State of the Union speech
It starts off with a tribute to Coretta Scott King, a truly remarkable woman married to a truly remarkable man. She will be truly mourned and remembered.
Yet as I sit here listening, my heart begins to sink.
The forum is filled with hypocrisy from the outspoken Democrats who publicly decry Bush's actions yet they stand there clapping along.
The family of a Marine lost in battle sits behind Laura Bush. I wonder if they realize that while their son is publicly honored for his sacrifice, they are just the next ones in a tradition started by Reagan.
Sickness, AIDS, and other diseases are mentioned with promises of more help in fighting them.
Terrorism, the one topic everyone KNEW would be mentioned, is brought forth as a blasphemy against the US.
4.6 million new jobs have been created over the last few years. I wonder if the car makers who laid off so many people in December have pointed their ex-employees in that direction.
The economy...well, that topic's been beat to death. It'll never be good enough, strong enough, weak enough, to truly make a change. Promises, promises, promises.
Tax relief? Well I haven't seen it in my paycheck. Course I get paid out of tax dollars and then get taxed, but please don't let me get started on that subject.
He says that by cutting 140 programs that are performing poorly; we'll cut out 14 billion in taxpayer's cost. How many people are in the US? According to the US Census Bureau the population as of April 2000 was 281,421,906. Divide 14 billion by 281,421,906 and it equals 49.74 Turn it around and divide 281,421,906 by 14 billion and it equals .02
You do the math. I never said I was any good at it.
Oh, he made a joke about two of his dad's favorite baby-boomers...himself and President Clinton...Hilary did NOT like that. If her nose got any more scrunched you'd've thunk somebody farted on her.
The American Competitiveness Initiative....huh? I wonder if any of those 4.6 million new jobs created were in teaching positions...
Fewer abortions...drug use is down...an evolution of conscience...direction of culture...unethical conduct by public officials...gay marriage...natural disasters...human cloning...animal hybrids...85 billion dollars donated to the Gulf Coast...Justices Roberts and Alito...will continue to nominate men and women...huh women? The ethical standards of Washington....nope, not gonna touch that one.
The move away from oil to alternative fuel sources.
These are just a few of the topics that made their way into the speech. But the biggest topic personally to me... Iran. "We will lead freedom's advance."
Don't get me wrong. I love my country, I love serving my country, I support my president as he is my Commander-In-Chief.
Troop support is strong. Very few Americans hold the troops accountable today. It's not like Vietnam which is every Soldier/Sailor/Marine/Airman's nightmare.
But I don't wanna go to war on a new front.