While I’m on round 2 of antibiotics to fight strep:
VIDEO: During Obama’s hyper partisan attack last night John McCain was seen mouthing “Blame it on Bush.” Obama may want to study up on fact.
Obama repeatedly insisted that he inherited massive budgetary problems from George Bush, but the Con Law professor may want to retake his high-school civics class. Congress passes budgets, not the President, and the last three budgets came from Democrats. In three years, they increased annual federal spending by $900 billion, while the admittedly profligate and irresponsible Republican Congresses under George Bush increased annual federal spending by $800 billion — in six years. And during the last three years before taking office as President, Obama served in the Senate that passed those bills, and he voted for every Democratic budget put in front of him.
VIDEO: The President’s major and egregiously illogical diss of the Supreme Court and Justice Alito’s quiet little Joe Wilson moment.
“He [Alito] deserved to be criticized, if he didn’t like it he can mouth whatever they want,” Weiner [Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)] said. “These Supreme Court justices sometimes forget that we live in the real world. They got a real world reminder tonight, if you make a boneheaded decision, someone’s going to call you out on it.”
Indeed, Mr. Obama’s description of the holding of the case was imprecise. He said the court had “reversed a century of law.”
The law that Congress enacted in the populist days of the early 20th century prohibited direct corporate contributions to political campaigns. That law was not at issue in the Citizens United case, and is still on the books. Rather, the court struck down a more complicated statute that barred corporations and unions from spending money directly from their treasuries — as opposed to their political action committees — on television advertising to urge a vote for or against a federal candidate in the period immediately before the election. It is true, though, that the majority wrote so broadly about corporate free speech rights as to call into question other limitations as well — although not necessarily the existing ban on direct contributions.
Maybe I expected to much in the way of scope from Obama, but he was advertised as a Constitutional law scholar, was he not?
Althouse: It’s not how much or how loud you speak that counts, is it?
Jay Stewart: Reflections On Obama Before SOTU:
He declared that he would not allow policies to help the fortunate few, then took vouchers away from low-income black students in Washington DC.
He made promises on improving education, as I remarked in last night’s liveblog:
If he really wants to improve education and equalize access for students, one word: VOUCHERS.
There were only two things I liked out of his entire speech: the removal of capital gains taxes on small business investment which is hugely important to the engine of our economy, and his promise on offshore drilling and nuclear plants.
However, he disappointed his base with unfulfilled promises on Iraq, DADT, jobs, health care, and more, which makes me think that he’ll be twice as likely to break promises on the aforementioned.