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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

State of the Union

President Bush did a very good job with the State of the Union address, in my opinion. A few things of particular interest to me were:

“Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone in not wisdom.”
That statement must have been aimed directly at John Murtha, Harry Reid and Ted Kennedy. It’s all to easy to point out someone’s shortcomings when you don’t have to acknowledge your own.

“The Palestinian people have voted in elections – now the leaders of Hamas must recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for a lasting peace.”
You want Hamas, a terrorist organization, to reject terrorism? This is a tall order. I think it is time for the world to recognize the plight of Israel and work to protect the people and the country from eradication by radical Islamists.

“Every year of my presidency, we have reduced the growth of non-security discretionary spending – and last year you passed bills that cut this spending. This year my budget will cut it again, and reduce or eliminate more than 140 programs that are performing poorly or not fulfilling essential priorities.”
Maybe Glenn Reynolds’ and NZ Bear’s pork-busters program is actually having an effect. Keep up the good work.

“I ask you to join me in creating a commission to examine the full impact of Baby Boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
And this commission will find a way to make sure these programs stay status quo. There is no motive for our government to change these programs. As long as the money keeps flowing in, everything is okay in Washington. That is why President Bush’s privatization plan was struck down.

“We will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants; revolutionary solar and wind technologies; and clean, safe nuclear energy.”
Of these plants, the only one that is cost effective is nuclear. We have made good progress on nuclear energy, by improving the NRC permit process, such that there are 1500* new plant proposals on the books as of 2005. There is no efficient way of reducing all emissions from a coal plant and, even with tax incentives, solar and wind are expensive to run. The real future lies in fuel cells. More money needs to be invested in their development.
(* As reported in the Jan-Feb 2006 edition of Electric Perspectives magazine)

Those are the biggest points in my view. I think that politicians on both sides can take something good from this speech. Hopefully the President’s words will give our country new strength and hope for the future.

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