Last Tuesday, I had wanted to watch the President’s State of the Union address, but my wife wanted to watch a Korean soap opera. I deferred to my wife: I find the Korean soaps entertaining, or at least the ones with English subtitles. And I could watch the address later, or at least read a transcript.
This morning, I finally got around to watching the speech. I’m genuinely disappointed:
- President Obama told us that ‘innovation’ was the way out of our troubles. OK, but the problem with innovation is that it ends up getting manufactured in China.
- He gave us chapter and verse about how education needs to be improved in the US, and got a standing ovation for stating the obvious about respecting teachers. But there was nothing about how, specifically, we might enhance school performance.
- He also agreed that it was necessary to do something about government spending. However, entitlements were completely off the table, although they represent most of our problem.
- He noted that the Federal government would reorganize itself to become more efficient. That’s certainly a good idea, but hardly a source of jobs.
- He indicated that he was willing to consider changes to last year’s health reform law, most specifically the onerous requirement for businesses to report virtually all of their spending to the government. Funny, but if everyone hates the idea, why didn’t it get changed in the ‘wonderfully productive’ lame-duck session of Congress before Christmas?