January 28, 2010


I didn't watch the entire State of the Union speech last night; I only caught the last 20 minutes.  But what struck me the most in the instant I turned the TV on was something Mark Steyn mentions:

One problem, as Jay pointed out, is that upturned chin. Just as a matter of angles, it looks wrong on TV. So it would be a problem for Hillary or McCain or Ron Paul or whoever would have won. But it's worse for Obama because it plays into the aloof-and-arrogant meme. I don't know why he does it. Are the prompters notched up a hole too high? What's the deal? Why doesn't one of his supersmart advisers get out the wrench and lower them?

He looks like a pompous ass when he speaks.  That makes it hard not to hear everything he says through the pompous ass filter.

And I loved this Kevin Hassett idea:

Watching him list one costly agenda item after another, I couldn’t help feeling that we need a constitutional amendment that requires politicians to start promises with the words “I want to take your money and.” It might be that such a rule would constrain them, since I can’t imagine anyone having the courage to say, “I want to take your money and use it to pay off the college loan for that rich kid down the block,” and “I want to take your money and use it to help your plumber buy a new wrench.”

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1 It's all so . . . frustrating!!!

Posted by: Lucy at January 28, 2010 11:58 AM (YNvUz)

2 I usually disagree with kevin, but I strongly agree with Kevin Hassett!

"I want to take your money" should be pronounced with the same Transylvanian accent as "I vant to drink your blood." Forget Twilight - the government is the biggest vampire of all.

Hassett was really pulling his punches when choosing his examples: paying off college loans and buying new wrenches. I'm sure others can come up with more appalling examples of government waste.

The government is a virus for wealth and productivity. It wastes and wastes and wastes, and then it expects you to celebrate it for doing so. It doesn’t matter which party is in charge.

- onlyaliberal.com

Posted by: Amritas at January 28, 2010 12:01 PM (+nV09)

3 I loved both links.  They seriously make me fall in love with reading posts on my phone when I should be falling.

And I think you could add "his Ivy League college degree while you work full time and take one class per semester for your degree from the online college."

I read a Howard Zinn quote on Big Something (I forget) where he was listing all the forces for good and evil and how America needs to never go to war and always be on the good side.  One of the either/or groups was capitalists and workers.  Sure some big bad evil capitalists might have come from a house full of money, but in what world did the majority of them get to where they are without WORKing.  Doesn't it make sense that they feel ownership for the things the WORKed to achieve. It is that sense that all capitalists are some kind of evil do nothing high atop the mountain spitting at and whipping and theiving from those below that irks the crap out of me.  I think a work ethic is something that capitalists value.  And it sure beats the pants off the gimme ethic that pervades the message given by The O. 

It isn't that they want fairness and righteous equality.  They want to be the ones high atop the mountain spitting and whipping and theving from their lessors.

"It's common sense."  <---  SOTU quote

Posted by: wifeunit at January 28, 2010 12:52 PM (4B1kO)

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