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State of the Union is a Shiny Object

This evening, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address, which will have little to do with the actual state of the nation — and the actual desires of the American people.  Meanwhile, Congress is working on legislation that will harm the American people, and hit us where it hurts.

One of Mr. Obama’s speech writers says in a promotional video for SOTU, “We’ve got  lot of great ideas, and now we’re at the point where we’re trying to get it down to really great language so that we can make the most compelling case for the President’s agenda to the American people…  He’s making his agenda and his work real to the rest of the country.”  

The video captures Mr. Obama saying, “I think the tone is right.  I think the framework’s right.”

“Really great language…”

“His agenda…”

“The tone is right…”

That’s nice and all.  But what about the American people’s agenda?  What about the real problems we face today?

Mr. Obama is expected to address paycheck fairness, hiking the minimum wage, and income inequality, even though these are not the issues most important to the American people.

What the American people care about is healthcare, jobs, and the economy.  Worse, Congress is working on legislation that may truly harm the American people.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 55%, among several others, wants to legalize illegal immigrants and give them amnesty, even though amnesty and immigration are very low on America’s priorities list — only 3 percent of Americans consider them a top priority for 2014.

The House is just about to pass a nearly $1 trillion food stamp and farm bill desperately in need of serious reforms but getting none of them.  We explain in our key vote:

Despite claims of reform, the bill continues to spend nearly $1 trillion on a variety of programs, including significant taxpayers subsidies to agribusiness, green energy handouts, conservation programs and of course the massive food stamp program.

Once again, about 80 percent of the bill’s spending goes towards the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps.   There are now nearly 48 million individuals on food stamps, compared with nearly 31 million in 2008 and 17 million in 2000. 

This week the Senate will vote on the misnamed Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, which would delay certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, rightly designed to phase out subsidies on flood insurance premiums.  We explain in our key vote against the bill:

The innocuously named Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act would delay the start of that much needed reform for four years, setting a terrible precedent that this promising reform may never be allowed to go into effect and taxpayers would be left holding the bag.

All of this is occurring against the despicable backdrop of Mr. Obama’s failed health care law, Obamacare.  Two-thirds of Americans say Obamacare is performing poorly, regardless of the rhetorical spin Mr. Obama may attempt to put on reality this evening.

The State of the Union will be merely a shiny object.  The American people shouldn’t be distracted from the other goings-on on Capitol Hill — because we will be paying dearly for Congress’s and Mr. Obama’s blunders.

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