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March 3, 2009

On the Right Side: Obama can offer words, little else

Talk about having a love affair with himself.

President Obama couldn't even wait 11 months to give his first State of the Union-like speech. So to massage his overwhelming ego, he decided to give it last Tuesday.

It was certainly full of rhetoric, with lots of efforts for hopefully historically memorable quotes _ as if enough attempts were made, some would stick. But was there any substance?

Absolutely none.

He is slick, I'll give him that. And he is a skilled orator. Give him a good speechwriter and a Teleprompter and he's ready to go.

A little advice, Barack. It takes more than speech-making and glorious promises to be an effective leader. It takes a person who is willing to roll up his sleeves and help manage the process.

So what does he do? Weeks before his speech, he simply tells Congress (actually only half of Congress) to come up with a stimulus bill that he can sign.

He then ducks out of sight and lets the two most radical, irresponsible members take over the process _ Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

The result is the worst possible, pork-filled, non-stimulus bill that could have been created.

This person is going to single-handedly ruin this country, and the press and Obama's cultists are letting it happen.

George Bush's largest deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office, was $454.8 billion, and that occurred in fiscal year 2008. Obama's antics, to date only, will result in a $1.3 trillion deficit for fiscal year 2009.

Therefore, his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office means we will be saddled with more than a $533 billion deficit for fiscal years 2013 and beyond.

Great job, Barack. Your deficit will still be nearly $100 billion larger than Bush's largest deficit in eight years.

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