The State of the Union Speech You’ll Never Hear

My Fellow Americans:

It is time we come clean about where we are and where we are
going.  I can no longer keep up the
pretense that everything is going to be alright just like that by snapping our
fingers. The world is changing and we have to change with it.

Early on in my term as President, I started a process to end
the era of American imperialism but I was timid about just coming out and
saying that we no longer can impose our will on other nations through the use
of our military and economic might as we have tried to so for so long.

I say to you tonight, we are a great nation among the league
of nations, committed to working together with other with respect to bring
about peace and prosperity around the world. If there were any doubt about
this, the globalization of technology and trade and the ability of even a small
cadre of terrorists to inflict great horror should make it clear to one and


The lowered expectations we must embrace globally are
reflected in the lowered expectations we must embrace domestically. We no
longer create wealth, we consume it, and so we must be better managers of what
we have.  We must go back to the roots of
what are forefathers saw as the birthright of all, the rights to life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness.

We need to work less and have more fun. We need to be happy
earning less and having fewer things and more connect with friends and family
and the people in our neighborhoods. Our lives for too long have been measured
by the size of our houses, the speed of our cars, by how much we can
conspicuously consume of the material world.

The great opportunity of our time is to end the civil war
that is tearing us apart and to nurture the ties that bind us together as a
nation. Toward that end I am inviting the leading Republican candidates to the White
House and offering them the chance to join a coalition government with me so
that we can together tackle the complex array of problems we face.

Our challenges will not be met by people in high places. It
will depend on every one of us to reach out and find the common ground where we
can begin to world a new America, an America where each one of feels ownership
stake, feels hope that tomorrow will be a better day.

So let’s get to work rebuilding America with less greed and
more loving kindness for each other.

God Bless America.

Addendum Email:

Before I speak tonight 

Barack Obama to me
show details 4:21 PM (28 minutes ago)

Ron —

I’m heading to Capitol Hill soon to deliver my third State of the Union address.

Before I go, I want to say thanks for everything you’re doing.

Tonight, we set the tone for the year ahead. I’m going to lay out in
concrete terms the path we need to take as a country if we want an
economy that works for everyone and rewards hard work and

I’m glad to know you’ll be standing with me up there.


Support President Obama. Make a donation today.

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Left and Right: Preoccupied With Occupiers

Occupy, Labor on Collision Course with Obama


With organized labor increasing support for the Occupy movement –
SEIU Local 1021, the Alameda County Labor Council and other unions
greatly contributed to the success of the November 2 Oakland General
Strike – many see the battle for the 99% as energizing traditional
Democratic constituencies for the November 2012 elections. But if the
Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction reaches a bipartisan deal in
the next three weeks that cuts Medicare and Social Security, the
opposite is more likely to be true.

Progressives have not focused on the Deficit Reduction Committee, as
its meetings have coincided with the growth of Occupy’s historic
grassroots movement for economic justice. And some are addressing the
President’s refusal to commit to a Wall Street transaction tax, which is
the subject of an “Occupy the Treasury” event today. But the Committee
is being pressured to slash hundreds
of billions of dollars from health care and entitlement programs, and
from other domestic needs, as part of an Obama-backed “grand bargain” to
raise taxes on the wealthy. Should such an agreement be reached, those
who worry that Occupy lacks specific demands will have their fears
allayed: Occupy activists will have a clear target in President Obama
and other Democrats backing such a deal.

As Republicans promote even more tax breaks for
the wealthiest 1%, Democrats would appear to have a great opportunity
to seize the spirit of the Occupy movement and become the party of
economic populism for the 2012 elections. President Obama now talks the
language of economic unfairness. But if he and fellow Democrats agree to
a deficit reduction deal that cuts Medicare, Social Security, and other
programs serving the 99%, expect an electoral calamity for Democrats in



is planning to launch a protest movement of its own to compliment the
Occupy Wall Street momentum with the stated goal of “make[ing] Wall
Street pay” and rebuilding the entire U.S. financial system.

MoveOn org is funded by the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation.
Another grantee of Tides is the Adbusters magazine, which is reported to
have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring
protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

The new MoveOn org Wall Street campaign serves as further evidence
suggesting the anti-Wall Street movement is a well-planned campaign and
not the spontaneous uprising its leaders claim.

If there ever was a time to support the Tea Party it is now.
The forces of darkness are forming against us and we must survive!

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Money Talks — That’s Why Politicians Never Say Anything Real

You know you’re important when you get emails from
President Obama himself that start “Dear Ron” and his re-election campaign
manager sends you a personal reminder that midnight tonight is your last chance to contribute
a measly five bucks to be eligible to win the “Dinner with Barack and
Joe” contest.

June 30 is the last day of the campaign finance reporting
period and the President isn’t the only politician with his hand out.

Austin Beutner, the former first deputy mayor for just
about everything, also is in the “Dear Ron” email club with invitations to see
him hold court with friends and acquaintances in various venues as he rounds up
support and money as if the wealthy investment banker needs other people’s
money to run for mayor.


Councilwoman Jan Perry, the queen of downtown
 is trying to make a
statement in her June 30 campaign report and so has blasted out thousands of
emails pleading:
  “I Need Your Help By
Midnight Tonight.”

She makes the President seem like a cheap date with his
$5 gimmick by listing $50 as the minimum she wants although I suspect sending a
check for the maximum $1,000 would cement our friendship for life and probably get you the chance to take her to dinner.

Declaring how much she loves L.A., she enumerates a few
of her achievements like creating “jobs and revenue …. mass transit to
alleviate our crowded freeways” while protecting “our environment and natural

Who knew?

I’m all for her goal of running a campaign “that unites
our citizens around a common idea: to provide future generations with greater
opportunity to find success and have a good quality of life in our city.”

It’s big job to achieve that since today there is so
little opportunity for so many and the quality of life is rapidly getting worse
for nearly everybody.

But Jan, we are on a first name basis, is not one to pull
her punches and underscores the real point of her “Dear Ron” email:

The results of the first
fundraising report will set the tone for how the media and pundits analyze this
race. Please click here to join the effort and make your contribution today.


I always wondered who declared that
“money is the mother’s milk of politics.” Now we know it’s the media and
pundits who will turn the mayoral contest into a horse race that has more to do
with how much money the candidates raise and not who actually can lead the city
and solve its problems.


Sadly, my friend Jan has a point


Instead of throwing around clichés about
“future generations,” she could be talking seriously about just how broken City
Hall is and how it will take a popular uprising to change things but nobody
will listen unless she’s raised a lot of money by midnight tonight.

Live Blog: Bob Hertzberg at the Inauguration

1_62_inauguration_crowd.jpgThat day has finally come — the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States and alll eyes are on the nation’s capitol.

For those who lived throught the early days of the civil rights movement 50 years ago, it’s hard to believe the nation would ever elect a black president.

Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg is in the massive crowd and messaging his experiences which I’ll update during the day:

12:43 p.m. —
My toes are cold, but the sun is shining. We are all hopeful. Our new President’s message feels good. (Text of Inaugural Addressobama-inaugural.rtf )

12:10 p.m. — We have a new President. May God give him the strength.

11:55 a.m. — Oh my god, a sea of goosebumps as far as the eye can see. The feeling among the crowd is overwhelming.

11:50 a.m. — Here we go– biden taking the oath.

11:42 a.m. —  I brought my 17-year-old son Daniel who was president
of the Obama Club at Campbell Hall in Studio City. I have never seen
him more excited!.

11:41 a.m. — So far the biggest applause for the obama daughters.

11:18 a.m. — Hard to type. Fingers are frozen. Now the color guard.
And as the announcer says, please be seated, all the folks standing let
out a loud roar as they have been frustrated because the folks in the
seated sections were blocking their view

11:17 a.m. — Calls or emails can get out. I am told that for security reasons, cell traffic has been limited.

9:59 a.m. — Just arrived at my seat in front of the capitol. Lots of folks dancing to keep warm, but I also think they are just plain excited and are having difficulty containing their enthusiasm

7:41 a.m.
— Standing in the longest line of my life.hertzberg.jpg Spirits of all are festive and optimistic. People as far as the eye can see. I wonder how many folks from the SFV here?

5:40 a.m. —  Just getting out the door to make the trek to the Capitol.  Preparing for the cold weather – an endeavor for a California Kid.  Two overcoats on top of all the usual stuff and pockets full of hand and feet warmers.  It has been hard to sleep – there is so much excitement in the air here.

63 Questions Antonio Villaraigosa Doesn’t Want to Answer

By Bruno
The L.A. Watchdog
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In the Internet age, the news that arriveson your driveway is referred to as “dead-tree” journalism because, for those of you scratching your heads, it’s on paper.

This morning, my copy of the Dog Trainer (the LA Times, for the uninitiated) makes me want to pee on a tree.

Do reporters at the Dog Trainer follow the news?  If you’re going to cover City Hall, shouldn’t you have some idea of what’s happened there recently?

Or maybe the Dog Trainer has signed up for Antonio’s re-election campaign, which isn’t necessary because he doesn’t have any opposition.

Here’s the headline: Villaraigosa says he won’t join Obama administration.

And according to the Dog Trainer, here’s why:

Villaraigosa said he had a “conversation” with Obama in mid-November about joining the new Democratic administration but told the incoming president that he would stay in Los Angeles to focus on his reelection campaign and ongoing efforts to address the city’s financial troubles and other pressing issues.

Then the Dog Trainer published this quote, noting the mayor “told the Times,” like it was something special and not incredibly self serving.

“I’m honored and flattered to have been considered for an appointment in the Obama administration,” Villaraigosa told The Times on Monday. “I made it clear I love what I do. And I feel that at this moment in my life, this is the job in which I can best serve my city and country.”

Did the reporter just fall to Earth?  Maybe he never saw this story in the New York Times: For a Washington Job, Be Prepared to Tell All.

And maybe he forgot our mayor was involved in a nasty scandal a while back involving an attractive reporter, which led to divorce court.

You wouldn’t know it from the Dog Trainer, which just ignored Antonio, if he wanted to join our new president in Washington, would have to subject himself to the most intensive vetting in history.

Who knows?  Maybe Antonio wouldn’t be concerned with answering the 63 incredibly personal questions.   But since he’s already our mayor, shouldn’t  he answer them for us?

Here’s the questionnaire, Mr. Mayor.  Please send your answers to Bruno the Watchdog at