If it weren’t for Dick Cheney agreeing with Obama on drone strikes, he’d be all in negatives.
Of course, given that even MSN is calling bullshit on Obama’s State of the Union address, maybe it shouldn’t be all that surprising:
- The president claimed that “both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion.” But that’s only an estimate of deficit reduction through fiscal year 2022, and it would be lower if the White House used a different starting point.
We haven’t reduced the deficit at all, and we’re still running trillion-dollar deficits.
The “estimate of deficit reduction” is like writing out a diet. You come up with a plan that says you’re only going to eat 2000 calories a day, you’re going to run 3 miles a day, lift weights for an hour, and do another hour of cardio. By the end of 2013, you should be ready to run in an iron man triathalon. Of course, when the day after you write that plan, you eat 4000 calories, waddle 30 yards to the fridge and back in a day, lift only food to your mouth, and do another hour of sleeping to rest from all your eating… you won’t find yourself at the end of the year ready to run an iron man triathanlon.
- Obama touted the growth of 500,000 manufacturing jobs over the past three years, but there has been a net loss of 600,000 manufacturing jobs since he took office. The recent growth also has stalled since July 2012.
That job growth just keeps “unexpectedly” stalling, just like the rest of the economy keeps “unexpectedly” stalling.
To continue with the working out analogy, Obama’s growth of jobs is like adding a half hour of running to your daily workout in the evening… after you take out an hour of running from your daily workout in the morning. You can say you’re running an extra half hour, because it is a different half hour, but you still have a loss.
- He claimed that “we have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas.” Actual mileage is improving, but Obama’s “doubled” claim refers to a desired miles-per-gallon average for model year 2025.
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards that the government imposes are as fanciful as any other soviet pipe dream. The party will dictate that it must be so, and when it cannot be produced, oh well – it’s the worker’s fault. Obama declares that all cars must average 54.5 mpg by 2025. That’s 12 years from now. 12 years ago, a 2001 Ford Taurus got 19 mpg combined. Today, a 2013 Ford Taurus gets 23 mpg combined (and that’s ignoring that there was a massive Taurus redesign after some idiot wunderkind at Ford cancelled it). The 2001 Toyota Camry 4-cylinder got 24 mpg combined. The 2013 Toyota Camry 4-cylinder gets 28 mpg combined.
Ford and Toyota both make good cars. The Taurus with a V6 over 12 years was able to be improved by 4 mpg. The Camry with a 4-cylinder over 12 years was able to be improved by 4 mpg. The new demands by government are that they go up to 54.5 mpg. For the Taurus, that’s requiring an increase of 31.5 mpg – more than double. For the Camry, that’s requiring an increase of 26.5 mpg – almost double. And remember again, that’s average economy, so for every fun, desirable vehicle like the Ford Raptor, Toyota FJ, Jeep Wrangler, Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger or any of the light trucks that are made that get in the teens to 20s for mpg, they’ll have to crank out some ridiculous number of vehicles that get above 55 mpg.
Keep in mind this is the Obama government that declared that we need to be running on biofuels that DO NOT EXIST. They can make mandates, and when the mandates can’t be met, they impose fines, or seize control. The objective is to fundamentally transform America, and it’s working. Auto manufacturers will have to either stop making cars people want, or they’ll have to make the ones the government lets them.
And government-made cars suck.
- Obama said the Affordable Care Act “is helping to slow the growth of health care costs.” It may be helping, but the slower growth for health care spending began in 2009, before the law was enacted, and is due at least partly to the down economy.
Obamacare is a trillion-dollar tax hike. Those taxes will be passed on to consumers. We’ve already begun to see it, as businesses like Stryker Medical start cutting jobs; and they will be raising costs. All those taxes have to come from somewhere. Obamacare is also scheduled to cost every family about $20,000.
There is nothing there that will “slow the growth of health care costs” under Obama policies unless you have a very fanciful vision of the future… just like the 54.5 mpg cars, magic biofuels, increasing jobs, and recovering economy.