State of the Union – The Past Becomes the Pres(id)ent

From the Desk Of NickiLeaks


Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

— President John F. Kennedy


As Barack H. Obama looks to the future to shape his State of the Union address, NickiLeaks has uncovered that the very same speech lies in our past, that the speech given by a present-day-Democrat are no different than a Republican from our past.

This is what the current Democratic president will say this week and this is what a different president, a Republican, said in his State of the Unions from ’51’-57.

It is no different.

Which is why we still like Ike.

First, Mr. Obama will touch on the economy:

All branches of this Government–and I venture to say both of our great parties – can support the general objective of the recommendations I make today, for that objective is the building of a stronger America. A nation whose every citizen has good reason for bold hope; where effort is rewarded and prosperity is shared; where freedom expands and peace is secure–that is what I mean by a stronger America. (’54)

It is important that all of us understand that this administration does not and cannot begin its task with a clean slate. Much already has been written on the record, beyond our power quickly to erase or to amend. This record includes our inherited burden of indebtedness and obligations and deficits.(’53)

Reduction of taxes will be justified only as we show we can succeed in bringing the budget under control. (’53)

Until we can determine the extent to which expenditures can be reduced, it would not be wise to reduce our revenues. (’53)

Meanwhile, the tax structure as a whole demands review. . . . We must develop a system of taxation which will impose the least possible obstacle to the dynamic growth of the country. This includes particularly real opportunity for the growth of small businesses. Many readjustments in existing taxes will be necessary to serve these objectives and also to remove existing inequities. Clarification and simplification in the tax laws as well as the regulations will be undertaken. (’53)

Because of the present need for revenue the corporation income tax should be kept at the current rate of 52% for another year, and the excise taxes scheduled to be reduced on April first, including those on liquor, tobacco, gasoline and automobiles, should be continued at present rates.(’54)

Getting control of the budget requires also that State and local governments and interested groups of citizens restrain themselves in their demands upon the Congress that the Federal Treasury spend more and more money for all types of projects. (’53)

A reasonable profit is essential to the new investments that provide more jobs in an expanding economy. But business leaders must, in the national interest, studiously avoid those price rises that are possible only because of vital or unusual needs of the whole nation. (’57)

If our economy is to remain healthy, increases in wages and other labor benefits, negotiated by labor and management, must be reasonably related to improvements in productivity. Such increases are beneficial, for they provide wage earners with greater purchasing power. (’57)

Last year I requested the Congress to broaden the coverage of the minimum wage.

I repeat that recommendation, and I pledge the full resources of the Executive Branch to assist the Congress in finding ways to attain this goal. (’56)

Moreover, as requested last year, legislation should be passed to clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to Federal wage standards on Federal and Federally assisted construction and other public works. (’56)”

Next, the president will defend (again) the ACA:

The health of our people is one of our most precious assets. Preventable sickness should be prevented; knowledge available to combat disease and disability should be fully used. Otherwise, we as a people are guilty not only of neglect of human suffering but also of wasting our national strength. (’55)”

And he will touch on climate change and what we face as a nation because of that.

Disaster in many forms–by flood, frost, high winds, for instance–can destroy on a massive scale in a few hours the labor of many years.

Through the past three years the Administration has repeatedly moved into action wherever disaster struck. The extent of State participation in relief activities, however, has been far from uniform and, in many cases, has been either inadequate or nonexistent. Disaster assistance legislation requires overhauling and an experimental program of flood-damage indemnities should be undertaken. (’56) 

Seniors and the poor are sure to be mentioned:

Under the 1954 Amendments to the old-age and survivors’ insurance program, protection was extended to some 10 million additional workers and benefits were increased. The system now helps protect 9 out of 10 American workers and their families against loss of income in old age or on the death of the breadwinner. The system is sound. It must be kept so. (’56)”

To conclude: the vista before us is bright. The march of science, the expanding economy, the advance in collective security toward a just peace–in this threefold movement our people are creating new standards by which the future of the Republic may be judged. . . . Our dedication to moral values must be complete in our dealings abroad and in our relationships among ourselves. We have single-minded devotion to the common good of America. Never must we forget that this means the well-being, the prosperity, the security of all Americans in every walk of life.” (’56)


And that’s why they say, those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it.

The only difference, who now are the Republicans? Who now are the Democrats?


By Nick Vanocur