The State of the Union


On Tuesday, we will hear a fairy tale. Here is the real “State of the Union.”

  • Doomsday clock closer to midnight.
  • Looming Constitutional crisis–President suspected of obstructing justice, said to have fits of rage.
  • Congress dysfunctional.
  • President attacking our free press.
  • Unconcern over climate change.
  • Unnecessary deficit spending.
  • Frequent instance of mass murder in churches, schools, and other public places.
  • Threat of trade wars.
  • Threatened attacks on Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare.
  • Public Education under attack.
  • Danger of economic collapse, environmental pollution discounted.
  • Reckless repeal of regulations.
  • Deteriorating infrastructure.
  • Politically motivated nomination of judges with some rated “unqualified.”
  • Universal health care under relentless attack.
  • Economic disparity accelerating with tax cuts for the rich.
  • Heartless and unnecessary attacks on immigrants.
  • Nativism rampant with attacks on racial, ethnic, and religious minorities.
  • Foreign interference with elections.
  • Unrestricted money in politics; Koch to spend $400 million to influence elections.

Don’t be fooled; the State of the Union is not good and is getting worse. It is our responsibility to fix this; it won’t get better until we do.


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26 Responses to The State of the Union

  1. josephurban says:

    OK. I agree with much that is on your list. Another important one:… The FBI and CIA and law enforcement in general under attack as part of some “conspiracy”. Reminds me of Al Capone complaining about Eliott Ness. UNFAIR! Why do they come after me just becasue I break the law??

    No doubt Trump will brag about the unemployment rate. And this has continued the trend started by Obama in 2009 when the rate was 9.9%. When Obama left office it was 4.7 %, now down to 4.3%. Good news, but this rate has dropped BEFORE any tax break plan was passed…..
    No doubt Trump will brag about jobs being created here in the USA. Which is a good thing. But I strongly suspect he will not mention the fact that MORE jobs have gone overseas since he became POTUS, than were lost, on average, when Obama was POTUS. These overseas jobs include those by his daughter’s China company, which uses cheap labor rather than “hire American”….

    “Good Jobs Nation analyzed data from the Department of Labor and found that since Trump was elected, 93,000 American jobs have been lost to foreign competition. That is an increase from an average of 87,500 annually over the past 5 years”.
    …. And I fully expect him to talk about “fake news” and how awful a free press is . A free press, is, after all, a tyrant’s worst enemy.


  2. whungerford says:

    Joseph, thanks for your comment. I didn’t mean the list to be exhaustive; I could have gone on. Your mention of the FBI is important; but the attack on government goes beyond that to CIA, EPA, IRS, State Dept. (echo’s McCarthyism), more broadly the Dept. of Justice, and surely much more..

    Is is possible that DJT might be credited with things that he says are going well, and not be blamed for what might have gone or be going sour? I noted that he recently suggested that the US might rejoin the TPP trade pact after he learned that other countries might adopt it despite his early rejection of it.


  3. josephurban says:

    I think Trump entered this job thinking he could treat leaders of other nations like he treats his contractors. Bully them,. Not pay. Then force them to take less money than they initially bargained for. He calls the “negotiating” when it is simply dishonest. Might work in the NY real estate market, but not on the global stage.
    Will he learn ? There is nothing in his past that would lead one to think so.

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  4. Barbara Griffin says:

    Agree. The “State of the Union” is not pretty.


  5. kenslifesite says:

    LOL! What doomsday clock? When did Trump obstruct justice and why aren’t you (if you aren’t concerned with the FBI situation? Congressional dysfunction? From the reps or the dems who have obstructed way more than anything during Obama and have absolutely nothing to run on except “Trump hurt our feelings”? against the free press or against a lying biased press? who said he was against climate change? frequent mass murder? When? Last week in KY? Were you that upset when these things happened under Obama too? Were you upset when he made sure to give ‘shout outs’ before discussing the Ft. Hood tragedy? Do you not think school choice is under attack by dems? Seems to me the only thing they want choice on is abortion and their only choice is killing unborns. Economic collapse? I see just the opposite. Not reckless deregulation. smart. We don’t need the govt running everything. Do you really think that any president is NOT politically motivated in nominating judges? Did you not see Obamacare failing under its own weight? Why do you think taxes should be a penalty for doing well? There have been no attacks on immigrants. Do you not understand the word “illegal?” Why does Koch’s money bother you but not Buffets?

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  6. whungerford says:

    There is life on Mars, evidently.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. josephurban says:

    Well,Ken, let me try to respond to some of the stuff in your list.
    No, I did not see Obamacare failing. I saw the opposite. The working poor able to get health insurance for the first time. Over 22,000,000 Americans covered that were not covered before. How is that “failing”? For the first time people with pre-exsiting conditions cannot be bumped off insurance. How is that “failing”? Medicaid expanded for poor people. How is that failing? Perhaps that is why even the reactionary GOP Congress was not able to destroy the ACA. It is so popular that the main promise of the GOP for the last 6 years to destroy the ACA was not able to be implemented. How is that “failing”?
    When did Trump “obstruct” justice. We don’t all the specifics. And we won’t know if he did until Mueller releases his findings. Let me suggest the following. Trump admitted on national TV that he fired Comey to end the investigation into Russian contacts with his cammpaign. That is obstruction. Trump admitted to the Russians in the White House that he fired Comey to end the Russain invstigsation. On the record. Trump put out a statement that the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians and his son and close staff was about “adoptions”. That has been found to be false. Obstruction. Why did he put out a false statement about a meeting between Russians and his staff in Trump Tower? Evidence of obstruction. Trump has said he wanted to fire Mueller. Evidence of obstruction.
    My question to you. Why are those in the alt-right so frightened and in a panic about the Mueller investigation? After all, when Mueller was appointed they were quite happy. They praised him. He is not a Democrat or a liberal. He has a long term reputation as a decent , tough and honest investigator. He is a Republican. He has already gotten two people in the Trump orbit to ADMIT to criminal activity. And he has indicted two more. Those guilty pleas are not “fake news”. . So, why are you so frightened? Let the chips fall where they may.
    I have just laid out facts and evidence.
    One last point. When Obama was in office the unemployment rate rose to about 9.9% . When he left office the rate was at about 4.7%. Was that due to Obama’s policies? After all, the rate is now about 4.3% and Trump claims that shows a great success. All he has to do is bring it down to 0% and he will match Obama’s rate!!! LOL


  8. Rynstone says:

    Whungerford, you finally get a different opinion (other than mine) on your blog and you resort to name calling ?!?!?!? Not a good way to build viewership.
    Hopefully “the Report” that Nancy Pelosi does not want published will come out within teh next few days. Lets hope so so the people can decide for themselves.

    Too much material here to debate you on because it is a waste of my time and only a few Progressive liberals read and comment anyways.

    Regarding the Koch brothers check out the top donors list

    An interesting video on a Progressive Liberal Journalist and her “reporting”.


  9. Rynstone says:

    I think many of can agree that many of the Democrat Congressional member’s reaction to the SOTU was disgraceful, especially the Democrat minority Leadership. Schumer and Pelosi have no dignity and showed no bipartisan leadership.


  10. Rynstone says:

    Inappropriate behavior.

    Imagine if Republican Congressional members acted like this during former President Obama’s SOTU addresses.

    Sure, we had Rep. Congressman Joe Wilson shout out “You Lie” at Obama’s Healthcare address but he apologized and was chastised by Republicans.

    Of course former President Obama did tell us many time that if we liked our doctors we could keep them. If we like our healthcare Ins. we could keep it and that an average families healthcare costs would go down. All wrong

    Democrats in government prove time and time again that if it were not for double standards they would not have any standards. This is why I and many others have left the Democrat Party .

    The Democrat Politicians continue to embarrass, insult and discourage good registered Democrat voters across the nation.


  11. josephurban says:

    It is OUTRAGEOUS that anyone would in any way, shape or form try to disagree with a man of such integrity and class as Donald Trump!! Although it is interesting that Donald himself and his followers seem to like “telling it like it is” as seen by his constant rudeness and insults. Over 400 documented personal insults (as of January 2016). Yet, his supporters are so easily upset when anyone else “tells it like it is” LOL

    Did Democrats at the SOTU call out: “You lie?” I didn’t hear it, did you? If so, they would simply have been stating the facts. His lies are so numerous it is hard to keep up:

    Regarding the “fake news” story linked above from the “Daily Caller” about Representaive Gutierrez “storming out”of the SOTU. As usual, it is distorted and wrong.
    As Gutierrez said when questioned. He was not protesting anything. The speech ran much longer than expected and he had an INTERVIEW scheduled on Univision. He waited for an applause break to slip out. He didn’t “storm out” or cause a scene. He WALKED out and was in no way disruptive or rude. If he wanted to protest he certainly would have stood up while Trump was talking and perhaps yell out somethon, like “You lie”. Instead , he slipped out at a moment when Trump was not speaking. Nice try, though. Fake news. False narrativefrom the alt-right strikes again

    Trump is typical of bullies. He can dish out insults but his supporters are DEEPLY hurt when anyone even suggests their hero is less than perfect.
    Watching Mr Trump talk about “god” and about the “flag” made me think of the sying attributed to Samuel Johnson:
    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.


  12. whungerford says:

    I listened to the State of the Union address. I heard a litany of braggadocio punctuated with unjustified applause.

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  13. josephurban says:

    I was waiting for Mr Trump to tell us about the deal he got with Mexico, forcing them to spend the $25,000,000,000 dollars (463,747,641,130 Mexician pesos). I missed that part.
    The good news is that he wants to spend over 1.4 trillion US dollars (or maybe pesos ) for infrastructure, after his tax giveaway added 1.7 trillion to the debt. Pretty SHREWD move, wouldn’t you say? Adding $ 3,100,000,000,000,000 to the debt in just one month’s time !! Makes Obama look like Ebenezer Scrooge . A real fiscal conservative.

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  14. whungerford says:

    If the Federal Government had spent 1.4 trillion on infrastructure when the economy needed a boost, that would have been good. To spend that money now when we are near full employment would not be good, if funded with deficit spending. But DJT doesn’t propose for the Federal Government to spend that much money–he wants to use someone else’s money.

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  15. Rynstone says:

    Fortunately, more and more people under the age of 40 and millennials are not watch the main street media news (ABC, CBS, CNN & NBC) and turning to Youtube for their news clips.


  16. Rynstone says:

    When CBS can’t find more voters to criticize President Trump there might be a problem.


  17. josephurban says:

    The opinions of 5 voters certainly convinced me!!!!LOL


  18. Rynstone says:

    Until the Democrat Party voters purge the DNC & Congress of the likes of Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren (aka Pocahontas), Pat Leahy, Chuck Grassley, Steny Hoyer, Dianne Feinstein, Keith Ellison, Louise Slaughter, Dick Durbin, John Cornyn, Richard Blumenthal|, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hank Johnson to name a few they will never attract the informed Democrat voters.
    Sure, they will always have the “special interest” minority groups and those who are socialists or marxists voting their brand.

    CBS post SOTU Poll


  19. whungerford says:

    Rynstone, your opinions are welcome; your third-party postings not so much. Before posting more spam here, had you better register as an agent of a foreign power?


  20. Rynstone says:

    Good one whungerford,

    Please Fact Check my links and prove they are “fake news”, I know that we all should be skeptical of CBS News.

    Here is some CBS fake news from way back when. Rathergate & Mary Mapes Scandal

    Here is a story on Pat Sajak’s comments of the SOTU address.

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  21. whungerford says:

    Rynstone, when you post this stuff, your actions are akin to what Stalin attributed to “useful idiots.” If you have opinions, why can’t you express them without reference to others?


  22. Rynstone says:

    Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff scorched by CNN anchors regarding his implication regarding Ambassador Nikki Haley

    Even with somewhere around 36 Republican House members not seeking reelection and retiring this year the Democrats in Congress are pulling out all the stops to take control of the House and the Senate by attacking everything President Trump says, does and tries to do. More and more voters are seeing them for what they are attempting to do.
    Even those who were never Trump fans and never paid much attention to politics are seeing the constant attacks Trump gets from the Congressional Dems and the main street media.


  23. Rynstone says:

    Say it isn’t so Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer


  24. josephurban says:

    Ryn. I have to tell you I never watch your links. I prefer a well thought out argument to some biased talking heads, whether liberal or conservative. I do have to say, however, that some of the language of the GOP is disturbing. Paul Ryan talks of “purges”. Nunes claims to be “investigating” the Assistant AG. The GOP candidate in the last election encouraged his supporters to chant “Lock Her Up” when referring to his opponent.
    That is the kind of language used by authoritarians and should have no place in our political debates. For many years now the GOP has resorted to “guilt by naming”…communist, socialist, anti-American, unpatriotic…And they also resort to “connect the dots” kind of thinking when there are no dots to connect. (Like Clinton and the Russian uranium deal).
    And the attacks on the free press are the most disturbing. The free press is the only safeguard against tyranny. Yet we see a concerted effort to silence any press which does not praise the “Great Leader” or any press which challenges the adminsitration’s “alternative facts” (See Conway for details.) We also see a president who seems afraid to meet the non-Fox News press.
    I have been around a long time and I don’t recall this level of hostitlity toward the press by any POTUS or political party before now. Not even Nixon-Agnew attacked the First Amendment like the current GOP leadership.
    You may (or may not) want to read my thoughts from one year ago concerning the attacks on the press.


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