THOMAS R. EDDLEM
January 25, 2012
President Barack Obama claimed in his third State of the Union address that he supported a policy of “no bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts.” But he said this after he had outlined more than half a dozen new spending handout proposals in a speech that also praised bailouts. On taxes, Obama concluded of retaining outrageously high middle-class tax rates and increasing the tax rates on the rich: “That’s how we’ll reduce our deficit.”
“It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody,” Obama told Congress in his January 24 prime time speech to a joint session of Congress. “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”
Though Obama claimed he didn’t want any more bailouts, he touted the supposed success of past federal government bailouts in the State of the Union address. “Today, General Motors is back on top as the world’s number one auto maker,” Obama boasted of the auto bailout he worked to get adopted back in early 2009. “We bet on American ingenuity, and tonight the American auto industry is back.” Obama had also supported passage of the TARP bailout bill in October 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act “Stimulus” bill in 2009, and in last year’s State of the Union address he heavily promoted a new stimulus bill (though he didn’t label it “stimulus”).
Obama also proposed new spending — or entirely new programs — where government picks winners and losers in the marketplace. One example of Obama’s proposal was to continue government subsidy of so-called “clean energy” programs: “Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.” Obama has apparently learned nothing from the $500 million Solyndra disaster.
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