Wednesday, January 24, 2007

State of the Union Address

My 3 daughters -- all in elementary school, the youngest in kindergarten -- say:

"Go Bush! You ROCK!"

I agree. More later, but I will say this: I challenge you, one and all, to rise above your comfortable complacency and to actually think critically for yourselves about the true state of our union. Don't just digest and accept the spin that you get from the liberal media machine.

[more later ...]

I think that President Bush gave a good address. It was very upbeat, focused on the positive, and addressed specific charges about the war in Iraq. The order of affairs was definitely different than previous speeches -- recognizing Americans (even those for finishing business in Iraq) are weary of war and ready to focus on domestic issues.

Too bad Bush won't be given credit -- in the present day liberal media ... I think history will give him his due however -- for all that he has done for the economy in spite of:
1) war in Afghanistan & Iraq, 2) 9/11 terrorist attacks on U.S., and 3) 2 natural disasters -- one of which was the worst on record in the history of our country. I mean we have a strong economy and a dollar that is competitive on the world market -- with countries like India and China whose economies are booming -- interest rates are low, unemployment is at an all-time low, and the job market is growing, with great choices for anyone looking for work or wanting to change jobs.

To have cut the federal deficit by 1/2, and 3 years ahead of schedule is truly an accomplishment! I think that it is awesome that Bush is going after earmark spending. Hope that this gets signed into law before our Democratic congress starts deciding how best to spend our money for us. At least that way, there will be some additional revenue at their disposal, and maybe they won't tax the poor middle class into oblivion.

Bush said he has a plan for completely eliminating the federal deficit in 5 years. I'd like to see the details of that plan. Did you know that China owns nearly half of our debt? Scary.

Hopefully Bush can make a mark on saving our Social Security program so all the $$$ that we "young" folk are paying into the program will actually be available to us when we retire. The idea of a universal health care system scares me, although I do think medical costs are out of control. I think health care insurance for all will help some, but costs have got to be reigned back in somehow.

What is your take on the State of the Union?

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