Link to NPR : President Bush Faces State of the Union Challenges
Tonight, President will deliver his annual “state of the union” address. One big difference is that the majority of the ‘faces looking back at him’ (as NPR writes) will be that of Democrats, and will likely react negatively, some might say as the pulse of the country.
So, what will the President say to try to win back support? Apparently, he will talk about new measures in health care for the country. A nice political move I’d say as this is one of the top issues the newly controlled house of congree and house of representatives is pushing for. I doubt very much that tax-breaks for health insurance will placate them. That is a nice idea, but too little too late. What the US needs is a broad form of health care that is available to all people, regardless of class or working ability/status.
I know of an elderly couple in Michigan that save $3000 each year. At the end of the year, they drive to Texas and stay for a weekend. One day, they drive across the boarder to Mexico and spend $2000 on meds. Why? Because they can’t afford their medicare copays. I know of bus loads of elderly that take charters across the Canada boarder once a month to do the same. Why? Because it’s cheaper. Because in Canada they have a comprehensive health plan for everyone. Is there a downside? Yep, there are pleanty of them. However, the big plus is that no one has to worried that they can’t afford to get well.
Then there’s that whole war thing. I don’t know if you heard the big bomb drop in Washington today or not, but one of President Bush’s Republican supporters stood before the Congress to openly speak against the Presidents plan to ramp up the military presence in Iraq! Better yet, this man is a retired Naval intelligence officer. This guy knows what it takes to win a war and he says that this path isn’t it. So, it’ll be interesting to see how or if the President reacts to this.
I just got off the phone with my eldest sister who told me about a young man in their church who got killed yesterday in Iraq. It just stinks. While I am not for this war, I am totally supportive of the troops. I hate thinking about our young men and women in uniform placing their lives on the line with no real prospect of exiting this war any time soon.
So, what is it going to take to get Bush to finally listen to the American people? What is it going to take for us to give him our “state of the union?”
Are we not still a government “of the people, by the people?”
*UPDATED:: Ok, we’ll a lot of Bush’s state of the union was good retoric. Am I the only one who noticed that he changed his environmental stance from reducing carbon emissions by 75% last year to 20% this year? The other thing that I thought was interesting that this is the 6th time in a row that he has specifically mentioned Darfur in his speech, and yet not much has really been accomplished there. I did appreciate his environmental points, his recognition of the health crisis, and even his retoric on the war in that we all seek for an end (what he would call victory) to this madness. Jim Webb did a great job summarizing the DNP reaction to the speech last night. I didn’t see the GOP’s reaction, maybe I missed it? On my tv, it went right from Jim Webb to Hilary Clinton. That was strange. It was an interesting thing to follow the Vice Presidents face during the speech as he would give the “skunk eye” to the Dems. It made me laugh. Almost like he was trying to will them to his point of view through telepathy.
The biggest highlight for me was the very beginning when President Bush honored the first female Speaker of the House. What a great time we live in, sort of. I Tivo’d the speech and will watch it again, and again…but honestly, it was just cool to see the President flanked by the an older VP next to a women who wouldn’t stand up for everything Bush announced.
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