A policy expert with Americans for Limited Government says
President Obama, who Tuesday night delivered his first State of the
Union address since being re-elected to a second term, doubled down
on big government and more spending.
The one-hour speech before a joint session of
Congress addressed a wide range of issues including unemployment,
the economy, and gun control. (Read transcript) (
FACT CHECK from Associated Press)
While President Obama said "it isn't bigger government the
nation needs, but a smarter one," Rick Manning, vice president of
communications and public policy of Americans for Limited
Government, said the president laid out a laundry list of
traditional liberal programs.
"I heard a lot of retreads from previous State of the Union
messages and from previous speeches," Manning tells OneNewsNow. "I
didn't hear a lot of things that were actually going to help
America's job creators; I didn't hear anything that was going to
cause private citizens to create jobs.
"I heard only about how government was going to go around and
muck around in things -- and we know for a fact that that never
Obama devoted significant time in his speech discussing
environmental issues, presenting what he called an "Energy Security
Trust" as a way to reduce household gasoline expenses. Manning
offered this reaction:
"The truth is we have a natural gas boom in this country and an
oil boom in this country, and it's directly resulted from
fracking," he explains. "[That's] a procedure that this
administration has done everything they can to try to prevent --
and that is the actual shame of this State of the Union address
because he's lying to the American public and taking credit for
something he's actively tried to stop."
Obama noted that that natural gas boom has led to cleaner power
and greater energy independence, so it needs to be encouraged.
"That's why my administration will keep cutting red tape and
speeding up new oil and gas permits," he stated.
Financial expert Dan Celia of Financial
Issues Stewardship Ministry offers this perspective on that
remark. "Eighty-five percent of the oil and gas wells drilled and
working and operating before the BP spill still remain offline," he
noted Wednesday on American Family Radio. "Mr. President, we don't
need to speed up the permitting process and eliminate red tape --
all we need to do is say, Go ahead folks -- start pumping
Like ALG's Manning, Celia responded to the president's proposal
to use some of the nation's oil and gas revenues to fund the
"Energy Security Trust" that will guide new research and technology
to shift Americans' cars and trucks off oil for good.
"That's just what we need -- a new government bureaucracy that
gas companies and oil companies are going to have pay for,"
comments the financial expert. "In other words, there is going to
be another tax on them that they're going to pass along to us in
order to support this."
Celia contends another government bureaucracy will only add to
the red tape that the president said his administration will be
cutting in order to speed up new oil and gas permits.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) provided the Republican response to
President Obama's State of the Union address, in what many
commentators considered to be the highlight of the evening. Sen.
Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) delivered a response from the tea party
Conservative political scientist and analyst Dr. Charles Dunn,
Obama has sequestered himself: "The word
['sequestered'] means isolated or quarantined. He sequestered
himself with his ideology. All the solutions to problems were
centered in big government, and more taxes. That's where he weighed
in - unlike, for example, Bill Clinton, who moved to the center [in
his second term]. So if we look at Obama from an ideological
standpoint, he took positions last night that confirmed - if
confirmation is needed in anyone's mind - that he is a far-left
Political consequences of not
compromising: "If history is the best predictor in this
situation, Mr. Obama's party is going to lose seats in 2014. So
while critics of Republicans, and Republicans themselves, are
saying Oh, this is a very bad situation for the Republican Party,
if we look at this [we will see] he has sequestered himself with
history that is not favorable to him nor to his party."
Derryck Green with the black conservative organization Project 21
"He talked about 'green energy,' which has been
proven time and time again to fail. He's talking about closing tax
loopholes, which is nothing more than raising taxes on American
families at a time that they can least afford having less
disposable income. He's talking universal pre-school. He said in
one part of his speech that every proposal that he's laying out
would not increase the size of the debt or the deficit, but he
wants universal pre-school. You know, it's just more and more and
more of him trying to engineer a utopia based on
Anna Higgins, director of the Family Research Council's Center for Human
Dignity, responds to the president's statement that his proposals
"matter little if we don't come together to protect our most
precious resource: our children."
"Which is precisely why we're
working to put an end to the destruction of children in the womb.
The reality is that this president and this administration promote
and fund the destruction of innocent lives. There are 3,300
children who die at the hands of abortion every day in this
Today is the last official day in office for Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, but concerns about her replacement have already
been mounting when it comes to climate policy.