Well we heard from the President on the "State of the Union." last night and today people are having their say including me! I suggest that you also read the clips I have provided following this opinion. ABC usually does a good job on seeing just how accurate the speech is in terms of figures etc.Well the President is quite the speaker and this time to a confused seating pattern wearing white and black ribbons with respect to gunned down fellow Congress Woman. Something I liked. The speech began with the power of his last speech in Arizona. A good move for Obama and it got the crowd going for what usually is a President's time of the year for a Pep Rally! Many people are saying today that it reminded them of good old Ronald Reagan. That is fine with me! But right from the start I thought that he would follow up on the shooting saying something about gun control, mental health etc.!
Some things in the speech did delight me but others did not! On the plus side he was clever with humor to take down the governments subsidy on the oil industry....but will that cost us at the pump? How about Obama taking on the amount of profits they make! This is something I would also like to see on Health care companies and drug companies!!! He rightly attacked the wealthy and their tax contributions! I wondered about the cuts in the military...the faces of the Join Chiefs of Staff did not look too happy! He rightly also put education before the people for us as the key element of the whole speech to be more competitive on the World view of science and technology. But I was not amused with the "Sputnik" catch up for the nation. (-especilly when he just killed NASA's manned space program!) I lived through those days and people felt we were in trouble! But is this nation in trouble that is a theme that ran through both the Presidents speech and the GOP take on the speech. If we are in trouble I wonder if a move to be more competitive will COST THIS NATION MORE and up the debt even more? Building infrastructure and war at same time? His examples of nations in trouble including Britain were Socialist nations or was that a clever move on his part to be more like the so called modern nations of Europe? I had to laugh at his stating that we should keep the clever children of immigrants in this country....Is he a president that really was born in this nation???
One of the good things I thought and I wonder what his fellow Democrats think about it is that he will not sign into law any bill that has earmarks in it! I am confused? Does that mean that he has taken on himself as President to do line item veto? We will see if he holds to this pledge!!!
Interesting enough the President was championing this nation and saying that we have a great nation and Constitution! Wonder if he actually has read it and understands the defined role of President, Congress, and Supreme Court. It might be noted that the cameras did not pan the Supreme Court last night to see their faces especially when he mentioned the Constitution.
In all I see the speech increasing debt and government where I would like to see government rolled back to what our founding fathers saw it. One that is limited as being of the people, for the people and by the people. I do not feel that this has been the case for the last few years at all. What we feel had no bearing on the Health Care reform and it has seemed that the Democratic care less about the people was heard in the last election! Even the President of late has referred to his taking it in the polls! More competitive, but what about costs! "He tried to cast this more-of-the-same into a call to national greatness." (Charles Krauthammer: Washington Post Group.) He wants to change the very American social contract to a new foundation, but was that foundation found to have cracks according to the last election? In the end I wondered what the State of the Union really is and is to be?