State of the Union Liveblog

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on January 25, 2011

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6:10 p.m.: This would go faster if they didn’t stand up and clap so much.

Here’s the remarks as prepared.

Obama’s not out of touch. He remembered that we just had an election.

6:21 p.m.: I don’t really buy this:

China became home to the world’s largest private solar research facility, and the world’s fastest computer.

A communist nation, no matter what it purports, cannot technically have “the world’s largest private solar research facility.”

6:25 p.m.: Uh…what’s that look Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has on his face?

6:26 p.m.: Biofuels? Is this man insane. Yeah, let’s keep on turning food into fuel and let food prices continue to rise. Why should we subsidize anyone’s energy?

6:27 p.m.: 80 percent of electricity from “clean energy” by 2035? Only if we build a bunch more nuclear plants – and the left won’t let those be built.

6:30 p.m.: “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair…” Put your money where your mouth is: Don’t invite pro sports teams to the White House for photo ops.

6:32 p.m.: “You see, we know what’s possible for our children when reform isn’t just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals; school boards and communities.” I concur, so why do we have a federal Dept. of Education?

6:33 p.m.: Hmm…not so many standing applause lines in this speech…and just as I write that he gets one.

6:36 p.m.: You know, there are plenty of good jobs that don’t require a college degree. Can we get over the false idea that everyone needs to have one?

6:39 p.m.: High-speed rail? What a joke!

6:42 p.m.: “We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians. Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail…” Does he not realize that the first sentence conflicts with the second?

6:44 p.m.:

Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries. Those with accountants or lawyers to work the system can end up paying no taxes at all. But all the rest are hit with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and it has to change.

So tonight, I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the system. Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years – without adding to our deficit.

Does he not realize that these two paragraphs conflict with his lines earlier about “green jobs?”

6:46 p.m.: Good thing I’m not keeping track of all the bolshevik storytelling.

Now, I’ve heard rumors that a few of you have some concerns about the new health care law. So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you. We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses.

6:47 p.m.: “I’m not willing to tell Jim Houser, a small business owner from Oregon, that he has to go back to paying $5,000 more to cover his employees.” No, he’s going to dump his employees into the public option because your ‘reform’ makes companies providing health care to their employees a bad business decision.

6:48 p.m.: You’ve got to be kidding me. “So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.” So the last two years is the new baseline. Trillion dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see.

6:50 p.m.: This has got to be the most empty rhetorical statement I’ve seen in ages. “The bipartisan Fiscal Commission I created last year made this crystal clear. I don’t agree with all their proposals, but they made important progress. And their conclusion is that the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it – in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending, and spending through tax breaks and loopholes.”

6:51 p.m.: I can’t believe he’s honestly trying to still sell this one: “Health insurance reform will slow these rising costs, which is part of why nonpartisan economists have said that repealing the health care law would add a quarter of a trillion dollars to our deficit.”

6:55 p.m.:

We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white TV. There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.

Re-organize? Why not just get rid of most of them? Why haven’t you been doing this the past two years?

6:57 p.m.: “In the coming year, we will also work to rebuild people’s faith in the institution of government. Because you deserve to know exactly how and where your tax dollars are being spent, you will be able to go to a website and get that information for the very first time in history.” Are we using as a benchmark on this one?

6:59 p.m.: Looking at the prepared remarks, it looks like this speech is way too long.

7:03 p.m.: “Because of a diplomatic effort to insist that Iran meet its obligations, the Iranian government now faces tougher and tighter sanctions than ever before.” That’s nice. What exactly has it gotten us?

7:13 p.m.: I liked the end of the speech re: Center Rock and “We do big things.” As long as he’s not talking about the government.

Text of Rep. Paul Ryan’s response is here. He did an excellent job.

2 comments on “State of the Union Liveblog”

  1. "a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries"

    I'm not a Constitutional scholar, but I don't remember lobbyists having the authority to enact legislation.

  2. True, but that's just an acknowledgment of one of two realities when dealing with legislation -- it's either being outsourced or it's one of those jobs Americans just won't do.


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