Ramirez on the state of the Union

posted at 2:01 pm on February 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve talked a lot about what Barack Obama’s State of the Union says about him and his fellow Democrats.  What does it say about … the state of the union itself?  First, Liz Peek answers that question by contrasting the approaches of Obama and Marco Rubio in terms of trust in the individual:

Barack Obama and Marco Rubio spoke to the nation this week – men whose lives have followed similarly brilliant paths but whose politics have been pickled in very different brines.

The juxtaposition of President Obama’s vision for the United States with that of Florida Senator Marco Rubio captures neatly the divide in our country. Obama, year after year, trots out top-down fixes for our nation’s problems. He wants the government to spearhead innovation, decide what employers will pay, reapportion healthcare spending, change the climate, divert investment into renewable energy, remake autos, override mortgage lending standards, overhaul college loans and on and on. He infantilizes the electorate.  Rubio champions the strength of the individual instead of the collective. He values the freedom to work hard and pursue one’s dreams as the bedrock of growth and success. …

Rubio grew up listening to his polio-stricken grandfather extol the virtues and values of the United States. Rubio recalls that like so many proud immigrants, the old man impressed upon his grandson that “there was no limit to how far I could go, because I was an American.” While Obama’s upbringing causes him to focus on America’s “darker periods,” Rubio’s relationship with his native land is celebratory. Early in his presidency, Mr. Obama declines to proclaim America’s exceptionalism while Rubio shouts it from the rooftops.

These are not insignificant differences; they color how these men want to govern. Obama claims the country has failed some communities, and he means to fix that. He has embraced policies like Obamacare, loosening welfare requirements and extending unemployment, possibly endangering our fiscal future. At the GOP convention last fall, Rubio describes these as “ideas that threaten to make America more like the rest of the world, instead of helping the world become more like America.”

Michael Ramirez also had the same impression of Obama’s approach.  He distills it down to a single image for Investors Business Daily today, in his inimitable style:

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The problem actually isn’t Barack Obama, though.  He’s just a symptom of a much larger defect in the body politic, and it only requires a perusal of SOTU addresses from the last few decades to spot it.  The problem is that Americans want “free stuff,” and they reward politicians who promise it — even if they never deliver.  There is no such thing as “free stuff,” especially when it comes to government programs.  They have grown so large now that we’ve transitioned from putting ourselves in debt to raiding the future earnings of our great-grandchildren in an attempt to avoid the obvious conclusion that, in Robert Heinlein’s famous saying, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents.  We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

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If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.

- President Harry S. Truman

ITguy on February 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Organizing the Free Shit Army, one community at a time.

Archivarix on February 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents. We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

True enough, Dog Eater is simply the Apex Retard of an entire class of ruling political retards.

Hank Johnson, Hagel, Reid, and Bark were probably not the sort of representatives the Founders had in mind when they created the government system of the U.S. We’re supposed to elect our smartest and wisest, instead we’re being destroyed and enslaved by our stupidest.

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

That’s perfect.

UltimateBob on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Did any of you see Marco Rubio take that sip of water…?

… Oh Boy!

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

The problem actually isn’t Barack Obama, though. He’s just a symptom of a much larger defect in the body politic

Off the hook again……..

Its called leadership Ed, that is the Presidents job.

dmann on February 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

We did it to ourselves because we allowed our cultural underpinnings to be sabotaged by the progressive/communist influences. This has been going on for years. We have been a target since Wilson was president. The one thing they have is patience, However, as one can notice,,,the stops have been pulled out. They sense the jugular being bared and are going for it. The press are willing lapdogs, the religion and the cultural have been pr-opted,etc. They are going for it..

retiredeagle on February 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

If you want to see what is wrong with America, go look in the mirror. YOU are the problem.

Christien on February 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

True enough, Dog Eater is simply the Apex Retard of an entire class of ruling political retards.

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

There is a typo in one of the words there but we are not allowed to point it out for fear of ban hammer.

Archivarix on February 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

The little girl might think about looking at the Penny Plan instead. Its her future. Her call.

Bmore on February 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

If it is everybody’s fault, then it is nobody’s fault.

Christien on February 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The problem actually isn’t Barack Obama, though. He’s just a symptom of a much larger defect in the body politic

Chicken or the egg Ed. Its been the left’s stated agenda to increase dependency on government in order to solidify their own political power for generations. Yes, the American electorate has taken very easily to government handouts but they had to be sold that idea by somebody.

Zetterson on February 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Its called leadership Ed, that is the Presidents job.

dmann on February 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

So…when’s lil barry going to start doing his job?

Solaratov on February 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

If it is everybody’s fault, then it is nobody’s fault.

Christien on February 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

We need to spread the fault around, for fairness sake.

NapaConservative on February 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Every day, we’re getting closer and closer in making the movie Idiocracy a prophetic documentary.

NapaConservative on February 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The problem actually isn’t Barack Obama, though.

Should made that the first sentence, then I would have stopped reading.

albill on February 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I’m going to disagree slightly, Bishop. (I know, I’m treading on thin ice here, disagreeing with you.) Those sorts of politicians is exactly who the Founders envisioned getting into government. The problem is that the Founders hoped the people would keep them under control. It’s why the three branches, checks and balances, keeping a strong state sovereignty, differing election periods, etc. They knew that conniving, lying, power-hungry aristocrat-wannabes would try to gain not just power but control. When the people started being bought by monies from the treasury, the people stopped being the check on power they were supposed to be.

GWB on February 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Just love Ramirez! He is a jewel.

On the issue of kids, have you seen this about bho’s visit to a pre-school today? One would think that all this would have been done days ago so bho would swoop in/hug a kid/and make a speech?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/14/preschool-scrambling-to-find-students-for-obama-visit-because-its-winter-break/
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letget on February 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

We’ve talked a lot about what Barack Obama’s State of the Union says about him and his fellow Democrats. What does it say about … the state of the union itself?

A minor quibble with the rat-eared wonder but he never actually said what the state of the union was. He just launched into his laundry list of free stuff for the parasites who adore him, attacks on the productive of society that the left hates, and all the anecdotes tied to the worthless parasites in the gallery as guests of Mooch.

More of the productive stand up to the parasites and just say no to the parasites and the Democrats who pander to them. BTW, single issue voters fall in the parasite column because they don’t give a damn about anything but their womb, ability to legitimize sodomy, or whatever. They are as worthless to a free and healthy society as the 102-year-old welfare queen that was sitting next to Mooch.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents. We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

To clarify: The LIBERALS have done that and through our apathy or laziness we have ALLOWED it to happen and now we are paying dearly for it.

kim roy on February 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

who is this we you speak of?

This is going on through all levels of g’ment and “we” do not even know most of what goes on. I have mentioned the city of Houston debt before. Like many cities, the leaders make promises they don’t pay for. Ours is a strong mayor form of government. The last three mayors have promsed future pensions but have elected not to fund them. The paper doesn’t report it, the councilmen won’t speak of it and of course the mayors are never questioned about it. Ignoring the building debt doesn’t make it go away but the state legislature won’t get involved either.

And the feds pass on more obligations to the states. Reality needs to come sooner rather than later.

DanMan on February 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

“We” are to blame, but the heavy lifting of infantilization has been done by the left as they took over education at all levels.

Government needs to get OUT of the public control of education completely. For the “public school” years, vouchers only, with the sole restriction they can only go to the education of the child for whom they are issued, not transferable in any fashion.

Universities are on their own. They can keep and pay for their far-left tenured faculties by dipping into endowments, or in the case of state universities by taxing their own people – if they will stand for it.

Education is little more today than a huge and ongoing subsidy to the Left. End it, or end us.

Adjoran on February 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Is the girl Julia?

bw222 on February 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Wait…brilliant? Barack is brilliant?

Ummmm…no. Not even close.

Bob's Kid on February 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Our way out of this problem is through HATE and ANGER against the Welfare State… HATE and ANGER against the Welfare Queens and Kings… HATE and ANGER against the parasites of the Welfare State… Nothing would rile up the producers more than the daily exposure of the Welfare State and how is their hard earned money is taken from them and given to the low life parasites who think they are entitled for free stuff… Show no mercy folks… Make the Welfare Queen the face, heart, and soul of the democrat party…

mnjg on February 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Bet her name’s Julia.

Marcola on February 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Solaratov on February 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

He is, as long as the truth be damned! The dog eater knows exactly what he is doing. If he is allowed to lie, cheat, steal and use the implied threat of racism as a foil against any criticism nothing will change. Without a free and objective media to call him out and present the honest facts…… we are done!

dmann on February 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

If you want to see what is wrong with America, go look in the mirror. YOU are the problem.

Christien on February 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

61 million people disagree.

hillsoftx on February 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Minor quibble…Ramirez put the big ears on the wrong rat.

/Or did he?

Christien on February 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

We’ll hit rock bottom soon as the soft foundation of empty promises comes crashing down on itself. It is what comes next that is important. Gird yourself and get prepared!!

Deano1952 on February 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Children led (or misled) by a monarch, what model is that?

Speakup on February 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Nothing would rile up the producers more than the daily exposure of the Welfare State and how is their hard earned money is taken from them and given to the low life parasites who think they are entitled for free stuff… Show no mercy folks… Make the Welfare Queen the face, heart, and soul of the democrat party…

mnjg on February 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Maybe the producers should be assigned the parasites they support by name and be sent a picture of “their” parasites. When the producers get up at 5:00am on a cold winter morning to work an honest job, it might be helpful for them to remember who gets to roll over and sleep in.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The problem actually isn’t Barack Obama, though

I gotta disagree.

His one and only goal is to buy votes for the democrats.

tru2tx on February 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents. We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

Off with Ed Morrissey’s head… Nobody in America, neither on the Left nor the Right wants to hear the truth about how we came to be where we currently are. It isn’t just Los Angeles that has become a Dystopian nightmare, it is all of America that has.

The question really is, HOW did America become a Dystopian nightmare. Before anyone can even begin to answer that question they are going to have to stare Ed statement right square in the face for a good long while. Because like it or not, he is essentially correct, Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America.

We have been watching for some time the hypocritical double standard of the Left, “Warmongering is evil” when a republican in office, but like totally cool when a democrat is in office. While the supposed conservative GOP is guilty of the exact same kind of hypocritical double standard when it comes to government spending.

Obama’s spending is evil and unconscionable, but GW’s spending was totally understandable. When in reality, it isn’t Obama’s spending and it wasn’t GW’s spending. It was CONGRESS which both the Democrat and the GOP have taken turns increasing spending while likewise taking turn blaming each other for increasing the amount of their spending.

Whether Ed is right that the political class is just responding to the infantilization of America, or responsible for it yet remains to be seen (I lean towards their being responsible, when the general public sees their leaders repeated break the law wit o consequence the resulting collapse in public morals and ethics is inevitable).

SWalker on February 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

People need to think of government programs and taxes as the exact opposite of a savings account. Bernie Madoff goes legit!

MT on February 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents. We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

I’m afraid the progressive movement is considerably more destructively deceitful than that.

After it failed to turn American after WWI a concentrated conspiracy was hatched to bring down our morals, education and financial systems.

Centralized power and propaganda have had those effects.

Speakup on February 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

hillsoftx on February 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I was joking. Kind of. Allow me to reflect on it a spell.

Christien on February 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Maybe the producers should be assigned the parasites they support by name and be sent a picture of “their” parasites. When the producers get up at 5:00am on a cold winter morning to work an honest job, it might be helpful for them to remember who gets to roll over and sleep in.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Not a bad idea :)

mnjg on February 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents. We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

What’s this “we” crap? I haven’t paid attention to Hollywood, liberal political demagogues, the MSM, or the rest of popular “culture” for years, but apparently not enough people had the insight to recognize crap when it stunk up the joint!

First, we shoot all the lawyers journ-o-lists.

drunyan8315 on February 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

we’re being destroyed and enslaved by our stupidest.

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

What I’ve been sensing for years.

freedomfirst on February 14, 2013 at 3:09 PM

I wish Barky went to my 3 yr old’s pre-school.

The media and the left would have gone apoplectic upon hearing the little one utter the words “0bama is naughty”.

freedomfirst on February 14, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Saw it this morning. Michael is truly amazing. I do wonder if he tears-up that the thoughts he puts
pen/pencil to are so beautiful while telling such a sad tale…

mickytx on February 14, 2013 at 3:13 PM

People live up (or down) to expectations. You’re part of the problem.

VerbumSap on February 14, 2013 at 3:15 PM

God damn all the Looters.

The moochers will never inherit the Earth.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM

People live up (or down) to expectations. You’re part of the problem.

VerbumSap on February 14, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Perhaps.
I haven’t come up with a solution, though, that keeps me out of prison or my family with a roof over its heads.

freedomfirst on February 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

A minor quibble with the rat-eared wonder but he never actually said what the state of the union was. He just launched into his laundry list of free stuff for the parasites who adore him, attacks on the productive of society that the left hates, and all the anecdotes tied to the worthless parasites in the gallery as guests of Mooch.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

You noticed that too? Nothing is said or not-said by this man by accident.

Obama isn’t even trying to hide his disdain for the notion of a “union” anymore. He wants to divide, agitate, condemn, demagogue, and destroy his opposition. He would rather be King of half the country, with the other half demonized and demoralized, than President of a peaceful and cooperative Union. He is actively sowing hate and division among our people now.

rockmom on February 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

There ain’t such thing as a free lunch.

Boy, that goes back a ways for me. IIRC, the Lunar Colonies in The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress put a cannon and TANSTAAFL on their flag when they declared independence…

bandarlog on February 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Did any of you see Marco Rubio take that sip of water…?

… Oh Boy!

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

The left wing media was more than happy not to have to delve too deeply in to the STFU speech. They were distracted by bottle of water because they wanted to be distracted from that big ole mess of a speech (and president).

Fallon on February 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

After it failed to turn American after WWI a concentrated conspiracy was hatched to bring down our morals, education and financial systems.

Yup. Those lefty college campus protesters of the ’60s figured out the best way to bring down our morals and western civilization was to graduate and enter the fields of media, education, law, and financial systems to really make the changes for which they were protesting as youth and be in positions of influence for the generations to come.

hawkeye54 on February 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents. We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

It’s not free stuff only, The left is selling lust, deviancy, guilt-free slaughter of our own precious offspring, booing and removing God from every corner of America, pornography, sloth, envy and coveting, culture destruction as race games for votes, and destroying our sovereignty, well as demonizing our constitution.
We’ve got a lot more at stack than just the danged economy, most of which can be restored–but not our heritage, our integrity, our decency, our God-given freedom and rights.

Don L on February 14, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I forgot to include the right to murder innocent folks if you feel you’ve been wronged–at least if you’re a police officer of a protected class, you’ll get a pass, like OJ.
We are now in a state of selective anarchy!

Don L on February 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents. We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

True enough, Dog Eater is simply the Apex Retard of an entire class of ruling political retards.

Hank Johnson, Hagel, Reid, and Bark were probably not the sort of representatives the Founders had in mind when they created the government system of the U.S. We’re supposed to elect our smartest and wisest, instead we’re being destroyed and enslaved by our stupidest.

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I mostly agree with both of you, but I don’t think they are stupid, Bishop. I think evil and cynical are more appropriate descriptions for our leadership.

woodNfish on February 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Barack Obama didn’t “infantilize” America, nor did George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or other recent Presidents. We’ve done that to ourselves, and the political class we create simply has responded to that fact.

True enough, Dog Eater is simply the Apex Retard of an entire class of ruling political retards.

Hank Johnson, Hagel, Reid, and Bark were probably not the sort of representatives the Founders had in mind when they created the government system of the U.S. We’re supposed to elect our smartest and wisest, instead we’re being destroyed and enslaved by our stupidest.

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Today’s problematic, culturally defective people, continue to grow in numbers, to restate the obvious. The frequent access and use of the internet to be nonproductive but nasty — exercise often unconscionabe degeneracy socially, cuturally, emotionally, is fueling this building and ongoing problem.

There’s no “stop that” ruler involved. So some persons approach and pass over into irresponsibility-times-ten.

The causes are identifiable, I just don’t know what the solution is except that human beings DO NEED if not require involved, responsible parenting long past the age of adolescence but especially during it.

Lourdes on February 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I mostly agree with both of you, but I don’t think they are stupid, Bishop. I think evil and cynical are more appropriate descriptions for our leadership.

woodNfish on February 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I think it’s diminishing capacity. Too many tools are handy to take up the work, the effort, the time and labor and incentive (and neurons) necessary to solve day to day problems, resolve or address daily issues and needs, so people have grown and continue to grow less bright, less capable and are being rewarded for it, so they’re “happy” being degenerate if not utterly destructive to themselves and others.

I read somewhere that some study or another claims that people are growing more intelligent on average but I do.not.believe that. I think it’s quite the contrary.

Adeptness at pushing buttons and interacting with “a screen” are not necessarily measures of being more intelligent — I think what’s taking place is human life is devolving.

Take away all the electronics and devices and see how humans fare for a decade afterward, that’d be the measure of just how intelligent or not we’ve become.

Lourdes on February 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The left wing media was more than happy not to have to delve too deeply in to the STFU speech. They were distracted by bottle of water because they wanted to be distracted from that big ole mess of a speech (and president).

Fallon on February 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

THAT ^^.

Lourdes on February 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

“Our constitution was created for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the governing of any other.” John Adams

bluesdoc70 on February 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

We’ll hit rock bottom soon as the soft foundation of empty promises comes crashing down on itself. It is what comes next that is important. Gird yourself and get prepared!!

Deano1952 on February 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

We’ve already hit rock bottom and I think I saw Mr and Mrs ZERO last week with a shovel in their hands. They’re going to start digging.

Hammie on February 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Maybe the producers should be assigned the parasites they support by name and be sent a picture of “their” parasites. When the producers get up at 5:00am on a cold winter morning to work an honest job, it might be helpful for them to remember who gets to roll over and sleep in.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Some would be likely to hunt him/her down and spend $1.60 on a .223 round. Myself, I would like to be able to, but I have morals.

Hammie on February 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I haven’t come up with a solution, though, that keeps me out of prison or my family with a roof over its heads.

freedomfirst on February 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Which is it? Stay out of prison OR keep a roof over your family’s head?

meh

Hammie on February 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Strike my earlier comment. Looks as though The Penny Plan is out.

Bmore on February 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hammie on February 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Hi Hammie, hitting in the clean up spot this evening. Nice to meet you. I’m Bmore, love your nom. ; )

Bmore on February 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

I read somewhere that some study or another claims that people are growing more intelligent on average but I do.not.believe that. I think it’s quite the contrary.

As I qualify as quite intelligent on a number of objective scales, let me clarify this for you: “intelligence” is not “know how” it’s not application. It’s theory and uptake. It’s extremely passive.

Imagine a job where you just need to answer questions, ie. regurgitate internalized facts? Nobody needs that. But that is what the objective tests test.

The MENSA tests also test a little more on pattern-matching and “problem solving”, but knowing how to solve a “problem” set up with a solution before hand (to judge it as “correct”), is different from where solutions need to be forged and can only be achieved as an optimum of balance among a variety of concerns–at least to the most important observer.

Just my innate “intelligence” alone is a source of so many personal errors.

There are no tests that show we are growing more wise. Nor can they test that, I think, without putting some official expectation on which was the more “wise” choice. And then it’s just sharing somebody’s worldview or being able to recreate the answers they expect.

Axeman on February 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM