The State Of The Union
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in More SOTU Commentary | Policy — Comments (9) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
For all of the anticlimax associated with it, it was a good speech. The line encouraging checks and money orders to the IRS was a funny one. The demand for a stimulus was not, as the stimulus, as planned, will not work. Celebrating NCLB was not my cup of tea, especially given the lack of any call for school choice, but I was pleasantly surprised that at the very least, there was rhetorical support for entitlement reform given in the speech. I also appreciated the robust defense of free trade and the foreign policy section was very strong--doubtless because the success of the surge gave the President many good things to talk about.
The trick, as always, is to follow up. This doesn't have to be a lame duck season for the President and he can do something, even in this political year, to make a difference. He should start by giving a number of speeches throughout the country, expanding on his State of the Union themes. Will he? We can only watch and wait to find out.