"The state of the Union," the President reported last night, "is stronger."
He said, to prove his point, we have more created new jobs, sold more American cars, bought less foreign oil, and are sending fewer soldiers into battle.
That is like saying (on the day pitchers and catchers officially reported to Spring Training sites) that a batter going 4-for-4 has raised his batting average by .100 percentage points, without pointing out he was batting .053 and is now batting .153.
President Obama carefully said that:
"In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn't agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars' worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect."
The Congress didn't "pass a law." It passed a bill. The bill they passed went to the White House for President Obama's signature. Only after he signed it did it become "law."
He said we needed a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction. Balance was not much in evidence in the lame duck session of Congress this past December when taxes went up on just about every American, but spending wasn't reduced beyond asterisks in the accounts (hence the looming sequester).
He called for "closing loopholes" on the wealthiest taxpayers and "special interests" (read: corporations) but then said we needed to make "America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing."
He said that "nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime." The President's mathematics skills are rivaled only by my own. Remember when we were told that ObamaCare was "budget neutral?"
He had the gall to tout the historic amount of domestic oil and gas we are producing, promising to speed up oil and gas permits, after holding oil companies up to public scorn for the entirety of his first term.
You know my feelings about climate change (which used to be called "global warming"): It's better to put less garbage into the atmosphere than more, no matter what your position on global warming/climate change.
Mr. Obama, after claiming he wanted both parties to work together, threatened to use his Executive Powers to dictate policies that will reduce greenhouse gasses saying but there is nothing in the data that shows sustainable energy creates sustainable jobs without huge federal subsidies.
A columnist for the Washington Post (reprinted in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune) wrote: