- The speech would HAVE to represent something new.
The nation has grown weary of the same language and same ideas that this administration has pout forth to date. What Obama is sellin’, no one is buyin’. No one believes that spending more and more money that we don’t have on programs like roads-bridges, schools and hospitals is the answer to our nation’s problems. I think that we knew this back when. Back when Obama first recommended this strategy. We simultaneously knew AND hoped. It’s why none of us are very surprised that we are today where we were 3 years ago.
- The speech would HAVE to create the feeling that the administration was willing to compromise with the Republicans.
Since the day he’s taken office, think “The Office Of The President Elect” bullshit, Obama has made it clear that he will do it his way. He’s commented that “I won” during negotiations. His actions, and quite frankly his naiveté, have demonstrated that if he only uses more words and passion, he’ll succeed in swaying his opposition. Personally I suspect that this is what him positions of prestige in the worlds in which he has lived. In the Halls of Ivy I feel that rhetoric and Grand Ideals are the coin of the realm. Not actions and results.
Thoughts, not measurable metrics, are what these men trade on.
- The speech would HAVE to energize America and Americans.
It didn’t. It was a yawner. Everything from the “Pass it Right Away” nonsense to the worn out “pay their fair share” nonsense, the feeling was an overwhelming, “been there, done that” take away. This didn’t move the soul. This speech didn’t reach into the heavens and grab you just right there. This speech was more of a lecture. Something that you wanted to be over, not hear more of.
For the first time, Obama’s skill in oration failed him. If I didn’t know better, it was as if even he didn’t believe it.
Rather than be any of these things, it was none of them. He didn’t present anything new, bi-partisan or energizing. You could have taken random 35 second clips from any of his other speeches, strung ’em together for 34 minutes and done just as well – even better. At least during those speeches, Obama himself believed what he was saying.
The facts are this:
- Government trades in power. No government can invest appropriately because too many people owe other people money and favors. True free acts of investment can not be made.
- Government doesn’t earn anything. If the government would like to invest in segment A of the economy, it must first confiscate from segment B of the economy. And it sucks at even that. It’s less than a 1 – 1 shift.
- The wealthy pay more than their “fair share”. The wealthy pay more of a share of the tax than they earn as a share of the income. In fact, there are net “earners” of the Federal Income Tax system.
- We already allocate money for roads and bridges. We tax such things as we think are necessary to care for repairs and new build outs. Why we need to allocate NEW money for the is beyond me.
- It is not the role of the Federal Government to build schools. THAT is the role of the individual school boards.
This speech failed. It failed to provide new ideas, failed to provide any hope of bi-partisan agreement and it failed to energize even the giver of the speech.
I’ll leave you with this detail. Obama implored lawmakers to “pass it right away”. Yet he couldn’t be bothered to present anyone with the bill itself, saying only that he would deliver something a week from Monday.