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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 - 23:36 | 2095243 Fix It Again Timmy
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Those people not clapping enough nor shouting enough will be sent to the nearest FEMA re-education camp...We KNOW who you are!

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:37 | 2095248 chindit13
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I think if Obama had been wearing a Solyndra solar panel on his lapel, and a T. Boone Pickens/GE mini-wind turbine on his head, his speech would have had much more gravitas.  Might as well go NASCAR with the logos, too.  Truth in advertising.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:40 | 2095251 Problem Is
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Here's my word cloud of Barry Soetoro's latest telepromtin':

5- Useful Idiots

5- Wall Street Puppets

4- Corporate Stooges

3- CIA Created Douches

3- Shut Up Joe's

5- Makes No Descions

4- Just Reads What's On The Prompter

4- Follows Orders

2- Worthless Cock Suckers

5- What a Fucking Idiots

4- CREEP- Commitee to RE-Elect the Presidents

8- Obama Bin Lyin's

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:44 | 2095267 palmereldritch
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They should call that cloud megaupyours

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:47 | 2095274 VelvetHog
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FUCK YOU NObama!  You lying sack of dog shit!!!!  Lying motherfucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Folks, we are FUCKED.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:49 | 2095276 vegas
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Biggest crock of bullshit you will ever hear. He created 3 million jobs in the last 22 months - really? If his lips are moving he is lying. I apologize to the world for the lack of any leadership from Amerika. Soetero couldn't win a debate with a third grader. An embarrassing performance from a guy who is an empty suit.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:00 | 2095312 Problem Is
Problem Is's picture

Obama Bib Lyin' may have created 3 million new jobs putting TSA ass holes on the government payroll...

Bullshit Barry needs some more taxes from you to pay for those government jobs, there vegas...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:01 | 2095315 victor82
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You have to understand that the President's Reelect people are counting on millions of stupid people out there willing to buy into the "getting better all the time" garbage.

Fucker deserves to be hit by the next asteroid due to kill us off.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:48 | 2095277 benb
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Why aren't they all wearing clown costumes?... I'm serious about this.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:57 | 2095306 TwelfthVulture
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Why isn't HE wearing a clown costume?  I'm serious about this.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:49 | 2095278 The Fonz...befo...
The Fonz...before shark jump's picture

Master lock...that's high tech? Well I guess the business demand is here...locking people out of their houses once foreclosed...all those empty prisons and FEMA camps need plenty of locks...when SHTF we are gonna need plenty of locks to hide our silver and gold in lock boxes buried in our yards...the 1 per centers will need plenty of locks to guard their shit in their gated communities... yeah I can see the CEO of master lock saying this is where the business opportunities are lol

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:59 | 2095309 francis_sawyer
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I'm sure Remington & Smith & Wesson are doing fine...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:49 | 2095281 TwelfthVulture
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     I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products


if, they have a golf course nearby.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:49 | 2095283 zerotohero
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Over the decades of listening to Presidential speeches you could pretty much sit at home with a cold beer and some pretzels and write the shit that comes out of their mouths - and the fact that I am saying that in such a sad rude way just makes me shudder - it REALLY is just bullshit for the masses - is everyone out there on crystal meth?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:00 | 2095310 OldTrooper
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You aren't the only person that ever felt that way:

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.  Winston Churchill

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:03 | 2095319 Problem Is
Problem Is's picture

I am pretty sure you can trade your food stamps for crystal meth...

So yes....

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:51 | 2095285 gaoptimize
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Mitch Daniels, in the Republican response to the State of the Union speech came thiiiis close to saying the shit is going to hit the fan if we don't get our deficits and debt under control. Using the examples of Greece and Spain, he pointed out the the reserve status of the dollar provides us a short reprieve. So, he knows the shit is going to hit the fan. I wonder what his plan is.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:52 | 2095288 bankonzhongguo
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The opposite of Love is not hate.  Its Apathy.

I stopped reading or worrying about anything these beasts are doing to this country.

My Congressman does not even live in this state anymore. 

They wipe their asses with the Flag with every morning glory.

Patriot became Patriot 2 became TSA became NORTHCOM became NDAA became the new Google "privacy policy," etc.

Obama is NO different than Bush, Clinton, Perry, Gingrich, Romney, etc, etc, etc.

We have all seen it before.

The trivialization of these words, actions and the theater that gets so contemptibly fed to ALL PEOPLES, not just Amerikan Citizens must only be ignored.

At some point there will be some federalized police/solider checkpoint in your home town to make sure you pay your "taxes" to your new corporate masters.

Maybe then you will understand how much has been lost.

The powers that be could reverse all of this, but they want it all.

And a very special "fuck you" to the assholes trolling the blogs for "terrorists."

You are beyond stupid.  And that is why they hired you.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:18 | 2095392 Geruda
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The wrongness of your speaking is filled with many shallowness and bad words.   You are having very much wrongness in the talking you are saying about the thing that is the opposite thing of love.  The thing that is being opposite of the feeling that is love is fear.    Fear is making very many peoples in every places whereever peoples are being have feelings that are bad inside and only one thing can be making all fears be leaving their minds and the feelings it is making their bodies, and that feeling is love.  If a people is loving he is not fearing.   Talking about apathies as being what is important is a silly thing you should not be doing.  You are writing words that are showing you have many fears that are making the inside of you be having bad feelings.  Why do you think you are making such ugly talking if you are not having fear inside of you?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:24 | 2095581 Teamtc321
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Come on over here and get introduced to my "John Holmes" so you will stop talking night slalker. 

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:55 | 2095296 TheMerryPrankster
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1. I killed Osama bin Laden

2. Shovel ready loans.

3. I killed Osama bin Laden and you can bid on the seal team signed  U.S. flag on ebay.*


*(offer only available to registered U.S. voters who vote me in the next election"


Yer Bama

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:57 | 2095302 TwelfthVulture
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Maybe he should have a raffle!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:00 | 2095313 karzai_luver
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that osama bun lyin shit is getting real old, he had nothing to do with it and he needs to put that to rest.

pander monkey.


someone needs to take his 9iron and club that bitch up side the head.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:07 | 2095332 Problem Is
Problem Is's picture

"someone needs to take his 9iron and club that bitch up side the head."

+1... Hilarious...

That's Michelle "I'll Kick Your Ass, Barry!" Robinson-Soetoro's job...

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:57 | 2095304 Yen Cross
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Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:58 | 2095305 Element
Element's picture

Ah ... okay ... but other than all that ... how is the state of the union ... ???

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:21 | 2095365 Yen Cross
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  Terrible. those T2's came in " spot " on though.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:33 | 2095635 Element
Element's picture

T2's?! ... you didn't?

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:58 | 2095308 Everybodys All ...
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Does the speech writer know who he is writing the speech for? So 2008. Seems more than a bit disconnected from reality.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:49 | 2095642 Element
Element's picture

If you want to know how much a politician can lie and deliberately betray and even demolish the country he leads, in order to save his own corrupt arse, just watch this.  It is a true and substantiated story and it will make you vomit with pure disgust:

Copy this link into the address bar and enter, and take the time (1hr 33 mins) to listen carefully to what he says:


Clinton, Bush and Obama are no different to this, except they are far more devious, opportunistic and dangerous.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:00 | 2095311 DeltaDawn
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You got a problem with a civilian defense force, as strong and well funded as the military?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:06 | 2095330 victor82
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I got no problem with it, as long as I get top bunk in the FEMA Camp!

No k.p. duty for ME, pal! I'm no Deviationist!


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:01 | 2095314 HD
HD's picture

I just don't believe anything that any politician says anymore, Democrat or Republican.

Actions speak louder than words.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:24 | 2095371 frosty zoom
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actually, capital gains speak louder than words.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:03 | 2095322 847328_3527
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Let me be clear; I am voting for Ron Paul.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:04 | 2095326 Fedaykinx
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obama wants to poison our water with hydrofracking lolol


extremely ironic cognitive dissonance in 3..2..1...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:07 | 2095334 gwar5
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Watching Obama run the country is like listening to Roseanne Barr sign the Star Spangled Banner.


Obama got rid of the Winston Churchill Bust and put up a Saul Alinsky photo portrait for his staff to look up at.

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer"  

-- Saul Alinsky.


And, on the last page of a 1972 Playboy Interview with Saul D. Alinsky, he said:

ALINSKY: ...Let's say that if there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell.


ALINSKY: Hell would be heaven for me.... Once I get into hell, I'll start organizing the have-nots over there.

PLAYBOY: Why them?

ALINSKY: They're my kind of people.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:09 | 2095340 847328_3527
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Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse



(Reuters) - When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on the horizon.


"In an instant, anything can happen," she told Reuters. "And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared."


Tegeler is among a growing subculture of Americans who refer to themselves informally as "preppers." Some are driven by a fear of imminent societal collapse, others are worried about terrorism, and many have a vague concern that an escalating series of natural disasters is leading to some type of environmental cataclysm.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:40 | 2095761 therearetoomany...
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Do NOT use this term to start describing us.yourself.   This will make it easier for them to classify you and easily dismiss you as a whack job.   Fuck this bullshit-peg in a hole-media control formulat. 

Because we choose to see the economic destruction that awaits, because we choose to not rely on others, especially the government to come to our rescue if something bad happens and because we choose to prepare ourselves and maybe help others along the way, we're crazy.  To not see the declining economy and the complete separation of the elites from the rest of us is ignorance, or TeeVee indoctrination. 

Fuck these elitist globalist mutherfuckers. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 16:28 | 2097484 SilverRhino
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I choose not to identify as a survivalist or a prepper.   People on ZH are different anomalies entirely.

I am AWAKE.  That's not fear based, that's education (research) and critical thinking.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:09 | 2095341 zerotohero
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This IS actually worse than Dancing With The Stars - hmmm.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:09 | 2095342 gwar5
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Watching Obama run the country is like listening to Roseanne Barr sign the Star Spangled Banner.


Obama got rid of the Winston Churchill Bust and put up a Saul Alinsky photo portrait for his staff to look up at.

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer"  

-- Saul Alinsky.


And, on the last page of a 1972 Playboy Interview with Saul D. Alinsky, he said:

ALINSKY: ...Let's say that if there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell.


ALINSKY: Hell would be heaven for me.... Once I get into hell, I'll start organizing the have-nots over there.

PLAYBOY: Why them?

ALINSKY: They're my kind of people.


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:26 | 2095376 BunnyMunroe
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  1. Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought --- Ayn Rand

What is your point? There are selfish assholes like Ayn Rand who happen to be Atheists. And there also happen to be Atheist community organizers who help poor black folks like Saul Alinsky? 


No wonder so many "consevatives" hate the Alinsky


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:20 | 2095356 BlackholeDivestment
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Bruins pull Goalie and Capitols win. 

Rosemary's Baby gives State of The Union, says ''borrow your way out of poverty''



Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:16 | 2095357 Heliopod
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    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


Now I'm really scared

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:16 | 2095358 BunnyMunroe
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Obama truly delivered a great speech.

Yeah... I know. Everyone that has been short since Jan. 2009 will pretend that Obama is destroying capitalism. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:50 | 2095428 dwdollar
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Capitalism was destroyed a long time ago...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:51 | 2095430 BunnyMunroe
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Capitalism in it's purest form destroys itself. See Somalia

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:13 | 2095485 Bear
Bear's picture

I guess that bore repeating. anarchy = capitalism, sound like a community organizer.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:34 | 2095759 therearetoomany...
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Socialism in it's purest form, Millions of People. 


Though, you seem like a decent chap.   Cheers.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:51 | 2095431 BunnyMunroe
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Capitalism in it's purest form destroys itself. See Somalia

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:19 | 2095363 slewie the pi-rat
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what's the other hand doing, tonite?

the banksters are arriving in DAVOS!

their meeting is the 25th - 29th;  and it's the year of the pandit, too!

the hype seems to be that the US is doing better than the EU, b/c we gave momoney to the banks!  bloomie even checked with 76 economists (no, not trombones) and their median consensus is that when the numbers get final, the US will "probably" have GDP growth of 3% in 4Q 2011

you can't make this up!  [but they can!]

apparently, US banks have gone thru some kinda metamorphosis and thru this "structural rebuilding" they are not as exposed to the EU problems, and everything is fuking wonderful, here is uncleSugarLand!

tomorrow, pandit, whose stock just tanked when due to earnings whoopsie, will co-keynote w/ "Reshaping the Global Finacial System"(or something) and wrapitUp on the 29th w/ "Emerging Issues of 2012" (or something)  Zombie Jamboree

i hope the heating fails and our grandchildren can have them all as cryogenic pets!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:23 | 2095369 Yen Cross
Yen Cross's picture

 Mr. Happy just met Mr.Deeds.  How ya Slewie?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:22 | 2095367 frosty zoom
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if you play the speech backwards it says "osama holds your mortgage.  osama is dead.  osama holds your mortgage.  osama is dead.  osama holds your mortgage.  osama is dead.  osama holds your mortgage.  osama is dead..."  

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:32 | 2095394 Campagnolo
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Compañero Obama!, ahora y siempre...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:34 | 2095400 corvettekenny
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That mess was tonight??  Damn, I had a whole bottle of Jim Bean set aside for it..

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:43 | 2095643 Alpha Monkey
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Youtube awaits.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:35 | 2095402 Jim in MN
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It was a good speech.  He's going to destroy Romney or Gingrich. 

But they all have Goldman Sachs dripping down their pants.  It's disgusting.

Ron....Paul.....Ron......Paul......say it with me......

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:57 | 2095445 BunnyMunroe
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I agree... but don't make me go down the John Birch rabbithole with you and Ron Paul

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 04:59 | 2095684 BunnyMunroe
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Did someone downgrade the comment above because they disagree with the 

John Birch Society?






Endulge yourself.


You're nuts if you follow that crap.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:37 | 2095406 Yen Cross
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 The divide seems to be < converging>.   Genghis Khan LIGHT.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:39 | 2095410 DisparityFlux
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It may take some effort condensing the SOTU address into a narcotizing tweet.

Wait a second...

Vote for Obama, he killed Osama, he will take care of you better than your mama.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:50 | 2095427 SAT 800
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"Sound bite consensus building R us"

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:57 | 2095444 DisparityFlux
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That's how I read it.

Do his speech writers use a commercial firm or a government agency?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:48 | 2095818 VelvetHog
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It may take some effort condensing the POTUS' words.  He's a narcotizing twit.



Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:41 | 2095411 HOSS-FLY
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A Clockwork Orange revisted...............and it is not goin to end well!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:41 | 2095412 Let The Wurlitz...
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With all do respect anybody that watched or read his address is an idiot.  There is one thing that I hate and that is someone less intelligent than me attempting to program my thinking with bullshit.

And The Wurlitzer Plays on ....


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 16:29 | 2097493 SilverRhino
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Correction for you: it is all DUE respect.

Guys with spelling issues should be more careful about calling people idiots.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:43 | 2095417 cdskiller
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Hussein? Really, Tyler? And you wish to be taken seriously? By pandering to racists?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:00 | 2095450 Tyler Durden
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You are correct. We forgot the "II"

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:01 | 2095455 Bear
Bear's picture

Racists? Could connect the dots for me?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:13 | 2095566 Calmyourself
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It is racist to use his full given name?  Sensitive much?  He is a socialist Alinskyite does that make me a racist or a realist?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:43 | 2095418 Caviar Emptor
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we need Occupy demonstrations to protect Wall Streeters from prosecution

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:48 | 2095423 UnderDeGun
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Blah blah. Blah blah blah. Money for nothing and your [insert entitlement here] for free.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:50 | 2095429 BunnyMunroe
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ZeroHedge didn't highlight this passage of Obama's speech...


...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...


I would think this was something everyone here would rally around. Ironically Eric Cantor killed the only bill addressing this in the house.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:59 | 2095449 Bear
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Oh so that's why he could say it .... knowing that the Reps could be blamed for not sending him a bill. However, if by some miracle one arrived on his desk, there would be some reason that, for the best interest of the American people, he could not sign it. This crap will never end ... greed feeds power and power feeds greed, it is an infinite loop 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:07 | 2095463 BunnyMunroe
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Except when Obama used his Executive authority to appoint Courdry to the 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Which Republicans (including Rand and Ron Paul) fought hand over fist.



Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:21 | 2095497 Bear
Bear's picture

I understand the denigration of the Republicans ... but to infer that Mr. Obama is above the fray and not influenced by his contributors ... really?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:44 | 2095528 BunnyMunroe
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As a Liberal I was outraged when Obama was golfing at Martha's Vineyard with the CEO of UBS Americas (Big Obama Donor) the exact same weekend a whistleblower was being prosecuted and UBS execs were off the hook.

I have plently of criticisms of my government. And of Obama.

But I'm not into bullshit.

I was against the individual mandate for healthcare. So was Obama when he was debating Hillary Clinton. Obama caved. He caved to the right wing advocates who originally proposed it.

I could go on... but I think you get the point.



Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:04 | 2095555 Bear
Bear's picture

Thank you for your civil reply and your facts. I don't think Obama is the answer to any of our ills, but neither is government in general. Federal, state, local, they all contend for influence at a price. The only way out of this for us is a Legislature and an Administration that is more interested in ourwell being than their own. Unfortunately, the only ones to be able to change that is those we have entrusted to govern us.

And even more unfortunate is that when they agree (Glass Steagall, Feddy, Fanny governance, everybody should own a home, etc.) we are totally screwed. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:05 | 2095606 BunnyMunroe
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Yeah, Glass Steagall should definately be reinstated. 


Boutiques are better for clients and money managers.


I was a broker on Wall Street until shortly after 9/11. I was at the WTC that day.


I left the business a couople years later. My political veiws are my own. I was one of the onlky Dems I knew on the street then... not that much has changed. Except a number of people who used to be Republican now call themselves "Libertarian" 

Different name. Same policies. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:11 | 2095616 BunnyMunroe
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Sorry for my typos. They follow me everywhere.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:25 | 2095628 Bear
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I didn't say the Glass Steagall should be reinstated ... it was, however, the launching point for the Great Derivatives explosion that will bring our country to collapse. It was further encouraged by reckless borrowing endorsed by both parties and enabled by the fool Greenspan. The whole world bought into the myth of never falling asset values. It could have been stopped at many points along the way ... but neither party nor the FED had the backbone to anything except propagating the self serving myth and KTCDTR. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:46 | 2095646 BunnyMunroe
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You didn't... but I did. I remember that fight. 


And fucking Phil Gramm (Republican) passed the bill... He retired with a US Senate Pension. And then immediately went to work for UBS.


As someone in the business I knew destroying the "Chinese Wall" would more less lead to what HAS happened. Which has been destrucive. I satarted to tell my clients that the next bubble to burst was housing. I was about four years early on my prediction. And now I think were truly at the bottom although it'll take time to work through inventory. Maybe I'm four years early again.


Anyway, It was crazy in the 90's. The exchanges were really gunning for full 24 hour trading for awhile for both the NYSE and NASDAQ...


That would have been insane.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 12:37 | 2096487 earnyermoney
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And Fn Bill Clinton (Democrat) signed it into law. Wake up dude! Democrats and Republicans have separate locker rooms at the same fascist country club.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 04:32 | 2095554 n2dark
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Don't be naive. Remember his rhetoric on Wall Street?! Guess what? Obama has received more money from Wall Street than any other politician over the past 20 years, including Bush jr.
This is the kind of fucker that willl tell / promise you anything so he can spend another 4 years @WH resorts while you're banging your head against the wall for being sucked again into his "hope & change" delusion game.
I was one of his earliest supporters and I also used to hate Bush. It took me a few months to realise that while Bush is just a poor not quite certifiable retard, Obama is one of the most dangerous narcissists this country has ever had.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 04:39 | 2095672 BunnyMunroe
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What did Obama DO that you oppose? Please specify: 


How did Obama make the economy worse? Please specify:


I'll give you a heads up. Most people on thius site oppose more regulation. But they oppose George W. Bush's bailout of Wall Street.


After Obama came into office... and had to manage George W. Bush's bailout of Wall Street... Hoiw would YOU have made it better?


P.S. Look at S&P 500 Chart from Jan. 2009 to now

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 12:29 | 2096454 earnyermoney
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Clearly you're an Obama shill. Good luck defending the indefensible on this site.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 12:14 | 2096390 earnyermoney
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That's rich, coming from a guy who raised $.75 Billion dollars for his campaign in 2008 and has a goal of raising $1 large for 2012. Eric Cantor my ass, Barry put the final nail in the coffin of campaign finance reform.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:52 | 2095433 SAT 800
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"Bama gwine pay fur my gas, an my morkguge; uh huh, honey"

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:53 | 2095435 Dingleberry
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I didn't watch....Was it in jive?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:10 | 2095474 BunnyMunroe
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Much smoother than a 'Dingleberry' comment.



Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:17 | 2095572 Calmyourself
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Your a racist to infer that Jive is somehow racist!  Keep your normative values away from my speech.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:51 | 2095598 BunnyMunroe
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You are projecting. When did I call anyone racist?


(Full disclosure-- I haven't said it at Zero Hedge... because I think it goes without saying... Ron Paul is a fucking bigot. Period.)


Now back to your comment. I'm still confused... Please elaborate. How did I infer that someone mocking jive talk by the first Black President of the United States of America is somehow racist?

I assume you mock Bernanke's "Jive Talk"... and Ron Paul's "Jive Talk"


Right??? Right???


Sure you do.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 04:53 | 2095681 BunnyMunroe
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I thouight not.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:11 | 2095479 toomanyfakecons...
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Actually the speech was in a dialect of  "banana-republicese".

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:54 | 2095436 dark pools of soros
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Fake hopium is quite sustainable

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:54 | 2095438 dark pools of soros
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Fake hopium is quite sustainable

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:54 | 2095439 dark pools of soros
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Fake hopium is quite sustainable

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:02 | 2095456 chindit13
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I think you left out the part in the speech where he said the first thing he is going to do after the applause is close down Guantanamo.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:08 | 2095468 toomanyfakecons...
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I don't see the term "surrender" in the cloud.

Isn't that what Obama's peace talks with the Taliban amounts to?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:26 | 2095501 FlyPaper
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In light of MF global happening on Obama's watch, I found this line quite amusing:  " So if you're a big bank or financial institution, you are no longer allowed to make risky bets with your customers' deposits."   Really?  Would Mr. O like to run that past the clients who had their money stolen by his fund-raising big-bank crony Mr. Corzine.  Apparently Obama's regulators skipped class the day he created this illusion.

Obama is as firmly in bed with these guys as ever, but tries to paint himself as the friend of the little guy.   

And what's with him forcing people to stay in school until they are 18?    That, and many other references simply bely his socialist agenda and thinking.  Everyone should go to college.  Sorry - no.  Some people can't get through High School because the they don't want to.  You can't force someone to learn that doesn't want to.  You can, however, let that person live with the consequences.

No more bailouts?  What?  He is presiding over the world of perpetual, presumed bailouts.

So many farcical statements you wonder if he probably believes everyone else iikes the smell of his excrement too.   We certainly got a good wiff of it today...


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:46 | 2095532 Melville1977
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I never thought I'd write this but I find Oblunder more annoying than that idiot emperor Bush. I now understand why all those who helped get this asswipe into office in 2008 have defected to OccupyWallStreet.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:50 | 2095540 mess nonster
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Who's payin for it?

Oh duh.

Lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies...............

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 01:52 | 2095543 Central Bankster
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The intended audience for the State of the Union Address must be those who qualify to ride short buses and compete in the special olympics.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:13 | 2095564 Bear
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Acid ... that's the only answer for what we heard ... the guy who wrote this speech must have been lol through the whole thing

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 02:17 | 2095574 WoodMizer
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I love that they have made it quasai legal to spy on everyone all the time and everywhere , yet they still have hundreds of DHS and SS goons protecting the capital.

We all know that the politicians are the dangerous ones.  Where is my security detail?

I spoke to soon; I think that's them knocking on my front door. They say, I won a free trip to Cuba.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:10 | 2095612 geekgrrl
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I didn't see any mention of the fabled skittle-shitting unicorn in that speech.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:13 | 2095618 drunkenlout
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His Royal Mendacity bloviates.  

Fer Chrisake, if it's all about jobs, why doesn't he instruct Eric Holder to give Gibson Guitars their materials back.  Let them resume operations, pay workers, pay taxes, sell guitars world wide.   He could even go all liberal, and let them work without Conservation officials pointing guns at them.  

He could similarly instruct the Holder Unit to stop busting medical marijuana pharmacies in California.  He couild approve the Keystone Pipeline.  He could stop threatening internet providers with PIPA and SOPA.  

I'd be gentle as a kitten

Wouldn't even vote for Mittens

If he only had brain.  

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:39 | 2095638 juujuuuujj
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Where's Waldo? Try to search for "Debt" and "Deficit" in the cloud.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 03:56 | 2095651 Heyoka Bianco
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Here's a puzzler: did anyone on ZH actually finish that? I made it to the beginning of the third graph and had to press eject. I'm no believer in the "greatest generation" claptrap, but declaring glorious victory over broke-dick Iraq and goat-raping Afghanistan is a shining example of why the WW2 crowd has good reason to point and laugh.

But the number one takeaway: Horse. Stable door. Bolted.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 05:31 | 2095705 Sandmann
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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.


That's because Siemens sees labour as a Fixed Cost and not a Variable Cost. They spend money on Training - US Corporations used to do that.  Big companies like RCA were leaders until the bankers turned them into conglomerates with Hertz and other rubbish - or until GE swallowed them. Why did SONY first enter colour TV when RCA decided colour TV had no future ? It innovated which RCA had forgotten how to do and imported Hitachi VCRs before GE sold RCA label to Thomson. 

What has Obama done to improve things OUTSIDE Wall Street ?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:19 | 2095750 therearetoomany...
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This is so true.   What is the current bullshit coming out of the mouths of corporate leaders everywhere...."There ARE jobs out there, we just CAN'T FIND any QUALIFIED job condidates." I've been hearing that on local news for 2 years now. 

Right, and that's why you have training programs.  That's why you provide benefits and encourge loyalty with employees by keeping them on during bad times as well as good.   Or you do temporary layoffs.   But to say, basically, go fuck yourself because you know 'drill press' machines but not the lathe, is ridiculous.    Or, hey, you've got a great background of success of 10 years of leading projects and managing people, and while you have experience in our industry, it's not specifc to our niche in the business - so go fuck off.  

Smaller businesses I can understand this view, you don't have money to spend cash on development of employees, but the larger companies complaining about lack of qualified people are full of shit.   What it's all about to the fuckers is there is a lack of qualified people who will work for shit pay, no benefits and could be dismissed any moment therefore can't do any planning for the future due to job cycles.  But there are plenty of those types in third world shitholes.  

And now they're trying to bring that here...because you can't go globalist unless, necessarily, the US Standard of living comes down.  Just look at this horseshit Obamao is trying to foist upon the big mac swilling, rice beer drinking (bud), TeeVee watching rubes that are the American general population...'Eh...duh...uh, we're 'insourcing' jobs to america"   No, your insourcing third world living conditions for all but the rich and those that don't participate in the system.  

Fu*kers - all of them   I say any of these bastards supporting Obumbler should be boycotted!   Not that it will matter much when TSHTF.  

Vote Ron Paul!


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 06:43 | 2095736 MFL8240
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Liar, con man, fraud.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 06:58 | 2095742 fredquimby
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I thought this was a good one:

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


haha good one Bazza


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:22 | 2095789 Catullus
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Incredible, isn't it?  Not spending as much while in the largest cash deficit ever is "paying down the debt".

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:44 | 2095765 therearetoomany...
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While I'm not a gingrich fan, he had a great line in Naples last night. 

"In 2008 Obama had a slogan, "Yes we can", in 2012 it's going to be "Why we didn't"." 


Vote Ron Paul!

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:20 | 2095787 Catullus
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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. 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.


You're no longer allowed to make risky bets, but if you do, make sure you tell us how to unfuck your shit show. 

$700 trillion in gross notional derivatives just flashed into my brain. 

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:01 | 2095851 freakscene
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Too bad Obummer didn't apply the same principle to the Federal Government and the peoples tax dollars. We might save......Trillions?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:02 | 2096013 Money 4 Nothing
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Why save a Trillion, when we can save..... A Billion?

Best impression of Austin Powers Gold Member, sorry.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:18 | 2095885 farmerjohn2112
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+1 for 'unfuck your shit show'... undoubtedly the funniest thing I'll read all day.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:55 | 2096320 earnyermoney
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Was he winking at Jon Corzine when he delivered that line?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:25 | 2095793 Catullus
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The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.
H. L. Mencken
US editor (1880 - 1956)
Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:28 | 2095797 gookempucky
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What's happening in Detroit can happen in other industries


Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:57 | 2095994 Money 4 Nothing
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All I heard was.. Rainbow surfing Unicorns with multicolored skittles shooting out of their arses. Nothing to discuss, same track, same timing kinda like Ground Hog day.

Mutual destruction assured.

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:42 | 2096018 alibi
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"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."

from the Huffington Post..

'The office, part of a new Unit on Mortgage Origination and Securitization Abuses, will be chaired by Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general...'

sounds great! but, wait a minute...

'In addition to Schneiderman, the unit will be co-chaired by Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general at the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice,'

that wouldn't be this lanny breuer, would it?

'U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows'

so, in other words, he'll be in charge of investigating.... himself?



Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:23 | 2096079 acrabbe
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I go on facebook to keep in touch with my friends who live in the US (I moved out 3 months ago) and half of them are having orgasms over the transparently glib and empty bullshit obama was spouting in the SOTU while the other half are talking about the most trivial non-relevant idiotic distracting entertainment-related rumors i could even possibly imagine. It is becoming increasingly isolating. What is it? Have they upped the drugs in the water? Have they increased the power to the satellites that are irradiating the atmosphere with stupid-beams? I don't get it. Fuck it. When the blood starts flowing it will be hard to have sympathy since this Thing has been broadcasting its arrival for years. And now it's here. I will have an extra helping of schadenfreud for those who KNOW how fucked up all this is but are counting on benefitting from the crumbs in order to rationalize their ignorant cowardice. Anyway. When the shit hits the fan I will be outside the room and I won't even have to smell the funk. Fucking looney bin...

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 22:52 | 2098584 i-dog
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+ 100%

"rationalize their ignorant cowardice"

Those 4 words sum them all up precisely ... Well said!

And that's why Ron Paul will never get on the ticket (no matter how hard his well-meaning supporters try ... it won't be TPTB that stop him, it will be the ignorant cowards).

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