George F. Will: The State of the Union was a night of nonsense

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Feb. 20, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    "....If government is going to be omniprovident, modern presidents are going to be omnipresent, and politics is going to be infantile."

    Why does the irascible and irritable George Will spare the founding fathers? Didn't they put trust in posterity to find their own way? The Constitutional mandate for the President to “inform” Congress and “recommend to their consideration” at unspecified intervals in an unspecified manner is practically an open-ended invitation for politicization of the mandate.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    I didn't listen to the state of the union by our repulsive Marxist dictator. Sorry just don't have the stomach to set and listen to someone so fake and dishonorable as Obama. I heard all about the speech afterwards and I was comforted by the thought that at least I didn't waste that hour of TV time watching a predictable re-run of progressive slop but instead watched some basketball on ESPN instead. Barack Obama is magic for the low information and gullible citizen but to those who actually pay attention having to listen to lies and white wash for an hour is more painful than getting a root canal without gas. The State of the Union == BIG TROUBLE for all of us.

  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    Feb. 19, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    I'm puzzled by the President's call to take the "money saved" from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, use half of it to pay down debt and use the other half for new spending initiatives. As far as I can tell, there is no "money" to be saved in ending our military commitments; those commitments were never funded to begin with; all the money spent on them is pure debt. You can't pay down debt with debt.

    This feels like sitting down at the kitchen table to work on the family budget and telling my wife, "Honey, with the money I save by not going on a Tibetan mountain climbing expedition this year, I'm going to pay off all our credit cards and buy a Porsche." Should I be bothered about not having the money for that expedition in the first place?

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Feb. 18, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    A good government is the only creator of wealth. A strong system provides services like education, roads, defense, social security, and healthcare, and the private sector does the rest.

    If you don't believe me just name one country in the world with a weak ineffectual government that is successful.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 18, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Furry 1993, George Will has forgotten more than you will ever know about this subject.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    Wow, Furry, you sure put a lot of thought into that comment.

    Meanwhile, our country skids further and further into debt, and Barry just wants to usurp more of the private sector's money and do things we can and should do for ourselves in an extremely ineffective and wasteful way.

    Joeblow, it's true that the government puts money back into the private that started there in the first place. I have worked for the government on several occasions, and I can testify to the fact that NOWHERE else did I see more waste and mediocrity extolled as a virtue, not a vice. The government middle-man needs to go; it is indeed an empty chair as Clint Eastwood (via Mike Richards) reminded us.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    GW does a good job pontificating about baseball...

    His memes regarding politics are sadly predictable.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    On the same level as the reasons Bush/Cheney had for invading Iraq?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Obama invited all America to watch his dog and pony show. He said nothing of substance. He offered no solutions. But, as others have already pointed out, he told us that he was going to spend money that he doesn't have. He told us that he doesn't care about Constitutional limitations of his authority. He told us that he will bloat government, at our expense, and that adding thirty or so technology centers will somehow change the course of America and bring back all the jobs that have been exported.

    What he didn't say is more important than what he did say.

    He didn't tell us how or who would pay for his programs. He didn't tell that our taxes would skyrocket. He didn't tell us how he would solve any of our problems. He offered nothing of substance.

    His speech was nothing but feathers in the wind.

    He sees himself as a performer. Clint Eastwood got it right. Obama is an empty chair.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 17, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    "Every dollar the government takes from the private sector and goes out as entitlements is a dollar that will not be used to create, invent and build"

    Couldn't the exact same thing be said about every dollar that goes out as a defense expenditure? Do those dollars "create, invent or build"?

    "All government agencies do is become the bloated bureaucracies that hires private contractors to do their (our) building."

    Yup, and put billions of dollars into the economy (into private business) hands along the way.

    Try cutting those expenditures. Businesses scream. People scream. And politicians keep those cuts from happening. That goes for Republican politicians also.

    Ask Chaffetz how he feel about closing Military bases. Then ask him how he feels about closing Hill AFB.

    Yes, MM. Close your eyes and blame Obama.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 17, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    Obama used the word "invest" 14 times in his speech. The fundamental problem with his "vision" is that the government does not create wealth. In fact the government is the enemy of prosperity not the engine. Why? Because the government does not invent, does not create, does not produce anything, the private sector does all of that.Suppose you work for the government, and receive a salary and benefits of which you pay 25% back to the government in taxes. Who pays the other 75% of your salary and benefits? The private sector because it HAS to for your job to exist. Thus the private sector actually does build this country. Furthermore, the government didn't build any road or bridge. It contracts that out to private construction companies and pays them with taxpayer money the vast majority comes from the private sector. All government agencies do is become the bloated bureaucracies that hires private contractors to do their (our) building. Every dollar the government takes from the private sector and goes out as entitlements is a dollar that will not be used to create, invent and build. That's why Obama's economic vision for America is destructive and unsustainable!

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    Furry 1993,
    Will doesn't have a clue?

    He reviewed the history of presidents and their constitutional duty to report to congress on the state of the union. He presented that at times presidents have done so orally, and other times as a written report. He correctly assessed the state of todays presentations, which are more pomp and circumstance.

    He also briefly wrote upon the presidents priorities: nearly 2 dozen new government programs which will not add expense to the current budget (thus requiring tax increases...does this sound like a tax and spend democrat?), maintaining our promises (entitlement reform is not a priority of this president), and changing the sequester targeted budgetary cuts so they are not so harsh.

    Where did Will not have a clue? He reported.

    As to the president's priorities...odd how campaign promises are now forgotten.

    The greatest percentage of the federal budget, which also happens to be growing at the fastest rate, is entitlement spending. It remains to be seen when or if Obama will work to fix this trajectory.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    Kinda like this article.... And the GOP right now

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Will, once again, proves that he doesn't have a clue. Business as usual

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    I think the state of the union should be a written report and recommendations. That's it. No focus grouped speech, or statement audience members. Just a report, as required, from time to time. There's nothing in the constitution about theatrics, and indeed what happens now doesn't, in my opinion, even fulfill the requirements of the constitution.