I’ve never liked the whole State of the Union show, which smacks too much of a royal address. The endless applause, the pandering, the BS promises … Back to the written version please. Nevertheless, I’ll liveblog tonight’s version, offspring permitting.
8:59: The big news today is that Mitt Romney release his tax returns and is paying an effective tax rate of 14%. If Obama were smart, he would use this a springboard to Simpson-Bowles style tax reform. He’s not; he’ll use to flog his millionaire’s tax.
9:01: Dear Ignorant Media: there is no Buffet rule that keeps his taxes low. All capital gains are taxed at a low rate. That’s the story, not Warren Fucking Buffet.
9:06: While he’s shaking hands and kissing people, I’ll tell you what I’d say if it were me: “The State of our Union is bankrupt. We don’t need another committee. Start with Simpson-Bowles and work from that.”
9:12: Obama starting off with foreign policy. Wise. Foreign policy has been his most solid area of success.
9:22: Obama can make a good case that the economy was in free-fall when he took office. He can’t make a good case that he’s the one to build it back up again. His economic plans sound like more and more interventionism, more and more micromanagement, more and more complications to the tax code. What he is proposing is why our economy is so messed up.
9:25: This outsourcing stuff is complete bullshit. I think we can safely ignore anything he says in the next ten minutes.
9:29: Jesus Christ, this gets stupider by the moment. He uses an example of private industry doing job training to advocate for government job training.
9:32: Now a call for education reform from the party that opposes any change to the current cartel.
9:34: Now he’s talking about pumping more money into the education bubble. This is worse than I imagined. The only comfort is that, even we had a Democratic Congress, none of it would happen.
9:43: Sorry, I feel asleep when he turned to energy. He wants to get rid of oil subsidies. That’s fine … as long as we’re on one specific for them and not the tax breaks every business gets. He’s also doubling down on Solyndra. Doesn’t seem to realize the difference between funding basic research and funding specific companies.
9:50: Quote from Obama apologist Andrew Sullivan:
I think this is the worst SOTU Obama has given. But maybe it will work. It sure seems like it has been put through a software program to pander to various industries.
And now we’re on healthcare. How dare insurance companies charge people more because they use more healthcare?!
9:55: And here we go with the Warren Buffet stuff. I would love to keep our “investments” in necessary government programs. But how much are we spending on garbage?
9:57: Again, we get the “we only want to tax the rich” crap. You simply can’t pay for all this spending without taxing the 98%. You simply can’t.
10:02: I finally agree with him on something! The filibustering of nominees needs to stop. By both parties.
10:09: Here’s the thing about Obama: he has it within him to be a fine President. But he’s committed to an ideology that’s just completely misguided and interest groups that are exacerbating our problems. It’s all wasted potential.
10:13: He’s wrapping up, so I’ll close with this thought. What I want is a President who is willing to admit that there are trade-offs. A President that will admit that we can’t do it all, we can’t have it all, we have to make choices. No one in the upper echelons of our political system is talking about this, least of all the man who laid out a liberal laundry list tonight. Until I start hearing that, I will continue to mock these guys. Because they are telling us … over and over again … what we want to hear and not what we need to hear.
10:34: OK, I’m liking Mitch Daniels a lot. Yes, he was Bush’s budget director, but his record in Indiana was solid. He’s not divisive, he’s fact-based and he’s … Presidential? I’d certainly take him over any of the current GOP nominees.