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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

 

WH: Bush's address excerpts & some reservations

President George W. Bush reads over a draft of his State of the Union speech in the Oval Office Tuesday morning, Jan. 31, 2006, in preparation for the annual address to the nation scheduled for this evening. White House photo by Eric Draper.President Bush's State of the Union Address excerpts (in red) from the White House webpage, and some comments by Dave Haigler (in blue):
 
STATE OF THE UNION EXCERPTS
As Prepared for Delivery

America is always at its best when we are shaping events, instead of being shaped by events. Tonight, the President will chart a clear path forward for our Nation:

D.H.: Sometimes the just path is responsive; sometimes it's initiative.  Justice is more important than dominating events. 

"In this decisive year, you and I will make choices that determine both the future and the character of our country. We will choose to act confidently in pursuing the enemies of freedom – or retreat from our duties in the hope of an easier life. We will choose to build our prosperity by leading the world economy – or shut ourselves off from trade and opportunity. In a complex and challenging time, the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting – yet it ends in danger and decline. The only way to protect our people … the only way to secure the peace … the only way to control our destiny is by our leadership – so the United States of America will continue to lead."

D.H.: Whether leading or following, we should make sure we're going in the right direction.

The President will talk about America’s leadership role in the world, and the importance of working together to better protect our country, support our troops, and advance freedom:

"Abroad, our Nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal – we seek the end of tyranny in our world… the future security of America depends on it."

D.H.: We have not consistently opposed tyranny.  Saddam Hussein was our ally during the 80's when he was fighting our enemy, Iran.  We helped him get some of the weapons of mass destruction that we later claimed he still had, long after they were removed.  We see tyranny very clearly when our enemies practice it, but we don't see tyranny very well when we practice it ourselves.   

"In a time of testing, we cannot find security by abandoning our commitments and retreating within our borders. If we were to leave these vicious attackers alone, they would not leave us alone. They would simply move the battlefield to our own shores."

D.H.: It was the Bush policy to withdraw resources from the war in Afghanistan, where the Al Qaeda leaders are located, and divert them to Iraq, where Saddam Hussein was not attacking us, had no capacity to attack us, and had nothing to do with the Saudi attackers of 9/11.

"…Ultimately, the only way to defeat the terrorists is to defeat their dark vision of hatred and fear by offering the hopeful alternative of political freedom and peaceful change."

D.H.: We do not defeat terrorism by forcing our version of democracy upon an occupied culture where the primary seedbed of terrorism is hatred of our occupation.  Iraq was not a seedbed of terrorism before our occupation, but it is now.

"To overcome dangers in our world, we must also take the offensive by encouraging economic progress, fighting disease, and spreading hope in hopeless lands."

D.H.: We do not encourage economic progress by being billions of dollars in debt to countries like China, where many American jobs are flowing.  We're not effectively fighting the high cost of disease in our own country.  And we've brought despair, not hope, to countries like Iraq, where utilities and oil production are lower now than before our occupation. 

To keep America competitive in a dynamic economy, the President will set out an agenda focused on the priorities that families are most concerned about. He will talk about the importance of having an educated, skilled workforce, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and making health care more affordable, accessible, and portable:

D.H.: The president is so beholden to the Exxon Mobils and Halliburtons of the oil industry that he is hamstrung from providing any alternatives that would take money away from them.  He's had 5 years to provide such alternatives but has not done so.  His only solution to improve education is more testing, with unfunded mandates, which don't work.  Health care has become less affordable and he has no solutions to reverse that trend. 

"Here at home, America also has a great opportunity: We will build the prosperity of our country by strengthening our economic leadership in the world."

D.H.: We are the world's greatest debtor nation.  We cannot lead a nation like China when they can call their notes due anytime.

On Competitiveness:

"The American economy is pre-eminent – but we cannot afford to be complacent. In a dynamic world economy, we are seeing new competitors like China and India."

D.H.: The lack of a national health-care policy is the greatest drag on our economy and the greatest hindrance to being competitive globally, and Bush has no solutions for that.

"We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hard-working, ambitious people – and we are going to keep that edge."

D.H.: Bush has no capacity to enhance America's productivity, when his only creative idea about outsourcing of jobs is that it's good for our economy. 

On Energy:

"America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world… The best way to break this addiction is through technology."

D.H.: Bush has done nothing for renewable energy.  His only creative idea on energy is to drill for oil in Alaska. 

On Health Care:

"Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility. For all Americans, we must confront the rising cost of care … strengthen the doctor-patient relationship … and help people afford the insurance coverage they need."

D.H.: The only solution on health care Bush has offered has been more confusing Medicare coverage.  The only solution still available for the poor and elderly is to go to the emergency room, just like before.  Bush is all talk and no solutions. 

Finally, the President will speak to the character and compassion of America:

"…our greatness is not measured in power or luxuries, but by who we are and how we treat one another. So we strive to be a compassionate, decent, hopeful society."

D.H.: Bush's so-called "compassionate conservatism" has been the country's worst cruelty joke, as the refugees from Katrina still holed up in temporary housing can attest, waiting on the "world's greatest rebuilding project" the president promised to get off the ground.   Bush's idea of compassion is to praise the troops, and stage a photo-op visiting a hospital, but fail to provide adequate body armor, and cut their veterans benefits when they return home. 

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
lawfirm webpage: www.haigler.info
political blog: http://demlog.blogspot.com

Comments:
....on the offensive in Iraq, with a clear plan for victory. Here are his buzz words:
"political freedom"
"hatred and fear"
"democratic reform"
"4.6 million new jobs" in five years
"economic performance envy of the world"

9/11 attacks would have been stopped if he had been able to use domestic wiretaps.

Every year of his presidency, U.S. finances sharply eroded. Little acknowledgement of the failures, pull out date; talked themes of democracy hatred and fear.

No word of beter MPG for the auto and truck

No a word on global warming and what has to be done.

The speech was frightening.
 
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