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Friday, January 29, 2010

Think Tank Lineup: Obama's SOTU

The Cato Institute
State of the Union Fact Check

(H.T. Government Mess)

The Ludwig von Mises Institute
The Address Obama Should Have Given

But what if the president discovered the writings of people like Henry Hazlitt, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand? What might such such an address have been like, and how might those in the audience have reacted?

In a new piece I've written called, "The Address Obama Should Have Given - For a Change to Freedom," I imagine such a State of the Union address for a change to greater freedom, and suggest what it would have said.

The Independent Institute
The Audacity of Obama's State of the Union

This is a decent point. Bush racked up the deficit with two off-budget wars, a bloated expansion of Medicare and tax cuts that did not correspond to any cuts in spending. And so what’s Obama propose to halt the deficit from spiraling yet more out of control?

"We are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected, but all other discretionary government programs will."

Let me get this straight. Medicare and war profligacy brought on the crisis, and so we will "freeze" spending, expect for Medicare and war—and also except for Social Security and Medicaid? Huh?

The Reason Foundation
Obama's Rhetorical Retreat

Not to worry, true believers, Barack Obama only sounds as if he's making sense. The proposed three-year freeze sham accounts for less than a measly one-sixth of the federal budget, and the deficit panel already has been voted down in the Senate.

But sounding like you mean it is half the battle—as the Republican Party has learned over the past 15 years. And one of the major political missteps of the Obama administration has been confusing the agenda of the progressive left with that of the American electorate.


  1. The union of individuals in the herd, as promoted by Obama and his Rousseau-Marx Party, is stated as community interests being more important than are individual interests, completely opposite Ayn Rand’s belief, as illustrated by Howard Roark’s jury summation. America is different than all other nations because it was founded on much the same beliefs as Rand’s, although starting almost 400 years ago based on Christian individualism. It became the most prosperous because of this. The formation of local government no further than a day’s horseback ride, where people voted, held town hall meetings, even formed vigilante committees when needed, and Tea Parties as well, shows how well the tradition of individual freedom worked, and still does to some extent. What if this was in the SOTU?

  2. Ayn Rand - still not a founding father.