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February 03, 2005

Commentary on the State of the Union Address

“America's prosperity requires restraining the spending appetite of the federal government.”

Sorry, I like Bush and support him 100% but...duh. People've been saying that for decades. The trouble is the vast majority of individual Americans think that the government programs that feed other people are the ones that should be cut first, and vote accordingly. It's not Congress that's really at fault. It's the American people and our gluttony for government spending.

“To make our economy stronger and more competitive, America must reward, not punish, the efforts and dreams of entrepreneurs.”

A concept the left cannot comprehend. I really wish him luck on implementing this part, but it'll be an uphill battle.

“To make our economy stronger and more productive, we must make health care more affordable, and give families greater access to good coverage, and more control over their health decisions.”

Here's the problem, our health care system is out of hand because insurance companies insulate the consumer from the producer, but the insurance companies make lots of money by doing so, and will not give up that money willingly. The idea of allowing more choice in health care is great, but there'll be a lag as the health care providers adjust to the new demands. Meanwhile what's at stake is the quality of health care. It's a really tricky problem, but I think Bush is on the right track.

“To keep our economy growing, we also need reliable supplies of affordable, environmentally responsible energy.”

But when the government hands out research money for alternate energy sources, who does it goes to? As I understand it, it goes mostly to companies that are inextricably entwined with the profits of oil companies. But it seems as if the “other side” is always represented by a bunch of enviro-nazi fruitcakes. The issue seems to always be presented in a polarized fashion with the extremes getting the coverage. The clear-thinking experts are rarely heard. We can only conserve so much. Until serious consideration is given to alternative energy sources the problem will remain. Until the solutions are searched for by someone other than those making money from the status quo, the problem will remain.

“Year after year, Americans are burdened by an archaic, incoherent federal tax code.”

 Amen -- preach it brother!!

“We should not be content with laws that punish hardworking people who want only to provide for their families, and deny businesses willing workers, and invite chaos at our border.”

Okay, gotta disagree here. There's a reason why America has more opportunity than Mexico -- it's because too many Mexicans see the solution to their problems as the US, rather than working to improve Mexico. The same with any other Central and South American nation that we keep getting illegal immigrants from. Don't come to my house and prop your muddy boots on my coffee table just because you don't want to take the time to clean your own.

“And so we must join together to strengthen and save Social Security.”

No, I disagree again. The ole girl's just too long in the teeth. Need to take her on out behind the barn put her down mercifully and get a new horse.

“For the good of families, children, and society, I support a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage.”


“To build a culture of life, we must also ensure that scientific advances always serve human dignity, not take advantage of some lives for the benefit of others.”

D'ja hear that Nancy Reagan. Ron would be saying the same thing.

“Because courts must always deliver impartial justice, judges have a duty to faithfully interpret the law, not legislate from the bench.”


“Our government will continue to support faith-based and community groups that bring hope to harsh places.”

I agree, but it'll be a hard sell to the anti-Christian crowd that seems to think the First Amendment applies to them and them only.

“Because HIV/AIDS brings suffering and fear into so many lives, I ask you to reauthorize the Ryan White Act to encourage prevention, and provide care and treatment to the victims of that disease.”

I have a better idea -- authorize a thorough investigation, by those not depending on the HIV/AIDS myth for their income, to determine whether AIDS is actually what the millionaires that are making money off of it claim it is.

“In America we must make doubly sure no person is held to account for a crime he or she did not commit - so we are dramatically expanding the use of DNA evidence to prevent wrongful conviction.”

Sorry, not enough. Provide for severe -- and I mean severe -- punishment for those participating in the wrongful conviction of an innocent person, whether their participation was intentional or by neglect.

“One of Iraq's leading democracy and human rights advocates is Safia Taleb al-Suhail. She says of her country, "we were occupied for 35 years by Saddam Hussein. That was the real occupation. ? Thank you to the American people who paid the cost ? but most of all to the soldiers." Eleven years ago, Safia's father was assassinated by Saddam's intelligence service. Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country - and we are honored that she is with us tonight.”

“One name we honor is Marine Corps Sergeant Byron Norwood of Pflugerville, Texas, who was killed during the assault on Fallujah. His mom, Janet, sent me a letter and told me how much Byron loved being a Marine, and how proud he was to be on the front line against terror. She wrote, ‘When Byron was home the last time, I said that I wanted to protect him like I had since he was born. He just hugged me and said: “You've done your job, mom. Now it's my turn to protect you.”’ Ladies and gentlemen, with grateful hearts, we honor freedom's defenders, and our military families, represented here this evening by Sergeant Norwood's mom and dad, Janet and Bill Norwood.”

Pictured are Safia Taleb al-Suhail embracing Janet Norwood behind the applauding Laura Bush.

I think that picture is a fitting summary of the State of the Union.

Hat tip: Powerline

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 3, 2005 08:48 AM

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