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A Picture Is Worth $455 Billion: A Score Sheet For The State Of Barack Obama’s Union

January 30, 2014 by  

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday lasted 65 minutes. The faucet was running the entire time. Here, courtesy of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is a visual representation of how much money poured out while Obama spoke.

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It’s stunning to realize that the Federal debt itself is growing nearly one-third as quickly as actual spending. What’s not stunning is the scant attention Obama paid to government spending — except when he was proposing more of it.

Also, is anyone surprised that that the majority of both parties in Congress continues to be complicit in this farce? The very next day after Obama’s address, the House approved a so-called “compromise” Farm Bill Wednesday on a 251-166 vote with the full support of the GOP Establishment. The much-argued “cut” to the historically gigantic food stamp program was virtually eliminated from the final bill, and there’s virtually no chance the Senate will prevent this monster from making its way to the President’s desk.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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