The State of our Union, as the GOP predicted it

So what IS the State of the Union these day?

In assessing that question, I think it might be useful to compare the world that Republicans warned us that Obama’s policies would create against the world as we now know it to be.

AP_mitt_romney_sk_141001_16x9_992-1For example:

  • Remember the fear that thousands of Americans were going to die of Ebola unless we barred entry to all passengers who had been in West Africa? Remember when massive Ebola outbreaks would overwhelm our public-health system and prove once and for all the incompetence of  government? (Not one single person has died after contracting the disease in this country.)
  • Remember when Mitt Romney was promising that thanks to his superior business acumen, the unemployment rate would be 6 percent by the end of his first term as president? (It is already down to 5.6 percent, two years before the Romney deadline. We also added more jobs in 2014 than in any year since 1994).
  • Remember when Republicans were demanding that Obama take “forceful” yet unspecified actions to punish Vladimir Putin for meddling in Ukraine, warning that Obama’s efforts to organize economic sanctions would be useless? (Those sanctions have since helped to cripple the Russian economy, leaving the ruble devalued and Putin chastized).
  • Remember when Republicans were predicting that if Obama were re-elected, his energy policies would drive the price of gasoline to almost $7 a gallon, or even $10 a gallon? (It’s now $2.05 a gallon)
  • Remember when Obama was going to “eliminate freedom of speech for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity”?   (At last report, they were both still making full use of their right to make jacksasses of themselves).
  • Remember when top Republican economists were warning that Obama’s effort “to radically re-engineer the market-based U.S. economy” was going to “kill the Dow”? (The Dow has almost tripled since March 6, 2009, when that op-ed was published).
  • Remember when ObamaCare was going to wreck the economy? (11 million jobs created since it was signed into law). Or when it was going to sent insurance rates into a death spiral, doubling or even tripling the cost of health insurance (a 2 percent average rate increase for 2015)? Or when ObamaCare was collapsing so fast it would have to be abandoned within 90 days?
  • Remember when Republicans insisted that Obama’s 2009 stimulus would be a disaster, pressing instead for tight-money policies more like those instituted in Great Britain, France and other European countries? (With its economy in tatters, Europe is now hoping it’s not too late for an Obama-style stimulus.)

Ah yes, I remember it well.

 

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Robert1959
Robert1959

No longer can the GOP rely on winning all the southern states and rally the rebels (old white people) in a few northern states to win the White House. That racist "southern strategy" is broken beyond repair. The GOP needs a complete makeover.

The "American People" have spoken loud and clear by electing President Obama in 2008 & 2012. The GOP must recruit "moderate" candidates with a diverse background (disabled, women, minorities, LGBT, etc.) who will represent all the "American People" if they want to be considered a serious political party in 2016.

The GOP must clean-up the mess left behind by extremist group(s) known as the tea party (kkk, skinheads, militia's, birther's, etc.) and apologize to all the "American People" for their unethical conduct - hatred, fear and bigotry displayed by the GOP/tea party. History has shown just how forgiving the American People can be.

 No Apology - No GOP  
 





LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Kay says, 'Face it, this presidential pretender has done more to hamper the progress of this country than any other president in history.  Hatred, fear and bigotry have nothing to do with it. '


I will ask this question for the umpteenth time:


In OBJECTIVE terms...How is the country in worse shape NOW than it was in Jan. 2009?

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@DownInAlbany @LordHelpUs Wrong.  "Income equality" is not "a fav dem buzzphrase", though income INEQUALITY is.  It is possible to improve income INEQUALITY without trying to achieve income equality.

kayaker71
kayaker71

@LordHelpUs Nearly 18T debt.  Govt regulations that hamper corporate and small business progress.  Failure to drill for oil on federal lands to ease our dependency on foreign oil.  Spending tax dollars on things like solar energy and a stimulus that went absolutely nowhere.  The worst relationships with foreign countries that we have ever had.  That will do for openers.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@LordHelpUs 

Well, knowing he's around my mother's age, I tend to give him a pass on many things that I wouldn't give others.  I probably shouldn't do so because that's age discrimination, but I can't help but do so.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@DownInAlbany @LordHelpUs Is that all you have?  

Now the follow on:  What would Mitt Romney have done to improve income INequality?  Lower taxes and fewer regulations?  LOL...

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@kayaker71 @LordHelpUs You were in a coma from Jan 2001 to Jan 2009, weren't you?


In the above, you got ONE fact right, but are obviously ignorant as to the components of that debt and where they originated.


THIS is why the GOP is hopeless...their supporters are ignorant...

Brosephus
Brosephus

@kayaker71 

"Govt regulations that hamper corporate and small business progress."

Yet those very corporations are back to reaping record profits even though they've been "hampered".  By "hampered", I presume you mean they've had their will gift wrapped and placed in a hamper and floated downstream to their bank accounts, right? 

"Failure to drill for oil on federal lands to ease our dependency on foreign oil."

Obviously, we didn't need to as some like to claim that "We're #1" anyway, right?  We're less dependent on foreign oil as it is, and you conservatives want us to build a project for Canadian oil.  So, who really wants us dependent on foreign oil?

Robert1959
Robert1959

Know let's be clear...Over the past 6 years of President Obama's administration (2008-14) all Americans have access to healthcare (ACA), the economy steadily improving, deficit going down quicker than expected, unemployment down (5%), real estate market coming back quickly, stocks at all time high (+17,000), gasoline prices at/or below $2.00 per gallon nationwide and no new foreign wars.

The GOP solutions to this list of accomplishments without their help? GOP scandal investigations...(IRS, DOJ, NSA, ACA, Benghazi, lawsuits, impeachment nonsense, etc.)

The GOP hatred, fear and bigotry against President Obama the 1st Black American President of the USA-(2008-2016) is outrageous. The GOP should be ashamed and apologize to all the American People for their unethical conduct - hatred, fear and bigotry.

Enough is Enough.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Robert1959 Just because I oppose his politics doesn't make me a bigot.  Continuing to support his policies does make you look stupid, though.

kayaker71
kayaker71

@Robert1959 Bozo had nothing to do with gasoline prices going down.  Neither is he responsible for a record dow.  His unemployment figures are a joke and the real estate market is still in the tank.  His being the first black president has absolutely nothing to do with his success or failure.  Face it, this presidential pretender has done more to hamper the progress of this country than any other president in history.  Hatred, fear and bigotry have nothing to do with it.

kayaker71
kayaker71

@Robert1959 "Hatred and bigotry" have nothing to do with Bozo's failures.  Neither does his color. He is just an abject failure. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @Robert1959

Just because I oppose his politics doesn't make me a bigot. 

Indeed it does not.

Thing is, Robert1959 didn't make that claim, so I'm not sure why you needed to post that. He's simply saying that bigotry is a component to the opposition to Obama, and I don't think that's terribly difficult to document.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Visual_Cortex @DownInAlbany @Robert1959 The GOP hatred, fear and bigotry against President Obama the 1st Black American President of the USA-(2008-2016) is outrageous. The GOP should be ashamed and apologize to all the American People for their unethical conduct - hatred, fear and bigotry.

I expect you libs to stick together.  Especially when you're wrong.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@kayaker71 @Robert1959

He is just an abject failure.

Saying that doesn't make it true. But the right wing seems to have fallen in love with that word, so I expect to hear it from them until Jan. 2017, when the next person takes office.

Brosephus
Brosephus

Seems like a lot of hurt feelings and bruised egos this morning.  Oh well, nothing different from any other day here.  Obama says something and conservatives get offended.  Next thing, the sun will start to set once it reaches its zenith.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@DownInAlbany 

Nah, but I know a few others here who need to change theirs after almost every post they respond to.  Just sayin'

:-)

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Visual_Cortex 

Seems like he got stung by that come back as well.  If you can't take it, then don't dish it out.  That's how I see it.  If you're going to try to mock people, then don't get mad when you get mocked back.  Ask Holly Fisher about that.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Visual_Cortex

Not yet, just finished the mornin' feeding here with the accompanying diaper changes.  Didn't wanna pile on too much at once.  I will go check it out though.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

I did enjoy the line about needing to invest in infrastructure beyond a single pipeline.  Perfect illustration of how vacuous and simple-minded the GOP and its supporters view economics.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@LordHelpUs You've got to start somewhere.  One pipeline at a time.

If Obama would simply get out of the way.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LordHelpUs

I did enjoy the line about needing to invest in infrastructure beyond a single pipeline. 

That was nicely put, yes.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

The new GOP Congress was ALL ready to work with Obama until he hurt their fee-fees.


Poor little boogers.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@LordHelpUs  You know the low turnout of voters went to vote just to elect those who would compromise with Obama and the Dems. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LordHelpUs

What I find interesting is what I'm not hearing from the GOP, not from the highest level guys anyway.

I'm not hearing any counter to Obama's claim that, basically, we've packed up and left, mostly, those war zones, and stuff is down to a low boil with lower-rent opponents to deal with.

If someone's managed a good head of steam attacking those basic assertions in the SOTU that they'd like to provide, great, but I don't think that's the GOP strategy here.

So I guess they basically conceded that security issue, for now anyway. Which is real interesting.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@Visual_Cortex @LordHelpUs Oh, and to your point, one other GOP strategy seems to be to pursue more wars in the ME and in Russia.  Cuz that has been as successful as the Cuba embargo.


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LordHelpUs @Visual_Cortex

But no direct attacks on his foreign policy claims?

Again, that's interesting. Guess they've read some polls that have Americans basically assuming that what Obama's reported is correct, and figured why fight it.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@Visual_Cortex @LordHelpUs LOL, between that and their complete omission of the immigration EO's (after ALL the wailing) makes it look like a full retreat (cut n run, if you will)

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@Visual_Cortex @LordHelpUs I hear you. The GOP plan seems to be castrate Obamacare (with nothing to replace it), more tax cuts (cuz trickle down has been SO successful), continue to deny climate change and further enable polluters, castrate Dodd Frank and give big banks the latitude to screw up our economy again.


Their supporters really need a lobotomy...