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Thoughts On The SOTU from Clark Judge
Hugh Hewitt Dot Com ^ | 25 Jan 2012 | Clark Judge

Posted on 01/26/2012 4:09:03 AM PST by Rummyfan

It sounded like such a soft, even conservative speech.

But let me get this straight:

1) banks will be punished (do I understand this right, by a committee headed by Eric Holder?) if their lending is too risky

2) and they will be required (by the same committee) to give more home loans (meaning, it must be, to people who would otherwise not qualify for the loans, or else the government would not have to be involved) at lower rates (which means rates that do not compensate them as much as the market says they need to be compensated for the risks they are taking, all of which sounds like a new edition of the policies that brought on the financial collapse),

3) which must mean that they will have to pull back on risky lending someplace other than homes,

4) the only place that most banks would be able to pull back on riskier customers would be loans to small and new businesses,

5) but these are the businesses that have created just about all the jobs over the last 20 years and he said early in the speech he wants to encourage them,

6) so maybe their growth capital will come from selling stock to the kinds of people who invest in new and small businesses,

7) but through the Buffet Rule he’s going to double the tax rate on investment income for those people, meaning that, like the banks, they can’t be fully compensated for the risk of backing small and new businesses,

8) so they will not invest more in small and new companies but in big established firms,

9) so more of those small and new firms will have to turn to the government for capital,

10) which luckily he said would up its investing in early stage businesses with “the best” ideas,

11) “the best” ideas meaning, I guess, as with Solyndra, ideas that advance his agenda through companies whose owners support his candidacy),

11) or maybe it would be companies that agree to invite unionization (since the unions have failed to organize the new and dynamic sectors of the economy, which is why they have been shrinking),

12) but then with the big businesses, he wants to punish American companies if they invest overseas,

13) and he wants to increase exports,

14) but being competitive in the global markets often means having part of your production near your markets, which is why many companies have opened production facilities abroad and many foreign companies (BMW and Honda, for example) have opened their facilities here,

15) so he’ll make these companies less competitive, meaning less able to export anything that might be paired with some other product the company makes abroad in order to attract buyers,

16) and it also means he’ll have the U.S. ignoring many of the international trading rules of which we have been the principal sponsor since the end of WWII, rules that have led to an incredible growth in widely shared wealth all over the planet,

17) which means that, if he follows through, he’ll blow up the post-WWII global economic system,

18) which in the very short run may help the uncompetitive American labor unions but in the not-so-long run would devastate every economy on earth,

19) but it would also mean he would be in a position to decide where big companies could invest, and when, just as he’ll be in control of all new and small businesses, too,

20) meanwhile he is going to tell states and localities what their budget priorities should be,

21) and make them adopt his policies for running their schools, leaving me to wonder, when he’s through, what won’t he control?

I believe that’s what I heard the president advocate last night. But one term I didn’t hear, maybe I missed it: “The Constitution.” Then again, wasn’t he suggesting that, in brave times like these, we need to put aside those old rules. Do I have this straight?

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; sotu

1 posted on 01/26/2012 4:09:06 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

But one term I didn’t hear, maybe I missed it: “The Constitution.” ....

Near the end of his speech he rambled on about the the ‘promise’ of ....”if you work hard, play by the rules, etc. etc....then you should be able to do o.k.” and blah, blah, blah.

When he claims that the “American Dream” is one of ecconomic security he is perpetuating a great lie.

The “American Dream” is FREEDOM-Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The constitution is the means to that end.

2 posted on 01/26/2012 4:29:08 AM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: Rummyfan

Perfect illustration of the circular logic that took place on Tuesday. It could have been Wesley Mouch himself who was speaking.

3 posted on 01/26/2012 4:29:37 AM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: Fred Hayek

It was a bit confusing wasn’t it?

But then he IS a well spoken black man.

A very rude one too the way he treated Arizona’s Governor.

4 posted on 01/26/2012 4:41:16 AM PST by Venturer
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5 posted on 01/26/2012 4:44:54 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Venturer

What did he do to Gov. Brewer?

6 posted on 01/26/2012 5:18:24 AM PST by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: FrogMom
See here:

Thou Shalt Not Write Bad Things About Obama

7 posted on 01/26/2012 5:23:06 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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In simple English, Holder can punish anyone he cares to.

Rule 1: If they do, prosecute.
Rule 2: If they don’t, prosecute.

8 posted on 01/26/2012 5:30:19 AM PST by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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9 posted on 01/26/2012 6:22:12 AM PST by Venturer
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