The person who came up with the script for the President’s teleprompter at the State of the Union seems to have rehashed stuff from 2014.
Perhaps the reason for the lack of originality in President Obama’s address to the nation is that he knows, like we all do, that nothing he promises really matters. Congress will not go along with his plan to inflict more economic damage on the United States.
So why come up with new material. Jack Hunter writes for Rare.Us,
As I gathered my thoughts on President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, I realized that my response was pretty much the same thing I wrote last year at Rare.
With exception of changing U.S. policy toward Cuba and references to protecting against cyber threats, Obama essentially gave the same speech–a laundry list of big government promises he can’t keep with money we don’t have.
He then goes on to quote from his 2014 review of Obama’s 2014 address:
Every year the president gives a state-of-the-union address full of promises that will never happen, that we can’t afford and most of which are a bad idea to begin with.
This address was no different. Minimum-wage hike that will harm the entry-level job market and raise prices for everyone. More funding for “innovation,” as if state sponsorship in that area has even accomplished more than the free market. Further federalization of education, as if school choice, private education and homeschooling aren’t far outpacing the old standard government model.
If there’s something wrong that heavy government intervention hasn’t yet fixed, the president promises, yet again, that more government finally will. And, if Congress won’t go along, the president is ready to sign as many executive orders as necessary.
The economy is still doing poorly, unemployment is far too high and the president offers little more to explain it than the class-envy characteristic of his entire tenure.
He continues to quote much more, perhaps his entire review of the State of the Union message from 2014, and it all works quite well. It is as if there was no need to listen to Obama’s speech because we had all heard it before, perhaps several times.
It is hard to remember the 2008 campaigning Obama who condemned raising the debt ceiling and promised financial restraint. That man knew how to connect with enough people to win an election while Republicans were squandering their opportunity to energize their base.
But now that he is in office, Obama can’t convince anyone of anything who is not already as liberal as he is. He doesn’t even try to use persuasion outside his own ideological niche.
He just repeats himself.