Friday, February 03, 2006

Recent commentary: the SOTU address

What did you think of the State of the Union address?

(published 6-Feb-2006, Appleton Post-Crescent)

Did you know that the wife of Bill Young (R-FL) wore a t-shirt to the speech, too? She was booted out and called the policeman "an idiot." But on to the evaluation. INSPIRING: Not a thing. GOOD: Bush's follow-up to the Democrats’ cheer that Social Security reform hadn’t been enacted: “every year we fail to act, the situation gets worse." AVERAGE: The "addicted to oil" reference. Reminded me of Eisenhower’s warning about the “military-industrial complex.” If the Republicans would push alternative fuels and if the Democrats would support oil drilling in Alaska, our foreign oil dependence would soon shrink. SUB PAR: "cut the deficit in half by 2009." If it weren't for the fact that Bush never met a spending bill he didn't like, the deficit wouldn't be nearly as high. No vetoes in five years. Sheesh! Nothing INSPIRING but no RASPBERRIES either. Grade: C.

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