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Right Change: Obama’s Progressive Plan for America

President Obama delivered his laundry list State of the Union last night where he doubled down on over $130 billion worth of progressive programs he wants to pass while stressing it wouldn’t add a dime to our deficit. Before we get to that, let’s begin with the start of his speech.

Obama: “So, together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.”

If by stronger, he means weaker, then yes, we are stronger:

It has been the norm for Presidents to use the State of the Union as an opportunity to update the American public on the shape of the country, that was until President Obama took office. Every speech he gives is about what he wants for America instead of what’s best for America. Last night, he made it clear that he wants a big spending government that minorities and women only can rely on. Here are some token moments from the speech.

Obama touted himself as a deficit reducer saying both parties worked together to reduce the deficit by $2.5 trillion. He failed to mention that he compared that number to the 2011 baseline (which would leave out the cost of Stimulus and Obamacare), most of it came from tax hikes on anyone making $400,000 or over, it is a reduction in the rate of spending, AND the cuts have yet to materialize. It’s also worth mentioning that the CBO estimates the public debt — that is, the amount the federal government owes the public — will approach $20 trillion in 2023. That is an increase of more than $8 trillion from its current level of $11.6 trillion.

He then went on to laying out his Progressive proposals that “won’t add a single dime to our deficit.” Among them were:

1. Spending on more green energy

2. Spending on a road-building program called “Fix-It-First” where he said taxpayers only pay for some of it (??)

3. Spending on a refinancing Housing plan.

4. Mandate States to pay for universal “high-quality” preschool

5. Mandating companies to raise the Minimum Wage Raise

6. Decreasing the time you have to wait to vote

After reading this, you would think that entities like the “government” “states” and “corporations” are these mysterious buildings on a high hill in a far away land that are funded by a money tree in the backyard. That’s hardly the case. Taxpayers fund all governments and corporations. All of these glorious spending proposals Obama says we must have are funded by taxpayers – that’s YOU. The biggest question we need to ask our President is: how are you going to pay for all of this?

For a closing thought, Mr. Obama also said (in regards to minimum wage):

“This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank, rent or eviction, scraping by or finally getting ahead.

For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. And a whole lot of folks out there would probably need less help from government. In fact, working folks shouldn't have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up, while CEO pay has never been higher.”

Since when did the American dream become a minimum wage job from the government? We’d be much better off lowering the minimum wage, incentivizing companies to do business in the U.S., and get people into well paying jobs. We are currently dealing with serious threats from North Korea and Iran, impending debt, a healthcare law that is crippling business, and a record unemployment rate.

Someone tell us how high-quality preschool and shorter voting lines are going to protect us from getting nuked by North Korea, put 88 million people back into the workforce, and reduce our upcoming debt of $20 trillion.

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