STAR*BRIAN STAR*BRIAN: State of the Union *

Talking points on current events

Thursday, February 03, 2005

State of the Union

no matter what side of the aisle you are on, the state of the union each year gives us a chance to look back on the year gone by, and look to the future.

some notable points:

> glad to see Bush actually talking about things beyond his term.

> asking the house and senate to stop dragging their feet and pass energy reform.

> pushing his "guest worker" plan.

> touting an increase in test score as a result of the "no child left behind" program. now, if we can just make sure educators are educating, not teaching kids to cram for the standardized test.

> the total lack of respect from the Dems regarding social security, among other things. see, i think instead of pooh, poohing his ideas, come up with some of your own.

in the 90's while Clinton was in office, Newt Gingrich came up with the very successful idea of the "contract with america". suddenly the bruised and beaten Republicans had a new voice.

but today the Dems have lost their voice. if Bush's social security plan is wrong, what is the solution? what is not in doubt is the money will run out. for me? or my children?

> Bush could have gloated more about Iraq, but kept it cool.

> best moment, Safia Taleb al-Suhail, of Iraq, and Janet Norwood, mother of a fallen Marine, hugging. this show of appreciation and unity is a real sign of the progress being made in Iraq.

all in all, a typical speech. let's hope law makers can stop fighting to have the loudest voice and start working on making some much needed changes.

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