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State of the Union 2013, Cato Institute response


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Published on Feb 13, 2013…

Cato Institute scholars Michael Tanner, Alex Nowrasteh, Julian Sanchez, Simon Lester, John Samples, Pat Michaels, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Michael F. Cannon, Jim Harper, Malou Innocent, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus and Neal McCluskey respond to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address.

Video produced by Caleb O. Brown, Austin Bragg and Lester Romero.

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  1. 02/13/2013 16:00

    That Black-Man has to many forked tongues, the liberals feed off.

  2. 02/13/2013 16:59

    Roger that!

  3. upaces88 permalink
    02/13/2013 17:26

    This is frustrating…..His words ARE ONE THING and ACTIONS ANOTHER.
    I argued a few minutes ago that this man has only kept one promise and that was to be Transparent.
    My point is HE IS VERY TRANSPARENT in his “actions” to bring the United States of America to her knees.

  4. 02/14/2013 06:02

    Agreed upaces.

    His actions have been very plain for everyone to see. He is looking to dismantle this country brick by brick into a statist hell whole that is being openly applauded by his co-ideologists in the NDSWP and their camp followers and approved by a wink and a nod by the part of the republican party that has it’s nose buried up the ass of the neo-fascist NDSWP so they can get their turn to gorge themselves on the body politic.

    Codevilla had it right… and de Toqueville 150 years before him. We now are at the nexus of a grasping and greedy majority who can vote things from the pockets of their countrymen and the ruling consensus forged in the 1940’s has finally escaped it’s cocoon that will try by in everyway possible to gain political power through any means necessary.

    As was said by someone else(Mark Steyn I think) the reason it is so important who now has the reigns of government is because government has become so intrusive into everything you do. The options are never bigger or smaller but bigger and ginormous. The republicans never talk about putting government back in it’s box but only how they can make govenment more efficient. The NDSWP count on the ignorance of those educated in the public school systems by their educational foot soldiers and their useful idiots in the media to keep them that way.

    Obama did nothing but string together a bunch of non-sequitirs and called it a state of the union speech. It is probably as many suspect a campaign speech to try and retake the house in 2014 using the same tactics that got him re-elected; Deceit vilification and a press that has decided to give a hand in the diminshing of the American citizen into a medieval serf.

    Government can’t solve everything then promise more spending. Make the same bullshit argument that people paying 50% of their income to government aren’t paying enough. Call for the ending of tax loopholes while giving more tax breaks to green energy and like minded special interests with those savings. Calls for business to do more while you weight them down with more moral vanity projects(obamacare and increased minimum wage) and vilify them for the victims government policy has gone out of it’s way to create in order to convince to the public they will be able to get the job done if we just give up a little more money and a little more liberty. He claims the mantle of science and then ignores it as he pours more money down the rat hole of “Head Start” that has shown no real sustained benefit. Call for gun control measures that aside from being un- constitutional won’t even have the effect intended. via instapundit

    This is a conceited and corrupt sociopath and those who make apologies or say we have to play nice(especially the bien pensant beltway ruling class) with him are not serious people as the swath of damage he has created perpetuated and doubled down are very bit as culpable as he is.

  5. 02/14/2013 07:30

    FX Phillips: We the People are not as culpable and gullible as he is.

  6. 02/14/2013 09:58

    Oh, indeed. That was one of the big factors in v1, would you not say? Unless you want to consider the Northern unpleasantness of the 1860s v2.0, in which case this then becomes 3? Remember the Russian projection of this nation breaking up into 5 pieces?

  7. 02/14/2013 10:02

    Precisely so. Its opacity IS its transparency.

  8. upaces88 permalink
    02/14/2013 11:10

    Poet, I seldom disagree with you…as a matter of fact, I don’t remember a time I have.
    I don’t think he is gullible at all. He knows better. He has formed his opinion to remain in the “good ol’ boys against guns club.”

    Sad to say…Joe Biden has changed by 180 degrees vs. who he was at one time. The last time that I know of when he passed a decent…meaning “righteous” law was years ago when he passed the law that “Domestic Violence” is a hate crime.

    That was it! He went downhill after that.

  9. 02/14/2013 11:32

    Yep, agreed.

  10. 02/14/2013 12:36

    upaces88: We the People are not as culpable and gullible as he thinks we are.

    This reads better?

  11. 02/14/2013 12:37

    Much clearer.

  12. upaces88 permalink
    02/14/2013 12:47

    Thank you! Yes, it does.

  13. 02/14/2013 18:28


    We the People are not as culpable and gullible as he thinks we are.

    Between the venal, the greedy, the willfully ignorant, the cowardly, the financially dependent and the people of bad faith he has assembled as a constituency I think he pretty much knows he has a floor of 45% of the population to start with of both the culpable and the gullible . All he needs to do is convince a few of the uniformed through his lying monkeys in the press and Hollywood and he can get his way. This plus the RINO collaborationists who mouth the words of constitutional fealty while allowing that guttersnipe to wipe his ass with it and do nothing to impede his progress because he is “too popular”.

    Times are dark kids. Are their enough of us still left to change the game?

  14. 02/14/2013 19:55

    The numbers look fair.

  15. 02/16/2013 02:39

    When he was asked specifically what he would do to make sure more families were not deported, President Obama responded on a Google last evening, 2/15/2013 President Barack Obama said this:

    “This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency. The problem is that I’m the president of the United States; I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”

    Out of the mouth of our fearless president and want to be Emperor of the World, who is really is saying: “My job is to execute laws that are I passed.”, but congress is in my way.

  16. 02/16/2013 03:07

    FX Phillips: because he is “too popular”. (And black)

    “Times are dark kids. (Latent racists) Are their enough of us still left to change the game?”

    FX, there was once a Booth and this little Derringer, now with thousands of former sharp shooters out there in the general population, with a two mile range, his shield will self implode.

    I believe the Hunger Games are about to begin in the Coliseum; live and on YOUTUBE, for editing. Like LA needs another riot to change the game? No wonder they call it “Tinsel Town”, for Obama is a colossal failure at the Box Office and they know it and are feeling it.

  17. 02/16/2013 05:37

    there was once a Booth and this little Derringer, now with thousands of former sharp shooters out there in the general population, with a two mile range, his shield will self implode.

    This will not happen as he will then will be extolled as a martyr and it will not matter who the trigger man is he will be labelled as a right wing hater. Look at how the commie Oswald’s political proclivities have been whitewashed. His politcal taste in fact wasn’t much different than the current resident of the Whitehouse.

    Obama is a believer but his narcissism doesn’t make himself believe enough in the cause to die for it. That doesn’t mean some of his followers might not want to have a permanent symbol of how irredeemably racist and corrupt America. Shit, his stupefyingly unintelligent and ugly ass wife might be at the head of such a plan as she appears to more ambitious than intelligent.

    What could be more sympathetic for the dishonest left than the wife of the “martyred” first back president. See Argentina for how that is working out.

    Oh and by the way, soon, the only way they are going to be able to cover up this punks malfeasance is if somebody does make a martyr of him.

  18. 02/16/2013 10:21

    Indeed. Peanut loves it because it took the title of “Worst POTUS EVAH” off of his back.

  19. 02/16/2013 10:22

    Poet, you block the exists and burn the town.

  20. 02/17/2013 13:25

    If you give the me keys I will.

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