The State of the Union: Liveblogging
Strange to mention AIDS without including Africa. Maybe I missed it.
And that will rap things up. No screw-ups, very upbeat. I disagree with the guy on plenty, and nothing is going to change that, but overall it was a pretty strong speech, light on explanation, but big on feel-good fuzziness.
That was an incompetent hickish rant against science. Isn't Charles Krauthammer on his science advisory board? Can't he put a stop to some of these ideas? I'd like to live a long time. If you sciencephobes out there stop the development of some cure to some disease that I get, there's going to be trouble, consarnit.
Creating human-animal hybrids? God Schmod, I want my monkey-man!
Time for some gay-hatin'. Yee-haw. I must say, the touting of his new judicial appointments in connection with his "marriage defense" is disconcerting. At least this portion was brief. On to praise for Sandy.
And R&D tax credit. Interesting.
This seems a rather bold education initiative. Is he advocating for a bunch of new teachers, or is he advocating the relaxation of licensing requirements, I wonder.
Health care time. There was nothing serious here. Just some back-patting
and pie in the sky.
Now he's clearly trying to distance himself from "Big Oil." I wonder if those record Exxon profits had anything to do with that.
Except for the nuclear (did he actually say "nuclear" correctly?), he sounded like Al Gore.
Bush is now doing something very intelligent. He's connecting the ideas of oil independence and national security. Didn't Al Franken raise this theme 3 years ago? What's going on?
The American Competitiveness Initiative? I don't like the sound of that.
Seriously? A line-item veto? And he said it like it was nothing. That's a huge deal. In Wisconsin the governor has this power, and I can attest to the fact that it vastly increases the power of the executive. It's a bad idea, pure and simple. In theory it only allows for cuts, but there are clever ways to manipulate this power for ill. Besides, I'd like to see a normal veto from the guy before I grant him any power to half-veto something.
He's scattering free trade messages throughout. It has been an overarching theme. He has now moved on to immigration.
Funny how free trade requires so much hassle at the border.
Sorry about that. Blogger is pesky tonight, and I also had to do a quick chore.
Time for domestic issues.
Ooh. Such a vigorous economy. That job creation stat is true, but it's not like the EU economy is a runaway juggernaut or anything.
I'm obviously very a bigger free market proponent than G-dub, and it's nice to here him advocate for the private sector, but where has he been for the last 6 years?
He's getting a huge ovation for the tax cuts. In general, I'm pro tax-cut. The thing is that tax cuts without spending cuts aren't tax cuts. They're tax deferals. And we're way past the point of the Laffer curve where cutting taxes raises revenue. He's touting spending cuts right now, but who believes that.
Whoa. Did he just propose a line-item veto? Way to lend credence to that "Power-Hungry Emperor" stereotype.
Update 1: Bush may have problems improvising, but if he is well-prepared he can pull off a good speech now and then. He is starting strong today. We're in the foreign policy section now. This probably will not be too surprising. His only choice is to accentuate the positive, and that is what he is doing. Will he address the negative? Will he mess with with Mr. Inbetween?
He is laying out some changes to policy, and thanking congress for their criticism. Classy. Oh, now he's letting them have it.
If I were a conservative shill, I would write the following:
"He's standing firm on Iraq."
Really, there wasn't much there. Can't they make an announcement to hold all applause until the end? If I'm ever president, that will be the policy.
OK, beer 2, coming up...
Let's get right down to business.
Bush is pleading for a return to respectable debate. It's hard to argue with that. Unless you're in congress, in which case you simply label your opponent as a partisan shill.
Bush is now cautioning against isolationism. I like it. I think that there's an isolationist movement growing right now, and it is potentially dangerous.
The first 9/11 reference at 8:14. If you had the under, bring your tickets up to the front.
I'm listening on the radio, by the way. I think that Bush actually comes off a bit better on the radio. He is less smarmy, and mistakes are more forgivable.
The first three mentions of freedom at 8:16. If you had the over, bring your ticket up to the front.
Here we have some pandering to Islam.
"if we do nothing, the violent will inherit the earth." Nice line.
Update soon. I need a beer.