While we watched a tired list of familiar Republican faces at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Democrats were busy advancing their 2016 election strategy. Conservatives quaking in their boots over the possibility of another Clinton presidency are talking big and vowing reforms we have heard about before that never seem to happen. Meanwhile the president made a speech, a Saturday follow-up to the SOTU that should be a wake-up call for one 2016 election battle conservative candidates will fail to win.
Two days ago we heard an irresponsible man with too much power urge us to let the government do appallingly irresponsible things. Politicians come and go, but once their ideas become law and are made a part of government they have staying power. That’s a bad thing. Obama will never apologize for what he’s done. He has no political conscience.
It’s that time of year. Working families matter again. Their rise to the top of Washington politics happens every January as the State of the Union address focuses on America’s bedrock and ignores the ugly truth we don’t want to talk about: working families must suffer. Suffering is what makes them valuable.
The empty spot in Paris that should have been occupied by America’s leader shouted the truth of how Barack Obama regards the Muslim faith. Did he think that his administration’s transparent efforts to shield its favorite religion from the “terrorism” label would go unnoticed?
Had we taken it seriously we would have been stunned by the new White House proposal that taxpayers shell out $60 billion to pay for the first two years of college. This sort of meaningless gibberish is standard political fare before the State of the Union, so the shock over suggesting a massive new federal giveaway was blunted by knowing it is never going to happen. That doesn’t mean we aren’t teaching poor students an unfortunate lesson about being needy that Obama is fighting tooth and nail to keep them from learning.
What should we make of a world that finds unity in a plane crash but sits back and lets a broken religion hold people in terror? We have a stunning ability to come together and set posturing and differences aside when tragedy strikes. Sadly, it too often takes a disaster to bring some semblance of unity.
When we need a government we can trust more than ever, why is Washington still sounding the cry for more jobs? Things have improved since the recession ravaged the job market. Jobs are coming back. What isn’t coming back is something we lost during the recession that has nothing to do with the economy. Under Obama America began to lose its identity and if there was any trust left in government, that trust is gone. We need it back. With Republicans gearing up to take over Capitol Hill this week, we have heard promise after promise about priorities, agenda, and big plans for job creation, plans just begging to start a war with Congressional Democrats and the White House. The House GOP leadership is promising the wrong things. What we need now is a promise of real trust we can believe.