Republican Response To State Of The Union, And Word Cloud

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Republican Response To State Of The Union

By Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) - As Prepared for Delivery

Republican Address to the Nation 8:30pm
Remarks of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) – As Prepared for Delivery

Washington, Jan 25 -

Good evening. I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin – and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.

Earlier this month, President Obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in Tucson. Still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow that now engulfs the families and friends of the fallen.

What we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them; that, in the words of the Psalmist, the Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds; and that over time grace will replace grief.


As Gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us.

Tonight, the President focused a lot of attention on our economy in general – and on our deficit and debt in particular.

He was right to do so, and some of his words were reassuring. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I assure you that we want to work with the President to restrain federal spending.

In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress’s own budget. And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs.

The reason is simple.

A few years ago, reducing spending was important. Today, it’s imperative. Here’s why.

We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead.

On this current path, when my three children – who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old – are raising their own children, the Federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay.

No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country.

Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent – and I know many of you feel the same way.


Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years. No one person or party is responsible for it.

There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.

Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt.

The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies – an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus.

All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.” Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.

Then the President and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.

What we already know about the President’s health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees.

Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree – and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.

Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.

Health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt. And the President’s law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy.

Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.

We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.


And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.

Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified – especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable.

In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. Last year – in an unprecedented failure – Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked.


We owe you a better choice and a different vision.

Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you – to show you how we intend to do things differently … how we will cut spending to get the debt down… help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs. If we act soon, and if we act responsibly, people in and near retirement will be protected.

These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.­­


We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.


Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well. It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.


Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a Federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten – along with record deficits and debt – to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.­­­­


Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now.

We need to chart a new course.


Speaking candidly, as one citizen to another: We still have time… but not much time. If we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be.

Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.

Their day of reckoning has arrived. Ours is around the corner. That is why we must act now.


Some people will back away from this challenge. But I see this challenge as an opportunity to rebuild what Lincoln called the “central ideas” of the Republic.

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper. Under this approach, the spirit of initiative – not political clout – determines who succeeds.

Millions of families have fallen on hard times not because of our ideals of free enterprise – but because our leaders failed to live up to those ideals; because of poor decisions made in Washington and Wall Street that caused a financial crisis, squandered our savings, broke our trust, and crippled our economy.

Today, a similar kind of irresponsibility threatens not only our livelihoods but our way of life.­­


We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.

Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.­­


These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation. In all the chapters of human history, there has never been anything quite like America. The American story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries.

And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

Thank you and good night.

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Double down's picture

I am tired.  Words are getting in the way of deeds.

Jeff Lebowski's picture

92% of CBS viewers approve of Obama's speech.

This just in:  92% of CBS viewers have broken remotes and unable to turn channel to Dancing with the Stars.


Paul Ryan - 2012

TruthInSunshine's picture

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Offal or Awful. Republiturds and Demoshits. Shit sandwich or urine quenchers.

Quixotic_Not's picture

It's all a Sea of Noise and a lot of the herd are gonna drown shortly...

Good News:  The (R) & (D) Kleptomania is imploding, Halle-fuckin'-ujah!

Bad News: Doubtful USofA will survive until 2025 as one nation.

pan-the-ist's picture

I live close enough to Canada, a country which has weathered this "global" recession quite well.  Maybe they will annex the territory I live in.

chet's picture

Well put.  Either they don't mean it, or don't have the means to do any of the things they propose. 

Maybe watching Dancing with the Stars is actually the wiser use of one's time.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

I propose that all future speeches be presented as word clouds.

Selah's picture


Be careful of what you wish for!

Have you seen the documentary, "Idiocracy"?


Hulk's picture

I had a lawyer like that once...

Mercury's picture

Yeah, the emergency room scene is what Obamacare is going to look like.

Moonrajah's picture

Hell, the court-room scene describes what is already here and now.

pan-the-ist's picture

Make your way to the nearest local emergency room --where the poor get their health care.

bb5's picture

does this mean that republicans will block the raising of the debt ceiling?

tmosley's picture

Hahahaha ha ha...hah.

PY-129-20's picture

That was funny.

Or as our communist friend Michael Jackson would've said it: "Beat it!"

kridkrid's picture

You'll be getting a letter from my lawyer in the morning.

gwar5's picture

Ryan has a frimer grasp than Obama and his ex-team of financial geniuses.

nmewn's picture

"Ryan has a frimer grasp than Obama and his ex-team of financial geniuses."

Yes...once he got through the emotive Tuscon crap.

This I found striking...

"We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity."

I don't know what he means by "sound money" if it means what I think it means it's a good thing...if not, it didn't need to be in there and is more pandering bullshit.

I'm past me...right fucking now!


Skeptical_10016's picture

"We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity."

I don't know what he means by "sound money" if it means what I think it means it's a good thing...if not, it didn't need to be in there and is more pandering bullshit."

He absolutely means what you think (i.e. preserving the value of the dollar)...........see his full presentation ("Roadmap") here:

nmewn's picture

You must understand something about me.

For the first half of my life I was a democrat. For the second half of my life I was a republican.

I've seen all this before.

The problem is deeper than gross incompetence, croynism and outright criminality at the top. It's in the electorate.

The problem is us...the people.

We elect people to government to take from other people (at the point of a gun if necessary) in order for the government to then give it to us. Some justify this as redistribution of ill gotten gains to asuage their own guilt in voting to steal what is not theirs.

We vote for people who will throw another man in jail for life for robbing a bank to pay his mortgage but stand aside as the entire country is looted to buy another yacht. 

We are enthralled by a well made speech...a well spoken man...finely dressed & cropped, who has never run a business, never made a payroll, never had to make a truly hard choice in their life.

A representative or senator should be seen as wholey unqualified for the job of executive for these reasons alone...but they are one time they were seen this way. 

Can one or two of these "public servants" be someone to be trusted to act responsibly? Possibly, yes...but now your playing the odds game with the odds long against you, because most can't be.

When a president can win on the basis of "pills for seniors" or "hope n change" it says all that needs to be said.  

The problem is not them, it's us.

Bob's picture

Quite eloquent, nmewn!

I'm inclined to cut the "sheeple" some slack, given that they've been conditioned to accept the judgements of subject matter "experts" that come out of the "public debate" charades staged by the Corporate Media for their edification.  Put that together with the coordinated messages of the captured politicians and you get an echo chamber that is beyond most people's intellectual/educational means to escape. 

But you're right.  It's US any way you slice it.

Quixotic_Not's picture

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly.
I'm crying.

Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.
Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday.
Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.

Been a slow ascent from the morass of sheepster stupidity, but we've only managed to barely escape the instinct to bend the knee to the "Devine right of Kings"...

Shell Game's picture

+1 Ditto 100% of what you said, nmewn.

VodkaInKrakow's picture

I like this... "...who has never run a business, never made a payroll, never had to make a truly hard choice in their life." and "...A representative or senator should be seen as wholey unqualified for the job of executive for these reasons alone..".

Wait one minute. Wait for it. Wait... wait... wait...

Then how unqualified are all those 'businessmen' who have made a payroll, have made a truly hard choice, and run business; that serve as advisors to President Obama and Congress. Who lobby to have the rules crafted for their business prosperity?

Pretty un-fucking qualified to be President, Senator, or Representative - let alone tie my shoe-laces.

We are in this mess BECAUSE of business. Globalisation? For business. Wall Street criminality? Made for business.

Repeal of Glass-Stegall? For Business. Pushed by Business Leaders. LTCM? Business. S&L Crisis? Again, business. Dot-com Bubble? Pimped by business. Tax Loopholes (Goggle paid what(?) 2.5% taxes last year) - for Business.

Lobbied by business. Bought by business. Congress. All in the name of business. Run by businessmen and -women who have run a business, made a payroll, and made hard choices.

As if business leaders are the end-all, be all, solution for our problems. Seems to be the other goddamn around.

nmewn's picture

Most of the things you bring up was brought about by what I call poli-fin engineering.

Financial & political engineering, often times at the societal level.

Repeal of Glass-Steagall was to getaround controls placed on the commercial banks (think New York City-Boston-Wall Street-Washington axis) after the last time they destroyed the economy.

It needs to be restored.

S&L, NAFTA...were either in "highly regulated" fields or came about by laws being passed by pols...LTCM was a den of thieves with Nobel Prize winning thieves...which is exactly my point.

Elite snobs trying to control every aspect of our lives.

If you have someone coming to you saying vote for me and your new museum, swimming pool, healthcare, whatever...will be free to are being bribed.

You should know this instinctively. You should not have to be told the person is a thief. The only way he can do these wonderful things for you is to take it from someone else.

The point of government is to keep the thieves at bay, track them down and incarcerate them, not become thieves themselves.

It speaks volumes to me that the largest financial meltdown since the Great Depression has seen no one go to jail for it.

Yet no one, no enterprising reporter, no politician, no banker, no corporate CEO, asks why this is?

It was all quite legal & highly regulated wasn't it? ;-)

pan-the-ist's picture

Bahhahaha.  You fell victim to a sound bite. LMFAO.

bob_dabolina's picture

This should have been the State Of The Union Address. This encompasses, in all it's essence, the true state of the union not some bull shit about Sputnik.

RockyRacoon's picture

How 'bout a shit sandwich to go with that kool-aid?

Mariposa de Oro's picture

Don't forget to add a steaming pile of Hopium....

JW n FL's picture

is it just me? or did 4 republicans...

nixon, gold standard...

regean, structured debt run up...

daddy bush?

lil bush?

lil bush part duex in technicolor.. I guess he is a dem..

but.. is it just me? or does anyone here really think the sales pitch from the republicans.. which turned into a $50b cut back (out of $3T - $4T) is just more hope for change that will be lobbied away?

I look forward to the responses.

Shell Game's picture

Notice how Ryan didn't talk about 1.) Dismantling the TBTF banks?  2.) Dismantling the Fourth Branch?  or, 3.) How exactly his 'real money' idea won't benefit the above?

I would think not many here on ZH actually believe the R's mean to make the hard decisions that are required.

VodkaInKrakow's picture

Watching from Poland, I turned off the crap after twenty-eight minutes. And I was drinking a nice Wyborawa z sokiem yablkowy.

This speech was bullshit, with very little of import. Notice how all of his timeframes are WELL AFTER he has left office.


And Rand Paul is a loon. A loon with some right ideas. And a shitload of wrong ideas.

Salinger's picture

apart from the fact that much of America will be asleep by the time Ryan starts his speech there is a bigger issue, notwithstanding the content, he is a very poor speaker

Grifter's picture

You weren't kidding.  That was painful.

Common_Cents22's picture

By the time obummer is finished with America we'll puke when we hear another "slick" teleprompter reader.

wretch's picture

But... but... he's wicked-smart on this budget stuff.

GlassHammer's picture

Empty rhetoric to fill empty minds.

And its true for both parties. 



Mariposa de Oro's picture

I think of it as 'sheeple-food'.  Fill 'em up, and keep shearing.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Off topic:  Anyone else unable to get to the comments on the Faber article?

GlassHammer's picture

Yeah I had that problem a few minutes ago.

GlassHammer's picture

It just seemed to go away after a few minutes. So maybe wait it out?

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Yup.  Got there a few minutes later.  Thanks again!

Dexter Morgan's picture

If you're female and desire to be on the US Supreme Court, is it mandatory that you are a lesbian or look like a character from Laugh-In?

Common_Cents22's picture

No, you can be female but you just have to look like a man. 

Dapper Dan's picture

One issue that was not raised as readily as it should have been is the fact that with the appointment of Kagan to the Supreme Court, the high court will be almost completely dominated by graduates of Harvard University and Yale University (Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated from Columbia, but even she spent time at The Harvard Law School before transferring).  This sets a dangerous precedent in our legal system, threatening to make America into an aristocracy, where 99.9% of the population doesn’t matter.   There are brilliant legal minds who attend schools other than Harvard and Yale, and many of these promising young attorneys are going to be overlooked by individuals like Elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas, who have less than stellar abilities that are over-ridden by solid gold connections.  President Obama has bought into the aristocracy and thus undermined his credibility with both everyday Americans and African American women.

Ripped from NewsOne

Dr Boyce Watkins

Alienated Serf's picture

we live in an ivy league globalist aristocracy, and have for quite some time now

Bill D. Cat's picture

But ........ but .......... TRAINS !!!!!!