Wednesday, January 27, 2010

State of the Union

So, the president gets to tell us about the State of the Union, one year after he assumed office and began to sail the "ship of state". What will he tell us? Well, dollars to donuts he will say what every president has said since they started doing this stuff: The State of Our Union is Strong!

What else would he say? "We suck right now. We really are blowing it" No, not in your wildest dreams. Although in reality the country doesn't suck, our political leaders do. They really, really do.

Democrats have moaned for the last 8 years that because of Republican obstructionism, the country has fallen further behind and if only the Democrats could gain power, boy would they make a change for the better.

Well, for a solid year, the Democrats have owned all branches of government except the judiciary, where there is still a bewildering and frustrating 5/4 split on the court. However, that being said, the Democrats have only succeeded in setting up a circular firing squad and blowing their own heads off.

It is a comedy of errors and would be funny if not so serious. While the dorks in Washington bemoan the lack of ability to overcome a filibuster, the Republicans are rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of the democrats inability to get something done.

All the while, we have millions unemployed. Tens of millions without health insurance and two wars going on.

Of course the Republicans don't want you to remember that during the 8 years they were in power they got a lot of stuff done, but about 99.9% of it was terrible.

So, Mr. President give us your opinion on the state of the union. Tell us what you plan on doing.

Then, explain to us why you haven't gotten done what you said you would do during the campaign.

You are a C- president at this point in your term, and I'm being generous. You need to step up and show some gravitas. I hate to say this, but you need some swagger and a little of W in you. You're a good man, and I believe wants to do best for the country, but you're being naive if you think Congress will come to the conclusions that are right for the country. Go LBJ on their ass Mr. President. Remind them who is President.

The State of the Union is: Dysfunction.


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  2. The current Congress and the Administration has leveraged our future to China - which is exactly what we did during WWI, buying up Britain's debt. Once Woodrow Wilson was re-elected (after promising not to get into WWI), 1 month and 1 day later, he joined it.

    It used to be that the Sun never set on the British Empire - now where are they? If we are not careful, and it may be too late, we will be a shell of what we were. And that is truly sad. For if America fails, where does the rest of the world turn to?

  3. Sadly, the math is not apples to apples. Rather it's more like a small seed of kudzu was planted in the Bush years and is now in full bloom during the 1st year of the Obama administration. Could Bush claim the budget surplus in his first year? No, of course not. Same here. Attempt to paint Obama with Bush policies (tax cuts during a time of war, funding a war off the books with no accounting for the cost in the official debt record, etc.) It doesn't wash. I don't like what is happening, but it's not like Obama caught the house on fire....

    I do however hold the US Congress to account. I'll give the Republicans the props for not giving a crap what the opposition think. They got their bills passed. Interestingly enough Ms Pelosi and Mr Reid cannot seem to do the same.

  4. My only argument with that premise is that cutting taxes raises revenue. The issue is always congress, Dem or Rep, can never seem to cut spending. Clinton in many ways capitalized on a conservative congress that cut spending, giving him a surplus. Bush's tax cuts in no way decreased revenues, but rather increased it - again, both Rep and Dem (and 2 wars), could not find a way to cut spending. Republicans needed to support their president and the national security and the Dem have always been big social spenders. Even if you give Bush all the blame, including the first 4 years of Obama's admin, Obama's deficits still are larger (and % of GDP are larger). I guess my point is, at some point - we need to take the credit card away from the out-of-control spending congress and presidents. We simply cannot afford a single-payor healthcare system, fighting two wars, and let's not talk about the unfunded liabilities that are Social Security and Medicare. The country is broke, big time. Raising taxes now would only further depress an already anemic economy.