Cal  Thomas

Summertime is usually when TV networks air repeats of shows we've already seen. In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, the president got a five-month jump on the summer season by re-running a class-envy video he has broadcast more times than local stations have shown episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show."

Instead of a credible assessment of the state of the union, which is not good, the president delivered a slightly toned down campaign speech. We heard more of the same about how "the rich" aren't paying their "fair share" in taxes.

There was an unserious nod to government overspending to which he has massively contributed. Why should those of us who work for a living give more money to a government that under Democrats and Republicans has been such a poor steward of what we have already provided? Confiscating all of the wealth of Mitt Romney, Warren Buffett and every other billionaire and millionaire in the country would have a negligible effect on the national debt, unless government decided to live within taxpayers' means.

Having Warren Buffett's secretary, Debbie Bosanek, in the gallery with first lady Michelle Obama was cheap theatrics. If the president doesn't think it "fair" that she pays a higher tax percentage than her boss, let him ask Congress to lower her percentage with a flat tax. Bosanek may pay a higher tax rate, but Buffett pays a lot more money to the federal government.

President Obama wants four more years to continue the policies he's inflicted on us the last three years. Why would anyone believe that his policies, which are not succeeding and can't succeed, will miraculously work given more time?

In his 2009 State of the Union Address, the president promised to "cut the deficit in half" by January 2013. He is headed in the opposite direction to the tune of $4 trillion in additional spending and a debt that exceeds $15 trillion. If he breaks that promise, should he be held accountable?

In his address to Congress, the president spoke of the need to create jobs, but he has rejected one of the easiest methods of creating jobs by opposing the Keystone XL pipeline project in order to curry favor with environmentalists. Some estimates put the jobs potential at 20,000. Canada, meanwhile, is threatening to sell the oil that could have been ours to China. The president will create jobs in China, not America.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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