Even though I was working on taxes last night, I heard clearly the Prez’s State of the Union address. There was the Democratic applause to Bush’s declaration of his Social Security reform going down like a lead balloon. There was his thinly-veiled anger in his call for non-partisanship. There was his jab at Hamas, declaring that democracy must go beyond one election. There was his declaration that the US is too dependent on Middle East oil. And so on and so on.
Barak Obama called his speech “More of the same,” and I tend to agree with him. No change in NSA’s domestic spying program, stay the course in Iraq, the call for more education of engineers in the future. I didn’t see the TV screen, so I didn’t see Hillary Clinton’s purported eye-rolling. And now I’ve read that Cindy Sheehan wanted to make a scene in the nosebleed section but was arrested just before she was able.
Bread and circuses.
The Democrats are whiners and the Republicans are sneaks. Leaving Iraq now would be a dereliction of duty, but that’s really the only thing I really agree with Shrub. And as for Hillary Clinton — just shoot me. There’s not a real-world solution-practical bone in her entire power-hungry body.
As I was filling out my federal income tax return, I kept thinking, “My money is funding the soldiers in Iraq, my money is funding the soldiers in Iraq” because, if I think about all the wasteful crap that gets funded in DC, I just want to shove my tax return where the sun don’t shine.
Bush has two more years to go, and he’s outta there. I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll still be Iraq — it’s still too unstable to make a complete pull-out. I have no doubt in my mind that, what with the Supreme Court going more conservative — what with Roberts and now Alito on the bench — and Alan Greenspan’s successor deciding to stay the course, that the current political and economic climate will stay pretty much the same. The next administration, whether Republican or Democrat, will have to deal with the unfinished business and mess of Bush’s administration, which means status quo for at least a year, maybe more.
I really don’t see much change happening. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. I haven’t decided yet.