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Full Text And Word Cloud Of Obama's State Of The Union

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SOTU Post Mortem:

  • The best news possible: "Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that." Barack Hussein Obama
  • The worst news: Everything else.



Here is the text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address as prepared for delivery at 9 p.m. ET.

"Jobs" 33 vs. "Fat Cats" 0

Rich 3 vs Poor 1

Hope 2 vs Unicorns 0

Change 9 vs Tooth-Fairy 0

Mortgages 5 vs Apple 0

Main Street 1 vs Wall Street 3



Here is Obama's SOTU word cloud...

And here is the last SOTU by Dubya:


OBAMA: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
     Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought - and several thousand gave their lives.
     We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world. For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country. Most of al Qaeda's top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban's momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.
     These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness, and teamwork of America's Armed Forces. At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They're not consumed with personal ambition. They don't obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together.
     Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we're in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren't so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.
     We can do this. I know we can, because we've done it before. At the end of World War II, when another generation of heroes returned home from combat, they built the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known. My grandfather, a veteran of Patton's Army, got the chance to go to college on the GI Bill. My grandmother, who worked on a bomber assembly line, was part of a workforce that turned out the best products on Earth.
     The two of them shared the optimism of a Nation that had triumphed over a depression and fascism. They understood they were part of something larger; that they were contributing to a story of success that every American had a chance to share - the basic American promise that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement.
     The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What's at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.
     Let's remember how we got here. Long before the recession, jobs and manufacturing began leaving our shores. Technology made businesses more efficient, but also made some jobs obsolete. Folks at the top saw their incomes rise like never before, but most hardworking Americans struggled with costs that were growing, paychecks that weren't, and personal debt that kept piling up.
     In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn't afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people's money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn't have the authority to stop the bad behavior.
     It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag. In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect.
     Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we've agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we've put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.
     The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we've come too far to turn back now. As long as I'm President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.
     No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that's built to last - an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.
     This blueprint begins with American manufacturing.
     On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen. In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We got workers and automakers to settle their differences. We got the industry to retool and restructure. Today, General Motors is back on top as the world's number one automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs.
     We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back.
     What's happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh. We can't bring back every job that's left our shores. But right now, it's getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive. A few weeks ago, the CEO of Master Lock told me that it now makes business sense for him to bring jobs back home. Today, for the first time in fifteen years, Master Lock's unionized plant in Milwaukee is running at full capacity.
     So we have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.
     We should start with our tax code. Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it.
     So let's change it. First, if you're a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn't get a tax deduction for doing it. That money should be used to cover moving expenses for companies like Master Lock that decide to bring jobs home.
     Second, no American company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas. From now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. And every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here.
     Third, if you're an American manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. If you're a high-tech manufacturer, we should double the tax deduction you get for making products here. And if you want to relocate in a community that was hit hard when a factory left town, you should get help financing a new plant, equipment, or training for new workers.
     My message is simple. It's time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I'll sign them right away.
     We're also making it easier for American businesses to sell products all over the world. Two years ago, I set a goal of doubling U.S. exports over five years. With the bipartisan trade agreements I signed into law, we are on track to meet that goal - ahead of schedule. Soon, there will be millions of new customers for American goods in Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. Soon, there will be new cars on the streets of Seoul imported from Detroit, and Toledo, and Chicago.
     I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products. And I will not stand by when our competitors don't play by the rules. We've brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration - and it's made a difference. Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires. But we need to do more. It's not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It's not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they're heavily subsidized.
     Tonight, I'm announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China. There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. And this Congress should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing finance or new markets like Russia. Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you - America will always win.
     I also hear from many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can't find workers with the right skills. Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job. Think about that - openings at a time when millions of Americans are looking for work.
     That's inexcusable. And we know how to fix it.
     Jackie Bray is a single mom from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a mechanic. Then Siemens opened a gas turbine factory in Charlotte, and formed a partnership with Central Piedmont Community College. The company helped the college design courses in laser and robotics training. It paid Jackie's tuition, then hired her to help operate their plant.
     I want every American looking for work to have the same opportunity as Jackie did. Join me in a national commitment to train two million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job. My Administration has already lined up  more companies that want to help. Model partnerships between businesses like Siemens and community colleges in places like Charlotte, Orlando, and Louisville are up and running. Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers - places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing.

     And I want to cut through the maze of confusing training programs, so that from now on, people like Jackie have one program, one website, and one place to go for all the information and help they need. It's time to turn our unemployment system into a reemployment system that puts people to work.
     These reforms will help people get jobs that are open today. But to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, our commitment to skills and education has to start earlier.
     For less than one percent of what our Nation spends on education each year, we've convinced nearly every State in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning - the first time that's happened in a generation.
     But challenges remain. And we know how to solve them.
     At a time when other countries are doubling down on education, tight budgets have forced States to lay off thousands of teachers. We know a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000. A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. Every person in this chamber can point to a teacher who changed the trajectory of their lives. Most teachers work tirelessly, with modest pay, sometimes digging into their own pocket for school supplies - just to make a difference.
     Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let's offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren't helping kids learn.

      We also know that when students aren't allowed to walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma. So tonight, I call on every State to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen.
     When kids do graduate, the most daunting challenge can be the cost of college. At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt, this Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. Extend the tuition tax credit we started that saves middle-class families thousands of dollars. And give more young people the chance to earn their way through college by doubling the number of work-study jobs in the next five years.
     Of course, it's not enough for us to increase student aid. We can't just keep subsidizing skyrocketing tuition; we'll run out of money. States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets. And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down. Recently, I spoke with a group of college presidents who've done just that. Some schools re-design courses to help students finish more quickly. Some use better technology. The point is, it's possible. So let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can't stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down. Higher education can't be a luxury - it's an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.
     Let's also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: The fact that they aren't yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation. Others came more recently, to study business and science and engineering, but as soon as they get their degree, we send them home to invent new products and create new jobs somewhere else.
     That doesn't make sense.
     I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That's why my Administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That's why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office.
     The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.
     You see, an economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country. That means women should earn equal pay for equal work. It means we should support everyone who's willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.
     After all, innovation is what America has always been about. Most new jobs are created in start-ups and small businesses. So let's pass an agenda that helps them succeed. Tear down regulations that prevent aspiring entrepreneurs from getting the financing to grow. Expand tax relief to small businesses that are raising wages and creating good jobs. Both parties agree on these ideas. So put them in a bill, and get it on my desk this year.
     Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally-financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched. New lightweight vests for cops and soldiers that can stop any bullet. Don't gut these investments in our budget. Don't let other countries win the race for the future. Support the same kind of research and innovation that led to the computer chip and the Internet; to new American jobs and new American industries.
     Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American- made energy. Over the last three years, we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I'm directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now, American oil production is the highest that it's been in eight years. That's right - eight years. Not only that - last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.
     But with only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, oil isn't enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy - a strategy that's cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.
     We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I'm requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.
     The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don't have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock - reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.
     What's true for natural gas is true for clean energy. In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.
     When Bryan Ritterby was laid off from his job making furniture, he said he worried that at 55, no one would give him a second chance. But he found work at Energetx, a wind turbine manufacturer in Michigan. Before the recession, the factory only made luxury yachts. Today, it's hiring workers like Bryan, who said, "I'm proud to be working in the industry of the future."
     Our experience with shale gas shows us that the payoffs on these public investments don't always come right away. Some technologies don't pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. I will not walk away from workers like Bryan. I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That's long enough. It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that's rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that's never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.
     We can also spur energy innovation with new incentives. The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change. But there's no reason why Congress shouldn't at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation. So far, you haven't acted. Well tonight, I will. I'm directing my Administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power three million homes. And I'm proud to announce that the Department of Defense, the world's largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history - with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.
     Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here's another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings. Their energy bills will be $100 billion lower over the next decade, and America will have less pollution, more manufacturing, and more jobs for construction workers who need them. Send me a bill that creates these jobs.
     Building this new energy future should be just one part of a broader agenda to repair America's infrastructure. So much of America needs to be rebuilt. We've got crumbling roads and bridges. A power grid that wastes too much energy. An incomplete high-speed broadband network that prevents a small business owner in rural America from selling her products all over the world.

     During the Great Depression, America built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. After World War II, we connected our States with a system of highways. Democratic and Republican administrations invested in great projects that benefited everybody, from the workers who  built them to the businesses that still use them today.
     In the next few weeks, I will sign an Executive Order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many construction projects. But you need to fund these projects. Take the money we're no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home.
     There's never been a better time to build, especially since the construction industry was one of the hardest-hit when the housing bubble burst. Of course, construction workers weren't the only ones hurt. So were millions of innocent Americans who've seen their home values  decline. And while Government can't fix the problem on its own, responsible homeowners shouldn't have to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom to get some relief.
     That's why I'm sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage, by refinancing at historically low interest rates. No more red tape. No more runaround from the banks. A small fee on the largest financial institutions will ensure that it won't add to the deficit, and will give banks that were rescued by taxpayers a chance to repay a deficit of trust.
     Let's never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a Government and a financial system that do the same. It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.
     We've all paid the price for lenders who sold mortgages to people who couldn't afford them, and buyers who knew they couldn't afford them. That's why we need smart regulations to prevent irresponsible behavior. Rules to prevent financial fraud, or toxic dumping, or faulty medical devices, don't destroy the free market. They make the free market work better.
     There is no question that some regulations are outdated, unnecessary, or too costly. In fact, I've approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his. I've ordered every federal agency to eliminate rules that don't make sense. We've already announced over 500 reforms, and just a fraction of them will save business and citizens more than $10 billion over the next five years. We got rid of one rule from 40 years ago that could have forced some dairy farmers to spend $10,000 a year proving that they could contain a spill - because milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.

     I'm confident a farmer can contain a milk spill without a federal agency looking over his shoulder. But I will not back down from making sure an oil company can contain the kind of oil spill we saw in the Gulf two years ago. I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution, or making sure that our food is safe and our water is clean. I will not go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny you coverage, or charge women differently from men.
     And I will not go back to the days when Wall Street was allowed to play by its own set of rules. The new rules we passed restore what should be any financial system's core purpose: Getting funding to entrepreneurs with the best ideas, and getting loans to responsible families who want to buy a home, start a business, or send a kid to college.
     So if you're a big bank or financial institution, you are no longer allowed to make risky bets with your customers' deposits. You're required to write out a "living will" that details exactly how you'll pay the bills if you fail - because the rest of us aren't bailing you out ever again. And if you're a mortgage lender or a payday lender or a credit card company, the days of signing people up for products they can't afford with confusing forms and deceptive practices are over. Today, American consumers finally have a watchdog in Richard Cordray with one job: To look out for them.
     We will also establish a Financial Crimes Unit of highly trained investigators to crack down on large-scale fraud and protect people's investments. Some financial firms violate major anti-fraud laws because there's no real penalty for being a repeat offender. That's bad for consumers, and it's bad for the vast majority of bankers and financial service professionals who do the right thing. So pass legislation that makes the penalties for fraud count.
     And tonight, I am asking my Attorney General to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis. This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans.
     A return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility will help us protect our people and our economy. But it should also guide us as we look to pay down our debt and invest in our future.
     Right now, our most immediate priority is stopping a tax hike on 160 million working Americans while the recovery is still fragile. People cannot afford losing $40 out of each paycheck this year. There are plenty of ways to get this done. So let's agree right here, right now: No side issues. No drama. Pass the payroll tax cut without delay.
     When it comes to the deficit, we've already agreed to more than $2 trillion in cuts and savings. But we need to do more, and that means making choices. Right now, we're poised to spend nearly $1 trillion more on what was supposed to be a temporary tax break for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.
     Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else - like education and medical research; a strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we're serious about paying down our debt, we can't do both. 

     The American people know what the right choice is. So do I. As I told the Speaker this summer, I'm prepared to make more reforms that rein in the long term costs of Medicare and Medicaid, and strengthen Social Security, so long as those programs remain a guarantee of security for seniors.
     But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of Members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes. Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes. And my Republican friend Tom Coburn is right: Washington should stop subsidizing millionaires. In fact, if you're earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn't get special tax subsidies or deductions. On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn't go up. You're the ones struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages. You're the ones who need relief.
     Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.
     We don't begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it's not because they envy the rich. It's because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don't need and the country can't afford, it either  dds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference - like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That's not right. Americans know it's not right. They know that this generation's success is only possible because past generations felt a responsibility to each other, and to their country's future, and they know our way of life will only endure if we feel that same sense of shared responsibility.  That's how we'll reduce our deficit. That's an America built to last.
     I recognize that people watching tonight have differing views about taxes and debt; energy and health care. But no matter what party they belong to, I bet most Americans are thinking the same thing right now: Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that, because Washington is broken.
     Can you blame them for feeling a little cynical?
     The greatest blow to confidence in our economy last year didn't come from events beyond our control. It came from a debate in Washington over whether the United States would pay its bills or not. Who benefited from that fiasco?
     I've talked tonight about the deficit of trust between Main Street and Wall Street. But the divide between this city and the rest of the country is at least as bad - and it seems to get worse every year.
     Some of this has to do with the corrosive influence of money in politics. So together, let's take some steps to fix that. Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow. Let's limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. Let's make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can't lobby Congress, and vice versa - an idea that has bipartisan support, at least outside of Washington.
     Some of what's broken has to do with the way Congress does its business these days. A simple majority is no longer enough to get anything - even routine business - passed through the Senate. Neither party has been blameless in these tactics. Now both parties should put an end to it. For starters, I ask the Senate to pass a rule that all judicial and public service nominations receive a simple up or down vote within 90 days.
     The executive branch also needs to change. Too often, it's inefficient, outdated and remote. That's why I've asked this Congress to grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy so that our Government is leaner, quicker, and more responsive to the needs of the American people.
     Finally, none of these reforms can happen unless we also lower the temperature in this town. We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction; that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas.
     I'm a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more. That's why my education reform offers more competition, and more control for schools and States. That's why we're getting rid of regulations that don't work. That's why our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a Government program.
     On the other hand, even my Republican friends who complain the most about Government spending have supported federally-financed roads, and clean energy projects, and federal offices for the folks back home.
     The point is, we should all want a smarter, more effective Government. And while we may not be able to bridge our biggest philosophical differences this year, we can make real progress. With or without this Congress, I will keep taking actions that help the economy grow. But I can do a whole lot more with your help. Because when we act together, there is nothing the United States of America can't achieve.
     That is the lesson we've learned from our actions abroad over the last few years.
     Ending the Iraq war has allowed us to strike decisive blows against our enemies. From Pakistan to Yemen, the al Qaeda operatives who remain are scrambling, knowing that they can't escape the reach of the United States of America.

     From this position of strength, we've begun to wind down the war in Afghanistan. Ten thousand of our troops have come home. Twenty- three thousand more will leave by the end of this summer. This transition to Afghan lead will continue, and we will build an enduring partnership with Afghanistan, so that it is never again a source of attacks against America.
     As the tide of war recedes, a wave of change has washed across the Middle East and North Africa, from Tunis to Cairo; from Sana'a to Tripoli. A year ago, Qadhafi was one of the world's longest-serving dictators - a murderer with American blood on his hands. Today, he is gone. And in Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change can't be reversed, and that human dignity can't be denied.
     How this incredible transformation will end remains uncertain. But we have a huge stake in the outcome. And while it is ultimately up to the people of the region to decide their fate, we will advocate for those values that have served our own country so well. We will stand against violence and intimidation. We will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings - men and women; Christians, Muslims, and Jews. We will support policies that lead to strong and stable democracies and open markets, because tyranny is no match for liberty.
     And we will safeguard America's own security against those who threaten our citizens, our friends, and our interests. Look at Iran. Through the power of our diplomacy, a world that was once divided about how to deal with Iran's nuclear program now stands as one. The regime is more isolated than ever before; its leaders are faced with crippling sanctions, and as long as they shirk their responsibilities, this pressure will not relent. Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal. But a peaceful resolution of this issue is still possible, and far better, and if Iran changes course and meets its obligations, it can rejoin the community of nations.
     The renewal of American leadership can be felt across the globe. Our oldest alliances in Europe and Asia are stronger than ever. Our ties to the Americas are deeper. Our iron-clad commitment to Israel's security has meant the closest military cooperation between our two countries in history. We've made it clear that America is a Pacific power, and a new beginning in Burma has lit a new hope. From the coalitions we've built to secure nuclear materials, to the missions we've led against hunger and disease; from the blows we've dealt to our enemies; to the enduring power of our moral example, America is back.
     Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn't know what they're talking about. That's not the message we get from leaders around the world, all of whom are eager to work with us. That's not how people feel from Tokyo to Berlin; from Cape Town to Rio; where opinions of America  are higher than they've been in years. Yes, the world is changing; no, we can't control every event. But America remains the one indispensable nation in world affairs - and as long as I'm President, I intend to keep it that way.
     That's why, working with our military leaders, I have proposed a new defense strategy that ensures we maintain the finest military in the world, while saving nearly half a trillion dollars in our budget. To stay one step ahead of our adversaries, I have already sent this Congress legislation that will secure our country from the growing danger of cyber-threats.
     Above all, our freedom endures because of the men and women in uniform who defend it. As they come home, we must serve them as well as they served us. That includes giving them the care and benefits they have earned - which is why we've increased annual VA spending every year I've been President. And it means enlisting our veterans in the work of rebuilding our Nation.
     With the bipartisan support of this Congress, we are providing new tax credits to companies that hire vets. Michelle and Jill Biden have worked with American businesses to secure a pledge of 135,000 jobs for veterans and their families. And tonight, I'm proposing a Veterans Job Corps that will help our communities hire veterans as cops and firefighters, so that America is as strong as those who defend her.
     Which brings me back to where I began. Those of us who've been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn't matter if you're black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you're marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you're in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind.
     One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the mission to get bin Laden. On it are each of their names. Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn't matter. Just like it didn't matter that day in the Situation Room, when I sat next to Bob Gates - a man who was George Bush's defense secretary; and Hillary Clinton, a woman who ran against me for president.


All that mattered that day was the mission. No one thought about politics. No one thought about themselves. One of the young men involved in the raid later told me that he didn't deserve credit for the mission. It only succeeded, he said, because every single member of that unit did their job - the pilot who landed the helicopter that spun out of control; the translator who kept others from entering the compound; the troops who separated the women and children from the fight; the SEALs who charged up the stairs. More than that, the mission only succeeded because every member of that unit trusted each other - because you can't charge up those stairs, into darkness and danger, unless you know that there's someone behind you, watching your back. 

     So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I'm reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other's backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we're joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.
     Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.


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Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:25 | 2094909 ss123
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Funny how he didn't mentioned all the people that got screwed out of billions when the auto industry (GM) was bailed out.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:31 | 2094961 pan-the-ist
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He also didn't mention my birthday.  I'm pissed.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:09 | 2095149 DaveyJones
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and I'm pissed because whenever I talk at work, people don't stand up and applaud every time I pause

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:12 | 2095165 LeBalance
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clap clap clap

clap clap clap

clap clap



guess what?

now you have the clap.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:22 | 2095196 johnu1978
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I don't think Americans are going to buy the bag of sh*t Obama is trying to sell them!



Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:42 | 2095259 redpill
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So just so I have this straight... American citizens are prohibited from applauding or cheering at a political debate, but every partisan hack prickface in Congress can stand up and flap their corrupt greasy five fingered flapjacks together and drool like horny baboons on ecstacy every time this fuckface president says he wants to save a kitten?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:46 | 2095273 TruthInSunshine
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My fellow Americans, the fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Please use the toilet water to grow lots of crops, hydrate yourself regularly with Brawndo, and may God bless Applemerica, The Nation formerly known as America.

Thank you and good night.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:51 | 2095282 Spirit Of Truth
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clap clap clap

My "Fate Of The Union" blog from last year:

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:14 | 2095349 TheSilverJournal
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Peter Schiff talks much more common sense than Obama's nonsense.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:25 | 2095374 economics1996
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How can rational people watch that shit?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:39 | 2095408 European American
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I have never watched Obama for more than a minute.

Am I missing something?


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:29 | 2095586 The Big Ching-aso
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Hey I just wanna say thanks to everyone here who watched this and sacrificed their indigestion so I didn't have any.

Again, thanks.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:30 | 2095634 mr_T
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I pity us fools...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:18 | 2095783 GetZeeGold
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Us fools voted that horror into office.......we be smart!


Hey....the President is a comm.


Well hell.....he's both.


Don't have a problem with the first....have a huge problem with the second.





Wed, 01/25/2012 - 04:43 | 2095673 The Navigator
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How can rational people watch that shit?

It's more like the gazelle in Africa keeping an eye on the lions as the move thru.

'Cus this gansta govt is out to kill you if you're on Main Street.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:19 | 2095494 swani
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It's not really assistance from foreign countries as much as it is assistance from foreign counties to accept our monopoly money and keep the Ponzi going.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:41 | 2095263 sitenine
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Not to be the quintessential alarmist here, but combined with NDAA, aren't the following excerpts maybe just a tiny bit alarming?


"New lightweight vests for cops and soldiers that can stop any bullet."

"I'm proposing a Veterans Job Corps that will help our communities hire veterans as cops and firefighters, so that America is as strong as those who defend her."


Just asking.


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:57 | 2095303 Teamtc321
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Veteran's deserve a good job if they are qualified and willing when they return.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:35 | 2095323 sitenine
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No shit!  That was not my point at all.

I'm saying, we don't need more bullet proof cops.

We need producers!  My God man!  That was the whole point of his otherwise pointless speech after all, wasn't it?  "This blueprint begins with American manufacturing."

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:12 | 2095482 OldTrooper
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Deserve?  Like we owe them something from here on out?  Why exactly is our gratitude deserved?  I'm not going to make less of veterans simply because they were Imperial hatchetmen - hell, I was one too - but let's keep things in perspective and not engage in (or contribute to) creating a praetorian class.  They don't 'deserve' a civilian job that will provide for their families any more than you, I or anyone else.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:25 | 2095375 pan-the-ist
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Fuck that.  This is captialism, let them compete.  If they want a good job when they come back, they should get an education.  Stop promoting cronyism.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:08 | 2095469 Rick Masters
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Fuck that? How about fuck you. How about you compete in a game where no one defends your lily white computer cowboy ass from the likes of al-qaeda. Or are our veterans good for that. No my bad. I forgot Islamic terrorists are so 10 years ago and will never be a threat again. My point: veterans should receive some benefit for fighting for you dickface.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:30 | 2095507 ffed
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they ain't fightin for me dumbo

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:13 | 2095782 General Decline
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Defend the constitution against enemys foriegn and domestic?  They got the foreign part down pretty good - now how bout defending us against some of them domestic enemies? There seems to be a whole lot to choose from these days. 


 "If you love your fredom, thank a vet" is got to be the most ridiculous bumper sticker I've ever seen. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:50 | 2095825 Max Hunter
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I wish I could hit the up arrow on that 15 more times to make up for the lack of recognition this comment is getting..

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:19 | 2095888 General Decline
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Everytime I read one of your comments all I can hear is Stewie's Darth Vader voice in my head. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:42 | 2095524 OldTrooper
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They got fed, clothed, paid, GI Bill, VA Home Loan and full medical while in service, Rick.  Aren't those benefits?  The day I need someone else to fight for me has not yet come.  Do you really believe these kids are 'fighting for us'?  How quaint.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:10 | 2095614 prains
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Rick the fuck definitely goes to you, killing people in phoney wars is not a game in which anyone needs to compete. It's just plain killin, the sad fucking thing is too many 5 gallons think like you and that will never change. You and your buds were BUSH wacked years ago and no humpin your can of Bud will ever change that. Terrorism is a TWO way street and only the truly stupifyingly DUMB judeo gucci christians like yourself....DON"T.....GET.......IT.


wow your avatar looks like joseph stalin  

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:43 | 2096134 DaveyJones
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Rick's comment and the response demonstrates why those poor bastard line soliders, fighting false wars, get so fucked up  

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:08 | 2095470 Teamtc321
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You missed to word's that where key Pan, "Qualified and Willing".

My point to both above is there are very sharp and talented service personel return that could better our state side federal and state services was the meaning for my above post.  

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:42 | 2095813 pan-the-ist
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Those people will not have a problem getting a job.  You're essentially saying that people who've proven they cannot think for themselves should be first in line for the jobs.  Fuck that.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:02 | 2095316 Jefferson
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"When you put on that uniform, it doesn't matter if you're black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight."

Equal Opportunity Employer of cannon fodder.


"But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to ... defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away."


Now hiring low wage foreign mercenaries to suppress domestic population.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 06:55 | 2095741 fredquimby
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Did you read PATRIOTS yet ?!



Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:56 | 2095840 j0nx
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I tried and made it to about page 100 but the book is so poorly written and incoherent that I just couldn't stand it any more. It was, without doubt, the worst book I have ever read.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:50 | 2095771 spankfish
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Now hiring low wage foreign mercenaries to suppress domestic population. Veterans preference.


Fixed it.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:25 | 2095903 NidStyles
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All Hail Ceasar!!! Oh wait, wrong year.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:25 | 2095904 NidStyles
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All Hail Ceasar!!! Oh wait, wrong year.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:19 | 2095621 i-dog
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What's more alarming to me is this summary line:

"Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that." Barack Hussein Obama

That line was purely to lull the slaves into a false sense of security!

Since we know what is coming out of Obomber's mouth whenever his lips are moving, I interpret that to mean that shit is going to get hectic this year!!

Cue cancelled election in 9...8...7... (months)....

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:40 | 2095762 spankfish
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Veterans Job Corps = National Police Force. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:56 | 2095425 sitenine
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Something else that struck me as odd.

"And I'm requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk."

Maybe I'm old fashioned this way, but I would prefer to ban the chemicals they use if they are going to risk health and safety.  I'm not real sure what "disclose the chemicals they use" really does for us since the government knows damn well what's being pumped into our ground.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:18 | 2095493 Teamtc321
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I agree, I am involved in the industry and his comment's didn't seem to fit reality there. Onshore drilling, product's used are subject to disclosure when applying for the drilling permit on a state level prior to drilling.

I didn't follow that either and I know the language, strange.  Maybe the wizard behind the tele-promter burped so scewed the language on the screen. 


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:48 | 2096145 DaveyJones
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it's a perfect example of his oratory deception. Sound like a populist, deal like a corporate

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:25 | 2095629 i-dog
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Like disclosing Corexit? .... then dumping millions of gallons of the toxic stuff into the Gulf fishing grounds!?!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:21 | 2095190 Conchy Joe
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That's because your not making everyone in the room rich by stealing from the people you are supposed to serve and protect.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:32 | 2095232 nmewn
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"and I'm pissed because whenever I talk at work, people don't stand up and applaud every time I pause"

lol..."Harry, I have a gift."

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:14 | 2095353 CaptainObvious
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I'm pissed that I wasted so much time listening to this dipshit lie on my teevee when I came here and read the entire script of lies in under five minutes.  What, can't they punch up the speed on the teleprompter or something?  Make it scroll faster maybe?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:06 | 2095864 HungrySeagull
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I think the entire speech is broken down to the format of the Telepromter.


Thank god that's over and done with.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:36 | 2095241 847328_3527
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At least we are "safer and more respected" now.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:55 | 2095297 Mactheknife
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Surely you jest.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:04 | 2095327 TruthInSunshine
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Joe Wiesenthal of Business Insider notoriety was spotted sitting behind the 1st Lady, sporting an Obama/Lieberman 2012 hat, and chewing the fat with Jon Corzine.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:27 | 2095379 pan-the-ist
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Obama Lieberman 2012 makes my skin crawl.  I'd actively campaign for Romney if that was coming down the pipe.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:43 | 2095415 European American
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Anybody who votes for anyone other than Ron Paul, is a fucking asshole, PERIOD. 


If "He's" not in it, then no one in their right mind should vote, PERIOD!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:56 | 2095842 Max Hunter
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agreed.. Not to mention, I would hope our dumbass country is at least smart enough to not allow a Zionist like Lieberman as VP.. If they do, Mossad will kill Obama in no time and have the Exectutive branch locked up.  The wars against brown people will flow like never dreamed possible.. That would be a tragedy..

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:39 | 2096266 Hugh_Jorgan
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Weird, someone turned off your voting buttons. That is VERY, VERY strange...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 14:00 | 2096793 smiler03
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That something is Google Chrome, it's a fascist and won't let you vote for italics.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:34 | 2095589 OldTrooper
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Campaigning for Romney is a desparate move indeed.

I think I'll just concentrate on putting up my garden, vote Libertarian and reload all my brass and shells - if I can't stump for RP.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 05:29 | 2095686 The Navigator
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and chewing the fat with Jon Corzine.

And that should be proof enough of the existence of this Corporatocracy.

For 30+ years I've heard about taking care of the illegal immigration problem - for 30+ years, the problem of special tax rates for the elites. And yet, nothing, NOTHING has been done to correct these.

If you watched the SOTU speech, you saw the 1%. Nothing has changed, nothing will.

Get used to your collar, dogs; we are owned. Unless you are willing to bite, get used to the ass kicking from your master everytime he passes by.

C'mon Big Dogs, show your teeth.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:47 | 2096293 VelvetHog
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Joe Wiesenthal of Business Insider notoriety was spotted sitting behind the 1st Lady, sporting an enormous chub, and chewing the fat with Jon Corzine.


Got it!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:58 | 2095107 nmewn
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"Funny how he didn't mentioned all the people that got screwed out of billions when the auto industry (GM) was bailed out."

No doubt.

And this gem...

"My message is simple. It's time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America."

What, like Immelt' GE offshoring jobs to China from Wisconsin?

What a fucking joke.

Here ya go, he's working off the old Larry Summers program...still...campaign promises fulfilled...

"The stimulus package is a key tool for advancing clean energy goals and fulfilling a number of

campaign commitments."


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:00 | 2095118 Conrad Murray
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Anyone who hasn't read this yet should give it a go...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:12 | 2095163 nmewn
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Not only that...but his DOJ knew about this...

"Next week a class-action civil lawsuit will be heard in San Jose to determine if Google, Apple, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe, Intel, and Intuit conspired to eliminate competition for skilled labor. In anticipation of the hearing, TechCrunch has obtained evidence from the Department of Justice’s investigation in 2010 which was made public this evening for the first time. It appears to support the plaintiff’s case that the defendant companies tried to suppress employee compensation by entering into “no poach” agreements.

Previously, only the DOJ was privy to the evidence, so there was no way for the public to know whether the settlement came out the defendants’ fear they would lose. Now we know the C-level management at these companies did enter into anti-competitive agreements."

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:23 | 2095203 earleflorida
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God help us all!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:37 | 2095244 nmewn
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Its time to take it back...all of it.

ABO...whoever it is. Next week, in Fla., I'll keep my promise to vote Paul because of the choices given to me. But make no mistake, should it come down to will be ABO.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:51 | 2095287 Conrad Murray
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In response to your post one up about no poaching. This is a bit tangential, but very important. H1B scam where companies like Apple intentionally avoid hiring Americans:

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:10 | 2095746 onthesquare
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A friend of mine graduated with a BSc in Math about 15 years ago and was, along with most of his Asian class mates, hired by Microsoft.  He only summized later that they must have thought he too was Asian because his last name in "Low".  The Scottish type.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:35 | 2095236 karzai_luver
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Well, what they won't tell you but I will is that the elite peeps that run this hoedown really believe in their little bitty hearts that the avg amurican worker is not up to snuff and is a spoiled brat who demands clean air/water and 4 months paid time off along with mommy and daddy maternity leave and paid med and pension and and and..........


So, the hell with you workers, we got a billion that will work when/where/how we say.

There really was a class war, too bad it's over and the bottom 90% lost and don't even know it was being fought and some of the dumber of them thought all the while it was being fought FOR THEM!


Sayonnara suckers. The joke is on the 90% who think the rest of us give two shits about them.



Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:55 | 2095294 LasVegasDave
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This just in:

the avg amurican worker is not up to snuff

and is a spoiled brat

who demands clean air/water and 4 months paid time off

along with mommy and daddy maternity leave and paid med and pension.

And this also breaking now:


The rest of the world has got a billion that will work when/where/how we say.

Sorry American worker, you've been riding the gravy train way too long. Hope you enjoyed your 60 inch flat screen bought on credit.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:06 | 2095331 karzai_luver
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Well, i can argue against any case BUT not that one.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:33 | 2095396 Jefferson
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I would expect nothing less from a billionaire who refused to support his daughter letting her live on welfare for more than 2 years. And who backdated stock options, cheated one cofounder and wouldn't give out stock options to a deserving cofounder. 

Is it any surprise that's the kind of role model Obama pointed to in his speech tonight. I guess he figures Americans should be excited about the prospect of being one big happy Foxconn nation.



Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:22 | 2095199 victor82
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That article went viral.

As much as I despise the NYT as an institution, it's the only paper in the world that does reporting like that. Their editorial page is garbage, but reporting like this exposes all these Obama campaign bundlers for the economic fast buck artists that they are. The Romney bushistas are of the same stripe, btw.

Basically, American consumer culture, and Obama's campaign, is built on Chinese coolie labor.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:54 | 2095293 Conrad Murray
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I don't disagree with anything you've said, but I want to point out that even the WSJ has a bit of good to it.

For anyone that is a techie, or for anyone that uses the internet, or for anyone that uses technology: Do yourself a HUGE favor and explore these links...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:32 | 2095395 Jim in MN
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Basically, American consumer culture, and Obama's campaign, is built on Chinese coolie labor.

I see it as 'was euthanized by' Chinese coolie labor.  We are broke now and on the skids.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:29 | 2095385 Jim in MN
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Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese factory to revamp iPhone manufacturing just weeks before the device was due on shelves. Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight. A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day.

“The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,” the executive said. “There’s no American plant that can match that.”

Hey, weren't these the bad guys in that one super famous Super Bowl commercial way back in the day where all the drone workers were like all Big Brothered out and shit and it was all fascist and horrible until the Good Tech heros showed up and...who was that ad for....can't recall....

Oh.  Right.

The End.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:10 | 2095870 HungrySeagull
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"Gas Gas Gas!"

That should hurry them up.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:11 | 2095128 DaveyJones
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and our message is simple, it's time to stop rewarding people who will say anything to get elected. it's time to punish them.

...of course that will leave three people in the DC area.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:19 | 2095187 nmewn
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In every life a little rain must fall ;-)

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:24 | 2095792 GetZeeGold
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Rain hell.....Obama is waterboarding us.




Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:17 | 2095360 CaptainObvious
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Two of them are surnamed Paul....who's the third?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:47 | 2095419 DaveyJones
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" Let's never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a Government and a financial system that do the same....but we have determined that each and every one of you have driven your car beyond the speed limit, so that is why we are doing everything to ruin your lives (pause for the applause) 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 05:21 | 2095699 The Navigator
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"My message is simple. It's time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas"

The cameras panned to Mrs Steve Jobs as he praised Steve for his entrepreneurship - I don't know of a single part of an Apple computer that is made here in the USSA.

The hypocritical Bozo in Chief is the biggest con artist liar I've EVER seen.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:49 | 2096303 VelvetHog
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Funny oBomB Us should say that.  He just signed "free trade" agreements with 5 more countries.  Hypocrite in Chief.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:23 | 2095204 Gringo Viejo
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Fuck that bought & paid for punk.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:54 | 2096159 DaveyJones
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the most succinct universal political criticism I have ever read

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:30 | 2095388 brettd
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Where's Holder?  Isn't he supposed to be enforcing social justice against the "bankstas?"


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:30 | 2095915 j0nx
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He's out waging his war against white people that complain about illegal immigration or hate crimes atrocities committed against them by blacks.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:25 | 2094913 JLee2027
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Rather than applaud, members of Congress should hurl curses at Zero.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:03 | 2095112 hedgeless_horseman
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Some of this has to do with the corrosive influence of money in politics. So together, let's take some steps to fix that. Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow. Let's limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. Let's make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can't lobby Congress, and vice versa - an idea that has bipartisan support, at least outside of Washington.

Where is the h/t for Tyler Durden?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:19 | 2095752 onthesquare
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BO is making himself come across as though he too is a victim of the system.  Who the hell has been in charge for the last 3 years?  Just what color is this cammillion.  This guy is not part of the solution he is a big part of the problem.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:43 | 2095952 j0nx
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Yep but the vast majority of Americans are not falling for that shit. He has lost a LOT of his base. The only problem is that the R's are so split amongst themselves that they can't field a reliable candidate to take Barry on even as weak as he is. If Romney or Newt are chosen then I predict that we will have epic low voter turnout as Americans give up on voting. The R's in this country will never stand behind any of these candidates other than RP and it's been seen already in the primaries just what lengths the GOP establishment boys will go to to keep RP from winning any of them. The people want RP but the establishment wants anyone BUT RP. This is why the GOP will lose to one of the weakest Presidents in American history unless something changes between now and election day.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:37 | 2095245 karzai_luver
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One would know that if any of that crap had any relevance then NONE of them would have shown up.

The only ones more impotent than obamination are the idiots in the "chamber of horrors".


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:26 | 2094914 ss123
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Apple ships jobs overseas. Is that who he's talking about?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:27 | 2094932 NOTW777
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what about GE and Immelt and Co

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:28 | 2094942 ss123
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Yeah, them too.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:25 | 2094915 NOTW777
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hilarious - really


"Let's never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard
and play by the rules every day deserve a Government and a
financial system that do the same. It's time to apply the
same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and
no copouts. An America built to last insists on
responsibility from everybody."

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:33 | 2094969 NOTW777
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does this mean all the banker bonuses, AIG bonuses and bonuses for obama campaign donors are canceled?

what about all the obamacare waivers for obama favorites?

what about the government "loans" to dem solar co s?

how about the millions paid out to black "farmers"

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:47 | 2095269 847328_3527
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Barry said the same stuff before..."I'm against bonuses (after which he and Timmy handed record high bonuses to bankers)...

oh yeah about that war.....Glad we brought troops home but what about the 16,000 embassy employees still in Iraq and ten times that many Blackhawk bodyguards?....mmmm....Must have slipped his mind. No tto mention wondering why the heck we are spending money opening a military base in north Australia when he wants to cut health and education here at home? Do the kangaroos need protection now?

And those hundreds of thousands shovel ready jobs...he must be referring to the thousands of job his right hand man Immelt created oversea sin Cambodia, China and India.


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:33 | 2094970 rosiescenario
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....except for elected officials who can trade on inside information....

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:21 | 2095188 optimator
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NO.  Only wives and family and friends will now be allowed to trade on that information.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:34 | 2094976 pan-the-ist
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How does he manage to say it with a strait face.  Fucker doesn't even come close to saying "ITS TIME TO PROSECUTE THE BASTARDS ON WALLSTREET WHO FLEECED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE."

Yeah, aint' it time those darned ol banks started to play by the rules?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:44 | 2095026 Ned Zeppelin
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No, and like Romney, they OWN Obama. Goldman was one of his biggest contributors, just like Romney. 

There will be no day of reckoning.  Meet the new boss.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:05 | 2095138 DaveyJones
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It's almost as if this place is corrupt 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:13 | 2095167 Hi Ho Silver
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Arrr! Arrr!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:09 | 2095150 hedgeless_horseman
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We will also establish a Financial Crimes Unit of highly trained investigators to crack down on large-scale fraud and protect people's investments. Some financial firms violate major anti-fraud laws because there's no real penalty for being a repeat offender. That's bad for consumers, and it's bad for the vast majority of bankers and financial service professionals who do the right thing. So pass legislation that makes the penalties for fraud count.

Does Mary Shapiro know about this?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:19 | 2095184 Assetman
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Yes.  In fact, she's going to head it up with Eric (paper) Holder.

That way, nothing will get done... just to make real sure.

But it will provide an interesting twist on CBS' next series-- CSI Washington: Financial Crimes Unit.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:44 | 2095764 StychoKiller
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But it will provide an interesting twist on CBS' next series-- CSI Washington: Financial Crimes Unit

Officers jump in an APC and spend the remaining 29 minutes driving around in circles -- The feel-good event of the season!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:28 | 2095219 WonderDawg
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The thing is, he makes it sound like what was done wasn't against the law but should have been. Don't we have existing laws that make it a crime to commit fraud? Uh, yeah, we do. So how about, instead of new rules, we just enforce the old ones? Fraud is a fucking crime, and Hopey the Clown standing up there acting like it isn't. Son of a bitch does it with a straight face, too. Motherfucker.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:42 | 2095265 karzai_luver
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they don't need to be owned , obamination/mittens those types do it because they love it.

They would pay to be in the club.

A wage slave and i could cut some slack, not a pos that sucks them off because it makes them feel cool and one of the masters.

They don't own "them" they OWN THEIR WORLD.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:18 | 2095362 frosty zoom
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are saying that grim romnich will defeat mcrubin oblahma?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:47 | 2095967 j0nx
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Pan-the-ist: that's because technically those wall street boys did nothing illegal so there is no crime to prosecute. It's true. I heard Barry tell me that last month.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:22 | 2095200 Conchy Joe
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sounds like he's saying ..... "we've stolen more than we could have ever dreamed of".... for now

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:25 | 2094916 Gubbmint Cheese
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Can't watch the SOTU on my iPad.... Oh the irony

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:26 | 2094922 SeverinSlade
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All I heard was:

I am going to destroy the Constitution
I am going to continue perpetual war
I am going to continue supporting tbe Federal Reserve
I will continue to act like a dictator and bypass Congress whenever I feel like it.
Welcome to the New World Order

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:45 | 2095038 A Lunatic
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Lockdown, Bitchez.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:26 | 2094926 metastar
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Get your beer in hand.

The big game is on:

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:56 | 2094928 TruthInSunshine
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If you didn't want to listen to the speech, here's a cliff notes version:

STATE OF THE UNION, Sponsored by Brawndo [It has electrolytes]

President Obama: Shit. I know shit's bad right now, with all that starving bullshit, and the dust storms, and we are running out of french fries and burrito coverings. But I got a solution.


South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson: You lie!


President Obama: Now I understand everyone's shit's emotional right now. But I've got a 5 point plan that's going to fix EVERYTHING.


Maxine Waters & Nancy Pelosi (in unison): Break it down, Obama!


President Obama: Number 1: We've got this guy Paul Krugman. Number 2: He's got a higher IQ than ANY MAN ALIVE. and Number 3: He's going to fix EVERYTHING. Number 4. SOLYNDRA.  Number 5.  The Bernank is going to allow Timmay to print a lot more Federal Reserve Notes in larger denominations, so that people can use them to buy iPads & Netflix.


Screen shot of Obama's motorcade arriving at the Congress:


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:00 | 2095113 EINSILVERGUY

Its got electrolytes

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:43 | 2095246 TruthInSunshine
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p.s. - Here is the architectural print for the proposed 1 trillion USD Stimulus Program entitled 'Putting Americans Back To Work Building Deadly Freeway Overpasses [which have overpriced and defective solar panels on the underside which receives no sunlight exposure] With Money Borrowed From The Rothschild Family Via Their Lieutenant, Jamie Dimon', as crafted by Paul Krugman, Ben Bernanke, Timmay Geithner & Larry Summers (Krugman is REALLY pushing for this, as it will result in massive human casualties and property damage for many, many years, thus being highly stimulative):

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:07 | 2095609 OldTrooper
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Well...I never seen no jobs grow outa of no toilet!

(in case you need a point of reference - or have a sense of humor -

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 05:40 | 2095708 The Navigator
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Once I saw the Sponsored by Brawndo, I knew you were gonna hit it outta the park.

Damn, Tyler, I wish there was a 10+ or 100+ button - this woulda be the perfect case.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:02 | 2096179 DaveyJones
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it's like word man's flippin the bird man

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:27 | 2094934 Prometheus418
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Sounds okay.

Too bad he's a goddamn liar.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:28 | 2094936 metastar
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TOTUS is to Totem


SCROTUS is to _______


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:28 | 2094937 NOTW777
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wonder if we get a closing prayer by Rev. Wright

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:28 | 2094941 Neidhammel
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An illegal alien, a Muslim and a socialist walk into a bar. The bartender asks: "What will it be, Mr. President?"


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:50 | 2095973 j0nx
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Oldy but a goody.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:30 | 2094945 CvlDobd
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Ron Paul in 2012!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:30 | 2094947 Out9922
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"So if you're a big bank or financial institution, you are no longer allowed to make risky bets with your customers' deposits."

Does this signal financial collapse or is this just a BS statement?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:29 | 2094950 metastar
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Now he's talking about openings. I wonder what he's looking to stick in these openings this time.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:44 | 2095030 sabra1
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janet napolitano has a gap that needs to be filled!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:30 | 2094958 ss123
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Boener's face is as red as the flag stripes behind him.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:34 | 2094960 ebworthen
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More bullshit, more posturing, more doublespeak.

President speaking, Republicrat on the right, Demican on the left.

Doesn't matter what side the President is on; this is theater.

This is a soap opera.

You have someone to clap, or someone to boo, depending upon which false flag you root for.

Drag in the Widows, the Orphans, the down-trodden - and use them to make the weak-minded believe that "you care", and that behind the scenes both sides aren't in the pockets of banks and corporations - lustfully greedy puppets.

A circus, a parody, a sad theater of the believing, the uncertain, and the knowing - dragging the masses by the nose to the precipice of the cliff where only death and taxes and servitude are reality.


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:21 | 2095195 ebworthen
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Great song, thank you.

Stuck in the middle indeed.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 06:20 | 2095714 The Navigator
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Jackson Browne, Lives In the Balance,

I've been waiting for something to happen 
For a week or a month or a year 
With the blood in the ink of the headlines 
And the sound of the crowd in my ear 
You might ask what it takes to remember 
When you know that you've seen it before 
Where a government lies to a people 
And a country is drifting to war 

And there's a shadow on the faces 
Of the men who send the guns 
To the wars that are fought in places 
Where their business interest runs 

On the radio talk shows and the t.v. 
You hear one thing again and again 
How the u.s.a. stands for freedom 
And we come to the aid of a friend 
But who are the ones that we call our friends-- 
These governments killing their own? 
Or the people who finally can't take any more 
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone 
There are lives in the balance 
There are people under fire 
There are children at the cannons 
And there is blood on the wire 

There's a shadow on the faces 
Of the men who fan the flames 
Of the wars that are fought in places 
Where we can't even say the names 

They sell us the president the same way 
They sell us our clothes and our cars 
They sell us every thing from youth to religion 
The same time they sell us our wars 
I want to know who the men in the shadows are (read John Perkins Confessions of an Economic Hit Man)
I want to hear somebody asking them why 
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are 
But they're never the ones to fight or to die 
And there are lives in the balance 
There are people under fire 
There are children at the cannons 
And there is blood on the wire

  Written in the 1980's -

HOW MUCH FUCKING LONGER WILL IT TAKE US TO FIGURE THIS SHIT OUT. Is there anyone of us from the 99%ers that have profited from this shit??? Guess not, only the 1%ers have.


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:17 | 2095171 DaveyJones
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theatre where the playhouse is locked, the structure is burning down, the audience is screaming text to each other and security will seize you if you don't applaud

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:34 | 2094962 Seasmoke
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Oh community colleges is the answer. Not sure what they do after 2 years , but I never realized that's where the brightest were going to school. This guy is good

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:00 | 2095122 pan-the-ist
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you transfer to a reasonable four year school and save about 50,000 dollars over a private school (in the first two years).  Then, if you do well in school and get a degree that's employable, you earn a ton of money and don't have to pay out your ass in student loans.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:32 | 2094964 navy62802
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Who gives a fuck? After all the bullshit he said in 2008, who's going to believe anything the man has to say now?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:36 | 2094986 NOTW777
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unions, the gay community. community organizers, ACORN, food stampers, bankers, 90% of blacks, solar companies, communists, socialists, etc

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:39 | 2094998 Spastica Rex
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The rank and file of the teacher unions don't like him. Your 90% comment is racist. Your mom is black.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:40 | 2095007 NOTW777
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really  its facts and stats - look it up. just the way it is.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 12:23 | 2096422 Spastica Rex
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Right, and whites overhelmingly supported Hitler in 1937.

Look it up. Just the way it was.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:39 | 2095254 Teamtc321
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BS, Union's are in Ogolfer's pocket period. End of story so piss off.  

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:31 | 2095391 pan-the-ist
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Grudginly.  I suppose that some Union leaders want to take a page out of Jesse Jackson's handbook and "cut his nuts out" or whatever street slang, but they put up with him because they're union leaders and he amounts to job security.  The rank and file on the other hand...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 12:19 | 2096409 Spastica Rex
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Yes - there's a distinction there. National teacher unions are completey co-opted, and the leadership are rewarded handsomely. Teachers, on the other hand, are screwed by by their own unions. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 12:20 | 2096418 Spastica Rex
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Your mom is a 2 dollar whore.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:36 | 2094989 Spastica Rex
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You're joking, right? If not, the answer is lots and lots of people.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:25 | 2095207 Conchy Joe
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Every shitbag American idiot - which is now a majority

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