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by Ben Johnson

As Egyptians half a world away ponder what kind of government they want to live under, Americans must also ask themselves the same question in the wake of Barack Obama’s latest State of the Union Address. Although his salmon joke got a few (undeserved) laughs, few commented that it came just after President Obama “proposed a “major reorganization of the government.” Although he promised to make America “more competitive,” … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

The news from Egypt has thrust President Obama’s State of the Union off the front pages. While that news is critical, so is further analysis of the State of the Union, especially from an economic perspective. My previous column focused on the political dimensions of the State of the Union address, about how Barack Obama has already entered full campaign mode in an attempt to woo the 5 or 10 … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Ben Johnson

Not everyone who criticized the State of the Union address did so because Obama attempted to lock in mammoth government in perpetuity. Alvin Felzenberg, a presidential scholar and former presidential speechwriter, has accused Obama of plagiarizing much of the speech, as well. Alex Fitzsimmons at NewsBusters writes:

“President Obama’s second State of the Union address contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince,”

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by Ben Johnson

In the State of the Union Address, Obama said: “We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That is why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here.” In Obama’s telling, this is the reason “why our students don’t just memorize equations, but answer questions like ‘What do … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

The 2012 presidential campaign has begun. Not being a political junkie, it gives me no pleasure to report this phenomenon. And no further proof of this assertion is needed than Barack Obama’s tactical shift.

You may recall, during the first two years of his presidency, Obama’s statements that he didn’t care if he turned out to be a one-term president. So dedicated was he to his progressive agenda, so … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Michael Reagan

President Obama’s State of the Union address said more about the state of his approach to governing than it did with the present condition of this nation under his governance.

It was an uninterrupted march of platitude upon platitude, with nary a solution offered to any of the problems facing the United States.

As anyone with one cent’s worth of intellect understands, the United States is not only broke, but up to … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Ben Johnson

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, Barack Obama gave himself five more years of trillion-dollar deficit spending, a $678 billion income tax hike, a Social Security tax increase, and the permanent extension of ObamaCare – and he gave Republicans medical malpractice reform and a joke about a salmon.

Since his inauguration, the president has gone on a two-year spending orgy unrivaled since the days of Lyndon Johnson or FDR. … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Ben Johnson

In his State of the Union speech, Barack Obama paid homage to “proud men and women who feel like the rules have changed in the middle of the game. They’re right.” That turn of phrase reminded me of Michelle Obama’s bitter indictment of her own country on the campaign trail in May 2008 :

We’re still living in a nation and in a time where the bar is set – I

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