Government mandates that they teach things like social acceptance, gay rights, etc. That seems to take up a lot of class time for some reason. Time they could be using to teach math and science.

    • Dick Gazinia

      Right on! Educationally we are slipping behind what were once third world nations. We need to shift our priorities as a nation and invest in our children. Let’s pull back on foreign aid and aid our schools. Also, we need to stop dunces like the Texas School Board from dumbing down our text books and rewriting history to suit their narrow minded, troglodite political/religious views. When they said that the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery, and tried to dismiss Thomas Jefferson because of his religious views, they disqualified themselves from being given any credibility whatsoever.

  • Ben


  • Barney

    I see this this as mostly one sided and our country split about 50/50 so heres some stuff from another side
    where were the missing supreme court judges?
    If the smart and great millionaires and billionaires have 80-90% of all the wealth why aren’t thye paying 80-90% of the taxes??
    education is important and smaller class size is key why can’t we afford it and to pay teachers better we can afford to pay millions for professional athletes or do we want to keep the masses dumb?
    what has big oil done for america with its billions in profits every quarter? why isn’t oil taken off the stock market?
    Lets cut of government leaders pay to $100,000 and liimit their pensions is a great idea and while we are at it lets tie maximum pay one can make (earn) to minimum wage say 50 times the minimum is the maximum? and how about a flat tax no loop holes no deductions whatever you make you pay the same % on every dollar and if its capitals gains its taxed the same rate
    cut foreign aide at least by 50% I like that idea
    stop crooked unions and poor teachers sure as long as we stop crooked business men, lawyers, ceos, employers, doctors, politicans,
    social sercurity I believe is an easy one just raise the cap anyone who can explain to me why a person making $50,000 can afford to pay 6% social security and a person making a million can only afford to pay 6% on 100,000 or 1/10 of his /her pay
    thanks for letting me participate greed and coruption need to be delt with

    • http://google SUNBUM


      You best watch yourself, most of what you want is SOCIALISM, NEXT WILL BE COMMUNISM!! Also for your information, the rich are paying 90% of the tax now. I am trying to live off soc. sec. this is far below gov. starvation. After 78yrs I have learned the more you give them the more they will tax you.

  • for the children

    Lets quit beating around the bush, we must do the following to ensure our kids have a future.
    1. All federal and state employees, including teachers, must take a pay cut. Top 10%, a 50%cut in pay. they created this mess, they must pay for their mistakes. Middle 80%, a 25% cut in pay, they knew their job was a gravy train and they must pay for their mistakes. Bottom 10%, a 10% cut in pay, their already making ends meet. Hopfully, many goverment workers will loose their homes, welcome to our world! Notice how Pat Quinn gov. of Illinois stole the elections from Bill Brady? Two weeks before election he promised all goverment workers if he was elected, not one of them would be laid off. How unfair is that? Union bought this election. how can a cash strapped state live up to this?
    2. All past employee pension plans are now cut 50%, they caused this problem not us. We elected those to serve “We the people” not me the representive.
    3. Start implementing a flat sales tax on all transactions. This will make people buy locally. No exemptions, churches, schools, government bodies must all pay sales tax. How easy would it be to collect sales tax.
    4. Term limits, we talk about it, time to implement it.
    5. Government cannot borrow money, we cannot put a burden on future generations. Make this a law.
    6. Balance the budget, sounds familar? Live within your means, same goes for the government.
    7. Accountability, a word that our representatives have forgotten.
    We must make everyone in government responsible for their actions.
    How can congress justify an airport in PA that was built to make traveling easier for one senator from that state. Sorry but that senator should pay for that airport not “we the people”.
    8. No more bashing during elections, tell us what your platform is so we can hold you to it.
    I want my children to have life in the USA better than I, but I’m affraid that’s becoming impossible , help me to live this dream.

    • http://google SUNBUM

      for the children

      Check out my posting 8:09 AM. You may like it.

      • eddie47d

        Not one word from “the children” about corrupt CEO’s who have taken America for a ride and the damage they have done. Not one word about hedge fund managers that only pay a 15% tax. Not one word about high drug costs from Big Pharma and how that affected our economy. Not one word about gangster bankers and their ponzi schemes. Not one word about mortgage fraud which cost this country millions.Not one word about executive bonuses when their companies were sliding southward. They have far more control over our economy than your laundry list. So let’s just say you left a few things out and if you want real change then includes all the bad players.

        • for the children

          OK LETS TALK,

          • eddie47d

            You are correct in saying folks should not be allowed to buy a home they can’t qualify for, I agree that E-Bay should be more responsible and FAIR in paying taxes.

        • JeffH

          eddie…not one word about the corrupt government that has created the legislation to allow all of the above “not one word” to take place. Be honest just this once and place the blame where it belongs…i layman’s terms, it’s called corruption. I’ll grease your palm, you scratch my back.

          None of what you just stated could happen without the help and support of government.

      • for the children


  • Papa

    State of the Union? I would say it’s poor and sliding quickly down the slippery-slope we’ve been hearing about all our lives. I endorse SUNBUM for Congress to set the agenda!

    We’ll see if Republicans can actually come up with something reasonable to slow this downward spiral (don’t hold your breath). With very few exceptions, I’ve lost faith in all politicians. They’re only interested in what’s best for THEM, not what’s best for our country and CERTAINLY not what’s best for “The People” in this country.

    Kentucky just passed a law requiring “Welfare Recipients” to pass a drug test before they can collect benefits! Times sure have changed when “KENTUCKY” becomes the U.S. leader in sound fiscal policy, but considering that our PRESIDENT can’t even produce a real Birth Certificate to prove he was actually “BORN” (somewhere), maybe it’s not so strange after all…

  • Earl Walton

    I am just a poor working man,with VERY little work,I barely make my bills.I read everything I can find on the internet about how screwed up the U.S.A has become.The fact is we have a president that does not give a rats ass about America or its people an he is a ILLEGAL president,its been proven and always known he is not from here and was anti-American his whole life.Our forefathers are floping in their graves,they would have already taken action.My qeustion is WHY,why is nothing being done and how does someone become president illegally.Other contries are laughing at us.I am a proud American that DOES NOT WANT a president or anyone in my country that not totally for America.And lets not get started on illegals they have more rights than us and more work.Where else can you go in the world be committing a crime and get work,foodstamps,medical,I’m not as educated as you all so could someone inlighten me,thank you.

    • INJanice

      Does make you wonder.. after all the Republicans extensively investigated and ultimately tried to impeach Slick Willy over, well.., his willy. Granted he should not have lied about it, however potentially not being eligible to be President seems a vastly more serious offense.

      • 45caliber

        Do you know where the name “Slick Willy” came from? During his first term as governor he could only be found at the pool hall across the street from the capitol building. You had to play him a game of pool if you needed to talk to him – at $100 a game. You could talk as long as the game lasted. He wasn’t the best player but generally you could only talk to him about 10 minutes per $100. The local pool players started calling him that and the media took it over.

        • INJanice

          I did not know that – thanks for sharing! Figures that the media would miss the actual story behind the name

        • Bruce D.

          That is slick for sure but I have to wonder how a story like that with its obvious implications would not have been more well known.

      • Wlmitch1

        Slick Willie also was under investigation for selling some of our secrets to the Chicoms, using the RICO Laws to silence his opposition, sexual harassment, and the suborning perjury. The perjury was the main reason for his impeachment. The fellatio by a young intern in the Oval Office was secondary, but the Left-stream News Media hyped it as the main reason, even though it was not.

        But you are correct in that the Constitutional ineligibility of Barack Insane Obamm-bamm to even run for President, let alone serve as President, is exponentially more serious.

        • American Citizen

          You forgot about what happened to people who happened to cross the Clintons. They either were harassed, found dead or ended up in prison.

          • Wlmitch1

            This is true.

        • 45caliber

          Bill was also under attack for running drugs into the US and running one of the biggest drug money laundrying system in the country. He owned 50% of a plane that made two trips a week to Columbia hauling back about 5 TONS of cocaine each trip. Several dead bodies involved too. He and Hillary (and a few state reps) set up a supposed bank that was to lend money, short term, to schools. Instead he would “loan” millions to different drug lords who then “repaid” it with hundreds of millions in profits each month. The people who exposed this were the ones on the plane that “crashed” going to Washington to testify against him and Hillary.

          • Al Sieber

            Right, that was in the “Clinton Chronicles”.

          • Wlmitch1

            I was not aware that Congress was investigating all of that as well, but yes, there is much evidence that it was going on. Congress went easy on Slick Willie by impeaching him for much less than what they could have, in order to make him behave.

  • Merlin

    I too must say no thank you Mr. President. Most of this is not worth the time or effort to respond to.

  • JoMama

    How can you tell when Obama is lying??

  • JoMama

    His lips are moving.

    • Al Sieber

      JoMama, that means all politicians, a quote from Will Rogers who died in a plane crash in Alaska.

    • http://naver samurai

      There is one similarity and one difference between God and Obama bin Laden. They both have no birth certificate. Also, God doesn’t think that he is Obama bin Laden. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Wlmitch1


    A Litany of Grievances Against the Statist Politicians and the
    Radical Left

    by William L. Mitchell

    January 26, 2011

    Here is some history, along with a litany of legitimate grievances against the Marxists, Globalists, and RINOs (Republicans-In-Name-Only) who are in power today, and the radical Leftists who are destroying our Nation, our Liberty, and our way of life. The year was 1620 when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. From 1775 to 1783, our Founding Fathers FOUGHT AND WON A REVOLUTION to banish tyranny from our shores, and successfully established the United States of America as a Constitutional Republic. But BECAUSE of the deeds the Marxists, Globalists, and RINOs in power do today, the rock has been landed on US! All of the promise of equality, tolerance, brotherhood, and everybody sharing all the world, which the Marxists speak so beautifully about, is NOT intended for We The People. Their words are a LIE! Their evil, gutter ideology has brought on the vicious disarmament, torture, slaughter, and even genocide, of more than 150 MILLION innocent men, women, and children by heathen Fascist, Nazi, and Communist regimes worldwide in less than 90 years’ time!

    When We The People remind the Marxist, Globalist, and RINO politicians that We The People send our elected officials to Washington D.C. to work for US, WHICH WE DO, they look upon us with hubris, hostility, and unfriendliness. The Statists no longer intend for us to be Citizens, but subjects and wards of the State! They impose unconstitutional laws on us against our will. They unconstitutionally tax, spend, and regulate us into deep recessions, EVERY DAY of which businesses struggle to survive; and many decent, honest, hard-working Americans must work two very-low-paying jobs, or two or three part-time jobs, with few or NO benefits, just to support their families. They work from before sun-up until past sun down! From can’t see in the morning until can’t see at night! And these are the Americans who are able to find jobs at all! Then the Statists take a quarter or more of what these Americans earn, in FICA, Medicare, and Federal Income taxes, and when they die, the Statists take even more of their hard-earned money in Estate Taxes! WHEN THEY DIE, they are taxed EVEN MORE! Those Marxist and Globalist politicians HATE America; and they do NOT try to hide it ANYMORE!

    And what is it that has awakened Americans to such a degree that we now demand our country back? It is the past 50 years of the radical Leftists having taken over and bastardized the “Mainstream” News Media, Public “Education”, the “Entertainment” Industry, and the “Democratic” Party. It’s a SHAME!! And it is for these 50 years, IN WHICH, they have stupefied and indoctrinated our youth, expelled God from public life, infringed on our right to keep and bear arms, consistently appeased – and even allied themselves with – the enemies of freedom, murdered our unborn, and imposed immoral and deviant lifestyles on We The People. They slander, libel, intimidate, and try to silence those of us who are TEA Party members and sympathizers, Constitutional Conservatives, and other American Patriots of ALL races and religions by falsely accusing us of being “far right” bigots and sellouts. They try to criminalize us for opposing THEIR criminal ideology, and telling the TRUTH! Radical Leftist, activist judges at all levels legislate from the courtroom. They do NOT INTERPRET our laws like they are SUPPOSED TO! Those Marxist, Globalist, and RINO politicians do nothing to secure our borders and deport those who have entered our country ILLEGALLY. They impose so many laws on us, with a few hidden loopholes, that it is becoming almost impossible for the average American to NOT break the law! THAT is not Liberty! IT IS OPPRESSION AND SLAVERY!

    Under Obama, Holder, Napolitano, Clinton, and Reid, the destruction of our once-great nation has accelerated drastically. They impose their deadly poison known as Political Correctness on us against our will! They have hauled a sovereign U.S. State before the U.N. Human Rights Council for enforcing our immigration laws! They appease and apologize to the Islamic terrorists who want to kill us, and the regimes which sponsor them. At our airports, travellers in full Muslim dress are given a free pass while the rest of us are treated like criminals and terrorists. They violate our First, Second, Fourth, Sixth, and Tenth Amendment Rights incessantly. They are so ARROGANT and incompetent that they refuse to understand why we American Citizens are frustrated and angry! They accuse us of being ungrateful for all they do “for” us when they KNOW that they are doing their unrighteous deeds TO us! And NOW we have a “President” who abdicates his Constitutional duty to protect our Nation, appoints militant America-hating Marxists to his cabinet, and rules by Executive Order and through “czars” whenever he does not get his way! What a disgrace! We The People MUST FIRE all of the Leftist, Globalist, and RINO politicians in 2012, replace them with REAL American Patriots, and finish taking our country back! God save America and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    • INJanice

      Well said! If you haven’t read it already, check out Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I’ve seen a few “Who Is John Gault” bumper stickers in the last year or so – they reference this book. The first time I read it in the early 1990′s I was relieved that I lived in the United States, where such insanity would not happen. Upon re-reading it recently, I was saddened and depressed that it was actually coming true.

    • chuckb


      abswolutely great, however you made one mistake, the commuinist left wing started this take over “sixty years” ago right after the mccarthy hearings. the media destroyed him and they have had a free ride until rush limbaugh and the conservative talk radio came on the air.

      • Wlmitch1

        Up until about 1963, the Marxist Left was very secretive, and for the most part, kept quiet. All of this changed around 1963 when the 1960s counterculture became militant. During the 1960s, they were mainly looked upon as outcasts. By the early 1960s, they infiltrated and began taking over the entertainment industry. By the mid-1960′s they took over ABC, NBC, CBS, and later, CBC. By the late 1960s, they began taking over public education, the Democratic Party, and the Federal bureaucracies. They now run all five. Thus, the 50 year assertion still stands. The groundwork for it was laid 50 years earlier, in 1913, under the racist, progressive, Democrat President, Woodrow Wilson.

        I was born in 1960, and remember an America which was very different from the America of today. 1964 was the last year in which our half-dollars, quarters, and dimes were minted from silver. The silver coins remained in circulation for a few years after, until coin collectors began saving them. Pennies were minted from mostly copper through 1981. Today, they are made of copper-plated aluminum. During my lifetime, I have seen our coinage devalued, our freedoms eroded, the education of our children dumbed down, the quality of our goods cheapened, and our moral values degraded. I remember the stagflation of the late 1970s. It appears to be back today.

        • Bruce D.

          I think this is a good post. I grew up in the 60s and I could not be happier that I did. It was a great time to be alive. I had no political views back then and my draft lottery number was 360 out of 365 so I was lucky. I think what gave the Marxist revolution of that era power were the proliferation of drugs and the military draft which turned college kids into activists. To me these two things seem to bring the discontentment that allowed Marxism to get its foot-hole in America.

        • 45caliber

          Back in the late ’60s it was illegal for a Communist to teach school. I had a professor in college who was one and was fired for it. But several complained and the Dems got a court ruling that it was unfair to fire a person just because of their political beliefs. The next thing I knew it seemed as if half the teachers were Communist.

          • Bruce D.

            It is almost funny how they keep backing away from who they are and what they represent. It went from communist to socialist to liberal to progressive. They have to keep changing their names to attract the dumbed down masses and keep them from associating their ideology with government control over the people.

          • Bruce D.

            I might add that the proliferation of drugs was a key element in dumbing down the masses. A statement that anyone who smokes pot or does other things will surely deny. Mind altering doctor prescribed drugs to children is included in that.

    • Earl Walton


  • Capitalista

    I’m sure it would have saved quite a few bucks if da O had condensed his State of the Union address to 5 words, by simply reminding us -

    “It all be Bush fault”.

    • American Citizen

      Nah, two words would have sufficed, “We’re broke.”

  • chuckb

    and who’s to blame for having this looney tune in the white house? unions, fed & state workers and millions of legal and illegal aliens, you might throw in some bleeding hearts still guilty for the slavery issue and of course the staunch democrats who would vote for king kong if he ran.
    we can expect nothing less in 2012.
    sc described this guy in good terms, a drug induced ventriloquist dummy.

  • LJM

    What denomination will Monica in the blue dress be on?

  • Wlmitch1

    If you have ANY doubts that Communism is a long-term threat, then read THIS:


    The following is part of the Congressional Record:

    Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963


    Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

    At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:
    [From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]

    1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

    2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

    3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

    4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

    5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

    6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

    7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

    8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

    9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

    10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

    11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

    12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

    13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

    14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

    15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

    16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

    17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

    18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

    19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

    20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

    21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

    22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

    23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

    24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

    25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

    26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

    27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

    28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

    29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

    30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

    31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

    32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

    33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

    34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

    35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

    36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

    37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

    38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

    39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

    40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

    41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

    42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

    43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

    44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

    45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

    How many of the above goals do you recognize as having already been met here in America?

    • Al Sieber

      Wlmitch, I read the Communist Manifesto by Carl Marx, and your comment takes it to the limit.

      • Wlmitch1

        I read the Manifesto of the Communist Party (the Communist Manifesto) by Karl Marx also. It was the most chilling work of non-fiction (propaganda actually) I have ever read! I got a penetrating feeling of pure evil surrounding me when I read it. Karl Marx and Friederich Engels were both Satanists. So were Saul Alinsky and Noam Chomsky. Saul Alinsky even dedicated his rag “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer and praised him as “the first true radical.” We KNOW who Lucifer is!

  • Gayle

    You are so correct, it is scary!! I’m one of the people that feels we must act now not later. But that would cause more trouble. It is no longer stopping – it is now taking back America.

  • Jim Foreman

    Here’s Obama’s State of the Union address condense to 1 minute.

  • Bert Cundle

    I will give a SHORT But TRUE! STATE Of The UNION:
    We Have Been Devistated, by the distruction of our WORLD TRADE Centers A PAIR! The Only way to recover… is to REBUILD THE TOWERS AGAIN. But to lay down and blame others now is like trying to shoot a broken arrow!

  • chuckb

    wimitch 1

    i agree you are absolutely correct on everything you say, however, the communist started their infiltration into the u.s. government in the 1930′s during the roosevelt administration and since we were fighting on their side during ww2 people were not aware on what they were doing. they started to infiltrate hollywood in the late thirties and the education system in the 1950′s. the truman administration had their share and we saw the results starting with the korean war, this movement saw to it we did not win wars against communism (korea-vietnam) and you saw them try to prosecute any of our politicians who tried to fight against the communist movement in nicaragua. they infiltrated the education system especially those of higher learning and we see the results today in our present political party they call themselves progressives. they are using the un as a tool, we see hillary clinton attempting to make law thru the un. the communist have evolved into the modern day democratic party a homogenized version of russian communism.

    • Wlmitch1

      Ronald Reagan expelled the Communists from Hollywood when he was the president of the Screen Actors’ Guild. Unfortunately, the Communists returned to Hollywood during the 1960s. FDR was a closet Communist who even said, “I do not fear Communists, some of my BEST FRIENDS are Communists!” What I find amazing is that he continued to get re-elected after publicly making such a chilling remark! It is interesting to note that Walter Reuther, president of the UAW during the 1930s, began as a Communist. He became disillusioned and renounced Communism because of the Communist horrors he witnessed under Josef Stalin when he visited the Soviet Union.

  • Curtis

    Mr. Crystal… I don’t agree with everything that you wrote, but I laughed my butt off just the same. Kudos!

    • http://naver sook young

      That’s OK. We did the same with you. Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai


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