Tuesday, January 23, 2007

State Of The Union [Update With Excerpts Via Ace!]

The State of the Union is tonight, and frankly, I'm not sure I'll watch it. I mean, it's gonna be so boring. Not to mention, it pretty much sounds like a Clinton speech:

President George W. Bush was preparing Tuesday to use his State of the Union address to unveil a new initiative to reduce gasoline use and a new system of taxation to help Americans without medical insurance.

Facing a Democratically controlled Congress for the first time in his six years in the presidency, he planned to renew calls to re-authorize his education plan, No Child Left Behind, as well as to overhaul the nation's immigration system with a guest worker program and to balance the budget by 2012.

God, that sounds like a nightmare. In fact, I'm having "war" flashbacks to the Dems' "100 hour plan," or whatever the Hell it was called. Anyway, I'll probably watch the speech, and you probably should, too. After all, we should at least hear what our President has to say and all of the plans he has that the Dems will crush.

***Update, 7:05pm***

A HUGE hat tip to Ace, who got a hold of some excerpts from tonight's State of the Union. Here're my highlights:

“A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy – and that is what we have…Unemployment is low, inflation is low, and wages are rising. This economy is on the move – and our job is to keep it that way, not with more government but with more enterprise.”

Nice, I was afraid he might not mention the booming economy!

“[I]n all we do, we must remember that the best healthcare decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.”
Take that Hillary! Seriously, burn!
“Extending hope and opportunity in our country requires an immigration system worthy of America – with laws that are fair and borders that are secure. When laws and borders are routinely violated, this harms the interests of our country… Yet…we cannot fully secure the border unless we take pressure off the border – and that requires a temporary worker program.”
"It is in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy supply – and the way forward is through technology.”
That and drilling oil in America, standardizing gas throughout the country, and increasing refining capabilities!
“For all of us in this room, there is no higher responsibility than to protect the people of this country from danger…"
I guess he forgot the Dems were there.

[T]o win the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy. From the start, America and our allies have protected our people by staying on the offense. The enemy knows that the days of comfortable sanctuary, easy movement, steady financing, and free flowing communications are long over. For the terrorists, life since Nine-Eleven has never been the same.”
Not if the Dems do something about it!

"Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq – because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far reaching.”

Nice one...

“Both parties and both branches should work in close consultation. And this is why I propose to establish a special advisory council on the war on terror, made up of leaders in Congress from both political parties. We will share ideas for how to position America to meet every challenge that confronts us. And we will show our enemies abroad that we are united in the goal of victory.”
That'll do it! A special advisory council!

Well, this all makes things look much more exciting. I'll probably watch now!