ARC Press Release: State of the Union in One Sentence

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2010-01-28 23:43

State of the Union in One Sentence

January 28, 2010

WASHINGTON--“President Obama’s State of the Union address can be summarized in one sentence,” writes Alex Epstein, a fellow at the Ayn Rand Center. “We need to rise above fear, hesitation, and partisan politics--to give the government all the power it needs to solve all our problems.

“President Obama named dozens of problems in America and not once suggested that individual rights, liberty, or freedom were the solution.

“From a quick reading of the speech, some statistics:

“Number of times President Obama said ‘I’: 105--mainly pushing for the government programs he seeks to pass.

“Number of times President Obama said ‘individual rights’: 0.

“Number of times President Obama said ‘liberty’: 0.

“Number of times President Obama said ‘freedom’: 1--but it was freedom for Afghanistan.”

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Alex Epstein is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, focusing on business issues.

Alex Epstein is the author of numerous articles on oil and energy, including, most recently: “Energy at the Speed of Thought: The Original Alternative Energy Industry.” His op-eds have appeared in such publications as the Detroit Free Press, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, and Investor’s Business Daily. Epstein is a frequent speaker at universities around the country, a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio programs, as well as a guest panelist on the popular “Economy and Financial Review” show on

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Health Bill

atlascott's picture

"The Health Bill is now only a Health Insurance bill to keep the market competitive?

Any thoughts on that one?"

No one can be sure because the Bill is over 2,000 pages long.

But if it follows the trend in Washington, the Bill will destroy Health Care and enrich political insiders while doing absolutely nothing good.

The elected officials who vote for it will do so either out of party allegiance or because pork was placed in the Bill to buy their vote.

The only lesson we learned from the Health Care Bill is that these parasites are dead afraid of being voted out of office, Dems and Republicans.

That's because they are not Donkeys or Elephants. They are ticks, sucking the blood of the body politic.

Peas in a Pod

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Lindsay: Nothing I said is like a protestation, nor did I remotely support Obama. I said he would be better for the country than McCain or Bush -- and I still think that. I said he would push the Republicans in a small government direction -- and he's done that in spades. Also the Democrats, as a bonus. But even with the unexpected and hopeful Tea Party movement, no-one in either welfare statist party has emerged even slightly as the new Goldwater, Reagan, or Gingrich. (Except Ron Paul -- who continues to be spectacular.) The Republican and Democratic parties still need to perish -- and at the same time, not Democrats first.

I think my judgement of Obama...

Marcus's picture

...was initially correct.

At one stage I raged that he was dumb, but he's not.

He is simply as he looks, extremely politically naive. To makes things even worse, Obama mostly surrounds himself with people who are equally naive.

He was voted President way too early and is clearly out of his depth.

He is ideologically on the left-wing, but I think he often doesn't know himself where he is going.

What do people here think of his spending freeze? If it really does kill off the cap-and-trade bill, then I'm quite happy about it.

The Health Bill is now only a Health Insurance bill to keep the market competitive?

Any thoughts on that one?

In a nutshell Sandi

gregster's picture

.. We are ruled by evil fools. Armed revolt is justified. Let's hope we beat Obama to the cyclotron!

Impeach. Prosecute. Incarcerate

Sandi's picture


Mr. Z

Lindsay Perigo's picture

You supported this evil bastard. Your protestations ring hollow.

"We need a completely new intellectual paradigm."

gregster's picture

"We need a completely new intellectual paradigm."

No fucking kidding?

Without the "paradigm" though.

State of the Political Philosophy

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

The state of the union is bad because Barack Obama, Nancy Pelolsi, George Bush, John McCain, and all the other Democrats and Republicans passionately believe in Welfare Statism. Indeed, they can't even conceive of anyone disagreeing with this philosophy; they find it sheer madness. Over 99% of all Americans today are progressives and conservatives who emphatically reject economic capitalism, personal libertarianism, and social laissez-faire. That's the problem. We need a completely new intellectual paradigm. DEATH to progressivism, conservatism, the Democrats, and the Republicans! These life-sucking soul-destroying vampire ideologies need to completely and utterly DIE!

Don't Be A Hater!

atlascott's picture

Obama loves all people.

He wants to help us.

Why do you need freedom and individual rights when the government can take care of all that for you?

You say bad things about Obama because you hate people of color and you want poor people to suffer.

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