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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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Best Rebuttal: Cato's State of the Union Reality Check

Numerous people got a chance to rebut the claims and promises that President Obama included in his “Win the Future” State of the Union speech last night.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exceeded expectations with his well-stated, well-delivered official GOP response.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) was in a lose-lose situation. No matter how well she did, she was going to be mercilessly derided in the media and left-wing blogosphere, and criticized by the right for stealing some of Ryan’s thunder. Despite having a solid speech that was quite complementary to Ryan’s, she delivered her speech to the Tea Party Express website camera instead of the news pool camera that was broadcast on TV, meaning she appeared to be staring just past the camera throughout her message, distracting the viewer from hearing her message.

With virtually no publicity, Sen. Rand Paul (R-TN) issued his own short, soft-spoken rebuttal via YouTube.

John Stossel even hosted a whole libertarian response show, with guests such as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Cato’s David Bose, during which he gave his own State of the Union speech of what he would do if he were President.

Then all the pundits and professional propagandists all chimed in with their points of view. Most of it all was rather ho-hum.

Until…this Cato Institute appeared in my Twitter feed. Unimpressed with most of the post-SOTU analysis, I pressed “play” with low expectations—and was blown away within the first 30 seconds.

Nine experts from the Cato Institute methodically poke holes through the fallacies of Obama’s rhetoric. Take a look:

Simply masterful. Therefore, for this shining example of cool logic and sharp dissection, I award the Cato Institute with this week’s Prudence Prize for Best Rebuttal.