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Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin went On The Record with Greta Van Susteren last night to discuss President Obama’s State of the Union address and she did not hold back any punches:

Well, speaking of last night, that was a tough speech to sit through and try to stomach because the president is so off base in his ideas in how it is he believes government is going to create jobs. Obviously, government growth won’t create any jobs. It’s the private sector that can create the jobs. His theme last night in the State of the Union was the WTF, you know, “Winning the Future,” and I thought OK, that acronym, spot on. There were a lot of WTF moments throughout that speech.

As Ed Morrissey – from Hot Air – points out, her comment refers to President Obama’s argument that we have to “make sure we aren’t buried under a mountain of debt.” Sadly, it is clear the current administration has a really short memory, because our national debt has increased $3 trillion since President Obama stepped foot into the Oval Office. Palin’s “WTF” comment was spot on!

Side-Note: I cannot wait for the liberal mainstream media to go absolutely bonkers over this sound bite.

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Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) gave the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. The Daily Caller provides the transcript:

Good evening. I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin – and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.

Earlier this month, President Obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in Tucson. Still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow that now engulfs the families and friends of the fallen.

What we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them; that, in the words of the Psalmist, the Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds; and that over time grace will replace grief.


As Gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us.

Tonight, the President focused a lot of attention on our economy in general – and on our deficit and debt in particular.

He was right to do so, and some of his words were reassuring. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I assure you that we want to work with the President to restrain federal spending.

In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress’s own budget. And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs.

The reason is simple.

A few years ago, reducing spending was important. Today, it’s imperative. Here’s why.

We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead.

On this current path, when my three children – who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old – are raising their own children, the Federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay.

No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country.

Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent – and I know many of you feel the same way.


Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years. No one person or party is responsible for it.

There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.

Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt.

The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies – an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus.

All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.” Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.

Then the President and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.

What we already know about the President’s health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. Job creation is being stifled by all of itstaxes, penalties, mandates and fees.

Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree – and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.

Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.

Health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt. And the President’s law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy.

Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.

We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.


And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.

Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified – especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable.

In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. Last year – in an unprecedented failure– Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked.


We owe you a better choice and a different vision.

Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you – to show you how we intend to do things differently … how we will cut spending to get the debt down… help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs. If we act soon, and if we act responsibly, people in and near retirement will be protected.

These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.


We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.


Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well. It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.


Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten – along with record deficits and debt – to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.


Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now.

We need to chart a new course.


Speaking candidly, as one citizen to another: We still have time… but not much time. If we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be.

Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.

Their day of reckoning has arrived. Ours is around the corner. That is why we must act now.


Some people will back away from this challenge. But I see this challenge as an opportunity to rebuild what Lincoln called the “central ideas” of the Republic.

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper. Under this approach, the spirit of initiative – not political clout – determines who succeeds.

Millions of families have fallen on hard times not because of our ideals of free enterprise – but because our leaders failed to live up to those ideals; because of poor decisions made in Washington and Wall Street that caused a financial crisis, squandered our savings, broke our trust, and crippled our economy.

Today, a similar kind of irresponsibility threatens not only our livelihoods but our way of life.


We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.

Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.


These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation. In all the chapters of human history, there has never been anything quite like America. The American story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries.

And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

Thank you and good night.

Definitely not an energizing speech, but I think Rep. Ryan did well. The transcript is filled with a lot of good quotes.


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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the chamber of the United States House of Representatives tonight?

Answer: President Obama will give his State of the Union address to the nation at 9:00 PM.

Who’s excited to tune in and watch President Obama describe his “five pillars” for ensuring America’s competitiveness and economic growth? Personally, I am not the biggest fan of Rush Limbaugh, but I agree with him on the State of the Union address. Who wants to listen to somebody lie for an hour?

The Foundry at the Heritage Foundation reports:

He must be hoping that the American people already forgot about his first “five pillars” of economic growth that he unveiled at Georgetown University in April 2009. The President’s present pillar panel is pretty much the same as the old one. “Deficit reduction” and “investments” in education are completely unchanged. “New Investments in Renewable Energy” has been repackaged to the more centrist-friendly “New Investments in Infrastructure.” Out are “New Investments in Health Care” and “New Rules for Wall Street.” In are “innovation” and “reforming government.” As Charles Krauthammer pointed out almost two years ago, Obama’s rhetoric is a mirror image of President Jimmy Carter’s and his policies are no different either. Tonight’s speech is just old school 1970s tax and spend liberalism in sleek new Obama packaging.


The President will play lip service to deficit reduction tonight, but his aides have already made it clear that he does not have the courage to confront his base about their addiction to federal spending. The Washington Post reports that, in response to leftist pressure, the President will completely abandon his own Deficit Commission’s entitlement spending cut proposals. In response, Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, asks the President: “If you don’t lead now, when is it going to come?” We fear not any time soon.

If President Obama decides to talk about creating jobs or so-called “investments” then he better pray the American people don’t remember his failed $800 billion stimulus package and our national debt standing at $14.06 trillion. In order to restore some credibility, President Obama must admit his policies failed at creating jobs during his first two years in office.

I will be tweeting live during the State of the Union address tonight on both of my Twitter accounts (MacStoddard & FriskALiberal) and Frisk A Liberal Facebook page.

Side-Note: Check out the 2011 State of the Union Drinking Game if you want to enjoy the speech from a different perspective. Haha.

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While President Obama will try to convey to the Nation that he’s a changed man and all about fiscal restraint all of the sudden during his State of the Union address, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will step in and show Mr. Hope-n-Change how it is done!

Speaker of the House John Boehner’s blog reports:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will deliver the Republican address following the President’s State of the Union address to Congress on January 25, 2011.  Last year – in an unprecedented failure – Congressional Democrats chose not to pass, or even propose a budget, punting on a duty that represents the most basic responsibility of governing.  Chairman Ryan will deliver the Republican address Tuesday night from the House Budget Committee hearing room, where the Democrats’ spending spree will end and the Republicans’ push for a fiscally responsible budget that cuts spending will begin.

In making the announcement, the GOP leaders noted that Chairman Ryan is a leading voice for fiscal discipline and common-sense solutions to cut spending and create jobs.  Known for his thoughtful and detailed critiques of big-government policies, Ryan has helped put to rest the Democrats’ argument that more government spending and higher taxes is the answer to most of our nation’s ills.  His commitment to free enterprise and limited government make him the right choice to outline a vision for how a smaller, less costly government will help create the right conditions for the creation of good, private sector jobs.

Good move for the GOP.

I am glad they did not pick a newcomer, like Florida Senator Marco Rubio, to give the address. The last thing we want to do is ruin one of the best, charismatic Republican politicians to step foot on the national political scene. Remember Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s horrendous Republican Address to the Nation? Case and point.

Live coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address begins at 9:00 PM on January 25, 2011.

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Ouch... Not good!

Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s State of the Union Address?

Answer: Disrespect aimed at the Supreme Court!

Make sure you watch this clip of President Obama’s speech, because this will be a huge negative that will take away from the overall speech.

I feel bad for Justice Alito because he defend the Constitution, but the liberal media is comparing his reaction to Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” comment. If you watch the video clip closely, you can see Justice Alito respond to President Obama by mouthing “Not true” while shaking his head when Obama decided to attack the Supreme Court for defending the First Amendment. What was the President thinking in the first place!?

Side-Note: Really media? Reading lips and then making it a major headline is simply ridiculous, because everyone – Democrats and Republicans – was doing it. Not to mention, Justice Alito was right.

*UPDATE* – January 28, 2010 – 3:20 PM

Oh look, it appears we got some more lip reading… This time from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ):

As Jim Hoft from Gateway Pundit points out:

This may go down as the worst State of the Union Address in history. The current administration tripled the national deficit, nearly doubled the unemployment from the average during the Bush years, and nearly bankrupt the country on a failed stimulus plan while focusing on nationalizing health care and energy, but blamed the previous adminstration for all of his woes. President Obama could not get himself to admit we won in Iraq and inappropriately attacked the Supreme Court all in one awful speech.


For the record the federal deficit was $459 billion in 2008 when Bush left office not $1 trillion.

Yup! I think that about sums it all up.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s first State of the Union Address?

Answer: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was getting a little sleepy.

HAHA! Busted… Redbull anyone?

Props to Michelle Malkin.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the latest Angus Reid Public Opinion poll?

Answer: Only 30% of Americans would re-elect President Obama.

One year down and three more to go! Unfortunately for the Obama Administration, this does not look good:

As Barack Obama marks his first anniversary as president, only three-in-ten Americans are ready to grant him another term in office, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,003 American adults, 30 per cent of respondents think Obama deserves to be re-elected as president in 2012, while two-in-five (39%) disagree and one third (32%) are not sure.

The proportion of Democrats who think Obama deserves a new term as president stands at 57 per cent, while only 21 per cent of Independents would give Obama a new mandate at this point.

OUCH! With numbers like these, it will be very interesting to see what President Obama has to say tonight during his first State of the Union speech.

Side-Note: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)… Please try and remain calm tonight. Although your “You lie!” outburst during President Obama’s health-care address to Congress was kind of entertaining, let’s try to keep our outrage about his mis-truths contained tonight. 😆

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