Obama State of the Union Flunks Fact Check; More Wasteful Spending and “A Million Points of Trite”

The Associated Press fact-checked Obama’s State of the Union address last night, and found it to be misleading in many ways: “The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other.” Michelle Malkin panned Obama’s call for even more rapid increases in education spending, calling it “Cash for Education Clunkers.” Neil McCluskey responded with an op-ed entitled, “For the Nation’s Sake, Cut Education Spending.” I earlier discussed the President’s proposed spending increases, noting that learning and studying have declined in America’s universities even as education spending has exploded, and that ever-more costly college educations aren’t yielding better jobs or economic growth.

Obama talked a lot about the need for more government “investment,” a euphemism for spending on pet projects favored by liberals. Professor Jacobson called Obama’s address “a million points of trite” for all the recycled talking points it contained. Even the liberal Robert Scheer called the speech “platitudinous hogwash.”

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