Thursday, January 30, 2014

The State of the Disunion part..Tres

 Seriously? does this dude EVER shut up?  I probably wouldn't mind  the State of the DisUnion speeches he gives every year...if he weren't constantly on TV giving speeches. I think this puppet has given more televised major speeches than the last 3 presidents combined.   Which is frightening if I'm anywhere near the truth on that.   Okay..I'm not gonna cut this speech up anymore.  I've done two parts already and I'm already  sick of fisking the fucking thing. However I will slog on like a marathon runner so...slog on with me because this is gonna be one lonnng  fscking final stretch.

Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education.  Last year, I asked this Congress to help states make high-quality pre-K available to every four year-old.  As a parent as well as a President, I repeat that request tonight. But in the meantime, thirty states have raised pre-k funding on their own.  They know we can’t wait.  So just as we worked with states to reform our schools, this year, we’ll invest in new partnerships with states and communities across the country in a race to the top for our youngest children.  And as Congress decides what it’s going to do, I’m going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K they need.
Last year, I also pledged to connect 99 percent of our students to high-speed broadband over the next four years.  Tonight, I can announce that with the support of the FCC and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon, we’ve got a down payment to start connecting more than 15,000 schools and twenty million students over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit.

That's Great. sooooo...what did you promise them companies Obama?

We’re working to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real-world education and hands-on training that can lead directly to a job and career. 

Which is what many of us has been saying for a long time!  so noooowww we're gonna do something about it? riiight.

We’re shaking up our system of higher education to give parents more information, and colleges more incentives to offer better value, so that no middle-class kid is priced out of a college education. 

Actually with more government involvement comes higher fees.
We’re offering millions the opportunity to cap their monthly student loan payments to ten percent of their income, and I want to work with Congress to see how we can help even more Americans who feel trapped by student loan debt.  And I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential.

10% of their income? takes them ever longer and longer and...probably with ever higher interest rates, to pay those loans back?  This is good for them how?

As for "young men of color". *shrug* it has to start at home.  If the parents don't give a's just naturally harder unless the kid has a teacher or friend bringing him onto the right track and that is irregardless of color.

The bottom line is, Michelle and I want every child to have the same chance this country gave us.

They do have that chance but they have to WORK for it.  Even then they won't all succeed. Pay attention to the preamble "life, liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness."  Pursuing means you have the chance to chase the dream. It does not mean you are guaranteed going to succeed.  Way to many people fail to grok this.

But we know our opportunity agenda won’t be complete – and too many young people entering the workforce today will see the American Dream as an empty promise – unless we do more to make sure our economy honors the dignity of work, and hard work pays off for every single American.
Today, women make up about half our workforce.  But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work.  She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job.  A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too.  It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.  This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves.  Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.

Nope when Americans succeeds AMERICA succeeds. Irregardless of sex, melatonin content of skin  or which side of the tracks you come from.

Men still make up 70% of the work force.  That's as it SHOULD be because we're genetically wired that way from time immemorial.  Men provide food and shelter, and protection and strength and women keep hearth, home, and the kids  safe and warm.  Some women aren't wired that way, that's fine. But to say ALL women have to join the workforce "because" is asinine. 

Now, women hold a majority of lower-wage jobs – but they’re not the only ones stifled by stagnant wages.  Americans understand that some people will earn more than others, and we don’t resent those who, by virtue of their efforts, achieve incredible success.  But Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.

Yet the poor have been with us always. They always be with us. Some will succeed better than others. some will rise and some will never rise far. Then there are those that will rise only to fall flat on their faces.  Yet here you are playing the envy card.  You always play the envy "class warfare" card.  Frankly dude you're starting to bore the hell out of me.

In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs.  Many businesses have done it on their own.  Nick Chute is here tonight with his boss, John Soranno.  John’s an owner of Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, and Nick helps make the dough.  Only now he makes more of it: John just gave his employees a raise, to ten bucks an hour – a decision that eased their financial stress and boosted their morale.

Yes but if John gave everyone raises...was it because someone told him he HAD to? Or was it a personal and business decision because his business is doing well?   Therein lies the question, and the rub,  on that one.

Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages.  To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on.

Sure they will...till the price they're paying for goods and services go up.
And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover.

Again that's the personal choice of the companies owners
. Which is fine for them...but expecting EVERYONE to do it is asinine. What do you want? Innovators or mindless robots?

We should too.  In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.

Sigh...and most federal contractors probably make that and more already. The government is VERY free with the peoples money after all.

Of course, to reach millions more, Congress needs to get on board. Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about twenty percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here. 

Why is that Obama?  Mr President?  Could it possibly be because the federal government has been printing money like it's free? Thereby devaluing the dollar? Naaahhh that couldn't POSSIBLY be why, or you as an honest sort would have mentioned it right?

Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10.  This will help families.  It will give businesses customers with more money to spend.  It doesn’t involve any new bureaucratic program.  So join the rest of the country.  Say yes.  Give America a raise.

Only if they've earned it Mr President. Minimum wage jobs are minimum wage jobs for a reason. They are meant to be a stepping stone, a holding place while you go to school, or trade school what have you, to learn skills to make you more marketable to companies and therefore...worth paying more to. They are not, should not, and never were meant to be permanent careers. Unless the company you are currently making minimum wage from, is  your get higher in that company.  Sigh everyone tends to forget that.

There are other steps we can take to help families make ends meet, and few are more effective at reducing inequality and helping families pull themselves up through hard work than the Earned Income Tax Credit.  Right now, it helps about half of all parents at some point.  But I agree with Republicans like Senator Rubio that it doesn’t do enough for single workers who don’t have kids.

Sigh..."inequality" as you call it, has always existed. It's not "inequality" it's simply the score card of life.  Again there have always been those who do better than others and yet you and those like you constantly penalize and villify them for their success. Saying they should pay "their fair share", playing the class penile envy game constantly.

So let’s work together to strengthen the credit, reward work, and help more Americans get ahead.
Let’s do more to help Americans save for retirement. Today, most workers don’t have a pension.  A Social Security check often isn’t enough on its own.  And while the stock market has doubled over the last five years, that doesn’t help folks who don’t have 401ks.

Yep and that's a bubble that's eventually going to pop.

That’s why, tomorrow, I will direct the Treasury to create a new way for working Americans to start their own retirement savings: MyRA. It’s a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg.  MyRA guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in.  And if this Congress wants to help, work with me to fix an upside-down tax code that gives big tax breaks to help the wealthy save, but does little to nothing for middle-class Americans.  Offer every American access to an automatic IRA on the job, so they can save at work just like everyone in this chamber can.  And since the most important investment many families make is their home, send me legislation that protects taxpayers from footing the bill for a housing crisis ever again, and keeps the dream of homeownership alive for future generations of Americans.

You talk about this as if it's something new. It's not. Up until social of the biggest ponzi schemes ever...most people who could saved on their own. They scrimped, it was hard as hell but it was doable but they managed. Then came the magic unicorn of the Social Security system and people started to stop worrying about saving on their own and managing their own monies because "hey! uncle sammy will do it for me, so I don't have to stress about it!"  *headdesk*

One last point on financial security.  For decades, few things exposed hard-working families to economic hardship more than a broken health care system.  And in case you haven’t heard, we’re in the process of fixing that.

Actually you're going to make it an even more strained, colossal cluster fuck.  The way to truly start fixing it would have been Tort reform and malpractice reform to protect medical care professionals from frivolous lawsuits. Seriously does anyone who goes to the doctor have any concept of what those poor bastards and bitches pay in malpractice insurance to cover their asses so a lawsuit won't ruin them?  By all means if they actually fuck up, then they should pay a penalty. But when as is the case in some of the cases i've read over the's people acting against medical advice then acting all shocked and shit when something goes horribly wrong...why the hell should the doctors pay for your decisions.  Note..I'm not saying doctors are always RIGHT. What i'm saying is if they do get caught fucking up in a big way...then by all means throw the book at them, after some investigation bears that supposistion that they fucked up big time, up. However...investigate because just as in a criminal are innocent until proven guilty and should be given the benefit of the doubt. To not do so well if I believed in Karma I'd say your about to be turned into a frog and boiled alive.
A pre-existing condition used to mean that someone like Amanda Shelley, a physician assistant and single mom from Arizona, couldn’t get health insurance.  But on January 1st, she got covered.  On January 3rd, she felt a sharp pain.  On January 6th, she had emergency surgery.  Just one week earlier, Amanda said, that surgery would’ve meant bankruptcy.
That’s what health insurance reform is all about – the peace of mind that if misfortune strikes, you don’t have to lose everything.'s the biggest gamble in the world. It's also a BUSINESS and businesses exist to make money. To deny that is ..... I'm getting tired of using the word asinine but it fits soo..*shrug*  I suspect I'm gonna end up with a pre condition called DIABETES...if I don't start better care of myself. Do I expect an insurance company to pay or want to pay for my lifestyle choices?  Not hardly.

Oh and nice story but it doesn't tell us what that "pre existing condition" was.  Yes yes because I ask questions I'm a Hatey Hatey McHaterton with no feelings for my fellow man.  Health insurance isn't medical care so don't conflate the two.

Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents’ plans.

Why? I didn't expect my parents to pay for my insurance past the age of 18. What the hell makes THIS generation so especially  special?  I've done without since I turned 18.  First company I worked for didn't offer insurance to anyone not at least 5yrs an employee and a manager. *shrug* No big..I was young and healthy and didn't see any need to put money away for "medical insurance"  2nd Job? Again didn't pay til you'd been there a certain number of years...was a major national company, tried to go tits up and ended up closing all their stores in my state and then some.  *shrug* Life's a bitch.
3rd company? Again needed to be there a certain amount of time...but I went and constantly butted heads with management over what I considered their rank stupidity and got fired before I could sign up for the insurance. such is life.  Still don't have it because I'm still relatively healthy. At the moment. that could change and I freely admit that. But with the current regulatory atmosphere, my odds of getting on with a company that pays full bennies is slim. thank you oh so much obummer.
  The flip side of my personal equation in this is just that, personal so I won't go into it, but it's there.

More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage.
And here’s another number: zero.  Because of this law, no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma, back pain, or cancer. No woman can ever be charged more just because she’s a woman.  And we did all this while adding years to Medicare’s finances, keeping Medicare premiums flat, and lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors.

uhhh untrue. a great many people LOST their health care coverage and if they didn't saw their premiums double or triple because of obummer care. That's okay you don't have to mention that because I just did. It's a lie of omission though old boy.

Now, I don’t expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law.  But I know that the American people aren’t interested in refighting old battles. 

Who says we ever stopped fighting?  Dude you really don't pay attention and don't care do you?

So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice – tell America what you’d do differently.  Let’s see if the numbers add up.  But let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda.  The first forty were plenty.  We got it.  We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.
And if you want to know the real impact this law is having, just talk to Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky, who’s here tonight.  Kentucky’s not the most liberal part of the country, but he’s like a man possessed when it comes to covering his commonwealth’s families.  “They are our friends and neighbors,” he said.  “They are people we shop and go to church with…farmers out on the tractors…grocery clerks…they are people who go to work every morning praying they don’t get sick.  No one deserves to live that way.”

Yeah Steve-o sold his soul. He had good intentions I suppose, but what road to where is paved with good intentions boys and girls? 

Steve’s right.  That’s why, tonight, I ask every American who knows someone without health insurance to help them get covered by March 31st.  Moms, get on your kids to sign up.  Kids, call your mom and walk her through the application.  It will give her some peace of mind – plus, she’ll appreciate hearing from you.

Yes because if enough people don't sign up for your insurance, your obummer care "medical care for everyone" will fall flat on it's face.

After all, that’s the spirit that has always moved this nation forward.  It’s the spirit of citizenship – the recognition that through hard work and responsibility, we can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family to make sure the next generation can pursue its dreams as well.

Yes but that's the choice of the citizens, the government shouldn't use coercien and law to force people to make those choices just because those are choices you see as "right".
Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote.  Last year, part of the Voting Rights Act was weakened.  But conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are working together to strengthen it; and the bipartisan commission I appointed last year has offered reforms so that no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote.  Let’s support these efforts.  It should be the power of our vote, not the size of our bank account, that drives our democracy.

Truly it should be one citizen, one vote. We need an ID to buy liqour, we need ID to buy a smoke, We need ID to buy a gun, We need ID, or some sort of paperwork to prove you are who you say your are...go get your Drivers License. So WHY is it supposedly such a hard ship to require valid ID to vote? Seriously? Mexico does it.

Hmmmm Mexico is so hopelessly corrupt at this point that might not be a good example as far as some people are concerned, but that doesn't change the laws that are on mexico's books!

Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day.  I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.

Seriously? Why is it so much more abhorent when it's "gun" violence versus "knife, rock, baseball bat, lead pipe, or fists and feet" violence?    It's ALL violence so why is one worse than the other?  The dirty little secret is it's not. See taking the guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens is about control. A disarmed citizenry finds it more difficult to fight back against an aggressive, intrusive and dictatorial government.  Always remember that, anytime someone tries to restrict your right to keep and bear arms, free speech, assembly, freedom of religion's about dominance and control.

Citizenship demands a sense of common cause; participation in the hard work of self-government; an obligation to serve to our communities.  And I know this chamber agrees that few Americans give more to their country than our diplomats and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
Tonight, because of the extraordinary troops and civilians who risk and lay down their lives to keep us free, the United States is more secure.  When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Today, all our troops are out of Iraq.  More than 60,000 of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan.  With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role. Together with our allies, we will complete our mission there by the end of this year, and America’s longest war will finally be over.

Yes and what's going to happen after we leave?  Odds are it will all fall apart again.  That part of the world is always busy with intercine warfare and pogroms and tribal genocide. *shrug*

After 2014, we will support a unified Afghanistan as it takes responsibility for its own future.  If the Afghan government signs a security agreement that we have negotiated, a small force of Americans could remain in Afghanistan with NATO allies to carry out two narrow missions: training and assisting Afghan forces, and counterterrorism operations to pursue any remnants of al Qaeda.  For while our relationship with Afghanistan will change, one thing will not: our resolve that terrorists do not launch attacks against our country.

if they exist we should hunt them. find em fix em kill em.

The fact is, that danger remains.  While we have put al Qaeda’s core leadership on a path to defeat, the threat has evolved, as al Qaeda affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world. In Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Mali, we have to keep working with partners to disrupt and disable these networks. In Syria, we’ll support the opposition that rejects  the agenda of terrorist networks.

we'll see. we'll see.

Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our defenses, and combat new threats like cyberattacks.  And as we reform our defense budget, we have to keep faith with our men and women in uniform, and invest in the capabilities they need to succeed in future missions.
We have to remain vigilant.  But I strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend on our military alone. As Commander-in-Chief, I have used force when needed to protect the American people, and I will never hesitate to do so as long as I hold this office.  But I will not send our troops into harm’s way unless it’s truly necessary; nor will I allow our sons and daughters to be mired in open-ended conflicts. 

LOLOL...the fight against islam and it's fanatical adherents has been going on for thousands of years. It's the very DEFINITION of an open ended, never ending conflict!  All we're doing here is simply ending yet ANOTHER campaign in a thousands year long STRING of them. People are easy to kill. Ideas...much, much harder.

We must fight the battles that need to be fought, not those that terrorists prefer from us – large-scale deployments that drain our strength and may ultimately feed extremism.
So, even as we aggressively pursue terrorist networks – through more targeted efforts and by building the capacity of our foreign partners – America must move off a permanent war footing.  That’s why I’ve imposed prudent limits on the use of drones – for we will not be safer if people abroad believe we strike within their countries without regard for the consequence.  That’s why, working with this Congress, I will reform our surveillance programs – because the vital work of our intelligence community depends on public confidence, here and abroad, that the privacy of ordinary people is not being violated.  And with the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay – because we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our Constitutional ideals, and setting an example for the rest of the world.

Uhhh as far as gitmo're assuming their countries WANT them back. If I recall from what I've read for years...their countries won't even acknowledge they EXIST, nor do they want them back.

You see, in a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy.  American diplomacy has rallied more than fifty countries to prevent nuclear materials from falling into the wrong hands, and allowed us to reduce our own reliance on Cold War stockpiles.  American diplomacy, backed by the threat of force, is why Syria’s chemical weapons are being eliminated,

Oh you mean the stockpiles the Iraqi's gave them?  yeah like that costs them anything. They didn't make em, they didn't have to pay for em.

and we will continue to work with the international community to usher in the future the Syrian people deserve – a future free of dictatorship, terror and fear. As we speak, American diplomacy is supporting Israelis and Palestinians as they engage in difficult but necessary talks to end the conflict there; to achieve dignity and an independent state for Palestinians, and lasting peace and security for the State of Israel – a Jewish state that knows America will always be at their side.

current "palestinians" aren't really palestinians...they are other nationalities whose countries AGAIN don't want them. As far as haven't exactly covered yourself in glory where they are concerned boyo.

And it is American diplomacy, backed by pressure, that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program – and rolled parts of that program back – for the very first time in a decade.  As we gather here tonight, Iran has begun to eliminate its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium.  It is not installing advanced centrifuges.  Unprecedented inspections help the world verify, every day, that Iran is not building a bomb.  And with our allies and partners, we’re engaged in negotiations to see if we can peacefully achieve a goal we all share: preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Sigh even one of  your own inspectors say you can't guarantee it.

These negotiations will be difficult.  They may not succeed.  We are clear-eyed about Iran’s support for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, which threaten our allies; and the mistrust between our nations cannot be wished away.  But these negotiations do not rely on trust; any long-term deal we agree to must be based on verifiable action that convinces us and the international community that Iran is not building a nuclear bomb.  If John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan could negotiate with the Soviet Union, then surely a strong and confident America can negotiate with less powerful adversaries today.

In the case of those men, those that came between was more a case of  each side knew the other really couldn't win and neither wanted to really die so they maintained the status quo and in the case of Reagan...forced them to try and keep up by spending themselves stupid.

The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible.  But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it.  For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.  If Iran’s leaders do not seize this opportunity, then I will be the first to call for more sanctions, and stand ready to exercise all options to make sure Iran does not build a nuclear weapon.  But if Iran’s leaders do seize the chance, then Iran could take an important step to rejoin the community of nations, and we will have resolved one of the leading security challenges of our time without the risks of war.
Finally, let’s remember that our leadership is defined not just by our defense against threats, but by the enormous opportunities to do good and promote understanding around the globe – to forge greater cooperation, to expand new markets, to free people from fear and want.  And no one is better positioned to take advantage of those opportunities than America.

Sigh, frankly boyo? I'm tired of of being the worlds policeman.  tired of shedding our blood and our treasure,  to protect the treasures of those who, if they don't hate us outright, hold us in contempt.  I'm far from advocating isolationism. But if they want us to police the world there's got to be a cost to them involved.

Our alliance with Europe remains the strongest the world has ever known.  From Tunisia to Burma, we’re supporting those who are willing to do the hard work of building democracy.  In Ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully, and have a say in their country’s future.  Across Africa, we’re bringing together businesses and governments to double access to electricity and help end extreme poverty.  In the Americas, we are building new ties of commerce, but we’re also expanding cultural and educational exchanges among young people.  And we will continue to focus on the Asia-Pacific, where we support our allies, shape a future of greater security and prosperity, and extend a hand to those devastated by disaster – as we did in the Philippines, when our Marines and civilians rushed to aid those battered by a typhoon, and were greeted with words like, “We will never forget your kindness” and “God bless America!”
We do these things because they help promote our long-term security.  And we do them because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation.  And next week, the world will see one expression of that commitment – when Team USA marches the red, white, and blue into the Olympic Stadium – and brings home the gold.

blah blah blah, feel goodiness feel good.

My fellow Americans, no other country in the world does what we do.  On every issue, the world turns to us, not simply because of the size of our economy or our military might – but because of the ideals we stand for, and the burdens we bear to advance them.
No one knows this better than those who serve in uniform.  As this time of war draws to a close, a new generation of heroes returns to civilian life.  We’ll keep slashing that backlog so our veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned, and our wounded warriors receive the health care – including the mental health care – that they need.  We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home.  And we all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families.
Let me tell you about one of those families I’ve come to know.
I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack.  We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.
A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain.
For months, he lay in a coma.  The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move.  Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day.
Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye.  He still struggles on his left side.  But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again.
“My recovery has not been easy,” he says. “Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.”
Cory is here tonight.  And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit.
My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy.  Our freedom, our democracy, has never been easy.  Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged.  But for more than two hundred years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress – to create and build and expand the possibilities of individual achievement; to free other nations from tyranny and fear; to promote justice, and fairness, and equality under the law, so that the words set to paper by our founders are made real for every citizen.  The America we want for our kids – a rising America where honest work is plentiful and communities are strong; where prosperity is widely shared and opportunity for all lets us go as far as our dreams and toil will take us – none of it is easy.  But if we work together; if we summon what is best in us, with our feet planted firmly in today but our eyes cast towards tomorrow – I know it’s within our reach.
Believe it.
God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

the one and only portion of this pile of bile, I agreed with. Yes HONOR our soldiers. Those who are serving, those who will serve and those who have served from time immemorial.

Finally, an Interesting video from Bill Whittle today. I'm going to end this snark fest by leaving the link to  it here for your viewing. I like him, if such a judgement does actually come to pass after I die, am not looking forward to mine own.

Remember, TANSTAAFL and...

I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.

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