It has always been a tradition that during the President’s State of the Union Address, a chosen representative of the opposing party sits waiting impatiently to tear it down. Realistically, it could have been any Republican tool; but last night’s Golden Boy happened to be Mitch Daniels, who succeeded above all else in highlighting his own ignorance.
Paul Krugman, one of my personal heroes, had this up first thing this morning in the New York Times:
“From the Daniels reply to the State of Union”:
Contrary to the President’s constant disparagement of people in business, it’s one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs — what a fitting name he had — created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew.
From Sunday’s Times:
“Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas.
Apple employs 43,000 people in the United States and 20,000 overseas, a small fraction of the over 400,000 American workers at General Motors in the 1950s, or the hundreds of thousands at General Electric in the 1980s. Many more people work for Apple’s contractors: an additional 700,000 people engineer, build and assemble iPads, iPhones and Apple’s other products. But almost none of them work in the United States. Instead, they work for foreign companies in Asia, Europe and elsewhere, at factories that almost all electronics designers rely upon to build their wares.”
Krugman then points out
“Obama’s auto bailout, just by itself, saved a lot more jobs than Apple’s US employment.”
A few more of Daniels’ talking points from CBS News:
”As Republicans our first concern is for those waiting tonight to begin or resume the climb up life’s ladder…”
Because some people might actually make it; but we in the GOP are ready and waiting to step on their fingers and send them back to the bottom where they belong.
”As a loyal opposition, who put patriotism and national success ahead of party or ideology or any self-interest…”
You know we’re patriotic because we all have little American flags sewn on every suit we own. (Don’t tell anyone, but they’re sewn into our underwear too, right where we sit down, if you know what I mean)
“No feature of the Obama Presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others.”
Americans know by now that no one does that better than us Republicans, and besides, he’s not even castigating the right people!
Mitt Romney’s “prebuttal” clearly showed he hadn’t read the President’s pre-released text, or watched the address, (he was probably in hair and make-up being prettied up for the camera) and thus ended up with his 1% foot in his mouth. He complained for instance, that there would not be an unemployed person sitting with the First Lady; he was right about that.
President Obama instead invited a woman who had had lost her job, but was fortunate enough to have a local program where business partnered with education to get her retrained and reemployed; something that a guy who made his fortune dumping workers could never get his Ken doll head around.
Yes, Warren Buffet’s secretary was there as well, the very woman who pays more in taxes than her billionaire boss does. Mitt should have been thanking God it wasn’t his own secretary up there.
Romney also said
”…tonight, the President will do what he does best. He will give a nice speech with a lot of memorable phrases.”
True, but unlike his GOP challengers, The President would be speaking with his head outside of his ass.
Romney concluded his remarks by saying,
“…someone ought to tell him: In order for the economy to truly ‘work for everyone,’ everyone needs to be working.”
This statement is so hypocritical on so many levels in Mitt Bain Romney’s case that I don’t even have to point it out to the intelligent types who follow this site. Just laugh amongst yourselves.
Finally, there’s Herman Cain’s rebuttal (yes, he’s still out there… literally). Speaking before the Tea Party Congress, whatever the hell that is, Herman complained(view video):
“The President and his administration still want to manipulate the tax code and pick winners and losers…”
And the GOP ain’t givin’ that power up.
“No big ideas that would fundamentally change how things work in Washington”
I’m betting Newt Gingrich helped with Cain’s speech because fundamentally is not only a Gingrich keyword, but it has about seven letters too many for Herman’s vocabulary.
Herman also pointed out to his audience that unemployment is actually higher than the numbers the government uses. Finally- Herman Cain is actually learning how government functions. Most people do that before they run for President but, to each his own.
More to come as rebuttals roll in.