Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The State of the Union Highlights Analysis

First of all, I'm pretty much only watching the State of the Union these days because I'm interested in all the people they want to focus the camera on and their stupid reactions. The speech has no merit, with a good idea becoming a political joke that holds no more true weight in terms of a solid course of action. However, I'm here as always to provide concise political commentary!

Highlight #1: Cindy Sheehan thinks that the House is actually in Crawford.
-Ms. Sheehan tried to do her protest thingy in the House Chamber and was arrested. Jesus God, talking about a woman who needs to go away. Your five minutes of fame are so up that it is unbelieveable that you still get any run at all. Yet, Cindy still pops up like a damn "whack-a-mole". Oh, last week she stated that she is considering running for the U.S. Senate in California. Want to know who her Chief of Staff is going to be?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Hugo Chavez!
Sigh.
You really can't make it up.

Highlight #2
We will choose to act confidently in pursuing the enemies of freedom or retreat from our duties in the hope of an easier life. We will choose to build our prosperity by leading the world economy or shut ourselves off from trade and opportunity. In a complex and challenging time, the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting, yet it ends in danger and decline.

Interesting point and maybe the best quote in the speech, politically speaking. Bush set the tone that those people that want to pull out of Iraq are isolationists, and want to fall back from America's responsiblities. This is the only point in the speech were I thought he made sense and actually told the American people that the world is not simply about them, in their little towns, in good ole America anymore. But it wasn't strong enough.

Highlight #3
At the start of 2006, more than half the people of our world live in democratic nations. And we do not forget the other half -- in places like Syria and Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea and Iran -- because the demands of justice and the peace of this world require their freedom as well.

Screw "Axis of Evil", let's just call them all out! Actually we should, who the hell else is going to? These countries are embaressing examples of totalitarianism in the modern era, sly and still pervasive. Don't think so? Read up on Iran's new leader. We have a winner!

Highlight #4
Our offensive against terror involves more than military action. Ultimately, the only way to defeat the terrorists is to defeat their dark vision of hatred and fear by offering the hopeful alternative of political freedom and peaceful change. So the United States of America supports democratic reform across the broader Middle East.

...........which is almost entirely paid for by the American taxpayer...except that I'm asking for more tax reductions. Here's where the President becomes a spineless coward. If we are at war, starting funding is appropriately. You don't talk about the true financial burdon you put on the country.

Highlight #5
The Palestinian people have voted in elections. And now the leaders of Hamas must recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism and work for lasting peace.

Hahahahahahahahahaahah!!!!! Sure they will.

Highlight #6
So to prevent another attack -- based on authority given to me by the Constitution and by statute -- I have authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively pursue the international communications of suspected Al Qaida operatives and affiliates to and from America. Previous presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have and federal courts have approved the use of that authority. Appropriate members of Congress have been kept informed.

I dare you to impeach me. That is what he is saying. Since I have a much more realistic view of National Security, I'm inclined to believe him. And yes, his predecessors did this and alot worse.

Highlight #7
Because America needs more than a temporary expansion, we need more than temporary tax relief. I urge the Congress to act responsibly and make the tax cuts permanent.

This is where Bush comes off sounding like a fucking billboard for the GOP, and a person of absolutely no independent thought. In a time of war, with a massive defecit, with an impending Social Security disaster, with Americans wanting more services from Government than ever............and you want to cut taxes????????? Every economist in the world is starting to raise the eyebrow like "Um, you are really that dense?" Republicans are supposed to be fiscally responsible, not fiscally fucked up.

Highlight #8
I am pleased that the members of Congress are working on earmark reform, because the federal budget has too many special interest projects. And we can tackle this problem together, if you pass the line-item veto.

Yeah right. Like that wouldn't be filibustered.

Highlight #9
Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security.

Might be because Americans have trouble balancing a check book, yet you expect them to take on their own retirement? Again, fiscal responsibility?

Highlight #10
And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border.

At this point, Rep. J.D. Hayworth called the Minutemen and had them prepare to blockade the White House.

Highlight #11
We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We will also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips and stalks or switch grass. Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within six years. Breakthroughs on this and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025.

1) You blew about hydrogen years ago in the State of the Union. Nothing doing. 2) Good luck with the ethanol since it is expensive as hell to produce. 3) End dependence on Mid East oil by 2025? Ooooooooooooo such a massive effort for that one. How about a "Manhatten Project" style effort to end dependence in 8-10 years. Now that would perk up ears.

Highlight #12
First, I propose to double the federal commitment to the most critical basic research programs in the physical sciences over the next 10 years. This funding will support the work of America's most creative minds as they explore promising areas such as nanotechnology, supercomputing and alternative energy sources. Second, I propose to make permanent the research and development tax credit, to encourage bolder private-sector initiatives in technology.

"And I propose funding all these projects by some magical method, since I refuse to raise taxes. In fact, I will personally ask the tooth-fairy to contribute money to the funding of this program. Her current asking interest rate is exceptionally low."

Highlight #13
Tonight I propose to train 70,000 high school teachers to lead advanced placement courses in math and science, bring 30,000 math and science professionals to teach in classrooms, and give early help to students who struggle with math so they have a better chance at good, high-wage jobs.

Math and Science teachers, make three times less than your current job, put up with kids that don't care, parents that blame you, and a public that places almost no value on education! Where do I sign up! (Whoops, I already did!)

Highlight #14
They are concerned about unethical conduct by public officials and discouraged by activist courts that try to redefine marriage. They worry about children in our society who need direction and love, and about fellow citizens still displaced by natural disaster, and about suffering caused by treatable diseases.

Or activists public officials who deny Americans equal rights.

And there you have it, the State of the Union in a nutshell!
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