Ben Johnson, The White House Watch
One of the less-explored realities of his State of the Union Address last night is that Barack Obama doubled-down on the most controversial, unconstitutional, and blatantly illegal aspects of his presidency.
Addressing his million-strong job deficit and the need for energy, Obama promised to continue funding Green energy ventures in the full knowledge that many will turn out ot be failures. “Some technologies don’t pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy.” The Solyndra debacle cost taxpayers half-a-billion dollars when the company went bankrupt, and an additional $14.3 million to provide special assistance for the 1,100 workers who lost their jobs. It was but one of at least 11 similar programs. Nonetheless, the firm is considering paying plush bonuses to those who took the firm under.
Paraphrased, last night Obama said, “I draw the line in the sand, and I saw Solyndra now, Solyndra tomorrow, and Solyndra forever!”
He made a similarly unequivocal statement about executive force. After making a half-hearted plea for Congress to rubber-stamp his agenda in the style of Nancy Pelosi’s zombies, he vowed: “I intend to fight obstruction with action.” He went on to name-check Richard Cordray, the “recess” appointment Obama said would “look out for” American consumers. The president has made “We Can’t Wait!” his slogan as he rules by executive order and regulations. Apparently the royal treatment will continue in 2012.
He promised to grant his regal favor to “talented, hardworking students” who, it just so happens, “aren’t yet American citizens.”
“I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration,” he said truthfully. He pretended, “That’s why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office.” In fact, border crossings are down because the economy has precipitously declined under his watch, decimating Mexican hopes for advancement as much as Americans’.
Obama then pushed Congress to work on “comprehensive immigration reform,” one of the Open Borders Lobby’s euphemisms for providing amnesty to 13-20 million illegal immigrants. The plan has been hailed by Democrats and union socialists alike as a way to create a new “progressive” voting majority in the United States and assure the perpetual election of liberal Democrats.
Obama continued, “If election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country.” That is a call to pass the DREAM Act, which Congress has rejected for years and which most Americans oppose. It makes stunningly little sense to grant preferential treatment to millions of illegals at a time when so many of our fellow countrymen — who are traditionally the president’s constituency and prime concern — are out of work. Nonetheless, he promises to keep the amnesty moving forward.
Of course, two – and arguably three – of these are impeachable offenses. The Republicans’ lack of spine has encouraged the president, not only to persist in lawless behavior, but to boast that he will carry out another year of outrages in the most-watched political speech of the year.
Way to go, guys.