My humble opinion on
January 29, 2002
The State of the Union
Overall, I think Dubya gave a good
speech. He was especially strong when discussing the War on Terrorism,
which dominated the speech. The domestic side was a little weaker, and
it was the only time Dubya fumbled some lines. Some domestic items were
conservative, some not.
Right off the bat, he reminded us that
we were at war, and in a recession, but despite that, "the state of
our union has never been stronger." I think he's right about that.
Some good has come from September 11, and thank God for that.
I think Bush looked confident and
self-assured. He showed a steely determination when talking tough to the
terrorists and the governments who harbor, protect, and provision them.
Those governments should be afraid.
Didn't Attorney General John Ashcroft
look awfully grim?
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton
drew the assignment of staying home, for security reasons. When the TV
showed EPA chief Christine Whitman, my wife and I both thought it was
Norton. Never realized they looked so much alike.
Do you think Dubya took a whack at
Clinton when he said he would not be indifferent during the terrorist
campaign, he would not stray from the task? Makes you wonder if
September 11 would even have happened if Clinton had taken the same
approach after the first WTC bombing in 1993.
Dubya's budget will include a small
deficit, about $14 billion. That will probably grow as Congress starts
spending our money, despite Dubya's plea tonight to curb spending. Not
much chance of that. But no politician, Democrat or Republican, should
whine about such a miniscule deficit. If they can't cut $14 billion out
of a budget of over two trillion dollars, they're worthless and
Dubya did disappoint me by calling for
an extension in unemployment benefits, as if that helps anyone. He later
said that dependence on government is a bad thing. Then why extend
He reiterated his support for private
retirement accounts, and told Congress to leave the tax cut alone. Both
My wife said she thought Donald
Rumsfield was "kind of cute." I hope she thinks that of me
when I hit 70.