31 January 2006

State of the Union

My initial reactions:
  • Nice rhetoric at the beginning, effectively making the case for expanding freedom. Also made the case for monitoring international calls - per PowerLine, if al-Qaeda is calling you, we want to know why.
  • I would have preferred a harder line on Iran, perhaps with a hint of being prepared to take military action.
  • As for the borders: he is starting to recognize that we conservatives are serious about this. No action yet, but at least we are starting to get rhetoric. Again, I would have preferred a harder line. Something along the lines of "President Fox, you are hereby on notice that if your federales make one more armed incursion on our border, I will consider that an act of war and respond accordingly."
  • On domestic affairs: I am happy with making tax cuts permanent and with revamping Social Security. Personally, I'd rather abolish Social Security entirely, but I know that's not going to happen, so instead I'll settle for personal accounts. As far as I'm concerned, no reform that does not include personal accounts is acceptable.
  • On energy: I would have liked a mention of ANWR.
That's about it for my initial reactions.

Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS to Justice Alito!

Update @ 9:40: Things I was reminded of when looking at blog reax
  • Cindy, your 15 minutes of fame are over, sweetie. Just accept it and quit trying to get another police officer's hand up your skirt.
  • Hillary: you do realize the cameras captured every time you scowled and sat on your hands for national security, right? Good thinking there.
  • Sheila: every year, you send a staffer to claim a spot on the aisle so you can get a picture with the President, and every year, the commentators make fun of you. Seriously, get a clue.

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Blogger Russ said...

I thought his comments directly to the Iranian people were well done. That sort of thing might help remind them that we're opposed to their government, not to the people themselves. As far as the "hard line" goes, that's what John Bolton (and his dreaded moustache) is paid for.

The line that impressed me on the immigration issue was "...without amnesty...". Amnesty programs are another way of saying "You broke the law, but it's allright now. HOWEVER, we're not going to let the next guy do the same thing." Until the NEXT amnesty program, that is.

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Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Yeah, I did like his words to the Iranians, and I know the President isn't ever really going to say anything nasty. I just have my little neocon fantasies.

I can't decide exactly where I stand on the guest worker plan. If done right, it could really help the problem, but it could also easily act as an amnesty program, so...

I voted for the President based on national security, and (with the exception of the borders) I think he's done an excellent job. But I can't think of a single domestic program of his I've liked once I heard the details. But then I am a fiscal conservative, and he's obviously not.

I was irritated when he said the government had a responsibility to provide health care. How about WE have a responsibility to take care of our OWN health care and retirement, and the government has a responsibility to let us keep our damn money so we can?

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