Last night, President Obama delivered his third State of the Union address before Congress. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers were present for the speech. Entitled “An America Built to Last,” Obama’s speech was touted to be monumental.  Much to the dismay of Obama, he lived up to expectations and delivered the usual far-leftist talking points.

Upon making his grand entrance, President Obama received the celebrity treatment and, per usual, was adorned by fans and supporters. No stranger to campaigning, Obama gladly signed autographs and embraced his Democratic colleagues. Not surprisingly, he used the State of the Union address as an opportunity to fundraise for his campaign:

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 responsibility.

Barack Obama, with his leftist rhetoric in tow, beamed with confidence throughout his speech. Although Team Obama is emboldened by incumbency this election year, polls and dismal economic conditions spell trouble for the president.

A Fox News poll from January 11-13 reports 45 percent of Americans approve Obama’s performance, while 47 percent disapprove and eight percent are undecided. Similarly, a RealClearPolitics poll averaging Obama’s job performance from January 5-23 shows 46 percent approve of his performance, while 48 disapprove.

Much to the dismay of this administration, this State of the Union address perpetuated the status quo and further revealed this president’s failure to lead.

During the speech, President Obama touted himself as a job creator.

In his speech he said, “In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s.”

Since Obama took office, more people have become poor. In September 2011, the U.S. Census reported that 1-in-6 people—an estimated 46.2 million people—now live in poverty.  When Obama assumed office, unemployment rested at 7.6 percent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that it sits at 8.5 percent, as of January 6, 2012.

Moreover, Obama discussed plans to boost the economy through alternative energy.

“We can also spur energy innovation with new incentives. The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change,” said Obama.

He added, “But there’s no reason why Congress shouldn’t at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation.”

Recently, the Obama administration rejected a permit for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline—a project slated to create 20,000 new jobs. Unfortunately, Obama’s close ties to environmentalist groups propelled this move. Interestingly enough labor unions fumed over this, as well; they joined unlikely private sector allies in anger over this decision.

Scaremongering by ‘global warming’ alarmists and similar environmental apologists has inhibited job creation. They decry off-shore drilling; citing that its impact would be “harmful” to the environment. Instead, Americans should stand up to these alarmists and counter their efforts. Projects like the Keystone XL pipeline readily ensure job growth.

Unsurprisingly, President Obama attacked capitalism with class warfare rhetoric. He called on the wealthy to “pay their fair share.”

He said, “Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes.

“Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense,” Obama added.

It is widely held that top income earners already pay high taxes.  More importantly, nearly 47 percent of households do not pay federal income taxes.

With respect to education, President Obama had this to say, “States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets. And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down.”

In order to remedy education in the United States, greater choice and less bureaucracy will propel reform to take place. School choice will encourage parents to send their children to better K-12 schools, and allow children’s interests—rather than a teachers union’s interests—to take precedence. Moreover, many states are facing budget problems because university administrators make a killing from pensions, tenure, and high salaries. It is undeniable that a bloated bureaucracy breeds contempt for quality (and student-minded) higher education.

President Obama’s remarks signal the failure of  “leading from behind”: bitter divisiveness, economic turmoil, attacks on capitalism, and mediocre leadership. Too many American people, industries, and companies have suffered at the hands of his disastrous policies.

Marxist-Leninist ideas, anti-American ideals, and endless bouts of corruption have left voters dismayed by their government and the political process. As a result, the United States cannot afford another four years of disarray.

Want change you can believe in? Vote Republican in 2012.

Gabriella Hoffman :: University of California at San Diego :: San Diego, California :: @Gabby_Hoffman