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A Presidency to Nowhere
The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 27, 2011 | Daneil Henninger

Posted on 01/27/2011 4:06:25 PM PST by KeyLargo

* WONDER LAND * JANUARY 27, 2011

A Presidency to Nowhere

High-speed rail and solar shingles are not the answer to America's "Sputnik moment."

No president before Barack Obama has been so right and so wrong.

When in his State of the Union speech Mr. Obama said, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment," citing the emergence of global competition from the likes of China and India, he was right.

Minutes later he proposed to cover the country with high-speed rail and companies making solar shingles.

High-speed rail and solar shingles? If that's the president's idea of meeting our Sputnik moment, then Houston, we have a problem.

About halfway into the speech, I began to wonder: What is John Boehner thinking? Let's first welcome back the tradition of House Speakers who bring nothing but a poker face to the State of the Union. (The vice president re-tightening his tie in the middle of the speech was a minor Biden classic.)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; government; investments; nowhere; obama; sotu; speech; wsj


1 posted on 01/27/2011 4:06:27 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
Are the Russians still going to the moon??

What was the next generation after Sputnik? What did they accomplish??

Is there a huge middle class in Russia making lots of things and earning an honest living??

2 posted on 01/27/2011 4:09:17 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

WARNING, DANGER. BARF ALERT!

A few quotes from the Obama Media Group (OMG)

“One of the most quotable moments of last night’s speech was that “This is our generation’s Sput”nik moment.” The original Sputnik moment was born of the Soviet launch of the eponymous satellite in October 1957. It was a wake-up call to Americans that they needed to be smarter about the space race.”

“Today, the primary technological challenge is the need to develop a fossil fuel-free economy.”

” As Obama invoked the “Sputnik moment” analogy in the SOTU, it felt like a whistle was blown to start the clean energy race.”

As President Obama made clear this week, this moment was all about “winning the future,” which America did during the mid twentieth century. Clearly, in these times, the magic of that moment is needed again. “


3 posted on 01/27/2011 4:22:59 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Yep!!! “Shovel ready” Sputniks are on the way!!!


4 posted on 01/27/2011 4:26:42 PM PST by joelt
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To: KeyLargo
this moment was all about “winning the future,”
WTF!
5 posted on 01/27/2011 4:26:49 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: KeyLargo
... The future is now.

The future is FUN!
The future is FAIR!
You may already have WON!
You may already BE THERE!

Hello!

We're glad you made it!

Welcome to the

FUTURE!


6 posted on 01/27/2011 4:31:16 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: KeyLargo
SPUTNIK
7 posted on 01/27/2011 4:51:58 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: KeyLargo
All he can do is parrot those little socialist handbooks written so long ago and so long since disproved.

Obama worked so hard at becoming the very best socialist he could--at memorizing those little handbooks, at learning the party line--but he never learned how to think.

As an aside, note that thinking--rational thought, logic, empirical reasoning--is antithetical to socialism. It is thinking that gets a good socialist in trouble. "Learn the program...and leave the thinking to Marx, Lenin, Alinsky."

He spent his entire life worshiping that single ideology and neglected the development of his creative instincts. He can't think on his feet, he can't think in his seat...he can't think, period. When faced with a problem, all he can do is whip out his little handbooks and lecture his public on those ancient outdated and long disproved socialist solutions.

Now when faced with the need to change and create...to innovate, he is completely lost.

He has only one answer to all problems...spend, baby, spend.

8 posted on 01/27/2011 4:52:28 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama and the Radical Left: 'People of the Lie')
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To: dr_lew

Ahh... a Firesign Theater moment!


9 posted on 01/27/2011 4:54:10 PM PST by cartoonistx
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To: KeyLargo

I think by “Sputnik moment” he means that within 30 years the nation will be destroyed, or at least that’s the plan.


10 posted on 01/27/2011 4:59:33 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: KeyLargo

I thought Boehner’s immitation of a stump was outstanding! No really, I did. He had a studied look that just said, “This is the purest form of useless, driveling, platitude laced bull spit I ever heard.”


11 posted on 01/27/2011 5:13:06 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: KeyLargo
I think the *Sputnik Moment* was telling.

I'm sure Grand-mammy and Grand-daddy Dunham, Commies through and through, had many a fascinating dinner discussion on how fab the Soviets were and how they were whipping our capitalist arses.

Can you imagine Reagan saying this? It would be THE VERY LAST THING Reagan would ever say.

I listen to a lot of radio (work at home) and listen to as much lefty view points as I can find. The way they are trying to give Barry a Regan vibe...well it would be hilarious if it wasn't so vile. NO you Obots on the left! Barry is NOT like Regan! Liars and hypocrites the lot of them. These same fools hated Reagan and everything he stood for. Now, Barry is just like him! I heard that there is a pic on Time magazine that shows Regan with his arm around Barry. I haven't seen it...just heard about it...and the explanation the stupid lefty gave as to just HOW they are alike? Beyond comprehension.

I can't wait until this fraud is out of the White House and the Left in the media (most of them) are humiliated for propping up this creepy little man.

12 posted on 01/27/2011 5:29:23 PM PST by Pigsley
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To: KeyLargo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRv34Cat3Vw


13 posted on 01/27/2011 5:51:36 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Dr.Deth

Zer0 is the shocking, commie Sputnik of our time.


14 posted on 01/27/2011 6:02:40 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Remembering back to those days of yore, we already
were in a space race and having our troubles when
we were beaten by the soviets who put up a barely
working satellite, of course uncle Walter and the
big three praised this vanguard of socialist
innovation which spurred us on to even greater
triumphs which the soviets never really matched.

Now we are seeing ourselves beaten at our own game
by our own politicians who would rather give away
the funding needed for space developement for green
wind turbines and compost powered energy sources.

It’s a racket I tells ya.


15 posted on 01/27/2011 6:08:37 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68
I'm thinking the solution might be to have NASA focus its creative energy on a giant muslim outreach.

Yeah, that's the ticket!

16 posted on 01/27/2011 6:17:54 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama and the Radical Left: 'People of the Lie')
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

T-shirt.

“I reached out to Islam and all I got
was this bloody T-shirt.”


17 posted on 01/27/2011 6:23:07 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Save that tee-shirt! The Left may need it for the next Tucson-style memorial/Obama pep rally.


18 posted on 01/27/2011 6:31:41 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama and the Radical Left: 'People of the Lie')
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To: tet68
Remembering back to those days of yore, we already were in a space race and having our troubles when we were beaten by the soviets who put up a barely working satellite, of course uncle Walter and the big three praised this vanguard of socialist innovation which spurred us on to even greater triumphs which the soviets never really matched.

"never really matched" is an understatement. All their achievements were marked by a pronounced crudity. The famous "dark side" photo was achieved by a high speed fly-by of the moon and a look-back with a crude photo telemetry setup. Still it worked, and it was first, but they never came close to "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth."

19 posted on 01/27/2011 7:01:01 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Sequoyah101
I thought Boehner’s immitation of a stump was outstanding!

Beat the hell out of watching Pelosi sucking on her dentures.

20 posted on 01/27/2011 7:23:57 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: KeyLargo
These stupid liberals fail to notice the most green energy tech has been here for over a generation but they refuse to endore it = NUCLEAR POWER!!

So by investing in these dream wind & solar farms which will intrude on the native wildlife & destroy their native habitats, they will require additional massive power infrastructure developments and most damming of all is the (again) most obvious & painful fact that these green energy tech are heavily dependent of favorable weather conditions.

To generate 2400 MW of power a 3 reactor nuclear power plant consistently does that 24x7 within a land space of less of 1/2 square mile at a development & operating cost of $1-3 Billion.

To develop & generate a similar energy output by solar power will require a land space of 100 square miles and then again can operate only during the daylight hours (gasp!!) and the solar cell requirement will be in the order of approx >$90 Billion. Our beloved FPL tried this publicity stunt out in Tampa and very little has been heard of it since.

In the situation out in the ultra-liberal state MASS where for many years even the Godfather of the Dems TED KENNEDY fought tooth & nail against having those winds turbines in the ocean!! This was because they messed up his view of the ocean!! However, after much court battles and finally being installed they are now stuck with they fact that NOBODY wants to buy this 'green energy' from the wind ocean farms(shocker!!); simply because it cost up to 10X more than the locally produced land energy!!

Last and not least, since they 'green energy farms' are so large and will require many man-hours of maintenance, they are also highly vulnerable to vandalism or terrorist attacks.

21 posted on 01/27/2011 11:55:04 PM PST by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: tet68
Obama’s new mission for NASA: Reach out to Muslim world Read more at the Washington Examiner: By: Byron York 07/04/10 2:00 AM Chief Political Correspondent

February 2, 2010 Obama Calls for End to NASA’s Moon Program

22 posted on 01/28/2011 5:47:12 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: prophetic
"So by investing in these dream wind & solar farms which will intrude on the native wildlife & destroy their native habitats, they will require additional massive power infrastructure developments and most damming of all is the (again) most obvious & painful fact that these green energy tech are heavily dependent of favorable weather conditions."
23 posted on 01/28/2011 6:13:28 AM PST by KeyLargo
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