Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SOTU Six: Ladders of Opportunity in 6840 Words (just words).

Well, that was painful. To quote the VodkaPundit“I miss James Buchanan.”

Focus groups nixed our “income inequality” altogether and didn’t like our “ladders of opportunity” a whole lot better so we had to pull most of those references too. Leaving us with just this:

“But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still - and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do.”

“Opportunity” tested positively so we used it as a stand alone 12 times. In fact, it worked so well, that “opportunity is who we are.”

So since I’m sure you were too busy to watch Big Guy and TOTUS, here’s my synopsis of the speech, in no particular order, complete with the ladders of opportunity Big Guy envisions for his stalled upward mobility:

“Build ladders of opportunity into the middle class:”


We still need to fight against the War on Women: they need more ladders to make as much money as their male counterparts:


Unemployment: (Not my fault!) We need more safety nets under the ladders we pulled out from under you.


Upward Mobility: Stalled! (Not my fault!)


Time to cut to some of the human props; we’ve got one for every special interest group.


“But America does not stand still.” Thanks to Michelle, we’ll leave No Child’s Fat Behind.  Everybody’s moving! Next, let’s try putting that ladder upright.

agility ladder.2jpg Mastering the agility ladders; like for dogs.

Action! I’ll take action! With or without Congress:

action laddersAction!

Unintended consequences to be addressed at a later date:

action ladder wrestlingCome on! That’s a ladder of opportunity I tossed you!

Obamacare! We’re fixin’ it! (and that’s all I’m going to say about that)

ladder of opportunity

Here, I’m tossing you a new IRA squirrel: MIRA? MY IRA? MyRA? Even I’m confused.

climb out of debtHow exactly does this help if I don’t have a job?

"I'll act on my own to slash bureaucracy." The Pen and Phone ladders of leadership:.

pen and phone ladder

Regarding energy: Natural Gas! Love it! All of the above! Love it! (except fracking, coal, drilling in the gulf and the Keystone Pipeline)

brokenladder Need to replace a few missing rungs on that “All of the Above” Ladder

JOBS!JOBS!JOBS! Roads, Ports, Government Jobs! (that’s standard boiler plate for all speeches now)

Screenshot Studio capture #1697Government ladder of opportunity jobs

Butt wait! I’m not done yet! (just pay separate processing and handling)

“But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by - let alone get ahead. And too many still aren't working at all.”

Again: not my fault! Okay? Can we get somebody in here to fix these ladders!

miniature of the empty chairI need this mess straightened out.

chairs let’s get these empty chairs all lined up.

empty-chair-3d-printed5And while you’re at it, make the ladders a little taller:

Raise the minimum wage. “It will give businesses customers with more money to spend.”


Which is good, because businesses will all have to raise their prices.

And of course: Marriage Equality!

gay laddersGay ladders march for marriage equality

Education: American students are Racing to the Top, where, once there, they’re “trapped by student loan debt.”

buns of steel ladderClimbing out of debt would be a lot easier with a job

“The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”

roof_snow_1Yep, in some places it snows every winter.

ladder2Hey! Come down from up there: hot air rises you know.

And that was about it. Here’s your Obama Sixth SOTU speech take-away:

Climb-Ladders-Safety-First-Sign-S-4395cow ladderOr bad things may happen to you

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