We are several hours from President Obama’s first State of the Union address. Here is what I want to hear. It’s simple and easy to understand.
1 The Democratic health care reform project is shelved. The current bills, in both houses, are badly constructed. They can only achieve what hardly anybody wants. Also, we went about passing them badly. Democratically elected governments don’t ignore the clearly expressed opposition of vast numbers of their citizens.
2 The federal government’s main task is now to foster the conditions that are known to lead quickly to job creation in the private sector. Those conditions include broad tax cuts and suspension of taxes, and precious little else.
3 Announcement a of new aggressive forms of struggle against violent jihadist terrorism. (These words have to be used.) These forms include the empowerment of the relevant federal agencies and the punishment of officials found lacking in the vigor or in the competency of heir response to threats. Also included are muscular interrogation methods of suspects designed to elicit intelligence first and convictions second (or third).
4 Open, public threats against the soon-to-be nuclear islamo-fascist regime of Iran. The threats should include a detailed map of the main ruling mullahs’ compounds. Corresponding declaration of tangible support to the brave Iranians fighting for common decency.
5 Same with the murderous and grotesque North Korean tyranny. (Replace words where appropriate.)
I am not holding my breath but in the fog of lies, untruths, semi-truths and pseudo news surrounding us, it’s important to remain clear about one’s wishes.
Update after the President’s speech:
I listened carefully to the whole long speech. I don’t know what he said except two things. First, he seemed to pronounce for new nuclear power plants and for offshore oil exploration. Might mean a cultural change among Democrats. That’s good.
Second, I think he announced he was going to try and repeal the law against gays serving openly in the military. I am all for it but I don’t know why he did not do it a year ago, by executive order, if he is such a progressive.
Barack Obama gave a,nother speech about Barack Obama except for thetime he spent blaming Bush for what he, Obama, had failed to do.
The main problem is that there is no reason to believe his declarations of intentions because he failed to fulfill those of his campaign promises that depended entirely on him: We did not see the health care debate on C-Span as he had said we would. And so on.