In case you missed The Conservative Cauldron at its new time last Friday, here are just a few things we talked about. President Obama gave the State of the Union address last Tuesday night. There was not a lot that was unexpected. What amounted to a laundry list of $320 billion new dollars in taxes and spending policy by the Obama administration had Republicans declaring most of it would be dead on arrival. It seems that during his final two years in office, the president will focus on taxing the wealthiest Americans in order to attempt to raise a sinking middle class ship. So how does taxing a guy like Bill Gates help out average middle class guy “Joe Six-pack”? That was not explained. Mr. Obama also promised to veto any legislation that would attempt to roll back ObamaCare or immigration executive orders that were announced in November. There was not a big emphasis on the war on terror, therefore not a lot of mention of national security. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham called the Obama foreign policies “strategically listless.”
The Obama administration loves to give examples of how their policies are making a difference for the middle class. This year’s SOTU was no exception. Sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama was a woman named Rebekah Erler. The story floated was that she had written the president a letter detailing her and her husband’s middle class struggles. Well, as is often the case with the Obama administration, things are not always as they seem. Turns out Rebekah Erler is no stranger to the president and the Democratic Party. Rebekah Erler is a former Democrat campaign operative who was a field organizer for Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, and also worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign. Perhaps the great Rush Limbaugh put it best, who said if these policies are so great, why does Obama need a plant? Shouldn’t there be millions of these success stories?
In some Ferguson news, The Justice Department announced that it would more than likely not seek civil rights violation charges against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. This was not unexpected as the legal bar for proving such a violation is extremely high. The family of Michael Brown has not commented as yet. The investigation into the Ferguson police department itself is still ongoing, looking into the practices of the department. Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to sign off on the final decision. With so many demanding change in Ferguson, one might think that the line of potential candidates for Ferguson’s city council elections to be held in April might stretch out the door of city hall. Well, not so much. A grand total of six residents have filed to be candidates on the April 7 election. Only one of those candidates will face a challenger, and one of those who filed is a former mayor. Apparently the conventional wisdom in Ferguson is that conducting “die-ins” and protesting in ways that continually disrupt innocent people’s’ lives will be much more effective in creating change.
Last but never least, in the WTF segment, for those of you wishing to fend off your married friends who keep asking all of the time why you don’t find someone nice and settle down, well, there’s an app for that. “Invisible Boyfriend” (and Invisible Girlfriend) will give others the impression that you have a significant other. For the low low price of $24.99, the lovelorn will receive 100 text messages, 10 voice mails, and one handwritten note. No word on whether or not you get taken out for dinner too.