In reality we have these little things called “facts.” It is a strange concept for those unfamiliar with the term, a number of alarming size and could be fit to include the President of the United States. Let’s take a look at his State of the Union address and critically examine this speech, with as little applause breaks as possible. Full text of the address can be found here.
“During the last two years, we have seen what can be accomplished when we work together. To lift the standards of our public schools, we achieved historic education reform – which must now be carried out in every school, and every classroom, so that every child in America can read, and learn, and succeed in life.”
During the last two years, Bush has done very little indeed to lift actual standards in public schools. Though he does seem to talk about the subject a lot, his only real concern seems to be in moving more federal education dollars into religiously controlled concerns. In fact, very little of Bush’s “historic education reform” seems focused on public schools at all.
“To protect our country, we reorganized our government and created the Department of Homeland Security – which is mobilizing against the threats of a new era.”
Osama bin Laden has not been captured. A ranking CIA officer admits that the “war on terrorism” is so horribly inadequate and misguided that he refers to is as a myth. And nothing has been done to cure the sources of the growing global anti-American sentiment. Bush seems content in ignoring the only current real threat against the security of the United States, simply because the man has proven exceedingly hard to capture. Handing out money is not working. Ignoring the problem is not working. With the millionaire playboy’s two known forms of action exhausted, how will he go on?
“To bring our economy out of recession, we delivered the largest tax relief in a generation. To insist on integrity in American business, we passed tough reforms, and we are holding corporate criminals to account.”
An existing deficit, a further $600 billion “stimulus” package, and a major invasion of a Middle Eastern country does not compute. Two-thirds of his tax cut was centered on the upper 10% and Bush’s proposal to eliminate the stock dividend tax is more of the same. Kenneth Lay is still a free man. Under his administration, the rich have gotten richer and the rest of us have gotten economically screwed. Investor confidence is still low, unemployment is still high. This is not a “good record” and if it is a “good start,” the economy will suffer further decline through the next two years.
“If this tax relief is good for Americans three, or five, or seven years from now, it is even better for Americans today.”
It didn’t work for Reagan, and it is not going to work for Bush.
“Instead of bureaucrats, and trial lawyers, and HMOs, we must put doctors, and nurses, and patients back in charge of American medicine.”
Then, why is Bush’s healthcare proposal suggesting the exact opposite? In Clause 17(g) of his healthcare bill, seniors will have to abandon their Medicare doctors to the “tender mercies of HMOs.”
“Tonight I am proposing 1.2 billion dollars in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles.”
A transparent bone thrown to environmentalists that not even school children would believe. Instead of addressing the very real problem of current automobile pollution, he elects to revive a program initially created by Clinton. There is nothing remotely original about this idea, and again ignores the pressing current problem.
“The gravest danger facing America and the world … is outlaw regimes that seek and possess nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.”
It a danger that has never been consistently address by George W. Bush, but it is increasingly clear that his interest in Iraq is about one thing and one thing only: oil.
In the State of the Union, Bush referred to historic precedent constantly as the rationalization for his insane policies. But, if there is one thing that has been proven in the history to which he so ignorantly refers, it is that empires always crumble by not facing reality. America, I fear, will be no different.